Marathon checklist to get you on your way

You’re almost there runners!  The high mileage weeks are all under your belt and you’re as ready as you’re gonna be.  Or are you?  Do you know what you’re wearing, what you’re eating, and what you may need to pack? For more advice on what to bring, here are more tips from Women’s Running

South Bay: Upcoming Fun Runs

We have a bunch of great fun runs planned this month at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach in addition to our weekly fun runs!  Plus, with the Olympic Marathon Trials and the Los Angeles Marathon around the corner, it’s going to be a great month to get motivated to get up and move!  🙂  For a printable file, click here.

Fun Run calendar

St. Paddy’s Day Race Becomes An Official Warm-up Race for the ASICS LA Marathon

 St. Paddy’s Day Race Becomes An Official Warm-up Race for the ASICS LA Marathon

                The ASICS LA Marathon has just selected the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk and ‘Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold, as an official warm-up race. The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race, hosted by Village Runner, takes place March 3rd,  2013,  in Redondo Beach, CA.

                The race qualified as an official ASICS LA Marathon warm-up event due to its long history and reputation as a high quality event. “It’s a fun, tune-up sprint for the long distance runners competing in the ASICS LA Marathon,” said Mike Ward, race director for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K.

                The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk anticipates over 2,500 runners taking the starting line. The race is a community celebration, with participants often choosing to run or walk in full St. Paddy’s Day outfits completely decked out in shamrocks, lucky beads, and green attire.   For the first time the race will feature a costume contest with gift certificates awarded in the costume contest to the winning individual costume and the winning team. Teams entries require five or more runners.   After the race, runners’ friends and their families can continue the St. Paddy’s race celebration at restaurants, bars, and shops in Riviera Village.

                Entries are now open for the St. Paddy’s 5K Race! Prices are $30 for the 5K and $25 for the Kid’s Dash, with prices going up $5 for registration after 2/22/13. Same-Day Registration for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Community Walk starts at 6:30 a.m., the Walk begins at 8 a.m. and the Kid’s Dash starts at 9:30 a.m.  Pre-race packet pick-up is Saturday, March 2 from Noon – 7 p.m. at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach.  For more information and to register online, please visit

                Portions of the proceeds from the race go towards the Redondo Beach Firefighter’s Community Relief Fund and to Running Programs at local Redondo Beach schools. Hosting the event is Mike Ward, the owner of Village Runner.
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Race Results: LA Marathon 2012

Too bad we couldn’t have lucked out with the same weather as the 2012 LA Marathon for our St. Patrick’s Day 5K yesterday!  In any case, please see the link below for LA Marathon race results.  A special congratulations to our very own Tony Donagrechia for finishing sub-4 hours after working all day at our St. Patrick’s Day event starting at 4:30am and to our Village Runner, Ruth Jackson who also helped volunteer for our 5K on Friday and Saturday!  Hard workers and even harder runners…

Race Results

LA Marathon Road Closures – Sunday, March 18th

Need to get anywhere in LA this Sunday?  Not so fast!  Be sure to check out the link below and read up on the street closures for the LA Marathon before you drive yourself insane with road closures. Best of luck to all the runners this weekend. My fingers are crossed that there’s only a drizzle instead of a downpour…