In October, three reporters from our newsroom will run the Jet Blue Long Beach half marathon. Some have been more on top of their training while others have treated it like a story deadline.
The thought of running 26.2 miles for fun is not a common, dare I say sane, thing for a person to contemplate. Add in the fact that according to Greek prose, the race derives from the ill-fated trip of a courier named Pheidippides delivering news of victory at the Battle of Marathon—he died—and it’s understandable that on average only half of one percent of the United States population has undertaken this challenge before.
The Long Beach Hash House Harriers (LBH3) are part of what’s probably the worst kept secret in the world. Hashers, the name given to members of this running group, have kennels that literally stretch across the globe, yet you wouldn’t know you were seeing a hash in action unless you were invited to be part of this “drinking club with a running problem” that has a history dating back to World War II.
National Signing Day has become a day in which gaudy press conferences and professionally-produced videos transfix the nation’s sports fans, as they put their lives on hold to find out if their team landed the five-star, 17-year-old athlete that will change the trajectory of their favorite teams. Today, Long Beach City College hosted a much more modest event celebrating student-athletes from the school’s sports teams.
A recent study co-authored by Cal State Long Beach associate professor Kevin Wallsten sought to identify what factors shaped the belief systems of those for or against compensating college athletes, focusing in on the race of those surveyed and which side of the argument they agreed with.
The Long Beach City College Vikings football squad was honored nationally this week when it was named the number one team in the country according to JCGridiron.com. The announcement came just one week after the Vikings were named the top team in California.
The annual Long Beach Marathon will have a new high-flying title sponsor for at least the next few years, as JetBlue Airways and RunRacing announced today that the airline has entered into an agreement to become the namesake of the city’s longest and most popular endurance race.
To honor 84-year-old Jerry Tarkanian’s passing, Long Beach State has planned a host of gestures to honor their former coach who led the school to two Elite Eight appearances and a 122-20 record during the 1968-73 seasons.
For his efforts in fundraising which have helped improve the facilities at The Beach, Vic Cegles was named one of the 10 best fundraising athletic directors in the country by CollegeAD.org this week.