😃 Did We Catch You Smiling? 📷

Our Gift To You!

We appreciate you choosing to race with us! As a thank you we’d like to give you free digital photos from July 4th that you can download. Click here to view.
2019 Kids Firecracker Dash start.

Redondo Beach Open Water Swim

2nd Annual Redondo Beach Open Water Swim

This Sunday we invite you to come “Swim the Avenues” and be part of the Second Annual Redondo Beach Open Water Swim on July 14, 2019. There will be a 1 mile swim as well as a ½ mile swim. This event is also an official “qualifying” swim for the Manhattan Beach Pier to Pier Swim. There will be a wet-suit and non-wet suit category. Online registration is open until tomorrow at noon.

Pick up your packets at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach on Saturday between noon and 4pm or on the day of the race starting at 6:30am. Race day registration is also available.

Village Runner’s New Address:
1611 S. Catalina Ave. #105
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-375-2626
Free underground parking is available
(New location is near Sacks on the Beach and across the street from HT Grill)
Register Here

Manhattan Mile Road Race

2018 Manhattan Mile start.
Celebrate the Manhattan Grand Prix with us on July 21st as we bring back the coveted “Manhattan Mile” running event for the second year in a row!  The Manhattan Mile is a net-downhill race that will start and finish at Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach.  All participants will receive a commemorative run t-shirt, plus there will be chip timing, $5,500 in potential cash awards to the top three overall male and female finishers, and awards to the top three male and female finishers in each age division.

Register Here

New Manhattan Beach 10k Tops

The Manhattan Beach 10k is  throwin’ it back to their early days when these shirts debuted! We are now selling MB10k Training tanks and tees for $20 in our Manhattan Beach store. With each sale, we will donate $5 to the race so they can give back even more to the community! Get yours before they are gone and get training!

💥How Did You Do In Today’s Race?!💥

Thanks For Racing With Us

 We’d like to give a huge thank you to all those who participated in our race today! We hope you had a great time and appreciate your support and participation. We look forward to seeing you next year!

2018 Village Runner 4th of July Finisher.

Race Results & Photos

Please click here for this year’s race results and photos.

Your Awards Miss You

Awards will be available for pick up at the Village Runner, Redondo Beach on July 5th.

Village Runner’s New Address:
1611 S. Catalina Ave. #105
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-375-2626
Free underground parking is available
(New location is near Sacks on the Beach and across the street from HT Grill)

Sponsors

Thank you to our super sponsors that help to make this day possible.  Please be sure to support those who support the race:

UCLA Health Logo

Positive Encouraging 100.3 logo

Upcoming Events

We are just over a week away from the Village Runner 4th of July 5K!


Village Runner 4th of July 5K

Almost Time To Show Your Patriotic Spirit

Start out the holiday with us at the 24th Annual 4th of July 5K Run/Community Walk & Firecracker Dash sponsored by UCLA Health on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.!

  • All participants will receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt
  • Chip timing
  • Age division awards
  • Cash prizes to the top 3 overall male & female runners in the 5K Run
  • All kids dash finishers receive medals
  • Portions of the proceeds go to Redondo Beach Educational Foundation

Registration Is Happening Now

We offer something for everyone – you can walk, run or have your little ones participate in the Firecracker Dash (ages 4-12).

  • Register Online Please note online registration closes July 1, 2017 at midnight!
  • Register in stores with this printable form
    • Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
    • Two drop off locations:
      • 1811 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (Riviera Village)
      • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (Manhattan Center)

Race Pricing

  • 5K Run/Walk $40

Students Run Redondo Race Pricing

We are offering a special discount for students 18 years old and younger!

  • 5K Run/Walk $25
  • Kids Dash $25

(fees are non-refundable)

Please make checks payable to: Village Runner Racing

Times

  • Late Registration: July 4th, 6:30 a.m. – Catalina Ave. near Palos Verdes Blvd. near the Village Runner
  • 5K Run/Community Walk: 8 a.m.
  • Kids Dash: 9:30 a.m.
  • Pre-packet Pick-Up: July 3, 12 p.m.- 7 p.m. (Village Runner, Redondo Beach)

Costume Contest

We will be having a Costume Contest at the stage in the Coffee Cartel parking lot from 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Please enter with your patriotic best for a chance to win the following prizes:

  • 1st Place – $100 gift certificate to the Village Runner
  • 2nd Place – $75 gift certificate to the Village Runner
  • 3rd Place – $50 gift certificate to the Village Runner

Continue the Fun at Rock & Brews, Redondo Beach

We will be having the awards ceremony for the 5K at 9:15 a.m.  The restaurant will be offering special pricing for anybody who brings in their race bib number.  There will be a raffle as well with Village Runner gift certificates and other items!

A Shopping Deal For You

We will be having a 1 day Clearance Sale on July 3, 2017 at Village Runner, Redondo Beach!

Rev Your Engines


Alfa Romeo 4C SPider

Our race sponsor Rusnak South Bay Alfa Romeo has generously
offered a deal for you! Visit their dealership and be one of the first 100 people to test drive their cars and mention the 5K to receive a 50% off discount code for registering for our race.

Thank you to our sponsors:


UCLA Health logo

Alfa Romeo Rusnak Logo

Coast Fitness South Bay Logo

The Sound 100.3 logo

Plaza Del Amo Animal Hospital logo

The 4th of July 5K is Coming Up!

Start the holiday off with a bang!

Village Runner 4th of July 5K

Almost Time To Show Your Red, White & Blue

We are just over 2 weeks away from race day!  Start out the holiday with us at the 24th Annual 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash sponsored by UCLA Health on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.!

  • All participants will receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt
  • Chip timing
  • Age division awards
  • Cash prizes to the top 3 overall male and female runners in the 5K run
  • All kids dash finishers receive medals
  • Costume Contest: 7:15 am in the Coffee Cartel parking lot, prizes offered
  • After Party & Awards Ceremony at Rock & Brews at 9:15 am

Registration Is Happening Now

We offer something for everyone – you can walk, run or have your little ones participate in the Firecracker Dash (ages 4-12).

Race Pricing

  • 5K Run/Walk $40

Students Run Redondo

We are offering a special discount for students 18 years old and younger!

  • 5K Run/Walk $25
  • Kids Dash $25

(fees are non-refundable)

Please make checks payable to: Village Runner Racing

Times

  • Late Registration: 6:30 a.m.
  • 5K Run/Community Walk: 8 a.m.
  • Kids Dash: 9:30 a.m.
  • Pre-packet Pick-Up: July 3, 12 p.m.- 7 p.m. (Village Runner, Redondo Beach)
  • July 4th: 6:30am on Catalina Ave. near Palos Verdes Blvd. near the Village Runner

 

A Shopping Deal For You

We will be having a 1 day Clearance Sale on July 3, 2017 at Village Runner, Redondo Beach

Helpful Tips From UCLA Health

 

Here is the latest tip from Ron Tsao, MD of UCLA Health. Dr. Tsao offers up some valuable sports nutrition information to help you fuel your mind and body and get you ready for race day.

Click on the image to view the full PDF and print if you’d like.

Take A Spin


Alfa Romeo 4C SPider

Our race sponsor Rusnak South Bay Alfa Romeo has generously
offered a deal for you! Visit their dealership and be one of the first 100 people to test drive their cars and mention the 5K to receive a 50% off discount code for registering for our race.

Another Fun Run


Manhattan Beach 5K picture

Tune up for the 4th at the Manhattan Beach 5K on June 24, 2017.

 

Thank you to our sponsors:


UCLA Health logo

Alfa Romeo Rusnak Logo

Coast Fitness South Bay Logo

The Sound 100.3 logo

Plaza Del Amo Animal Hospital logo

UCLA Health Tips: Sports Nutrition for the Runner

Save the Date for the 4th of July 5K

Get Ready To Show Your Patriotism!

Mark your calendars South Bay!  Celebrate the 4th of July with a scenic run along the Pacific Ocean and enjoy our 24th Annual 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash presented by UCLA Health on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.!

  • All participants will receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt
  • There will be chip timing
  • Age division awards
  • Cash prizes to the top 3 overall male and female runners in the 5K run
  • All kids dash finishers receive medals too

Registration Is Open Now

Save $5 by registering TODAY before prices increase TOMORROW on June 6, 2017!

We offer something for everyone – you can walk, run or have your little ones participate in the Firecracker Dash (ages 4-12).

Race Pricing

  • 5K Run/Walk $35, after 6/5/17 $40
  • Kids Dash $25, after 6/5/17 $30

(fees are non-refundable)

Please make checks payable to: Village Runner Racing

Times

  • Late Registration: 6:30 a.m.
  • 5K Run/Community Walk: 8 a.m.
  • Kids Dash: 9:30 a.m.
  • Pre-packet Pick-Up: July 3, 12 p.m.- 7 p.m. (Village Runner, Redondo Beach)
  • July 4th: 6:30am on Catalina Ave. near Palos Verdes Blvd. near the Village Runner

Please Note

We will be having a 1 day Clearance Sale on July 3, 2017 at Village Runner, Redondo Beach

Helpful Tips From UCLA Health

With Thanks to Our Presenting Sponsor

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

Asics Fun Run Highlights

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Tuesday night fun run yesterday with our lovely rep, Sara, from Asics!  Join us every Tuesday night at our store in the Riviera Village for a free group run along the Esplanade in Redondo Beach.  All paces welcome!

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Weekly Fun Run Details

The running group leaves at 6:15pm with a variety of paces and distances! Free parking in the Riviera Village after 6pm!  Running course (feel free to go shorter or longer if you’d like): https://connect.garmin.com/activity/194070591

Save the Date:  Saucony Demo Run July 19th

Want to join us for another demo run to test out the latest running shoes?  Save the date for July 19th for a fun run with Saucony!  RSVP and more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1820056571549268/

Saucony Fun Run

UCLA Health Tips: Sunscreen Health Tips

UCLA HEALTH SUN

With the blink of an eye, it’s already Summer, and our wonderful 4th of July 5K race sponsor, UCLA Health is here to provide valuable tips on sunscreen health!

Be sure to click this link for the full, printable file:  https://villagerunner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CHUANG-Sunscreen_Health_print.pdf

  • Sunscreen is Not Just for Sunny Days
    SPF 30+ sunscreen should be worn every day, even if the sun is not shining. Clouds only block 20-30% of UV rays.
  • What Does SPF Mean?
    Sun Protection Factor is an estimate ofhow well the sunscreen will protect your skin from burning. The higher the number the better.
  • Protective Clothing
    Use proper clothing, umbrellas and shade to keep out of direct sunlight. Add protection by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • If You Love Outdoor Activities
    Use a water-resistant broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF of 30+. Reapply every two hours or immediately after being in the water.
  • The 10-2 Rule
    Even when you follow precautions, it is best to limit time in the sun between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Avoid Tanning Beds
  • Visit a Doctor
    If you see any sudden or unusual skin change be sure to visit your dermatologist.

Local Races and Fun Runs – June and July

I’m not sure how we are suddenly approaching Summer break and the month of June, but here we are.  Join us for some local races and free fun runs!  Here’s a lineup of local races and fun runs over the next couple of months for our South Bay runners and walkers!

Local Races

June

June 4th:
Grand View Gator 5K – Manhattan Beach
Details

June 25th:
4th Annual Sean Brock 5K/10K Run
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, June 24th 5-7pm

June 25th:
Manhattan Beach 5K
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, June 24th 10am-5pm

July

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23rd Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash – Redondo Beach
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runer Redondo Beach, July 3rd noon-7pm

Store Fun Runs

Our stores in Redondo and Manhattan Beach have free, weekly fun runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.  During some of these fun runs, our vendors come out and let our group of runners and walkers test out shoes for free!  It’s a great way to try before you buy, and better yet, a great way to meet lots of other runners and walkers in the South Bay!  We hope you can join us soon!

June 7th – Redondo Beach Fun Run with Saucony

  • Come on down to the Village Runner in Redondo Beach on Tuesday, June 7th for a fun run with Saucony! Our Saucony reps will have a demo fleet of the newest Kinvara 7 and Ride 9 running shoes for people to test out:)

June 28th – Redondo Beach Fun Run with Asics

  • Check out the new Asics Cumulus with our free running group!

 

 

This is a great way to try before you buy and a great way to meet some new runners in the South Bay. There is a large variety of paces running between 3-7 miles every week.

The runners leave by 6:15pm so be sure to arrive any time after 5:30pm to get fitted with the right size! Metered parking in the Riviera Village is free after 6pm.

 

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Kayla Montgomery, Elite Runner Battling MS, to Race Village Runner 4th of July 5K Presented by UCLA Health

 

Montgomery to receive Pathfinder Award at the race.

Kayla Montgomery who, despite having multiple sclerosis, has become an elite runner. She will be running in the Village Runner 4th of July 5K presented by UCLA Health in Redondo Beach, CA. This race benefits the American Cancer Society. Partnering through Relay for Life, a percent of the proceeds will support the charity’s cancer research and free patient programs.

Montgomery_KaylaMontgomery will be honored with the Pathfinder Award for forging her own unique path overcoming adversity to become an award-winning long distance runner in high school and now at Lipscomb College. MS has caused Montgomery to lose feeling in her legs as her body temperature rises. Every time she crosses the finish line she collapses in a heap while a coach or teammate catches her. Ice cold water is poured on her legs immediately following the race to calm the misfiring nerve fibers blazing beneath her numb skin.

“I continue to try and push myself to defy the odds so that I can inspire those with MS who gave up,” said Montgomery. “I want people to know that regardless of what your situation is, it does not have to come out on top, and that there is always a way. Of course, having MS could very easily put limitations on my life if I let it, but that is something I do not plan on ever doing.”

Despite these challenges, Montgomery has become a successful Division I athlete at Lipscomb University in Nashville and continues to be an inspiration to everyone who hears her story. When she is not running, she is sharing her story to raise awareness of the disease and help others.

“I often receive emails and letters from people with or without MS, and I do my best to try and respond to all of them,” said Montgomery. “I really enjoy receiving these letters, because they encourage me and reassure me that I am doing something good through having MS.”

Montgomery was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009 after falling on her neck and tailbone in a soccer game. She was much younger than most who are diagnosed with the disease, leaving her feeling very alone and scared. She hid her diagnosis with people at school and chose to avoid confronting the issue with her parents. Montgomery ultimately chose to persevere through her diagnosis and took up running in 2010. Running has quickly become her saving grace and she is faster now than she was before she was diagnosed. Due to her numb legs, she was forced to create a whole new way to run by relying on the movement of her arms to control her pace. She chose not let multiple sclerosis hold her back, and won the North Carolina high school state title in the 3,200 meters in 2013 and was the captain of the team.

“My family, friends, and teammates have been the greatest support system through all of the challenges I have to face with MS,” said Montgomery. “My mom has been a saint every step of this journey. The one thing that I was worried about after my diagnosis was that people would treat me different and they have all treated me as an equal and as if nothing is wrong with me at all. That is all I could have ever asked for.”

Montgomery continues her running career at Nashville’s Lipscomb University with a Division I scholarship. She is studying to earn a psychology degree and does not have any intention of letting MS put any limitations on her. Despite the ravages of MS to her body, she trains three hours a day, six days a week, covering 60-75 miles. In her freshman year, she helped Lipscomb win a fourth successive conference championship in November, placing 13th overall and seventh for her team in the 5K race.

When asked what it is like to run for a high quality team like Lipscomb College, Montgomery says she feels blessed. “Naturally, the intensity of training at the collegiate level is a lot higher than that of high school, but I have the amazing opportunity to train with some of the most talented runners I have ever known,” said Montgomery. “I find myself constantly learning from the girls on my team and I am beyond honored to have been recruited to run for such a strong team.”

Montgomery is favored to be a top finisher at the Village Runner 4th of July 5K presented by UCLA Health with a personal best of 17:22. The 4th of July 5K is known for its competitive runners and fast paced finishes and Montgomery will only add to the excitement.

“I am beyond stoked about this amazing opportunity,” said Montgomery. “I am so honored to have been asked to come out to this event and I cannot wait for this once in a lifetime experience!”

 

Event Details

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Registration is now open for the 23nd annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K presented by UCLA Health. The race is expected to have 3,000 to 4,000 participants for the 5K Run and Community Walk. The race begins Monday, July 4th, at 8 a.m. in Riviera Village, Redondo Beach, CA. Following the 5K, there will be the Firecracker Dash races for kids ages 12 and under. The Firecracker Dash begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be a post-race party at Rock & Brews featuring food and drink specials and exciting raffle drawings.

 

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UCLA Health, which has continued its expansion to better serve the South Bay, is the event’s presenting sponsor and exclusive health care provider.  UCLA Health now has offices in the South Bay communities of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance, and offers the best available service and state-of-the-art resources to its patients.

The presenting media sponsor of the event is Southern California’s classis rock radio station 100.3 The Sound. Clif Bar, a Big Bang sponsor and official race partner, will serve its energy bars and Clif Shots. Fresh Brothers Pizza will serve pizza samples at the event. There will also be a two-day Health & Wellness Expo.

Last year’s male top finisher was Brandon Vientos of Torrance with a fast time of 15:22. Not too far behind was the female top finisher Tanya Zeferjahn of Thousand Oaks with a time of 16:43. This year’s race is expected to be just as fast and competitive as last year!

Prior to the start of the race, there will be the Red, White, and Blue Costume Contest with cash prizes awarded for the best running costumes. All participants receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt. There will be chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5K run. All kids’ Firecracker Dash finishers receive medals too!

The men’s overall winner and the women’s overall winner for the 5K Run will be awarded the $200 cash prize. Second place winners are awarded $125, and third place winners are awarded $75.

RNB FBThere will be a post-race party at Rock & Brews nearby at their PCH location.

To register for the race, visit www.villagerunner.com and click on the event and registration link. Registration fees are $25 for children and $35 for adults prior to June 5, 2016. Runners can register online or in person to register on-location right before the race starts on July 4th, 2016.