On Saturday, April 29, the Music City Star train will transport runners to the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. It's a tradition begun two years ago and, thanks to sponsor Famous Footwear, one that will continue in 2017.
"In Wilson County, we are always looking for ways to utilize the train not only taking people into Nashville but also bringing people out of Nashville, and this just seemed to be like a perfect marriage," Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said. "It has been such a success over the past two years, we knew it was a tradition we had to continue."
The train excursion to the marathon is a collaborative effort between Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Wilson County to bring awareness to the Music City Star while also giving to St. Jude. All proceeds from $12-per-rider ticket sales will benefit St. Jude since Hutto, who is vice chair of the RTA, recruited Famous Footwear as this year's corporate sponsor.
Hollie Baker at the Lebanon Famous Footwear distribution center said he jumped at the opportunity to sponsor the service in support of St. Jude, noting, "Famous Footwear has a long tradition of supporting children in need. We knew we had to be a part of this wonderful community event that also supported a cause so dear to our company's core values."
Scheduling of the marathon train accommodates runners of both the full marathon and the half-marathon, because it departs for Lebanon at noon when most participants are expected to be done.
On April 29, the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Train will depart Lebanon station at 5 a.m., get to the Martha station at 5:15 a.m., the Mt. Juliet station at 5:25 a.m., the Hermitage stop at 5:35 a.m., the Donelson stop at 5:50 a.m. and arrive at Riverfront Station at 6 a.m. The return train will leave Riverfront at noon and stop at all stations on the way back to Lebanon.
Tickets can be purchased online through the RTA website or at ticketsnashville.com and will be on sale until 24 hours prior to the morning's departure or until tickets are sold out, whichever comes first. Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in a parent or guardian's lap. Anyone in need of special accommodations to board should call (615) 862-5925.
For more information, contact Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays or visit the Music City Star website at www.musiccitystar.org.