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Women Propel Growth of Surf City USA(R) Half Marathon, Now Among Top 12 in Country and Top Three in California

Friday, December 18, 2009 General News J E 4
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Dec. 17 -- The Surf City USA Half Marathon is riding a huge wave of success.  Already ranked among the top 12 half marathons in the nation and number three in the Golden State, the Surf City USA half marathon is poised to break into the nation's top 10 this winter due in large part to female participation.

Staged on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2010, the Surf City USA Marathon is the largest combined oceanfront marathon and half marathon event in California.  It features more than 18,000 entrants participating in three divisions – marathon, half-marathon and 5K – and is preceded by a two-day exposition.  Detailed information is available at www.runsurfcity.com.

The immensely popular half marathon is comprised of 13,000 runners from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries, 64 percent of which are women.  Ranging in age from 11 to 83, they run for myriad reasons ranging from sport, family, networking and fun to health and philanthropy.  The recent emergence of women's-only training clubs adds a new dynamic to this emerging culture.  

"Women are the driving force behind the growth of half marathons nationwide," said Surf City Race Director Kathy Kinane.  "The female runners are well-educated and understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.  They know that life is not a spectator sport!"

Area running and triathlon clubs such as Tri La Vie are emerging as a significant growth vehicle.  As an all women's team based in Orange County, Tri La Vie participants swim, bike and run their way to healthy bodies, strong minds and energized souls.  "Having a goal such as a race is motivating and fulfilling," said Tri La Vie founder Martha Szufnarowski.  "Women's fitness is so often linked to weight-loss and management, and those goals are usually frustrating to attain."

The Surf City USA Marathon, which serves as a "qualifier" for the prestigious Boston Marathon, was rated among the top five marathon experiences in America by Marathon and Beyond.  The award-winning course is scenic and flat with much of the race taking place on the beachfront running path, but also featuring the famed pier, beauty of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and serenity of Central Park.  More than 30,000 spectators from the 48 contiguous states and 19 foreign countries are anticipated to pack the downtown and outlying areas.  

Formerly known as the Pacific Shoreline Marathon, the 14th Surf City USA Marathon begins at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2010.  The starting point is on Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Main St. and the famed Huntington Beach Pier.  Weekend highlights include the two-day Active Lifestyle Beach Expo and Michelob Ultra Post Race Beer Garden.  More information is available at www.runsurfcity.com.  

SOURCE Surf City USA Marathon

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