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Government shutdown effect on Cherry Blossom race?
CREATED: 03/02/11 by PotomacTriathlete2009 REPLIES: 4
PotomacTriathlete2009's ravatar PotomacTriathlete2009    JOINED: 9/19/09    POSTS: 507
Government shutdown effect on Cherry Blossom race?
POSTED: 3/02/11 11:09 AM

It looks like the federal gov't won't shut down this week, but there's still a possibility of a shutdown later in the month and into April. If so, that could affect the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Part of the course goes through Nat'l Park Service-administered areas, including East Potomac Park/Hains Point. In the last gov't shutdown, national parks were closed to visitors.

I asked the race organizers about this. They said they would monitor the situation.

If there is a shutdown that weekend, then the organizers would have to find an alternate route, or maybe even postpone the race. Just something to keep in mind for runners, volunteers and spectators.

Did anyone run the race during the last gov't shutdown? What happened then? Or did the shutdown get resolved before race day?

PotomacTriathlete2009's ravatar PotomacTriathlete2009    JOINED: 9/19/09    POSTS: 507
RE: Government shutdown effect on Cherry Blossom race?
POSTED: 3/02/11 11:20 AM

A shutdown could prevent people from bike/run training at Hains Point as well.

Chad's ravatar Chad    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 116
RE: Government shutdown effect on Cherry Blossom race?
POSTED: 3/02/11 11:47 AM

You are probably right about the race given the jurisdiction, but seeing as HP and East Potomac park are Public Spaces I don't see how one would not have access to those areas?

The only "gate" to restrict access is at the entrance and exit to the one way loop at HP. However that is easily ridden around as we do in the mornings on Tues/Thurs before the park police open it up. Besides that all of Ohio Drive is open public space (Just like you can still walk through the Roosevelt Memorial any time of the day).

Besides, if Park Services is shut down, who is going to be patrolling Ohio Drive to tell tourists, athletes, and the like "Sorry Folks, park is closed...the moose out front should have told ya..."

Chad's ravatar Chad    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 116
RE: Government shutdown effect on Cherry Blossom race?
POSTED: 3/02/11 12:17 PM

My bad, park police may be considered "essential" personnel. However you can still go around the gate pretty easily to get a ride in ;)

trithis73's ravatar trithis73    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 525
RE: Government shutdown effect on Cherry Blossom race?
POSTED: 3/02/11 12:45 PM

Chad,

That's not funny. The Griswalls came a long way to see the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.

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