(Originally Posted 4/30/15)
Although Bibs2bags is known for our custom bags made from your racing bibs, did you know we also offer security friendly clear bags??
Here is a letter we received after the Boston Marathon, demonstrating what a difference our bag made!
A BIG thank you for making my spectator experience at the Boston Marathon a Success.
Pre Race Weekend - used the athletic open top draw string bag
Boston Marathon Expo: Security stops in several locations getting in the Convention Center and into each room. I was greeted with big smiles from the security personnel and waved immediately through. This set off lights in the heads of many as it really is our responsibility to make the race safe for all and a good experience for ourselves.
Ready for Race Day
Used the Back Pack with wide straps. Very roomy, I had two water repellant thick winter coats rolled up, gloves, scarf, umbrella, sports bars, nuts, gatorade and a water in the mesh side pocket with room to spare.
Very comfortable to wear on one shoulder or both (and did so for over five hours). The finish line area and all areas along the race with strong crowds, you are not allowed to even put your bags on the ground. "you must keep them on" this was also true at the New York Marathon.
My plan was to head from our hotel at the finish line area of down town and take the T train to the 20-21 mile mark just passed the "heart break hill" area to see my runner and give encouragement. Then race him to the finish line to see him again! He only had to run 6 miles in headwinds of 20-35 mile per hour in the cold rain, I had to jump a train and make it through multiple security stops! RACE ON (:
I would never had made it with a regular back pack or purse. I was able to hold up the clear bag and move right through the crowds with the people who did not carry belonging. Was able to see my husband at multiple locations in a race that is a straight course (not easy to do) and beat him to the hotel. Yes, he had to get his pictures taken and go through the food line and walk the two blocks to the hotel...that gave me time to get the dry cloths bag and unwrap the warm coat.
The hotel lobby was filled with stories of the long waits at security stops and those that missed their runners. So glad you had the solution for me! If given the chance to be prepared and ease the minds of everyone at a race, the clear back pack is a winner.
I certainly had my eye out all the time for what people were carrying and doing both on the train, in the expo and along the streets. Getting looks of approval & appreciation for respecting the security and knowing that if everyone took tiny steps to make the experience safe we would all have more fun. It was a privilege to share your Bibs2Bags post cards and story on how you made my day fun and worry free!
It is my prayer that this takes off and all the Marathons and sporting events catch on.
My Sincere Thanks,
(letter used with permission)
About The Authors
A 25 Year Veteran of the Group Fitness Industry, Erika currently teaches Kickboxing, Step, and H.I.I.T. classes at Guilford Parks & Rec.
An Avid Runner, Lisa began her running career about 10 Years Ago.