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Marsha McLean: Santa Clarita marathon hits the road

Live from City Hall

Posted: November 5, 2009 7:47 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
On your mark, get set — go!

It’s no secret that the city of Santa Clarita promotes a healthy lifestyle. Santa Clarita residents are an active bunch — cycling, strolling, walking and running their way across the city’s extensive trails and parks on a daily basis.

This Sunday, Santa Clarita residents will put all that exercise to the test with the 14th Annual Santa Clarita Marathon.
An official qualifier for the Boston Marathon, the Santa Clarita Marathon will include a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K Run/Walk and a Kid K run. All races will begin at 7 a.m., with the exception of the Kid K, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, which will hit the road at 8:30 a.m.

Thousands of seasoned runners will pound the pavement for the 26.2-mile marathon course, putting their physical limits and personal goals through an intense test of endurance. The Santa Clarita Marathon continues to grow in size and prestige each year thanks to Parkway Motorcars, the title sponsor for more than 10 years.

The city will host a free pre-race Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday to kick off the race festivities and provide a check-in point for marathon event participants. Runners will be able to pick up their race packet and sign up for the marathon, half-marathon and 5K. Held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the expo will feature dozens of health-related vendors and information booths.

On Sunday morning at 7 a.m., runners will gather at the Hyatt Valencia — the starting point for the marathon’s events. At the starter’s mark, runners will head up Valencia Boulevard before the race winds through Santa Clarita’s trail system and streets lined with spectators before its finish at Westfield Valencia Town Center.  

Following the completion of all races, awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in the marathon, the half-marathon and 5K, as well as the top Santa Clarita finishers in both marathons. Awards will also be given to the top male and female finishers in each age group for the three races.

To ensure accurate race-times, all races will use the ChampionChip timing system to track runners.
The Santa Clarita Marathon has something for every age, fitness level and family member. Runners are invited to test their limits in the 13-mile Half-Marathon or the 5K Run/Walk, which is a flat, looped course that begins and ends at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Runners will be offered water provided by Whole Foods Market and Sparkletts throughout the race before they are greeted by Albertsons with fruit at the finish line.

Kids are also invited to get in on the marathon action with the Kid K, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The non-competitive race is a great way to let community kids ages 12 and under feel the race-day excitement while promoting health and fitness among children. Medals will be awarded for the Kid K winners.

Online registration for marathon events is now closed, but residents can still sign up for this fantastic community event at the Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday. The entry fee for the marathon is $80, $65 to register for the half-marathon; $35 for the 5K; and $10 for the Kid K, in addition to a standard $3 service charge.

Registration for the marathon, half-marathon and 5K will not be available the day of the race. Don’t miss the opportunity to get in on the sense of personal achievement and community togetherness only the Santa Clarita Marathon can provide!

Marsha McLean is a Santa Clarita City Council member. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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