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Friday, October 8, 2010 - 10:51am

Marine Corps Marathon and Comedy Central rallies create shortage of DC street toilets.

Despite what Sesame Street informs us, sometimes it's not so easy to share.

Case in point: The Marine Corps Marathon has ordered portable toilets for the October 31st event, but it doesn't want attendees of the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rallies using them the day before.

Race director Rick Nealis said he plans to put metal padlocks on about 100 portable toilets on October 30th according to the New York Times.

That's when Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and Mr. Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive are scheduled to occur on the National Mall.

Organizers for the simultaneous rallies, which will have Comedy Central personalities as hosts, asked Mr. Nealis to share the toilets, promising to contribute to the cost and have them cleaned before the marathon's start at 8 a.m. the next day.

Nealis ordered 800 porta potties for the 26.2-mile race course, and said he knows that organizers of the Comedy Central rallies have run into trouble finding porta potties to rent.

He said he usually used plastic strip ties to keep interlopers out of the units on the eve of the race, but was tightening security this time with "real, live" padlocks.

"It will cost me a few extra pennies, but it's worth it to know that my runners won't run out of toilet paper," he said.
 

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