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.
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.
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.
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)
May 3, 2010
More than 2,000 children from 45 county schools took part in the sixth annual Kids Run the OC event Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center. The 1-mile run in Costa Mesa was the last leg of a 26.2-mile, three-month fitness program. The children’s program was designed to encourage physical fitness. The children’s race helped kick-start festivities for the OC Marathon, which will start at 6:30 a.m. today at Fashion Island. The course will take runners through Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine before ending at the OC Fair & Event Center.
May 1, 2010
When Jean Wegener, executive director of the Costa Mesa nonprofit Serving People in Need leaves work each night, the phones at the office are always still ringing these days. ?And they never stop ringing, all night,? she said. The charity, which offers homelessness-prevention programs and other assistance for people in crisis, has seen over the past few years a 65% increase in calls that it receives from families in financial trouble, Wegener said. Volunteers for SPIN will take to the streets today with the OC Marathon to raise money for families teetering on the brink of homelessness.
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.
February 26, 2010
You could call them mini-marathon runners. Yes, they’re going to run the full 26.2 miles like everybody else, only they’re going to run it a little bit at a time, these children from Killybrooke Elementary School in Costa Mesa. “They come out here twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, and they run a mile during each session, which lasts about an hour,” said Principal Kathy Sanchez. “By the time May rolls around, they’ve virtually completed an entire marathon.