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ARLINGTON, Va. -

The partial government shutdown could be tripping up thousands of long distance runners as two major races in the coming days are being thrown a curve or threatened with cancellation.

If you are registered to run in this weekend's Army Ten-Miler, you should be good to go. Organizers say the race is on.

But if you have been training for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27th -- not so much.

35,000 runners are registered to run the ten-mile race this Sunday.

Arlington County police say they have already made an adjustment to the scheduled route: the Memorial Bridge will not be available. Runners will instead head into and back out of the District across the 14th Street Bridge.

"As long as it's ten miles," says runner Ted Vandermeid. "That's what people really care about. This is a nicer bridge to run over though."

Organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon have a more ominous predicament. In a statement released Tuesday night, Race Director Rick Nealis tells runners: "Without a resolution to the government shutdown this week, the MCM as planned is in jeopardy of being cancelled."

Chris Dempsey works for the Department of Justice. We ran into him as he was running home from work. A seven-mile round trip he makes every day. He says this would be his seventh Marine Corps Marathon.

"I know there are bigger issues right now that Congress and the president are trying to solve," Dempsey tells us, "and this is small beans. But for a lot of people, it's a big deal."

Running up against a fractured Congress, Marathon Director Nealis says: "It is sincerely the hope of everyone associated with the organization that MCM participants can run as planned."

He says they plan to let runners know on Saturday the status of the race.

We will keep you posted.


Statement from Marine Corps Marathon Director Rick Nealis:

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.


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