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Palos Verdes Marathon Back On Track

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 10, 2011

Increasing costs left race organizers scrambling.

Thanks to a vote from the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, the future of one of the country’s oldest marathons, the Palos Verdes Marathon, is no longer in jeopardy. The 45-year-old race is scheduled for May 14.

In an effort to cut costs, the race’s sponsor, the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates, had moved the race to Rancho Palos Verdes. However, they quickly discovered that costs were steep there as well ($30,000 for permits and Sheriff Department traffic enforcement).

On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to support the permit which was filed by race organizers at the last minute. They also agreed to halve the $7500 permit fee for the race.

“Everything went so well last night it’s kind of hard to believe it was the same thing as a week ago,” said marathon chairman John Williams. “We’re really pleased and anxious to get rolling.”

A turnout of 2,500 runners is expected. The marathon starts at the Terranea Resort and traverses the scenic Palos Verdes Drives South and West.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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