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Officials: 2014 Boston Marathon 'safest place on earth'

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A new year, a new race and new security measures for the Boston Marathon.

There will be a PA system along the race route for the first time so organizers can communicate with runners along all 26.2 miles.

There will also be a no-bag policy for runners, who will instead be asked to put their belongings in plastic bags.

Boston Police said they were not forbidding backpacks or strollers, but that not having them there would make security easier.

"Obviously last night we had an incident, you can see the anxiety level goes up when an unattended backpack is left on the street, so I think it really set the tone last night how important it is to ask you not to bring those type of items," said Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans.

Race organizers said this year's race is a large event, with 36,000 runners. Five thousand of those are people who weren't able to finish the race last year.

With an estimated one million spectators expected to turn out along the route next Monday, race organizers will not take any chances.

"I truly believe because of our public safety officials that this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21," said Dave McGillivray, race director.

Police warned spectators and workers in Copley Square that they are going to ask people to go around Boylston Street and on to Newbury Street if they feel they have reached capacity.
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