It's just surprising that they weren't spotted. I'd think that "big bulky duffle bag with something large and solid in it" would be incredibly out of place at a foot race.
No it wouldn't.
You don't get to many races do you? Virtually everyone is going to have a larger bag like at big backpack or a gym bag, or at minimum every coach, trainer, etc. You're going to have warm ups, extra shoes (many runners wont race in the same shoes they warm up in, and you aren't wearing one of those 2 pairs home, especially if you have some nasty blisters), perhaps a change of clothes, food and water (Gatorade and those energy pouch things?), some kind of first aid kit, all of your personal items (wallet, keys, phone, etc). They're going to be in some kind of gym bag or backpack, and many of them are going to be quite large. You can't run with it obviously, so you're going to hand it to your spouse/coach/family who are going to have it near the end of the race for you when you finish. It's probably heavy so they're going to set it down at some point.
Go to any race and I promise you'll see dozens if not hundreds of them; 27,000 runners means 27,000 bags. Which one has the bomb
? Edited, Apr 17th 2013 8:44am by someproteinguy