The mood was festive and spirited, with some competitors dressed in costumes ranging from Superman to fairies.
A field of 1,800 runners competed in today’s 37th annual Long Beach Marathon, including 15 who had completed all 36 previous editions of the race.
Runners from 44 states and 19 nations have entered the races, with a 50/50 gender breakdown and approximately 20% running their first marathon or half-marathon.
Most road closures and detours will be in place between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday to accommodate the marathon, half marathon and bike tour, according to event organizers.
An organizer said that the Long Beach race appears to be on track to happen Oct. 10, but what modifications might be required is still unclear.
Runners can still participate online for a “virtual run” where they will be sent a t-shirt, medal and swag bag if they run the race on their own by submitting a photo or link to a tracking device showing the date and distance ran.
The Long Beach Marathon is the next scheduled large event in Long Beach but unlike others during COVID-19, organizers have yet to pull the plug on it.
Roads will be begin to close at 5 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. All roads are expected to reopen by 2 p.m.
Authorities have identified the man who died after riding his bicycle during the bike tour portion of the Long Beach Marathon and suffered cardiac arrest.
Some Long Beach Transit (LBT) routes will be detoured due to races associated with the Long Beach Marathon and 5K, LBT announced Friday.