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Marine Corps may cancel Oct. 27 marathon

Marine Corps Marathon officials announced late last night that the marathon scheduled for Oct. 27 may get canceled because of the federal government’s partial shutdown.

They set Saturday as the deadline for deciding whether to take that step. This would be the 38th running of the 26.2-mile event if it goes forward.

This year’s race has a field of 30,000 runners for the full marathon and up to 10,000 for an accompanying 10K race.

Last year, 23,515 runners finished the 37th Marine Corps Marathon. Those runners included people from every state and 54 countries.

Below is the statement posted online by the Marine Corps Marathon organizers.

Dear Runners,

Since the government shutdown occurred, the Marine Corps Marathon continues its coordination with hopes of a conclusion in time to host the event without impact. Without a resolution to the government shutdown this week, the MCM as planned 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. It is sincerely the hope of everyone associated with the organization of this event that MCM participants can run as planned.