Roanoke City Police Chief Chris Perkins released a letter to runners, volunteers, and spectators on Thursday, ahead of the Blue Ridge Marathon on Saturday.
In the letter, Chief Perkins advises that there will be a, "highly visible law enforcement presence" at the race.
Included in that will be K-9 units trained to sniff out explosives, crowd screening stations, and other safety measures.
Chief Perkins also warned that bags and packages may be inspected in certain locations in and around the race course, and it is recommended that you do not bring large bags, backpacks, or other carry-ons that have multiple compartments.
Also, runners are asked to not pre-position food or drinks along the race course.
As for parking, Roanoke Police will set up no parking zones on Friday afternoon. Cars will be towed at the owner's expense.
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The following is a list of areas that will be marked "No Parking/Towing Enforced" on Saturday, April 20. Any vehicles parked in these areas at 3 a.m. on Saturday will be towed:
-Norfolk Avenue between Market Street and 3rd Street, S.E., both sides
-Market Street between Norfolk Avenue and Campbell Avenue, both sides
-Wall Street between Campbell Avenue and Salem Avenue, both sides
-Salem Avenue between Williamson Road and Jefferson Street, both sides
-Jefferson Street between Salem Avenue and Elm Avenue, west side
-Walnut Avenue between Belleview Street and Sylvan Road, south side
-Avenham Avenue between Broadway Avenue and Clydesdale Street, east side
-Wiley Drive between Crystal Spring Avenue and Franklin Road, south side
-Jefferson Street between Campbell Avenue and Salem Avenue, both sides
-Elm Avenue between Main Street and 6th Street, S.W., north side
-Luck Avenue between 5th Street, S.W. and 3rd Street, S.W., north side
-3rd Street between Luck Avenue and Church Avenue, west side
-Luck Avenue between 5th Street and 6th Street, both sides
-Rosalind Avenue between Evans Mill Road and 22nd Street, S.W., west side
-22nd Street between Rosalind Avenue and Broadway Avenue, south side
-Broadway Avenue between 22nd Street and Avenham Avenue, south side
-Rosalind Avenue between Cassell Lane and 27th Street, east side
-Reserve Avenue between Jefferson Street and Franklin Road, south side
-Ferdinand Avenue between Main Street and Day Avenue, north side, and Riverside Boulevard to Day Avenue, south side
-26th Street between Avenham Avenue and Cornwallis Avenue, north side
-Jefferson Street between 24th Street to McClanahan Street, west side