Boston Mayor Promises Tighter Security for Fun and Safe 2014 Marathon

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_d22ec5e9f5.jpgDarren Durlach/The Boston Globe via Getty Images (BOSTON) -- The Boston Marathon isn't until late April, but city officials already are promising heightened security ahead of the race. Mayor Martin Walsh Thursday announced a no-bag policy during this year's event after two pressure cooker bombs stuffed in backpacks last year killed three people and injured more than 250. The mayor promised organizers won't miss a beat this time around.

"We suffered a terrible tragedy last year, and we're going to take care and honor the victims, the survivors, and the heroes of that time. But Boston is a resilient city, and we're not going to miss a beat," Walsh said Thursday.

"All of [the organizers] have experienced the event of last year. They're personally committed to giving extra level of planning to this year's events that it requires," he said.

He added that officials are committed to keeping the race fun and safe. "This is Boston and this is our marathon, and it always has been; and it always will be," he said.

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