Organizers of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon have announced increased security for the upcoming event on April 27. Some of the specific measures put in place include increased public and private security presence at both the start and finish lines, additional security monitoring the Gear Check vehicles used for storage and transportation of gear bags at both the start and finish line venues and security controlled entry and exit into the runner corrals at the start line.
“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,” Josh Furlow, SVP of Operations, said. “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.”
Additionally, all participants, spectators and volunteers will be subject to random bag checks at the Health & 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 subjected to inspection. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and its federal partners ask that citizens watch for suspicious behavior, including unattended packages and backpacks, and report what they see to law officials.
“The Nashville Police Department continues to put together the final elements of a plan that underscores our absolute commitment to a safe and enjoyable marathon,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “A number of law enforcement resources will be utilized.”
Race day will begin with a moment of silence. In response to the Boston Marathon tragedy, an industry coalition, “Run Now,” has been formed. Over 100,000 “Run Now – Boston 04.15.2013″ tribute wristbands will be distributed to participants and spectators the throughout event in Nashville. For more information about the Run Now movement, visit RunNow.com.
Following the race, Craig Morgan will headline the 14th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon post-race concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, April 27 with special guest Sarah Darling.