Kellie Pickler and 24 friends ran the Country Music Marathon to honor former NFL kicker Rob Bironas, an aspiring songwriter and friend to country music who died last September. Wearing T-shirts that read “Say I won’t … and I will,” Team Bironas kept his memory alive on Saturday morning (April 25) in Nashville.

Pictures show Pickler alongside friends Jenna Pate, Andi Zack and more. The Tennessean reports that Bironas’ parents and siblings were also part of a team that wore hats with No. 2 on them. The relay team also wore bib No. 2, in honor of the longtime Tennessee Titans kicker and his jersey number.

At the time of his death, Bironas — married to aspiring singer Rachel Bradshaw — was auditioning for a job with several NFL teams. The circumstances around his death were unusual. The 36-year-old left his house and drove around Nashville at high speeds before losing control of his vehicle and flipping it around 11PM. In October, a toxicology report revealed his blood-alcohol level was at 0.218 percent.

“Please continue to pray for the Bironas family,” Pickler wrote on Facebook. “They are a beautiful family with true integrity and abounding grace. My husband and I were so honored to share this special day with them. ‪#‎RB2‬ We miss you!"

She’s said to have run about three miles of the 26.2 mile marathon, which finished at the Tennessee Titans’ LP Field. Singer Terri Clark and Nashville actors Sam Palladio and Chaley Rose also participated, according to WKRN.

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