The Wallflowers to Headline St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon

March 15th, 2016

The Wallflowers to Headline St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon

Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series will take place following the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday, April 30 at The Bridgestone Arena at 7:00 p.m.

NASHVILLE, TN – March 15, 2016 – On Saturday, April 30, the annual St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon continues the strong tradition of great music combined with the premier running event in Tennessee as The Wallflowers will take the stage for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at the Bridgestone Arena at 7:00 p.m.

The concert is open to the public and tickets are now on sale for $35.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, TicketMaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or

Formerly known as the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, the event has been rebranded as part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series for the first time in 2016. The musically themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners, walkers who will take on the 26.2, 13.1-mile and 5K courses, while passing many of Nashville’s best live bands performing along the route. In addition, 4,000 junior racers will participate in KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee,

“With more than 30,000 runners this year, the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon is a marquee event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series,” said Kevin Buffalino, Event Director. “It’s the first year as Rock ‘n’ Roll, and we are thrilled that The Wallflowers will perform at this year’s post-race concert to celebrate all of the musical genres that Nashville is known for. We are excited that so many participants return year after year to experience the event and run Music City.”

During the marathon, thousands of St. Jude Heroes will run for a reason, hoping to raise more than $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the event’s 5-year partnership with St. Jude, nearly $6 million has been raised.

“The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon uniquely unites the music industry, fitness enthusiasts and St. Jude Heroes who, together, are bringing children one step closer to victory in their fight against cancer,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The funds raised from this event and our St. Jude Heroes help ensure no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food so that all they should worry about is helping their child live.”

In addition, organizers recently announced a new addition to the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon schedule of events: The Music City Challenge.

The Music City Challenge will allow runners to tackle the 5K at 6:45 a.m. before making their way back to the start line to then run the marathon or half marathon. To show off their accomplishment, the runners will receive a 5K participant tee, a half/full participant tee, a 5K medal, a half/full medal and a bonus Music City Challenge tee. This bonus Music City Challenge long sleeve can be picked up at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series tent at the Finish Line Festival.

The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon weekend kicks off Thursday, April 28 with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Nashville Music City Center. All race participants will visit the expo to pick up their race numbers and browse over 100 exhibitors featuring free samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as a series of interactive clinics.

Fifty of Nashville’s favorite live bands will perform along the course, interspaced with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Race weekend includes a post race headliner concert at the Bridgestone Arena Saturday night where participants and volunteers receive free admission. The event concludes on Sunday afternoon with KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, where more than 4,000 junior racers from grades K-7 will complete the final mile of their modified marathon.

For more information or to register for the event, visit  and follow the marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll with the hashtag #RnRNashville.

Free marathon, half-marathon and 5K training plans are available online.


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The Wallflowers to Headline St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon

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