MARATHON: Bands along the SunTrust Marathon route

RICHMOND, VA – With 28 bands and musical acts performing, 25 cheering groups competing in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Community Cheer Challenge and four SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones filled with family members and friends, nearly 17,000 participants in the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half Marathon and HCA Virginia 8k on November 13 will have much excitement to look forward to on the course.

"The response from bands and performers in the community has been tremendous. People are lining up to be part of the race," said Leah Harms, Sports Backers entertainment coordinator. "Because of the buy-in from the community, we have been able to bring the entertainment on the course to the next level."

Susan Greenbaum, one of Richmond's favorite singer-songwriters, will perform at the post-race festival. "We love playing for the Richmond Marathon because the runners and supporters just fill up the whole area with positive energy," said Greenbaum.  "It's a real blast to provide music for runners and supporters from all over the world, and the SunTrust Richmond Marathon really brings people together for a totally positive event that shows off how great our city is. I love seeing the faces of the athletes after they've finished; it's our challenge to play upbeat and fun music so that even people who have just run 26.2 miles will feel a bounce in their step or at least have a smile on their faces. We love adding a musical element to the runners' celebrations!"

SunTrust Richmond Marathon Band Lineup




Finish Line Festival - 10th & Cary St.

Glennroy & Company
Susan Greenbaum
Funk Brothers

Folk/Acoustic Rock

SunTrust/NBC 12 Party Zone #1:  Starbucks at River Road Shopping Center

3rd Wave

Surf-Style Instrumentals

SunTrust/NBC 12 Party Zone #2:  CVS Pharmacy at corner of Forest Hill and Westover Hills

Tin foil Militia


SunTrust/NBC 12 Party Zone #3:   CVS Pharmacy at corner of Broad St. & The Boulevard

The Dirty Truth

Southern Rock/Blues

SunTrust/NBC 12 HALF Marathon Party Zone: Picnic Shelter #1 in Bryan Park


Jam Band

W. Broad and Belvidere

UofR Taiko Ensemble

Taiko/Japanese Drums

W. Broad and Bowe St.


Classic Rock (60s-90s)

Monument & Boulevard - W. Median

Deep Fried Mojo

Roots Rock

Monument Ave. & Westmoreland Ave.

Jangling Reinharts

Rock/Race Music

5804 Grove Ave (in front of Paper Plus)

Johnny Lee Long & Company


Riverside Drive (Bottom of On-Ramp)

Nine Mile Island


Riverside Dr. at the Pony Pasture Overlook

No Limit

Christian/Easy Listening

Forest Hill Ave. (Willow Oaks CC Entrance)

In With the Old


Forest Fill Ave. & Leicester Rd.

Yoke Fellows

Christian Rock

Forest Hill Park

Ingrid's Dance Theater


Forest Hill Ave. & Semmes Ave. (Crossroads)


Urban/Old School

Semmes Ave. and 30th St.

DJ Derek Brown


South End of the Lee Bridge

3:16 Athletics


Monroe Park

Funk Brothers

DJ's & MC's

Main St. and Vine St. – Home Team Grill

Groove Juice


Main St. and Shields Ave.


Rock / Blues / Funk

Main St. and Robinson St. (Starlite)

Richmond Rock Exchange

Classic Rock

Monument & Boulevard



N. Boulevard and I-95 (Holiday Inn)

Bad Fun


Brook Rd. & Laburnum

DJ Lil Lou


Brook Rd. & Lombardy

Gospel Stage


Richmond Times-Dispatch Community Cheer Challenge
To add to the excitement, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon has partnered with the Richmond Times-Dispatch to create the new Richmond Times-Dispatch Community Cheer Challenge. Twenty-five community groups have signed up to compete to be the most spirited cheering group along the race course. Prize money will be awarded based on originality, theme, decorations, crowd size and spirit.

SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones
Friends or relatives of marathon and half marathon competitors can follow a spectator tour of the course to show their support and enthusiasm. There are three SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones along the SunTrust Richmond Marathon course and one Party Zone along the half marathon course. Each location will feature music, refreshments and an on-air personality from NBC12. For locations and directions that avoid road closures to each SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zone, visit

Online registration for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half Marathon and HCA Virginia 8k is available at until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10. Walk-up registration will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center on Thursday, November 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no race day registration or packet pick-up.