Tennessee’s Oldest Marathon will be held April 1

12/31/2016 - 13:18

JACKSON, TN — The oldest marathon in Tennessee —the Andrew Jackson Marathon -- was established in 1972, thus the April 1 marathon will be the 45th running.

Jackson was the seventh President of the United States and the city of Jackson was named after him, though he was born near Waxhaw at the state line dividing North and South Carolina. He was a soldier and statesman and is considered the founder of the Democratic Party.

One of his quotes could be applied to deciding whether to run a marathon: “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go.”

A new course will be run, starting and finishing in historic downtown Jackson. The course will take runners through the renovated downtown area, along tree-lined residential neighborhoods, and around the medical center area with challenging hills and new landscapes. The marathon makes two loops and the companion half marathon makes one.

Jackson is located between Nashville and Memphis.

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