Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach 10K Saturday, pandemic or not

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MB10 runners ran in small groups, but with big smiles Saturday morning. Photo by Kevin Cody

Entries were down but not the enthusiasm for the 43rd Annual Manhattan Beach 10K on Saturday. Traditionally, entries are capped at 4,000 because the race runs through town and ends at the always busy Manhattan Beach pier. But the pandemic’s ban on large gatherings forced race organizers to adopt a new course.

“This year’s MB 10k was planned as a virtual race. Runners were encouraged to run at least 10 kilometers on a course of their own choosing, over the 10 days leading up to  the traditional date of the run (the first Saturday in October). We had over 1,400 entrants from all over the country, from San Diego to Michigan to Cape Cod,” race director Rachel Judson said.

Locally, many runners, including the more than 30 who have run the race every year since its founding in 1978, chose to run the traditional course. They gathered in small groups with masked smiles at the start line painted on the curb at Fourth Street and Ardmore. Upon finishing at the Manhattan Beach pier they quickly dispersed to the Shellback and other downtown watering holes with outdoor patios.

“The first Saturday in October will always be MB 10K Saturday,” one runner was heard to say. ER

Photos by Kevin Cody

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