Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Marine Corps Marathon in jeopardy
By Scott Douglas
The Marine Corps Marathon is in jeopardy of being canceled because of the government shutdown, the race announced Tuesday evening. Runners will be notified by Saturday about the race's status, according to the brief message on the race's Facebook page.
"Since the government shutdown occurred, the Marine Corps Marathon continues its coordination with hopes of a conclusion in time to host the event without impact. Without a resolution to the government shutdown this week, the MCM as planned is in jeopardy of being cancelled," the statement said.
"While still considering and exploring all possible options, the MCM has targeted this Saturday, October 19 as the date to officially notify runners of the status of the event. It is sincerely the hope of everyone associated with the organization of this event that MCM participants can run as planned."
Earlier Tuesday, Virginia media outlet ARLnow.com quoted a police official as saying a decision would be made by Friday.
"I don’t want to put people in panic mode, but if as of Friday evening the government is still closed, it’s probably not going to happen," Lt. Dave Green of the Arlington County Police Department told ARLnow.com.
A spokesman for the department told Runner's World Newswire that Green and the rest of the department are declining further comment, and said the marathon "is the point of contact for future questions. They are going to take the lead on this."
Last week, marathon spokeswoman Tami Faram told Newswire that more than 60 percent of the marathon's course, including the finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial, is on National Park Service land. Lt. Green told ARL.now that creating an alternative course isn't an option because so much of the usual course is on federal park land, which is closed as a result of the shutdown.
Lt. Green also told ARLnow.com that the Army 10 Miler, scheduled for October 20, will use a revised course to avoid federal land.
A vote on a compromise to reopen the federal government is expected to come Wednesday evening.