For the first time in its 14 year history, the Surf City USA Marathon took on a distinctly international flavor with three “foreign” runners capturing first place medals. Canadians Karen Warrendorf (age 36) and Steven Osaduik (age 30) won the women’s marathon and men’s half respectively, while 31 year-old Aussie Karen Barlow was the top women’s half marathoner. The lone American champ was 33 year-old Matt Wiltse of Las Vegas who won the men’s marathon in a time of 2:37:19.
California’s largest oceanfront marathon and half-marathon featured a record 20,200 pre-registered runners from all 50 states and eight foreign countries. With the Pacific Ocean and Surf City iconic Pier as a backdrop, a crowd of more than 40,000 lined PCH in downtown Huntington Beach for near-perfect racing conditions. An additional 35,000 spectators attended the Active Lifestyle Expo on Friday and Saturday.
For full results, visit www.runraceresults.com and click on Surf City USA Marathon. Additional marathon information can be found at www.runsurfcity.com. For the fifth year in a row, racers used the “Run for Mobility” to raise funds for the Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine-based nonprofit group that provides wheelchairs to poor people in developing countries. More than 400 runners raised $200,000 to send some 3,000 wheelchairs to Haiti and other places around the world.