Marine Corps Marathon Will Be Run Oct. 27, Director Nealis Says

The 38th Marine Corps Marathon, the world’s largest race without prize money, will be run Oct. 27 as scheduled now that the U.S. government shutdown has ended.

“Runners, we are on,” director Rick Nealis said in a video on the marathon’s website.

Nealis last night informed the 30,000 runners that the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race through downtown Washington will take place. The director had said the shutdown was threatening cancellation of the event.

The marathon, the fourth-largest U.S. race and ninth in the world, sold out in two hours, 27 minutes in March.

Last year, 889 runners out of 23,519 finishers in the Marine Corps Marathon qualified for the Boston Marathon, the only mass participation race that requires qualifying times.

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