Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Orange County: Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon and Food Drive

Bring your family out for this fun community event to kick off summer! Currently in its 13th year, the City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon and 5K is expected to bring out more than 6,000 runners, walkers, spectators, and volunteers to the streets of Laguna Hills this Memorial Day – Monday May 30th. Registration is available online at You can also register at packet pick-up or on race day, beginning at 5:30am. Pre-race packet pick-up will take place on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00pm at Road Runner Sports in Laguna Hills.

Half Marathon
Elite as well as recreational runners will enjoy the scenic 13.1 mile event that winds through the cities of Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo. The race begins at 7:00am on Calle de la Louisa, between the Laguna Hills Mall and the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, and ends at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Half Marathon awards will be available for pick-up at 10:00am.

5K Run/Walk
The 5K event also begins at 7:00am, and includes a loop through the beautiful Laguna Woods Village. The race concludes at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Awards will be available at 9:00am.

Kid’s Half Mile Race and Diaper Dash
Let the young runners burn off some energy in the Kid’s Half Mile Race. This event, which takes place at the Community Center, is for children between the ages of 4 and 12. The participants will race in groups according to age, with each group of runners starting 3-5 minutes apart. The first race will begin at 9:30am.
The Diaper Dash promises to be lots of fun for littlest runners 3 years of age and under. The 50 yard dash will begin at 9:45am, also at the Community Center.

Community Expo
Whether you run in the races or not, the Community Expo at the Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports Complex will be fun for all! The expo includes live entertainment and more than 40 vendor booths, and will take place from 7:30am to 11:30am.

The City of Laguna Hills and South County Outreach will be partnering in a Food Drive. Race participants and spectators are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable items, which will benefit South County Outreach. South County Outreach is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families, seniors, and individuals in crisis. Drop off locations will be found at both the start and finish line on race day, as well as Road Runner Sports during packet pick-up on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th.


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