At the race check in you get bells to put in your shoes and throughout the race there are carolers (every 2 miles). It's only a few miles away from where I live so I can get there easily and since I was one of the first 200 to sign up for it I get a race hoodie instead of just a regular t-shirt. Hurray!
It will also help keep me inspired to run which is pretty important. I also, have my eye out for any good Marathons that might come at the end of October or beginning of November but haven't decided on one yet. I've been thinking about races quite a bit recently. Now I've got to get my head back in the work game as my work week is starting.
All the best.