St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon announces changes to course

Country Music Marathon start line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) -Race organizers for the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon announced changes to the course for the 2016 race.

The most significant change will be that marathoners will go into First Tennessee Park and do a lap around the field.

(Courtesy: St. Jude Rock 'N' Roll Nashville Marathon)
(Courtesy: St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon)

The marathon and half marathon start time will also be moved to 7:15 a.m. to accommodate the Music City Challenge.

The Music City Challenge will allow runners to tackle the 5K at 6:45 a.m. before making their way back to the start line to then run the marathon or half marathon.

Other changes include:

  • Marathon and half marathon start line moved from Fifth Avenue and Broadway to Eighth Avenue and Broadway.
  • 5K start line moved from Fourth Ave and Demonbreun Street to Seventh Ave and McGavock Street.
  • Marathon and half marathon now turns right off Broadway onto Fourth Avenue instead of onto First Avenue.
  • Marathon and half marathon no longer turns left on Fifth Avenue, right on Korean Veterans Blvd and right on Sixth Avenue. New course will go straight up Demonbreun Street until a right on Seventh Avenue.
  • Last year, the half marathon turned onto Seventh Avenue off of Jefferson Strett. This year, it turns onto Fifth Avenue.
  • This year, marathoners will go into First Tennessee Park and do a lap around the field instead of going straight down Fifth Avenue.
  • Instead of working their way up to the Woodland Street Bridge on James Robertson Parkway like in years past, all runners will now utilize the Gay Street Connector and Second Avenue.
  • Marathoners will turn right off Woodland Street onto 10th Avenue. Last year, they took Woodland to 12th Street.

“We made some minor changes to improve the runner experience; however, the majority of the course will remain the same as last year,” explained race director Kevin Buffalino.

Formerly known as the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, the event has been rebranded as part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series for the first time in 2016 as the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon.

(Courtesy: St. Jude Rock 'N' Roll Nashville Marathon)
(Courtesy: St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon)

The musically-themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners and walkers who will take on the 26.2, 13.1-mile and 5K courses, while passing many of Nashville’s best live bands performing along the route.

Additionally, 4,000 junior racers will participate in KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

During the marathon, thousands of St. Jude Heroes will run for a reason, hoping to raise more than $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Over the event’s 5-year partnership, nearly $6 million has been raised for St. Jude.

The 2016 St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon takes place April 30.

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