NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A gym teacher from Hendersonville is trying to become the only person to ever win the Nashville St. Judes Rock N' Roll Marathon for an unprecedented sixth time in a row on Saturday.
Scott Wietecha has run the grueling 26.2 mile race for the last seven year, he has won six of those races consecutively. The 36-year-old is nows teachers physical education at Beech High School in Sumner County. He says his job coaching the cross country team there left him uncertain if he would be able to train for Saturday's race.
"I had hung up my shoes forever," he said.
But after some pushing from his students and family, Wietecha decided to run on Saturday.
"I want my students to see that I practice what I preach, if they see me do it they'll be more likely to buy in because I've gone through it. But I feel more pressure because I don't want to lose in front of a bunch of high school kids," he said jokingly.
Wietecha and 30,000 other runners will take the start line on Saturday morning at 7a.m.