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Runners Begin Arriving For Country Music Marathon

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of athletes began converging on downtown Nashville Thursday morning in hopes of completing the 14th Country Music Marathon.

"I am excited for Saturday because I started running 15 years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer, and so Saturday is the 15th of my cancer surgery," one runner from New York explained.

As bib numbers were handed out at the expo center, runners also received blue bracelets that read "Run Now - Boston 4/15/13" in memory of the tragic attacks on the Boston Marathon last week.

"A lot of people I knew were there and it's our community, those are our people, that's our tribe. Running this race is important to me," another runner from Cookeville said.

Marathon organizers decided to order thousands of clear plastic bags, so that runners could store their gear in something that police and security officials can easily see into and inspect for anything dangerous.

"We've worked very closely over the last week and a half with the city and state officials on the security plan, it's definitely been enhanced," said Adam Zocks VP of the race.

Officials once again stressed the biggest concern runners should be worried about is the forecasted rain, not security, since there are no known threats against the race.

"The runners run, they're gonna come out and be here in the rain no matter what the weather is, where it hurts is on the spectator side because if you're just out there to watch an event and it's raining you're probably not watching," he added.


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