Local Race Information

One of the most common topics of conversation among runners is what their next race will be, or how their friends did in recent events. This week we’re keeping you up to date on local running news - or as our Wednesday Night Laundry Runners newsletter puts it, “All of the news of the fit in print.”

If you are thinking about running the Big Sur International Marathon on April 29th, 2012 – we know it seems like a lifetime away – you better enter NOW. Marathon entries went on sale July 15th and close to 1,500 people registered the first day and 2,000 the first week. Race entries are limited and the field is already about 65% full. Go to www.bsim.org to enter.

The Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 20th is about 65% full as well. The 5K and JUST RUN 3K on November 19th are going to be in downtown Pacific Grove this year instead of Cannery Row. Races will start at Jewell Park, be on fairly rolling paved streets, and finish at Forest and Lighthouse.

The 2nd annual Salinas Valley Half Marathon is August 6th and is extremely close to a sellout even though the field was expanded from 1,300 to 1,800 this year. This popular race also added a fitness expo at Hartnell College, open to the public, from 2PM to 7PM on August 5th. The elite men’s field is like a who’s who of former Salinas Valley high school and Hartnell College runners that have become national stars. Included are Diego Estrada, Danny Tapia, Jesus Campos, Mario Mendoza, Miguel Nuci, and Anthony Solis.

The very next day, Sunday August 7th, will see the Carmel Valley Fiesta Mountain Run, a challenging trail run for everyone with a sense of adventure. Some hardy local athletes are doing the SV Half and the Fiesta Run on back to back days, and the Fiesta run will recognize those runners with their own race category. Register at www.active.com.

The Just Plane Fun Run, kids’ mile and half mile races, will be September 25th at the Salinas Airport. Put on by the Salinas International Air Show and the Just Run program, kid’s last year started near Monster Trucks and did a few laps on the runway after they were “cleared for takeoff” from the control tower. Kids and their families received discounted tickets to air show events as well. This one is a “can’t miss” if you have kids under 14.

Some other local favorite races you should put on your calendar are the RLS Run in the Forest (5K and 10K) on October 8th and the Big Sur River Run (5k and 10K) on October 22nd.

Finally, a couple of local running notes: Congratulations to Dan Zulaica from North County and Stella Gibbs from Marina for competing well in the master’s (over 40) track World Championships in Sacramento last week. Stella finished 10th in the 50-54 age group 5,000 meters on the track. Dan finished 13th, and 2nd from the United States, in the associated 50-54 marathon.

We hope to see you at all these local races.

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