Shearon, Eric Stanley, Katie Freeman, Jonathon O'Toole, Chris Murphy and Jason Loveland will continue the “Pound for Person” tradition after all.
Shearon, who served five years in the United States Marine Corps, said the decision to add three more pounds of weight was a no-brainer.
“It's pretty simple,” he said. “We carry weight for people who were lost in the bombing, and there was a bombing, and people died. So it's pretty direct.”
Gillum said other groups who contact the race authorities before Sunday can go through a similar search, and that anyone else who arrives with a backpack needs to be aware that they'll be searched.
“We're discouraging that, but if they do show up, they can be subject to a delay because law enforcement would have to take them somewhere and check that for their safety and the safety of the other runners,” Gillum said.