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Run Music City! This unique event is jampacked with authentically Nashville music at every turn. Prepare to be immersed in music culture from the expo to the finish line when you join us for the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Nashville. Experience a legendary tour of Music City … MORE
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    MarthaS FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Rock n Roll Nashville marathon was (like all Rock n Roll events) a well-organized race. Bib and t-shirt pick up were a breeze. The expo had the usual vendors … MORE

    The Rock n Roll Nashville marathon was (like all Rock n Roll events) a well-organized race. Bib and t-shirt pick up were a breeze. The expo had the usual vendors selling whatever you might have forgotten to pack. There were lots of porta potties en route. There were lots of musicians and good music along the course. Mile markers were clearly marked (though Rock n Roll miles seem to be longer than what my Garmin records which can be agonizing as the race goes on). The split-offs between the half and full marathoners were not well marked however; fortunately I saw them all and didn’t make any mistakes but wondered at the time how many people might have missed them…Seeing reports here, unfortunately a few did.

    The marathon route was also one of the more interesting ones for Rock n Roll in the US. It was much more interesting than the Rock n Roll Arizona and San Antonio marathons. The marathon and half marathon started on Broadway and 8th Ave South. We ran a few blocks west and then south past Belmont University, north past the Tennessee State Capitol. We got to run around the outer field of the First Horizon Park which is the official stadium of the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club and got to see our image projected on the guitar-shaped scoreboard. The kicker was during miles 20 to almost 24 we ran two loops around Sevier Lake which had a long hill to run up twice, and at that point I wanted it to be over. We finished at Nissan Stadium, the home field of the Tennessee Titans.

    For someone who trains in Northern California and on moderate hills with some regularity, the Nashville course should have seemed flat and fast. The race director warned about the first 8 miles; “take it easy on the first 8”. So while running I didn’t think the hills were terribly challenging. But the heat quickly rose and by mile 11 it was already 73 degrees with 38% humidity. I was starting to perspire at mile 1 and I don’t perspire normally that quickly. By mile 14 I knew this was not going to be a PR; in fact I was reframing the race in terms of just finishing. About mile 10, I started taking a water for me and pouring a water over my head. I took ice cold wet rags 3 times over the last half. I drank whenever water was offered and I took both offerings of pickle juice. It was all about trying to keep my body temperature down as much as possible. By the end, the temperature was 83 degrees, and I think we were within a couple degrees of the race director having to close the race. Fortunately, I don’t think anyone suffered any serious heat related ramifications (at least I checked online afterwards and I saw none reported).

    My time should have been under 5 hours for this race, but the heat was a killer. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the experience (as much as one can while undergoing the pain of a marathon) and enjoyed visiting Nashville. Beside the obvious tourist draws like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Johnny Cash Museum, check out the Tennessee State Museum; it’s free and worth a visit.

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    jsspinner FIRST-TIMER '22

    Pre race communication was adequate. Expo was a decent size and easy to navigate. For a race of this size, I thought the pre-race port-o-toilet availability was really inadequate. The … MORE

    Pre race communication was adequate.
    Expo was a decent size and easy to navigate.
    For a race of this size, I thought the pre-race port-o-toilet availability was really inadequate. The lines were really long for the few that they had.
    Crowd support was AWESOME!
    The St. Jude section was amazing to see.
    The course was a constant downhill or uphill with a lot of turns and no real flat sections. There were multiple places where runners stacked up.
    Don’t run this race looking for a PR.
    Overall, I would recommend the race.

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    titans1fan92 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Completed the Nashville Marathon for the first time in 22 after completing the half in previous years. You start on Nashville Broadway in downtown. The first 10 miles or so … MORE

    Completed the Nashville Marathon for the first time in 22 after completing the half in previous years. You start on Nashville Broadway in downtown. The first 10 miles or so the half and full are together. You basically run from downtown to Belmont University and back. Once you do that the half and full split off a for a little bit. The half crosses the bridge and goes to the finish line at Nissan Stadium. While full goes another 3-4 miles or so including my personal favorite part of running on the minor league baseball stadium of the Nashville sounds. You actually get to run around the field and get placed on the big board. Then you briefly join up with the half again across the bridge. When you cross it the half finishes at Nissan while the full keeps going to Shelby Park were you do two loops in back to finish at Nissan.

    At the time of writing this was my 4th marathon (also done 3 half). This was by far the hardest race for me. 1) The Heat. Lot of years you could get lucky and this is not a factor for you. However, it was in the 80s the last ten miles or so and it was hot. I personally think if it was 10-15 degree cooler then I would of done about 15-30 minutes better. Second it is very very hilly. The first part was not to bad for me. Yes downtown Nashville hilly, but I bet other cities can be just as bad. The worst part is Shelby Park. There was a hill there that was insane. It was the worst. You had to do it twice witch made it extra bad. The hills and heat were not a good combination for me personally.

    However, the rest of it was great. They had a lot of live music on the course. The volunteers at the aid station were great. Water, Gatorade, Gel, and even this Febreze they sprayed you that i have never done before that was great. The race day pick up was Thursday and Friday before the race in the huge conference center in downtown Nashville. It was extremely well organized. Additionally there was a lot of fun vendors at it too. Selling all sorts of stuff. I really liked the Tshirt and the Medal is usually always sin the shape of a Guitar.

    Overall it was a good marathon. I wish it was in early April Vs late April to avoid the risk of really hot days like I did in 2022. However, hopefully most years it will be better. Would recommend it. Just watch out for some crazy hills the last 5 miles of the race.

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    lgt2037 FIRST-TIMER '22

    We ran by so many amazing sites. I'd read reviews so I trained for hills but, as another reviewer put it, they were "relentless." I had STUDIED the map but … MORE

    We ran by so many amazing sites. I’d read reviews so I trained for hills but, as another reviewer put it, they were “relentless.” I had STUDIED the map but expected signage and course marshals would help because the Halfs and Fulls split several times. I missed the third split, ran back, and found I’d missed the second split. I was now off course, they were running out of supplies, and had been told the six hour limit was firm. Mid 80s heat and concern that I’d be running over 28 miles to finish and could easily get lost in a park with possibly no support, I stopped at 15.05 and enjoyed the music – which was GREAT. The volunteers did their best, can’t do much about the heat, but they really needed better directional signage and more course marshals. This is one where you can’t just follow and the pre-race maps were poor. It was four pages after I guessed at the map in PlotaRoute. If I’d been faster I would have had other Full runners to follow but at the back of the pack you had to rely on signs blocked by Half runners and course marshals who apparently couldn’t pick out a handfull of back of the pack Full runners mixed in with thousands running the Half. UPDATE: After running the Columbus Cap City Half Marathon the following week, I realized how RNR Nashville had TRULY FALLEN SHORT. I learned that they had run out of water and ice (in 83 degree heat) and that the experience was not a good one for other runners as well. Race officials in Columbus YELLED, had bright orange signs, and made sure that no one could miss the turn-offs for different races, UNLIKE AT NASHVILLE. This is my third RNR race that let me down so I’m done with them. I can’t recommend this race.

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    jessnbond May 06, 2022 at 8:21pm

    I got off course too! I turned into the ball field too early. I ended up repeating part of the course later on to make up the missed 1.8 miles… MORE

    I got off course too! I turned into the ball field too early. I ended up repeating part of the course later on to make up the missed 1.8 miles before I crossed the finish line. But I was officially disqualified, which sucks because I ran 26.2 miles out there. Very frustrating that the course wasn’t well enough marked/there wasn’t a support person out there to keep me from turning too early. I couldn’t have been alone. LESS

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    lgt2037 Jun 02, 2022 at 6:56pm

    That's so disappointing but you know you finished and that's FANTASTIC. Good job!

    That's so disappointing but you know you finished and that's FANTASTIC. Good job!

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    vaidilingam FIRST-TIMER '22

    Heat, Hills and Winds - You have the trifecta in abundance at this race. While the race was well organized, it's a very tough race. There is a 2-mile repeat … MORE

    Heat, Hills and Winds – You have the trifecta in abundance at this race. While the race was well organized, it’s a very tough race.

    There is a 2-mile repeat loop that has to be run between. 20 and 24. Heart-breaking for the faint hearted.

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    hseitz FIRST-TIMER '22

    My first Rock n Roll race. They definitely brought a great party atmosphere to Nashville. We started near Broadway in downtown, and ended next to the Titans stadium. I can … MORE

    My first Rock n Roll race. They definitely brought a great party atmosphere to Nashville. We started near Broadway in downtown, and ended next to the Titans stadium. I can handle hills, and to a lesser extent the heat, but the combo of heat (up to 80 F) and hills today was too much for me to handle. I slowed down at mile 21 and walked most of the rest of the way. And I had never slowed down to walk in a marathon before (this was my 10th).

    What a great tour of Nashville, though. The course did a great job of touring the city, hitting up Broadway, the State Capitol, the riverside, Belmont/Vanderbilt, and finally the Titans stadium. Plenty of DJs and a fair amount of live music, and the volunteers did their best with water/gatorade/iced sponges/water-soaked towels. Just beware, we run into a park around a lake called Shelby Park from miles 20-23, and this park CLAIMS LIVES. Specifically, there is a hill we must run up twice that is like a 30 degree angle. Please save some energy for this park.

    Parking is first-come first serve in the Titans stadium parking lot. Marathon started at 7:20 am and you could still find a spot almost up to start time. There were about 23,000 total runners across the races, I believe.

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    tsltan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Nashville has taken over Las Vegas as the city for bachelor and bachelorette parties. And this city knows how to throw a party, even for marathon runners. High energy in … MORE

    Nashville has taken over Las Vegas as the city for bachelor and bachelorette parties. And this city knows how to throw a party, even for marathon runners. High energy in the air with music entertainment along the course, which includes many iconic landmarks on the course, including Broadway’s honky-tonks, Dolly Parton’s recording studio, Country Music Hall of Fame. A little too hilly for most runners to PR on this course. Expo and Finish line is at the Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans! The bling was super tiny and nothing fancy.

    Check out my YouTube video below.

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    lsun2shine FIRST-TIMER '21

    The scenery was amazing! The atmosphere was amazing! The rolling hills were the only thing that really wasn’t ready for. They even call one point “the summit”! Either way! I … MORE

    The scenery was amazing! The atmosphere was amazing! The rolling hills were the only thing that really wasn’t ready for. They even call one point “the summit”! Either way! I loved the race. It will be even better in 5 mo the when the weather is better

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    conigliol FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was by far the hardest race I’ve ever participated in. I trained for the hills I’ve heard all about and I still struggled. My Garmin read that there was … MORE

    This was by far the hardest race I’ve ever participated in. I trained for the hills I’ve heard all about and I still struggled. My Garmin read that there was over 1,000 feet of elevation gained throughout this course. Honestly, pretty disappointed with the swag. One of the most expensive races and the only swag we received was a drawstring bag and a tee shirt, the medals were tiny. the expo was kind of a joke. I needed to stock up on fuel and there was nothing available at all. The volunteers gave out gels at some of the mile stops but it was a brand I’ve never heard of and didnt want to chance anything new. There were some stages set up throughout the course which was pretty cool though! If considering this specific race, I’d suggest doing the half first.

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    dubiner FIRST-TIMER '19

    Let me start out - the people of Nashville are great and friendly. However during the second half of this race - it was a virtual ghost town in terms … MORE

    Let me start out – the people of Nashville are great and friendly. However during the second half of this race – it was a virtual ghost town in terms of spectators as we wound past (great) bandstands through an empty office park and then down through a dodgy section close to the stadium and out and back through a pretty park. For the first half – winding through historic neighborhoods – it was awesome.

    The course was a lot hillier than I expected – especially coming out of the park at around mile 23.

    The expo was pretty large and had a lot of freebies and other giveaways. Everything was very well organized – check-in was a snap.

    The party at the end was nice – great food and drink options. The medal was small but cool (it lit up!). The shirt was nice as well.

    I would definitely do another RnR event – but probably the half only.

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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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    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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    emelia.pitlick FIRST-TIMER '18

    I wasn't trained correctly and hit the wall around mile 17. I did a run/walk and so by the time I finished it was 80 and full sun. The second … MORE

    I wasn’t trained correctly and hit the wall around mile 17. I did a run/walk and so by the time I finished it was 80 and full sun. The second half of the race seemed to have little spectators and lots of hills. The first half was awesome- I would absolutely due the half again someday.

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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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