65,000 runners can go back to worrying about race fuel and weather forecasts now that the government has reopened and two of Washington’s biggest races have been spared.
“We are on! We are ON! Runners and Marines, WE ARE ON!” yells Marine Corps Marathon race director Rick Nealis in this video released by race officials.
Tuesday, Nealis announcement the Oct. 27 race would be canceled if the government shutdown continued into the weekend, sending 30,000 twitchy and tapering would-be racers into a frenzy.
The statement, posted on the official MCM Facebook page, accumulated almost 1,500 comments and more than 3,600 shares since Tuesday.
This morning’s video was met with a much happier note.
“Of course you’re on! You’re the Marines!” one person posted to the MCM Facebook page, echoing the sentiments of 150 commenters.
The other big race coming up — Sunday’s 35,000-person Army 10-Miler — will be run on its original course, officials with Military District of Washington Public Affairs said.
On Tuesday, ARLnow.com reported the 10-Miler would have to be re-routed to avoid areas such as the National Mall which were closed due to the government shutdown.
It’s go time runners, start laying out gear and pack your sunscreen. We’ll see you all at the starting line.