30 Sep '13, 9pm

NYC Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon ban CamelBak-type hydration packs during race

But there was some lightness to the social media dialogue. “I expect to be frisked every mile & pass thru metal detectors at each aid station at #nycm,” tweeted Mark Matthews. Most runners, however, sought clarity on the policy, asking if fuel belts were allowed and suggesting that the number of water stops at the marathons was inadequate. “No camelbacks?!?” posted MCM runner Steven Donnelly. “Can we carry bottles of Gatorade/water? Water stations are nice but unless you stop & stay at the station to drink, a little sip of fluid every few miles just isn't enough for those us who are not elite runners.” Under the new rules, hydration backpacks by any manufacturer, including CamelBak and Nathan, are not permitted. Both races have also prohibited hydration vests, but are allowing runners to use fuel belts and hand-held water bottles. A few runners accused the Marine Corps Mar...

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