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        Local Bands to Play for Massive Moving Crowd for 2011 Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon
·       Band lineup announced for 12th annual race
·       More than 30,000 expected for miles and miles of music
·       Registration still available online at Competitor.com
Nashville, TN – (March 31, 2011) – When it comes to music, Nashville dreams tend to run big. For more than 40 local bands, Saturday, April 30th will be the ultimate gig at one of the city’s premier events. The Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan returns for a 12th year, welcoming more than 30,000 participants to a running tour of Music City.
The bands chosen will play on 28 stages along the half and full marathon courses, entertaining and motivating runners as they push through the miles. The block party atmosphere has become a familiar Nashville sight, with runners often dressed in costume, cheerleaders, and thousands of spectators lining the streets.
“It’s a real opportunity for these local musicians to get some exposure to a wider audience, as a large percentage of our runners will be visitors to Nashville,” said Adam Zocks, General Manager. “We take great pride in choosing a diverse, very talented group of bands that will bring high energy and an exciting atmosphere to race day.”
Runners can look forward to acts like the Randy McLellan Band, Skyla Spencer, Terry Lee Bolton, The Little Uglies,the Lava Girls and Porter Hall Tennessee. The sounds of jazz, country, rock ‘n’ roll, swing and blues will have runners singing along as they move toward the finish line.
Later that evening, runners will complete the ultimate country music experience as Nashville legends Montgomery Gentry take the stage at Bridgestone Arena for the post race concert.
Spectators, family and friends are encouraged to enjoy a day of free live music as they cheer on the runners passing by. A full list of bands and the best locations for spectators are available online at Competitor.com.
The Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan will begin at 7:00am at Centennial Park. Runners will enjoy many of Nashville’s most historic sites like the Parthenon and Nashville’s world-renowned Music Row and an expansive finish line festival outside the Tennessee Titan’s home, LP Field, located along the Cumberland River.
Runners can get prepared for race day at the Health & Fitness Expo presented by Power Balance on Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th The expo is free and open to the public and takes place at the Nashville Convention Center. A runner’s ultimate resource, the Expo brings together nearly 100 exhibitors offering the best in gear, nutrition, and training along with legendary running experts and athletes hosting interactive clinics.
More than 4,700 kids in grades K-7 will run a marathon of their own at ING KiDS ROCK Nashville on Friday, April 29th. The cumulative kids marathon program aims to tackle childhood obesity by demonstrating that physical activity can be fun and instilling a lifetime love of fitness. ING KiDS ROCK Nashville is sold out.
Registration is still available for both the full and half marathon. To sign up or for more information, please visit Competitor.com.
About the Country Music Marathon
A Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, on Saturday, April 30, 2011, the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan will celebrate its 12thannual running in Music City. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musically themed road annually attracts 35,000 runners, walkers and junior racers.  Race weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 28 and includes the ING KiDS ROCK Nashville and a post-race concert Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena.  The Nashville Convention Center is home to the free Health & Fitness Expo which is open to the public as all race participants pick up their race number, browse through fitness related products, enjoy free samples and interactive clinics. For more information, please visit www.nashville.competitor.com or follow us on Twitter @runrocknroll.
About Competitor Group
Headquartered in San Diego, Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) is the leading endurance media and event entertainment company dedicated to promoting the sports of running, cycling and triathlon. CGI owns and operates 45 national endurance events, including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons Series, TriRockTriathlon Series and Columbia Muddy Buddy Series; which will deliver more than 400,000 professional and amateur participants in 2011. CGI publishes four magazine titles including VeloNews, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete and Competitor magazine with a combined monthly circulation of over 800,000. In addition, the company holds a captive online endurance community at competitor.com delivering over 1.5 million monthly unique visitors and 25 million page views. Further information about Competitor and its media properties can be found at www.competitormediakit.com.  


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