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Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 in New York. (AP photo/Jason DeCrow) Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 in New York. (AP photo/Jason DeCrow)

The government shutdown could mean a change to the New York City Marathon's staging area because the site is the federally operated Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island.

Organizers of the Nov. 3 race say they're working with city, state and federal officials to find an alternate site if the shutdown continues.

NYRR posted a message on its Facebook page that read in part: "Regardless of the federal government's status on race day, the Marathon will proceed and the starting location will not change. New York Road Runners (NYRR) is working closely with our city, state, and federal partners to establish contingency plans for our Fort Wadsworth staging area that will ensure a continued shutdown would not significantly impact the race."

About 45,000 runners participate in the 26.2-mile race.

Fort Wadsworth is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, which is controlled by the National Park Service.

The marathon was canceled last year because of Superstorm Sandy. Additional security is planned for this year's event after twin bombings at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured about 260.

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