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Nashville police say 100's of officers, agents will secure weekend marathon

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By Brian Haas | The Tennessean


Hundreds of police officers and state and federal agents will be on hand to help secure Saturday's Country Music Marathon.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said Tuesday at an 11 a.m. news conference that law enforcement will be "very visible" at the event, though security will also include undercover officers.

"There will be a strong law enforcement presence across the route," Anderson said.

Police reiterated that there are no known threats to this weekend's event.

Still, police are strongly urging runners and spectators alike to mind their belongings as if they are at an airport -- no unattended bags are allowed. They ask everyone to report anything suspicious to authorities.

To that end, they've set up a special safety hotline that will open Saturday morning for people to report to police any security concerns. That number is 615-880-1515.

Police and prosecutors also warn that any pranks or hoaxes that disrupt the marathon could also lead to potential criminal charges.

"Any disruption to these events surrounding this marathon will be taken very seriously," said Acting U.S. Attorney David Rivera.

Contact Brian Haas at 615-726-8968 or bhaas@tennessean.com.

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