Country Music Marathon kicks off today: Road closures, security - WKRN News 2

Country Music Marathon kicks off today: Road closures, security plan

Posted: Updated: April 26, 2013 08:29 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Tens of thousands of people hit the pavement on Saturday morning as part of the annual Country Music Marathon in downtown Nashville.

For runners taking part in Saturday's Country Music Marathon, the race took on a new meaning since last week's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The victims will not only be on the minds of those running on Saturday, but also on their wrists with special "Run Now" bracelets honoring those involved in the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

"I know at the end of the race when you're sore and give it all you got just to finish, just be thankful because there's a lot of people who aren't privileged enough to be out there in that pain," Rebecca Cumming, who will be running the half marathon, told Nashville's News 2.

Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" was played and a moment of silence followed to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Thousands of participants held up their "Run Now" bracelets in the air during the silence.

The race started shortly after at 7:10 a.m.

The winner of the Country Music Marathon was Scott Wietecha from Hendersonville. Wietecha won with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 41 seconds. 

The marathon and half marathon kicked off at 7 a.m. Click here for a course map.

Road Closures

Drivers are encouraged to adjust their travel time near the race course.

Many road closures and detours along the route will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Streets along the earlier miles of the route will reopen earlier than roads along the end of the route.

For a complete list of road closures, click here.

Security

Metro Police and several other agencies have been working together to refine their security plan for the marathon with increased police presence along the route and a zero tolerance for any disruptive behavior.

On Tuesday, they outlined their security plan for the Country Music Marathon.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson stressed that there is no known threat to Nashville or the marathon.

Police officers and security workers will be very visible along the race route.

Metro added said they will also have a zero tolerance policy and make arrests on site if needed.

In 2012, more than 350 Metro police officers and supervisors were involved in staffing the event.

A special telephone line will be operational Saturday morning for citizens to specifically report any marathon-related suspicious activity. The number is 615-880-1515.

Race officials and law enforcement hope all of these extra precautions ensure that everyone is safe, and enjoys one of music city's biggest events.

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