Long Beach Marathon to Comes Through Campus
University Community to Celebrate Participants as They Come Through Campus
The course for the 24th Annual Long Beach International City Bank Marathon — nationally known for its scenic mix of oceanside views and city landmarks — will now wind its way through the CSULB campus. Members of campus community are expected to be on hand to welcome and cheer on the runners as they pass through during the Sunday, Oct. 12, event.
The university plans to have its cheerleaders, pep band, and the school’s mascot — Prospector Pete — welcome runners as they enter campus. Bands, athletic teams, Greek organizations and student groups will line the course, with the school awarding prizes to the groups showing the most spirit.
“Cal State Long Beach has a tradition of being a place where people come to test their skills and to strive to do the best they can,” said President F. King Alexander. “Our university is very excited to host those who will be participating in the Long Beach Marathon. We promise them a beautiful location every step of their way through our campus, and students and others who will make sure to let them know they’re welcome and doing a great job.”
“The runners are going to love this part of the course," said Bob Seagren, CEO of International City Racing, who was the pole vault gold medalist in the 1968 Olympics. “The environment should be fantastic as the university is going to throw a big party on race day to celebrate all the runners as they pass through campus. This is especially important around mile 17 thru 20 as this is when runners sometimes ‘hit the wall’ and lose the energy to complete the event. It will be very motivating for them. Running through the campus will create a fantastic experience for everyone.”
Most of marathon course remains the same — especially the scenic parts along the beach and ocean and only the full marathon route will be affected by any changes. Miles 12 and 13 will take in the spectacular scenery of Marine Stadium and the Long Beach Marina. After leaving Marine Stadium, the route circles the Colorado Lagoon and heads toward CSULB. Miles 17 and 18 now travel directly through the campus and pass popular community icons including the Walter Pyramid and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Mile 19 passes Bixby Hill, site of the historic Rancho Los Alamitos, then goes by Recreation Park, Blair Field and the Colorado Lagoon before heading into the homestretch.
More than 18,000 runners, walkers and cyclists are expected to participate and this year’s event includes a full marathon, half marathon, recreational marathon bike tour, the Run Forrest Run 5K and the Kids One-Mile Fun Run. All participants will receive an event T-shirt and race goodie bag and those finishing the marathon, half marathon, and bike tour will receive a commemorative medal. In a continuing tradition, wheelchair and handcycle participants can compete in the full marathon.
Students and/or student organizations interested in taking part in the event can contact campus coordinator Jerald Adamos in the Beach Pride Center by calling 562/985-2535. Faculty and staff members or groups may contact Rachel Vize at 562/985-8488.
For more information on the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, visit www.runlongbeach.com or call 562/427-4606.