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Runners Weather Rainy Conditions at St. Jude Country Music Marathon

  • Biggest Loser winner Danni Allen breaks two hours running first 13.1-mile race for St. Jude
  • Nashville residents Daniel Lepage and Gisela Olalde steal the show in the half marathon; Scott Wietecha and Jill Horst win 14th annual marathon

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (April 27, 2013) – The rainy downpour soaked participants at the 14th St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan on Saturday, April 27, but spirits were still high as they crossed the finish line.

Scott Wietecha from Hendersonville, Tenn., won the men’s marathon in 2:22:41, while Jill Horst from Rome, GA, landed first place in 2:57:52—both winners were slated to run in the 2013 Boston Marathon but were unable due to overtraining and an illness, respectively. Nashville residents Daniel Lepage (1:10:39) and Gisela Olalde (1:19:58) won the half marathon.

"This was fun, the crowds were great—I love Nashville," said Lepage. "The rain slows you down a bit, but keeps you nice and cool. I was running with a friend for a while, but he continued onto the marathon."

"It was a tough course in the rain and cold," Olalde said. "I kept slipping along the way and it was hard to keep my footing. Never really got used to it."

Marathon winner Wietecha is a teacher at HB Williams Elementary School. He encouraged 25 of his students to run at the ING KiDS ROCK Nashville race, taking place tomorrow, April 28 at LP Field.

"I’m proud to win in my hometown. I felt pretty good and I kept it steady because I’m preparing for the USA 25 km Championships in Grand Rapids Michigan, said Wietecha. "I was used to the rain since I ran the Houston Marathon in January."

Second place half marathon winner, Alan Ash from Atmore, AL (1:12:06), just finished track season at Vanderbilt and decided to participate in the race just yesterday.

"I enjoyed the race but didn’t exactly know what to expect," said Ash. "I was running with the pack and stayed strong. I found a guy to latch on to and finished through with a good time."

Runners toured some of the Music City’s most notable hot spots and attractions, while enthusiastic cheerleaders stood out in the rain to cheer on participants, along with thousands of spectators lining the course. The race started at Centennial Park, traveled through some of Nashville’s iconic locations such as Belmont University, the Tennessee State Capitol Building, Shelby Park and the Cumberland River, before finishing at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans.

Biggest Loser winner Danni Allen ran her first half marathon under her goal time, in 1:53:37. She ran with her trainer to support St. Jude Children’s Research, along with more than 2,500 St. Jude Heroes who raised incremental funds for the hospital by securing donations from family, friends and co-workers.

"It was so much fun, despite the rain. It was just like the story of my life, overcoming obstacles this past year," said Allen. "To think one year ago I was bedside with my father in the hospital, which inspired me to tackle my weight issue, it’s amazing that everything has come full circle."

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases, is the title partner and official benefiting charity of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon. Funds raised for St. Jude are instrumental in supporting the $1.8 million per day it takes to run the hospital and allow families to never have to pay for the care their child receives. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall. 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.

Country music star Craig Morgan and special guest, Sarah Darling, will cap off the weekend of festivities with a post-race concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
For more information on the event, visit Competitor.com and follow St. Jude Country Music Marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll with hashtag #RunCMM.

2013 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Presented by Nissan

Results – April 27, 2013

Men’s Half Marathon
Place, Name, Age, Hometown, Time
1. Daniel Lepage, 24, Nashville, TN, 1:10:39
2. Alan Ash, 21, Atmore, AL, 1:12:06
3. Bill Martin, 22, 1:12:45

Women’s Half Marathon
Place, Name, Age, Hometown, Time
1. Gisela Olalde, 27, Nashville, TN, 1:19:58
2. Catha Mullen, 28, Woodside, CA, 1:20:59
3. Katie Showman, 31, Tallahassee, FL, 1:22:36

Men’s Marathon
Place, Name, Age, Hometown, Time
1. Scott Wietecha, 31, Hendersonville, TN, 2:22:41
2. Andrew Catalano, 26, Colorado Springs, CO, 2:27:27
3. Justin Gillette, 30, Goshen, IN, 2:42:26

Women’s Marathon
Place, Name, Age, Hometown, Time
1. Jill Horst, 34, Rome, GA, 2:57:52
2. Maggie Opelt, 23, Cleveland, TN, 3:09:09
3. Meredith Smith, 42, Ashland City, TN, 3:13:23

About the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan
A Competitor event, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan will celebrate its 14th running in the Music City on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musically themed road race annually attracts more than 30,000 runners. Race weekend will kick off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 25 and includes the ING KiDS ROCK Nashville and a post-race concert Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena. All participants receive a free ticket to the concert. Over the 14-year history of the race, runners have raised more than $23 million for a variety of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, please visit Competitor.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.

Media Contacts:
Kim Dettwiller, (615)330-5656, teamstrategies@gmail.com
Dan Cruz, (619) 925-7671, dcruz@competitorgroup.com

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Schedule of Events

April 23-24, 2015

Health & Fitness Expo

Music City Center, Hall C-D
Thursday, April 23: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday, April 24: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Expo Details

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Country Music Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5K

Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Start Time: 7:00am
5K Start Time: 6:45am
Event Details

Sunday, April 26, 2015

KiDS ROCK NASHVILLE

Start Time: 2:00pm
Event Details

Friday, April 24, 2015

St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party Songwriters Night

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

St. Jude Heroes Post Race Brunch

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