Country Music Marathon runners brace for possible bad weather

Country Music Marathon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There’s a threat for severe weather in Middle Tennessee this weekend, but it’s not slowing down the 16th annual Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon.

More than 30,000 runners are expected to take part in the event.

Organizers held a news conference Friday afternoon about the weather. They said the race is expected to start at 7 a.m. as planned.

They will also talk with the National Weather Service early Saturday morning and then decide whether or not to make any adjustments to the plan.

Organizers will then announce any changes to the public at 5 a.m.

More than 22 storm shelters have been put in place in case the weather is severe.

Participants told News 2 they are not letting Mother Nature slow them down. Many say they plan to run if the race is going on.

“Yes, blistered feet, not gonna be good. But we’re going to get through it and it’s going to be fine,” said Alyssa Barney.

This year marks the second year that the marathon will start on lower Broadway. Historically the race has started at Centennial Park. The finish line will be at L.P. Field.

There will be several road closures, which could cause traffic delays. [MORE: CMM Road Closure Grid]

Officials are urging citizens to be mindful of bagged parking meters and “no parking” signs. They also said security for the race will be tight.

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