2016 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon: Scott Wietecha
Scott Wietecha crossing the finish line (2:25:42) at the 2016 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Nashville.
For the past 17 years, the Nashville Sports Council has had the opportunity to partner with the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon in Music City. This year’s marathon brought over 30,000 runners to the city of Nashville. The course, cutting through Nashville including various trendy neighborhoods around town and the home of the Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium, proves why Music City is a major sports destination.
Thousands of people participate in the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and ½ Marathon each year but there can only be one winner for each. With so much competition each year it is hard to be the first to cross the finish line once, let alone win two years in a row. Four years? That sounds impossible. It’s not. Improbable, maybe, but for the past four years, the same local man has dominated the men’s division of this race. Scott Wietecha. Wietecha was the first one to cross the finish line in 2013 with a time of 2:22:41 and has been the first every year since.
Scott Wietecha has run the Rock n’ Roll Marathon in Nashville a total of 5 times, 2011,2013,2014,2015, and 2016. Wietecha is already looking forward to next year’s race and knows that winning for the fifth time will not be easy. “I plan on running again next year. But each year I become a little achier than the year before.”
Wietecha is more than just a marathoner. He is an elementary PE teacher in Hendersonville and a father of 2. Being a father and a teacher does not stop Wietecha from training every day making sure that he stays in his best shape. “I enjoy trying not to lose in front of my kids at home and at school,” Wietecha says about running in this year’s marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is covered by the media and with Wietecha being a local, you can be sure you will see his face during the race. Despite the weather at this year’s race, Wietecha was able to finish the race ahead of the rest of the pack with his kids watching!
When asked what Wietecha’s favorite part of the race was he said “My favorite part of the event is that so many people in the community are involved with it. Nearly everyone knows a few people participating in it.” Each year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon attracts thousands of runners as well as hundreds of volunteers, from around the Middle Tennessee area.