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Rodney Atkins to Headline St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan

Gloriana Set as Opening Act; Tickets on Sale Now

Nashville, Tenn., (Feb. 3, 2012) – Country star Rodney Atkins and special guest, Gloriana, will lend their voices to support the 13th 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, Atkins and Gloriana will cap the weekend of festivities with a post-race concert at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, April 28.

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.

“For all these people to come out and push themselves to this great of a length for such good cause is exciting and definitely something to celebrate,” shared Atkins.  “It will be a fun night and I’m looking forward to being a part of it all.”

The festivities will benefit 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. This year marks the 50th anniversary of St. Jude and its lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children.

“Since opening its doors in 1962, St. Jude has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through pioneering research breakthroughs and unparalleled patient care,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “Our lifesaving work would not be possible without the support of the public, including running enthusiasts and our St. Jude Heroes participating in the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon.”

Event weekend will kick off the marathon weekend with a free Health & Fitness Expo on April 26-27 at the Nashville Convention Center. There, participants will pick up their race numbers, enjoy free samples and attend interactive clinics on fitness-related topics, such as nutrition and running gear.

“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 Rodney Atkins and Gloriana 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.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit Competitor.com and follow the marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll. The event is open to the general public and tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit the Bridgestone Arena box office or contact TicketMaster online or by phone at (800) 745-3000. 

About Rodney Atkins

Award-winning singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener. Atkins has landed six No. 1 hits, including the most recent platinum-selling chart-topper, “Take A Back Road,” and has over five million single sales in the past five years alone. The new album, TAKE A BACK ROAD (released Oct. 4, 2011), has helped propel Rodney to even bigger heights with the out-of-the-box smash, “Take A Back Road,” and current single, “He’s Mine,” a clever tune focused on the unconditional love of a son and sense of pride when recognizing personal responsibility for the child’s mannerisms, no matter how questionable his actions may be.

In 2007, Rodney was named ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist while also garnering back-to-back recognition with Billboard‘s Most Played Song of the Year Award for “If You’re Going Through Hell” (2006) and “Watching You” (2007). Since the start of his success, Rodney has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Early Show on CBS, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, CNN Headline News and many more. He is also the national spokesperson the National Council for Adoption. For more information on Rodney Atkins, visit www.rodneyatkins.com.

About Gloriana

Gloriana debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the Top 200 chart and spawned the gold-certified hit single “Wild At Heart.” Gloriana also won the fan-voted-on American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist, as well as the “Nationwide On Your Side” honor at the Country Music Television (CMT) Awards. The album’s success led to two years on the road, during which the band performed in front of millions worldwide as Taylor Swift’s handpicked opening act on her Fearless Tour. They also opened shows for Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and the Zac Brown Band. In 2010, Gloriana won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group and were nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Country Group.”

“(Kissed You) Good Night,” the current single from Gloriana’s forthcoming studio album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, is currently climbing the country charts. For the latest news, videos, photos, and tour dates, visit Gloriana’s official website, www.gloriana.com.