Runners will receive RunNow wristbands to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon shook the nation to its core. On Saturday, more than 30,000 runners from all over the world will participate in the 14th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & Half Marathon in Nashville, Tenn. Along every mile of the 26.2-mile route, there is something happening in this citywide festival.
Along the route, notable local hot spots will roll out the red carpet for runners and spectators, live bands will be stationed and playing all genres of music, themed water stations will nourish the runners, cheerleaders will push the runners on, volunteers will be scurrying about and spectators will be watching and participating in a variety of ways.
* Additional security will monitor Gear Check vehicles used for storage and transportation of gear bags at both the start and finish line venues.
* Security will control entry and exit into 32 runner corrals at the start line.
* All participants, spectators and volunteers are subject to random bag checks at the Health & Fitness Expo and on race day and at all-race related events and locations.
* All media members and others with access to restricted areas will be required to produce a photo ID. All bags and equipment will be subjected to inspection.
“The Nashville Police Department continues to put together the final elements of a plan that underscores our absolute commitment to a safe and enjoyable marathon,” Metropolitan Nashville police chief Steve Anderson said. “A number of law enforcement resources will be utilized.”
Anderson said the Nashville police department and its federal partners are urging citizens to be cognizant of and report any suspicious behavior, including unattended packages and backpacks.
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