Thousands to Gather for the 8th Annual Santa Monica Classic 5K/10K

Races to Benefit Heal the Bay; In-Person Registration Still Available

May 15, 2013, 14:12 ET from LA MARATHON LLC

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday, May 19th, more than 3,000 runners will toe the start line in Santa Monica for the eighth annual Santa Monica Classic. The event, which includes both a 5K and a 10K race, will once again support the conservation efforts of Heal the Bay.

The 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m., and a 10K race at 8:00 a.m. Runners will follow a scenic point-to-point course along the streets of Santa Monica that ends just steps away from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Arrowhead® Brand 100% Mountain Spring Water will be available along the course and at the finish line. All finishers will be given an ASICS finisher t-shirt and for the second year in a row, they will also receive a pair of wayfarer style sunglasses that are quickly becoming a hallmark of the race.

The post-race expo at the Santa Monica Pier will capture all the excitement of race day, with a DJ providing an energetic musical backdrop throughout the morning. At the NutriBullet Blast Bar, participants can learn how to make their own Nutriblast, try a sample and have a chance to purchase a Nutribullet or Nutribullet SuperFoods. Racers can also relax with free massages from LA Sports Massage and check out a number of vendors promoting the latest in nutrition, sports fashion and fitness, including FrontRunners, SportsFit, AMAzon Coco Teas, American Laser and Five Star Organics.

At the post-race award ceremony, the top three male and female finishers in each race will receive an ASICS gift card for a pair of ASICS Blur33 2.0 running shoes. The overall first place finishers of both the 5K and 10K races will win a unique recycled glass trophy. In addition, the top three finishers in each age division (both male and female) will receive a medal. Finally, the winner of each age division, along with the overall winners, will receive their very own NutriBullet.

There's still time to join the fun this Sunday. Registration and pre-race packet pick-up will be available on Saturday, May 18th, at FrontRunners from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 11620 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood. Those who attend the packet pick-up on Saturday will be entered to win a FrontRunners Custom Fitting Experience and can take advantage of the store's annual sale that includes 20% off footwear and apparel. Registration will also be available near the start line at 2600 Barnard Way in Santa Monica beginning at 6:30 a.m. on race day. Late registration will be $45 for both the 5K and 10K. 

"The Santa Monica Classic offers two great races with fantastic views of the beach, and the weather is expected to be beautiful—what a perfect way for runners to kick off their summer racing season!" said LA MARATHON LLC Race Director Nick Curl. "Registration will be open this weekend, and we hope you'll join us for this great community event."                          

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