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Shutdown may force Marine Corps to cancel D.C. marathon

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Runners with the 37th Marine Corps Marathon begin the 'People's Marathon' in Arlington, Va., Oct. 28. This year's race may be canceled if the government shutdown doesn't end by the end of the week because much of the marathon takes place on federal property, race organizers announced Tuesday. (Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga / Marine Corps)

Runners with the 37th Marine Corps Marathon begin the ‘People’s Marathon’ in Arlington, Va., Oct. 28. This year’s race may be canceled if the government shutdown doesn’t end by the end of the week because much of the marathon takes place on federal property, race organizers announced Tuesday. (Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga / Marine Corps)

The Marine Corps Marathon will be canceled if the government shutdown is not resolved this week, race officials announced in a news release Tuesday.

“Without a resolution to the government shutdown this week, the MCM as planned is in jeopardy of being canceled,” race director Rick Nealis wrote in a news release. “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.”

The annual race in Washington, D.C., attracts 30,000 runners from throughout the world. However, most of the 26.2-mile course includes federal property such as the National Mall and Marine Corps War Memorial, which are closed due to the shutdown.

Get the complete story over on Marine Corps Times.

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Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 31 ultramarathons. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .