Bags, strollers, unregistered runners not welcome at Boston Marathon
POSTED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:28am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:28am
CNN — (CNN) -- As part of revamped security following last year's deadly bombings, the Boston Marathon has banned various items for the 2014 race, including bags, costumes and strollers.
The bombs placed in backpacks exploded near the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring hundreds.
Backpacks, handbags, suitcases and similar items are prohibited from this year's race.
So are containers with more than 1 liter of liquid, costumes covering the face, and bulky clothes, including vests with pockets.
The items will not be allowed anywhere near the 26-mile course, organizer Boston Athletic Association said in a statement Wednesday.
Runners are allowed to have clear, plastic bags provided by the organizers. They can also run with small fanny packs to carry medication and cell phones, and fuel belts that hold a bottle under one liter.
"Any items that you would like to have with you at the conclusion of the race must be placed inside the clear, plastic bag that the BAA will provide for you," the statement said.
Large flags or signs bigger than 11 inches x 17 inches are also banned.
Unregistered runners and cyclists, who jump into the race along various points, are not welcome this year, either.
"We are aware that many people want to participate in some way in this year's Boston Marathon as a display of support," the statement said. "But we ask that those who are not official participants to refrain from entering the course for the safety of the runners and themselves."
On April 15, 2013, double bombings hit the Boston Marathon, which highlights elite runners from all over the world. They exploded within 12 seconds of each other, killing three people and injuring at least 264 others.
The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on April 21.
Organizers are preparing for 36,000 entrants this year.