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Country Music Marathon Announces Increased Security Measures

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Organizers of next week's St. Jude Country Music Marathon announced plans on Friday for increased security at the event.

Some of the specific measures that will be put in place include increased public and private security presence at the start and finish lines. More than 150 private security officials have been added to the staffing plan.

Additional security will monitor the Gear Check vehicles that will be used for storage and transportation of gear bags at both the start and finish line venues.

Security will control entry and exit into the 32 runner corrals at the start line. All participants, spectators, and volunteers may be subject to random bag checks at the health and Fitness Expo and on race day.

All members of the media and others with access to restricted areas will be required to produce a photo ID and all bags and equipment will be subject to inspection.

"In light of the horrific tragedy in Boston, there will be many additional security measures put in place at all of our events, beginning with the 2013 St. Jude Country Music Marathon. Safety is our first priority," said Josh Furlow, SVP of Operations. "Working in cooperation with the local government agencies and law enforcement, some of the measures will be obvious to runners and several others will be unnoticeable behind-the-scenes. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences participants and spectators may experience, and suggest that they arrive at the expo and start line earlier than in past years while everyone works to ensure the safest experience possible."

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and its federal partners are urging citizens to watch for suspicious behavior, including unattended packages, backpacks, etc., and report what they see to law enforcement. 

Event organizers ask that runners and spectators arrive early, and avoid bringing bags or backpacks if possible.

"Our recommendation is to give yourself more time," said Country Music Marathon General Manager Adam Zocks. "You have to think about this like you are going to the airport and security lines will be longer than a normal day.  Just be smart."

25,000 runners are expected for the event.  Enrollment is still open.

Race day will begin with a moment of silence in honor of the tragedy in Boston.  Also, 100,000 wristbands with the words "Run Now- Boston 4/15/2013" will be handed out to runners, spectators and volunteers.

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