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 October 17, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Government Shutdown Reached Trails
Part I: How park closures and permit withdrawals impacted the trail-running community

By Yitka Winn and Steve Hertzfeld

“Keep going! You are running better than our government!”

So proclaimed a sign that Tina Mowery, 42, of Ellerslie, Maryland, saw at a recent race. Though a sense of humor may have helped diffuse frustrations during the 16-day U.S. government shutdown, the headaches it caused were very real—including many for the trail-running community, who faced race cancellations and “closed” signs at the entrances to National Parks. Although National Forests remained open for recreation, most race permits for those areas were revoked due the mandatory furlough of all “non-essential” federal employees.

Last weekend, the U.S. Forest Service suspended Bloomington, Indiana’s inaugural 8 Hours of Payne endurance race and relay. Read on ...


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Pacific/Desert   
11/23 Quad Dipsea 28.4M; Mill Valley, CA
11/23 Quarry Turkey 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Fremont, CA
11/23 Trails of Glory 8K, 12K, 13.1M, 30K; Las Vegas, NV
11/27 Lake HodgesTrail Fest 1M, 5K, 15K, 50K; San Diego, CA
11/28 Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 5K, 10K; Pinole, CA
11/28 Thank You Run 5K, 10K; San Diego, CA
12/01 Make Room For Santa 5K, 10K And Kids Run 5K, 10K; Irvine, CA
12/01 OTHTC High Desert Ultra 30K, 50K; Ridgecrest, CA
12/01 Xterra Kualoa Trail Run 5K, 10K; Kualoa Ranch, HI
12/01 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship 5K, 10K, 21K; Ka’a’awa, HI
12/07 Death Valley Trail Marathon 26.2M, 13.1M; Death Valley, CA
12/07 Holiday Hustle 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; San Jose, CA
12/07 Malibu Canyon 10K, 25K, 50K; Calabasas, CA
12/07 McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs 5M, 10M, 25K, 50K, 50M; Fountain Hills, AZ
12/07 Shellburg Falls Trail Run 6.8M; Lyons, OR
12/07 Summit Rock Half Marathon/10K/5K 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Jose, CA
12/07 The North Face® Endurance Challenge - Championship 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; San Francisco, CA
12/08 Grinch Half Marathon Trail Race 5K, 13.1M; Gig Harbor, WA
12/14 Deception Pass 25K, 50K; Oak Harbor, WA
12/14 Hark the Herald Angels Run 12K, 25K; Tiburon, CA
12/14 Summit Rock 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA
12/14 THUNDERBIRD Moonlight Trail Run 4M, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Woodside Ramble 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Woodside, CA

Heartland   
11/23 AdventureMax Springfield 10K, 13.1M; Springfield, MO
11/23 Clear Water Outdoor's Turkey Trot 1M, 5K, 10K; Lake Geneva, WI
11/23 Dirty Dirty 12K; Peninsula, OH
11/23 Living History Farms Off-Road Race 7M; Urbandale, IA
11/24 Dude, Where's The Trail? 50K; Independence, MO
11/24 Gobbler Grind Marathon  Overland Park, KS
11/28 Feast and Feathers Trail Race 13.1M; Omaha, NE
11/30 Turkey Recovery 5K 5M; Laporte, In
11/30 Twisted Turkey Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Portage, IN
12/07 Bigfoot 50K 50K; Cambridge, OH
12/08 Santa Hustle 5K 5K; Milwaukee, WI
12/14 Alternate Chili Run 10M; Kansas City, KS

Northeast   
11/17 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #5 5M, 10M; Clifton, VA
11/24 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run 15K; Birdsboro, PA
11/30 TARC Winter Fells Ultra 32M, 40M; Stoneham, MA
12/15 Funky Santa 5K; Pottstown, PA

South   
11/17 X-Country Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 30K, 5K 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 30K; Lithia, FL
11/22 Bad Prom - Austin 5K; Austin, TX
11/23 Conyers Turkey Trot 5K; Conyers, GA
11/23 Duncan Ridge Trail 50K/30K 30K, 50K; Blairsville, GA
11/23 Mad Marsh 13.5M, 27M, 31.5M; Beaufort, SC
11/23 Tranquility Lake Trail Run 50K; Burmingham, AL
11/30 Helen Holiday Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Helen, GA
11/30 XTERRA Alabama Coldwater Mountain 2.4M, 9.6M; Anniston, AL
12/01 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series Race 6 5M, 10M; Clifton, VA
12/01 Pine Mountain 40 40M; Pine Mountain, GA
12/07 Cajun Coyote Trail Run & Relay 20M, 100K, 100M; Ville Platte, LA
12/07 Texas Trails Endurance Runs 20K, 50K, 50M; Huntsville , TX
12/07 XTERRA Georgia Victoria Bryant State Park 5K, 10K; Royston, GA
12/07 XTERRA Rocky Top Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Kingsport, TN
12/14 Eagle Endurance Last Chance 50K 50K, R; Cordesville, SC
12/14 El Sendaro  Burnet, TX
12/14 Forge Trail Series -Thunderbird 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Pine Needles & Paychex Series - Copper Lake 5K; Copper Lake, TX
12/14 Trail Mix Wrangler Run 3H; Burnet, TX
12/14 Warrior Creek Half Marathon 13.1M; Wilkesboro, NC

International   
11/23 Seymour Super Fun Run 27K; North Vancouver, BC
12/01 Trail de Las Cascadas 5K, 10K; Xico, Veracruz, Mexico
12/07 MSIG HK50 - Lantau 14K, 27K; Hong Kong, Hong Kong
12/14 Stewart Mountain 10 Mile / 5 Mile Cross Country Challenge 10M; Victoria, BC
12/15 Pure Satisfaction 12.5K, 25K, 50K; North Vancouver, BC

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