Three staff members of the Long Beach Post—a beginner, a marginal intermediate and an advanced runner—plan to run the Long Beach half-marathon on Oct. 13. Come train with us!
An Arizona Man and a Hawthorne-born woman won their respective races at the Long Beach Marathon yesterday, both hurtling past the finish line in less than three hours, amid heat hovering between 88 and 90 degrees.
Runners who were hoping for some relief this year will find slightly better temperatures after 2015’s record 95 degrees on race day, but not by much.
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.
Despite record heat on Sunday, runners of the 2015 Jet Blue Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon made it out to the starting line on Shoreline Drive en masse, tackling high temperatures on top of 13.1- or 26.2 mile-courses.
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.
On the cloudy and (thankfully) cool morning of Sunday, October 12, over 26,000 racers hit the pavement to pound out the results of months—and at least a few pairs of running shoes (or bicycle tires)—worth of training and preparation.