Around Town: Course record set at marathon

A course record was set in the 17th annual Surf City USA Marathon on Sunday.

Reigning champ Carla McAlister, 39, of San Clemente finished in a time of 2:56:28, beating the old mark set in 2006 of 2:57:19 by Nadia Noorzia. That's right, she's 39.

Tyler Sewald, 30, of Greeley, Colo. won the men's marathon with a time of 2:29:38, 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Tim Harder, age 27, of Aliso Viejo.

The event includes a full and half marathon with more than 21,000 pre-registered runners from around the world. According to a news release, 50,000 spectators visited the Active Lifestyle Expo on Friday and Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway.

Winners of the half marathon were Nicholas Arciniaga, 29, of Flagstaff, Ariz., with a time of 1:06:59, and Chantelle Wilder, 27, of Monte Sereno, Calif., with a time of 1:18:52.

The event is also a fundraiser for the Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine-based nonprofit group that builds and delivers wheelchairs to people in developing nations. The fundraising group Run for Mobility has raised more than $1.7 million for that cause in the past seven years. For more information, visit


H.B. man to Alzheimer's group's board

The Alzheimer's Family Services Center has named Huntington Beach resident Richard Milo to its board. Milo, a principal at Deloitte LLP, is a leader of enterprise risk and control services, according to a news release.

"I have seen that Alzheimer's Family Services Center provides a very valuable service to families suffering with this disease," Milo said in a prepared statement. "Participating on the board will allow me to give my time and experience to a cause I care about, help my community, and learn more about the ways that families and communities facing this affliction can be supported."

Milo lives in Huntington Beach with his wife and two children. He volunteers at educational events, AYSO and Little League.


Get the man his fan cave

Thomas Aaron Roberts of Huntington Beach has asked us for a little favor. The Huntington Beach Union High School District substitute teacher has been chosen as one of the 52 finalists in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave competition out of more than 20,000 submissions, and he wants our vote.

According to the site, viewers can vote now through Wednesday, Feb. 13. From the finalists, 30 contestants will be invited to spring training to audition to be the 2013 Fan Cave Dwellers.

In case you have no idea what the MLB Fan Cave is, it is a place in New York City where the nine winning contestants will live. The venue will also be a place for events, concerts, and player and celebrity appearances.

The Cave Dwellers will attempt to watch all 2,430 games of the season and chronicle their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media, according to the website. They will also compete with each other in a series of challenges. Online fans will help decide who gets to stay.

Roberts is seeking votes for his video, which can be found by following the links at


Gala for 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 Memorial Committee is hosting a Gala to raise money for a monument at Huntington Beach Civic Center.

The event will be Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa Grand Ballroom.

It may be too late to attend — the deadline to sign up was Monday — but if you want to donate, contact Dennis Hashin of the HB Police Officers Foundation office at (714) 842-8851 or visit There are also sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.


Casino Night for H.B. High

Huntington Beach High School will host a Viva Las Vegas Casino Night fundraiser.

The event will be 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22 at Meadowlark Country Club, 16782 Graham St. in Huntington Beach.

There will dinner, drinks, dancing, a live and silent auction and casino games.

Cost is $42.50 before Feb. 10, $50 after and $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at

The foundation is a volunteer, non-profit corporation comprised of parents, students, alumni, staff and representatives of business and the community to raise funds for the benefit of all students at HBHS.

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