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Make your starting line for the Country Music Marathon at the train station

Runners and spectators for the city’s largest marathon race event next month will have a convenient, hassle-free option for getting to downtown by riding the Music City Star.

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Wilson County Government and Premier Orthopaedics are partnering to operate a special Music City Star train on Saturday, April 25 from Lebanon to downtown Nashville for the 2015 St Jude Country Music Marathon. The special train service will offer an affordable and convenient transit option on race day, and showcase Middle Tennessee’s only regional commuter train service.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital and the St Jude Heroes program. 

“This partnership brings together two issues that are important to the success of our community – mass transit and the health of our citizens,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “Connecting the St Jude Country Music Marathon and the Music City Star train can only make this year’s event an even more positive experience for runners and visitors alike. I appreciate Mayor Hutto having the vision to make this innovative partnership happen.”

Wilson County Mayor Hutto, who is a half-marathoner and RTA vice chairman, first proposed the idea of special train service for the event a year ago, and recruited Premier as a financial sponsor so ticket proceeds could directly benefit St Jude.  “Our goal is to provide runners throughout the Middle Tennessee region a convenient transportation alternative for getting to the marathon, while also providing direct financial support to St Jude Children’s Hospital,” Hutto said. “Thanks to Premier Orthopaedics, we will be able to accomplish both.”

“Through this unique public-private partnership, we will be able to further the RTA’s mission to introduce new riders to the Music City Star and emphasize the benefits of Middle Tennessee’s regional transit network,” added Steve Bland, RTA Chief Executive Officer. 

The St Jude Country Music Marathon Train is scheduled to depart from Lebanon Station at 5 a.m., stop in Martha at 5:15 a.m., Mt. Juliet at 5:25 a.m., Hermitage at 5:35 a.m., Donelson at 5:50 a.m. and arrive at Riverfront Station at 6 a.m.  The train will leave Riverfront Station at noon, stopping at all stations on the return trip to Lebanon.

Round-trip tickets cost $12 plus a $1 processing fee and can be purchased with a credit card through the RTA website or at www.ticketsnashville.com. Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. 

Customers will receive only one round-trip ticket for the St Jude Marathon Train and must show the ticket to train personnel for scanning when boarding.  Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they will be required to sit in a parent’s lap.  Children age 5 and older will need a ticket. Weekday Music City Star tickets and passes will not be accepted on the St Jude Country Music Marathon train.

Any items that will not fit underneath the seat, such as large coolers, bikes and wagons, are not permitted on the train.  Backpacks and folding chairs will be allowed onboard.

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 Web site at www.musiccitystar.org.

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