Chicago Marathon Tightens Security

In light of the Boston bombing, Chicago Marathon officials are increasing security this year. Photo:

Bag check is the first thing that’s been scrutinized.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that organizers of the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon are increasing security precautions. In light of the devastating bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April, this news doesn’t seem like much of a surprise.

“The bag check is something we’ve been looking at for a couple of years,” said event director Carey Pinkowski. “Is it something that’s in response to Boston? I would think partly … but it’s something that had been on our radar for a long time.”

The 26.2-mile race takes place Oct. 13.

Apparently, runners will only be allowed to bring with them a 24.5-inch-by-17.5-inch piece clear plastic drawstring bag.

Bags left unattended will be collected and discarded.

Race organizers say that runners have already been notified about this change in policy.

“It’s going to simplify the process,” Pinkowski said. “But getting into the start area, the fact that we’re using those clear bags that can be screened quickly, our guys can work efficiently and effectively.”

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