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Long Beach Marathon

October 17, 2010 by USA Post 

Long Beach Marathon, The Dana Point Turkey Trot and the Los Angeles County half-marathon. But they are not Bob Seagren juices flowing the way the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon are in part because it is the cream of Run Racing cultures.

“This is the big enchilada, so to speak,” said Seagren, CEO of Run Racing – formerly International City Racing – and Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault at the Games in Mexico City in 1968. “That we happy, for sure. ”

26th version of today’s marathon starts at 7 am the bike tour begins at 6, walkers depart at 6:15, the wheelchair division 6:55 ET on 5 km to 8.30. Seagren expects a total of between 22,000 and 23,000 competitors.

Whittier Eli Rodriguez, who attended Long Beach State, is back to defend his marathon title of his men. Rodriguez last year out of nowhere to overtake Jason Gutierrez evil to win in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 57 seconds.

Rodriguez told the Press-Telegram this week his goal now is 2:19, which qualifies for U.S. Olympic trials.

Its something else Seagren likes to have a room that can capture the attention of those rooting on the riders.

Rodriguez certainly did a year ago, as he seemed to have quite a fan base cheering for him, including former 49ers teammates.

“Absolutely,” said Seagren. “We made this decision years ago. We Stopped providing foreign athletes and we said this is more of an event for the people. And have some good talent like Eli who is running in this local event and win, he could make me happier.
“I’d rather have someone like Eli he win a Kenyan or Ethiopian people who could care less.”

There are two registered runners who seem to have more chances to unseat Rodriguez as a champion. Andrew Musuva, born in Kenya but living in California, clocked a personal best of 2:12:02 in the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon. But that was 12 years ago, in 1998. Musuva is 40.

Another Kenyan-born runner, Samuel Rotich Chemerisia, will come with a top time of 2:12:31. Chemerisia is 28.

Jimmy Grabow, who also participated at LBSU, is back to defend his title in a half-marathon for men.

Grabow describes himself as “more of a track guy” who had never run a marathon and a half year ago. Remarkably, his winning time of 1:04:45 qualified him for the Olympic trials marathon. A rider either has to run a marathon in 2:19:00 to qualify for the trials in 1:05:00 or a half marathon.

“To which was incredible,” Grabow, 26, said Saturday. “Going into this race I did not have many expectations. But it’s always nice to go out with a win, especially in my hometown. ”

Grabow, who grew up in Running Springs, but now lives in Long Beach, said conditions were ideal for good times.

“It’s a fast flat course,” he said. “The crowd is always in it. There is a lot of enthusiasm. It’s really an ideal place to run, and time will be great. ”

The women’s side, Lindsay Nelson comes up with a personal best time of 2:48:15 in the marathon. She accomplished that this year in Eugene (Oregon) Marathon, where she finished third.

This delay could be good enough to win today because last year’s Long Beach Marathon winner, Cheryl Smith, won in 2:50:18.

Another top rider entered is Angie Voight with a time of 2:52:11 the top of the 2008 Houston Marathon.

Based on his second place in Los Angeles this year’s marathon in 2:26:20, Teyba Naser of Ethiopia would be favored to win the women’s marathon today. But she is enrolled in the half-marathon, not a marathon.

Naser fastest time in the half marathon is 1:10:21, achieved last year. It is much faster than the 1:20:31 presented by Bethany Nickless, who won last year in Long Beach.

Another rider to watch in the eastern half Carly Harris. Former Long Beach State and 5000 meters steeplechase standout has a top time of 1:17:38.

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