Urban Runoff 5k

Urban Runoff 5k: A Green Gallop Through Downtown Nashville And Water Quality Festival

Saturday October 25th, 2014 @ 8:30 AM at the Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park

Thank you to everyone who came out to race for water quality!

2014 Urban Runoff 5k Race Results – Age Group Revised

2014 Urban Runoff 5k Race Results – Overall Revised


Nashville’s Metro Water Services, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC), and the Tennessee Stormwater Association(TNSA) have teamed up together to host a chip-timed 5k Urban Runoff run in Nashville. The run begins at the Bicentennial Mall and weaves its way past several cool and innovative green stormwater management practices.

Race Info

Date:  October 25, 2014

Start Time:  5 km Run/Walk: 8:30 a.m.

Inclement Weather:  The race will be held rain, snow, or shine


Start & Finish Location:
Bicentennial Capital Mall Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-3081

There will be 4 categories:
1. Runners, 2. Walkers, 3. Runners/walkers with strollers, and 4. Runners/walkers with dogs

Entry Fees and Registration


Course Description


This course is certified and chip-timed

Alternately, you can View the PDF Map

The run begins at the Bicentennial Mall, a preserved open/”green” space in the heart of downtown Nashville, and weaves its way past several innovative “green” stormwater management practices that include Deadrick Street (Tennessee’s first green street) and Nashville’s Public Square.  As runners meander down Deadrick Street, they will notice an aesthetically pleasing corridor that incorporates sustainable stormwater designs such as porous pavement and bioswales, which allows much of the stormwater that would otherwise flow untreated into storm drains, to be filtered and absorbed by native plants.  Anchoring Deadrick Street to the East, runners will notice Nashville’s Public Square, a 2.25 acre green roof over a multi-layered subterranean parking garage.  This green roof is designed to absorb and clean stormwater, while also harvesting clean rainwater into the 57,000 gallon below-grade cistern for reuse as irrigation.  In addition to viewing examples of ”green” stormwater practices along the route, the race will also parallel and highlight a section of the Cumberland River, Nashville’s most precious water resource for which innovative stormwater design concepts will be key in preserving for future generations.

Net proceeds from this event benefit the Tennessee Stormwater Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting local government entities in their efforts to comply with State and Federal clean water laws and Stormwater Regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; and through such assistance, to protect and improve the quality of the waters of Tennessee.

Packet Pick-Ups

Packet pick ups will be available Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Cumberland River Compact’s office located between the Titans Stadium and the Shelby Street walking bridge in downtown Nashville between the hours of  11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cumberland River Compact address:
2 Victory Way, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37213

On Race Day, Saturday, October 25, 2014, packet pick ups will be available from 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. at the
Bicentennial Mall


Race will start and finish on 7th Avenue North (between the Bicentennial Mall and The Farmers Market). The Park is located at the foot of the State Capitol between James Robertson Parkway and Jefferson Street, 6th and 7th Avenues. Exits from the Interstates are marked Bicentennial Mall.


Click here for a parking map.Please par in the Weeekend Parking area. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.Additional parking information may be found here: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/

Please do not park in the Farmers Market Parking Lot.


There will be portable toilets at the start/finish and at the water stations.

Water Stops

Water Stops will be located at miles one and two.


Strollers will be permitted but will start after the runners and walkers.


Dogs are permitted on the race course at a certain time after the runners, walkers, families/strollers have started. Please take doggy poop bags with you and clean up any waste that your pet may produce.  Thank you.

Awards for Top Finishers

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd males & females in the following categories: Overall, Under 10, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. The awards ceremony will take place after the race on the front lawn (C or D) of the Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park.

Water Quality Family Fest

The Urban Runoff will lead into a post-race, family festival, taking place on the Mall lawn from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The Festival celebrates clean water and green infrastructure and includes kids’ activities, hands-on education, and more! Contact nashvilleurbanrunoff@gmail.com for more information.

Education “On the Run”

The Urban Runoff, and Water Quality Family Fest following the race will include public education efforts, educational signage about water, runoff, and pollution along the course. To learn more about stormwater pollution, visit Metro Nashville Stormwater’s Pollution Prevention webpage.

It’s So Easy Being “Green”!

The race and festival will offer many unique “green” features.  Learn more by contacting nashvilleurbanrunoff@gmail.com.


We are seeking volunteers to assist with race support, waste and recycling, and festival activities. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Please click on register now and the form will ask you whether you are signing up to run/walk or volunteer. Volunteer job descriptions and online registration is available on the Active.com site.

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Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued for this race. If you are unable to race, you may transfer your entry to next year’s event.

For More Information

For more information, please contact nashvilleurbanrunoff@gmail.com.


Thank You To Our Race Sponsors!



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