SAN FRANCISCO
05/02/2013 08:43 pm ET

Bay To Breakers Security Measures Leave Experts Unimpressed

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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Bay to Breakers organizers announced that security will be tighter at this year's costumed footrace, slated to take over San Francisco on May 19.

Measures include a ban on backpacks and a requirement that participating runners wear an official bib.

But insiders are hardly impressed.

The new rules are "really stupid," security expert Bruce Schneier told SF Weekly, addressing the fact that all bags must be smaller than 8½-by-11-by-four inches.

"Bombs are always 11 inches long," he added sarcastically. "So, ten inches is perfectly safe. That's really smart of them."

In addition to the new precautions, ABC News noted that as in years past, alcohol, floats, shopping carts, coolers and ice chests will be prohibited.

(Naturally, nobody gets drunk at Bay to Breakers. Especially not at 7 a.m. on Four Lokos from the corner store while dressed like the robber from Cookie Crisp. Nope, that's never happened.)

In the days following the Boston attack, authorities told The Huffington Post that security measures at all major upcoming events would be reevaluated. "When something tragic like this happens, it makes us go back and review all of our processes to see if they can be improved," said Anne Kronenberg, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

More than 30,000 runners are expected to participate in this year's Bay to Breakers, which crosses the city from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach and is famous for its zany spectacles and abundance of naked people. This year, in honor of those affected in Boston, a moment of silence will be observed at the start of the event.

And despite the new rules, race director Angela Fang told the San Francisco Examiner that costumes are still expected and encouraged. "We are hoping we still have the fun, irreverent race we’ve had for decades,” she said.

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