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Mayor Bob Foster City of Long Beach
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Table Of COnTenTs Page 2 • Long Beach International City Bank Marathon Sponsors Page 4 • The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon Runs On Page 6-9 • Race Weekend Schedule • Buono’s Pizzeria Mamma Mia Carbo-Load Dinner • 2013 Start-Finish Line Map • Race Overview • Directions/Parking • Aquarium Of The Pacific 1-Mile Kid’s Fun Run Map Page 10-11 • Resident, Spectator Information • Street Closures/Reopening Times • Living Room Ministries Kimbilio Hospice • Miller Children’s Hospital Sponsor 5K Pages 12-13 • Marathon Course Map
Page 14 • Health & Fitness Expo List Of Vendors And Vendor Map, Long Beach Convention Center Hall C Page 16 • Beach Bum Club Members ‘Live Life Unfiltered’ With New Sponsor Shock Top Belgian White Ale • CLIF Bar & Company Helps Long Beach Marathoners Keep Pace • BNSF Railway Sending Nearly 60 Employees To Long Beach International City Bank Marathon Page 18 • A-Capella Group Of Blind Runners Are ‘Out Of Sight’ • Cal State Long Beach Spirit Squad Cheers For Marathon Runners • Marathon Bench Dedications Page 20 • Mainfreight USA In Carson Sponsors 77 Employees Running In Marathon Events Page 21 • Miss Long Beach To Run With Army Brother
Page 22 Live Rejuventated! Runner Profiles • ‘Testing Your Personal Limits’ • Familial Supports Helps Runners Gain Traction In Dealing With Depression • Running For A Cure: 14-Year-OId With Autism Finds Solace In Training For Marathon Page 24 • The 29th Long Beach International City Bank Marathon Proudly Supports These 29 Official Charities The Official Program Guide Of The 2013 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon is prepared by the Long Beach Business Journal 2599 E. 28th St., #212, Signal Hill, CA 90755 562/988-1222 • www.lbbusinessjournal.com The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon is produced by Run Racing www.runlongbeach.com Cover Photograph By Brightroom Photography
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International City Bank (ICB) was founded in 1984 as a full service banking institution serving the needs of the Long Beach community. Services offered include commercial lending, cash management, business deposit services and a full range of business banking products. As an independent community-based bank, ICB specializes in providing for the financial needs of middle-market companies. ICB is active in the origination of SBA loans and is a preferred SBA lender in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego Counties. For more information, visit www.icb.biz.
Official Automotive and Bike Tour Sponsor Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. To learn more please visit www.vw.com. media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews #VWTDI, #VWThinkBlue, #VW4Bikes.
5K Sponsor Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, part of the MemorialCare Health System, provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex – as well as maternity care for expectant mothers –all under one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but across the region. Miller Children’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California - treating more than 14,000 children each year - and has become a regional pediatric destination for more than 84,000 children. Visit MillerChildrens.org.
Kids Run Sponsor Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Explore its exhibits, and discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Be an ocean explorer for the day in the new Wonders of the Deep exhibit. Come face-to-face with, and even touch, the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon. Watch penguins play and hand feed lorikeet birds. An ocean of discovery awaits.
Official Energy Bar and Energy Gel As an athlete, sustaining your energy is critical. Clif Bar can help. Clif Bars are delicious, organic, and provide the energybalanced nutrition to keep you feeling and performing your best. With a perfect blend of simple and complex carbs, 23 vitamins and minerals, and NO preservatives – Clif Bar will help sustain you through the toughest athletic endeavor. Whether an hour at the gym or all day on course, Clif Bar will keep you energized and moving forward with confidence.
Official Coconut Water and Running Club Challenge Sponsor
With a free-standing children’s hospital, an acute care hospital, complete with the most advanced medical programs and a community hospital that prides itself in being a leader in the mental health arena, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, and Community Hospital Long Beach have been providing care for the entire family for more than a century. Long Beach Memorial has been recognized as one of the nation’s premiere medical centers, where families have access to a lifetime of care at a hospital campus with centers of excellence in cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences and rehabilitation. Miller Children’s provides a wide range of primary and specialty care for children of all ages, from newborns to young adults, as well as expectant mothers. Community Hospital Long Beach is filling the gap in mental health services in the community of Long Beach. Together the hospitals are providing comprehensive care for all the stages of your life.
Official Airline and Finish Line Sponsor
JetBlue Airways, the Official Airline of the 2013 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon, goes One More Mile with its award-winning customer service and 36 channels of free, live DIRECTV®. JetBlue is the largest airline at the new Long Beach Airport, offering up to 32 daily flights with nonstop service to 12 cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and seasonal service to Anchorage, Alaska. Choose JetBlue and enjoy comfy, leather seats with extra legroom and complimentary, unlimited snacks and drinks. To fly, call 1-800-JETBLUE or visit www.jetblue.com.
C2O Pure Coconut Water contains naturally occurring electrolytes including potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium to hydrate and rejuvenate. Our coconuts come from an especially fragrant and tasty variety that is unique to the inland soils of Thailand, yielding a more delightful sweeter/nuttier taste. C2O Pure Coconut Water is sold at natural and health foods stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com. To learn more, C2O-Cocowater.com and follow us on Twitter @C2Ococonutwater or on Facebook!
Official Pizza and Carbo Load Dinner If you love great Italian food, head to Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria – the Official Pizza of the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. Buono’s offers award-winning brick-oven baked pizza, pasta and other Italian specialties. Locations include 250 W. Ocean Blvd. and 401 W. Willow St. in Long Beach, as well as our flagship location at 1423 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. To order or to find a location, visit www.buonospizza.com.
Official Beer and Beer Garden Sponsor Michelob Ultra is an AmericanStyle Low Carbohydrate Light Lager. Light golden in color with subtle notes of citrus aroma and a clean, refreshing body and finish. Its 95 calories and 2.3 grams of carbs make it the perfect light beer for the active enthusiast. Live life to the Ultra.
Shock Top Belgian White Ale Beach Bum Club Sponsor Shock Top shakes up the traditional tastes by brewing a spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon and lime peels, and then added a little coriander spice to the mix. This uniquely-crafted and award-winning ale is unfiltered to create a brew that is naturally cloudy with a light golden color and a smooth, refreshing finish. For more information visit Shocktopbeer.com
Official Headquarters Hotel The newly renovated Hyatt Regency Long Beach, located at Rainbow Harbor, is adjacent to the Marathon Expo and within walking distance of the start & finish line. All guest rooms offer a water view and the outdoor pool and whirlpool are great spots to relax in before or after the race, along with a new fire pit offering a great place to enjoy a celebratory cocktail. Login to complimentary wireless Internet in the restaurant and lobby areas to check your race time! Enjoy being within walking distance to The Pike, Shoreline Village and the beach at the Renewed, Renovated, Reinvented Hyatt Regency Long Beach.
Community Partners The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port welcomes 4,000 vessels a year with all kinds of trade valued at $155 billion annually. A major economic engine for the region, the port supports hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs. The Port began its second century of service with a capital improvements program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, creating some of the world’s most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today, UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Visit www.UPS.com. BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, with about 32,500 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. In Southern California, BNSF operates several major rail facilities to efficiently move cargo through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and support the one million Californians who work in the logistics industry, a key driver of our economy. BNSF is committed to being a good neighbor to the communities in which it operates through employee involvement and corporate support for charitable and civic organizations. With approximately 36,000 students, California State University, Long Beach is recognized for its academic excellence by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review. The campus is noted for its extensive landscaping and trees, significant environmental sculpture and its unique skyline. Marathon participants will run past several of the university’s iconic buildings and aesthetic features including the Walter Pyramid, the Lyman Lough Fountain, The Carlson/Bloc Tower, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. To promote health and fitness on campus, the marathon course will also provide a glimpse of the new Student Recreation & Wellness Center.
The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official organization for convention and tourism marketing in Long Beach. The Visitors Bureau, dedicated to ensuring that visitors have the best possible experience in Long Beach, consistently wins major national awards for quality customer service. Conventions and tourism are major economic engines, with overnight visitors bringing more than $300 million to the local economy.
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The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon RUNs On ■ By SAMANTHA MEHLINGER Staff Writer hether you’re in it to win it, workW ing toward a healthier lifestyle, helping a cause or just having fun, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon has something for everyone. In its 29th year, the series of running, walking and bicycling events through some of the most scenic parts of the city promises to be just as popular as ever, with an anticipated 25,000 participants. The event shines a spotlight on Long Beach, attracting out-of-towners and drawing residents out of their homes for what International City Bank (ICB) Chairman Jane Netherton calls “a good, wholesome event.” Bob Seagren, CEO of RUN Racing, says that around 75,000 onlookers are expected to cheer on runners at nearly all points of the course. RUN Racing, an organization specializing in endurance, fitness and health events, plans and runs the marathon. Netherton blasts the starting airhorn at 6 a.m. on race day, October 13, beginning the 26.2-mile marathon with a bang. She wouldn’t miss it, she says – she has blasted the airhorn since ICB became the title sponsor 13 years ago. The 20-mile Volkswagen Think Blue Bike Tour starts concurrently with the marathon, followed by the half marathon at 7:30 a.m. and the Miller Children’s 5K Run/Walk an hour later. “I think it’s a great way to spend a Sunday,” Netherton says. Kids have a chance to use their sneakers the day before at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s mile-long Kids Fun Run. On Friday or Saturday before the big day, participants must visit the Health & Fitness EXPO at the Long Beach Convention Center to pick up their packets. It also allows runners to visit the several dozen vendors who have products for sale or information to share. The EXPO is also open to the public. Repeat runners may notice the course has shifted slightly, remaining on the bike path for the Belmont Shore stretch rather than weaving around the front of the Belmont Plaza Pool, which is being reconstructed. The bike tour, which now runs in the opposite direction of the marathon, has been reduced by 6.2 miles. The 6 a.m. start time is new as well. “We’ve had a lot of marathoners request that they would like to get an earlier start than 7 a.m.,” explains Seagren. As always, a festival waits at the finish line on Shoreline Drive. Those who like to run for a cause have ample opportunity at the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. Twenty-nine organizations that support varying causes are part of the marathon’s charity program, including local and national non-profits like the Long Beach Rescue Mission and the YMCA. Since 2005, RUN Racing’s annual event has raised “well over $4 million” for charities, according to Seagren. Charity fundraising is one of the reasons ICB is so proud to sponsor the event – and the visibility for the bank doesn’t hurt, either, Netherton remarks. “I have had people come to me and say ‘We would really like to talk about doing some business with you
RUN Racing CEO Bob Seagren is pictured at the company headquarters in Los Alamitos. Below Seagren and Jane Netherton, at left, welcome men’s Marathon winner Dirian Lenin Bonilla Castro (2:36:16) as he crosses the finish line. Netherton is chairman of International City Bank, title sponsor of the Long Beach Marathon for the past 13 years. Next year, the event celebrates its 30th Anniversary. (Photographs by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville (top); and the Grunion Gazette.)
– it’s really great that you do a lot in the community, and the marathon sponsorship is wonderful,’” she says. Netherton doesn’t participate in the sports aspect of the event – “I don’t even run to the mailbox to catch the mailman” – but, after watching for so many years, she finds herself inspired by the participants. One year, she witnessed a man fall just a couple hundred yards from the marathon finish line. Rather than passing him, two runners stopped and carried his weight on their shoulders to help him complete the run. “It wasn’t about their time,” Netherton recalls. “It was sportsmanship. That said something to me.” Since RUN Racing and Seagren took over the event in 2001, it has more than
quadrupled in attendance – from 4,500 participants then to about 25,000 today. “I knew as long as Bob Seagren was at the helm of this that it would be a class operation, it would be run with integrity and it would be the best it could,” Netherton says of his management. The thousands of visitors coming to Long Beach to participate in or watch the events, along with their families or friends, stay at local hotels. That amounts to more bed tax dollars for the city, Netherton points out. “It’s a great source of revenue, not just for the city, but for the businesses within the city,” she says. Restaurants are one type of business that benefit greatly, she notes – just think of all those hungry athletes. “We know that we’re filling [hotels in] Seal
Beach, Long Beach and certainly past the airport,” Seagren says. He estimates between 8 percent and 12 percent of participants come from outside a two-hour travel radius. The overall economic impact of the events to the City of Long Beach was estimated by RUN Racing at about $12.5 million in 2010, and about $24 million for the region the same year. “We have gotten bigger since then, so we know that number has increased,” Seagren says. As the 30th anniversary of the marathon approaches next year, Seagren is hoping for even more growth. “Our biggest year was 2009, which was our 25th anniversary, so we’re excited about next year being our 30th,” he says. “We’re anticipating record numbers.” ■
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Buono’s Pizzeria Mamma Mia Carbo-Load Dinner Feast October 12
Race Weekend Schedule Friday, October 11, 2013 Noon-7 p.m. . . . . . . . . . .Health & Fitness Expo, Hall C, Long Beach Convention Center
Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aquarium of the Pacific 1 Mile Kids Run Packet Pickup
Buono’s – the Official Pizza of the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon is again offering its “All You Can Eat” Mamma Mia Carbo-Load Dinner Feast!
Saturday October 12th
9:00 a.m.-Noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aquarium of the Pacific 1 Mile Kids Run Wave Starts 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (two seatings) 9 a.m.-6 p.m. . . . . . . . . .Health & Fitness Expo, Hall C, Long Beach Convention Center
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• Garden Salad & Assortment of Breads • Assortment or Traditional & Gourmet Pizza Appetizers • Farfalle Alredo with Chicken & Broccoli • Penna Arrabbiata with Mushroom • Baked Rigatoni Al Forno • Ziti with Sundried Tomato & Mushroom • Unlimited Soft Drinks, Iced Tea & Lemonade
6:00 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .VW Think Blue Bike Tour Start
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5:00-7:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Buono’s Carbo Load Dinner Feast
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Buono’s is located at 250 West Ocean Blvd. It’s
6:00 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marathon Start walking distance from the Hyatt Regency and other downtown hotels. 4 hrs. free validated parking.
7:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Half Marathon Start 15% gratuity will be added to your bill. 8:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach 5K Run/Walk Start Call 562-432-2211 for reservations!
Long Beach resident Amanda Carreiro will sing the national anthem at the 2013 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. She has been singing since she was 5 years old. (Photograph courtesy of RUN Racing)
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Packet Pick-up With the exception of those who purchased the VIP Packet Pick-Up, participants must attend the Health & Fitness Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 11th or 12th to pick up their bib, shirt and goodie bag. Bring valid photo ID. There is absolutely no race-day pick up.
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Start Line The start line is located on East Shoreline Drive at Shoreline Village Drive. All runners are required to follow standard race etiquette and position themselves at the start according to expected race pace. The fastest runners should go to the front, followed by progressively slower-paced runners. If you are running with a stroller, please make sure you start in the back of the group. There will be port-apotties located in Marina Green and in Rainbow Lagoon Park adjacent to the starting line. Your time starts when you cross the starting line mat, NOT when the gun goes off.
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Wheelchair Full Marathon participants will start at 5:55am The Full Marathon and VW Think Blue Bike Tour start at 6:00 am. The Half Marathon starts in waves at 7:30 am. Waves will go off every 5 minutes. Your wave is based on your estimated finishing time. Color coded Signs will be posted along the side of the road as a guide for where you should line up. There will also be pacers with signs to identify what time they will be finishing the race in. If, for instance, you expect to finish in approximately three hours and you are standing in front of the 2:30 pacer, you need to move back. Slower runners line up in the BACK of the start line but due to chip timing, their official finish time is not affected since the clock does not start until you cross the start line. Lining up in the proper area will improve not only your own race experience but that of the runners behind you so please be considerate of the thousands of other runners and line up in the area that matches your expected finish time. Our number one challenge over the years has been the overcrowding at the start line and on the beach path for our largest event, the Half Marathon. This is why we have implementing separate start times for the Full and the Half Marathon this year. Our Full Marathon will start at 6:00AM which then requires the Bike Tour start line to move. This then required our VW Think Blue Bike Tour course to be modified and changed to 20 miles. This modification allowed us to address some past safety concerns in the early stages of the bike tour. We believe this change will allow us to deliver an improved event experience for cyclists and runners.
The race time limit is 7.5 hours for all events. Please note that the course will have a rolling reopening that will be strictly enforced by the Long Beach Police Department. If participants have not reached these points by the re-opening times, they will be instructed by police officers to obey all traffic laws and continue the route on their own. Reopening times are as listed on Page 11.
There will be RUN Racing pacers in the Half Marathon for the following finish times: 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20 and 2:30.
Memorial Medical Aid Stations
Family Reunion There is no Official Family Reunion area. It is recommended that you discuss a reunion plan with your family and friends prior to the race. Refer to the Start Finish Line Map to scout possible meeting locations.
CLIF BAR Marathon Pace Team The CLIF BAR Pace Team will be returning as this year’s Official Pace Team for the Full Marathon. Pace leaders will run even splits (every mile will be run in the same amount of time) throughout the race, and by following your Pace Team leader, you’ll cross the finish line under your goal time by two minutes or less. The pace team is free for all registered participants. Pace Teams will be provided for the following Marathon finish times: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30. Meet Your Pacer at the Expo – You can meet your Pace Team leader before the race at the marathon expo. Pace Leaders will also be handing out free Pace Bands. Where to Meet on Race Day – On race morning you’ll see them lined up according to their pace and holding signs with their finish times. Just fall-in with your group.
Around 200 medical personnel from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center will be available with seven medical stations located along the marathon course at miles 6.5, 9, 12/14/23, 15/21.5, 16/20, 18.5, 24/11, as well as at the finish line. Staff providing medical care will wear red shirts. If you need to drop out of the race for any reason, please report to the nearest water station or medical station on the course and inform them that you will not be completing the race. There will be vans to pick up “downed” runners and take them to the nearest station for treatment and/or transportation.
Water Stations There will be 18 water stations on-course setup approximately every mile to mile and a half beginning at Mile 2 and at the following mile locations: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.5, 7.5, 9, 10, 11/23, 13, 14/22, 15/21, 16/20, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25.
On-Course Electrolyte Stations PowerAde will be the electrolyte drink and will be available at miles 4, 6.5, 9, 11/23, 14/22, 16/20, 18, 24. (Please Continue To Next Page)
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C2O Finish Line Hydration And Race Recovery Drink C2O Coconut Water will be given to every athlete at the Finish Line. C2O Coconut Water has naturally occurring electrolytes inpotassium, cluding sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium to hydrate and rejuvenate. Their coconuts come from an especially fragrant and tasty variety that is unique to the inland soils of Thailand, yielding a more delightful sweeter/nuttier taste. 100% natural, C2O is fat free, gluten free, and contains zero artificial sweeteners and preservatives and is never from concentrate! Make sure and get your C2O once you finish!
CLIF SHOT Energy Stations CLIF SHOT Energy Gel is an easily-digested source of carbohydrates and electrolytes for performance athletes during activity. It is the only energy gel made with 85-90% organic ingredients giving athletes essential nutrition for performance. CLIF SHOT will be available in 4 different flavors: Razz, Vanilla, Citrus, and Mocha. Look for CLIF SHOT Energy Gel at miles 10, and 16/20.
Kool ‘N Fit Spray Station KOOL ‘N FIT Sport Muscle Conditioning Spray will be available at two locations: at Mile 9 on the Full and Half Marathon Course; and Mile 16/20 on the Full Marathon course, where participants are likely to approach “the wall.” Also, you can get sprayed following the race at the Athlete Recovery Zone in the Running Club Village.
UPS Athlete Gear Check UPS is the logistics partner of the Marathon and will be operating the Athlete Gear Check for all participants. Look for the UPS trucks in the North side of the festival area on Marina Green on race day. We do not recommend that you store any valuables. Way to Go Brown!
VW Bike Valet Bike Tour participants can check their Bike at the VW Bike Valet on Shoreline Drive and Linden Ave. Use the Bike Valet tab located on the bib to store each bike and then enjoy the Finish Line Festival.
Performance Bike Mechanic Area Performance Bike’s will have staff and supplies available to help with last minute easy fixes and air for your bike prior to the start of the VW Think Blue Bike Tour. They will be located directly adjacent to the VW Bike Valet and 3 locations on the course.
Secure Finish Line Area Full and half marathoners will finish in the east-bound lanes of Shoreline Drive just before Linden Avenue. Cyclists will finish in the west-bound lanes located just before Linden Avenue. After crossing the finish line, you will enter the secure runner’s area and receive your medal. As you continue through the secure area, you will be able to take your Official Finisher Photography courtesy of Marathon Foto. Then you will continue to the Athlete Post Event Food area, which will be stocked with water, fruit, and other treats. Once you exit this area you will not be allowed to return.
Official Photography And Video MarathonFoto is the Official Race Photographer and Videographer. Please wear your Race Bib on the front so it can be seen and photographed. MarathonFoto will have around 50 photographers out on course and at the Finish Line. They will also be capturing video of participants crossing the Finish Line. MarathonFoto will be sending you all your photos and video for viewing within a few days of the event.
Race Results Race results will be posted at the Race Results tent at the Finish Line Festival once they are available and will be posted at www.RunLongBeach.com on race day. Full and Half Marathon participants, be sure and check out the RunPix Graphical Results presented by VW.
Shock Top Beach Bum Club Run the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon or Half Marathon 3 years in a row and become a member of the Shock Top Beach Bum Club! Those who ran Long Beach full or half in 2011, 2012, and 2013 will automatically become a member. There will be a Shock Top Beach Bum Club members only area at registration where you can pick up your shirt. Also, be sure to visit the Shock Top Beach Bum Club VIP area at the finish line (adjacent to the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden) on race day to claim your two free beers (21 and over only of course) and other perks! There will be a Shock Top Beach Bum Club logo on your bib if you are a club member.
Beach Cities Challenge Conquer the Beach Cities Challenge by completing any combination of full or half marathons at the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, Surf City Marathon, and the OC Marathon. Run all three in a row and receive the fabulous Beach Cities Challenge medal! Those finishing the series in Long Beach can pick up their Beach Cities Challenge Medal after they finish at the Beach Cities Challenge Booth located in the Finish Line Festival.
Chip Timing The B-Tag timing system will be used for all events, excluding the Bike Tour. The system provides overall finishing time and six oncourse points at miles 5K, 10K, 13.1, 20 and 24/11, 25/12. The B-Tag is connected to the Bib. You do not need to do anything other than wear your bib on the front of your shirt in order for it to work.
Information Tent If you have any questions, please visit the Information Tent located on the northwest corner of Shoreline Drive and Linden Avenue.
Directions And Parking Public Transportation Go Metro! Forget having to drive and park. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach to within a few blocks of the Start and Finish Line. Go to www.metro.net for more details.
Road Closures All roads used by the course are closed at 5 a.m. on Race Day and reopened gradually throughout the day. This includes Shoreline Drive at the end of the 710 Freeway.
Directions Remember that Shoreline Drive is closed as of 5 a.m. Most vehicles coming to Long Beach travel down the 710 and exit at Broadway. Being the most traveled route, it will be very congested! Please consider using alternative routes on race day! The most convenient Expo and Race Day parking is in the Long Beach Convention Center/Arena/Terrance Theater parking lots. For the Expo, enter off of Shoreline Drive at Linden Ave. There is an $10 PER DAY charge for parking. Many other parking lots will be open on race morning.
From Los Angeles: Take the San Diego Freeway (405) South to Long Beach Freeway (710) toward Long Beach. Exit at Downtown/Broadway. Take Broadway to Pine Avenue; turn right on Pine, cross over Ocean Blvd, to Seaside Way. Turn left on Seaside Way and the
Children receive last minute instructions before last year’s One Mile Kids Run sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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Plan To Arrive Early! Plan to arrive at least 1 to 2 hours early! With several thousand participants arriving over a two-hour period, traffic in to Long Beach is significant. It can take up to an hour to get from the Freeway exit to a parking facility.
Last year’s women’s marathon winner was Hilary Corno with a time of 2:55:35. (Photograph byBrightroom Photography)
Convention Center parking will be on the right. Alternative Route: Take Broadway exit and go straight past Pine Avenue and then turn right on Linden. Turn left on Seaside Way and enter Convention Center parking.
The most convenient Expo and Race Day parking is in the Convention Center/Arena/Terrace Theater parking lots. There is a $10 charge for parking. These lots are located directly adjacent to the Start and Finish Line of the event. The following City parking lots will also be open and staffed on Race Day. The fee varies with location of the lots. For your convenience, pre-paid parking is $10 and is available online at www.thepermitstore.com/lb/event: • World Trade Center (enter off Broadway) • Civic Center Garage (enter off Broadway just past Chestnut) • Lots on Broadway between Long Beach Blvd and Elm • Lots on Long Beach Blvd between Broadway and 1st Street • Garage on Pacific between 1st Street and Broadway
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From Orange County And San Diego: Take the San Diego Freeway (405) North to the Long Beach Freeway (710) toward Long Beach. Take Broadway to Pine Avenue; turn right on Pine, cross over Ocean Blvd, to Seaside Way. Turn left on Seaside Way. Long Beach Arena parking will be on the right. Alternative Route: Take the San Diego Freeway (405) North to Atlantic Ave. or Long Beach Blvd. Go south to downtown until Ocean Blvd. Take Ocean Blvd. to Linden (right from Atlantic or left from Long Beach Blvd). Take Linden South to Seaside Way and turn left to enter the Long Beach Arena parking lot.
Visitors staying at the Queen Mary, Hotel Maya and Residence Inn on the Queensway Bay must take the AquaLink shuttle from the Queen Mary dock to Rainbow Harbor and the race start line. Service is free and runs from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., race day.
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Living Room Ministries’ Kimbilio Hospice: ‘A Place To Run To . . . Worth Running For’ McGowan, Dennis Boit’s father and the executive director and co-founder of Living A team of runners repRoom Ministries, said. resenting Living Room Many parents who Ministries International AIDS will abanhave is participating in the don their children beLong Beach Internafore the disease City Bank tional overtakes them, he Marathon this year in “Oftentimes the said. honor of the 50 people children are in severe Living Room’s Kimbilio . . . When malnutrition. Hospice in Kenya has we have orphans who served, and to rally supcome to us, after we port for the 1st annual get them strong again, Hospice Kimbilio we help find families Marathon on October 13. for them to live with, Living Room Minor orphanages, and istries is a philanthropic continue their suporganization focused on port.” serving adults and chilIn honor of World dren living with lifeHospice Day and to threatening illnesses in raise awareness of LivKenya. A team of 30 fulling Room’s Kimbilio time staff members proJuli McGowan Boit, international director of Living Room Ministries, sits with a fully recovered pavides pain management, tient, Flovia, at the charity’s Kimbilio Hospice in Kenya. (Photograph by Living Room Ministries). Hospice, the organization is hosting the 1st symptom management, Annual Kimbilio Hospice Marathon on October 13, in Kenya. psychological and spiritual support, nutritional care, physical therThe word “Kimbilio” in Kiswahili literally translates to “a place apy and bereavement support for families – all free of charge. to run to.” Thus, the theme of this marathon is “A Place to Run to Juli McGowan Boit, international director of Living Room . . . Worth Running For.” The race begins and ends on the Living Ministries, worked as a nurse practitioner at Cedar Sinai in AIDS Room grounds. and oncology services until she moved to Kenya, where she has “Marathons in Kenya are huge,” McGowan said. “Our hospice been working as a nurse full time since 2004. In 2009, Boit addressed the rising needs for care by starting a hospice palliative is built in the brush where Kenyans have trained. . . . What’s incare facility. With the blessing of similar organizations, Living teresting over there is they are expecting the [Kimbilio Hospice Marathon] race to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. They only allot three Room Ministries was born. Living Room’s Kimbilio Hospice property spans 16 acres and hours to run a marathon.” The organization hopes to raise $100,000 from its participation includes a home with 24 beds – eight for women, eight for men and eight for children. The organization also has a base of 400 in the marathon and will have runners participate in other people using its outpatient services and cares for orphans and at- marathons across California. To learn more about the people the risk children. Living Room Ministries’ team is running for, visit www.livin“We take in a lot of children who have been abandoned,” groominternational.org/category/blog/. ■ ■ By TIFFANY L. RIDER Assistant Editor
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Sponsoring 5K were sold for $1,000 each, according to John Parks, executive vice president of RUN Racing. The names of the donors are printed on the markers. For those who wanted to donate smaller amounts, donations The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon is helping children breathe easier this year, with Miller Children’s Hospital of $10 were accepted to buy smaller name placement on the Long Beach as the 5K Run/Walk’s new named sponsor. Funds 5K mile markers, Parks said. Miller Children’s receives all raised benefit patients of the hospital’s Pulmonary and Cystic Fi- mile marker proceeds, he added. The deadline for both of these options has passed. brosis Center. As part of the marathon’s charity program, Miller Children’s hosThe event is an opportunity to highlight the center, according to Brett Beck, major gifts director of the Memorial Medical Founda- pital also receives 100 percent of donations raised by runners partion. “For us, it’s great exposure as far as the awareness of pul- ticipating in its name, said Bob Seagren, CEO of RUN Racing. Donations are likely to fund research, Beck said, adding that monary disease and what pediatric patients deal with – what we Nussbaum has an “insatiable need” to help patients live longer all take for granted, which is breathing every day,” he said. Part of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Chil- and healthier. Research may focus on why cystic fibrosis patients dren’s pulmonary center offers specialized care for children with are living longer now than they were decades ago, he explained. To help participants understand what they are running for, respiratory-related issues such as asthma, allergies, pneumonia, Miller Children’s featured four of its and chronic lung disease. Three hundred patients in e-mails to runners and on of the center’s patients have cystic fibroMiller Children's Mile Marker Donor List the event’s website. These patients and sis, a genetic disorder that causes freMile Marker 1 their families are handing out medals quent lung infections and difficulty PILATES PLUS LONG BEACH Mile Marker 3 at the finish line. breathing. The center is headed by MedVisiting Angels Senior Homecare The hospital and RUN Racing have an ical Director Eliezer Nussbaum, M.D., Mile Marker 13 existing relationship – Long Beach Mewho kicks off the 5K on October 13 with Higholt Family “Live, laugh and LOVE” morial Medical Center has been the a brief speech. Mile Marker 19 marathon’s healthcare provider for the The event helps raise funds for the Dr. Robert Cleveland “Eternally Inspiring!” past nine years, Beck said. He said it was hospital in a few ways. Some of the Mile Marker 26 due to that relationship that RUN Racing largest donations came in the form of Terry/Lynice Rabun “YOU DID IT!” offered them the named sponsorship. ■ marathon mile markers, five of which ■ By SAMANTHA MEHLINGER Staff Writer
Resident, Spectator Information Please note that the marathon operates as an out-and-back course so streets will be reopened for traffic as the last athletes pass an area. Please also note that these are approximate times of street re-openings; times may vary. Police officers will be at every major intersection to allow cars to cross the marathon course once there is a break in the race. Please allow extra time for travel because of the street closures and traffic delays. The marathon course has a “rolling” re-opening. Long Beach police officers will reopen streets as the event goes on and participants have moved past a certain area. FREE PARKING FOR BELMONT SHORE RESIDENTS is available in the beach parking lots along Ocean. Park for free Saturday night through Sunday. Residents can exit the lots on Sunday at GRANADA ONLY and be escorted across the race course by police. Be one of 100,000 spectators who will be a part of the 29th Long Beach International City Bank Marathon on Sunday, October 13th! If you are not a registered participant or one of the 2,000 volunteers, there is another way to show your support . . . SPECTATE. Your support provides encouragement and excitement for everyone. Every wave, cheer and smile given to a participant reinforces the collaboration of this Long Beach community supported event.
Course Closure Information
Belmont Shore, Peninsula And Naples Areas Egress: Take 2nd Street east and proceed over the 2nd Street Bridge. Continue to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The freeway can be accessed using 2nd Street to Studebaker. Egress For residents who are on the Peninsula: You may exit your area by proceeding west on Ocean Boulevard to 54th Street. From there you will go to Bayshore Avenue and proceed to 2nd Street, where you will be able to use the above directions to proceed out of the area. Ingress: To re-enter the Belmont Shore, Naples and Peninsula areas: Take the 605 freeway to the 7th Street exit. Proceed west on 7th Street to Studebaker Road. Turn left on Studebaker and right on 2nd Street. Follow 2nd Street into the Naples/Belmont Shore area. From Orange County, take 405 North exit Seal Beach Boulevard Take Seal Beach Boulevard to Westminster Avenue which turns into 2nd Street. For people who live on the Peninsula, you may re-access that area by turning left onto Bayshore Avenue and left again on Ocean Boulevard. Let’s show people what Long Beach is all about! For more information, visit the Get Involved tab at www.runlongbeach.com or e-mail us at email@example.com
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Ocean Blvd. Between Alamitos And Termino Egress: Take Ocean Boulevard east (one lane will be open for vehicular traffic) and proceed to Granada Avenue. There will be a police officer at this location to direct you left onto Granada Avenue. Take Granada Avenue to 2nd Street. Take 2nd Street east and proceed over the 2nd Street Bridge. Continue to Pacific Coast Highway. The freeway can be accessed using 2nd Street to Studebaker Road. Ingress: For those wishing to return to the area, it is highly recommended that you utilize the 710 freeway and exit either Anaheim Street or Broadway and use surface streets to get as close to your desired location as possible. Please park on or near 1st Street as vehicular traffic will be prohibited to re-enter the area until streets reopen in the afternoon.
Get Involved • Get involved and support your community! Volunteers are the heart and soul of event weekend.
• Can’t volunteer but want to make a difference? CHEER! These runners have trained over months to reach their goal and any encouragement you offer them will mean SO much!
• Support a charity! We have 29 charities benefitting from our race! Make sure to check out the Charities on the Get Involved tab at http://wwww.runlongbeach.com. ■
Street Closures And Approximate Opening Times Re-Opening Time
Streets In Use
Shoreline Dr Shoreline Dr Pine Ave Queensway Bridge Ocean Blvd Livingston Dr Nieto Ave Appian Way Park Ave 6th Street
Both Both Both NB WB Both Both Both Both Both
710 Freeway Ocean Blvd Seaside Way 710 Freeway 54th Street Broadway Braodway Park Ave Appian Way Monrovia Ave
Shoreline Village Dr Shoreline Village Dr Shoreline Dr Ocean Blvd Livingston Termino Ave Appian Way Nieto Ave Anaheim Park Ave
10:00 AM 5:00 PM 10:00 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 AM 2:15 PM 2:00 PM 1:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:00 PM
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Monrovia Ave 4th Street Orlena Ave Colorado Marine Stadium Palo Verde Atherton Atherton Clark Anaheim Ocean Blvd
Both Both Both Both Both SB WB Both NB Both Both
4th Street Orlena Ave 4th Street Appian Way Bayshore Anaheim Bellflower Blvd Palo Verde Anaheim Clark Alamitos
6th Street Monrovia Ave Colorado Street Orlena Ave Nieto Ave Atherton Clark Bellflower Blvd Atherton PCH Livingston
12:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM 11:45 PM 12:30 PM 1:30 PM 1:45 PM 1:45 PM 2:15 PM 3:00 PM
THE DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH ASSOCIATES PRESENTS
Belmont Heights Egress: Livingston Drive will be closed in both directions. You may utilize Broadway, 3rd Street or 7th Street (westbound only). You may utilize Ximeno or Termino avenues to head north toward alternative freeway routes or towards the 710 freeway. It is recommended that if you are not planning to attend marathon day events or you have no plans to be in the downtown area, to avoid the 710 freeway and use either 405 or 605 access routes. Ingress: If returning to the area, you may take the 405 freeway and exit Lakewood Boulevard. From there, utilize surface streets to return to the area. You may use the Traffic Circle; however, access on to Pacific Coast Highway will be closed at Clark Avenue. You may also use the 710 freeway and exit either Broadway or Anaheim Street and proceed east to your desired location.
Northeast Long Beach West of Studebaker, North of Anaheim, East of Clark Egress: The best ways to leave these areas is via freeway access. It is recommended that the 405 freeway be utilized. You may access the 405 freeway at Bellflower and Willow, Palo Verde and Stearns and on Studebaker just north of Atherton. Ingress: You may utilize the same freeway access to return to the area. You may also utilize the exit on Studebaker from the 405.
Atherton Between Clark and Palo Verde
Egress: Both sides of Atherton Street will be closed to traffic between Clark to Palo Verde Avenue except for the east bound lane of Atherton Street, which will remain open to residents. Residents may leave the area by turning right on Bellflower Boulevard and proceeding to 7th Street where they may turn east to reach freeway access. Ingress: To return to the area, take the Bellflower Boulevard exit off the 405 freeway. Residents returning to the area will need to park in the neighborhoods north of Atherton Street until the streets reopen at approximately 1:15 pm.
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FREE PARKING FOR BELMONT SHORE RESIDENTS is available in the beach parking lots along Ocean Boulevard. You may park for free Saturday night through Sunday. Residents can exit the lots on Sunday at GRANADA ONLY and be escorted across the race course by police.
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Beach Bum Club Members ‘Live Life Unfiltered’ With New Sponsor Shock Top ■ By TIFFANY L. RIDER Assistant Editor Certain VIP runners of the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon who are of drinking age have the benefit of cooling off after the race with a shockingly scrumptious beer (or two). Shock Top, the brand of unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with orange and coriander, signed a three-year contract with race officials as a product sponsor with the marathon, a deal that includes name sponsorship of the Beach Bum Club. Race participants must run either the full or half marathon in Long Beach for three years in a row to become a Beach Bum Club member, and membership benefits offer a VIP experience including multiple free samples of Shock Top flavors.
Originally a seasonal beer released by Anheuser-Busch’s Michelob Brewing Company in St. Louis, the popularity and sales of Shock Top were so great that, according to Anheuser-Busch Marketing Services Manager Matt Duncan, “We turned it into a full-time beer. Now it’s available year round, and we have several extensions of the brand.” In addition to the original Shock Top Bel-
gian White, the brand family includes Shock Top Raspberry Wheat, Shock Top Lemon Shandy and Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat. Seasonal brews include Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, which is in stores during autumn and last year’s Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat beer flavored with chocolate and red pepper. This winter’s seasonal is another chocolate beer, brewed with spices and vanilla beans.
“Shock Top is a good fit with the Beach Bum Club [members]. They may have been part of this club for years, or it may be their first time in the club. . . . To participate, they have to be on that edge of living their life unfiltered, which is the beer brand’s slogan,” according to Duncan. He said the imagery of the brand’s logo – an orange slice with a Mohawk and wearing sunglasses – is a good fit for the marathon and Beach Bum Club runners. “We continually strive to make the event better for participants,” RUN Racing CEO Bob Seagren said. “Shock Top’s involvement really helps to provide a VIP experience for our loyal Long Beach runners. We’re extremely excited to have them involved for the benefit of the participants.” ■
CLIF Bar & Company Helps Long Beach Marathoners Keep Pace ■ By ANNA MAVROMATI Contibuting Writer CLIF Bar & Company’s athletic interests shine at this year’s Long Beach International City Bank Marathon through the company’s products and its employee base of “foodies and athletes,” according to CLIF SHOT Brand Manager Chris Randall. CLIF Bar, the official bar, gel and chew of the marathon, has been a marathon partner for seven years. The company develops products for the health-conscious, Randall said, using all organic ingredients in its products, free of pesticides, trans fats, hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. CLIF Bar is also the company behind Luna Bars, marketed mainly to women, and Z Bars for children. The products avoid the high amounts of sugar and caffeine that can cause an exhausting “crash” effect in consumers. “We make delicious, nutritious food and drinks in a way that is good for people and the planet,” Randall said. In concert with its products, CLIF Bar sends its Pace Team to various marathons across the country. The CLIF Bar Pace
CLIF Bar Pace Runners are identifiable by their bouquet of balloons. (Photograph by Clif Bar)
Team consists of volunteer runners and team leaders. Pace Team leaders are runners from around the nation, including a runner who ran with the Olympic torch on its way to Atlanta in 1996, the executive race director of the Pro Football Hall of
Fame Marathon and other veteran marathon runners. These Pace Team leaders help “set the pace” for the rest of its team of participants at the marathon, according to the CLIF Bar company website, which describes them as
“part coach, part friend and part mentor (at least for several hours!).” Pace Team leaders offer advice and support to other runners during the marathon. Because they are capable of finishing the event 15-30 minutes faster than most other participants, they have more time to spend assisting their running team. Randall said that CLIF Bar promotes the health of its company employees by offering a wellness program, a fitness center with personal training, nutritional counseling, a health fair and a sabbatical program to its employees. “CLIF Bar and Company also creates a workplace that supports and encourages employees to pursue their passions,” Randall said. He also noted that CLIF Bar is interested in continuing its involvement in various community events and promoting health worldwide. “CLIF Bar & Company’s vision has always been bigger than the bar,” Randall said. “Community support is an integral part of our business model and since CLIF Bar’s inception we have been committed to helping build healthy, sustainable communities locally and globally.” ■
BNSF Railway Sending Nearly 60 Employees To Long Beach International City Bank Marathon ■ By ANNA MAVROMATI Contributing Writer Although the BNSF Railway Company specializes in train transportation, many of its employees have been practicing traveling by foot lately as they prepare for the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. BNSF, which has employees participating in the marathon for the third year in a row, has registered nearly 60 runners this year. Most of them are employees. “Our involvement grows every year as we have more and more employees who want to participate in the event,” Lena Kent, director of marketing for BSNF, said. “It started out with a just a few employees and their families. Now we have so many employees and family members who want to participate that this year all the slots filled up really fast with just employees.” Thirty employees were fully sponsored by BNSF. Seven additional employees, nineteen family members of employees and two service partners are also participating. Kent said that the company received several more late requests that had to be turned down. The marathon is not only the company’s way of supporting the community in Long Beach, Kent said, but that it also encourages its employees to stay fit and healthy.
BNSF has made several efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle for its employees, Kent said. The company has an internal website that employees can use as a resource to learn about healthy eating, exercise tips and to read peer testimonials from other employees about how changing to a healthier lifestyle has made their lives better. The company also hosts “Wellness Challenges” for its employees, in a program that focuses on improving their nutrition, fitness and weight management, Kent said. At select locations in the field around the country and at BNSF’s corporate headquarters in Texas, the company provides onsite blood pressure units for employees to use as well. “Safety is part of our daily job,” Kent said. “Why shouldn’t we treat our health the same way?” BNSF is the product of about 400 different railroad lines that were acquired over the course of 160 years. The company’s California division engineer, Adam Richardson, was himself an avid runner, Kent said. Richardson, who works in Southern California overseeing BNSF’s track maintenance, first began the company’s involvement in the Long Beach Marathon by submitting and receiving sponsorships. “This [the marathon] is a great way for us to support the community, a worthwhile event as well as a way to support our employees in promoting a healthy lifestyle,” Kent said. ■
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A-Capella Group Of Blind Runners Are ‘Out Of Sight’ the runners have no concerns about running the marathon. After having to get by in urban areas blind on a daily basis, Del Rio said the team is confident about participating in the marathon. Mark Pritchard said he decided about a year ago that “It’s no different from what we’ve faced in life,” Del he wanted to take control of his life again. Retina stigRio said. “In other words, we’re running a marathon mata was causing him to lose his vision considerably, every day of our lives but for us it’s like a piece of cake. he was relying on around $900 a month from Social . . . We’re going to do this and we want to look bad and Security to make his living and he weighed 380 pounds tough, so people say, ‘Look at those blind guys. due to what he calls a “poor diet” and depression. They’re actually doing this.’” Over the course of the past year, Pritchard has lost Out of Sight’s members consist of Del Rio, a personal about 120 pounds and has since become the manager trainer, Robbert Smith, whom Del Rio calls their “spirof a blind a-cappella singing group, Out of Sight, itual leader,” Pritchard and Otis Albert, who is an eightwhich is running the 5K at the Long Beach Internatime world bodybuilding champion for the disabled. tional City Bank Marathon this year, in addition to Del Rio said the group’s musical style is heavy on singing the national anthem for the event. the doo-wop and 1950s-style music, but they also perAnd Pritchard says that this event is only the beginform anything from spiritual to pop songs. He noted ning of the group’s journey. “This year we have five [runners], maybe next year we’ll have 10.” Out Of Sight runners head down Seaside Way in preparation for the upcoming that he would like to see people become more encourNot only would Pritchard like to see more blind run- Long Beach International City Bank Maration. Pictured from left are: Robert Smith, aged by what groups like Out of Sight are doing, and ners participate in the marathon; he also has many ideas Eli DelRio, Rob Hartley, Otis Albert and Mark Pritchard. Not pictured is runner to interact more with physically disabled individuals. “Give yourself a chance to sit down and talk to somefor helping blind people achieve their goals. He said he Pete Benavidez. (Photograph by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville) body who’s a little different or disabled or challenged wants blind people to be recognized for all of which they or jogging alongside one another, synchronizing their moveare capable. And in managing Out of Sight, he wants to em- ments and training in the gym for endurance. Pritchard is because you’re going to learn something,” he said. “We power the singers and help them find more work that show- partially sighted, so he can help guide the group. Rob Hart- blind folk are the bravest people you’re going to run into.” Hartley said that the group would like to eventually perform cases their talents. Then, he said, he would like to move on ley, a fully sighted member of the civic organization The to help empower and inspire more blind people to follow Lions Club in Downtown Long Beach who is actively in- on major league baseball fields. The a-cappella group has altheir dreams. volved in promoting and helping the group, will also guide ready had professional performances in Las Vegas and various “I still think there’s unfortunately a great ignorance from them on the course. Blindness Support Services CEO Pete other venues over the years since they first formed in 1990. “All we need to do is have somebody show us where the today’s society,” Pritchard said. “I think still today a lot of Benevedez, who is completely blind, is not part of the adoor is, we’ll knock it down ourselves,” Del Rio said. society has a lot of beliefs that the blind can’t do things, cappella group but is running alongside them as well. but really, they can.” Although the entire group – other than Hartley – is “We’re treading water, but if people knew what Out of Out of Sight has been training for the 5K run by walking fully or mostly blind, Out of Sight leader Eli Del Rio said Sight was, we’d be swimming across the ocean.” ■ ■ By ANNA MAVROMATI Contributing Writer
Cal State Long Beach Spirit Squad Cheers For Marathon Runners ■ By ANNA MAVROMATI Contributing Writer Cheerleaders and dancers perform alongside the course of the Long Beach Marathon, encouraging the runners passing through California State University, Long Beach. Rey Lozano, the university’s cheer and dance coach, said that, to her knowledge, the university’s Spirit Squad of cheerleaders and dancers has been performing for the marathon runners for as long as the marathon course has reached the campus. The university mascot, “Prospector Pete,” is making an appearance during the performance. Other student athletes, who show up the day of the marathon, often join the Spirit Squad to cheer on the runners, Lozano said. “It is important for the runners to be revitalized and encouraged to keep running, and the Spirit Squad helps them with this,” Lozano said. “Members of the Spirit Squad are considered main ambassadors for the univer-
sity and that is why it is fitting to have them at the university stop to support the runners.” Cheering at the event exposes members of the Spirit Squad to a broad audience and gives the performers the opportunity to showcase their skills for a different crowd, Lozano said. Lozano added that performing at citywide functions such as the marathon is one of the three main activities that
the Spirit Squad regularly participates in. They also compete in national competitions and cheer at various games to keep fans engaged and “pump up the crowd.” At an event like the marathon, Lozano said the Spirit Squad has the opportunity to publically represent the university – an aspect they keep in mind for all of their performances, she added – in addition to cheering on and supporting the marathon runners. “Since the marathon is considered to be one of the community promotions, it is the first time many people in the community are getting the chance to interact with the spirit teams, and even the university in general,” Lozano said. Lozano said that the marathon is also a special experience for the team because they can get feedback from and interact with the runners as they cheer. “The feedback from the runners is instant, as they wave, smile and say thank you when they get encouragement,” Lozano said. “The Long Beach Marathon is a highlight for the spirit team because of the immediate responses they get.” ■
Long Beach International City Bank Marathon Bench Dedications The Long Beach Marathon has annually, since 2002, recognized its top volunteer by dedicating a bench in their name at the Long Beach Aquatic Park. Pictured below are three of the former awardees: Nancy Buchanan, 2012; Don Chambers, 2005; and George Calderon, a double honoree in 2002 and 2004. Others recognized are: Gene Conner, 2006; the 26.2 Club, 2007; Hugh McHugh, 2008; Bill Fitzpatrick, 2009; Kathy Burns, 2010; and Gayle Brooks, 2011. The benches will eventually surround the Lions Lighthouse landmark at the Aquatic Park. (Photographs by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville)
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Mainfreight Sponsors 77 Employees Running Marathon Events ■ By ANNA MAVROMATI Contributing Writer Mainfreight, a company that specializes in domestic distribution, warehousing and international air and ocean freight operations, is funding 77 employees who are participating in their first Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. The participants consist of 6 full marathon runners, 36 half marathon runners and 35 5K runners. Raewyn Glamuzina, vice president of training and team development at the firm’s Carson location, said that the company decided to fully sponsor any employee who wanted to participate in the event after seeing how much interest the marathon generated among its employees. The company sent a check for more than $5,000 to cover the entries. Glamuzina said that training for the marathon has been a great bonding experience for everyone in the company. “The Long Beach Marathon is an ideal event wherein we can again encourage our team to come together, outside the work environment, and enjoy each other’s company,” she said. After the Long Beach Marathon, Glamuzina said she’s looking forward to a post-marathon barbecue with her co-workers from Mainfreight, where they will “give
Pictured are 16 of the 77 Mainfreight USA Carson employees who are participating in the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. The firm is picking up the entry fee for all the employees. Pictured left to right are: Byron Franks, Jackie Estrada, Efrain Sanchez, Eugenio Bungalon, Olivia Rodriguez, Alicia Dorris, Brendon Belesky, Monique Castiillo, Barry Ehrreich, Marie Morales, Maria Ortiz, Dee Armstrong, Erik Ohler, Raquel Thompson, Jonathan Perez and Jay Bradberry. (Photograph by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville)
their own commentary of their race and share a few laughs along the way.” The company also wanted to make sure anyone who couldn’t run the marathon still felt included in the event. Glamuzina said 230 employees and their families, including members of the company’s executive board, are invited to the barbecue after the marathon. “Our company culture encourages active involvement from all team members at all levels and so it was important that we include our team,” she said.
This is Mainfreight’s first year participating in the marathon. Glamuzina said the marathon helps Mainfreight employees work toward a set goal in terms of personal fitness. It also helps employees build a sense of camaraderie and get to know one another better in a different environment. Most employees are training for the marathon individually, but Glamuzina said that some employees have been coordinating their training schedules. “It has kept them motivated and on track,” she said.
Mainfreight was founded in New Zealand and has since expanded into 226 branches in 18 countries around the world. They have been operating in the U.S. since 1999. They now have 34 U.S. branches with a total of 544 employees. Glamuzina said that developing leadership skills and camaraderie among employees have always been key goals for the company. “To become a bigger and better global business, we continue to focus on developing our team members as many are our future leaders,” she said. ■
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Miss Long Beach To Run Half Marathon With Her U.S. Army Brother ■ By TIFFANY L. RIDER Assistant Editor When CambodianAmerican Long Beach native Monica Samreth decided to run her first half marathon two years ago, she never realized how much of an impact running would have on her life. Born to a mother who fled the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge dictatorship, Samreth said she is passionate about the issues of the Cambodian community as well as human trafficking and the plight of underprivileged youth. “I am still in Long Beach because it’s where I belong,” she said. “I’ve learned to be intentional with where I live and purposeful with my life, to be a living testimony of what you can become.” Samreth was a dance athlete and cheerleader in her youth. But in 2006, she found herself 30 pounds overweight. “I needed to do something,” Samreth said. “I thought maybe I’d just go on jogs, 15- to 16-minute miles running along the beach. I started to watch what I was eating. The pounds melted off.” Losing weight and gaining confidence, Samreth kept up with her new routine. “Running on a weekly basis helped to clear my mind,” she said. “I was running because it had to be done and it felt good.” In
2011, Samreth decided it was time to push her running limits further. “I knew this marathon had been going on for so long, but the only way for me to do it was to just register,” she said. She didn’t keep track of how long it took her to finish her first half marathon at the Long International Beach City Bank Marathon because she was more focused on experiencing the run. “The view was beautiful,” Samreth said. “I was born here and grew up here, so being able to run through the routes that you can normally only drive through was so awesome.” The 2013 Long Beach half marathon is the second time Samreth is participating. This year is particularly exciting for Samreth as she was recognized last November as the first Cambodian-American to hold the title of Miss Long Beach. She plans to run the half marathon this year with her younger brother, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vandy Thon, while he is in town. “He’s 27 now and he left when he was 18, so I haven’t really had a chance to grow up with him in our 20s,” Samreth said. “Now he’s married and has a one-year-old daughter. We grew up together in hard times, so it’s great we are both able to come back and enjoy this city together by running this marathon.” ■
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‘Testing Your Personal Limits’ Daniel Semsel ran his first marathon three years after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer – the same year he began radiation therapy treatment. After battling the illness now for 12 years, he said he expects to continue taking thyroid medication for the rest of his life. But that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to run marathons. In fact, the 47-year-old Dayton, Ohio, resident’s goal is to run a marathon in every U.S. state by the time he’s 50. The Long Beach Marathon is his first California marathon and the 30th state to check off his list. “I refuse to let a disease beat me,” Semsel said. “It took me a little bit to realize that, but I think that’s why a lot of other survivors get involved in sports.” Semsel belongs to a worldwide club called The Marathon Maniacs, where he meets members from around the globe who share an interest in running. His first marathon was in Honolulu, where he was stationed while serving in the U.S. Air Force. For a few years afterward, he said he wasn’t sure if he would ever participate in another marathon again – but soon he realized that, as he puts it, “the bug had bit” him. Now he runs 40 to 50 miles a week, training for speed work or going up and down hills at least once a week. He also does at least one long run every weekend with his local team running coach from the 4Seasons Training Team, and does weight and core training workouts a few times each week.
He recalled the words of a friend and fellow cancer survivor: “I am stronger than cancer and faster than fear.” He said that the friend who first told him that was battling brain cancer, and had to teach herself to walk again when recovering from the disease. She’s preparing to run her 100th marathon this year. When running a 26.2-mile marathon in New Mexico called The Baton Death March earlier this year, Semsel said he saw several runners who were missing limbs. He said he’s also met many runners at marathons who are cancer survivors. “It’s really inspiring,” he said. “You’re really running against yourself. You’ve got nothing to prove to anyone but yourself out there. You’re testing your personal limits.” Semsel said that running gives him goals to strive toward and a sense of meaning in his life. “A lot of it comes down to having a focus for everything I do,” he said. “It makes a difference. You want to keep the fire lit.” After each marathon he runs in a new state, Semsel colors in the state on his map of the nation. This year his goal was to run 13 marathons. He’s run several marathons throughout North Carolina, New Mexico, Idaho, Ohio, Washington and Georgia. The Long Beach Marathon will mark his 12th marathon in 2013. He said that in 2014 he’ll probably run fewer marathons, but aims to qualify for the Boston Marathon. While this year’s goal was about frequency, next year it’s about gaining speed. “This is the toughest year that I’ve ever done,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about my body.” ■
Familial Support Helps Runners Gain Traction In Dealing With Depression, Anxiety “Throughout the course of our first marathon, we experienced When Esmeralda Guerrero’s mother, Ramona, was facing marital many challenges that made it seem as if we were both not going to problems and a separation from her spouse, she started running. finish the race,” Guererro said. “But in having finished a marathon, Soon afterward, Guerrero, 26, began running with her. Now we have been able to learn many life lessons that we probably Guerrero said the two of them are hooked on the hobby. wouldn’t have learned otherwise. In life, like in a marathon, we Guerrero and her mother have run a marathon together every year will encounter many challenges, but with dedication and determifor the past two years. Guerrero lives in Loma Linda and this will nation one can overcome those challenges.” be her second time running the Long Beach Marathon. She and her Guererro is running 20 to 30 miles a week to train for the mother ran it last year. This year, Guerrero and her sister, Deborah, marathon. She also follows a vegan diet of whole grains, fruits, are running the Long Beach Marathon. vegetables and nuts – a diet she grew up with. Although their mother decided not to run with them this time She said that she would like to inspire other family members to around, Guerrero said she feels her mother will be with them in try running a marathon at least once. She plans to continue running spirit. “In her heart, my mother’s always running,” Guererro said. herself to stay physically active. A big part of the reason she, her Not only did Guererro witness the way running helped her mother alleviate depression and anxiety when they began running Ramona Guererro with her daughters, Deborah, left, mother and her sister love running so much is because they come home feeling healthier after a run. Guerrero said she thinks it’s a together, but Guererro said that it has also helped her relieve stress and Esmeralda. from graduate school as she earned a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Loma great bonding experience as well. Linda University. “Running with my family strengthens our relationship as we continuously depend on She said that running their first marathon – The L.A. Marathon – was extremely chal- each others’ encouragement and support when the distance of a run or course seems to lenging, but the challenge was part of what makes marathon running so appealing. get harder,” she said. ■
Running For A Cure: 14-Year-Old With Autism Finds Solace In Training For The Marathon Ruth Bruton and her 14-year-old son, Spencer, have been training things have to be,’” she said. Spencer was first inspired to particidaily to prepare for the Long Beach Half-Marathon. According to pate in marathons, she said, after watching her and his 23-year-old Bruton, Spencer likes working on a tight schedule. sister, Sophie Charchuk, run in them. “He didn’t like waiting,” BruSpencer, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder ton said. “He wanted to be part of it.” earlier this year, is, according to his mom, a very methodical Brother, sister and mother are running the half-marathon in Long thinker, making the strict schedule training for the marathon parBeach together this year. Bruton and Spencer are traveling from their ticularly appealing to him. “We have to set a goal for him every home in Phoenix, while Charchuck commutes from San Gabriel. time that we go out,” Bruton said. “It’s helping him to realize that Bruton and her son are running to raise money for two different even though we set a goal, we can alter it and still be okay, which causes: Bruton is running for PETA; Spencer is running for Train 4 is important.” Autism. Bruton said Spencer was enthusiastic to hear that Train 4 Bruton said that running regularly has also helped Spencer with Autism was one of the Long Beach Marathon’s official charities. various other health problems. It’s helped to lower his blood presBruton, 47, said she began running in 2009 to challenge herself. sure and he’s already lost about 10 pounds this year. Bruton and The activity has since become an opportunity for her to spend time Spencer have a regular workout routine. They do short runs on Ruth and Spencer Bruton will be running in the Long with her kids and to travel with her family to different cities to parTuesdays, where they focus on their speed and log their time. Every Beach International City Bank Half-Marathon. ticipate in marathons. The family aims to one day participate in the Thursday they run half-mile repeats to build up endurance and work New York Marathon as well. Bruton said they might do it next year. on strengthening cardio. On weekends they go on longer runs. They also use bicycles at While in Long Beach, Bruton said she and her family have plans to visit the Queen Mary. the gym regularly, take their dogs Macaroni and Noodles for walks, swim frequently and Meeting other runners is also part of the fun of participating in marathons, Bruton said. particularly enjoy hiking. “Usually the best part about running is that everybody out there is very positive because Although he’s considered high functioning, Bruton said Spencer occasionally has social this is something they really love to do,” she said. “So it’s a great chemistry out there.” ■ trouble when in large crowds and is a very meticulous planner. “He’s very, ‘This is how
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