More than 30K, including WFLA web producer, race in St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than 30,000 runners hit the streets of Music City Saturday for the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon.

After a weather delay due to lightning, the Music City Challenge 5K began at 7:30 a.m., with the marathon beginning at 7:50 a.m. Additionally, if lightning is spotted throughout the race, organizers will determine if runners should be removed from the course.

WFLA’s web producer Emma Yepsen is running her first half-marathon during this event.

READ: Our web producer’s candid report on her training for her very first half-marathon 

Race organizers announced changes to the course for the 2016 race, including that marathoners will go into First Tennessee Park and do a lap around the field.

PHOTOS: 2016 St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon

Many streets in downtown Nashville will be closed throughout the duration of the race. Hendersonville physical education teacher Scott Wietecha will be attempting his fourth victory in a row as first-place male.

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 as the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon. The 90s rock band The Wallflowers were announced as the headliners of this year’s concert series after the marathon.

The musically-themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners and 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.

Additionally, 4,000 junior racers will participate in KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee. 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 five-year partnership, nearly $6 million has been raised for St. Jude.

WFLA web staff contributed to this report.

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