April 11 2019

Going to the Boston Marathon? Here’s What Not to Bring


The Boston Marathon is this upcoming Monday and local and state police forces will be out in force to ensure everyone’s safety.


As they have since the 2013 bombings authorities are asking all spectators to be aware of their surroundings, report any suspicious behavior and to comply with a list of items not to bring to the race.


“Spectators attending this year’s Boston Marathon are being asked for their cooperation in following reasonable and common sense guidelines that will help ensure the safety and security of participants, volunteers and spectators,” a notice from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) states. “Spectators intending on watching the Boston Marathon from anywhere along the 26.2 mile course should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers.”


Anyone planning on getting near the finish line or any other official event venues will see extra security.


“Spectators entering official B.A.A. event venues, approaching viewing areas on the course, or in viewing areas on the course, may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried,” MEMA explained.


MEMA is also asking that all spectators can personal items in clear, plastic bags. This will be increase security and speed up screenings.


Everyone at the race can also help ensure it is a safe event by participating in the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.


“Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious conduct or items to the closest public safety official or by calling 9-1-1,” MEMA says.


Finally, people along the course are discouraged from possessing any of the following items:


- Weapons or items of any kind that may be used as weapons, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.


- Backpacks or any similar item carried over the shoulder.


- Suitcases and rolling bags/rollers.


- Coolers.


- Glass containers or cans.


- Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks or explosives.


- Any container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid.


- Handbags or packages or bulky items larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches.


- Large blankets/comforters, duvets, sleeping bags.


- Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body.


- Props (including sporting equipment and military and fire gear).


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