Long Beach Marathon October 17th, 2010
Next Sunday is the Long Beach marathon race that winds through the streets of Long Beach. The race begins at 7 am. Runners need to be ready for the event early.
The starting the race near the Aquarium of the Pacific and running around Shoreline Village. Then the runners for the half marathon and the full marathon head down past the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Belmont Plaza Pool and at about Bay Shore Avenue in Belmont Shore they make a turn onto Ocean Blvd.
At the turn they head up Ocean Blvd to Livingston and go through Long Beach neighborhoods of Belmont Heights, Belmont Park, on the outside of the Long Beach Recreation public golf course, on the outside of the beautiful homes in Park Estates heading to Long Beach State and the Long Beach Pyramid.
Then the racers run around Cal State Long Beach and head back towards the starting point for the finish line. The fastest elite runners will be finishing just a little over the 2-hour pace.
My college friend and fellow Christian fraternity brother of Alpha Gamma Omega (over 25 years ago), Tim Weidenkeller, an insurance agent from Farmers Insurance in Long Beach will be participating in the race.
He told me prior to today’s event that his goal is to complete the 26.2 miles at a pace of 10 minutes a mile…so Tim will be a little behind the elite runners that should be running around 5:30 minute miles or so. I know he will finish since he ran about 20 miles last week in one day. Much too far for me to go except by car.
So mark your calendars and come out to see all of the runners and cheer them on for the half marathon, full marathon, 26.2 mile bike tour, fun run for the kids at the Aquarium of the Pacific, marathon walkers and the wheelchair division.