La Jolla Half Marathon takes its mark
by Alyssa Ramos
Apr 18, 2009 | 1399 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The La Jolla Half Marathon and 5K return to the village Sunday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m. as the Cove is converted into a goal for hundreds of runners for the 28th year in their race to the tape.

Although the half marathon is sold out, runners can still register for the 5K at the expo on Saturday, April 25 at La Jolla Recreation Center, said marathon co-chair Trenton Bonner, president of the La Jolla Kiwanis Club that sponsors the event.

“We generally raise over $100,000 and give it back to the community. Primarily it’s earmarked for children. It does stay in La Jolla through schools and we donate it to the Riford Center,” Bonner said.

Runners start in Del Mar and then make their way south through Torrey Pines State Park, racing up a long hill and then down a winding La Jolla Shores segment to end at La Jolla Cove.

“It starts at the Del Mar Race Track. There will be two waves, according to time,” Bonner said. “I’m going to get there at 4:30 in the morning.”

Bonner said buses will begin shuttling racers from La Jolla Cove to Del Mar at 5 a.m. Sunday morning. The race begins at 7:10 a.m.

After the race, La Jolla Kiwanis Club will host its annual beer garden, followed by the awarding of prizes and medals at 10 a.m. This year, the organization hired a band to play the event.

The evening before the races, on Saturday, April 25, La Jolla Kiwanis Club will sponsor a pre-race Carbo Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at Washington Mutual, 7777 Girard Ave. Admission is free for participants and $5 for the public. For information, visit www.lajolla5k.com.
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