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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.
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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
February 4, 2008
Costa Mesa resident Charles Bauknecht ended his journey for cystic fibrosis Sunday morning. Bauknecht, a 34-year-old personal trainer, attempted to run three consecutive marathons in an attempt to raise $30,000 for cystic fibrosis. He started running Saturday night around 10, and joined competitors in the Surf City Marathon Sunday morning. Before he started running, Bauknecht estimated he’d raised about $20,000 for his cause. Cystic fibrosis is a chronic genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.
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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.
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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.
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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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By Carrie Luger Slayback | May 15, 2013
Jake's coaching helped our friend, Jill, clock a personal best at the OC Half Marathon. I hope to benefit from Jake's know-how and flash a smile as big as Jill's when I complete the L.A. Marathon later this year. Yet when I read Jake's email directing me to keep a runner's log, my eyes glazed over. "If you start with 25 miles a week, increase by 10% with a drop back every four weeks. In 20 weeks you are running 125 miles a week ... count running miles only, no walks or hikes.
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
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.
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.
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