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Marathon Security Plan Called "Highly Successful"

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Scott Wietecha crosses the finish line. Scott Wietecha crosses the finish line.
Scott Wietecha speaks about his win. Scott Wietecha speaks about his win.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Metro Police officials said Saturday afternoon the safety and security plan for the 14th Annual Country Music Marathon proved to be highly successful. The department credited a partnership among a number of law enforcement and security agencies.

"Despite the rain, we are very pleased with today's event from a law enforcement perspective," said Chief Steve Anderson. "Among the minimal issues were four suspicious package checks, all of which turned out to be harmless."

Chief Anderson went on to say the citizens of Nashville were vitally important to the success of the marathon, and he thanked them for their "vigilance and strong support."

The Chief also took a moment to remember the tragedy in Boston. "With the Boston tragedy still on the minds of us all, it was inspiring to see the pride today's participants have in this marathon and the city of Nashville at both the start and finish lines."

A Hendersonville man won the Country Music Marathon on Saturday.  Scott Wietecha is a PE teacher at HB Williams Elementary School in Sumner County. His time was 2:22:41. That was 10 minutes faster than last year's first place finish. Jill Horst was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 2:57:52.

Both Wietecha and Horst were slated to run in the Boston Marathon, but were unable to go.

Wietecha encouraged 25 of his students to run in Sunday's Kids Rock Race at LP Field and he will be there with them.

"I'm proud to win in my hometown," said Wietecha. "I felt pretty good and I kept it steady because I'm preparing for the USA 25 km Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

As for the rain, Wietecha said he was used to the rain after running in the Houston marathon back in January.

The first runners in the half marathon portion of the 14th Annual Country Music Marathon crossed the finish line a little after 8:00 a.m. The first male runner to finish the 13.1 mile course was Daniel Le page with a time of 1:10:39. The first female runner to finish the half marathon was Giselle Lade came in at one hour and 20 minutes.

The marathon officially kicked off at 7:00 a.m. and 30,000 runners took off from the start line near Centennial Park. Thousands of spectators lined the streets in the heavy rain, and thousands more staff and volunteers took part.

 

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