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Thousands prepare to run Nashville marathon

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 16:33:32-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Runners from all over the world have descended on Nashville for the 20th annual Rock N’ Roll Marathon.

Runners spent Thursday morning picking up their numbers at the Music City Center. This year the field size has grown to 30,000.

They will all be at the start line on Broadway at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, with the large majority of those runners to run the half marathon. But because of the NFL Draft part of the start of the race has been modified.

Just like recent years, the city is taking security seriously. Only clear plastic bags will be allowed at the start, and dozens of Metro Nashville Police officers will line the route.

Music City also gets a huge economic boost from the race. Last year alone runners spent more than $40 million in Music City.