Government Shutdown Threatens Marine Corps Marathon

Annual race could be latest victim of government impasse

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Congress is already in the hot seat over the now 16-day government shutdown, and they risk soon adding 30,000 distance runners to the list of furious constituents.

The Marine Corps Marathon is in jeopardy of being canceled because of the shutdown, race organizers said on the event’s Facebook page Tuesday. Race officials said they will let runners know by Saturday if the event will be canceled, according to Runner’s World.

The annual marathon, scheduled this year for Oct. 27, runs through some of Washington, D.C.’s most famous sites, many of which are currently closed due to the shutdown.

[Runner’s World]

12 comments
dellflorida
dellflorida

Our tax money pays for a Marine Corps marathon?

Kazza
Kazza

Actually, the marathon will bring substantial business to the DC area which is suffering b/c so many people have changed last minute vacation plans due to the closure of the National Monuments and such.  The business owners and companies in DC count on the marathon EVERY YEAR to bring a substantial amount of sales and without the race, furloughed employees won't be the only ones who are struggling to pay rent.  So yes, they are worrying about something important and if you live in the area, so should you.  

bobcn
bobcn

"Government Shutdown Threatens Marine Corps Marathon"

Gee, I'm glad we're worrying about something important.  Without a Marine Corps Marathon how are the poor children who have lost food assistance and the federal employees who have to make rent without a paycheck going to be entertained?

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Sorry, Marines, but the GOTP thanks you for your service, anyway.  Yeah, that's the ticket.

janenelson71
janenelson71

@dellflorida No, it does not.  But it does run through national park land (monuments) which are 'closed'.

Denise007
Denise007

@bobcn Not only have I been training for months for this race, but I am from DC. The amount of money the businesses will be losing will be catastrophic. They already are hurting because most of their business consist of government employees who have not been going to work and therefore have not been going out to lunch or shopping after work and so on. The marathon will be helping poor children. I am not sure what state you are in but here in DC, this is a real issue.

maggie1782
maggie1782

@bobcn You have got to be kidding me. I have been training for 6 months for this and have spent my extremely hard earned money to get there. I also raised over $500 for the wounded warrior project for this race.  No one's taking away from others hardships but what an ignorant, obnoxious comment to make. The hard work and dedication of my fellow runners is a lesson that our government could stand to learn.  You're a jerk.

etmonte
etmonte

@bobcn While a running event isn't that serious - many athletes have trained very very hard, and have already invested money to participate.  Additionally, MANY athletes have raised funds for charities as a participant in the run.  So, it's not just about going out for a jog.  And, it's also one more casualty of the idiocy running amock in Washington and most people don't understand the collateral damage.

bobcn
bobcn

@maggie1782 @bobcn

"You're a jerk"

If you want to lash out at someone, maybe you should lash out at the goper morons who created this mess, rather than me.  I'm not jeopardizing your run.  They are.

bobcn
bobcn

@maggie1782 @bobcn 

I've got nothing against marathons.  I'm just sick of seeing nothing but articles about people who are having their vacations or leisure or sport plans interfered with, but virtually no articles about the families who have lost food assistance they depend on, the children who have been kicked out of Head Start, and the public service workers who aren't receiving the pay they've earned.