2013 Towpath Marathon rescheduled for November after government shutdown

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - The government's partial shutdown has affected a local marathon, forcing a rescheduling of the event.

The Towpath Marathon at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, originally set to be run this upcoming weekend, will now be held Sunday, Nov. 3.

"We have reached the drop-dead date where we cannot adequately address the logistics and safety concerns outlined in our permit," Tim Donovan, executive director of the Ohio Canal Corridor said. "Simply put, Congress has not acted and we have run out of time."

In selecting the new date, the Ohio Canal Corridor and Cuyahoga Valley National Park factored in time for elected officials to come to a solution and an extra hour of morning daylight through turning the clocks back.

If the government stalemate continues, a second backup date, Nov. 10, has also been put on the park's calendar.

"Let me say that we share your disappointment, frustration and anger at the predicament that Congress has created and the impacts it has brought," Donovan said.

Kerri Melvin, 32, of Boston Township, trained for several months for the event and is disappointed and surprised that the government shutdown affected the race.

"This is my first half marathon and trying to to get up to that distance and then tapering back down and not knowing if we were going to do it or not," Melvin said.

Due to a work conflict, Melvin cannot run the Towpath Marathon on November 3, so she signed up for a another race this weekend in Fairport Harbor.

Donovan said runners who can't run on the new date in three weeks will be offered refunds or entries into next year's race.

"Maybe we can use that moment to send a message to Congress on just how much people appreciate these resources," he said.


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