Downtown Nashville Set to Host 41st Running of Music City Triathlon

June 10, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – This year marks the 41st running of the Music City Triathlon in Nashville. Although it has been hosted at different venues across Nashville, the race is one of the oldest consecutively run triathlons in the country.

Since 2011, the triathlon has been held downtown along the banks of the Cumberland River, where participants are able to swim in the river, transition in the parking lot adjacent to the stadium, ride on a closed, traffic-free Ellington Parkway and run a flat out-and-back course with spectacular views of downtown Nashville.

Executed and produced by Team Magic Multisports, the 2019 Eddie Ferrell Music City Triathlon features an Olympic distance race, which is a 1.5k swim, a 44k bike and a 10k run as well as a Sprint distance, which is a 300m swim, 22k bike and a 5k run.

In addition to the different distances, the race also offers multiple categories, including Aquabike (swim and bike only), Cyclorun (bike and run only), Paratriathlete, Physically Challenged, Beginner (participated in fewer than 3 triathlons), Clydesdale (220-plus pound men), Athena (165-plus pound women) and three- and two-person relay teams which can be male, female, coed, family or corporate.

“With all of the different options this race offers, there’s no reason anyone can’t sign up and try this race,” said race director Faye Yates. “We see people every year who have never done a triathlon before and they tell us after it’s over that they can’t wait to sign up for another one. We don’t ever want anybody to think they can’t do it, because they can.”

Robbie Rainbow, a recent contestant on the hit ABC show “Castaways” began his amazing 170-pound weight loss journey at the Eddie Ferrell Music City Triathlon after being motivated by cheering on his daughter.

“I wanted it to become a family affair, my daughter had signed up and as I sat and watched her cross the finish line, I felt it was something that was possible for me,” he said. “The fear of the swim, the joy of the bike and the struggle of the run.  I wanted the challenge for myself, I wanted to cross the finish line.  So, I signed up, challenged myself and finished my race!  I hope there will be many more to come!”

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in eight categories and the first overall finishers in another 15 categories. All participants who finish the race receive a logoed finisher medal at the finish line.

This year’s event is also the USA Triathlon 2019 Tennessee State Championship for both age group and high school athletes. The top 25 percent of age-group athletes competing in the Olympic distance will qualify through the Tennessee State Championship for USAT Age Group Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 10-11.

USAT state championship awards will be distributed to the top three overall adults in the Olympic distance and top three overall high school division for the sprint. High Schoolers are identified as anyone entering their freshman year in fall 2019 to anyone that graduated in spring 2019.

At each Team Magic event, a charity partner is chosen, which is a campaign that speaks to the passion of our participants and volunteers. This event has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and all funds raised through the race will go directly to this amazing organization to ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

CLICK HERE to register or to find more information about this incredible event. You can also visit to learn more about this and the other Team Magic events planned for the remainder of 2019.

2019 Eddie Ferrell Music City Triathlon
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Nashville, Tennessee/Titans stadium
Olympic – 6:45 a.m. start
Sprint – 7:15 a.m. start

Team Magic, co-owned by seasoned triathletes Therese Bynum and Faye Yates, is one of the nation’s largest full-service professional multisport event companies.  Bynum conceptualized Team Magic in the late 80s when she owned and managed the Magic City Tri Shop in Birmingham. A racing team was established to help her organize and promote races in the budding sport of triathlon. Yates moved to Birmingham for her first job post college and met Bynum when she bought her first tri bike at the shop. The two combined their educational backgrounds in exercise and engineering management and personal interests in multisport to unfold what Team Magic, Inc. is today. Team Magic has evolved into a group of leaders that reside in Birmingham, Nashville and Chattanooga and serve to help Therese and Faye produce some of the most respected races in the Southeast.

NFM Staff
Author: NFM Staff

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