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By Steve Virgen | April 14, 2013
There has been talk of Jim Rosing going after his coveted sub-three-hour time at Monday's Boston Marathon. But it seems more just like playful teasing between he and his wife, Mollie. The actual general hope is that they run together, husband and wife, and cross the finish line together. It would be another sign of their love. They have four children together. There is love there. There is love that is in their home at the port streets in Corona del Mar, where they moved in August.
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January 7, 2008
Newport Harbor High wrestling coach Dominic Bulone competed in the OC Marathon Sunday, finishing in three hours, 41 minutes, and 21 seconds. Bulone was the 143rd runner to cross the finish line in the 26.2-mile race out of 1,040 finishers. Assistant coach Josh Ready ran a half marathon in 2:18:33. Wrestlers Josh George and Eddie Garcia also joined Bulone for five miles. Bulone spent six months training hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:15:59 or better. However, Bulone said he started too strong, and was running about 27 seconds per mile faster than he should have been running.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 16, 2013
A marathon brings tens of thousands of runners to a single spot in a celebration of human energy, work ethic and common joy. I have stood, packed together with marathoners at the early-morning start line, feeling strong, secure and anticipatory. What could touch us? I stood at the start of the Boston Marathon in 2008 in the town of Hopkinton, shivering with excitement. Invited to run the Boston Marathon, I began to feel like a real runner. I had to qualify. Friends sent me off with a party.
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January 2, 2008
The fourth annual OC Marathon weekend starts with the Health and Fitness Expo Friday and Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. The event is free to the public. Approximately 100 companies will display and sample products, while a full slate of speakers will provide helpful training and nutrition tips. Bill Sumner, the race director of the OC Marathon and longtime Corona del Mar High cross country and track coach, is scheduled to speak on both days. The event will also be highlighted by guest appearances by four-time Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon winner Bill Rodgers and Greg Meyer, the last American to win the Boston Marathon.
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By Steve Virgen | April 15, 2013
Melissa Mead ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time Monday. She will remember it more now because of the two bombings near the finish line at the historic race. Mead was among at least 35 runners from the Newport-Mesa area who ran in the world's oldest and most prestigious footrace. Mead, of Costa Mesa, is a Newport Harbor High School and UC Irvine alumna. The 23-year-old said she finished the race in about 3 hours, 49 minutes, some 20 minutes before an explosion went off near the finish line.
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April 16, 2013
OC Marathon officials are watching developments following the terrorist attack at Monday's Boston Marathon as they prepare for next month's race, the organization has announced. The race starts at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and ends at the Orange County Faigrounds in Costa Mesa. On the OC Marathon Facebook page, the organization said Monday it places a high value safety. "We are closely following the situation in Boston with our agency partners to understand the circumstances of today's tragedy and will continue to do so as information is released," according the post.
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By Lauren Williams | April 19, 2013
OC Marathon registration is up following Monday's terrorist attacks in Boston, race organizers said. Organizers are witnessing an outpouring of support on social media for the Boston Marathon victims and Orange County runners appear to want to compete in their honor. "The numbers continue to flood in," said Race Director Gary Kutcscher. "Very few are voicing enough concern that they are choosing not to run. [We've had] a number of people who said, 'I wasn't planning on running because of a slight injury, but now I want to run in support of Boston.'" In addition to those registering in support of the Boston victims, Kutscher also explained that the Newport Beach-to-Costa Mesa race had stepped up a marketing and advertising effort planned well before the tragedy with full-page ads in the Daily Pilot and other publications.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | August 14, 2013
Back in the day, before I knew the running terms "hill repeats" or "pace," I'd take Harbor Boulevard home from work and stop at the Big 5. Inside the rubbery-smelling sporting goods store, I'd head for the sale aisle, buy the cheapest running shoes, tie the laces and run. I'd be chagrined at how fast the heels wore down. Then I joined Corona del Mar track coach Bill Sumner's marathon-preparation group and qualified for the Boston Marathon. Still disinterested in the technical points of shoes, I settled on $120 Asics because they accommodated the big orthotics propping up my fallen arches.
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By Steve Virgen | May 4, 2014
Say what you will about the 1980s, but the decade known for its neon, leg-warmers and over-the-top pop music usually conjures fun memories for most. The music is usually described as cheesy, but it still turns to be favorites for many, including recently wed Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert. As a gift, Perry had Orange County's popular 80s cover band Flashback Heart Attack play at the celebrity wedding, and brought in special guests Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow), Martha Davis (The Motels)
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 24, 2014
Twenty years ago, Nick Arciniaga, an elite marathoner, was a quiet kid in my fourth-grade class. Recently, Nick told me he remembered winning a relay race in physical education class that year and thinking, "I can do this. " At Monday's Boston Marathon, Nick crossed the finish line at two hours, 11 minutes, maintaining his place among the top 10 marathoners in the country. The OC Marathon children's program, Kids Run the OC (KROC), offers 6,500 children the opportunity to be the next Nick Arciniaga.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | August 14, 2013
Back in the day, before I knew the running terms "hill repeats" or "pace," I'd take Harbor Boulevard home from work and stop at the Big 5. Inside the rubbery-smelling sporting goods store, I'd head for the sale aisle, buy the cheapest running shoes, tie the laces and run. I'd be chagrined at how fast the heels wore down. Then I joined Corona del Mar track coach Bill Sumner's marathon-preparation group and qualified for the Boston Marathon. Still disinterested in the technical points of shoes, I settled on $120 Asics because they accommodated the big orthotics propping up my fallen arches.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | July 5, 2013
The alarm rips me out of sleep, 5:30a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. My eyes open to the thought: "It's long-run-day, 12 to 16 miles. " Running alone midweek, I search for a new street or friendly dog on a leash trying to relieve boredom. Mostly, I long for weekends when miles fly by, chatting with Saturday runners. Last Saturday, I gave it all up. It happened in the first two miles. I often start out in pain but this was different: My pesky left knee hurt. An injured right knee postponed my participation in the Boston Marathon in 2007 (I ran it in 2008)
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | May 29, 2013
On May 11 I received a compliment that, until now, I've kept secret. Reminds me of a wrapped present handed to me at a 1948 kindergarten gift exchange. All around me, 5-year-olds ripped into their bounty. I took mine home, wrapped. At 69 1/2, I still keep precious gifts to myself for private contemplation. Now I'll unwrap the compliment for this commentary. Last Saturday, Jake, Elizabeth, Catherine, Jim and I jogged along the Upper Bay path at an easy pace. Elizabeth asked, "Carrie, are you thrilled with your time at the OC Half?"
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By Steve Virgen | May 5, 2013
Kimberly O'Donnell graduated from Harvard University last year and ran in the 2012 Boston Marathon. She has a strong connection with Boston. When the Boston Marathon bombings occurred last month, she immediately called friends and former roommates in the race. She stayed at home in Santa Cruz, Calif. instead of going to work because she was too worried. The 23-year-old was among several who ran Sunday's OC Marathon in honor of the tragedy and terror that struck Boston last month.
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By Steve Virgen | May 4, 2013
It's tremendously fitting that an inspirational half-marathon runner in Sunday's OC Marathon has the first name of Hope. Hope Zayas, a 42-year-old Costa Mesa resident, has used hope amid great despair in the form of breast cancer over the past year while training to run in her first half-marathon. The recent terror at the Boston Marathon has caused security to intensify at the OC Marathon, which starts at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and ends at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | May 3, 2013
My request that readers share their opinions about whether or not we should forgive the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect generated a flood of articulate and deeply moving responses. Here are just two examples, followed by my response: Why we should forgive the Boston bomber: As a Christian pastor, I believe and I teach that Jesus clearly admonishes us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). He also teaches that if we don't forgive others, then God will not forgive us (Matthew 6:15)
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By Alisha Gomez | May 1, 2013
"Pretty Little Liars" star Janel Parrish will be at the Foreign Exchange clothing shop at the Irvine Spectrum on Saturday. Parrish will host the celebrity shopping event, posing for pictures, picking out her favorite pieces from the shop's collections and chatting with fans, according to a news release. Also making appearances are Lindsay Yenter and Ashlee Frazier from "The Bachelor. " Celebrity stylists and fashion bloggers will also be on hand, acting as Foreign Exchange "fashion experts" and lending their expertise to shoppers.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 29, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 5:55 a.m. I pull into the parking lot for our weekly distance run. Lot empty, but one car — Jake's hybrid. I bet he couldn't sleep. I reach for my water belt, exit my car. There's Jake. I deliver the first of many long grateful-you-are-here hugs. Jake ran Boston. He's returned to work and to his busy life, but everything must be overshadowed by what happened. Cars angle in. Runners make straight for Jake, encircling him. He's wearing a powder blue, long-sleeved technical shirt with a Boston logo.
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