Early Friday morning we loaded the car to the brink and hit the road for Nashville. We made a stop after 3 hours on the road in Birmingham to pick up my Marathon Maniac friend Brian. Then another 3.5 hours the rest of the way to Nashville.
This is what it looks like when your car is full of St. Jude Heroes.
Once we arrived in Downtown Nashville we went to the Music City Center for bib pick up and the expo. Once we grabbed our bibs we went upstairs to take part in a focus group with the St. Jude Heroes.
The meeting was a small group setting with about 7 of us in the room going through various activities to express our thoughts on the Heroes program and discuss possible improvements to the program.
After the focus group we went through the expo, it was packed with people and hard to navigate through. But we had a good time at the Toyota photo booth set up inside of a new model car. The St. Jude display was pretty incredible. Larger than life letters lined up in front of a wall where runners and spectators were signing and writing messages to other runners and patients at St. Jude. At the Rock ‘n’ Roll booth center I got to see the new Southern Charm medal on display! I can’t wait to pick this thing up in November after running RnR Savannah. It is an inagural challenge medal earned for completing at least 3 out of the 4 southern Rock ‘n’ Roll events; New Orleans, Raleigh, Nashville, and Savannah.
After the expo we grabbed a quick sandwich and made our way north of town to see the Nashville Sounds take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers. The Sounds are the Triple A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. I love squeezing in baseball wherever I can on a road trip, especially when I can find tickets at such a great deal. The Sounds are playing in a brand new ballpark this year that is gorgeous! One of the nicest minor league parks I’ve been to a game in. Unfortunately, the Dodgers got destroyed 8-1. However, the Sounds scoring 6+ runs means 50% Papa Johns orders the next day. We were certain to take full advantage of this deal after the marathon.