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Marine Corps Marathon is a go after government shutdown ends

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After some uncertainty due to the government shutdown, the 38th running of the Marine Corps Marathon is on.

Marines line the final leg ogf the course during the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials on January 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.
Marines line the final leg ogf the course during the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials on January 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.
Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The government shutdown is over, which is great news for those who love national parks and/or actually collecting the paychecks from their federal jobs. But in the running community, the best part of the resolution is that it means the Marine Corps Marathon will go on as scheduled.

The MCM made their official announcement with a couple of posts to their Facebook page, including a video message from race director Rick Nealis:

A special thank you to MCM and MCM10K participants for your patience during the recent period of uncertainty. It is with great pleasure that the MCM can officially announce we are on. We are SO on. See you at the start line!

On Tuesday, the Marine Corps Marathon organizers were uncertain if the 38th running of the race, a large part of which takes runners through Washington, D.C., would still be held, saying, "Without a resolution to the government shutdown this week, the MCM as planned is in jeopardy of being cancelled."

Fortunately that never came to fruition. The race is set to officially begin at 7:55 a.m. ET, the morning of Oct. 27.