Emmit Martin, Owner
Emmit is no stranger to the rolling hills of Music City. This Nashville native is among a handful of entrepreneurs who have witnessed Nashville’s rapid growth and expanding prosperity over the past two decades. A Jack of all trades, Martin’s experience includes nineteen years in the entertainment industry, twelve years in the running industry and five years in the Nashville Tourism industry.
With the experience and knowledge gained while working at EMI Publishing, Martin took his talent and put it work when he created an artist-centered event that no one had ever conceptualized. Martin paired up-and-coming recording artists with top music supervisors at a private retreat where they could collaborate and learn from one another. In 2000, the first annual All About Music TV & Film Retreat occurred and succeeded for sixteen years. This 3-day event provided the opportunity for hundreds of recording artists to showcase their talent to some of the biggest film, television and commercial music supervisors in the world.
As the retreats were gathering steam, Martin, ever the multi-tasker, began to make a name for himself in the fitness industry when, in 2005, he founded the I Run For The Party series of running events. This race series exactly what the name implied – a party. This was the first race series of its in Nashville – designed to incorporate fun, yet challenging courses, followed by a participant after-party. Martin was able to attract a large number of participants – many of whom would not normally enter a race – to be physically active while socially engaging with fellow runners of all abilities.
In 2012, Martin rebranded the series to What Do You Run For Event Management. The WDYRF race series currently owns The Nashville Half Marathon, Music City July 4th 10K, and the Music City Thanksgiving Day Run, and provides timing and logistics for several other downtown races.
Timing his outside-the-box thinking nicely with the dramatic rise in tourism, in 2013 founded Sprocket Rocket Party Bike, which quickly established itself as the #1 bicycle tavern company in Nashville. Sprocket Rocket caters to an audience eager to explore Music City while pedaling through the streets of downtown. The company now plays host to over 100,000 guests a year.
The success of Sprocket Rocket allowed Martin to circle back to the fitness industry when he opened Rhythm Running in July 2017.
Rhythm Running offers the very best in footwear, apparel, nutrition and accessories geared towards runners, or walkers, whatever their age, ability, or background. Championing the slogan, “It’s your rhythm. Run to it.” Martin and his team at Rhythm Running will educate, motivate and encourage runners in the Nashville community and beyond to inspire one another to run, no matter what their tempo may be.