Why the St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon?

The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon, ½ Marathon & 5K features live bands on 28 stages along the 13.1-mile course. The musically themed road race is expected to attract 35,000 runners, walkers and junior racers.

The Nashville Marathon is recognized as the ultimate tour of Music City, featuring historic sites like the Parthenon, Nashville’s world-renowned Music Row and an expansive finish line festival outside of the Tennessee Titan’s home, the Nissan Stadium, located along the Cumberland River. The event culminates with a post-race concert, which has featured past artists like Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar, Jo Dee Messina, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride and Kenny Rogers.

When is the race?

The 5K starts at 6:45 a.m.  The Marathon and 1/2 Marathon distances have a wave start which will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

If I register with Run for Hope, do I need to register for the Nashville Marathon?

Yes. Please register with the Nashville Marathon first and then Run for Hope. Write down your confirmation number, because you’ll need it when you register on the Run for Hope team.

When do I need to start my training regime for the race?

Training for the half marathon officially begins in January. Our training program is a 16-week training program, giving your body ample time to be conditioned for the race safely. Click here for more specific training information.

What is the last day I can register?

You can register for Run for Hope until March 8, 2017. Maximum number of registrations we allow is 200. The minimum fundraising commitment is due on April 23, 2017.

What happens if I elect to run and fundraise and I cannot reach my goal? Am I responsible for paying the difference to Run for Hope?

Yes, if you do not opt out by March 15, 2017, you will be responsible for the difference between your goal and the amount you raised. For complete details of the Fundraising Commitment, click here.

What will Run for Hope provide in terms of training, etc.?

Run for Hope is committed to providing exceptional training to its team members, from the first day of training through race day. They will provide expert-led weekly runs and walks for those who live in the Nashville area, week-by-week training plans, informational and motivational weekly eblasts, and a race week plan to help you cross the finish line safely and enjoyably. If you live outside the Nashville, TN area, we will provide you with online training plans to get you from start to finish. You will also have access to our team trainer and may ask her questions throughout the training process.

When will group training begin?

Weekly group runs will begin on January 7, the first Saturday of 2017. There will be a different distance and start location each Saturday, and those runners who have opted for local training will receive an email each week with the details.

Can I fundraise even if I am not able to travel to Nashville? How would I do this?

Yes, absolutely. You have the option of being a part of our “virtual” team – Team DiverseCity. There is a lower fundraising commitment, and you will receive a team jersey and team swag! The fundraising works exactly the same as if you were participating in Nashville. Run for Hope will provide abundant fundraising resources including sample letters, email templates, social media templates, your personal online fundraising page, etc. Simply CLICK HERE to register for the virtual team. It’s an easy one-step process.

How will I know if New Hope Academy (NHA) has received checks that my donors have mailed?

Runners who have received donations directly at New Hope Academy (“offline donations”) will begin receiving fundraising updates in March. These emails will go out every Friday, to anyone who has received new donations since the last update. If you have specific questions about offline donations, you can email Jennifer at jbeck@nhafranklin.org.

Does your staff enter my offline donations on my FirstGiving page?

No.  It’s your responsibility to enter these donations on your fundraising page. It’s optional, but doing so will give you and your donors a clear look at your fundraising progress. These donations will show up as “pending confirmation” in your FirstGiving admin. Just ignore that – we don’t go in and approve them all. They will still show up on your list of donations.

When is the fundraising deadline?

It is April 23, 2017.

When is the opt out deadline?

It is March 15, 2017, at midnight CST. You must contact Jennifer Beck before then to opt out of Run for Hope without financial penalty.

Who is the opt out for?

The opt out is designed for people who have had something unforseen or extraordinary happen in their lives that prevents them from continuing to raise the committed funds.

How do I officially opt out?

Email Jennifer Beck at jbeck@nhafranklin.org.

If I’m short and haven’t raised all of my fundraising minimum, when will my credit card be charged?

The fundraising deadline is April 23, 2017 at midnight. On April 24, we will tally everyone’s “offline donations” and FirstGiving donations to come up with a total. If you are below your fundraising guarantee, we will charge your card for the difference. The charge will be processed on April 24 or 25. If your credit card has expired before that date, you need to update us with your new expiration date.