Heavy security on streets for Nashville marathon

2:58 PM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy: The Tennessean
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With a SWAT team parked near the starting line, Scott Wietecha of Hendersonville, Tenn., won the St. Jude Country Music Marathon after missing the Boston Marathon because of overtraining.

This was the largest combined marathon and half-marathon in the United States since the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. Heavy security turned out on a cold and rainy Saturday morning with more than 30,000 runners and a crowd estimated at more than 50,000.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was on hand, as were more than 150 private security officers and extra bomb-sniffing dogs.

Wietecha finished in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 41 seconds for his first marathon victory. He is only the second American champion in the 14-year history of the race.

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