Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon Adds New Mini-Marathon

St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon Newest Addition Includes 2.6 Miles Mini-Marathon

The 13th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan announces a new addition to the race: The Country Music Mini Marathon. The 2.6 mile race will feature all the excitement and fun of the full course.

Mini Marathon runners will start at 6:45 a.m. at the official start line at Centennial Park. At mile two of the official course, mini participants will continue east on Broadway to 2nd Avenue, head North on Union Street, over Woodland Street Bridge and finish at LP Field on 1st Street. A course limit time has been set at sixty minutes for the 2.6 mile course.

“The addition of the Mini Marathon opens up the marathon experience to everyone”, says Adam Zocks, the event’s vice president and general manager. “Now anyone can enjoy the bands and cheer squads along the course.”

Mini runners will receive the same perks as the marathon and half marathon participants including an official race Tech Tee; a finisher medial and certificate; one (1) complimentary beer courtesy of Michelob Ultra; and one (1) ticket to the post race concert featuring Rodney Atkins and Gloriana at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Mini Marathon registration is $55.00 and is open now thru Sunday, April 23, 2012 and $75.00 at the Expo, if space is available. To register, please visit

For more information or to register for the event, visit and follow the marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll. In addition, the post race concert is open to the general public and tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit the Bridgestone Arena box office or contact TicketMaster online or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

About the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon
A Competitor Group event, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan will celebrate its 13th annual running in the Music City. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musically themed road race annually attracts more than 35,000 runners, walkers and junior racers.

Race weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 26 and includes the ING KiDS ROCK Nashville on Friday night and a post-race concert Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena. The Nashville Convention Center is home to the free Health & Fitness Expo which is open to the public as all race participants pick up their race number, browse through fitness related products, enjoy free samples and interactive clinics.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.

The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting or following them on and


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