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Santa Clarita Marathon brings the community together

Posted: November 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

From left, Stephanie Mestas, Robin Ditomaso and Nicole Schweitzer finish the Santa Clarita Half Marathon in 2010.

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Whether you are watching from the side of a paseo, at the finish line or following your friends around town to see them run, the Santa Clarita Marathon is a truly fun and social event. And this applies even more so to the runners, who are cheered on by children and music and generally everyone they go by. Few other happenings in our valley bring the community together on such a large scale.

The Santa Clarita Marathon, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, includes a full Marathon, a Half Marathon, a 5K Run, the Mayor’s Walk 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.

As they were last year, trails along San Francisquito Creek will be part of the Marathon and Half Marathon. The 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. 5. 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 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 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.
 
5K Run/Walk — 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.
If running just isn’t your pace, the Mayor’s Walk is for you. This three-mile community walk is safe, simple, and doesn’t require much training. Mayor Marsha McLean will lead this year’s walk, which kicks off just steps away from the Marathon start line at Mall Entrance and McBean Parkway. The course follows much of the 5K course and concludes at the official finish line site. All participants receive a Mayor’s Walk finishers medal and T-shirt.
 
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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