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NYC Marathon Organizer Backpedals on No-Bag Policy

Elite men runners compete in the New York City Marathon in New York on November 7, 2010. Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam won in a time of 2:08.14 ahead of Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai and Moses Kigen Kipkosgei. World record holder Haile Gebrselassie (C) announced his retirement after dropping out of the race. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Elite runners who don’t really have to worry about crowding at the finish. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/2010 AFP

The New York City Marathon’s organizer has decided to reverse a policy that would have eliminated a service bringing runners’ bags with clean clothing from the race’s Staten Island start to the finish line at Central Park, the Times reports. It’s great news for the sweaty participants who voiced their displeasure on a 1,500-signee petition to New York Road Runners (NYRR), which had announced the no-bag plan to ease massive congestion at the finish area. NYRR also announced a wrinkle in its new plan for the November 4 race, adding an “early-exit” option (not to the race itself!) for those who decline bag transport; those runners will get a poncho and a long-sleeve T-shirt at the finish line and will gain quicker access to the family reunion area in Central Park. Runners remain solely responsible for protecting their nipples from 26 miles of chafing.

NYC Marathon Organizer Reverses No-Bag Policy