Covid-19 Update

I am in ongoing discussions with USA Track & Field, and we have a new venue (still in Nashville) and a new date for the meet of Saturday, August 15th. We are unsure how many competitors will be allowed to participate and if spectators will be allowed. The new date is still likely to have a high school section, but there will be an emphasis on 3200 given the proximity to XC season.

Please do not make travel/accommodation arrangements until announced that this is 100% confirmed. If you had already registered for the meet and would like a refund please email

Thank you for your patience. I am doing everything I can to bring you the 18th annual Music City Distance Carnival, while adhering to CDC guidelines and forthcoming USATF Medical directives, and I hope to be able to bring you another update within the next 7 days.

Coronavirus Update:

These are tough times for all of us. Everyone is struggling, if not financially then emotionally.

While the 18th annual Music City Distance Carnival has not been officially postponed yet, I am not optimistic about being able to stage the meet on May 29-30, 2020, as originally scheduled. If everyone commits to the CDC’s recommendations and practices social distancing, hopefully we can have a domestic track season in the second half of this summer.

No one knows how things is going to play out, and if the curve will flatten out in a matter of weeks, or months, but please do your part.
I hope that you will continue to stay motivated and continue training, but do so responsibly. You may have lost the privilege of competing temporarily, but you still have the opportunity to get out there for your daily run. Don’t jeopardize that privilege for everyone.

I am in regular dialog with other meet directors and USATF personnel. My goal is to deliver the high quality, fun, entertaining meet that you have come to expect on the earliest date that I can safely do so, to be as inclusive as possible with regard to high school and collegiate runners.

My hope is that we will emerge from this crisis as a kinder, more caring, more generous, and, yes, more connected community and that track meets like MCDC can be a platform for this.

I will post updates on this site as things develop, and on the meet’s Instagram and Twitter handles – both are @RunMCDC

Dave Milner, Meet Director

Music City Distance Carnival

The Music City Distance Carnival is the most exciting running event in Tennessee. This is the 18th year and we have a taken it up a notch with an increased prize purse. However, this meet is for all ages and abilities with races for kids, masters, high schoolers, college students, and post-collegiate/pro runners alike.