Boston Marathon this Year Will Ban Backpacks and Bags

In 2013, bombs exploded near the finish line

The organization of the Boston Marathon announced on Thursday (27) the prohibition of backpacks and sacks in some places of the test, as part of the security measures introduced a year after the attacks that killed three people in 2013. “Backpacks and bags will not be allowed in certain locations, at departure and in the area near it, in Hopkinton, near Boston, and along the route, “the organization said.

In the 2013 edition of the race, bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring 250, prompting the organization to adopt stricter security measures for the 2014 race. This year, not even the participants will be able to carry backpacks or bags to store your belongings.

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“With an increase in the area and for everyone’s safety, we are working with the authorities to ensure that we preserve the exceptional racing experience that makes the Boston Marathon a benchmark in the world of sport, while making safer and enjoyable competition for everyone.”

The organization appeals to the “cooperation, patience and understanding” of the participants.

The Boston race, scheduled for April 18, will also ban glass containers, bottles with more than 1 liter of liquid, as well as clothing with pockets, volume or masks, and the organization will provide transparent plastic bags for the runners wishing to change their clothes upon arrival.

“Anyone else on the course who is not registered, or who has hidden, will be banned, adds the Boston Athletics Association.

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