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Marathon Monday: extra security measures protect runners, spectators

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) - Cold rain and wind won't keep thousands of runners and spectators from converging in Boston on Monday for the 122nd Boston Marathon.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the bombing at the race's finish line which killed three people and injured countless others.

To protect spectators and runners alike, more than 5,000 uniformed and plainclothes officers are stationed throughout the marathon route. 

Additional security measures include bomb-sniffing dogs, observation teams on rooftops, a state police helicopter patrolling the area, and SWAT and HAZMAT teams.

The marathon route has been designated a no-fly zone, which means the use of drones is prohibited.

Spectators can expect to pass through one of 35 security checkpoints along the route where bags will be checked.

Attendees should also note that backpacks and rolling bags or suitcases will not be allowed along the marathon route. Other prohibited items include weapons or firearms of any kind, coolers, or containers capable of holding more than one liter of liquid. More spectator information can be found on the Boston Marathon website.


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