Marine Corps Marathon may be canceled if government shutdown continues

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(WJLA) - The Marine Corps Marathon, one of the largest races of its kind in the United States, is in serious jeopardy of being called off if the government shutdown stretches into late October, ARLNow reports.

In a message to runners on Tuesday evening, it was stated that without a resolution to the government shutdown this week, the enormously popular race is in jeopardy of being cancelled.

"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," a statement emailed to race participants says. "It is sincerely the hope of everyone associated with the organization of this event that MCM participants can run as planned."

"I don't want to put people in panic mode, but if as of Friday evening the government is still closed, it's probably not going to happen," Arlington County Police Lt. Dave Green told ARLNow.

Green is the Arlington County Police lieutenant who handles road closures for major events such as the annual marathon, and says that too much of the race course is on federal property, and adjusting 26.2 miles of course to avoid it is virtually impossible.

The shutdown has already impacted one major road race - Sunday's Army Ten Miler. The organizers of that race have already had to divert its course off National Park Service property in order to facilitate the running of the race, according to the report.

Organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon, which attracted upwards of 30,000 runners in 2012, tell ARLNow that they're still plowing ahead with plans to hold the race.