DENVER -- Just more than a month after the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon, the Denver Police Department announced that attendees at this weekend’s Colfax Marathon may be stopped and searched by officers if they are seen carrying any sort of bag.
“To enhance public safety at the Colfax Marathon, law enforcement strongly requests that there be no backpacks, large purses, briefcases, diaper bags, camera bags, shopping bags, coolers, unattended strollers or other opaque packages along the marathon route,” DPD said in a media release Thursday. “Unless these items are essential for your health, please do not carry them within one block of the marathon route. Persons carrying containers may be contacted by police and any containers may be subject to search.”
The Colfax Marathon, set to begin at 6 a.m. on Sunday, spans a large part of the city, including much of Colfax Avenue, a stretch of Speer Boulevard plus numerous public areas including the Capitol and City and Confluence parks. People in all of those areas will presumably be subject to additional police scrutiny.
The Colfax Marathon, started in 2006, attracts tens of thousands of runners and spectators.
Marathon-related events, including a health expo and a 5K race, will be held throughout the weekend.