MALIBU, Calif., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- November 13, 2011 thousands of athletes will run one of the most scenic stretches of land on the planet for the Third Annual Malibu International Marathon (MIM). Known as the Run to Paradise, this race attracts elite runners, novice marathoners and globetrotters looking for the perfect excuse to enjoy fun and sun. New this year is a pledge to raise $100K for Christopher's Haven, a non-profit that provides a home away from home for families with a child undergoing cancer treatment at Boston's Mass General Hospital – the funds will go toward plans to build a new retreat in Malibu.
Just after dawn in Freedom Park, singer-songwriter Justin Bell's rendition of the National Anthem energized nearly 1000 runners; what followed was a journey through farmland, foothills and through the "Keyway to the Coast,"withundeveloped coastline views that only exist along Pacific Coast Highway. More than 2000 half-marathoners joined at Point Mugu, including Josh Cox, ultra-marathoner and 50K American record-holder.
The full marathon winnerJames Nielsen, 31 of Palo Alto, CA finished in 2:44:24.
Josh Cox, 35 of Mammoth Lakes, CA set the course record for the half marathon with the most competitive pace of the day, averaging 5:21 miles and finishing in 1:10:09.
Warren Sutton, 30 of Malibu, CA finished the marathon second in 2:51:45, and Emily Belli, 33 of San Diego, CA was the first female finisher and third overall in 2:52:34.
Rodrigo Rocha Sarmiento, 36 of Las Palmas, Spain was the fourth overall in 2:54:55 and Lisa Fink, 40 from Valencia, CA was the female runner-up in 3:18:17.
The finish at Zuma Beach was alive with cheering fans and the musical stylings of the Sioux City Kid & the Revolutionary Ramblers. Many ended the day wrapped in their plush MIM beach towels after a cooling off in Pacific.
About Forever Runners:Forever Runners is a local Malibu, CA group comprised of marathon enthusiasts. Between the five directors, they have run in more than 100 marathons across the globe. MIM was born out of their desire to bring the best marathon practices and race experiences they have encountered to the community where they live and train.