DENVER (CBS4) – Denver-area police agencies say they don’t want spectators attending the Colfax Marathon this weekend to bring bags and other backpacks to the race.
“Unless these items are essential for your health, please do not carry them within one block of the marathon route,” Denver police wrote in a statement that’s also published on the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon website.
The full list of items that are being strongly discouraged are as follows: backpacks, large purses, briefcases, diaper bags, camera bags, shopping bags, coolers, unattended strollers or other opaque packages. Police may contact people carrying such items and might need to search them for anything possibly dangerous.
The statement was released Thursday morning and comes at a time when large race organizers across the country have been setting up extra security measures in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Earlier this week organizers of the Bolder Boulder said they will not be allowing some items into Folsom Field, where the Boulder race ends.
The annual race that gets its name from following a route primarily along Colfax Avenue starts at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, and there will be multiple road closures in place throughout the day.