Sony Music Nashville artist Joanna Smith will not only be running her first half-marathon tomorrow, but she will also perform the American national anthem at the St. Jude Country Music Marathon Presented By Nissan. The event is expected to bring out more than 30,000 participants, for whom she’ll sing the anthem to before the marathon starts.
Joanna is passionate about St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital since she first visited several years ago. She’s asking fans who aren’t racing to help her raise money for the cause by joining “St Jude Heroes – Run For a Reason” and donating to help Joanna raise money to help fight childhood cancer.
“I’m so excited about being involved in the marathon,” said Joanna. ”When I think about the kids at St. Jude fighting for their lives, running 13 miles doesn’t seem like a lot. Singing the national anthem will give me lots of good nervous energy and adrenaline, so I think I’ll be good to go come race time!”
At the time of this posting, Joanna’s page has only raised $150 of her $750 goal – so come on country music fans! Help her reach her goal by tomorrow.