HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Despite a lower than expected turnout, the fourth
annual Pacific Shoreline Marathon ran smoothly Sunday, organizers said.
More than 5,400 runners participated in events ranging from a three-mile
race to a full, 26-mile marathon, said Louise Weiner, the promoter's
managing director. But about 8,000 athletes were expected.
There were that many spectators, though, cheering the runners on as they
huffed and puffed. Volunteers numbering 900 held back crowds and kept
track of times, among other things, Weiner said.
The event raised $25,000 for charities, including Huntington Youth
Shelter, the Children's Hospital of Orange County and the junior
lifeguard program, said Naida Osline, the city's director of special
events. Officials are still calculating how much, if any, profits the
city made from the event -- which features the only full marathon race in
Gilbert Salazar, 27, of Long Beach won the main event for the men with a
time of 2:33:37. The top runner for the women was Kirsten Kempe, 32, of
Mountain View, who crossed the finish line in 2:56:29.
Taking the highest honors in the half-marathon were Gus Mogarreo, 36, of
San Gabriel in 1:10:27 and Melanie Ellis, 35, of Los Angeles in 1:20:06.
Huntington Beach resident Dave Schumacher, 31, took 25:10 to win the
five-mile run, while Katrina Pricecrosby, 29, of South Pasadena needed
just 28:42 to capture the women's heat.
Victory in the three-mile races went to Dan Arsenault, 37, of Santa Ana
in 15:48 and Christine Morgan, 31, of Long Beach in 19:07.
Except for a light drizzle in the morning, the partly cloudy day proved
"perfect" for running, Osline said.
To make way for the racers, Pacific Coast Highway and some residential
streets were closed off until midafternoon, but organizers reported few
complaints from locals.