Camelbak's banned for NY and another Marathon

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02/10/2013 at 11:01

OK, this i downright weird!!

Seriously, unless they strip search every person watching the race what the heck is the point of this!

http://www.runnersworld.com/races/nyc-marine-corps-marathons-ban-camelbak-type-packs

02/10/2013 at 11:15

I read it and there are some whinners on there. Re the camelbaks, for gods sake there are water stations every MILE and it is NOVEMBER. 

For spectators, yes there are some restriction on the number of bags to be taken into the finish area / family reunion area, into the expo etc. I'd say that is not a bad thing in this climate

02/10/2013 at 12:37

plus it says you can use handheld bottles and bottle belts, its only camelbaks. And as also-ran said, there are plently of water stations!

02/10/2013 at 12:59

I feel that this is a bit over the top.  Many people run with camelbaks as they need water between the stations and just do't get on with carrying bottles.  I personally use a hydration bumbag, I wander if that would be allowed?  I would love to run the NY Marathon one day but a restriction like this would definitely put me off. 

At the end of the day the Boston bombers weren't running in the race were they?  What nxt are they going to run full security checks on every entrant?  THat would give us even  higher race fees!

02/10/2013 at 13:04

if you read the report it says that belts and presumably bumbags are allowed. but seriously, if there is really a water station every mile, why would you need water inbetween? its a road marathon, not a trail one, there will be no shortage of water.

WiB
02/10/2013 at 13:05

It may seem a little silly, but with the sheer number of water stations only a few minutes apart is it really necessary to haul an extra couple of litres around on your back? IT really is overkill.

WiB
02/10/2013 at 13:14

A huge overeaction. Anyone in the crowd can buy a gun in the States but run with a camelback? No, buddy that's dangerous. you could be a terrorist. 

cougie    pirate
02/10/2013 at 13:24
Definitely overkill.

(and i cant see the point in using camelbaks in races like this. I think they're more a security blanket rather than a genuine need)
02/10/2013 at 13:27

Simple solution, wear your Camelbak and just disguise it with a Rhinoceros suit or similar 

02/10/2013 at 13:29

"Many people run with camelbaks as they need water between the stations "

 

Not sure I agree with you Liz. If you need water between stations, it probably points more towards your training efforts than a need for a camelbak.

 

cougie    pirate
02/10/2013 at 13:29
Costumes are banned too I think ? No rhinos allowed !
WiB
02/10/2013 at 13:38

Oh dear. No costumes... this race will never be taken seriously now.

WiB
02/10/2013 at 13:41

We won't need tacky gimmicks at Beachy WiB. A fantastic course will have to do.

02/10/2013 at 13:41

I'm more concerned about suggestions that some races in the States are considering having no bag drops. Unless you can get a hotel near the finish, or have travelling support, that's going to be a chilly journey home.

cougie    pirate
02/10/2013 at 13:59
So long as we don't follow suit - it doesn't really bother me what they want to do over there.

As NLR says - guns are fine - but backpacks - banned Makes no sense.
WiB
02/10/2013 at 14:00

I'm sure we will stuggle through, SR.

WiB
cougie    pirate
02/10/2013 at 14:01
Boston Marathon bombers killed 3 people.
Handguns in the US killed 9146.
02/10/2013 at 14:15

Oh god is cougie trying to set some Americans off (are there any here?)

 

cougie    pirate
02/10/2013 at 14:26
Naah no worries - its quite a narrow doorway into RWUK......
02/10/2013 at 14:29

Aren't Kinder eggs also banned in the US?  Not that you need them to run NY of course!

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