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Sunday is fun day: Santa Clarita Marathon Nov. 7

Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Mayor’s Walk and Kids K Fun Run

Posted: November 5, 2010 6:00 a.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 6:00 a.m.

Jennifer Christian-Herman was the first woman to break the tape in the Santa Clarita Marathon in 2009.

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One of the SCV's signature events takes place this Sunday, Nov. 7, when the Santa Clarita Marathon again takes to the streets and paseos of Valencia. Hundreds of participants will pound the pavement and their supporters and other onlookers will cheer them on during what should be a beautiful, sunny morning.

You can watch a sea of runners break free at the starting gun, hop around town and catch your friends as they move along the course, and catch exciting finishes at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The Santa Clarita Marathon, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, will test the physical boundaries of the human body on Sunday, Nov. 7. The day will include a full Marathon, a Half Marathon, a 5K Run and a Kid K run. All races will begin at 7 a.m., with the exception of the Kid K, which will begin at 8:30 a.m.

This year the trails along San Francisquito Creek will be part of the Marathon and Half Marathon. The new trail system will be used for the majority of the race and will reduce the amount of street closure on McBean Parkway.

For safety and liability reasons baby jogger strollers are not allowed on the Marathon or Half Marathon course. No pets or roller blades are allowed on the course, either. A chip timing system will be used for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. To score in these races, you must wear the chip on your shoe during the race and turn it in after crossing the finish line.

There will be a free, pre-race Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, Nov. 6. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will feature dozens of health-related vendors and information booths. Here, runners may sign up for events and race participants can pick up race bibs and T-shirts.

Marathon - 7 a.m.
Starting between the Hyatt Regency Valencia and Westfield Valencia Town Center, the revised looped course follows 26.2 miles of roadways, paved city trails and paseos to its finish line at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The Marathon is a Boston qualifier and is USATF certified.

Half Marathon - 7 a.m.
The Half Marathon starts simultaneously with the Marathon, following the same course but breaking away near mile 12 for a 13.1 mile finish at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The elevation for the Marathon and Half Marathon is relatively flat, but includes some switchbacks and short inclines and declines on paseo bridges crossing over and under main city streets.

5K Run - 7 a.m.
The 5K Run is a looped 3.1 mile course that will start and end at Westfield Valencia Town Center. This is a great event for all ages and all paces. Walkers are encourage to participate in the Mayors' Walk.

Mayor's Walk - 7:15 a.m.
Join the Mayor and City Council members for a healthy 2.6-mile community walk. The Mayor's Walk will start at the city of Santa Clarita City Hall parking lot and end at the Marathon finish line.

Kid K Fun Run - 8:30 a.m.
Designed to promote health and fitness among children, this non-competitive event for ages 12 and under is a quarter-mile course starting and finishing at Westfield Valencia Town Center. Parents may accompany small children.

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