Renaissance Hotel Hosts Carbo-Loading Pasta Dinner for Marathoners

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Endurance runners know that carbo-loading can help you race without hitting the wall as long as you do it right. This means pasta with tomato sauce — not a lot of fats and cheeses.

For those entered in the upcoming Long Beach Marathon, Renaissance Long Beach Hotel Executive Chef Janine Falvo (who was a Bravo TV “Top Chef” Contestant in Season 9) will help them carbo-load right with a Pre-Race Pasta Dinner the night before the big race. Her modern twist on pre-race fare includes spaghetti with marinara sauce, meatballs, roasted vegetables, garden salad, and bread. All of these items, except for the meatballs, are suitable for vegan diners as well. 

According to Runner’s World Magazine, “the right way to carbo-load means filling your muscles to the brim with glycogen which won’t make you faster, but will allow you to run your best and, if you race smartly, avoid the wall.” The magazine also advises that “the pre-race dinner should be relatively small but carb-heavy. Eat on the early side so you have lots of time to digest.” The complete article can be accessed here.

Runners and their families are invited to come stock up on carbs the night before the big race with the traditional pasta dinner served from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost of the buffet-style dinner, served from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Promenade Cafe in the main lobby of the hotel, is $25 per person, $45 per couple, and $15 for children 5 to 12 years old. All proceeds will benefit Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles.

Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles is dedicated to using running to help individuals experiencing homelessness transform their lives and achieve employment and independent living.

To reserve your place at the pasta dinner, register online at The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel is located at 111 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach.

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