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Penn Relays: No Backpacks For Fans

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 19, 2013
Three people were killed and nearly 200 were wounded during Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. Photo: Competitor.com

Athletes and coaches will still be allowed to bring bags into the stadium.

Officials at the Penn Relays have revised their security plans for next week’s event based on what took place at the Boston Marathon this week.

The two bombs that detonated near the finish line in Boston were reportedly hidden in backpacks. Spectators at the April 25-27 Penn Relays in Philadelphia, therefore, will not be allowed to bring backpacks and other large bags such as gym bags and duffel bags into the stadium.

Athletes and coaches can still bring backpacks into the event, held at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Security is always a high priority at the Penn Relays,” event organizers said in a statement. “It is something we take seriously, and given the situation in Boston, additional security measures will be undertaken during this year’s games. We are not, however, going to discuss the specific details around security activities.”

For more: PennRelays.com

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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