Thankfully I have no horror story of not receiving a paycheck or going to work with no pay. My heart goes out to those that are feeling those affects. However, as of this past winter, I spent 2 hours staring at a computer registering for a marathon in Washington DC. Even with all the computer glitches I was able to secure a bib for myself and my husband. A feat that only about 25,000 were able to do that day, many hearts were broken when the race closed 2 and a half hours after it opened. And then, we ran. Since early February we've trained in snow, below freezing temperatures, 95 degree summer heat, ran in 52,000+ high elevations, and have invested over $500 in our flight and hotel stay for a race next weekend, we may not get to run all because the government can't make up their minds. There are 30,000 people that have SO much passion that they want to run in their nation’s capital. The Boston marathon was halted because of a terrorist, The New York marathon canceled because of a storm. Now, one of the most decelerated and proudest marathon is about to be canceled because the government wants to make a statement and close the land around the monuments, which the race course runs by. It's hard to get the idea of how so many people will be heart broken. For some this is their 100th marathon, others their first. For some they run this particular race in memory of their loved ones they have lost in battle. Why is it must we be told "all that hard work you put in, all that pride you had in running one of the nations most prized races, won't happen, because of our government." Sure, we could possibly run it next year but it's like saying, on Christmas eve, Christmas won't be coming this year, you must wait another 364 days. Yes it's just a race, but to some it's a landmark, a way for people to mark their part in history, a challenge to be met. I just wish they can make up their minds in Washington by Friday so we can finally have something good come out of this mess and use the race as a celebration.
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