Boston Marathon bag ban in place for 2014 race day

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seen carrying backpacks at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Photo: FBI.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seen carrying backpacks at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Photo: FBI.

As the city prepares itself for the one-year anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings of 2013, the Boston Athletic Association is informing participants and spectators of a new “no bags” policy for the upcoming race.

The BAA announced on its website today: ”As your training continues, we want to make you aware of several changes for the 2014 Boston Marathon in the areas of baggage, gear check, and allowable and prohibited items. The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) is working in partnership with public safety officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon course to make your race day experience safe and enjoyable.”

The organization also asked that runners arrive early for the event and are prepared for security screening.

Authorities say two men dropped homemade bombs at the Boylston Street finish line last year, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. The bombs were allegedly transported in backpacks.

Full information on baggage and allowable items on race day is available at www.baa.org.



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