The government goes back to work and “The People’s Marathon” moves forward.
“We are on! We are on!”
Those are the words of Marine Corps Marathon race director Rick Nealis in a short video released this morning. Yes, the race is on.
The Oct. 27 race was in jeopardy because of the government shutdown, which organizers outlined in a short statement on Tuesday. But with Congress coming to an agreement Wednesday night, the federal government is back to work and federal lands have re-opened.
With the marathon crossing into federal land at various parts along the way, this means the race will go on as planned.
Race officials initially said a few weeks ago the shutdown would not affect the event, but as it got closer and the shutdown entered its third week, things were looking bleak.
Thanks to the 11th hour deal, however, the situation reversed course and the race was a go.
With a field of 30,000 runners, the Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world. It begins in Arlington, Va. and crosses over into Washington, D.C. before returning to Arlington and finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial.