Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Club participants are encouraged to be Nashville inspired in their virtual activities and share photos and videos on social media by tagging #RnRVRNashville
. Don’t live along Broadway, no problem. Here are several reasons why we love Nashville as well as some Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Trip prep on how runners and walkers can experience the best of the Country Music Capital in their own communities.
- Music every step of the way: The race features 26 stages featuring the same bands every year so runners can look forward to friendly faces and familiar tunes. Les Kerr has even played at Stage 1 with his band Les Kerr and The Bayou Band every year for the event’s 20-year legacy. There is more live music at this event than most other races, including at the Expo and at the Kid’s Race. Find a local concert venue and run past with your best tunes on, like the sounds of Nashville were just around the corner.
- Run 32 Laps for All 32 Honky Tonks: Make your miles count, the miles you run correspond to the bars Nashville is famous for. So, queue up some country, bluegrass, and blues and crank out those kilometers as you pass the likes of Nashville Underground, Tequila Cowboy, Paradise Park and Tin Roof Broadway, among the 32 iconic Honky Tonks lining Broadway in downtown Nashville.
- A Marathon for Music Nuts: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville course, both 13.1 and 26.2 miles is a perfect run for the inner music lovers. Runners pass numerous famous recording studios, such as Dolly Parton’s rehearsal studio. Other highlights include running past the spot where Elvis Presley recorded “Ask Me” and “Memphis Tennessee,” and hearing the entire Belmont Church Choir serenade you from the steps of the church. Crank up the inspiration and high tail it past your favorite running locations as if you were running past a slice of music history.
- Cruisin’ with some Country: A Nashville success story, Luke Bryan has been bridging the gap between urban and rural life with some of the most authentic country music on the scene. With tracks that feel equally at home on the porch as they do in the stadiums, Bryan's relatable sound, use of upbeat melodies and huge choruses will give any runner the feeling that they are running down Music Row. Check out this week’s Apple Music playlist – Luke Bryan Essentials
- Music City: A major center for the music industry, Nashville boasts a vibrant music and entertainment scene spanning a variety of genres. It’s never a dull moment in Music City. With a course that takes in a variety of Nashville neighborhoods and sights from Honky Tonk row to Belmont University to Shelby Park, and with its energetic finish at Nissan Stadium, this event is truly a feast for the senses, here are 10 things to do and see when you make it there:
- Explore downtown and visit the Bars and Honky Tonks on Broadway
- Don’t miss seeing the Grand Ole Opry
- Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame
- For something different, take a Mural Art Tour of Nashville by golf cart
- Tour Jack Daniel’s Distillery and try a tasting
- Try the Hot Chicken at Hattie B’s
- Stop by the Johnny Cash Museum
- Visit Printers Alley to take in some local Jazz
- Enjoy an afternoon run in Centennial Park
- Snap a photo at the Wings Mural in the Gulch neighborhood
To register for Rock ‘n’ Road Trip event, runners or walkers only need to sign up through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club platform and connect to their tracker app. Runners can then complete their registration by going to the “Events” tab and clicking “Register Now” for free on the virtual race page. For additional information on how to register, visit Getting Started Guide
Through the Rock ‘n’ Road Trip, participants will be able to earn exclusive digital event badges for every race and distance they complete; download race bib to personalize the experience; reward themselves for their efforts with cool destination themed finisher medals and T-Shirts; and earn points redeemable for sweet swag and more at www.runrocknrollstore.com/rock-n-roll-vr
. Finishers who complete the Remix Challenge also earn access to additional medals.
Looking Back – By the Numbers Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Las Vegas
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- Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Las Vegas offered distances of a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K along with the Remix Challenge
- More than 10,000 people from 92 nations and 46 states stepped up to the virtual start line for the Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Series’ Rock ‘n’ Road Trip in Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend.
- Participants for Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Las Vegas came from around the world and ranged in age from 19 to 83.
- The United States led the way with over 7,000 walkers and runners followed by United Kingdom (over 450), Canada (just under 400), Mexico (over 300), and Portugal (over 100).
- Other nations represented included Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Thailand, and Ukraine, among others.
- Of the 46 U.S. states represented this past weekend, the greatest number came from California, followed by Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Maryland.
In 2020, Rock This Town has distributed over $15,000 in grant funding to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the Greater Nashville region. This support includes a $10,000 Humanitarian Relief grant to the Music City Inc., Foundation to assist with rebuilding efforts from the tornadoes that impacted Middle Tennessee earlier this year; as well as a $2,500 IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund grant to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to fulfill hunger needs. Additionally, last month, Rock This Town Ambassadors, Nashville Singer/Songwriter, Ryan Kinder and Mrs. Tennessee America 2019-2020, Heather Kinder, delivered 8,100 Operation IRONAID non-sterile face masks to the Nashville Rescue Mission for community members in need. Presently, over 2,600 runners have signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Club’s Rock This Town®
Turkey Trot. Runners are encouraged to run a 5K or more between US Thanksgiving on November 26 and Giving Tuesday on December 1. For every runner that signs up, Rock This Town will donate $1 to Feeding America for those facing hunger this holiday season. According to Feeding America, each $1 donation will provide 10 meals to individuals facing food insecurity. Applications for the fifth round of IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund grants are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2020. For more information about IRONAID visit ironmanfoundation.org/ironaid