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The Music City Distance Carnival has, for the last decade, proved to be Tennessee’s premiere track meet. In its short history, it has yielded more Tennessee All-comers records, State high school records, and National Champion- ships qualifying performances than any other track meet in the State, and has produced more sub-4 minute miles than any other track meet in the entire Southern United States.

The Music City Distance Carnival has, for the last decade, proved to be Tennessee’s premiere track meet. In its short history, it has yielded more Tennessee All-comers records, State high school records, and National Champion- ships qualifying performances than any other track meet in the State, and has produced more sub-4 minute miles than any other track meet in the entire Southern United States.

The meet can boast the fastest outdoor mile ever recorded in Tennessee, at 3:55.65, has produced a total of 22 sub-4 minute miles, and gave Nashville its first ever sub-4, courtesy of 2-time Olympian, Anthony Famiglietti.

The 12th annual Music City Distance Carnival will take place at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN on Saturday June 6th, 2015.

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Race Video: Men’s Invitational 1 Mile (Nate Brannen 3:55.65)

The Music City Distance Carnival has, for the last decade, proved to be Tennessee’s premiere track meet. In its short history, it has yielded more Tennessee All-comers records, State high school records, and National Champion- ships qualifying performances than any other track meet in the State, and has produced more sub-4 minute miles than any other track meet in the entire Southern United States.

The meet can boast the fastest mile ever recorded in Tennessee, at 3:57.16, has produced a total of Bumbalough-MCDC2009nineteen sub-4 minute miles, and gave Nashville its first ever sub-4, courtesy of 2-time Olympian, Anthony Famiglietti.

What makes this event special?

The Music City Distance Carnival is unique in several ways.

1. First of all, it is an event solely devoted to distance running, which is by far the fastest growing and popular sector of the sport of track & field.

2. It is the only track meet in the southern U.S. offering prize money, with a total of $10,750 up for grabs, not including bonuses for meet records.

3. It is the only meet in the nation offering open races (for all ages and abilities) in the same event where national caliber high school, post-collegiate, and masters runners are competing.

4. The meet takes place late at night making the weather more conducive to fast running and adding to the electric atmosphere.

5. And this year, it will combine road racing and track racing with an inaugural 5K road race that will finish in the stadium just before the track action kicks off.

As well as attracting the best distance runners in Tennessee and surround- ing states, the Distance Carnival regularly draws U.S Olympians and has had among its participants runners from Canada, Kenya, Japan, Great Britain, Ire- land, Mexico, Bosnia, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Ecuador, Burundi, Uganda and Congo. In the 2012 Olympics, two Music City Distance record holders were in action, and at last year’s 2013 World Championships, seven Music City Distance Carnival alums competed.

The Music City Distance Carnival ranks second to none when it comes to bringing elite runners and fans of the sport to middle Tennessee. What makes the event different and better than the marathon, though, is that everything – the races, the spectators, the interviews, the sponsors’ logos – is on and around a 400-meter oval and takes place within a tight three and a half hour schedule.

In short, a potential sponsor is getting constant coverage in front of a captive audience! The 4-minute mile barrier still captures the attention of even the most casual fan of the sport and the Music City Distance Carnival has delivered a sub-4 six of the last seven years, with a master (over 40) runner ducking under the barrier to set a world record in 2012.

In 2014, the meet will not (as it usually does) clash with the Prefontaine Classic meet in Oregon, a Nike-produced meet with a multi-million dollar budget. This means that the Distance Carnival has a golden opportunity to attract an even high caliber of athlete to the meet, but we need the help of sponsors to make that happen! We already have had most of our defending champions from 2013 commit to returning, and many of our 2012 winners too, but we have a great chance to bring in a dozen or so additional Olympic- quality runners who can help propel this event to the next level.

NEW in 2015

We added two new exciting components to the meet in 2014, that will both broadened the appeal of the meet, increased participation, and make it even more exciting for spectators.

Kids Races: Partnering with Nashville Youth Athletics for the first time, we has races for elementary and middle school runners, as well as a superhero dash for kindergarteners.

USATF Club Challenge: For the first time, the Distance Carnival  included a team competition for USATF Clubs. Everyone loves team competitions, and the inaugural  Club Challenge will provided an opportunity for some of America’s best running clubs to wage battle using IAAF scoring tables with $1500 up for grabs.

In 2015, we are adding Trackside Betting (click here for more on this) and Food Trucks.

 

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