Mars Petcare to Host 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Half Marathon to benefit PEDIGREE Foundation at Nissan Stadium

Race poster with event details

** Important update: This event has been postponed. Please visit for updates about the new timing.**

Rising Country Artist Erin Kinsey to Sing National Anthem on March 14, 2020

Nashville, TN – January 21, 2020 – Mars Petcare will host the 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and Lucky Dog 1-Mile “Wag ‘n’ Walk” event on Saturday, March 14th at Nissan Stadium. The event will benefit PEDIGREE Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that is dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States with grants.

“We are excited to once again be the charity beneficiary of the 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Race,” said Deb Fair, Executive Director PEDIGREE Foundation. “This is such a great opportunity for Nashville and the surrounding area to come together to support the work we do to help more dogs get adopted into forever homes through our grants programs.”

Mars Petcare hosted a kick-off at their headquarters in Franklin, TN last week with a variety of activities to include an acoustic performance by rising country music artist Erin Kinsey, who will sing the National Anthem on race day.

Erin Kinsey sitting with dog

Erin Kinsey is a gifted songwriter, artist and highly accomplished musician, playing seven instruments. For the last several years, this Texas native has been wowing audiences in Texas, Music City and beyond, headlining noteworthy venues such as Love and War in Texas, The Gaylord Texan, CMA Fest, The Dallas International Film Festival and the C2C Festival in London, England. She can also be seen playing songwriter rounds at the historic Bluebird Café and The Listening Room Cafe.

Team Magic took over management and race production of this event in 2015 and the organization is excited to continue this downtown Nashville tradition while supporting a worthwhile charity partner like PEDIGREE Foundation. The course will take runners along the banks of the winding Cumberland River that flows through and around downtown Nashville.

To sign up to participate in the race, click here or visit

About PEDIGREE Foundation
We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.5 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We’ve awarded more than 5,500 grants and $8 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we’re working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well and loved. See how you can help:

About Mars Petcare
Part of Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, the 85,000 Associates across 50+ countries in Mars Petcare are dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ as well as the WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through an international network of over 2,000 pet hospitals and diagnostic services including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, VCA™, Linnaeus, AniCura and Antech. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.
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About Team Magic
Formed in 1985 in Birmingham, Alabama, with current operations out of Nashville, TN, Team Magic organizes running and triathlon events throughout Tennessee and Alabama as one of the nation’s largest full-service professional multi-sport event companies. Team Magic works to create a welcoming and rewarding environment for athletes and communities alike, in pursuit of a lasting legacy through which athletes, community partners and charity partners can be engaged and thrive. Over the years, Team Magic has received the honor of hosting championship events for USA Triathlon, including state, regional and national championships, the Olympic Triathlon Team Trials for the Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the Men’s Marathon Olympic Team Trials for the Athens Olympic Games. For more information, visit

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