'No bags' policy instituted at Boston Marathon
In the wake of last year's terrorists attacks, the Boston Athletic Association has confirmed that there will be a strict "no bags" policy at this year's Boston Marathon, set for April 21. A clear plastic bag will be provided for each runner to check gear at Boston Common prior to the event's start.
The athletic association will email a guideline to each registered runner. "The BAA said unregistered runners, known as 'bandits,' who traditionally jump into the race at various points along the course, will be strictly prohibited this year," reports ABC News.
Runners are allowed to wear small fanny packs and water bottles with a capacity under one liter. "Costumes covering the face or non-form-fitting, bulky outfits will [also] be prohibited," further reports ABC News. "The list of prohibited items for runners [also] includes strollers, suitcases and rolling bags, weight vests or any type of vest with pockets, except for lightweight running vests, which will be allowed." In addition, "props, including sporting equipment, military and fire gear, and signs or flags larger than 11 inches by 17 inches are also prohibited."
Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, remains awaiting trial under 30 federal charges. He and his now-deceased brother are thought to be responsible for the two 2013 backpack bombs that injured 260 victims and killed three at last year's marathon.