A participant’s view from the Country Music 1/2 Marathon

During yesterday’s Country Music 1/2 Marathon, I used my little Canon TX1 (the ‘rex-cam’) to shoot some video from a participant’s point of view. The video below is very shaky and raw — no editing except to put all the clips together — but I think it gives a flavor of what the race course and event are like from a first-time, non-competitive participant’s vantage point. Obviously, I am not a distance runner — I was joining in with several members of Team Hammock because I’m easily swayed by peer-pressure. I’m glad I did it.

Sidenotes: This was the 9th Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and attracted over 30,000 participants. The race start uses a “wave” approach and times are kept using a device one attaches to their shoe. (The operation of a race with 30,000 participants is worthy of an episode of Modern Marvels on the Discovery Channel.) My wave started approximately 37 minutes after the first wave (the one with the Kenyans) and I finished the 13.1 miles in 2:29 which put me in 12,699th place — although it was 404th in my “old guy” division. Most of the participants were from outside of Nashville and I enjoyed playing tour guide for some of my fellow racers. The 1/2 marathon route is a great way to see Nashville, by the way. I was impressed.