An event for a good cause that annually draws tens of thousands of people has been postponed but hopes to get off to a running start in the fall.
The Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon and Half-Marathon has been moved from its original date of April 24-25 to an unspecified date in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"After evaluating the current status and impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with local officials, we regret to share that Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville cannot take place as originally scheduled on April 24-25 in the interest of both our participants and host community’s health and well-being," a news release reads.
"While this is a disappointing way to start the year, officials from Rock ‘n’ Roll and the City of Nashville feel confident the event will be better positioned for a strong return in the Fall of 2021."
Due to its location at Nissan Stadium, event officials are waiting until the Tennessee Titans release their season schedule to name an official date as to avoid conflict.
"Our team will continue to work hard developing and refining operational plans in a manner consistent with local community objectives and within the guidelines and recommendations set by public health entities as it relates to COVID-19," the release says. "The Rock ‘n’ Roll Safe Return to Running guidelines will be updated as policies are refined."
The release says all registered participants would receive updated information via email.
The 2021 incarnation was originally set to entail 25 music acts playing along the course, which runs from one Nashville landmark to another, all while raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The 2020 marathon was canceled outright after a postponement to the fall.
The annual events in Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and several other cities also have been postponed.