Kenny Rogers Tops Inaugural Country Music Marathon Concert

Twenty-six Country Bands To Play At Marathon Mile Markers

NASHVILLE — As part of his comeback launch, former country-pop hitmaker Kenny Rogers will headline the inaugural Country Music Marathon concert, featuring opening performances by Collin Raye and Linda Davis.

The event features a 26-mile marathon race, to be run April 29 in Nashville, involving 12,000 runners. Then it's off to the Gaylord Entertainment Center, where Rogers' concert will promptly follow the race's conclusion. "This marathon mixes sports with entertainment — on a 26-mile scale," said Adam Zocks, event manager for the marathon. "There will be a live band at every mile-marker, to keep the runners going, with a stage at the finish line." Event planners are hoping to raise $10 million from the event, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Rogers will perform songs from his current album, She Rides Wild Horses, including the single "Buy Me a Rose."