Thousands hit the roads for the Music City Marathon this morning

NASHVILLE (WKRN) — The 16th annual Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon will take place on this morning.

For the fourth year in a row, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the charity partner for the race.

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.

More than 30,000 runners are signed up to participate in either the Marathon, Half-Marathon, or 5K. Both the Marathon and Half-Marathon are slated to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Competitor Group, which organizes the race, announced they were meeting with Metro Nashville officials Thursday afternoon to discuss contingency plans in the event of stormy weather on race day.

In an interview with News 2, Competitor Group President Josh Furlow said they had not ruled out the need to delay or postpone the race. He said runners should check Competitor Group’s social media for the latest information:

The marathon route will close to traffic at 6 a.m. Saturday, although the start area along lower Broadway will close to vehicle traffic at 3 a.m.

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