Government shutdown could alter NYC Marathon

The government shutdown won’t shut down the New York City Marathon, but it could shift things around a little.

Race organizers are working on a plan to move the event’s staging area, currently set for Fort Wadsworth, a federally operated facility on Staten Island, the Associated Press reported.

With about 45,000 runners expected to participate in the Nov. 3 race, officials did not say where they might place an alternative staging area. They said they did not believe the starting line would be affected.

Either way, the change would be minor compared with last year’s race, which was canceled as the area dealt with Superstorm Sandy.


Also, in the wake of the twin bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds more at the Boston Marathon, there will be added security for the New York event.


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