South Bay: Local Upcoming Races and Events

Spring is officially here!  This is a great time to set or reset some goals, clean up your workout routines, and take a whiff of the fresh pollen (I mean air!)!  Here’s a lineup of local races and fun runs over the next few months for our South Bay runners and walkers!

Local Races

April

April 23rd:
25th Annual El Segundo Run for Education 5K / 10K
Register Here

April 23rd: GI JOE SPRING-active
GI Joe Pier to Pier Run (~4 Miles)
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach May 22nd 12-7pm

April 30th:
Spring Fling Conquest – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here

May

May 14th:Wave
4th Annual Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run for the Oceans – Manhattan Beach
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, May 13th 12-5pm

May 21st:5k Run Application for Individual Participants-1 copy
Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Redondo Beach, May 20th 12-7pm

 

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

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!

April 19th – Redondo Beach Fun Run with Asics

  • Come on down to the Village Runner in Redondo Beach on Tuesday, April 19th for a fun run with Asics! Asics will have a demo fleet of the newest Nimbus and Kayano and will raffle off goodies to some lucky runners!
  • 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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South Bay: Upcoming Local Races

Here’s a nice lineup of fun runs over the next few months for our South Bay runners and walkers!

Local Races

March 5th:
Loyola Marymount University – Race for Success 5K and 1K for Kids
Register Here

March 13th:
Village Runner St. Patrick’s Day 5K – Redondo Beach
Register Here

March 19th:
Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids’ Run
Register Here

April 16th:
Leslie Cohen Law 5K – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here

April 23rd:
25th Annual El Segundo Run for Education 5K / 10K
Register Here

April 30th:
Spring Fling Conquest – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here

May 14th:
4th Annual Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run for the Oceans – Manhattan Beach
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, May 13th 12-5pm

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

July 4th:
23rd Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash – Redondo Beach
Register Here

villagerunnerrunninggroup2 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!

22nd Annual 4th of July 5k Timeline

Our 22nd Annual 4th of July 5K presented by UCLA Health is right around the corner!  Online registration closes tomorrow, July 1st, at midnight, but you can still register at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach up until the start of the race.  Here’s a helpful timeline of race related information and events:

Registration Options

July 1st – Midnight – Online registration closes

July 3rd – Race Expo at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach 12pm-7pm:

– Late Registration and Packet Pickup

– Autograph signing from running greats Laszlo Tabori and Jacki Hansen 12pm-3pm!

July 4th – Packet Pickup and Late Registration – Arrive as early as 6:30am to register and/or pick up pre-registered race packets.  The 5K starts promptly at 8:00am and we’ll be taking registrations until the gun goes off!  Race morning packet pickup and late registration is held on Catalina Ave near Elena Ave. (NOT behind Village Runner).

Race Day Timeline

6:30am – Late Registration and Packet Pickup Opens

Costume Contest

Costume Contest

7:30am – Red, White, and Blue Costume Contest

1st place=$100 Village Runner Gift Certificate

2nd Place=$50 Village Runner Gift Certificate

3rd place=$25 Village Runner Gift Certificate

8:00am – 5K Run / Walk Starts

9:30am-9:50am: Kids’ Dash Series

9:30am Ages 10-12 Distance: 1/4 Mile

9:40am Ages 8-9 Distance: 1/4 Mile

9:45am Ages 6-7 Distance: 1/4 Mile

9:50am Ages 4-5 Distance: “Dash”

 

Additional 4th of July Morning Events

There are two other special events going on in conjunction with our 22nd Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K and Health Fair presented by UCLA Health!

  1. 8:30am-11am: Rock and Brews 4th of July Run Party – bring in your race bib for food and drink specials!
  2. 9:15am: GI Joe’s $1000 Push Up Challenge at the race expo site

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Jacki Hansen, to present Laszlo Tabori with Running Icon Award

Former Marathon World Record Holder, Jacki Hansen, to present Laszlo Tabori with RUNNING ICON AWARD at 22nd Village Runner 4th of July 5K presented by UCLA Health

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Jacki Hansen, a pioneer in women’s distance running who twice broke the world record in the marathon, has accepted an invitation to present Laszlo Tabori with the “Running Icon Award” at the 22nd Village Runner 4th of July 5K in Redondo Beach.  Tabori was the third man to break the 4-minute mile barrier, an Olympian, and a multiple world record holder.

Tabori coached Hansen for her entire career.  “All of my achievements were made possible by Laszlo.  He taught me the life lessons I needed to succeed: discipline, commitment, sacrifice, and work ethic.  He trained us as hard as the men and this really helped us,” said Hansen.

She first set a marathon world best in 1974 with a 2:43.55 performance at the Western Hemisphere Marathon in Culver City.   Hansen recaptured the word record from Christa Vahlensieck of West Germany in 1975 with a 2:38:19 time at the Oregon Track Club Marathon in Eugene, becoming the first woman to break 2:40 in the marathon.   Hansen was ranked #1 in the world in the women’s marathon for both 1974 and 1975.  Hansen had range as a runner from the mile, where she captured the AIAW Collegiate Championship in 1973, to the 10K, and beyond to the marathon.  Hansen is remembered for winning he 1973 Boston Marathon.   Hansen loves coaching and in addition to coaching elite athletes, she currently coaches cross country at St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey.

Hansen’s day job is as a Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester, CA, teaching health education to teacher candidates.   Hansen led the campaign for the IAAF to equalize the women’s track and field programs at the Olympics with the men, as they eventually added the 5,000 and 10,000-meter distances as well as the marathon.  “By the time of the first ever women’s marathon that took place at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, even though I qualified and ran the Olympic Marathon Trials, I was too old to be competitive with the elite women,” stated Hansen. Hansen attended Granada Hills High, Pierce College, and graduated from Cal State Northridge.  She is currently in the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and also, the Cal State Northridge Hall of Fame.

  • Tabori has written a phenomenal book on his life and running entitled “Laszlo Tabori – The Legendary Story of the Great Hungarian Runner” and will be holding a book signing at both the Expo the day prior to the race, from noon3 p.m., and also, race day at the event. Laszlo Tabori is a worldwide running icon.  On May 28th, 1955 he became the third man to break the four-minute mile barrier, setting a European Record with a time of 3:59.0, joining Roger Bannister and John Landy in an elite group. That year he equaled the 1500m World Record with a time of 3:40.8. Under the tutelage of legendary coach Mihaly Igloi in 1955 Laszlo Tabori, Istvan Rozsavolgi, and Sandor Iharos set an incredible 23 world records over a two-year period.
  • In 1955 Laszlo Tabori was rated number one in the world for 1500 meters and the mile by Track & Field News. “It’s an exciting time for me, as on this 60th Anniversary of breaking the 4 minute mile.  I am honored to be here at the 22nd Village Runner 4th of July 5K here in Redondo Beach, “said Tabori.  “Like my

Coach Mihaly Igloi told me, “I don’t want a strong man, I want a fast man.’ So, ‘put your gets to it’ and go run fast.”

Even more impressive was his resolve as a participant in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.  Laszlo and his team were the favorites leading into the Games.  However, tragedy struck just before the Olympics began as the Soviet army invaded Hungary to put down the Hungarian Revolution.  Dealing with the travel complications, emotional and mental strain of his country’s loss, Tabori still finished a very respectable 4th in the 1500m and 6th in the 5000m.

Laszlo chose not to return to Hungary after the Olympic Games and defected to America with his coach, Mihaly Igloi.  Tabori joined the American team, arriving in San Francisco on Christmas Eve. Within five days he was back on a plane heading for New York City, where he was issued a green card that would allow him to stay in the country. Tabori competed at a world-class level for several years, and would have been a medal contender in the 1960 Olympics if eligible. However, he could no longer run for Hungary, and wasn’t yet a US citizen so he was denied a chance to compete at the 1960 Rome Olympics although he was one of the top milers in the world. Tabori retired from running in 1962.

Laszlo became an outstanding coach, much like his mentor Igloi.  His coaching methods are well founded and he is a great believer in the interval method of training.  He coached LA Valley Junior College in the 1970s where his team won three California JV state titles and set numerous school and state records.

He was a pioneer coaching women runners, and in 1978, he won the New York Road Runners’ Club Coach Award for his outstanding contribution to woman’s distance running.  World-Record holders Jacqueline “Jacki” Hansen, winner of the Boston and Western Hemisphere Marathons and Miki Gorman, a two-time winner of both the New York City and Boston Marathons, were two of his female athletes who achieved international recognition during the 1970s.

In 1979, Runners World magazine awarded Tabori the prestigious Paavo Nurmi Award for Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Hungarian Hall of Fame in Budapest, Hungary in 1995 for his great accomplishments as a world-class athlete and Olympian. In 2002, Tabori received the Fair Play Award in Frankfurt, Germany given by the International Olympic Committee for lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution to the sport.

Tabori currently resides in Oak Park, CA.   Tabori was the distance coach for nine years for the University of Southern California’s Track and Field team coaching NCAA champions and 800m National Champion and Olympian Duane Solomon. Tabori is currently in Hungary where a national track stadium will soon be named after him.  Tabori will be returning to the U.S. a few days prior to the race.

The 22nd Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K is presented by UCLA Health.   Men’s overall winner and the women’s overall winner for the 5K Run will be awarded the $200 cash prize, second place, men and women, is $125, and third place, men and women, is $75. Rock & Brews, the renowned restaurant chain co-founded by KISS rock and roll stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will host the post-race party at its location within walking distance of the finish line.

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, Torrance, and Palos Verdes, and offers the best available service and state-of-the-art resources to its patients. Clif Bar will serve its energy bars and Clif Shots at the event.  Charity beneficiaries include after-school programs and athletic programs at South Bay-area high schools. There will also be a two-day Health & Wellness Expo.

To register for the race, visit:  www.villagerunner.com and click on the event and registration link. Registration fee is $40.00 per entry for the 5K Run/Walk (all ages). The Firecracker Dash, kids’ ages 4-12, is $30.00.  Kids wanting to run in both the 5K Run/Walk and the Firecracker Dash must register for each event. Runners can either register online or come in person to register on-site before the race starts on July 4th, 2015.

 

Media Contact: Don Franken Office (310) 342-0260, Cell (310) 962-3297

South Bay: Fun Runs and Walks May through July

May 2nd:
Grand View Gator 5K – Manhattan Beach
Details
Visit our booth at the Grand View Gator Expo on Saturday for some giveaways and discount cards!

May 16th:
Sean Brock Foundation 5K & 10K – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, May 15th

May 30th:
Champions for Children 5K Run Walk – Palos Verdes
Register Here

June 6th:
3rd Annual Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run for the Oceans – Manhattan Beach
Register Here

June 20th:
Manhattan Beach 5K Run
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, June 19th 12-7pm

July 4th:
22nd Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash – Redondo Beach
Register Here

villagerunnerrunninggroup2 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!

May 19th: Zensah Demo Run – Village Runner Redondo Beach
Ever been curious about compression sleeves? Join us Tuesday at 6:15pm for a Zensah demo run! More details to come!

May 24th: Mizuno Fun Run – Village Runner Redondo Beach
Join us on Sunday morning, May 24th at 8:15am for a Mizuno fun run and test out the latest Mizuno Wave Rider, Wave Inspire, and Sayonara! More details to come!

May 26th: Saucony Fun Run – Village Runner Redondo Beach
Join us on Tuesday at 6:15pm to test out the brand new Saucony Kinvara 6 and Triumph ISO series!  RSVP here!SAUC_S15_M_KINVARA6_SOCIAL_800x800

 

June 2nd: Asics Fun Run – Village Runner Redondo Beach
Join us on Tuesday at 6:15pm to test out the brand new Asics Nimbus 17’s!  More details to come!

22nd Annual 4th of July 5K – Registration Now Open!

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South Bay: Upcoming Spring Fun Runs

Spring is officially here and so are all the beautiful races that take us through the scenic streets of the South Bay!  Here’s a nice lineup of fun runs over the next couple of months for our South Bay runners and walkers!

Local Races

April 11th:
MS Run the US – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, April 10th

April 25th:
Loyola Marymount University – Race for Success 5K
Register Here

April 25th:
Spring Fling Conquest – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here

April 26th:
Ridgecrest Intermediate School 5K on the Peninsula
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Redondo Beach, April 25th Noon -7pm

April 26th:
Leslie Cohen Law 5K – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here

May 2nd:
Grand View Gator 5K – Manhattan Beach
Details

May 16th:
Sean Brock Foundation 5K & 10K – Dockweiler State Beach
Register Here
Packet Pickup: Village Runner Manhattan Beach, May 15th

June 6th:
3rd Annual Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run for the Oceans – Manhattan Beach
Register Here

July 4th:
22nd Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash – Redondo Beach
Register Here

villagerunnerrunninggroup2 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!

UCLA Health: Nutrition Tips

UCLA Health is the presenting sponsor for the 21st Annual 4th of July 5K and they bring with them a bevvy of advice for runners!  Jason Hove, MD is a UCLA Family Medicine physician in Redondo Beach and presents some nutrition tips for runners.

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UCLA Health: Hydration Tips

UCLA Health is the presenting sponsor for the 21st Annual 4th of July 5K and they bring with them a bevvy of advice for runners!  Jason Hove, MD is a UCLA Family Medicine physician in Redondo Beach and presents some hydration tips for runners.

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Upcoming Local Races and Fun Runs

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There are so many great local races coming up so be sure to sign up and mark your calendars today!

April 15th:
Village Runner Redondo Beach – Hoka One One Fun Run
More Details Available Here

April 19th:
Hermosa Beach – 5K and Kids Race
Register Here
Packet pickup and late registration on Friday, April 18th – Village Runner Manhattan Beach

April 24th:
Village Runner Manhattan Beach – Mizuno Fun Run
More Details Available Here

April 26th:
El Segundo – Run for Education 5K/10K
Register Here
Visit the Village Runner booth at the race day expo!

May 6th:
Village Runner Redondo Beach – Brooks Fun Run
More details to come soon!

May 17th:
Manhattan Beach – Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run for the Oceans
Register Here
Packet pickup and late registration on Friday, May 16th – Village Runner Manhattan Beach

July 4th:
Redondo Beach – 21st Annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K
Register Here
Packet pickup and late registration on Thursday, July 3rd – Village Runner Redondo Beach