Here Are the New Security Measures for Bay to Breakers

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Joseph Schell via SF Examiner
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After the Boston Marathon bombing, communities across the nation are rethinking how to deal with events that draw massive crowds, such as San Francisco's Bay to Breakers race scheduled next month.

As the Examiner notes this morning, San Francisco police and race organizers are already rolling out a new set of rules, including no more backpacks.

We know what you're thinking -- where are you going to surreptitiously stow your beers now?

It'll be difficult, since you also can't bring large bags or any type of container or carrier exceeding 8½-by-11-by-4 inches.

The reason for these specific changes are quite obvious: The two suspects in Boston carried bombs inside backpacks; the attackers placed the two bags on the ground near the masses standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Both bombs exploded, killing three people and wounding more than 180 more.

"The Boston Marathon bombings have raised the public's awareness of potential attacks," Police Chief Greg Suhr said in a statement to the Examiner. "It has reminded the public to have a heightened sense of awareness. We are asking observers and participants to be attentive on race day and report unattended items such as backpacks and packages."

On top of the no-bags law, organizers are seriously cracking down on those rogue runners who don't register but show up on race day anyway. Every year, only half of those who participate in the annual footrace have registered.

To be sure everyone who is running has a bib, and all backpacks are left at home, there will be more cops -- a lot more -- roving the streets on race day.




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13 comments
mike1934
mike1934

In exchange for the backpack ban they're going to let the runners pee everywhere on the route again. 

Cole Joseph
Cole Joseph

this is giving in to fear... i just want to give into my love of beer.

bustfurbs3
bustfurbs3

This is getting ridiculous, no backpacks? why not just make everyone where an ID card and orange jumpsuits god damn police nation.


kobachi
kobachi

This is really stupid. Life isn't safe. Every time we make sacrifices in the name of more "security", we lose, and the terrorists win.

Dino Gambina
Dino Gambina

Everyone will be pouring off of Bart with all their stuff...where can they leave it?

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

Those guys had BIG BLACK bags. How r we going to fit something 8.5x11x4 ????? What's next a metal detector for all the runners and people watching???

Rachel Anne Rhodes
Rachel Anne Rhodes

I understand the importance of keeping people safe, but I also know that this is a slippery slope. How far can they police people for their own good before its too far?!

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

Urine deposited all along the route will be tested. The results from such a voluminous supply will take years to get back.

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

Everyone must now run naked so as to avoid the problem of concealed weapons.

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