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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Military runs to go on despite shutdown

By Scott Douglas
Runner's World

The two largest fall races in the Washington, D.C. area will be run as planned even with the federal government having shut down.

The Army 10-Miler, scheduled for October 20, and the Marine Corps Marathon, scheduled for October 27, would be largely unaffected by a potential government shutdown, spokespeople for both events told Runner's World Newswire.

"It's not going to affect our race," said a spokesperson for the Army 10-Miler, which, with 22,065 finishers in 2012, was the second largest 10-miler in the United States.

"Marine Corps Marathon staff is paid with non-appropriated funds," said Tami Faram, public relations coordinator for the marathon, which was the third largest marathon in the United States last year. "The race will go on."

With Congress unable so far to reach a budget agreement for the fiscal year that started October 1, some federal workers have been furloughed, and some federal services stopped. But because the Marine Corps Marathon staff is paid from funds that are provided outside the appropriations process, those workers wouldn't be affected by a shutdown.

Faram said some agencies the marathon partners with, including federal law enforcement and the National Park Service, might furlough some of its workers. But, Faram said, the marathon doesn't have a list of who those workers might be at this point, because individual federal agencies determine which of their workers are considered essential (i.e., will report to work during the shutdown) and which are considered non-essential (i.e., are furloughed during the shutdown).

In addition, Faram said, the marathon works with several private contractors whose staff would not be immediately affected by a shutdown.