Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
3.9
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.7
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
3.9
SWAG
3.9
Originally known as the Country Music Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville is our second longest running race and continues to embrace the country music influence within the broader genre of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Nashville features one of our series’ largest block parties thanks to terrific community support from start to … MORE
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    ldoucet FIRST-TIMER '17

    Loved everything about this race EXCEPT that they could have tried to get some big names in country music to sing to us along the course after all it is … MORE

    Loved everything about this race EXCEPT that they could have tried to get some big names in country music to sing to us along the course after all it is Nashville. Did run by a lot of stars home, scenery was great. However, if not use to the humidity, go a couple of days before, and bring double the hydration with you. They were running out of water pretty quick and they had to adjust the Marathon course because of the higher humidity and heat which made a lot of marathoners UNHAPPY!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    sparrowsgirl FIRST-TIMER '18

    All of Nashville seems to turn out to watch this race. The route winds up through neighborhoods and past major city landmarks. It was definitely one of the more heavily … MORE

    All of Nashville seems to turn out to watch this race. The route winds up through neighborhoods and past major city landmarks. It was definitely one of the more heavily spectated ones I’ve been to.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    It was unseasonable hot with 90 percent humidity. The race organizers were not prepared for this so if you were a slow runner like myself, there wasn’t much left at … MORE

    It was unseasonable hot with 90 percent humidity. The race organizers were not prepared for this so if you were a slow runner like myself, there wasn’t much left at the water stations by the time I came through. Luckily, the spectators we fantastic and were hosing us down and passing out water. This was the closest that I came to not being able to finish a race, I got to a point where I stopped sweating.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '18

    I can't claim that nobody warned me. It was like being trapped in one of those M. C. Escher paintings where you just keep ascending stairs.....and never come back down! … MORE

    I can’t claim that nobody warned me. It was like being trapped in one of those M. C. Escher paintings where you just keep ascending stairs…..and never come back down! But, the scenery, bands, aid stations and crowd support more than offset the elevation fatigue from those hills that just keep rolling into you like waves. Greatly enjoyed running past the honky-tonks on Broadway, down Music Row, around the warning track in the Sounds stadium, through The Gulch and East Nasty, the shaded streets of Shelby Bottoms and the big finish at Nissan Stadium. Most (and best) bands I’ve experienced on a marathon. Shout out to the band at Mile 19.5 that absolutely nailed Talking Heads’ iconic “Burning Down the House.” For the foodies & brewies out there; check out Yazoo or Jackelope or catch a pizza and a peanut butter porter at Tailgate Brewing. (You run right past it…..twice!) Put this marathon on your “to-do” list. Like everything else in Nashville, it’s a party that just keeps on coming.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    em.durrett FIRST-TIMER '17

    Hot race! Temps were in the mid 80s and the race volunteers did the best they could with bags of ice and extra water. Overall I enjoyed the marathon because … MORE

    Hot race! Temps were in the mid 80s and the race volunteers did the best they could with bags of ice and extra water. Overall I enjoyed the marathon because I love Nashville and they did a great job.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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    damoser62 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Best expo and after party. The course is nice, lots of elevation changes, plenty of on course resources. This a well managed event with plenty of security. MORE

    Best expo and after party. The course is nice, lots of elevation changes, plenty of on course resources. This a well managed event with plenty of security.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is a typical Rock N Roll race: -LOTS of runners (almost 18k half marathoners plus full marathoners) -Nice medal -Good shirt -Music on the course -Big expo With all … MORE

    This is a typical Rock N Roll race:
    -LOTS of runners (almost 18k half marathoners plus full marathoners)
    -Nice medal
    -Good shirt
    -Music on the course
    -Big expo

    With all of the runners (almost 40 corrals), you can go to the start later if you are in one of the back corrals – as they let corrals off every 1 to 2 minutes.

    This year (2017) was extremely hot (temperatures over 80 degrees). Officials started to divert the marathoners out of caution.

    For me, Nashville was the draw. It was a fun weekend.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    malexa15 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I was very exited, as it was my first full marathon. But it was the worst. At the scheduled race start, they pushed back the start time because it was … MORE

    I was very exited, as it was my first full marathon. But it was the worst. At the scheduled race start, they pushed back the start time because it was raining, which seemed silly because we were all standing there anyway, there was no shelter. The course seems great at first because you start on Broadway. But then it’s just not great. The first half of the course is okay, running through neighborhoods. The second half of the course was the worst. It was barren. And for a Rock n Roll marathon, there were so little bands and spectators! Plus the course is pretty difficult, which I expected. That could’ve been because of the rain, but it makes a big difference. On a good note, the expo is pretty great. Very well set up and a fun experience. There were lots of water and energy stations. And you receive not only a tee shirt, but a finishers jacket too! (If you finish, of course)

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    rpixley FIRST-TIMER '15

    Like the other Rock 'n' Roll events, this was very crowded. But the party atmosphere was cool. Lots of excitement before the race. The course took us down Music Row, … MORE

    Like the other Rock ‘n’ Roll events, this was very crowded. But the party atmosphere was cool. Lots of excitement before the race. The course took us down Music Row, through some cool older neighborhoods, and finished across a river near the football stadium. Plenty of hills, especially for this coastal SoCal runner. That evening, race participants were treated to a free Martina McBride concert inside the Bridgestone Arena.
    Other than the crowds, this was a great destination race. Nashville is a cool town with lots to see and do, and the Smokey Mountains are just a couple of hours away. We made a week of it, and may just do it again.
    I recommend the BBQ from just about any place, bacon, biscuits and gravy from Biscuit Love, and hot chicken from Hatti B’s. Just not all the day before the race, or you may miss your time goal due to an unscheduled mid-race pit stop…I speak from experience.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '14

    This is a super well run event. Well organized, great expo. Lots and lots of hills on this course. Do your hill training before tackling this event. Nice scenery and … MORE

    This is a super well run event. Well organized, great expo. Lots and lots of hills on this course. Do your hill training before tackling this event. Nice scenery and music.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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