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Thousands pound the pavement at Santa Clarita Marathon events

Posted: November 3, 2013 6:31 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:31 p.m.

Participants of the full and half marathons take off from the starting point of the 2013 City of Santa Clarita Marathon as they join thousands of runners heading south on McBean Parkway towards Valencia Boulevard on Sunday. Photo by Dan Watson.

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More than 3,200 runners turned out for the Santa Clarita Marathon Sunday, some running 26 miles, others half of that and still others meandering behind Mayor Bob Kellar.

What they all brought to the starting line was an expectation of fun, and what they carried across the finish line was a mission accomplished.

“I’m getting ready for the race, but I’m not running,” said Kelly Martinelli, jumping up and down at the starting line at 6:30 a.m. “My daughter’s running and she’s warming up.”

Martinelli, her husband Eric and their son Aiden joined hundreds of others at 7 a.m. Sunday on McBean Parkway between Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway for the start of the races — a 26.2-mile marathon, a 13-1-mile half marathon, 5K (3.1 mile) and the Mayor’s Walk. The family was there to support 14-year-old runner, Elena.

“It’s my daughter’s first time, a half marathon,” Martinelli said. “She’s been running cross-country since her freshman year. She started running 5k’s.

“She’s loving running so she’s going to give it a try,” she said.

Elena Martinelli, did better than most, finishing 622 out of 1527 competitors, with a finish of 2 hours, six minutes and 33 seconds.

Runner times were recorded by a micro-chip worn in the shoe of each runner.

Runners travel long distances to compete in the Santa Clarita Marathon since it is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

On Sunday, Ricardo Ramirez, 42, of Sun Valley won the Santa Clarita Marathon with a time of two hours, 37 minutes and eight seconds. The fastest woman to complete the marathon Sunday was Dolores Valencia, 49, of Chino Hills, with a time of 3:11:10.

Winner of the Half Marathon was Brandon Jauregui, 22, of Saugus, crossing the finish line after one hour, 10 minutes and 15 seconds. Theresa Lowry, 39, of San Diego, was the fastest woman to finish the Half Marathon with a time of 1:24:16.

Also running the half marathon was experienced runner Darlene Beardsley, 56, of Chatsworth, who convinced her two daughters to take part in the Santa Clarita half Marathon.

Her daughter Shannon Weisman, of Stevenson Ranch, had run the race twice before but Sunday was the first time her sister Jaclyn Sutley, of Canoga Park, competed.

“This is my first time for this one,” Beardsley said referring to the Santa Clarita half marathon. “But I’ve been running for a while.
“So now I’ve got my girls with me,” she said proudly, pulling them in close on either side of her.
Asked if she planned to leave her daughters in the dust, she said: “No. I’m sticking with the girls today.”
True to her word, Beardsley crossed the finish line with her daughters with a time of 2:52:48.
Daryl Blaugrund ran the 5K with her eight-year-old son Bryce, also vowing to: “stay at my son’s pace and have a good time.
“We did the (Castaic) Mud Run as well,” she said.
Asked which he prefers — the Mud Run or the Santa Clarita 5K — Bryce picked the latter. He ran the 5K last year and loved it.

The year he and his mom finished with times of 34:2 and 34:27 respectively.

Running strategy was a little different for Kevin Laureys and his group of local runners. Once the five friends left the starting line, he said, it was every runner for themselves.

Before the starting gun sounded, Laureys shared some of his training secrets with The Signal, holding up a cell phone to reveal a photo of racing bibs worn by he and his wife, Eva, numbers 1164 and 1165.

“That’s a beer and a margarita with our numbers under them,” he said, laughing.

Laureys finished 1487 out of 1527 with a time of 3:30:28; his wife placed 1169 with a time of 2:28:33.

This year, the Santa Clarita Marathon Race Committee mapped out a route along the San Francisquito Creek as part of the 2013 Half Marathon and Marathon. The new trail was created to reduce the amount of street closure on McBean Parkway, according to organizers.

As in previous years, organizers held a “pre-race Health and Fitness Expo” for runner.

Once those competing in the three big races — marathon, half marathon and 5K — left the starting line, kids assembled to compete in the Kid K Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. The annual Fun Run is a non-competitive run intended to promote health and fitness among children.

Marathon runner and local physician, Dr. James Weagley, started running at age 50 after feeling like a “hypocrite” having urged his patients to get into shape without doing it himself.

“I lost 50 pounds in three years,” he said, standing a quarter mile from the finish line Sunday, cheering on his fellow marathon runners.

Weagley finished 43 out of 429 marathoners Sunday with a time of 3:31:35.
“It’s an amazing thing to run a marathon,” he said. “It’s such a cool thing that they do that I must come out and cheer them on.”
One of those he congratulated was 15-year-old Daniel Barrett of Valencia.

How much running had he done prior to Sunday’s race? none, he said.

“I’m a water polo player for the Bishop Alemany High School water polo team,” he said. “I ran this because I wanted to see what I can do.”

He discovered he could run a half marathon in one hour, 36 minutes and 55 seconds.
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