The first rule of running a marathon is get to the starting line on time.
For 30,000 runners, starting time for the Country Music Marathon was at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
One Vanderbilt student slept through the four alarms he set that morning. Instead of missing out on the race he still showed up nearly an hour and a half late, ready to run.
At 8 a.m. corral number 32, the last group of runners, heard the starting horn and hit the Nashville pavement.
Moments later the clean-up crew began tearing down the start/finish line
The race wasn't over, South Carolina native Landon Sandford, arrived at the starting line.
The Vanderbilt freshman had a sad look on his face as he stretched all alone amidst the roar of street cleaners
The Country Music Marathon was Sandford's first marathon.
"I was very sad and upset at myself" said Sandford, "I've been training all year and I really wanted to run this."
Why was Sandford almost 90 minutes late for the start of a 26-mile race?
Sandford replied, "I set four alarms, I told my friend to come wake me up incase they didn't go off. My roommate woke me up at 8 o'clock and I was like is the race now? What happened?"
With no one there to cheer him on, Andy Cordan decided to give Landon Sandford a proper start in his first Country Music Marathon.Previous Stories: