Achilles Nashville Brings 6th Annual Hope and Possibility Race to Music City

Hope and Possibility® 5-Miler and 1-Miler to Be Held October 19th, 2019 at the Dominican Campus

September 11, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – Achilles Nashville will hold its 6th Annual Hope and Possibility® 5-Miler and 1-Miler (, on Saturday, October 19th , 2019 with Start, Finish, and Post-Race Celebration on the beautiful grounds of The Dominican Campus (4210 Harding Pike, Nashville). More than just a race, the mission of this community-unifying event is to celebrate Hope and Possibility® in our great city of Nashville.

The Hope and Possibility® is the signature race of Achilles International, an international 501(C) 3 that brings together able-bodied runners with athletes with disabilities, welcoming all to the wonderful world of athletics. Athletes with and without disabilities will run alongside one another throughout the 5 or 1 mile course.

Awards will be given to 5-Miler participants for the Top 3 M/F Overall, Masters, Grandmasters, Top 3 M/F Age-Specific Categories, and Top 3 Handcycle, Pushrim Wheelchair, Power Chair, Push Division, Ambulatory-Disabled, Above-Knee Amputee, Below-Knee Amputee, Double Amputee, and Visually Impaired Categories.

Sponsors for this year’s race include Capital Spring, HG Hill, Baird, Fleet Feet, Calypso Café, Nashville Striders, Dell, Heritage Medical, Wil Power Sports Training, along with other Friends of Achilles.

In the spirit of its mission, Hope & Possibility® participants designate $5 of their registration fee to local non-profit organizations that provide Hope and Possibility® to people in our city every day. The 2019 Beneficiaries are ABLE Youth, Achilles International Nashville, Ainsley’s Angels, Mending Limbs, and Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes.

To register and learn more about Hope and Possibility®, visit

Media Contact
Amy Saffell
P: (615) 480-4331/E:

About Hope & Possibility®

The Hope & Possibility® is the signature race of the not-for-profit Achilles International and began in 2003 with the remarkable story and recovery of avid runner Trisha Meili, author of “I Am the Central Park Jogger, A Story of Hope and Possibility®.” Achilles’ flagship chapter in New York City has hosted 12 Hope & Possibility® races in Central Park, acknowledging and celebrating the abilities of all athletes, running side-by-side. Attendees have included Prince Harry of Wales, Jon Stewart, Gloria Gaynor, Heather McCartney, Cindy and Meghan McCain, and former New York governor David Paterson (now Achilles International’s Chairman, Board of Directors).

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St. Jude Walk/Run Nashville to Support Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Reah Aitken
ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Office 615-760-8006

Annual event on Sept. 28 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

WHAT: As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of Nashville, TN residents will participate in St. Jude Walk/Run Nashville to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year St. Jude Walk/Run events will take place in more than 60 communities nationwide to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.

The event will feature a St. Jude patient family speaker, activities for all ages and live entertainment. Registration for adults and children ages 6 and older is $20 for the timed 5K and $10 for the walk. To sign up, volunteer or donate, visit

Special thanks to event sponsors: ADESA, Lee Company and Hughston Clinic

WHY: Funds raised through events like St. Jude Walk/Run Nashville help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. But that means that one in five of those children will not survive. Together with the support of participants, donors, volunteers and more, St. Jude will not stop until no child dies from cancer.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 28

7:30 a.m.          Check-in
8:00 a.m.          Welcome and St. Jude patient family introduction
8:30 a.m.          Timed 5K starts
8:30 a.m.          Walk starts 

WHERE: Nissan Stadium – Lot C
1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213

 Visuals: Welcome stage with presenters, including patient families and sponsors. Walkers and runners in St. Jude T-shirts carrying related posters

Interview Ops: Interview opportunities with ALSAC/St. Jude reps, sponsors, participants

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Innovative 5K Supporting Veterans Returns to Nashville

Aug 19, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – A inspiring 5K supporting injured veterans is right around the corner in Nashville. The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Carry Forward® 5K, delivered by CSX®, returns to Music City on Sept. 21 outside Nissan Stadium.

The event is building on an incredible first year when more than 800 participants coursed streets and crossed the Cumberland River, all to support the mission of honoring and empowering wounded veterans and their families.

“With all of the hundreds of people that are here supporting us, it really warms my heart to know this is the country we live in,” said one veteran after last year’s Nashville event.

WWP is putting that mission in motion again this year by encouraging participants to take action in one of three ways:

  • Carry a flag to show support and patriotism.
  • Carry a weight to represent the responsibilities veterans carry while serving our country.
  • Carry another person to symbolize one warrior carrying another in their time of need.

To sign up for the event, visit the Carry Forward website. 100% of the registration cost goes toward supporting wounded veterans and their families. Warriors never pay a penny for any WWP program or service; they paid their dues on the battlefield.

Can’t make it to the Nashville event? Carry Forward events will also be held in San Antonio (Oct. 5) and Jacksonville, Florida (Nov. 9).

You can also host your own virtual Carry Forward event; more than 300 people have already participated virtually this year. For more information on how to create your own 5K, check out the virtual Carry Forward page and register your squad today.

Contact: Chris Obarski – Public Relations,, 904.570.0823

About Wounded Warrior Project

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition.

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CycleBar Studio Opening at Hill Center Brentwood

CycleBar opening a new location in Maryland Farms.

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Sober Bar National Tour Planned for Nashville

Sans Bar Contact:
Chris Marshall

July 22, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – Austin based Sans Bar has plans to expand beyond Texas in 2019.

On January 16th 2019, in Seattle, Washington Founder/CEO Chris Marshall announced plans to bring a sober bar experience to 9 cities, popping up for one night only with the hope of spreading his vision of alcohol free fun from Anchorage, Alaska to NYC and all points in between. On New Years Eve of 2018, Marshall launched Sans Bar Kansas City with local businesswoman Melissa Saubers. This is the first franchise of a sober bar in the United States, and Marshall hopes this tour will help inspire others to create safe, inclusive sober establishments for Americans. “There is a growing movement of people across the country who are experimenting with periods of abstinence from alcohol. Given that, and the rising number of Americans who identify as “actively in recovery” from drug and alcohol dependence, we felt it was time to take our sober bar concept on the road,” said Marshall.

Founded in 2017, Sans Bar’s mission is to provide “the bar experience without the booze”. Open every Friday, the Austin location serves up hand crafted mocktails to individuals aged 16 and over. Guests are treated to live music, karaoke, and dancing all in a welcoming space in east Austin. Prior to founding Sans Bar, Marshall was a drug and alcohol counselor in the Austin area for 8 years. “I saw so many of my friends and clients struggle to stay sober. While they desperately wanted to live without drugs and alcohol, there wasn’t a place where they could get dressed up, and meet other sober people. No one should die because of stigma or isolation,” said Marshall.

On August 3rd the Sans Bar National Tour rolls into Tennessee. Sans Bar Nashville, to be held at the Nashville Recovery Center will be a historic evening filled with live music from local artists, and Pittsburgh based duo Dinosoul. Marshall and co-host Tyler Neumann have partnered with Nashville’s own chef Holly Darnell to create a health conscious drink and food menu that will be a welcome refresher to the early August heat. This event will also be a gathering space for the female centered recovery group SheRecovers.

Sponsored by DRY Soda Company, Portland Soda Company and Topo Chico USA, Sans Bar aims to coalesce each community around sober fun. “We are not anti-drinking, what we are saying is that everyone deserves an alternative to night life that is centered around alcohol,” Marshall said.

Future tour stops include:
Nashville 8/3
Los Angeles 9/28

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Orangetheory Fitness Opening New Studio in Melrose

Top nationally-recognized fitness studio to kick-off membership pre-sales with public event on July 20.

July 10, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – Orangetheory® Fitness, the scientifically-backed and fast-growing fitness franchise, will open its newest studio location in the Nashville Melrose neighborhood this fall. The studio will be next to M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers and directly across from Sinema on 8th Avenue South.

A membership pre-registration party will be held on Saturday, July 20 to offer the community a discounted Founder’s Rate—the lowest possible membership rate. The public event will take place in the parking lot of the new studio location from 9 a.m.—3 p.m. The first 100 membership sign-ups will receive a complimentary heart-rate monitor. Guests will also be able to enjoy complimentary food, giveaways and more.

The new center is co-owned by Brigitte Edwards and Evan Latham. This is Edwards’ fourth studio location and Latham’s second. In addition to Orangetheory’s Melrose studio, Edwards and Latham co-own the Green Hills Orangetheory.

“We see so much potential in the Melrose community—it’s also conveniently located to many surrounding neighborhoods, and we’re excited to offer residents, employees and employers a convenient place to work out,” Edwards said. “So many people love our classes, and this provides them with new class options to help fit into their busy schedules.”

The heart-rate monitored, high-intensity workout is scientifically designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy, allowing clients to continue burning calories for 36 hours following the workout. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness is a 60-minute workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Participants burn an average of 500+ total calories per 60-minute training session (individual results vary). Led by highly skilled coaches, each Orangetheory Fitness workout incorporates endurance, strength and power elements through a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX® suspension training and free weights.

“At Orangetheory, we seek to not only provide members a fun and encouraging atmosphere to work out in but one that’s conveniently located too,” Latham said. “This studio location makes perfect sense for us as the Melrose community continues to grow, and I can’t wait to meet more of its community members.”

The new studio will be located at 2601 8th Ave South and will have its own parking lot. Those interested in applying for a coaching or sales associate position at Orangetheory Fitness’ newest location can contact the studio by emailing or calling 615-988-1334. Membership will go on sale July 20 at a public membership pre-registration event.

About Orangetheory Fitness:
Orangetheory® Fitness ( is a scientifically designed, one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory’s heart-rate-monitored workouts are designed to get participants within the target-training zone of 84 percent to 91 percent of their heart rate, which stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by highly skilled coaches, each Orangetheory Fitness workout incorporates endurance, strength and power elements through a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX® suspension training and free weights. The end result is more energy, visible toning and the ‘Orange Effect’ – where participants keep burning calories for up to 36 hours post-workout (the Orangetheory Fitness ‘afterburn’) for an average of 500+ total calories burned per every 60-minute workout.

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CycleBar Opens in West Nashville

Premier Cycling Studio Unveils L&L Factory Marketplace Location

 July 11, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling franchise, today announced the grand opening of its West Nashville studio. Located in the newly renovated L&L Factory Marketplace on Charlotte Avenue, the 2,500 square foot space is under the ownership of Brad and Trish Spivey, a franchisee duo who opened CycleBar The Gulch in June 2017.

“We are thrilled to introduce the CycleBar brand to West Nashville,” said Brad Spivey, co-owner of CycleBar’s Gulch and West Nashville locations. “Our city is on a booming growth trajectory, and we look forward to providing a space where Nashville’s health and wellness community can continue to come together and ride as one.”

CycleBar gives riders of all ages and fitness levels a high intensity, low impact, full body workout through its CycleBeats®, CycleStats® and CycleStar® instructors. The Charlotte Avenue studio will offer concierge-level service, premium amenities and a CycleTheatre® equipped with 46 Schwinn AC Power bikes and state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting technology, all of which come together to create an unparalleled cycling experience.

Each ride is unique as the instructors curate playlists through CycleBeats®, a proprietary, in-house and online music database. The premium fitness brand takes the customer experience even further by providing CycleStats, technology that measures six key metrics of a rider’s daily and historical performance and directly emails the results to the rider after each class so that their progress can be tracked over time.

To celebrate the grand opening, CycleBar West Nashville will host an official ribbon cutting with the Nashville Chamber on Wednesday, July 17 from 3-4:30 pm. Open to the public, this event will be followed by an open house where attendees can tour the new studio, meet the CycleBar staff, and enter a raffle for studio prizes. Additionally, the studio will host a series of complimentary rides now through July 14.   Guests are encouraged to sign up by visiting riders can also purchase a limited-time-only price on the Founder’s Membership, an unlimited monthly package that can be purchased for just $139 until July 14, and they may keep that rate as long as they continue.

About CycleBar

CycleBar West Nashville is located at 3820 Charlotte Avenue. For more information visit Follow CycleBar West Nash on Instagram and Facebook: @cyclebarwestnash.

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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.

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Results Fitness on Music Row Partners with Foundation Wellness

June 9, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – Results Fitness, Nashville’s first boutique personal training/group fitness studio, located on Nashville’s historic Music Row, is now partnering with Foundation Wellness, LLC, a Middle Tennessee-based firm that provides wellness services for businesses and organizations. Results is working with Foundation to provide corporate events and retreats, seminars and workshops, nutrition consulting, massage therapy, and more to their clientele at 1617 16th Avenue South, as well as the fitness spaces they manage at 222 Second Avenue South, and Twelve Twelve, a luxury condominium tower in the Gulch. In addition, Results will be powering the fitness side of operations as an unbranded partner of Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance at the new TOA Performance Center located at 215 Gothic Court in Franklin, TN (formerly home of A-Game Sportsplex), and Foundation will be assisting in this endeavor as well.

Foundation Wellness creates customized plans for businesses from a comprehensive menu of services. Since its inception in 2015, Foundation has also worked with individuals and community groups to provide wellness-related services. In this vein, Results Owners Roy Dano and Josh Rogers are now working with FW to offer this type of programming, both on the corporate and community ends of the spectrum, to its already robust personal training and group-exercise clientele. “We are super excited to partner with Miller Chandler and Foundation Wellness,” states Rogers, Results Co-Owner and “Trainer to the Stars,” about the new venture. “Now, we can truly offer a one-stop shop for all your fitness needs with personal training, small-group personal training, group-fitness classes, registered dietitians, massage therapists, yoga, Pilates, corporate wellness programs, retreats, and lunch and learns. Results Fitness plus Foundation Wellness equals the perfect Foundation for Results.”

Chandler, a native of the Nashville area, who has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years, leads with a “boots on the ground” approach, visiting corporate clients on a regular basis and providing services tailored to the needs of the particular organization. He started Foundation Wellness, because he could see the need for a more hands-on approach in the industry, one that relies less on remote monitoring and more focused on personalized coaching and consulting. “I know from experience that building personal relationships leads to much greater success for our clients,” Chandler asserts, and this is the approach that he and his team are bringing to the table in their partnership with Results. Among the businesses and corporations that FW has worked with are Tractor Supply Company, AmSurg, Parks Realty, Churchill Mortgage, and local law firm Bone McAllester Norton. The partnership with Results Fitness opens the door to many more corporate clients, as well as connections to Results’ already booming fitness business on Music Row.

To learn more about Results Fitness programming, including the work they are now doing with Foundation Wellness, contact them at

About Results Fitness: RESULTS fitness is Nashville’s first boutique personal training and group-fitness studio. The renovated historic English Tudor in the heart of Music Row is a state-of-the art facility that offers a variety of classes including circuit, ultimate, spin, barre, and yoga. Results is devoted to providing personalized services tailored to each client and his or her needs, maintaining a leading edge in the industry through eclectic, innovative fitness techniques, and remaining up-to-date on current research in the health and fitness fields. Results also works in unison with architects and interior designers to develop and design workout facilities. They consult with clients to make the best of their space, offering guidance in purchasing equipment, as they strategically set up home gyms and commercial fitness centers.

About Foundation Wellness: Foundation Wellness, LLC is a Nashville-based company, providing onsite wellness services throughout Middle Tennessee. They are a community of exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, trainers, health coaches, group-exercise instructors, and other professionals, who help employers achieve healthier workplaces as they improve the bottom line. They engage your workforce in a positive way, increasing participation through educational sessions, regular reminders, and onsite relationship building. Simply put, FW is the wellness company that shows up. The end result is increased productivity, reduced absenteeism (and “presenteeism”), and decreased medical costs for your employees

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Small World Yoga Hosts Fifth Annual International Day of Yoga Event

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