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The Marine Corps Marathon is in jeopardy of cancellation if the government shutdown is not resolved this week. News4's Erika Gonzalez spoke with one Northern Virginia woman who has been training for the marathon for months.
The Marine Corps Marathon is in jeopardy of cancellation if the government shutdown is not resolved this week, marathon director Rick Nealis confirmed.
MCM targeted Saturday as the date to notify runners of the status of the event, reads a letter from Nealis to runners and partners.
"It is sincerely the hope of everyone associated with the organization that MCM participants can run as planned," Nealis wrote.
The "People's Marathon," as the race is nicknamed, has the maximum 30,000 runners signed up. It sold out in a record 2 hours, 27 minutes in March.
The 26.2-mile course passes the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials as well as the Pentagon. Those memorials are closed due to the government shutdown, and preparations for the marathon have continued with hopes of a resolution in time to hold the event without impact, though some partner agencies on furlough have not been able to contribute to those preparations.
Events planned around the marathon include the Healthy Kids Fun Run on Oct. 26. There's also a 10K race in which runners parallel the marathoners for part of the course.
For complete information on the 2013, Marine Corps Marathon, visit the marathon's web site.
Changes/Cancellation for Best Buddies Challenge
The shutdown also means changes to the 2013 Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C.
NBC4 Washington is a broadcast sponsor of both the Marine Corps Marathon and this Best Buddies Challenge.