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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.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | 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 ?
FEATURES
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
June 1, 2012
Juniors Kimberley Kent and Megan Williams earned All-American honors to lead five Vanguard University competitors in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships completed Saturday at Indiana Wesley University. Kent finished fifth in the women's marathon in 3 hours, 4 minutes, 30 seconds, while Williams was eighth in the women's 1,500 meters in 4:37.17. The top eight in each event are named All-American. Sophomore Kapree Nelson was ninth in the women's 400 in 56.25 seconds and senior Chelsea Van Cott was 11th in the women's 3,000 steeplechase in 11:51.97.
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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | May 4, 2014
Mohamed Fadil didn't have an arrogant tone when he expressed his reaction to winning the 10th annual U.S. Bank OC Marathon in course-record breaking fashion Sunday at the finish line in Costa Mesa. He was just being honest when he said he used the race as a workout to prepare for his upcoming events. "This was a nice way to test my fitness," Fadil said. Some test. The 32-year-old, who lives in Albuquerque, NM and is originally from Morocco, finished the 26.2 miles in an unofficial 2 hours, 21 minutes, 41 seconds, coming in under the previous record of 2:22:45, set in 2011 by Peter Omae Ayieni of Kenya.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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)
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 3, 2014
Fifteen weeks of training paid off Saturday as a few hundred 8-year-olds lined up to finish a marathon at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. They stretched their legs while organizers told them to run in a straight line to avoid getting tangled with other kids and reminded them to pace themselves. But like the seven other heats of elementary school-aged kids that morning, they were inching closer to the blue starting tape, ready to burst onto the course. At 80 schools across Orange County, students had been preparing by participating in running clubs like the one at Costa Mesa's Davis Magnet School.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | May 1, 2014
Sunday's OC Marathon is poised to break records for attendance, fund-raising and economic impact, organizers said. Some 22,000 entrants - about 2,000 more than last year - are expected to compete in the race, marking its 10th year. The marathon will generate nearly $21-million for the Orange County economy, according to an analysis by Forward Analytics, a national marketing research firm. "The OC Marathon is more than a race," Race Director Gary Kutscher said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | March 18, 2014
Race report: Saturday runners picked me up punctually at 4:15 a.m. We loaded the rented Suburban with seven runners, our hero, JohnO, at the wheel. Arriving at Dodger Stadium, we checked gear and got into corrals. I handed Caroline a tissue packet. Catherine shared half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with me. I tossed sunscreen to Mark. Judy gave me an energy bar. Jill brought blankets to use in the early morning chill. Supportive gestures didn't end there. Steve, Caroline and Judy, all fast marathoners, slowed in order to pace Jill, Catherine and me, a pack that finishes in four to five hours.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | February 24, 2014
Here's the good, bad and unruly in my Los Angeles Marathon preparation. Sometime in distant memory, Jake mentioned that running 50-mile weeks built endurance. I've run several of them, proving I can stay upright on the road for 50 miles over six days. While accumulating miles turned out to be easy, maintaining the 10-minute pace I need to finish the marathon under 4.5 hours seemed unreachable. I developed an intense dislike for my Garmin timing watch, which read 12- to 13-minute miles.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | January 24, 2014
Had a sobering experience the other day. Fellow runners Jill and Tony put me in the back seat of their big Suburban and wore me out driving the Los Angeles Marathon course. Tony drove, Jill's an excellent navigator, so I did nothing but sit on my posterior and peer out the window. Starting with the downslope and two big hills out of Dodger Stadium, through the adjacent neighborhoods toward Echo Park, marathoners navigate about nine turns. That only gets us to Mile 5. I worked so hard peering out the window at this labyrinth, it felt as if I'd run 10 miles.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 19, 2013
COSTA MESA - Ashley Kratzer was involved in quite a contentious match Friday morning at Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Twice in the first set, the Newport Beach resident went to get a line judge after two of her shots were called out by opponent Erin Freeman of Downey. As the match went on, tensions again flared. But it was Freeman who prevailed in the girls' 18 singles championship match, 4-6, 7-5 and 14-12 in a super-tiebreaker, at the Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic. "I just got too wrapped up in her antics," said Kratzer, who is 14 years old and was the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
NEWS
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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