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Security ramped up for Boston Marathon

A “no bags” policy is among tightened security measures being introduced for this year’s Boston Marathon, organisers say, as the emotional first race since last year’s bombings looms in April.

Two bombs hidden inside backpacks exploded near the finish line of last year’s marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others.

“With an increased field size and for everyone’s safety, we will work with public safety officials to ensure that we preserve the exceptional race day experience that makes the Boston Marathon an icon in the world of sport while making race day safe and enjoyable for all,” the BAA said.

“Please arrive early for the event and be prepared for security screening. We greatly appreciate your cooperation, patience, and understanding as we work with public safety officials nike air max 90 to enforce these policies.”

Other banned items include glass containers, bottles with more than one litre of liquid, vests with pockets and bulky costumes or face coverings.

Clear plastic bags will be provided for runners wishing to check a change of clothes for after the race.

“Only this BAA provided, clear plastic bag can be used for this purpose. No other bags will be accepted. Any items that you would like to have with you at the conclusion of the race must be placed inside the clear plastic bag the BAA will provide,” the statement to participants said.

Another consequence of the attack will be the end of the inform nike air max 90 al practice of allowing racers who were not registered to run for periods along the 26.2 mile route. nike air max 90

“Anyone on the course for any distance who has not been assigned, or is not displaying, an officially issued bib number from the BAA is nike air max 90 subject to interdiction,” the statement said.

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Security push at Boston Marathon bomb anniversary

BOSTON (Reuters) Even as police prepare for a massive presence at Boston’s first marathon since the 2013 bombing attack that killed three people and injured 264, officials acknowledge the sheer scale of the event poses inevitable security risks.

More than 3,500 officers will be stationed along the 26.2 mile (42.2 km) course starting in suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and ending among throngs of spectators at the bars and restaurants of Boylston Street, where two homemade pressure cooker bombs ripped through the crowd last year.

While officials said they are not aware of any specific threat to the 118th Boston Marathon, one of the world’s most prestigious races, they face a challenge of increasing security without taking a stance that is so aggressive it drives spectators away, security experts said.

“The police have to walk a delicate line between trying to convey to people that they are safe and not sending the message that, because of the militarized presence, they have something to fear,” said Tom Nolan, a former Boston Police Department official who now serves as chairman of the criminal justice department at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

“The public may not necessarily be reassur nike air max 90 ed about their safety when they see police officers with machine guns and military uniforms and dogs,” Nolan said.

The race, on April 21 this year, is held on the state holiday of Patriots’ Day, when schools as well as some businesses are closed, a nike air max 90 nd tens of thousands of spectators typically clog the finish line area. It was there that ethnic Chechen brothers Dzhokhar nike air max 90 and Tamerlan Tsarnaev placed the bombs they carried in black backpacks last year.

Knapsacks and large bags will be banned at the finish line and police are warning fans to expect checkpoints and inspections as they approach the course.

“In this world, you never eliminate risk. You never bring it down to zero. But we are working very hard at reducing the risk,” State Police Colonel Timothy Alben told reporters.

Runners also face new restrictions, including a ban on bags at the starting line. That nike air max 90 is a concern for athletes who in years past counted on bringing clothing to keep themselves warm while waiting for the race to start.

Weather conditions in Boston are highly variable in mid April: While last year’s race saw near ideal temperatures of 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 Celsius), runners in 2007 waited in wind and driving rain for the chilly 47 F (8 C) start.

The restrictions have irked some veteran racers.

“The people who caused the problem were not the runners. So security precautions that affect the runners and make it harder for us to run a marathon are not really addressing the problem,” said Ray Charbonneau, 52, of Arlington, Massachusetts.

Last year, he crossed the finish line about seven minutes before the bombs exploded, close enough to see and hear the blasts without suffering injury. Despite his misgivings, he plans to run his sixth Boston Marathon next month.

“I never had the slightest doubt that I wanted to go back,” said Charbonneau, who edited a book on last year’s race called “The 27th Mile.”

Race officials have also warned that so called “bandit” runners, the unregistered athletes who were tolerated as they ran all or part of the face in past years, will be pulled off the course this year.

While heightened security along the course and in Boston on race day will be the obvious change, local and national law enforcement agencies will also be running down security related leads ahead of the race, said Joseph Wippl, a former Central Intelligence Agency official who now serves as a professor of international relations at Boston University.

“Any intelligence on anybody in the area and I’m sure the FBI or local law enforcement will pay them a visit,” Wippl said.

Even with additional security, some runners admit to safety concerns.

Andrew Duffy, will be among a group of Boston University runners honouring Chinese exchange student Lu Lingzi, one of the three people killed by the blasts.

Duffy, who met his wife around the time he ran his first Boston Marathon in 1995, said strong personal memories brought him back but he acknowledged he has asked his family to stay away from the finish line on race day.

“I talked to my wife about that just today,” Duffy said. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.