November 13, 2008 from press release (LOS ANGELES, CA) The Los Angeles Marathon will be held on Memorial Day beginning in 2009, announced Los Angeles Marathon President Russ Pillar. He also announced the return of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. as the Marathon’s presenting sponsor and Acura as the LA Bike Tour’s title sponsor.
November 9, 2008 from press release (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Victor Plata and Sarah Groff are both wishing the 2008 racing season was just starting rather than coming to a close. Both athletes were in prime form to earn wins at the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island on Saturday.
November 7, 2008 from Running USA wire (CA) The organizers of the O'side Turkey Trot, a 5K and 10K harborside run on Thursday, November 27 in Oceanside, have produced an inspirational video - Dream Big! Get Up and Go For It!
Top California finishers in the 2008 ING New York City Marathon were:
Bolota Asmerom 2:16:37 - CA
Kyle Shackleton 2:20:38 - CA
Miguel Nuci 2:25:53 - CA
Magdalena Lewy Boulet 2:33:56 - CA
Megan Daly 2:47:41 - CA
November 3, 2008 from Running USA wire (MONTEREY, CA) The 6th Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is set for Sunday, November 9, and this year's event will feature some new looks and changes and with its largest number of elite runners, new course records may set.
October 29, 2008 from Running USA wire / Matt Dockstader (HEALDSBURG, CA) Christian Hesch of Morro Bay, CA and Tamara Karrh of Marietta, GA won the inaugural Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Hesch took an early lead and then cruised to victory in 1:14:36, besting runner-up Kenneth Burgess by almost two minutes.
October 29, 2008 From Running USA wire/Brennan Lindner (SANTA MONICA, CA) In a thrilling finish down Santa Monica's Ocean Avenue, San Luis Obispo-based runner Phillip Reid successfully held off Christian Hesch from Morro Bay to win the Los Angeles Sports and Fitness (LAS&F) Invitational at the third Saint John's Santa Monica 5000 .
i>October 24, 2008 from press release -- Offering 'something for everyone', the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay has added shorter distance runs for kids, families and recreational runners on Saturday, November 8, as a supplement to Sunday's main event.
October 22, 2008 from press release (BEAVERTON OR) UPDATE: Nike is announcing today that it recognizes Arien O'Connell as a winner in last weekend's Nike Women's Marathon completing the full race in 2:55:11. She shattered her previous time and achieved an amazing accomplishment. Arien will receive the same recognition and prize, including a Tiffany & Co.
October 22, 2008 from press release (STOCKTON, CA) When students returned to classes at San Joaquin Delta College this fall, one of the new sights greeting them was a renovated athletic stadium. And one of the major changes to the venue was the installation of the new track: Mondotrack, the same track surface that was used at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
October 20, 2008 from press release (Las Vegas, NV) Las Vegas The Las Vegas Marathon will host a run-through wedding ceremony on the race course at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel (800 S. 4th St.) on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 at 7:15 a.m. The Las Vegas Marathon¹s run-through wedding ceremony offers couples the opportunity to take the plunge while running in the 2008 race.
October 16, 2008 from press release (HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) The upcoming Surf City USA Marathon, Feb. 1, 2009, calls attention to the all new California Dreamin’ Racing Series, a unique alliance among coastal races in California. The three events include the San Francisco Marathon™, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, and the Surf City USA® Marathon in Huntington Beach.
October 13, 2008 from press release (Chicago IL) In only his second marathon, Kenya’s Evans Cheruiyot pulled away from fellow countryman David Mandago in the final two miles of the 31st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon to win the men’s title in 2:06:25. On the women’s side, Russia’s Lidiya Grigoryeva won her first Bank of America Chicago Marathon title in 2:27:17.
October is one of the busiest months of the year with hundreds of events and some of nation's best 26.2 foot races like the Long Beach International Marathon. There's no excuse to not get out and run a race---or watch and cheer on runners---wherever you live.
October 8, 2008 from press release (HEALDSBURG, CA) Following the success of its popular Napa-to-Sonoma and Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathons, Destination Races is pleased to announce the inaugural Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday, October 25th is expected to sell out.
October 8, 2008 From Brennan Lindner Running USA wire (LA JOLLA, CA) Excitement grew at the Coastwise Mile finish line on Coast Blvd. at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla when local runner Jon Rankin, an NCAA All-American at UCLA and sub-4 minute miler, beat Christian Hesch and San Marcos resident Brian Sullivan to win the inaugural event on Saturday in 4:14.8 to 4:30.2 and 4:31.5 respectively.
October 6, 2008 From Dan Cruz-Running USA wire (SAN JOSE, CA) Competing in ideal running conditions, Gilbert Okari of Kenya broke away from the lead pack at mile nine and cruised to victory at the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in San Jose on Sunday morning. On the women's side, Yuri Kano of Japan took a sizeable lead after mile 11 on the way to her victory.
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September 30, 2008 from press release (CA) -- The Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is nearing sellout capacity more than a month before the event date of Sunday, November 9. An increase in the number of runners and walkers registered from 5,000 to this year's limit of 5,800 is expected to produce a record field at the event¹s sixth presentation.
September 29, 2008 from press release (San Jose, CA) Patrick Ivuti, who a year ago won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, will line up as the favorite in this weekend's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in San Jose. The 3rd annual road race is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 5 near San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose.