- Associated Press - Saturday, April 29, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee runner has won his fifth consecutive title at the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon.

A news release says Scott Wietecha won the 18th running of the contest Saturday with a time of two hours, 40 minutes and 26 seconds.

The Hendersonville resident said that just a few months ago, he thought he was done running. He put on 15 or 20 pounds.

He began helping parents of high school students train, which put him back on the path that resulted in his victory.

The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon saw more than 34,000 entrants in 26.2-mile, 13.1-mile and 5k courses.

During the marathon, 2,200 runners hit a goal of $2 million raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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