Runners met with Metro delays, escalator outages, confusion

Thousands were in town for the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend during a rare October snow storm and a myriad of public transportation problems.

Sunday morning, runners could be seen stretching while waiting for the Metro. Track work was being performed on the Red, Orange and Green lines, slowing and confusing out-of-towners.

At the Rosslyn station, all escalators were down as of 7:30 a.m., forcing spectators and supporters to climb the third longest continuous span escalators in the Western Hemisphere.

Escalator service was restored by 8:45 a.m. and police were directing people to ride single-file on one side of the escalators to avoid a repeat of the nightmare a couple of weeks ago.

The organization of the race also left runners confused as the start of the marathon and the 10K were in different locations this year.

On a lighter note, the winter storm warning was cancelled Sunday and highs were expected to climb to the 50s by the afternoon.

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