Sunday’s Army Ten-Miler race won’t take place on an altered course after all, now that the federal government shutdown has ended.
Earlier this week, ARLnow.com reported that the government shutdown had forced a route change for the race, in order to avoid National Park Service territory affected by the shutdown. The altered course would have covered more land in Arlington.
Today the Army Ten-Miler’s Facebook page was updated to inform participants that they will be running the original race course because the federal government has re-opened.
The Marine Corps Marathon, scheduled for next Sunday (October 27), was also in jeopardy due to the shutdown. It could have been postponed or canceled because about 60 percent of that race is run on National Park Service property. Today, organizers confirmed the original plans have been restored, posting the following message on the marathon’s website:
“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!”
There will be a number of roads closed on Sunday for the Army Ten-Miler. The full list, after the jump.
The Army Ten-Miler begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday on Route 110 near the Pentagon. Runners will follow the course into the District before returning to the Pentagon north parking lot. The following roads in Arlington County will be affected by the race:
- Route 110 between Rosslyn and Crystal City will be closed in both directions beginning at 5:00 a.m. (Use the George Washington Memorial Parkway as an alternative.)
- I-395 HOV northbound lanes from Crystal City to the 14th Street Bridge will be closed beginning at 6:00 a.m.
- S. Eads Street from Army Navy Drive into the Pentagon/northbound I-395 HOV lanes will be closed beginning at 5:00 a.m.
- I-395 southbound HOV exit to S. Eads Street/Pentagon south parking lot will be closed beginning at 5:00 a.m.
- Route 27 in both directions from George Washington Memorial Parkway to I-395 will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
All roads should be reopened by noon.
In addition, access to the Pentagon north parking lot will be restricted to “Authorized Vehicles Only” from 4:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking for Pentagon employees and Pentagon Memorial patrons will be available in the south parking lot via Columbia Pike and S. Fern Street.
Runners, spectators and support personnel are encouraged to use Metro, as parking is limited. The Pentagon and Pentagon City stations on the Blue and Yellow Lines are located within walking distance of the start and finish lines.