The 34th annual JetBlue Long Beach Marathon on Sunday had more than 15,000 runners participating in races such as the 13.1 mile half marathon and the 26.2 mile full marathon. The runners started in Shoreline Village and went through various areas of the city. Coverage of the marathon can be read here.
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
The 34th annual JetBlue Long Beach Marathon will welcome over 17,000 runners from around the country Friday through Saturday, but the official race day is Sunday. For full marathon runners, the starting time will be 6 a.m. and half marathon runners will start at 7:30 a.m. The starting line for both full and half marathon runners will be on East Shoreline Drive at Shoreline Village Drive. According to Long Beach Marathon, the marathon has raised between $350,000 to $700,000 for charities such as City of Hope, Dream Street Foundation and Life Runners. So far, it has accumulated an estimated total of $6 million. Since 2015, JetBlue Airways has been the sponsor for this event and plans to continue its sponsorship in 2019. Participants will receive bibs, a piece of paper with a unique number, at the Health and Fitness Expo in the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. To get a bib, participants will be emailed a code prior to the event which they are to show at the expo. After the bib is scanned, they will be eligible to run. The Health and Fitness Expo is free and will be held Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and
Cal State Long Beach, normally stagnant with little activity on a Sunday morning, was vigilant with approximately 150 volunteers and supporters eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Long Beach Marathon. The 33rd annual JetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon kicked off at at 6 a.m. on Sunday, bringing over 17,000 participants together. The City of Long Beach closed main streets Park Avenue, Ximeno Avenue and Palos Verdes Avenue down for the route. The race started in downtown Long Beach near the Aquarium of the Pacific, reaching CSULB at the 16-mile mark. Paramedics occupied the lower part of Beach Drive. volunteers set out cups of water in anticipation of thirsty runners who would soon pass through on the home stretch of their run. Typically, at this point in the race, runners are exhausted and in need of refreshments. As volunteers waited at specified locations throughout the campus, they began to cheer when they finally arrived. Jonathan Ibarra, Associated Students Inc. assistant beach pride event coordinator, was present at the beginning stretch of the campus route. Ibarra along with many other volunteers, eagerly cheered on the runners as they made their way uphill. Ibarra said that vocalizing support for those running