Country Recording Artist Zach Stone To Headline 5th Annual Hillbilly Half Marathon Finish Line Concert


Stone Slated to Showcase Tunes From New EP—ASHES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23, 2017) – Up-and-coming country recording artist Zach Stone is set to headline the early morning “finish line festivities” at the 5th Annual Hillbilly Half Marathon and Little Billy 5K in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. on Saturday, June 3. Originated as the Franklin Half Marathon, the 2017 race marks its fifth running this June; the Hillbilly Half has become a special, must-attend community event for avid runners and enthusiastic family members, friends and neighbors.

“Having Zach Stone join us in this fun-filled, family and friends event is a thrill,” said race director Andy Johnson. “We wanted to make our fifth year anniversary run memorable for our runners and Zach fits the bill. Zach is such a talented performer and we are pleased to share the new music—from his new record, ASHES—with our participants, onlookers, cheerleaders and attendees. To have him onstage at the finish line as our runners complete the race will be motivation for everyone to ‘giddy-up!’”

With Country music being the heart of Music City, it’s a natural and fitting complement to the Hillbilly Half Marathon festivities. Local residents customarily dress up to sing and cheer on (even antagonize in good-hearted fun) the runners along the route.

“Our runners really look for it now,” added race co-founder, Joe Hunter. “They keep an eye out for their favorite hillbillies along the course who wave signs and play banjos to cheer ‘em on and give ‘em a little grief; it’s really pretty hilarious!”

To welcome and applaud the runners for their participation and tenacity, Stone will perform a live concert (featuring songs from his newly released EP, ASHES) at the conclusion of the race.

Registration for both the Hillbilly Half Marathon and Little Billy 5K is still open; details can be found by visiting

PARKING: Opens @ 5:00AM Saturday, June 3, 2017

START TIMES: Half Marathon @ 6:30AM • Little Billy 5K @ 7:00AM


  • Christian recording artist Jody McBrayer will perform the National Anthem before the race start
  • Nashville singer/songwriter Ashlyn Grayce will open the concert event
  • Headlining artist Zach Stone performs @ 8:30AM

**Concert time subject to change**


About The Hillbilly Half Marathon

Open to runners and walkers from novice to professional, the Hillbilly Half Marathon and Little Billy 5K celebrates its fifth year in 2017. The USATF certified racecourse is nestled in the pristine backcountry of Williamson County just minutes from downtown Franklin, Tenn. Over the past five years, the half marathon has attracted up to as many as 1,000 participants each year.

For more information about the 2017 Hillbilly Half Marathon and Little Billy 5K or to register for the race, please visit or email race director Andy Johnson at For more information on Zach Stone, visit

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