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Long accepted, Boston Marathon bandits fall prey to stricter security

A group of runners associated with the Boston College Campus School trained to run the Boston Marathon route, but they won’t be running on Marathon day as they have done in the past.
A group of runners associated with the Boston College Campus School trained to run the Boston Marathon route, but they won’t be running on Marathon day as they have done in the past.Jessica Rinaldi /Globe Staff

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Long an accepted part of a race with tough qualifying standards but an open spirit, bandit runners are being forced out of this year’s Boston Marathon, a victim of tighter security measures. Some teams of unregistered runners are choosing new marathons to run, or even organizing makeshift races of their own.

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