FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elite Racing, Inc.
COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON & 1/2 MARATHON RUNNING WILD IN NASHVILLE
Race officials announce half-marathon will sell out.
Runners and walkers encouraged to register now.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (March 20, 2007) – A little bit country and a little bit
rock 'n' roll. The eighth annual Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon is set
to host its largest participant field in race history. Nearly 30,000
runners and walkers are expected on race day Sat., April 28, 2007.
Elite Racing, Inc., organizer of the Nashville event, announces the
half-marathon will sell out on or around April 10. Runners and walkers are
encouraged to register now. With the expected April 10 close date,
registration will not be available for the half-marathon at the annual
Health & Fitness Expo. Registration is still available for the (full)
marathon, and will remain open online through April 22 and at the Health &
Fitness Expo on April 26 and 27.
From the Grand Ole Opry to the honky tonks, Nashville's streets have always
been filled with live music. For the past seven years, the music has been
accompanied by thousands of runners, exactly the way Adam Zocks, general
manager for the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon, likes it.
"This race grew from humble beginnings, and many doubted the concept of
blending country music with running." Zocks said. "I think it is clear that
there is something special about this race, which now draws people from
around the world to the city of Nashville."
In combination with the popularity of the half-marathon, an entertaining
tourism destination and outstanding bands, who accent the marathon and half
marathon courses with their music, the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon
has added to Nashville's attractions and energized the region's running
"I have watched this race grow into a success and become a highlight on
Nashville's star-studded calendar of events, said Marilyn Edwards, Director
of Special Events for the Nashville Mayor's office. "The event's impeccable
organization and energy continues to delight our local participants and
impress those who visit from out of town."
With a participant field that has grown by 60% percent over the past year,
solid organization will be even more of a priority for Elite Racing.
"We (Elite Racing) value each runner's experience," Zocks said. "The
increase in participation means that we have ramped up existing procedures
and implemented new strategies to ensure runners and walkers have a smooth
flowing race from beginning to end."
These adjustments include more corrals at the start line, increased time
between wave starts and more crowd control on the busy Belmont Boulevard
section of the course.
For more information and to register for the Country Music Marathon & ½
Marathon, go to www.cmmarathon.com or