Diamond Rio, Team Rio Raises $80K Through Marathon
April 29, 2009 at 12:06 PM (PT)
WORD ENTERTAINMENT artist DIAMOND RIO's MARTY ROE and JIMMY OLANDER led 160 TEAM RIO runners and walkers across the finish line in the COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON and 1/2 MARATHON on SATURDAY, APRIL 25th in NASHVILLE. This marked TEAM RIO's fifth anniversary. The team raised $80,000 for BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE.
OLANDER crossed the finish line in two hours and ten minutes while ROE came right behind in two hours and twenty minutes.
“This year’s 1/2 marathon was a doozy for me. Having an ankle sprain late in my training and then pile on the heat, I was one of the 'COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON WHINERS.' I found myself talking in third person from mile six on. 'JIMMY hurting, JIMMY gonna walk now.' If it hadn't been for my teammate ALAN limping in the rest of the way with me, I may still be trying to get to the COLISEUM. Next year will be another story!" said DIAMOND RIO lead guitarist OLANDER.
In addition to the adult team, TEAM RIO KIDS competed in FRIDAY's (4/24) COUNTRY MUSIC KIDS MARATHON. TEAM RIO KIDS partners with local schools to teach and encourage healthier lifestyles and to assist the kids with training for the KIDS MARATHON.