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  • FILE -- In this April 15, 2013 file photo, a man dressed as a hot dog runs through Wellesley, Mass., during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. Security will be tightened for the 2014 Boston Marathon after twin explosions killed three people and injured more than 260 near the finish line of the race in 2013. New rules include a limit on the size of water bottles, restrictions on bulky costumes, and nothing covering the face.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon

    More than 3,500 police officers will patrol this year's Boston Marathon, more than double the number deployed last year, when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

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  • Schwartz said that spectators are strongly discouraged from bringing backpacks, coolers and other large items, and instead are urged to carry belongings in clear plastic bags like those being given to runners to stow their gear.

  • "We are confident that the overall experience of runners and spectators will not be impacted, and that all will enjoy a fun, festive and family-oriented day," said Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

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