When the D.C. Marathon imploded earlier this year amid charges of poor planning and incompetence, local road-race organizer Jay Jacob Wind helped to organize an unofficial run. So when plans for a 2004 marathon came to naught, Wind thought he could pull off another makeshift race. He proposed a “Key Bridge 10K” run, with starting blocks in Georgetown, and planned to extend the race into Arlington for another 20 miles. On Oct. 27, the Mayor’s Special Events Task Group thwarted his plan. “We weren’t saying we aren’t supportive of road races,” says Peter LaPorte, the city’s director of emergency management and the task force’s chair. “There was no true merit to this event being in D.C. other than the fact that it would be convenient for folks in Arlington to run their race through the District of Columbia.” —Sarah Godfrey