The new security measures will also affect those who aren’t necessarily considered traditional marathon participants. Runners who jump in as ‘bandits’ have been allowed to run in past years, but this year organizers say they will look for runners to have official numbers. And veterans and active members of the military who participated in the annual Tough Ruck have learned they will not be allowed to march along the Boston Marathon course with their 40-pound rucksacks, according to Runner’s World. The new guidelines specifically ban cyclists and ‘ruckers’ from the race and prohibit props such as sporting equipment and military and fire gear from being brought into any marathon venue. Instead, the Tough Ruck will take place along the Minuteman Battle Trail on April 19, two days prior to the marathon.
However you slice it, the most important thing for organizers and runners alike is to get the Boston Marathon back to being a premier running event and not remembered for the sad events of last spring.
“Over the coming years, security will likely look different than it is now,” said Kirleis. “But I do believe these new measures, even if on the harsh side, will help put last year behind us and as long as that happens, and as long as it is safe, we turn attention back to the race and away from the nightmare of last year.”
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Wednesday, March 12
• Danvers 5K Fun Run, Sweet William’s Garden Center, 141 Pine St., Danvers, 7 p.m. Free, timed run. All welcome. These events are part of a weekly 52-race series. E-mail email@example.com.
Thursday, March 13
• No Rest for the Wicked Weekly 5K-ish, Salem Common, Salem, 6:45 p.m. Free 3.2-mile run. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.