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Backpacks, Large Containers Banned At SF Bay To Breakers Race

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Runners wearing costumes take part in the ING Bay to Breakers race May 17, 2009 in San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Runners wearing costumes take part in the ING Bay to Breakers race May 17, 2009 in San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — No backpacks, large bags or containers will be allowed at this year’s Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco as officials heighten security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says the Boston bombings have raised awareness of potential attacks, and is asking observers and runners to report unattended items like backpacks and packages.

The event is known for its colorful costumes, nude runners and party-like atmosphere.

Still, the floats, coolers and ice chests filled with alcoholic beverages that once characterized Bay to Breakers have been banned in recent years, and will continue to be prohibited this year, Suhr said.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the race on May 19 is expected to draw 30,000 runners and walkers, significantly down from the 100,000-plus participants of years past.

The Bay to Breakers race held on May 18, 1986 was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest footrace with more than 110,000 participants.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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