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Authorities Promise Big Presence For Country Music Marathon

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Law enforcement authorities say runners at Saturday's St. Jude Country Music Marathon will see a strong presence of officers and security from start to finish Saturday.

"While there is no known threat to this weekend's marathon or to Nashville in general we are planning for every contingency," said Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson.

Officials from the Metro Nashville Police Department, FBI, ATF, Tennessee Department of Safety and both local and federal prosecutors promised Tuesday that they have reviewed security plans for the marathon and half marathon, which draw approximately 30,000 runners.

Anderson added their plan has been enhanced and refined since last Monday, and law enforcement will be visible along the entire 26.2 mile route from West End to LP Field.

Chief Anderson also said that runners and spectators should remember "See Something, Say Something," and to mind belongings as if they were at an airport.

"Any disruption to the events surrounding this marathon will be taken seriously," said acting U.S. Attorney David Rivera.

That includes pranks during events or anything posted online.

 "Any threat or hoax posted on social media is a potential violation of federal law," said FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Keith Moses.

Commissioner Gibbons also said the THP is offering their support as well as bomb technicians, bomb-sniffing dogs, and the state office of Homeland Security.

The Competitor Group, Inc., which runs the Nashville event, also ordered clear bags for runners to store gear.

Competitor Group Inc.'s Adam Zocks added organizers want everyone to enjoy this race as much as they have over the past 14 years. He said all runners will receive a blue/yellow wristband in honor of Boston.

Security plans for the marathon have been reviewed since the bombings at the Boston Marathon last week. Everyone will be subject to random bag checks on race day and at the Health and Fitness Expo.

Anyone who sees something suspicious at Saturday's marathon is asked to call (615) 880-1515.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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