Randy Angel

Beach Runs: Thousands begin Independence Day on the run

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The popular Village Runner 4th of July 5K will celebrate its 24th year.

By Randy Angel

The largest and most colorful running race of the summer will celebrate its 24th year when the Village Runner 4th of July 5K presented by UCLA Health takes place Tuesday, July 4. Runners and walkers start and finish on Catalina Avenue in Redondo’ Beach’s Riviera Village.

All participants will receive a 4th of July Run T-shirt. There will be chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5k run. All kids finishing the Firecracker Dash will receive medals.

Juan Paredes is the defending champion, clocking a time of 14 minutes, 50 seconds last year.  Ana Narvaez captured the women’s title in 17:13.

The 5K begins at 8 a.m., followed by  the kid’s Firecracker Dash at 9:30 a.m. $35 for the 5K; $25 for kid’s race. Add $5 after June 5. (310) 376-7900. villagerunner.com


Champions for Children 5K

Saturday, May 20

South Coast Botanic Gardens

Palos Verdes Peninsula

The South Bay Children’s Health Center hosts the 4th annual event to raise funds for children, teens and young adults throughout the South Bay. The Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Entry fees for ages 13+ is $35, ages 6-12 $25 through May 18 (add $10 thereafter). Age division awards given to the top three make and females. New Kids Fun Run for children ages 0-5 goes around the Expo Area ($15). 310-316-1212. Sbchc.com.


Armed Forces Day 5K

Saturday, May 20


In a tribute to Louis Zamperini, Village Runner hosts the 2nd annual Armed Forces Day 5K at 8 a.m. at Del Amo Fashion Center on Madrona Ave. The event features T-shirts, chip timing and age division awards. $40. To register or for more information, log on to villagerunner.com.


Roundhouse Fun Run for the Oceans

Saturday, June 3

Manhattan Beach

Timed 5K run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m., benefitting the Roundhouse Aquarium. Event includes awards for top three finishers in each division and raffle. Entry fee is $35 (add $5 on race day)

310-379-8177. roundhouseaquarium.org.


Conquer Our Runs

Saturday, June 3

Hermosa Beach

Aug. 5

Manhattan Beach

The Conquer Our Run’s Summer’s First Quest  and Summer’s Best races benefit Lupus LA, Rainbow Services, Stand up 2 Cancer, Special Olympics and more. Entry fees are $29 (5K) and $32 (10K). Register at Active.com or visit ConquerourRun.org and click SoCal.


Manhattan Beach 5K

Saturday, June 24

Manhattan Beach Pier

Starting and finishing at the Manhattan Beach Pier, the course runs along the water’s edge during the lowest tide of the season. 5K race ($40) begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by Kids Races ($30) at 8:20 a.m. Contact Jeff Atkinson, jeff@olympianfitness.com or mb5k.com.


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