The Pittsburgh marathon released guidelines Thursday for runners, spectators and volunteers to comply with ramped-up safety measures that are being initiated in light of the Boston bombings. All are advised to call 911 or notify law enforcement if they see a suspicious person, vehicle or object along the course. All also are advised to not leave, store or hide personal items, backpacks, packages or clothes near the race course.
• Full guidelines can be found on their website at pittsburghmarathon.com
Here's a summary of other advisories:
Take a five-minute trip along the Pittsburgh Marathon course
Luke Mohamed offers a runner's perspective of the 26.2-mile course for this year's Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. (Video by Steve Mellon; 4/24/2013)
• No backpacks, duffel bags, paper or plastic bags, hard or soft coolers, or purses larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches will be allowed inside the start line or finish line perimeters. Hydration backpacks and belts will be permitted but subject to inspection.
• Only registered runners with official race bibs will be allowed inside the start line corrals. Runners may not switch between corrals once they have entered a start line corral.
• Runners must use the race-issued clear bags to store items at the Gear Check area near the finish line. Each checked bag must have the proper runner bib number attached to the bag. Details will be included with the Gear Check bag. All bags must be checked into Gear Check prior to the start of the race. Gear Check bags will not be allowed into the start line corrals.
• Spectators are not permitted inside the start line corrals, on the course or inside the finish line chute area. Only those with official race numbers or credentials will be permitted in these areas.
• Backpacks and duffel bags are discouraged in the finish line area and finish line festival and will be subject to inspection.
• Keep a lookout for bags or packages that appear to be unattended. If in doubt, ask.
Do not store or hold bags or packages for someone you don't know.
• Respect the people and community around you; pick up after yourself and keep the noise to a minimum during early hours.
• Use the designated Gear Check area to check your personal belongings or leave your personal items with a friend or family member.
Source: Pittsburgh Marathonneigh_city