Beach Cities Sports: Paddleboarding, running, swimming, yoga and more
Running: Registration is open for the 16th Annual Village Runner St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run and Community Walk to be held at 8 a.m. Sunday in Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village. Following the 5K at 9:30 a.m. will be the kid’s Little Leprechaun Dash for Gold. All participants will receive a St. Patrick’s Day Run t-shirt. There will be age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5K run. Entry fees are $40 for adults and $35 for kids. Runners can register at villagerunner.com.
Pants Off Racing (“POR”) will be holding a “Sandy Sauté” on Saturday, Mar. 30 in Hermosa Beach. POR provides support directly to families that are impacted with pancreatic cancer. The beach race will be 2 miles beginning at 2 p.m. on the sand just north of the Hermosa Pier. Registration is $25 and available at raceplace.com. For more information, visit pantsoffracing.com.
Registration is available for the Seventh Annual 5K Fun Run for the Oceans, held by the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center. This year’s Fun Run will be Saturday, May 11 starting at 9:30 a.m. on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Entry fee is $35 and includes t-shirt, refreshments, prize for top three in each age division and post-race raffle. Registration is available at roundhouseaquarium.org/funrun.
Fundraising: Local residents will be running in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15 to raise funds for their respective charities. Former El Segundo softball standout Shannon Brooker, now a senior at Boston University, will be sponsored by the Martin Richard Foundation, which was founded by the parents of Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy who lost his life during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Brooker is attempting to reach her fundraising requirement of $7,500. Donations can be made three ways: at the Thursday, March 14 fundraiser at CPK in Manhattan Beach; sending a check to the Martin Richard Foundation (℅ Shannon Brooker); or on her page at crowdrise.com.
Manhattan Beach resident Alan Franz is running to conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. He will be among more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates in an effort to raise $6 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To contribute, visit RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 632-1970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paddleboarding: Registration is open for the Rock 2 Rock paddleboard race to be held on Father’s Day, June 30. Starting from Two Harbors on Catalina Island and finishing at Cabrillo State Beach in San Pedro, the race was started by Joe Bark and is now a fundraiser for the Ocean of Hope Campaign. To register, visit paddleguru.com.
Swimming: Registration is now open for Swim The Avenues, an official qualifying swim for the Manhattan Beach Pier to Pier Swim, to be held Sunday, July 14 at Redondo Beach’s Miramar Park. There will be a 1-mile race for ages 13-and-over ($45) as well as a half-mile race ($35). Both include individual age group and open categories along with wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories. To register, visit active.com.
Yoga: Yoga on the Octagon at the Redondo Beach Pier is free for all levels. Held Wednesdays 6 – 7 p.m., 500 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach (west end of the pier behind Tony’s). Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Redondopier.com.
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach offers free, all-level yoga on the Aquadeck, Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 a.m., weather permitting. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing. Mats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Shade Hotel, 655 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. Call (310) 921-8940 to reserve your spot. Rb.shadehotel.com.