The Boston Athletic Association announced a “no bags policy” for the 2014 Boston Marathon to expedite security checks and promote overall safety at the race in the wake of last year's bombing.
The policy bans participants from bringing their own bags to the race. Instead, runners will be given an opportunity to stash a change of clothes or other personal gear in a clear plastic bag B.A.A. will provide when they pick up their race numbers near the finish line on Boston Commons.
“Only this B.A.A.-provided, clear, plastic bag can be used for this purpose,” according to a copy of the new policy posted on the association’s website. “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 that the B.A.A. will provide for you.”
The new policy is among several announced by B.A.A. in the wake of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured 260. B.A.A. has been working for months with local, state and federal public safety agencies to coordinate security for this year’s race.