If you are planning to run either the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on October 27th or the New York City Marathon on November 3rd, don’t bring a CamelBak hydration pack with you to use during the race. Both events have banned the use of CamelBaks or CamelBak-type hydration packs due to heightened security concerns in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“While the use of hydration backpacks like Camelbacks now is restricted, runners may continue to bring a supply of fluids, though encouraged to avoid this practice if not absolutely necessary,” said Tami Farm, public relations coordinator for the Marine Corps Marathon.
The ban of the hydrations packs in both races is because the packs could conceal dangerous substances. Both races have also banned hydration vests, but Fuel Belts and hand-held water bottles will be allowed.
The New York Road Runners, which organizes the NYC Marathon, put this ban into effect in all its events in April, right after the Boston bombings.
The Chicago Marathon on October 13th hasn’t announced a similar ban.