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Boston Marathon Bans Bags, 'Bandits'

Boston Marathon Bans Bags, 'Bandits'
Posted February 27th, 2014 @ 12:51pm by Kevin Spak, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – The Boston Athletic Association is responding to last year's Marathon tragedy with an almost draconian set of new rules on competitors and spectators, the Boston Globe reports. According to a mass email sent out yesterday, the following are all forbidden this year:

  • Bulky clothes, or costumes that conceal a runner's face
  • Strollers at the start or finish line
  • Backpacks, CamelBaks, and the bags runners often use to carry clothes and personal effects
  • Glass containers
  • Suitcases and rolling bags
  • Vests with pockets, except lightweight running vests
  • Props, including sports and military equipment
  • Flags or signs wider than 11" or longer than 17"

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