Roanoke Police Hold Briefing on Marathon Security Measures

Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Police are putting the finishing touches on their security plan that is in place for the Blue Ridge Marathon being held in Roanoke Saturday morning.

Chief Chris Perkins briefed the press Friday on security measures being taken, many of which can't be released just yet.

Law enforcement here is happy with how everything has come together with this augmented security plan being refined over the past four days.

The big thing everyone needs to keep in mind if you are in Roanoke is that there are big changes to parking on and around the race course.

Police spent part of the day marking those areas that will be off limits as of 3 a.m. at which time the tow trucks will be called out.

"We certainly don't want to see anyone get their car towed but unfortunately, given the circumstances, if we cannot locate an owner by three AM those vehicles will be towed," said Deputy Chief Tim Jones with the Roanoke City Police Department

If you are planning on attending the race, understand that there will be additional security measures in place in areas where spectators will be as well as at the start and finish line. Those areas will be open to the public at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say there have been no threats of any kind directed at the race, and that everything being done is being done out of practical caution.