Bay to Breakers Security Measures Announced

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Natalia Aldana
Well, you could definitely fit plenty of Coronitas in there
We already told you that backpacks of all shapes and sizes are banned from this weekend's Bay to Breakers footrace after the Boston Marathon bombing incident. So what else can you expect come Sunday? More cops, more bomb-sniffing dogs, and fewer places to stow your forbidden alcoholic beverage.

Today, Police Chief Greg Suhr and Bay to Breakers organizers held a joint press conference outside City Hall where they detailed all the things they plan to do to further protect the 30,000-plus costume-clad people who will participate in Sunday's footrace.

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In addition to extra patrols, San Francisco police say they've recruited assistance from 16 neighboring agencies, additional canine units, violence reduction teams, and mobile command units that will be "strategically placed" around the course. You can expect port security and even the FBI to be on guard at the race.

Also, you might really want to behave, considering there will be a slew of surveillance cameras keeping an eye out.

Different from previous B2B's, SFPD says it will make participants start the12-kilometer course on Howard Street and follow the course to the finish at the intersection of JFK Drive and Bernice Rogers Drive in Golden Gate Park. That way, Suhr says, their mapped out safety measures will be met.

Other than that, if you see anyone or anything odd (which is all relative at B2B), don't be shy -- tell a cop. "And most of all, my plea to the public, again, is absolutely, absolutely if you see something call, we'll have the people out there to check," he says.

The additional security is of no cost to the city, Suhr says, as Bay to Breakers will be reimbursing the department for the weekend patrols.

Generally, police don't like to call attention to the additional security measures at big events like this, however, after the Boston bombing, which killed three and injured more than 180 people, Suhr says he's pretty certain that "people want to see police officers in uniform." And they will -- lots of them.

By the way, Suhr used this press conference to remind everyone that the race is alcohol-free. It's going to be tricky trying to hide a beer at an alochol-free event where "giant" backpacks aren't allowed. Especially challenging if you are planning to go naked.

The chief said his department has been in contact and had very detailed conversations with the Boston Police Department "pretty much since the day it happened," to gather information on what security they had in place during the Boston Marathon and what they would have done differently.

Don't worry, you can still expect to have a ton of fun.

"We can't let fear rule our lives, because then the people who did what they did in Boston, they win. We all need to live our lives, and obviously we need to be more aware," B2B spokeswoman Angela Fang told SF Weekly.




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10 comments
Glen Jasper
Glen Jasper

The bombing in Boston was done by people WATCHING, not running in the race. The authorities can't ban pedestrians from carrying backpacks. This country is ridiculously reactionary- for example, we all take our shoes off in airports because of the "shoe bomber." When pressure cookers are outlawed, only outlaws will have pressure cookers.

Jaye LeBun
Jaye LeBun

I forsee lots of Camelpacks. Because...hydration.

Josh Ling
Josh Ling

Don't let your kids take backpacks to school! They blow up!

Brenda Kahler
Brenda Kahler

I think this is their conveniently timed excuse to limit the amount of alcohol people bring/consume. Otherwise its just security theatre. I don't feel it makes anyone more safe. And it will be nearly impossible to regulate.

Allen Garcia
Allen Garcia

enforced ass less chaps for all is next years policy.

Honey Katherine Badger
Honey Katherine Badger

Maybe there will be a pee patrol to help folks steer away from our stoops and doorways and towards the port-o-potties.

Nick Sklikas
Nick Sklikas

And if you give them any lip...the IRS will audit you.

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