The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series makes running fun. Each year, more athletes participate in Rock ‘n’ Roll running events than any other running series in the United States.
What started as a simple idea in 1998 – a marathon with bands along the course celebrating each participant – soon transformed the running landscape igniting the second running boom.
While entertainment and the energy of a festival weekend define the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series experience, runners have raised more than $310 million for participating charities shows our heart and soul.
Event weekends include a world-class Health & Fitness Expo and culminate with finish line concert featuring the biggest names in music, with past performers including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pitbull, Goo Goo Dolls, All-American Rejects, Flo-Rida, Train and Lady Antebellum.
In 2014, the Remix Challenge was born, and runners can now earn extra bling by completing two days of running in 11 cities. Runners who participate in multiple cities each year can also qualify for Heavy Medal awards, Limited Edition medals and a coveted spot in our Hall of Fame.
Whether running your 10th marathon, third half marathon, first 5K or supporting a runner who has overcome the odds, we bring the best of the active lifestyle experience to a 100,000 sqft trade show, superb course execution, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
In 2017, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series will be celebrating 20 Years Running. It all began in San Diego in 1998. 2017 will also mark St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon’s 18th year with the series since its inaugural race in 2000. 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 finish. Join us in Music City in 2017 to celebrate 20 Years Running!
Our 2017 courses are here! Imagine yourself at the start line on the iconic Broadway, home to Honky Tonk Highway, taking off with tons of other pumped-up runners, breezing by the Country Music Hall of Fame and First Tennessee Park, cruising through some of Nashville’s trendiest neighborhoods and streets, and finishing to the tune of cheers and rockin’ music.
Live bands, cheer teams and high-energy volunteers line the streets to power your race experience from start to finish, concluding with a headliner concert. Since 1998, headliners have included some of music’s biggest names, like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Train, Goo Goo Dolls, Pat Benatar, Brad Paisley and Pitbull. Join us in 2017 for the biggest party in the history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series as we celebrate our 20 Years Running.