Just this Wednesday, the B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) announced that backpacks will no longer be allowed in the upcoming Boston Marathon. This is a safety measure in response to the tragic bombing during the marathon last year which killed three and injured 264 others.
The B.A.A. will instead provide clear plastic bags for official participants for storage of their equipment about half a mile from the finish line.
Last year on April 21, a couple of bombs placed in back packs exploded near the finish area.
The announcement regarding the ‘no bags policy‘ for the 2014 Boston Marathon was issued early so that participants could plan beforehand and make several adjustments. Apart from this policy, a security screening will also be done on the event so participants should be early.
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The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest yearly race and is one of the world’s best known events. Last year, over 23,000 runners participated in the event. However, the race was halted due to the explosions and prevented many others (around 5,000 more runners) from finishing.
Hopefully, this ‘no bag policy’ will add to the security measures already being done for the safety of the participants and spectators.
The Boston Marathon for 2014 will be held on April 21.