May 2, 2012
Police advised residents to avoid Newport-Mesa areas that will be affected by the O.C. Marathon between 5 a.m. and about noon Sunday. Areas that are expected to be heavily impacted in Newport Beach include Corona del Mar, Promontory Point and Balboa, Linda and Harbor islands, which will be affected from about 5 to 8 a.m., according to the Newport Beach Police Department. The Balboa Island Bridge will be closed from 5 to 7:45 a.m., and residents are encouraged to use the Balboa Island Ferry during that time, Newport Beach police said.
July 1, 2006
Brian MacKenzie and Robert Baird knew what they were getting themselves into when they applied for the 33rd Western States Endurance Run ? or at least they thought they did. Neither MacKenzie, a 31-year-old Costa Mesa resident, nor Balboa Island resident Baird, 45, is a novice to ultra-marathon races, defined as any marathon longer than the traditional 26.2 miles. Although neither had run the Western States before, both runners knew that running for 100 straight miles ? unthinkable to most ?
June 25, 2007
A Costa Mesa father ended a 24-hour treadmill marathon Sunday to raise money to assist children with physical disabilities. Doug Hansen, despite having mono, ran about 91 miles and raised over $10,000 for Angels Charity, founded by Hansen and his wife Jennifer in 2003. The organization, named after their daughter, seeks to help children receive physical therapy. The money will go toward Angel's Playground to be built at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa and physical therapy equipment for children, Hansen said.
February 25, 2000
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - Corona del Mar High cross country and track and field coach Bill Sumner, who also operates Cal Coast Track Club, will take his top two female athletes Saturday to Columbia, S.C., for the U.S. Olympic Trials, where the nation's best female marathon runners will meet to determine U.S. Olympic representatives. Only runners who have qualified are invited to the Trials. Runners must have run a marathon faster than two hours 50 minutes in the last 12 months in order to qualify.
April 24, 2008
BOSTON — Zoila Gomez, a former Orange Coast College and Costa Mesa High standout runner, is an Olympic alternate after edging Tera Moody for fourth place in the U.S. Olympic team trials for the women’s marathon. Gomez finished in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 53 seconds in the 26.2-mile race, just ahead of Moody (2:33.54) on Sunday. Deena Kastor won the marathon in 2:29.35. Gomez, a member of Costa Mesa’s 1997 state cross country championship team, was an 11-time All-American, at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.
September 21, 2010
Jack Shimko, a Newport Beach native, begins his 10-day, 150-mile open ocean paddle-board journey to raise money for cancer research today in Santa Barbara. The water marathon is called, "PADDLE2LIVE," which will raise $500,000 for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. From Santa Barbara, Shimko will go through the Channel Islands and end in Newport Beach, at the Newport Aquatic Center Oct. 2. Shimko begins today at 4:30 a.m. There will be a paddle-out ceremony at 5 a.m. in Santa Barbara.
August 29, 2007
With his birthday around the corner, Erik Flowers would normally be preparing for a quiet afternoon at his Costa Mesa home with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. But this year, he will commemorate his 48th year by working up a sweat on an elliptical machine. Flowers, who co-owns Body Builders Gym in Los Angeles, has committed to a 24-hour elliptical marathon in conjunction with the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, which begins Sunday, Flowers’ birthday. The idea came when Flowers purchased some new elliptical trainers for his gym from Octane Fitness in January.
April 30, 2011
COSTA MESA — Watch out marathon runners, the next generation of competitors is rounding the bend. As preview for what was in store the next day, about 2,000 kids 6 and younger participated in the Kids Run the OC event at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Saturday, the conclusion to a fitness program that saw children from all over the county play games and activities that equated to a 25-mile marathon. The kids ran a full mile in the fairgrounds, finishing off a program that started at individual elementary schools county wide.
March 9, 2003
It's always wonderful when people go out of their way to help others, especially those who have difficulty without that help. Grace Castro, the supervisor at AbilityFirst's Newport-Mesa After-School Center, completed the L.A. Marathon last week. But she wasn't alone. She pushed Kendall Milteer, an 11-year-old Costa Mesa resident who suffers from tuberous sclerosis, throughout the 26.2 miles. It doesn't even matter that she finished the marathon. After all, it was a team effort.
January 16, 2008
Former Olympian and accomplished American marathoner Steve Scott paid a visit to Eastbluff Elementary School Tuesday morning. Scott was on hand to congratulate some future runners at Eastbluff who successfully completed the Orange County Kids’ Marathon Jan. 6. Last week, more than 120 students from kindergarten through fifth grade ran the last leg of their 26.2-mile marathon that began in October. Eastbluff parent and avid runner Diane Daruty coached the kids and kept meticulous records on how far they ran every week, to make sure they earned their marathon medals.