Super Bowl Champion Kevin Carter will serve as Grand Marshall on March 16, 2019


Mars Petcare to host the 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Lucky Dog 1-mile “Wag ‘n’ Walk” event on Saturday, March 16th at Nissan Stadium. Super Bowl Champion and College Football Analyst Kevin Carter will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event.

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 be the charity beneficiary of the 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Race,” said Bo Segers, President of PEDIGREE Foundation. “This is such a wonderful opportunity for the city to come together to celebrate and support the work we do to help more dogs get adopted into forever homes through our grants programs.”

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. In addition, they are thrilled to have a celebrity like Kevin Carter serve as the Grand Marshall for the first time in race history.

Kevin Carter is an in-studio College Football Analyst for CBS Sports Network and co-host of Inside College Football.   He attended the University of Florida where his All-American career allowed him to be selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 1995 NFL Draft.  Carter spent 14 years in the NFL, playing for the St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, retiring in 2009.  During his entire NFL career, Carter never missed a game.  He is passionate about fitness, leading a healthy lifestyle and a love of dogs.  He is proud to support PEDIGREE Foundation and the incredible work they do across the country to find forever homes for dogs in need.   Cater is encouraging participants to sign up for the race and join him on March 16, 2019 at Nissan Stadium as he’ll kick-off the race.

“There are several ways to participate, from the half marathon to the 1-mile Lucky Dog walk, where the entire family can participate,” said Kevin Carter. “Not to mention that training for this event comes at an ideal time when many are making New Year’s resolutions to get healthier in 2019. I encourage you to join us in this effort to help raise money and awareness for the incredible work they do through the PEDIGREE Foundation grant programs across the country.”

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


About PEDIGREE Foundation

Formed in 2008 by the makers of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting the good work of shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the country. Through no fault of their own, more than 3.3 million dogs end up in shelters and rescue organizations every year, and nearly half of them never find a place to call home. For more information on how you can support the foundation visit

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About Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 75,000 Associates across 50+ countries 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 almost half the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN™, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ Brands as well as The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also the world’s largest veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, PET PARTNERS™, and VCA™. We’re also at the forefront of emerging innovation and technology for pets, pet owners and veterinarians, 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 of mutuality and freedom, 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 multisport 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.