Long Beach Marathon Events Planned All Weekend; Kick-off Friday With Health Expo

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Long Beach Marathon

Runners in the Long Beach Marathon take off down Shoreline Drive. The course takes approximately 7.5 hours to complete according to officials. (photo by shaghaghi)

Southern California’s most scenic race pounds pavement this weekend as runners take to the streets for the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon & Half Marathon, Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Nearly 25,000 people participate in the activities each year year, which offer something for every age group and fitness ability. The day of events includes the full marathon, half marathon, VW 26.2 Think Blue Bike Tour and Bubba Gump Run Forrest Run 5K. The Aquarium of the Pacific Kids One-Mile Fun Run take place the preceding day on Saturday, Oct. 6, and is free children ages 6 to 12 years old. 

Long Beach Marathon

The Long Beach course is scenic and has great community support. It starts on Shoreline Drive, continues over the Queensway Bridge, by the Queen Mary, Ocean Blvd. by the Lighthouse, Aquarium, Rainbow Harbor, and down the beach. It includes historic residential neighborhoods, by 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, Marine Stadium, Colorado Lagoon, Blair Field, and through Cal State Long Beach where large groups of students cheer on the runners. The finish is on scenic Shoreline Drive, where everyone celebrates at the Beach Party Finish Line Festival. (Get a map of the course)

Run Forrest Run 5K

For those that can’t run a full or half marathon, Bubba Gump will host the fun Run Forrest Run 5K. Runners and walkers alike enjoy the beautiful course that goes through downtown Long Beach and such scenic areas as Shoreline Drive, The Pike and Pine Street. The course features live music and entertainment with awards for the top finishers.

Kids Fun Run

The marathon supports Youth Fitness and has joined forces with the Aquarium of the Pacific host a free Aquarium of the Pacific One-Mile Kids Fun Run on Saturday, October 6, from 9 am-noon. Lola, the Aquarium’s resident talking cockatoo, will be The Grand Marshall for the race and kids will be cheered on by costumed characters from the Aquarium.

Those participating will each receive a commemorative Finishers Medal, certificate, and free entry to the Aquarium. Kids must be registered online in advance to participate.

Health & Fitness Expo

The Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon events kicks off on Friday with the two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center, Hall C. The Expo features exhibitors and highlights the latest in the running, health and fitness industry. The Health & Fitness Expo is open Friday, October 5, from noon-7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. More than 50,000 people attend this expo, which is free to the public.

All athletes must attend the Expo to pick up their race packets, and the Expo is also the last place to register for any of the marathon events. There is no race-day registration or packet pickup.

The Finish Line

During and after Sunday’s race, 50,000 people gather on Marina Green for the annual Beach Party Finish Line Festival, which goes from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friends and family will be cheering and celebrating as finishers achieve their lifetime goals.

The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon is an integral part of the “California Beach Cities Challenge” racing series, a unique alliance that includes the Surf City USA Marathon and the OC Marathon—all of which utilize a portion of Pacific Coast Highway. Runners who participate in all events in the series (consecutively) are rewarded with a large medal in the shape of a surfboard depicting the symbols of each race they have completed in the series.

For more information on the 2012 Long Beach Marathon, visit www.runlongbeach.com.

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