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Some changes in security procedures will be in effect Saturday for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon. The changes come in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
500 Festival spokesperson Megan Bulla says in addition to increased security personnel on site, organizers are asking people to not bring backpacks to the event.
Bulla says if people want to check a bag at the gear check station, the 500 Festival is asking that they use the white plastic bag that was given out to each runner at the Mini Marathon expo.
“If you do go ahead and bring a bag to the Mini Marathon it will be subject to search,” Bulla says. “So we will have public safety officials on hand to search those bags. It might take a little longer so we just ask in general that people just not bring them.”
Bulla adds that non-runners will not be allowed into the corrals before the race begins. A full update on the security changes can be found at www.500festival.com/minisafety.