Chicago Marathon plans security screening for runners and fans
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter August 29, 2013 6:30PM
A runner carries the American flag during the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon along Cermak in Chinatown in Chicago, IL on Sunday October 7, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:37AM
There will be tighter security measures at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this year following the fatal bombing of the Boston Marathon.
Both runners and spectators will have to go through security and bag screening checkpoints before entering Grant Park, according to a news release issued by marathon officials Thursday.
Runners will now only be allowed to use a clear, plastic bag issued by officials inside Grant Park and at the gear check tents.
And runners will have to pick up their own participant packets, which includes their bib numbers and other equipment, officials said.
“Boston is something that is top of mind for everybody,” said marathon spokesman Jeremy Borling.
The April bombing near the Boston Marathon’s finish line killed three people and injured more than 200.
But that’s not the only reason for the changes, Borling said.
“It’s a direction we’ve been headed,” he said, adding that city officials implement similar procedures during large event, such as downtown parades and Lollapaloza.
The Chicago Marathon will be Oct. 13.