POUNDING PAVEMENT RUNNERS HIT SANTA CLARITA FOR ITS ANNUAL MARATHON.Byline: Sue Doyle Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - About 2,500 runners - some with strollers, some with dogs and at least one without shoes - took to the streets Sunday for the 2005 Santa Clarita Marathon.
Valencia Town Center, with its upscale shops and cozy restaurants, was transformed into race central, where those running in the 5K, half marathon A half marathon is a road running event of 21,097.5 meters, or 13 7/64 miles, about 13.1 miles. It is half the distance of a marathon and usually run on roads. and full marathon huffed and puffed their way through the beginning and end of their meets.
Marathon runner Robert Leonardo, 43, was first to cross the finish line, making it across the 26.2-mile course in about two hours, 43 minutes and 45 seconds as the crowd erupted with applause.
The Lancaster man said he had a hunch from the start that he'd win.
``I knew from the beginning that I was going to win, because I looked around and didn't see anyone behind me,'' Leonardo said.
The warehouse manager was pleased with his score but said he was more than a few seconds faster in the recent Long Beach Marathon. However, he was fighting a cold this past week and said that slowed him down somewhat on Sunday.
Sylvie Maracci, 35, was the first woman to finish the marathon. She did it in three hours, seven minutes and 16 seconds. This was the 13th marathon for the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. lawyer, who usually competes in triathlons.
Maracci said people cheered her on during the race, giving her the energy to move faster.
``As I was running, everyone told me I was the first woman and that I was winning, so I kept going,'' Maracci said.
Athletes followed a 26.2-mile course that began at Valencia Town Center and wound its way around major streets and then through smaller side streets and knotty knot·ty
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For marathon runners, the race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon Boston marathon
famous 26-mile race held annually for long-distance runners. [Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
See : Endurance , the king of all races.
One man running alone in the 5K suddenly fell to the ground unconscious. He was taken to a local hospital but his identity and condition were not released.
Runners discovered him about two miles into the race and knew he needed assistance but were helpless because no one had cell phones with them. Some raced ahead to a water stop where an ambulance was then called.
Running in the 5K, nurse Karen Klepic and husband Michael were first to find the man on the ground. The Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. couple said they performed CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Definition
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a procedure to support and maintain breathing and circulation for a person who has stopped breathing (respiratory arrest) and/or whose heart has stopped (cardiac for 10 to 15 minutes until help arrived. He was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
Phil Lantis, arts and events administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, said it was the first time a runner has collapsed during the competition in the 10 years the city has sponsored the event.
Some in the 5K were families, such as David Alcantara, 41, who ran with his daughter Jessica, 11. The Canyon Country residents held hands as they dashed across the finish line.
Others, such as Chad Pearlman, 11, and his mother, Elizabeth, 45, ran with Halftime, a 15-year-old Jack Russell Jack Russell may refer to:
``We had to slow him down,'' said Elizabeth Pearlman referring to the dog. ``He loves racing.''
Race winners received gift baskets from the city. In addition, half-marathon and marathon winners were awarded free Southwest Airlines This article is about the American airline. For the former Japanese airline, see Japan Transocean Air. For the British airline, see Air Southwest.
Southwest Airlines Co. tickets.
Competition was definitely in the air, and many professional runners had their own ways to get their bodies to perform best on Sunday.
Some ate spaghetti or enchiladas the night before, loading up on carbohydrates to have sugar to burn for energy. Others made sure they slept well through the week.
But for Ted McDonald Edgar Arthur McDonald, born January 6, 1891, at Launceston, Tasmania, and died July 22, 1937, in a road accident at Blackrod, Bolton, Lancashire was a cricketer who played for Tasmania, Victoria, Lancashire and Australia. , the No. 1 way to race is in bare feet bare feet
symbol of impoverishment. [Folklore: Jobes, 181]
See : Poverty .
Displaying his dirty dogs after the race, the 41-year-old Sun Valley man, known as Barefoot Ted, said that's how people were meant to run. He said gym shoe manufacturers have made a steep profit on convincing people otherwise.
``If we lived in a society where what was best was promoted rather than profit, we'd see more barefoot runners,'' McDonald said.
In about three hours and 17 minutes, McDonald finished the 26.2-mile race. His score qualified him for the Boston Marathon. Bare feet and all.
Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254
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color, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour SAC edition only) Runners make their way down McBean Parkway at the beginning of the 2005 Santa Clarita Marathon in Valencia on Sunday morning Sunday Morning may refer to:
(2 -- color in SAC edition only) Sylvie Maracci, 35, crosses the finish line in the race. She was the first woman to complete the course. She did it in three hours, seven minutes and 16 seconds.
(3 -- color in SAC edition only) Runner Robert Leonardo, 43, crosses the line to win the race in the Santa Clarita Marathon on Sunday.
Tom Mendoza/Staff Photographer