Unfortunately Oyster_The Race will be unable to return to this location in 2013.

the need to know

Learn everything there is to know about the adventure of the Oyster in the Official Race Info Packet. Also check out which Oyster division is best for you.



The Nashville Oyster is proud to have Camp Kesem as its beneficiary.


Camp Kesem
is a national nonprofit providing free overnight summer camps for children ages 6 -16 with a parent who has or has had cancer. Camp Kesem provides a safe and supportive atmosphere, where children befriend peers who can uniquely relate to their situation, and gain the strategies and confidence needed to cope with their parent's illness or death.

Camp Kesem's mission also serves the thousands of college student volunteers who create every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter while gaining valuable real world leadership skills and developing their passion for making a difference in the world. Camp Kesem is a 501(c)3 organization with over twelve years of growth and success. There are currently 41 camps in 24 states - including a program at the Vanderbilt University.

Our vision is to bring the life-changing benefits of Camp Kesem to any family coping with cancer. To learn more about Camp Kesem visit their website.

Donation Incentives

As a thank you for raising funds for the Camp Kesem, Merrell Oyster_The Race offers your team awesome perks:

Sponsor Clue Level 1
Bring in 6 Chipotle Receipts & receive Sponsor Clue Level 1, eat up!

Merrell Sponsor Clue Level 2
Bring in 1 Merrell Receipt & receive Sponsor Clue Level 2, lace up!

$30 - Early Passport Release
*Teams get the chance to have a mystery leg of the course revealed the night before race day. No brainer!

$100 - Course Clue
*Teams will receive a clue the night before race day that will give them an extra edge while out on the course. (ex., answer to a difficult puzzle, address to a mystery location, etc.)

$300 - Beer Wristband at the After Party
*Teams will get a special bracelet at the after party that will allow them unlimited cold beers.

$500 - Charity Bomb + $110 Merrell Gift Card
*As a Thank You for raising the highest level of funds for a good cause, teams have the opportunity to drop a charity bomb on the competition & "explode" to the front of a line anywhere on the course! (You can only detonate a bomb once).


Local Sponsors

Thank you for the support of our GREAT local sponsors!

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2012 Nashville Oyster Date: October 6th



Full Course
$75 more than a month out from race day
$85 a month out from race day

Half Course
$65 more than a month out from race day
$75 a month out from race day

schedule of events

Friday, October 5th
Team Check-In @ 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Hard Rock Cafe Nashville
100 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201

Saturday, October 6th
Race Day!

Transition Area: Country Music Hall of Fame Park
121 4th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37201. Parking info and map of the area is available here.

6:30am - Transition Area opens! If your team didn't check-in prior to race day, please arrive at 6:30am to do so. Otherwise, come early to claim your team stall for the day.

8:00am - Oyster_The Race begins! (Full Course only - Traditional & Relay Divisions)

9:00am - The Half Oyster begins!

2:30pm(ish) - Enjoy post-race Chipotle burritos, one free beer (of course you can buy more), and the awards ceremony post-race. Awards for the top three teams in each division will begin when a minimum of 75% of teams have completed the course. Take the time to relax, stretch and share a beer and your stories with other racers. Party on, you've earned it!

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