I’m supposed to be running the last few miles of a half marathon on the beach right now.  It was going to be my last race of the year (since I’m throwing in the towel on my full marathon in November), I was going to run it with my parents, and there was a post-race party planned.  In short, today was going to be an awesome time.

Unfortunately, that race was the Jersery Shore Half Marathon, and it takes place in Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, NJ- a national park.   I received an email on Tuesday:

“Dear Runners;
With the Government shutdown starting on Tuesday Oct 1, 2013, The Park at Sandy Hook is closed. It is a National Park. If the Government reopens by Friday we will have the race on Sunday October 6, 2013. If the Government is still shutdown, we have to cancel the race. You may defer to 2014 or pick up your shirt at the McLoone?s Parking Lot in Sea Bright onSunday October 6, 2013 starting at 7:00 a.m. Sorry, there are no refunds and we do not mail out shirts.

Please check our website http://jerseyshorehalfmarathon.com/
Jersey Shore Running web site at: http://www.jsrc.org/
Freehold Area Running Club at: http://www.farcnj.com/

Thank you for your understanding; it is an issue out of our control.
Yours in Running, the Race Committee
Jersey Shore Half Marathon.”

The black toenail I earned in training will get no glory!
The black toenail I earned in training will get no glory!

Well, all know what happened next. Thanks a lot Congress.  You’re getting in the way of my healthy fun!  Frankly, the shutdown has just dealt me a solid disappointment – not the end of the world – but there are thousands of people directly affected by the shutdown (and these goats– ha!).  My hope is that our policymakers get their sh*t together and learn to work across the aisle to get things done.  It’s going to be a very rocky road for all of us if they continue to live in ideological bubbles.

So I want to know, what are your thoughts on the shutdown?  Has it affected you at all?

About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans

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