Endurance: Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon in jeopardy

October, 16, 2013
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."

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Military runs to go on despite shutdown

October, 3, 2013
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.