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Cross the finish line at Santa Clarita Marathon

Posted: October 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

“I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible.”

— John Hanc, running writer



A marathon is an event that has a little bit of everything. It’s dramatic, exhilarating, challenging, exhausting and painful at times. Although every runner has a different reason for competing, it’s the accomplishment of crossing the finish line after 26.2 miles that makes it all worth it.

If you’re an avid long-distance runner, you don’t have to travel far to test the strength and endurance of the human body. Join the city of Santa Clarita for its 17th annual marathon event on Nov. 4. Presented by Parkway Motorcars, the day will include a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K Run and a Kid K run.

This year’s lineup includes the following events for residents of all ages and fitness levels:

Marathon

The Santa Clarita Marathon, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, is a challenging course that offers a beautiful, scenic route for runners to enjoy along the way.

Starting between the Hyatt Regency Valencia and Westfield Valencia Town Center at 7 a.m., the course follows 26.2 miles of roadways, paved city trails and paseos to the finish line at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.



Half-marathon

The half-marathon starts simultaneously with the marathon at 7 a.m. and follows the same course but breaks away near mile 12 for a 13.1-mile finish at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. The course is relatively flat with a few switchbacks as well as short inclines and declines on paseo bridges.

This year, the half-marathon and marathon events will use new trails along the San Francisquito Creek, which will provide additional scenic views and reduce the amount of street closures on McBean Parkway.



5K Run

The 5K run is a great event for runners of all ages and fitness levels. The 3.1-mile course begins at 7 a.m. and includes a loop that starts and ends at the Westfield Valencia Town Center for the perfect photo finish.



Mayor’s Walk

If you’ve wanted to be a part of the Santa Clarita Marathon but running isn’t your pace, try the Mayor’s Walk. The 3-mile community walk begins at 7:05 a.m. and is ideal for families, troops, groups or organizations looking for a safe and simple way to get out and get fit. Best of all, participants will have the opportunity to walk with the mayor and members of the Santa Clarita City Council.



Kid K

The Kid K begins at 8:30 a.m. and is designed to promote health and fitness among youth. This noncompetitive event for ages 12 and younger is a quarter-mile course, which starts and finishes at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Parents may accompany small children along the way.



Health and Fitness Expo

In anticipation of the marathon activities, the city will also host a pre-race Health and Fitness Expo on Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, located on Town Center Drive. The free Expo will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature various health-related vendors, running gear and information booths. Marathon, half-marathon and 5K registrants must pick up their race bibs and T-shirts at the Expo.

In addition to bibs and T-shirts, event participants will receive a link to “Virtual Race Bag” containing online information about the Santa Clarita Marathon as well as special offers from participating businesses and sponsors.

To participate in the Santa Clarita Marathon or other race events, community members can register online now through Sunday. Anyone interested in registering after the online deadline can sign up in person at the Health and Fitness Expo on Nov. 3. Registration for the marathon, half-marathon and 5K run will not be available the day of the race.

The Santa Clarita Marathon offers something for every skill level. The important thing is to get out there and get moving! With events such as the marathon, Santa Clarita continues to be a model for a healthful, active lifestyle. For more information about Santa Clarita Marathon events, volunteer opportunities or course details, please contact Arts and Events at 661-250-3787 or visit www.scmarathon.org.   

Councilmember Laurene Weste can be reached at lweste@santa-clarita.com.

 

“I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible.”

— John Hanc, running writer



A marathon is an event that has a little bit of everything. It’s dramatic, exhilarating, challenging, exhausting and painful at times. Although every runner has a different reason for competing, it’s the accomplishment of crossing the finish line after 26.2 miles that makes it all worth it.

If you’re an avid long-distance runner, you don’t have to travel far to test the strength and endurance of the human body. Join the city of Santa Clarita for its 17th annual marathon event on Nov. 4. Presented by Parkway Motorcars, the day will include a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K Run and a Kid K run.

This year’s lineup includes the following events for residents of all ages and fitness levels:

Marathon

The Santa Clarita Marathon, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, is a challenging course that offers a beautiful, scenic route for runners to enjoy along the way.

Starting between the Hyatt Regency Valencia and Westfield Valencia Town Center at 7 a.m., the course follows 26.2 miles of roadways, paved city trails and paseos to the finish line at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.



Half-marathon

The half-marathon starts simultaneously with the marathon at 7 a.m. and follows the same course but breaks away near mile 12 for a 13.1-mile finish at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. The course is relatively flat with a few switchbacks as well as short inclines and declines on paseo bridges.

This year, the half-marathon and marathon events will use new trails along the San Francisquito Creek, which will provide additional scenic views and reduce the amount of street closures on McBean Parkway.



5K Run

The 5K run is a great event for runners of all ages and fitness levels. The 3.1-mile course begins at 7 a.m. and includes a loop that starts and ends at the Westfield Valencia Town Center for the perfect photo finish.



Mayor’s Walk

If you’ve wanted to be a part of the Santa Clarita Marathon but running isn’t your pace, try the Mayor’s Walk. The 3-mile community walk begins at 7:05 a.m. and is ideal for families, troops, groups or organizations looking for a safe and simple way to get out and get fit. Best of all, participants will have the opportunity to walk with the mayor and members of the Santa Clarita City Council.



Kid K

The Kid K begins at 8:30 a.m. and is designed to promote health and fitness among youth. This noncompetitive event for ages 12 and younger is a quarter-mile course, which starts and finishes at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Parents may accompany small children along the way.



Health and Fitness Expo

In anticipation of the marathon activities, the city will also host a pre-race Health and Fitness Expo on Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, located on Town Center Drive. The free Expo will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature various health-related vendors, running gear and information booths. Marathon, half-marathon and 5K registrants must pick up their race bibs and T-shirts at the Expo.

In addition to bibs and T-shirts, event participants will receive a link to “Virtual Race Bag” containing online information about the Santa Clarita Marathon as well as special offers from participating businesses and sponsors.

To participate in the Santa Clarita Marathon or other race events, community members can register online now through Sunday. Anyone interested in registering after the online deadline can sign up in person at the Health and Fitness Expo on Nov. 3. Registration for the marathon, half-marathon and 5K run will not be available the day of the race.

The Santa Clarita Marathon offers something for every skill level. The important thing is to get out there and get moving! With events such as the marathon, Santa Clarita continues to be a model for a healthful, active lifestyle. For more information about Santa Clarita Marathon events, volunteer opportunities or course details, please contact Arts and Events at 661-250-3787 or visit www.scmarathon.org.   

Councilmember Laurene Weste can be reached at lweste@santa-clarita.com.

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