Rock & Brews Post Race Party & Award Ceremony

Look what Rock & Brews Redondo Beach has for us! They’ve made a special menu for our post-race party from 8:45am-noon. Please join us there to keep the celebration going. Medals will be awarded here & we’ll have raffle prizes too. You can still register for our 24th Annual 4th of July 5K & Firecracker Dash sponsored by UCLA Health in-store at Village Runner South Bay (even on race morning)


UCLA Health Tips: Sunscreen Health Tips


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:

  • 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.

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: 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

UCLA Health Tip: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

UCLA Health Systems is the presenting sponsor of the 22nd Annual 4th of July 5K in Redondo Beach and is here today to pass along some helpful tips that many of us are all too familiar with – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness!  Please click here for a printable PDF file.


Lucie Brining, MD Internal Medicine


2015 Presenting Sponsor



UCLA Health Tip: Female Athlete Triad


UCLA Health Systems is the presenting sponsor of the 22nd Annual 4th of July 5K in Redondo Beach and is here today to pass along some helpful tips for the female athlete.  Please click here for a printable PDF file.Female_Athlete_Triad6


Michelle Sangalang, MD Family Medicine
UCLA Palos Verdes
Primary & Specialty Care
501 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 100
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Phone (310) 303-3953

UCLA Health Tips: Exertional Heat Illness



UCLA Health Systems is the presenting sponsor of the 22nd Annual 4th of July 5K in Redondo Beach and is here today to pass along some helpful tips on staying active in the Summer time heat (let’s face it – year round heat).  Please click here for a printable PDF file.

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Jason Hove, MD
Family Medicine

UCLA Redondo Beach
415 North Prospect
Redondo Beach, CA 90277



UCLA Health – Walk with a Doc – Miramar Park, Redondo Beach – Saturday, May 16th

UCLA Health is participating in the Walk With a Doc program on May 16th, at Miramar Park in Redondo Beach.  This is free to the public so lace up those walking shoes and come on out for a walk along the beautiful Esplanade!

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UCLA Health and MBX Presents: Wellness for the Total Athlete

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A South Bay Symposium
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Mira Costa High School

Hear from physicians, therapists and coaches on how to build healthy, successful athletes today and into the future.

Tickets at
Adults – $10 ($15 at event); Students – Free

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

22nd Annual 4th of July 5K