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Safety Plan For Country Music Marathon

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and ATF, said what happened in Boston is top of mind for them as they plan for the Country Music Marathon.

Metro Nashville Police said what happened in Boston will affect how organizers move forward in the planning process of the Country Music Marathon, but wanted to stress runners and spectators are in good hands.

"The event in Boston is making us more aware everyday but this is business as usual, this is what we do everyday," said Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson.

Metro Police, the ATF, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office said they are all working together to ensure the St. Jude's Country Music Marathon runs as smoothly as it has in year's past.

Officials said they have no reason to believe that there is a threat to Nashville's event.

Federal agents also revealed they are sharing classified information with Metro Police gathered from the explosions that happened in Boston, so that local agencies in the mid-state are extra prepared.

Investigators want participants, runners and spectators to work as extra pairs of eyes and ears.

"Law enforcement is a key component that the Country Music Marathon, however, citizens and spectators will have a key role in keeping this event safe by being vigilant in your activities," said FBI Special Agent Keith Moses. "Be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, let us know."

Organizers said they are still hammering out all the details of what additional security measures, if any, will be increased, because this is such an open event.

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