OFF AND RUNNING THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR MARATHON RELAY.Byline: James Nash Staff Writer
GRIFFITH PARK Griffith Park is a large public park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is situated in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The park covers 4,210 acres (17 km²) of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. - With bravado that even a celebrity might envy, 11-year-old Ryan Osborne whipped over the hills and sharp turns of Griffith Park on Sunday in the 22nd annual Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon, barely pausing afterward to collect himself.
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Wheezing occurs when a child or adult tries to breathe deeply through air passages that are narrowed or filled with mucus as a and whining and crying,'' said Ryan, a member of the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. Running Warriors. ``It's really not hard.''
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pluck preteens who dubbed themselves the Purple Marlins - competed in a field of about 600 teams and 3,500 runners in the annual relay marathon, in which each member of the five-person teams runs 5.2 miles before passing the baton. Race organizers say the projected $400,000 in proceeds will go toward St. John's Health Center's Child and Family Development Center.
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``I'm amazed that they have this many people out here in this kind of weather,'' said marathon co-host Robert Wagner, a veteran actor best known for his role as Jonathan Hart on the early 1980s television drama ``Hart to Hart Hart to Hart is an American television series starring Switch alumnus, Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart and Stefanie Powers as his wife Jennifer, who lived in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. The show ran from 1979 to 1984 on the ABC Television Network. .''
Stewart, who died in 1997, founded what is now the largest relay marathon in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. as a 10-kilometer road race in Marina del Rey. Wagner has served as the event master of ceremonies for the past 20 years.
``It's a great thrill for me to be here and carry on his legacy,'' Wagner said from a trailer liberally stocked with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, said to be a Stewart favorite.
Wagner's first-time co-host, actor Chris O'Donnell, said the event has grown into a pastime for many Los Angeles families and will continue even after Wagner, who is 73, steps down.
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2. of peanut butter and jelly, baby, bring it on!'' O'Donnell said.
Back on the track, a group of employees of the Far Niente Restaurant in Glendale - whose name translates from Italian to ``not a care'' - barely broke a sweat. Several of the restaurant employees regularly compete in marathons in which they don't have the luxury of passing the baton to teammates.
``This is just a good goal for us to keep us from getting fat,'' said runner Mike Strickland, 31, of Atwater Village.
The Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon raises money for St. John's Health Center's Child and Family Development Center.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News