By Megan Wanner
The man in the booth at the start of the marathon calls out “Go” to signal the start of the 13th corral of runners at the 10th Annual Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tenn. Out of the 32,000 people running the 26.2 miles in the marathon, which included 48 bands playing a variety of songs ranging from country music to classic oldies, two were Elon University sophomores Courtney Corr and Taylor Hughes.
Unfortunately, around mile 20, Hughes started to experience cramping in his calves.
“I had to stop to walk then every time I tried to run again I could only go for about a minute before almost collapsing,” Hughes said. “I ended up having to walk the last few miles.”
Corr stopped running to walk with Hughes for four miles before Hughes insisted she run the last 2.2 miles to the finish line, finishing in 4:41:44. Hughes finished about 15 minutes later with a time of 4:58:27.
The two sophomores were among 4,136 finishers in the race, 2,335 male and 1,801 female.
Corr and Hughes traveled approximately 500 miles to run 26.2 miles Saturday morning in the 85-degree Nashville heat.
Corr’s father also ran alongside Corr and Hughes while her mother and a friend of the family ran and walked the 13.1 miles to constitute a half marathon.
“We wanted to run the full marathon, but with her knee problems and my foot problems we just couldn’t,” said Candy Corr, Courtney’s mother. “Instead we had a good time drinking all the water and eating all the food offered along the way.”
Check out how Corr and Hughes felt after running the Marathon:
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