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Drake Relays Ban Bags in wake of Boston Marathon Attack

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Organizers of the Drake Relays say they will not allow spectators at next week's events to bring backpacks and large bags into Drake Stadium.

    Earlier in the week, Drake Relays officials were asked whether security would be enhanced following the explosions at the Boston Marathon, and they expressed confidence in their preparations but added they would tell the public of any security changes.

    On Friday, Drake announced the ban on backpacks and large bags. Other banned items include coolers and thermoses, strollers, camera tripods, umbrellas and weapons.

    Competing athletes and coaches can bring bags into the stadium but they may be searched.

    The event will run from April 25th through 28th.