|2009 Pasadena Marathon & Bike Tour
By Daria Belov
A crowd of over 8,000 runners, walkers and cyclists will hit the streets of Pasadena, California, Sunday morning to compete in the 2009 inaugural Pasadena marathon, half marathon, bike tour, 5K and fun run/walk. The 26.2 mile full marathon and 13.1 mile half marathon will begin at 6:30 a.m. in Pasadena, CA. Weather forecasts show a 70% chance of precipitation and possible thunderstorms, but race events will continue rain or shine.
(photo: Ghost runners - credit: crgdtn)
Pasadena runners and cyclists are excited for this inaugural event, the initial 2008 Pasadena Marathon & Bike Tour had been canceled due to smoke and ash in the air from local California wildfires. This year, it looks like the only California weather conditions participants may face is potential rain, and with an early start time, runners may get lucky.
There are five race-day events, providing fitness activities for everyone. The Bike Tour begins at 6am and the 1/2 and full marathons begin at 6:30am. Note: The Pasadena Marathon Course is USATF Certified and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. the 5K race begins at 6:50am as does the Fun Run/Walk.
Traffic will be a major issue for nearly everyone in the Pasadena area Sunday morning. Race Course organizers have worked hard to minimize impact on the community and many thanks go to the residents of Pasadena for supporting their efforts. Street closures include Del Mar, Wilson, California, Lake, Oak Knoll, Alpine, Orange Grove, Bellefontaine and others. Residents and visitors to the area on race day a advised to view the marathon street closures table.
Pasadena Marathon Map - The Marathon begins and ends along Colorado blvd. near Pasadena City College. The event winds along a scenic course, which includes Pasadena commercial districts, beautiful residential neighborhoods, and numerous cultural and historical landmarks. View or download the full color marathon map in PDF format.
Pasadena Marathon Results - After the race has finished, information from participants timing chips will be uploaded to a race results website for results viewing. Runners and others can search by name or bib number. Expect Pasadena Marathon race results to begin appearing mid-day Sunday. Visit runraceresults.com for complete race data.
Pasadena Marathon Photos - We have covered news on dozens of marathons and over the years have discovered one of the best ways to view free online photos from any marathon event is by using Yahoo! owned photo sharing site Flickr. Visitors, volunteers, and participants uploading photos may want to tag them with Pasadena Marathon 2009 type tags. View unfiltered uploads from everyone matching Pasadena and Marathon.
Pasadena Marathon on Twitter - Yes, there's already been plenty of discussion related to the marathon on the micro blogging service. Use the search features >> Pasadena+Marathon << to view real-time feedback related to the event. Twitter can be a lot of fun for tracking events like marathons, be sure to check it out.
Huge congratulations and thank you's to Pasadena Chiropractor, Dr. Michael DeNapoli, D.C., of Pasadena Family Chiropractic and North Hollywood Chiropractor, Dr. Michael Blum, DC, for their dedication to assisting runners and cyclists preparing for the marathon. Along with other local chiropractors and assisting medical volunteers, they should be fairly busy on Monday.
Normally in March (and very fortunate for organizers of the Pasadena event), the Los Angeles Marathon is scheduled this year to take place on May 25th (Memorial Day).
All the best to everyone meeting their goals and completing their entered events. Many believe marathons are as good for the brain as they are for the body. For more information, visit the official Pasadena Marathon web site, pasadenamarathon.org. The city of Pasadena site, cityofpasadena.net, also has traffic and parking information for race day.