Long Beach Marathon Course Runs Through CSULB CampusPublished: October 1, 2009
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11. More than 22,000 individuals are expected to run, walk or ride in the marathon, half marathon, marathon bike tour, Bubba Gump Run Forrest Run 5K and kids’ one-mile fun run. Among those participating in the marathon will be a very special group of 15 original Legacy Runners, who will be running in their 25th Long Beach Marathon.
The race course will circle its way around the CSULB campus, entering near The Walter Pyramid off Atherton Street onto Merriam Way, up to Beach Drive (formerly State University Drive), then around the campus on West Campus Drive, South Campus Drive and East Campus Drive, before hitting Palo Verde Avenue and back to Atherton. The course through campus will cover miles 17-20.
Marathon weekend includes several related activities with more than 45,000 participants expected to attend the two-day marathon health and fitness expo at the Long Beach Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 9 from noon-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Featuring more than 100 exhibitors, the expo is free to the public and will highlight the latest in the running, health and fitness industry. All athletes must attend the expo to pick up their race packets, and it is the last place to register for any of the marathon events. There is no race-day registration or packet pickup.
On race day, 35,000 individuals are expected at the Finish Line Festival on the Marina Green on Shoreline Drive. The free festival will offer live music, food and fun, and is a gathering place and viewing area for friends, family and guests of all participants.
The list of event sponsors includes International City Bank, JetBlue Airways, Gotein, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Road Runner Sports, Buono’s Pizzeria, Cliff Bar, Michelob Ultra, SA Recycling, BNSF Railway, REI and Long Beach Hyatt Hotel. Media partners include CSULB, the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Prevention magazine, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Downtown Long Beach Associates.
Founded in 1982, the initial Long Beach Marathon hosted around 1,250 runners. From then until 1995, the marathon was run consecutively under the umbrella of the founding non-profit, Long Beach Marathon. Due to financial difficulties the race was disbanded in 1996 until it was brought back in 1999 under new management. In 2001, International City Racing (ICR) was awarded the rights to operate the marathon in Long Beach and hosted more than 4,500 participants. Over the last decade, ICR has helped to grow the event in both reputation and participation thanks to the efforts of the city of Long Beach, International City Bank, the many race sponsors as well as great community support. On race weekend, more than 2,000 volunteers will help staff the course and finish line.
For more information on the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, visit www.runlongbeach.com or call 562/427-4606.