Overall Rating
Overall Rating (20 Reviews)
3.6
(20 Ratings)(20 Reviews)
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3.7
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
3.8
SWAG
3.8
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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    afloridagirl FIRST-TIMER '19

    1st time running this event, my 7th 1/2 Marathon, all run in Florida's flat land. Was nervous about the hills, but did some treadmill training prior and actually I found … MORE

    1st time running this event, my 7th 1/2 Marathon, all run in Florida’s flat land. Was nervous about the hills, but did some treadmill training prior and actually I found the hills not to be too challenging. I would call them rolling hills, short ups and downs with a gradual elevation. The whole course was entertaining, from the music, spectators, signs, food, drink, kids and water guns. I ran with a smile the whole race. Weather was good in 2019, 50 degrees at the start, which was a blessing for this Florida girl. Finish line was amazing, bridge filled with random people cheering all the racers, I felt like a celebrity during that final stretch. The medal is kind of small, but cool. Many food, drink options after the race. But, once out of the finisher area, not much left except beer (1). Lucky for me my racers friends don’t drink beer. The expo was outstanding. Brooks area was hugh, lots of vendors with tons for freebies and tastings. Stayed at an Airbnb about 3 miles from the start, no problem getting to the start line, thought there were plenty of Port-o-potties. No big lines were I was. Bag check & pickup simple and easy. My over experience was great, I really enjoyed it and thought the Nashville spectators were very welcoming to all runners.

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    ashleekucinski REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Pros: -Expo is fantastic! Lots of vendors, free stuff, discounted stuff, and general race excitement. -Really cool sights and sounds - lots of bands play around the course, and downtown … MORE

    Pros:
    -Expo is fantastic! Lots of vendors, free stuff, discounted stuff, and general race excitement.
    -Really cool sights and sounds – lots of bands play around the course, and downtown Nashville/the stadium are really cool to run around
    -Shirts/swag are nice

    Cons:
    -Hilly course that can be extra tough if it’s hot/humid
    -Not nearly enough porta potties/bathroom options prior to the start of the race for the size of this race
    -Corrals are really clustered and people don’t go to their appropriate wave

    Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this race, unless you’re local and running it as a training race for something else. It’s too hilly to PR, and the weather can make or break your performance. While it’s fun to see live music and cool parts of Nashville, it’s better to do that in a non-race setting.

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    kmusheno FIRST-TIMER '19

    Pretty scenic run through some of the best parts of Nashville (highlights include Broadway, Music Square and the warning track of First Tennessee Field). Course can be hilly at times. … MORE

    Pretty scenic run through some of the best parts of Nashville (highlights include Broadway, Music Square and the warning track of First Tennessee Field). Course can be hilly at times. (Hills near Shelby Park were brutal and everyone was walking up them)

    Organizers need to do a better job with corral placement as the walkers snuck up to the front and blocked the roads. Also, having 40 corrals with minutes in between each means a long wait at the start for some.

    Lots of aid stations and finishing area at Nissan Stadium (home of the Titans) was pretty good. (Although I still believe that they should not have represented that they were serving beer when all that they had was Michelob Ultra.)

    Swag was OK. T-shirt and Medal were pretty basic for a race that size.

    Expo was probably one of the best that I’ve been to.

    Race was done in connection with NFL Draft so they had Dierks Bentley for the Headliner Concert

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    drbradley82 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great weather for a PR but the hills and the 75+ walkers in front of me prevented that. Terrible corral management. Walkers should have been started later. Also zero pre-race … MORE

    Great weather for a PR but the hills and the 75+ walkers in front of me prevented that. Terrible corral management. Walkers should have been started later. Also zero pre-race information about dropping off bags at the race start. First timers had no way of knowing this. Logistics were poor regarding getting to the start from the parking area. The freeway was badly backed up trying to get to the stadium parking area. Then you have to walk 0.8 miles to the start. We barely had time to stretch. Worse part for me was the single Michelob Ultra at the finish. One beer! With a $55 registration! The shirt and finishers medal were very nice but I wont be running this race again.

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    kmusheno May 03, 2019 at 8:45am

    Pro-Tip... Always sign up for RNR races on Black Friday, Global Running Day or the Weekend of the Previous Year's Race. It's usually half the price then.

    Pro-Tip... Always sign up for RNR races on Black Friday, Global Running Day or the Weekend of the Previous Year's Race. It's usually half the price then.

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    dbierness REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Ok, bands were uniformly great, support is well spaced, neighborhood block parties were amazing (just wish they were closer to the end), shuttles were smooth and easy, course had a … MORE

    Ok, bands were uniformly great, support is well spaced, neighborhood block parties were amazing (just wish they were closer to the end), shuttles were smooth and easy, course had a minimum of early industrial decor 😂, weather was perfect.
    Cons were very few. Course is hilly if you are a flatlander like me, and the finish area was just nuts to get through or to figure out where to go.

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '19

    When they tell you this course is hilly, you better believe it. I went to this race with a group of 8 runners, all of which times were certainly not … MORE

    When they tell you this course is hilly, you better believe it. I went to this race with a group of 8 runners, all of which times were certainly not their best, but we finished and that what counts. I am not a big fan of RNR races, as I feel the race swag is cheap (small medal), and not as much crowd support, a lot of out and backs. The NFL draft was the same weekend, the city was more geared towards them than runners. But, there was a lot of money which was raised for St. Jude Hospital, so this is certainly a plus.

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    rutowskis1 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is quite the race. It was my first marathon ever so my expectations were nonexistent. The expo is absolutely incredible. This race is always on a huge weekend in … MORE

    This is quite the race. It was my first marathon ever so my expectations were nonexistent. The expo is absolutely incredible. This race is always on a huge weekend in Nashville so navigating downtown and parking is a nightmare but that’s Nashville for ya. The race itself is extremely well supported. The city of Nashville comes out in full force. The neighborhoods along the course are beautiful. Don’t be caught off guard with the hills. By mile 8, I was wiped because of the elevation. This particular race day also had 90% humidity and 90 degrees. They had to move the start time earlier because it was dangerously hot. They also had to shut down the race early for safety concerns. I ended up with debilitating quad cramps and barely finished but was thankful for the experience. This race is incredible and I have run the 1/2 two times now since that first marathon. So much fun and extremely well organized. The Run Rock n Roll Races are always well put together.

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    mtrprts FIRST-TIMER '19

    The people who started in coral 1-6 and walked should be ashamed. No policing of the coral area. I spent the whole first nine miles trying to weave through walkers … MORE

    The people who started in coral 1-6 and walked should be ashamed. No policing of the coral area. I spent the whole first nine miles trying to weave through walkers and slower runners.
    Runners need to start according to where they are gonna finish. If your gonna walk, start in the back.

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    bjrobinette Apr 27, 2019 at 9:58pm

    Exactly!!! I was in corral 22 but I waited near the front. There were people (walkers) with corral 30+ that started in corral 6 and under. The hills were bad… MORE

    Exactly!!! I was in corral 22 but I waited near the front. There were people (walkers) with corral 30+ that started in corral 6 and under. The hills were bad enough, running around the walkers only made it worse! LESS

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '19

    First, the race corresponded with the NFL draft being held in Nashville. So the usually awful Nashville traffic was magnified. The Expo was so-so. I actually considered it to be … MORE

    First, the race corresponded with the NFL draft being held in Nashville. So the usually awful Nashville traffic was magnified. The Expo was so-so. I actually considered it to be kind of small for the number of runners that were participating. The course was very hilly and crowded. They use the corral system and stagger them, but many people moved way up into corrals that they didn’t belong in. I saw people that were supposed to be in corrals 30+ (walkers) that were up in the 4th and 5th corrals. So since the course is crowded the walkers just make more obstacles to run around. Also, don’t they know that walkers should be on the side, not walking right down the middle? (Sorry but that is a pet peeve of mine) It got very warm so that didn’t help either. The medals were small (aren’t all r-n-r medals small) but they light up. The shirts were very nice though. I am not a big fan of the rock-n-roll series but this one does help support St. Jude’s Hospital so that at least makes up for the some of the shortcomings. At least I can mark Tennessee off my list now.

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    The race was hotter than expected and the hills were continuous. Race support was great as spectators broke out the water hoses to cool off the runners. I struggled with … MORE

    The race was hotter than expected and the hills were continuous. Race support was great as spectators broke out the water hoses to cool off the runners. I struggled with pain during the race, but managed to finish with a decent time. I stayed with family so logistics were easy. Would run again.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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