Thousands converge on Nashville for Country Music Marathon

Thousands converge on Nashville for Country Music Marathon (Image 1)

Thousands of people ran in the 2014 St. Jude Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Saturday.

The total number of participants was 24,087. This was the 15th year for the race.

Each year more than 70% of participants travel to Nashville from out of state, giving the local economy a $38.2 million-plus boost, according to Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
For the first time, participants started on Lower Broadway. The previous start line was on West End Avenue at Centennial Park. The finish line was again at LP Field.

The winners from Saturday’s race included Joseph Chebet and Gisela Olalde, who placed first in the half marathon. Both ran in just over an hour.

Olalde also won the same title in last year’s marathon. “I’m so excited. I’m so happy to repeat my title, I’m so happy,” she told News 2.

Other runners who stood out were Scott Wietecha and Jeannette Favor. They came in first place in the full marathon after running 26.2 miles in  under two hours.

Wietecha, who is another repeat champion, almost did not run the race this year.

“I’ve been injured for a while and I was’t going to run, but I decided to run it out. It was a good idea to run for 10 miles then every mile became more of a bad idea after that,” Wietecha explained.

For a complete list of winners visit

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