Shutdown won’t stop Marine Corps Marathon, Army Ten-Miler


(Jonathan Newton / Washington Post)

The federal government may be in shutdown mode, but two big fall road races are expected to go on as planned.

The Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 20 and and the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 27 are not likely to be affected, according to a Runner’s World Newswire report.

Over 22,000 runners crossed the finish line in last year’s Army Ten-Miler, the second-largest 10-mile race in the country. The shutdown is “not going to affect our race,” a spokesperson told the outlet.

The Marine Corps Marathon, the country’s third-largest marathon with a field of up to 30,000 runners, will be run by a staff that “is paid with non-appropriated funds. The race will go on,” Tami Faram, the marathon’s public relations coordinator, said.

Some of the marathon’s partners, though, may have furloughed workers, but that isn’t certain yet. Those could include federal law enforcement and National Park Service workers.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · October 1, 2013