Bags banned at this year's Boston Marathon
No bags will be allowed at this year's Boston Marathon as security will be stepped following last year's bombings, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
The marathon is scheduled for April 21.
The bags or backpacks also will not be allowed in specific areas near the start or finish line. In year's past, runners participating in the marathon were allowed to bring bags or backpacks to store personal items.
Runners have an opportunity to check their belongings at the Boston Common the morning of the race and the BAA will provide clear bags. Last year, two bombs placed in backpacks near the finish line exploded and killed three people and injured more than 260. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is currently in jail awaiting trial and faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in a firefight with authorities a few days after the marathon.