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Police address security concerns for Country Music Marathon

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Thousands of people will be heading to Nashville this weekend for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, which means security will be tight.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said at a press conference Wednesday that while there are no known threats to Nashville or the marathon, hundreds of local, state and federal officers will be on duty Saturday to ensure a safe event for all.

There will be designated 'no-bag zones' near the route, including along Broadway from 1st to 12th avenues, along Demonbreun from 1st to 8th avenues, and around the Music City Center and LP Field.

Police said backpacks, duffel bags and travel bags, regardless of whether they are being carried by race participants or spectators, will not be permitted in those areas.

Race organizers will distribute clear plastic bags, which will be allowed anywhere along the route.

This year's marathon route includes the one block section of 6th Avenue South that runs under the Music City Center, but that area will be off-limits to spectators as an added security measure, police said.

Police urge anyone who sees something suspicious or concerning to say something to the nearest officer or call the event hotline at 615-880-1515.

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