Officials in Santa Clarita Cancel Race

From a Times Staff Writer

The city of Santa Clarita has canceled its 2003 marathon, originally scheduled for Sunday, because of complications arising from Southern California’s wildfires.

City officials said they couldn’t predict the air quality nor be assured that ambulances and other emergency services would be available.

There are no plans to reschedule the marathon, for which 2,700 runners, walkers and volunteers had signed up. Also canceled were the half marathon, the children’s fun run, a 5K race and a marathon expo that had been scheduled for Saturday.

The next marathon is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2004.