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Posted: March 3, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Foot Locker County Challenge Returns To The Country Music Marathon On Saturday, April 25, 2009

Closing Date for Submitting Applications is March 13th

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (March 3, 2009) – Returning to the Country Music Marathon for its 8th year as the ‘race within the race’, the Foot Locker County Challenge is placing a call for local runners to participate in the 2009 event.

The Foot Locker County Challenge is a unique program in which five Country Music Marathon runners from the Nashville area are selected to represent their county during the race. One runner from Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties will be chosen to represent their community and vie for the coveted title. After running together as a group for the first 13 miles, the participants break off and compete to capture the title of Foot Locker County Challenge Champion.

“Foot Locker has been a long-time supporter of the Country Music Marathon, and the Challenge gives them the opportunity to get involved in a unique way with some of the participants from the greater Nashville area,” said Adam Zocks, General Manager. “The ‘race within the race’ is one of our most popular competition events and we are encouraging all local runners to apply for this once in a lifetime marathon experience.”

Runners already registered for the event can complete a questionnaire about their running experience and explain why they should be chosen to represent their county at Contenders will be chosen based on their expected finish times, which should be between 3:45 and 4:00. Unique stories are an important part of the selection process, during which a select group of applicants are interviewed by a panel of Foot Locker and Country Music Marathon representatives.

The selected athletes will be introduced at an official Country Music Marathon press conference on Thursday, April 23. All five participants will receive exclusive gear from Sugoi, the official apparel partner of the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon along with VIP treatment on race day.

The Challenge winner will receive an exclusive trophy from Tiffany & Co., a two-night stay at the Hilton Nashville Downtown or Union Station Hotel, and the chance to meet the headlining artist at the post-race concert the night of the marathon. Eligible applicants can register on the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon website at The deadline for applications is March 13, 2009.

Past FLCC Winners by Year 
2002 - Miles Tate, Rutherford County
2003 - Megan Hall, Rutherford County
2004 - David Hensel, Williamson County
2005 - Kelli Arrant, Rutherford County
2006 - Suzanne Thunder, Wilson County
2007 - Jamie Robinson, Wilson County
2008 - Bethany Crain, Sumner County

About Foot Locker, Inc.
Foot Locker, Inc. is a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,700 stores in 21 countries in North America, Europe and Australia. Through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Champs Sports retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channel, the company is the leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.

About Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009, the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon will attract over 30,000 runners and 100,000 spectators to Music City on Saturday, April 25. The event is a weekend celebration complete with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, YMCA Country Music Kids' Marathon and a post-race concert featuring Billy Currington. For more information or to register for the race, please visit or call 800-311-1255.

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