This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
The 121st running of the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriot’s Day — Monday, April 17, 2017. This year, 30,000 registered runners will run the 26.2-mile course, which starts in Hopkinton and passes through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline before culminating at the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the streets to watch this year’s marathon.
Local, regional, state, and federal public safety groups have collaborated to develop a comprehensive safety and security plan that ensures everyone can enjoy this historic event. Public safety officials ask spectators to follow reasonable, common-sense guidelines when traveling to the area and cheering on the runners along the course to help ensure a safe and secure day.
- If you’re planning to watch the 2017 Boston Marathon from anywhere along the course, you should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plainclothes police officers. If you’re in a viewing area on the course, you may be asked to pass through security checkpoints. Police officers or private security personnel may ask to inspect your bags and other items. Spectators are asked not to carry:
- Backpacks or other over-the-shoulder bags
- Bulky items or large packages
- Glass containers
- Costumes or other props
For a complete list of items you should leave at home, read the policies for Boston Marathon spectators.
- If you must carry personal items, put them in clear plastic bags to help increase public safety and speed up security screening. Be sure to keep your personal items under your immediate control at all times.
- The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and public safety agencies supporting the Boston Marathon encourage everyone to participate in the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. Be aware of your surroundings, and report suspicious behavior, activity, or items to the closest law enforcement officer or by calling 9-1-1.
- MEMA and the BAA are partnering to make sure runners and spectators receive important information in a timely manner. Download MEMA’s Massachusetts Alerts app to get real-time emergency notifications and public safety information on your Android smartphone or iPhone. During the Boston Marathon, MEMA will use the app to share public safety updates, including severe weather and emergency information, with runners and spectators.
- The entire route of the Boston Marathon is a “No Drone Zone.” Don’t operate any type of drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) over or anywhere near the course, runners, or spectators.
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