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The annual and beloved Bay to Breakers, a 12K race that runs through San Francisco from the Bay to the Pacific, is instituting a ban on backpacks and requiring a bibs for all runners participating in the Sunday, May 19 race.
According to San Francisco police officials, backpacks, large bags and any type of containers exceeding 8.5-by-11-by-4 inches will not be allowed. So forget about carrying your wallet, keys and "hydration" in that sack on your back, or even a tote for that matter. And hopefully your costume didn't rely on a backpack, or it's back to the drawing board.
What may be of more concern is the fact that the now-required bibs typically attach wth safety pins. Could be a bit tricky for those planning to race in the buff or close to it (which, if you're not familiar, is very par for the course). Let's hope, for all our sakes, that the organizers provide the type that tie. If you're still up for running, register here.
--by Esther Hahn
· Boston Marathon Bombing Prompts Bay to Breakers Changes [SF Gate]
· Bay to Breakers [Official Site]