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New security measures at the Chicago Marathon will affect packet pick-up, gear check and start

New security measures at the Chicago Marathon will affect packet pick-up, gear check and start

Runners entering the starting line area in Grant Park, which used to have multiple access points, will be limited to four security checkpoints. Those entrances will now include a bag-screening process and require runners to have their bibs visible. Friends can no longer pick up runners’ race packets; participants must collect their own bib and timing chip at the expo. Runners are also restricted to using a race-issued clear plastic bag for gear check. Chicago Marathon officials said the new measures were designed to enhance the safety of runners, spectators, volunteers and staff. Race officials across the country began assessing security protocols immediately following the bombings at this year's Boston Marathon . The packet pick-up and bag rules now in place at Chicago are in line with practices employed by many events throughout the U.S. As in past years, spectators at C...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/races/chicago-marathon-introd...

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