Country Music star Craig Morgan and special guest, Sarah Darling, will lend their talented voices to the 14th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. Continuing the tradition of combining great country music with Nashville’s premier running event, Morgan and Darling will cap the weekend of festivities with a post-race concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 27.
The musically themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners, walkers and 6,000 junior racers through ING KiDS ROCK Nashville, who will take on the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses while passing many of Nashville’s best live bands along the route.
Complimentary concert tickets are provided to all registered runners and volunteers. Runners may purchase additional tickets for $35.
“As a Nashville area native, I’m proud to represent Country Music and St. Jude and give all the runners a chance to let loose after the big race. Save up some energy for the end of the night because we’re gonna make sure you leave Music City with a lot of great memories!“, said Craig Morgan.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases, is the official benefiting charity of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon. Again this year, participants registered for the race are encouraged to also sign up as St. Jude Heroes and Run For a Reason®. St. Jude Heroes, a special group who raise incremental funds for the hospital by securing donations from family, friends and co-workers, are instrumental in supporting the $1.8 million per day it takes to run the hospital. Thanks to the generosity of donors, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for each patient and a family member.
“Last year was a remarkable year for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon, with our supporters raising more than $700,000 for our lifesaving mission,” said Richard Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We’re grateful to be a part of this amazing race, and for the support of St. Jude Heroes, race participants and avid country music fans who are helping us raise awareness and funds to continue finding cures and saving the lives of children around the world.”
St. Jude Heroes earn special fundraising incentives, like a free race entry, lodging and airfare. Registered runners and anyone interested in donating can view the complete list of fundraising options and benefits.
“The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan continues as a marquee event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series,” said Adam Zocks, the event’s vice president and general manager. “We are thrilled that Craig and Sarah will perform at this year’s post-race concert and are proud that so many participants return year after year to experience the event and everything Nashville has to offer.”