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Laurene Weste: Walk with the mayor on marathon day

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Posted: October 29, 2010 10:48 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

For some, running is a way of life — a hobby that brings peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment. For others, walking is more their speed — a chance to enjoy the great outdoors without pushing the body to extreme limits.

On Nov. 7, the city of Santa Clarita will challenge runners and walkers everywhere at the 15th annual Santa Clarita Marathon. This year, I am inviting all “walkers” to join me and my fellow Council members for a 2.6-mile community walk on marathon race day, followed by a free pancake breakfast at City Hall.

The Mayor’s Walk will begin at 7:15 a.m. in the City Hall parking lot, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd. The walk will end at the Santa Clarita Marathon finish line on Theatre Drive at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. After crossing the finish line, you can enjoy a free ride on the Hometown Trolley back City Hall to enjoy the pancake breakfast. The entry fee for the Mayor’s Walk, which includes a commemorative T-shirt, is $20.

In addition to the Mayor’s Walk, the day will include a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K run and a Kid-K run. All races will begin at 7 a.m., with the exception of the Kid-K, which will begin at 8:30 a.m.

This year, the Santa Clarita Marathon race committee will use newly opened trails along San Francisquito Creek as part of the 2010 half marathon and marathon. The trail system will be used for the majority of the race and will reduce the amount of street closures along McBean Parkway.

To kick off the marathon and get in the racing spirit, the city will host a pre-race health and fitness expo for everyone to enjoy next Saturday. The free expo will be held at the Hyatt Valencia from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature more than 30 health-related vendors and information booths. Here, runners may sign up for events, and race participants can pick up race bibs and T-shirts.

Starting between the Hyatt Valencia and Westfield Valencia Town Center, the Santa Clarita Marathon, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, has a revised looped course that follows 26.2 miles of roadways, paved city trails and paseos to its finish line at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The half marathon starts simultaneously with the marathon, following the same course but breaking away near mile 12 for a 13.1-mile finish at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The 5K run is a looped, 3.1-mile course that will start and end at Westfield Valencia Town Center. This is a great event for all ages and those who aren’t inclined to run for competition.

The Kid-K is designed to promote health and fitness among children. This noncompetitive event for ages 12 and under is a quarter-mile course, starting and finishing at Westfield Valencia Town Center. Parents may accompany small children.

Online registration for marathon events is open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Residents can sign up in person at the health and fitness expo next Saturday. The entry fee for the marathon is $83; $66 to register for the half marathon; $39 for the 5K; and $13 for the Kid-K. Registration for the marathon, half marathon and 5K will not be available on the day of the race.

Whatever your age or fitness level, the Santa Clarita Marathon has something for every member of the family. By the way, if eating pancakes is more your style, please join us for the free pancake breakfast, beginning at 7:45 a.m. at City Hall on Nov. 7. For more information, visit

    Mayor Laurene Weste can be reached at Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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