On the Monday before the Chicago Marathon, a horrific event happened in Las Vegas. Soon after that, it was revealed that the perpetrator had investigated Chicago as a focus of his terrible crimes. Since 9/11/01, major events have had to consider the facts that their event could be a target. Since April 15, 2013, when Boston Marathon was attacked, road races became accutely aware of this possibility. Kudos to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski , who handled the terrible events in Las Vegas without increasing the fear, but also providing a sense of comfort that Chicago was preparing for all situations.
This is part 2 of the Thursday presser, and it should be a lesson for event directors on how to juggle the important need of providing information without adding to the fear and concern post Las Vegas.