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Nissan Returns To Partner With The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & Half-Marathon


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NASHVILLE, TN--April 22, 2014: Nissan is once again partnering with the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & Marathon, which returns to Nashville on Saturday, April 26. The partnership between Nissan and the race, which is entering its sixth consecutive year, includes presenting sponsorship of the half-marathon. In addition, the 2014 Nissan Rogue will serve as the official Marathon pace car, one of 20 Nissan vehicles supporting the race.

As part of Nissan's continued commitment to the event, consumers will be able to visit the automaker's "Innovation that excites" booth, where they can experience new Nissan vehicles, have their photo taken, and enter the Nissan Nashville Proud Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 2015 Country Music Marathon VIP Package and Daily Ticket Giveaways.

The Health & Fitness Expo at the Nashville Music City Center is free and open to the public from 12 p.m.–7 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 24 and 10 a.m.–7 p.m. CT Friday, April 25. The Finish Line Festival will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. CT at LP Field.

Nashville-area Nissan employees will also play a big role in the 15th annual race as nearly 400 employees from the company's North American headquarters in nearby Franklin, Tenn. Are expected to participate in the marathon or half-marathon on Saturday. In addition, over 100 Nissan employees, friends and family are volunteering at the Nissan Water Station along the course on Saturday.

"Nissan is proud to once again support our hometown marathon and Health & Fitness Expo, as well as the great work of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said Jon Brancheau, vice president, marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "Our employees really get behind the weekend's events, both as race participants and volunteers, as part of our year-round efforts to support our commitment to the local communities around the world where we live and work."

"We're thankful to have a great partner in Nissan and their commitment to this event has lead to another year of success for both companies," said Sean Clottu, Vice President of Sales Development & Activation at Competitor Group. "Given Nissan's North America headquarters is in the Nashville area, this is a significant market for them to support the local community and reinforce their passion for fitness and performance. We look forward to working together to develop new and innovative ways to engage participants through memorable event experiences and support runners on the completion of this significant milestone."

The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & Half-Marathon presented by Nissan begins at 7 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 26 at Nashville's Centennial Park. From there, the course continues through the heart of Nashville, passing iconic area 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.

For more information or to register for the event, visit runrocknroll.com/nashville and follow the Country Music Marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll with the hashtag #RunCMM.