For the first Chicago Marathon since the Boston Marathon bombing, runners will be required to use clear bags for their belongings as part of new security measures announced today.
City and race officials for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon released a statement today saying runners will receive a free clear bag, which will be the only bag runners are allowed to use on race day to carry items into Grant Park on October 13.
Along with clear bags, runners will also be required to show ID at packet pickup and will have to enter the race staging area through designated security checkpoints at Jackson Drive, Congress Boulevard, and Harrison Street.
“The updates are extensions of Chicago Marathon policies and procedures that have been in place for several years, and the enhancements build upon the extensive experience and best practices in the City’s hosting of large-scale public events,” the statement said.
Police will also conduct random bag checks of spectators carrying backpacks or large bags. In addition, runners will not be allowed to leave unattended bags or clothing items within Grant Park or along the route. If officers or race officials see an unattended bag along the route, it will be collected and discarded.
Three people died and more than 200 were injured in the last April when bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with police. His brother Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, was later captured by police. He is awaiting trial, after having pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges. If convicted, he could receive up to life in prison or the death penalty.
More information at www.chicagomarathon.com.