Malibu Marathon Opens Arms to Runners Shut Out of NY Marathon

"This is an opportunity for the running community to band together," says organizer Jennifer Calloway.

Marathon runners who were shut out of the New York Marathon by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy are invited to run in the next big marathon on the calendar, at Malibu next weekend.

Forever Runners, a Malibu-based group that hosts both full- and half- marathons each fall, said it would offer NYC runners a discount and contribute 25 percent of their Malibu entry fees to the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

"This is an opportunity for the running community to band together," said organizer Jennifer Calloway in a statement. "Malibu extends a special invitation to all the athletes that still want to compete, and our thoughts and condolences to the families and communities still picking up the pieces."

Disappointed runners from New York have already registered for the Malibu race in the past few days, she said. About 40,000 marathoners had been scheduled to run from Staten Island to Manhattan until the race there was cancelled in the face of overwhelming opposition from the public and weary relief workers.

NYC Marathon runners were directed to http://www.malibuintmarathon.com/indexen.htm and to use the code "Malibu4NYC" to register with the discount and donation.

Forever Runners is a group of five Malibu marathoners who have organized the 26-mile race through the strawberry fields of Camarillo past Point Mugu and down Pacific Coast Highway to the Zuma Beach entrance. This year it is starting a "SUPathlon," a seven-mile run with a six-mile stand-up paddle in the ocean off Trancas.

Hans Laetz November 04, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Malibu residents do not own the coast, It is a national resource. It's a state law. And yes, we have to share. And accommodate. We always hear about how many millions of people visit Malibu. We all know that's a statistical trick. Most of us have very little contact with beach visitors. The traffic we face most of the time is commuters, or Malibu residents. If you want to put up with an oppressive beach crowd, try living in Manhattan Beach. If you want to feel handcuffed with beachgoers, try Laguna Beach some weekend. The Malibu Marathon inspires local kids to run. It's an event created by locals. Malibu is the largest stretch of beach in the second-largest metro area in the nation. We are not Big Sur. We are not Mendocino. People are going to come here. Our challenge is to accommodate them while protecting reasonable local concerns, And saying "go away" is not going to be held reasonable, and has not worked since 1922.
Hans Laetz November 04, 2012 at 11:24 PM
... and when I say little contact ... I mean on PCH. I know, Paradise Cove residents have big problems with overcrowding and dangerous practices. Those are reasonable concerns.
Joel Shultz November 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
reasonable concerns!...Running along p.c.h. close to the right lane of traffic, all of these spirited marathoners challenging traffic, haven't we experienced enough carnage lately? And it's absurd to believe that all the p.c.h. traffic is comprised of locals.. Most, by and large, are people passing thru...
Marquita Hynes November 06, 2012 at 01:51 PM
This is very lovely of the organizers, to open the race up to those of us shut out of NYC. And the extra special touch is that you're making charitable donations. Sincere THANKS. If I could, I really would come run your marathon. Thank you!
Wendi Werner November 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Thank you organizers for allowing these people to join you and for donating a percentage to the families of hurricane Sandy who have lost EVERYTHING. You are true American's lending the helping hand.


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