Several factors convinced organizers to increase [marathon] security preparations, which had already been significantly bolstered after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, race director Rick Nealis said.
He said these included the timing of the race, which falls two days before the presidential election; the Marine Corps' continued prominence in Iraq; the assault on the lead runner during this summer's Olympic marathon in Athens; and the fact that the race falls on Halloween for the first time in its 29-year history.
-- "Area Race Directors Confront a New Era of Security," WaPo, Oct 28, 04
Part of me is curious to see what the experience will be like. But more of me is a little sad, because I will inevitably be comparing it to the 99 race.
And today's "People in the Pack" feature: "Marine Wives Rally In a Soldier's Memory."