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October 31, 2011
A 37-year-old man who collapsed and died near the finish line of the Los Angeles Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon was identified Monday as Charles Whitmore Riske of Costa Mesa. He died about two hours into the event as he kicked into the final stretch of the race in downtown L.A., officials said. The runner had previously been identified as being 40 years old, but L.A. County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Riske was 37. His cause of death had not been determined. Paramedics attempted CPR before Riske was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:10 a.m., Winter said.
SPORTS
May 4, 2013
Youth led the way Saturday morning when hundreds of children participated in the Kids Run to kick-off the OC Marathon at the OC Fair and Event Center. The children's run and the Expo were the lead events Saturday. The marathon begins Sunday at 5:30 am.. and the half-marathon at 6:15 a.m. The OC Marathon announced Saturday afternoon that the 5K, half-marathon and OC Marathon had been sold out. More than 20,000 participants are expected in the marathon, half marathon, 5K and kids' run, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Department press release.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — The seventh annual O.C. Marathon will run through Costa Mesa in May, with the routes for the full and half marathons remaining the same as last year, but a new route added for the 5k run/walk. The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved allowing more than a dozen partial and full street closures on May 1 from 6 a.m. to about 1 p.m., when the first and last of the marathon's runners will pass through. More than 12,000 people are expected to participate in the day's events, with another 12,000 expected to look on, according to city officials.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | February 5, 2007
Mark Duss was less than two miles away from completing the Pacific Shoreline Marathon when he felt a strain in his right hamstring. But by favoring his right leg, Duss, 44, strained his left leg. Despite his injuries, Duss of Newport Beach placed 152 out of 959 marathon runners who participated in the 11th annual race held in Huntington Beach. With pain in both legs, he hit the 3:40:00 pace on the nose. Runners began and ended their respective races in front of the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort on Pacific Coast Highway.
NEWS
By By Lindsay Sandham | January 9, 2006
Organizers of the young OC Marathon say it will grow to rival the famous race in Boston; but for most runners, fun is enough.As the sun emerged from a thick fog Sunday morning, runners from around the world crossed the finish line of the OC Marathon at the Spectrum Center in Irvine. Most of them were so elated and full of energy -- even after completing a 13.1 or 26.2-mile race -- that the spectators couldn't help but join in on the excitement. Family and friends cheered as the runners threw their arms in the air -- one woman celebrated by doing a cartwheel as she crossed the finish line for the half marathon.
NEWS
By Sue Thoensen | January 19, 2008
Colin Keith turned his love of running into a fundraising event for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa last year. Colin ran with his friend Garrett McRoberts in the 2007 race, and the boys raised more than $8,000 for Someone Cares. “It’s more fun to support a cause if you really enjoy what you’re doing. Then you can help at the same time,” Colin said. On Sunday, the Mater Dei High School junior will again participate in the Carlsbad Marathon, joined by family members inspired by the teen’s commitment to helping others.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 7, 2008
Men 1. Kassahun Kabiso, Bronx, N.Y., 2:23:46. 2. Charles Kiplagat, Santa Fe, N.M., 2:24:52. 3. Deresse Deniboba New York, 2:27:03. 4. Salvador Miranda, Homeland, 2:27:34. 5. Kristoffer Osterlund, Sweden, 2:28:51. 6. John Weru, Santa Clara, 2:33:58. 7. Jeff Doyon, Oakand, 2:44:18. 8. Bee-Oh Kim, Daly City, 2:47:30. 9. Rick Dodson, Manhattan Beach, 2:47:41. 10. Michael Landis, New Orleans, 2:49:54. 11. Eddie Valentine, Arlington, Va , 2:50:02. 12. Andrew Bass, London, 2:50:03.
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NEWS
November 15, 2013
Deborah Aldrete Hoppe Deborah (Debbie) Aldrete Hoppe of Piedmont, CA, passed away suddenly on Friday, November 8, 2013.  Debbie's motto was, “family and friends first.”  She was a devoted and loyal wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. Debbie gathered those she loved together as often as possible, sharing her passion for cooking and conversation. She did it all with boundless energy, a sense of fun, and an open and loving heart. Debbie was born on October 3, 1956 in Santa Monica, CA.  She graduated from Palos Verdes High School in 1975 and continued on to study at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. At a time when few women managed clothing production, Debbie rapidly succeeded and became an inspiration to those she supervised and mentored.
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NEWS
By Carrie Slayback | May 6, 2013
It's 4 a.m. Sunday. Evie calls. Worried about street closures, she summons me to her house on Bayside Drive earlier than our 5:30 a.m. meeting time. My Saturday night had been a lovely 50th wedding anniversary party, bedtime past 11 p.m. Evie's call subtracts a precious hour of sleep. Turns out to be a day of timing. Before I met the "Serious Saturday Runners," I raced with the goal of finishing and eating. They stressed time — complete a half-marathon in under two hours.
SPORTS
May 4, 2013
Youth led the way Saturday morning when hundreds of children participated in the Kids Run to kick-off the OC Marathon at the OC Fair and Event Center. The children's run and the Expo were the lead events Saturday. The marathon begins Sunday at 5:30 am.. and the half-marathon at 6:15 a.m. The OC Marathon announced Saturday afternoon that the 5K, half-marathon and OC Marathon had been sold out. More than 20,000 participants are expected in the marathon, half marathon, 5K and kids' run, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Department press release.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
October 31, 2011
A 37-year-old man who collapsed and died near the finish line of the Los Angeles Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon was identified Monday as Charles Whitmore Riske of Costa Mesa. He died about two hours into the event as he kicked into the final stretch of the race in downtown L.A., officials said. The runner had previously been identified as being 40 years old, but L.A. County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Riske was 37. His cause of death had not been determined. Paramedics attempted CPR before Riske was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:10 a.m., Winter said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — The seventh annual O.C. Marathon will run through Costa Mesa in May, with the routes for the full and half marathons remaining the same as last year, but a new route added for the 5k run/walk. The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved allowing more than a dozen partial and full street closures on May 1 from 6 a.m. to about 1 p.m., when the first and last of the marathon's runners will pass through. More than 12,000 people are expected to participate in the day's events, with another 12,000 expected to look on, according to city officials.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | August 12, 2010
More than 800 runners will navigate a course winding around food vendors and tents at the Orange County Fair as they compete in Sunday morning's Closing Celebration 5K, which will herald the 2010 fair's last day. Designed with the sights, sounds and smells of the fair in mind, the 3.1-mile course is not your traditional jogging path, OC Marathon Race Director Gary Kutscher said. "Running a marathon can become monotonous and after a few miles, you begin to looks for things in the scenery for entertainment," Kutscher said.
BUSINESS
By Tom Ragan | April 29, 2010
That sea of people you might see doing last-minute stretches in front of Fashion Island early Sunday morning? They wont be shoppers looking to take advantage of some early bird special. They’ll be among an estimated 10,000 runners trying to go the distance and complete the 2010 O.C. Marathon or run half the course. A record total of more than 13,000 runners are expected to take part in the full marathon, half marathon and shorter races, and other related activities taking place today, Saturday and Sunday.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | March 7, 2009
City officials from Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine gathered at the OC Fair and Events Center on Saturday to unveil the new course for the 2009 Aviva OC Marathon. “We are thrilled to have you choose Costa Mesa as the destination of your race,” Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor said. “The addition of the OC Marathon to Costa Mesa is just one of the may reasons Costa Mesa is the best of Southern California.” The new race route begins at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and winds its way through Corona del Mar along the coast.
NEWS
By Sue Thoensen | January 19, 2008
Colin Keith turned his love of running into a fundraising event for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa last year. Colin ran with his friend Garrett McRoberts in the 2007 race, and the boys raised more than $8,000 for Someone Cares. “It’s more fun to support a cause if you really enjoy what you’re doing. Then you can help at the same time,” Colin said. On Sunday, the Mater Dei High School junior will again participate in the Carlsbad Marathon, joined by family members inspired by the teen’s commitment to helping others.
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