On Saturday April 9th and the third year in a row Jo Dee Messina joined 1000's of runners in a 5K road race on Music Row in Nashville. The event took place at The Music Row Road Race started and finished at the Walk of Fame Park (across the street from the County Music Hall of Fame) which is located at the corner of Demonbreun and Fifth Avenue and was held to raise awareness and money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Along with the 5K was also a one mile fun run for children and families to participate in.
Winners of the race were divided by age divisions and awarded plaques designed by patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Divisions receiving awards included Overall male and female trophy’s for first through third place, a Masters (40+) top three male and female and top three male and female in each age group.
Saturday evening Messina entertained participants in a concert at the Wildhorse Saloon where she brought an intimate evening of music along open questions, song requests and much laughter. The stage was a replica of her home studio, including sofas, soft lighting and the feeling of joining her for a personal show. Opening the show was The Lunabelles who sing sisterly-three-part harmonies with a mixture of a Bluegrass and down home country sound.
Jo Dee Messina has scored nine No. 1 singles and three No. 1 albums, has been honored by the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Grammy’s, and the Country Music Association. She currently has a trilogy of albums out called Unmistakable: Love, Unmistakable: Drive and Unmistakable: Inspiration.
“This is the third year St. Jude and I have teamed up for the 5K here in Nashville," Messina said. "I have been thrilled with the turnout and fundraising done by the runners in the past and am confident this year will be no exception. I am working to set up a St Jude 5K tour so that we can let runners all over help to raise money for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the amazing things they do.”
At one point during the evening Messina asked The West Point Glee Club to come on stage and perform a touching song dedicated to the service men and women of our country. The West Point Glee Club is a sixty-voice mixed chorus whose members serve as musical ambassadors for West Point and rank among our nation's most prestigious college choirs.
For more information on how you can help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital visit http://www.stjude.org/
To view the photos of the Music Row Road Race visit http://MomentsByMoser.zenfolio.com/stjudemusicrowroadrace2011