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NEWS
By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | April 29, 2011
Locals are stretching their muscles and lacing up their running shoes in preparation for the seventh annual O.C. Marathon Sunday. The weekend kicked off Friday with the opening of the Active Lifestyle Expo, which also runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Saturday also marks the finale of "Kids Run the OC. " Students from participating schools will have accumulated 25.2 miles of physical activities and will run the final mile at 9 a.m. at the O.C. Fairgrounds.
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NEWS
By Seth Davenport, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 27, 2011
Last November, the story of a Marine who ran from Florida to Texas carrying the American flag to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project touched me. The WWP is a nonprofit that helps physically and psychologically injured soldiers readjust to their civilian lives back home. The Marine's story was a calling for me to participate. Later, while driving down Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar, I felt guilty for how wonderful life is for all of us here and how often we forget about the sacrifices that our soldiers and Marines make for us. The day-to-day issues that we may struggle with are trivial in comparison with what our servicemen and women struggle with after ending their tours of duty.
SPORTS
April 26, 2011
There are 200 openings remaining in Sunday's OC Marathon, as well as spots available in the half-marathon and 5K races. Online registration is available until Wednesday night at http://www.ocmarathon.com. On-site registration will be available during the Active Lifestyle Expo, which runs Friday and Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The expo is free to attend, but there are parking fees, that also apply for race day. There is a charge of $8 for preferred parking or $5 for general parking.
NEWS
April 18, 2011
Newport Beach Mayor Mike Henn ran in the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday, completing the race in just under four hours. The 62-year-old mayor was one of 26,800 participants to run in the country's oldest annual marathon. Henn completed more than 26 miles, or 42.195 kilometers, in 3:57:37, according to the Boston Marathon's athlete tracker. Henn finished 9,979th for men and 15,513th overall, according to the tracker. Athletes have to qualify to run in the Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Athletic Assn., which puts on the event.
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 | March 8, 2011
The 2011 OC Marathon course will not use Back Bay Drive in order to protect endangered birds that live there, a race spokesman said Tuesday. Marathon organizers have eliminated the road that hugs the eastern shore of Upper Newport Bay in response to concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Fish and Game about the welfare of endangered species of birds that inhabit the area. These include the light-footed clapper rail and the California gnatcatcher. "There were concerns that introducing 10,000 or 12,000 people into the environment would not be a good thing for the birds," said Race Director Gary Kutscher.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | September 28, 2010
The city of Newport Beach is trying to reach an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on how to route the Orange County Marathon so that runners do not potentially harm the nesting grounds of an endangered bird as they pass through the Upper Back Bay area. Tara Finnigan, a spokeswoman for the city of Newport Beach, said the issue recently was brought to the attention of city staff, and that federal officials had expressed concern about the timing of the race in May, which coincides with the light-footed clapper rail's breeding season.
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.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | May 23, 2010
IRVINE — A postmortem might have been a better summary than a box score, but just as it did on multiple occasions over more than 4 1/2 hours and 457 combined pitches, the UC Irvine baseball team will live to fight another day. But though fight was not in short supply for the Anteaters in Saturday's 15-12 loss in 12 innings to Big West Conference visitor UC Riverside, neither was an abundance of fault. "We didn't deserve to win. [Heck] no," UCI Coach Mike Gillespie said after the No. 25-ranked Anteaters fell to 33-18, 13-7 in conference to allow Cal State Fullerton (18-3 in conference)
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