This was my first marathon. The course was well staffed and well marked. There wasn't quite as much crowd support as I would have hoped, but it was the first time this marathon was held. The course was great in that the hills were all on the front end; although the scenery at Shelby Bottom's park got a bit repetitive.
The front half takes you through urban Nashville; music row; Belmont College. It was pretty and the rolling hills were great. I really pushed through the front half, but got slower on the back half which had no hills. Turns out I prefer some hills over totally flat.
I stayed downtown and ran to the start as a warm up. It was worth it for my first race not to have to worry about where to park on the big day. At the end of the race, the results were out ASAP, which was awesome. And they did indeed give you the promised beer.