Tip #17: New Baggage and Gear Check Rules Will Be Strictly Enforced at This Year’s Start Line

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Tip 17 - Gear checkWe are instituting a number of new rules this year in our Start Line area – specifically at Gear Check – to create a safe and secure environment for this year’s race.

Today’s tip: Please review the following baggage and gear check rules carefully, as they will be strictly enforced at this year’s Start Line area.

  • ATHLETE-ONLY AREAS: No solid-colored bags, boxes, luggage, etc., of any kind, including grocery bags or cinch-style “goodie bag” backpacks, will be permitted in the Athlete-Only areas of the Start Line, Finish Line or in the starting corrals. Water bottle holders and belts, “Camelbacks” and fanny packs will be permitted, but plan for these to be inspected at the Athlete-Only gates.
  • GEAR CHECK: For Gear Check, we will only accept the clear Gear Check bags you receive at the Health & Fitness Expo. All items you wish to check must be in these bags, and the numbered sticker you receive in your race packet must be on this clear bag. We will not accept any other solid-colored bags, boxes, luggage, etc., of any kind, including cinch-style “goodie bag” backpacks.
  • TRANSFERRING ITEMS: If you arrive at the Athlete-Only gates to the start area with any other bag, box, luggage, etc., including cinch-style “goodie bag” backpacks, that you wanted to take to Gear Check, you will have the opportunity to transfer your items into a clear Gear Check bag, and leave the other bag behind, return it to your car or hotel room, leave it with family or friends, etc.
  • EXTRA CLOTHING = EXTRA BAGS: In addition to taking a clear bag to Gear Check, we suggest you request a second clear bag at the Expo if you wish to take extra clothing, snacks, etc. to the Start Line.

If you have any questions about the baggage and gear check rules being implemented for this year’s race, please let us know in the comments below or send us a message on Facebook.


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