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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.
By Matt Szabo | August 4, 2007
In his very first marathon, the Boston Marathon in 1973, Bill Rodgers could not finish. "I dropped out after 21 miles," Rodgers said of the 26.2-mile race. "But the next year, I moved up to 14th." Then, the world took notice. Rodgers went on to win both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon four times each during the late 1970s, and won 21 marathons in his career. No other runner in history has ever done that. Today, Rodgers will be at the Corona del Mar High track at 8 a.m., leading a seminar for runners preparing for the Orange County Marathon.
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.
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)
December 20, 2004
Chris Yemma In 67 years, Corona del Mar resident Don Watson has traveled many miles on foot. Call him Forrest Gump if you will, but Watson just likes to run. "I want to die with my boots on," said Watson, borrowing an old Marine saying. "I don't want to die in bed, I want to die running." Fighting the rain, bad knees, wind, cold weather, and 3,133 other runners in the half-marathon event of the recent OC Marathon Dec. 5, Watson finished first in the age 65-69 division and 241st overall.
December 16, 2001
Young Chang If you're wondering why Peggy Fort flew all the way to Chicago to run a marathon, just picture her nearing the finish line with 26.2 miles behind her. Family members and friends waved, cheered, flashed her the high-five and rooted from the sidelines until she crossed the coveted end and they could engulf her without boundaries. Fort, a Newport Beach resident who grew up in Chicago, visited her hometown for a long weekend in early October to run the marathon among friends and family.
By: Matt Lewis | October 3, 2005
John Woolley knows a thing or two about running. The 69-year-old Newport Beach resident is a veteran of 48 marathons. After Jan. 8, Woolley will have 49 marathons under his belt. In the 2004 Orange County Marathon, Woolley finished in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 28 seconds, good for seventh in his age group. The retired California Superior Court judge has been running competitively for 12 years. His first marathon was the 1993 Los Angeles Marathon.
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)
By Steve Smith | April 25, 2013
In August 2011, we spent our family vacation in Lake Tahoe while my late wife Cay's cancer was in remission. Moments before we drove off to go home, I took Cay out on the dock where we'd spent so much time and let her sit. She sat there for 30 minutes without saying a word, knowing this was the last time she'd ever see the magnificent landscape. Most of us go through life celebrating our firsts: first kiss, first job, first home and so on. What we really should be paying attention to, however, are our lasts.
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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