It may feel like the 2010 LA Marathon just ended, but our LA Roadrunners program, in its 21st year, is already kicking off. The program launched today in two locations, Venice Beach and Chino Hills. Many of our LA Marathon staff were present in Venice to greet the Roadrunners on their first day. There were many runners who’ve participated in the past, and a bunch of new faces as well. It was so much fun to catch up with old friends and look forward to the 2011 Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss.
The LA Marathon staff put a lot into today’s event, and the energy was incredible: Ginger Williams had many of our charities come out to meet runners and talk about their respective missions. We’re proud of the work we do with charities to raise money via the LA Marathon. Today was a great introduction to that process, especially for runners who may not have considered participating with one of our charity partners.
We had music going as well as free coffee from LA Marathon partner Don Francisco’s Coffee. What’s not to love about that at eight in the morning? In addition, K-Swiss showed up with their nifty van so Roadrunners could check out their outstanding line of running footwear. To top it off, we had a series of seminars from Rod Dixon, Podiatrist Dr Pagliano, and Physical Therapist Bob Forster talking about nutrition, injury prevention and other topics of interest to runners.
All in all it was an energizing kick off for the 2011 LA Marathon training season. Spaces are still available in the Roadrunners program, but don’t wait long. We expect the program to sell out soon. More information can be found at the LA Roadrunners website.