Seven months after the Boston Marathon bombing, new security measures were announced for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.
Besides an increased police presence, runners and spectators can expect tighter security at the start and finish lines. There are also several new rules for runners who store their gear with race officials.
Below is part of an email sent out by organizers to the media on the new rules:
- Runners will only be allowed to deposit race-approved, clear plastic participant bags at the gear check area starting at 6 a.m. on race morning. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon will issue these bags during packet pickup at the Health and Fitness Expo. No backpacks, luggage or any other belongings will be accepted at gear check.
- The Dallas Police Department will provide additional security staff at the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon start and finish lines. Only properly credentialed Individuals will have access to the start and finish areas.
- The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon recommends that participants do not use hydration packs during the December 8 race. Should participants choose to wear a hydration pack, he or she may be subject to additional security screening.
- All participants should allow for additional travel time to the downtown start line on race morning due to street closures and heightened security.
Race organizers did not return emails Tuesday asking for clarification on who exactly can get credentials for the start and finish line.