“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. It has been such a success over the past two years, we knew it was a tradition we had to continue,” Hutto said.
Famous Footwear will sponsor this year’s event, which is a collaborative effort between Regional Transportation Authority, 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 also RTA’s vice chairman, recruited Famous Footwear as this year’s corporate sponsor. Hutto said Hollie Baker at the Lebanon Famous Footwear distribution center jumped at the opportunity to sponsor this service in support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“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,” Baker said.
Hutto said marathon participants and supporters like the idea of being able to directly support St. Jude by riding the train on race day, and Wilson County is proud to offer the service.
Scheduling of the marathon train accommodates runners of both the full marathon and half marathon, because it departs for Lebanon at noon when most participants are expected to be finished.
Hutto said he has an even broader vision for what he thinks the special marathon train service can do for residents who live east of Music City.
“I always have something in mind for the Music City Star because it’s unique to our county and helps alleviate some of that traffic that we fight going in early in the morning,” he said. “There’s also an opportunity for people to understand that you can have the convenience of the Music City Star every day at work if you want to. It’s an easy ride in and an easy ride home. You don’t have to fight traffic. You don’t have to waste gas, and you don’t have to worry about parking. It’s a good ride.”
The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon train will depart Lebanon Station at 5 a.m., arrive at the Martha station at 5:15 a.m., Mt. Juliet station at 5:25 a.m., Hermitage station at 5:35 a.m., Donelson station 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 the stations on the way back to Lebanon.
Tickets may 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 needing special accommodations to board should call 615-862-5925 prior to their trip.
For more information, contact customer care at 615-862-5950 weekdays from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., or visit musiccitystar.org.