On Saturday morning, nearly 30,000 runners are expected to fill the streets of downtown Nashville and surrounding communities, with hundreds to thousands of spectators lining the course.
"For us weather makes or breaks the race experience in a lot of ways," said race director Malain McCormick about the high temperatures forecasters are expecting for the end of the marathon on Saturday. "As it gets hotter we look at every aid station both medical and water; we increase the amount of water on the course and we also send more ice on the course so as a runner you'll see chilled beverages as a opposed to lukewarm temperature beverages."All of the participants must pick up their race bibs and packets at the expo, which kicked off at noon with a press conference featuring Mayor Karl Dean and officials from the marathon and St. Jude.
"I just want to enjoy the good atmosphere and just go out there and run it," said first time marathoner Evike Vincze.
More than 80 exhibitors offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information and much more.On Friday, the expo opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m.
For the first time, the start line for the race will be downtown at 5th and Broadway. Another change includes the route in Metro Center was shortened
Details about security were also released Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of police officers and security workers will be positioned along the 26.2 mile route.
Police have encouraged everyone to say something if you see something suspicious.
For the first time, there will be a no bag zone at the start line in the Broadway area, and at the finish line at LP Field.
All runners will only be allowed to use a clear bag provided during registration, when checking their bag the day of the marathon.
The marathon weekend does not end Saturday. From 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at LP Field will be the Kids Rock Event where 6,000 junior marathoners will complete their portion of their cumulative marathon. Also, the YMCA will host their Healthy Kids Day event open to the public.
For more information, you can visit the marathon’s website.