New security measures announced for 2013 Philadelphia Marathon

The 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17th is expected to be bigger than ever — attracting more than 30,000 runners, 3,000 volunteers and 60,000 spectators.

In order to ensure the safety of all race weekend participants and spectators, officials have released a change in this year’s security measures. Runners and spectators will experience security enhancements designed in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department.

On Sunday, the race start/finish area between 20th the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be designated as a “Secure Zone”. Everyone, no exceptions, will have to be screened in order to enter the Secure Zone. Officials recommend runners arrive early and give themselves plenty of time to go through security checkpoints.

No bags or backpacks of any kind will be permitted in the start/finish area. Runners who wish to check their gear on race day must place that gear in clear bags, which will be provided when they collect their race packets at the expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

In addition to clear bags, runners will be permitted to carry one factory-sealed plastic water bottle, as well as hydration packs or belts, which will be subject to screening. Officials recommend that if there is no inclement weather on Sunday, runners should not bring additional gear.

Spectators are also strongly discouraged from carrying bags in order to maintain an efficient flow of pedestrians.

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