California > Marina's Long Beach Marina Marathon & Half Marathon
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Part of a series of small, low-key road and trail running events staged in and around the Los Angeles area throughout the year by the Southern California-based Charlie Alewine Racing group, the Marina's Long Beach Marina Marathon & Half Marathon will likely be familiar if you've run any of the other events in the Alewine series, as the race route follows the same course as the one used in February's Hugs & Kisses Marathon & Half Marathon.
Both the full, 26.2-mile marathon and the 13.1-mile half marathon follow a mostly fast and flat course, run entirely on paved surfaces along the roads that run alongside Long Beach's Colorado Lagoon and Alamitos Bay. The out-and-back triple-loop race starts and finishes at the city's Marine Vista Park, an 18-acre urban park that looks out onto the waters of the marina and nearby Marine Park.
From there, runners in both the half and the full marathons follow the same route, starting first north from Marine Vista Park out onto Appian Way for a counter-clockwise run along the roads that run around the Colorado Lagoon, one of the last remaining urban wetland areas in California and a refuge for a wide variety of fish and waterfowl.
After making their way along Park Avenue, with turns on 6th Street, Monrovia Avenue, Haines Avenue, Vermont Street and Orlena Avenue, runners then head back along the western edge of Marine Vista Park and then head south toward East Appian Way, where they turn left and begin the roughly two-mile stretch that takes them past Marine Park to the turnaround point at the end of East Appian Way near the waterfront.
Next, runners then head back along the route they've just run back up to the starting line area at Marine Vista Park. Those running the half marathon then repeat the same route two more times, while those running the full, 26.2-mile marathon make the loop an additional five times. As noted above, the race is a small running event, limited to 25 runners.
Weather & Climate
Located about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the city of Long Beach typically experiences mild to occasionally warm weather conditions in the early spring, with much drier weather in April than in the year's first three months. In April, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 73°F and 53°F, while rainfall totals average about 0.6 inches for the month.
$44 for the half marathon
$50 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the spring 2010 running of the Marina's Long Beach Marina Marathon or Half Marathon, print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.
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