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Boston Marathon Bans Bags as Part of Security Plan

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Boston Athletic Assoc.)

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Boston Athletic Assoc.)

BOSTON (AP) — This year’s Boston Marathon will have a “no bags” policy as part of stepped-up security following last year’s deadly bombing.

The Boston Athletic Association announced the policy changes Wednesday in advance of the April 21 marathon.

Runners will not be allowed to bring bags. Bags will also not be allowed in certain areas near the start or finish line or along the course.

Runners will be given a chance to check gear on Boston Common on the morning of the marathon to allow them to have a change of clothing at the end of the race. The BAA said it will provide clear plastic bags for that.

Twin bombs placed in backpacks near the 2013 finish line killed three people and injured more than 260. Prosecutors say two spectators were responsible.

According to WCVB-TV Prohibited from the any Boston Marathon venue include:

  • Backpacks, any similar item carried over the shoulder or handbags of any size
  • Glass containers
  • Any container capable of carrying more than one liter of liquid
  • Strollers, including baby strollers
  • Suitcases and rolling bags
  • Personal hydration products such as CamelBak and Thor
  • Weight vests or any sort of vested product, but lightweight running vests are allowed
  • Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body
  • Props, including sporting equipment and military and fire/gear signs or flags larger than 11 inches by 17 inches
  • Any other item larger than 5 inches by 5 inches

In addition, BAA officials said security at each location will have the authority to disallow any other products or materials it deems inappropriate.





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