15,000+ runners participate in 34th annual LB Marathon

Laura Lara, 31, like many half-marathoners who diverted Livingston and kept running down Ocean Boulevard, prepared for her run by running on the river bed near her home. Her 6-year-old daughter Aubrey has cranial frontonasal dysplasia that causes the skull and other facial structures to malform. “They told me that she wasn't going to be able to see and now she’s in cheer and plays baseball,” Lara said. “I'm running because they say she couldn't but … if she can do it, I can do it. For my daughter, I have to finish.” Lara was among over 15,000 runners who were united under cool skies to participate in the 34th annual Long Beach Marathon Sunday. As thousands of runners wiped sweat off their brows, crowds of onlookers lined up along the finish line near Shoreline Village to cheer them on. The race kicked off at 6 a.m. and after two hours, 25 minutes and 43 seconds of running from Rainbow Lagoon to shortly after Alamitos Beach, Christopher Mocko finished in first place and won $1,500. The marathon is hosted by Motiv Running, an organization focused on athletic events and creating a hands-on experience involving the community. “I would just love

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