All Smiles After Finishing The Long Beach Marathon

The 34th JetBlue Long Beach Marathon/ Half Marathon has thousands of runners every year. The scenic course encompasses panoramic views of the ocean, which draws participants from all over. It definitely has its challenges though, including changing altitudes making its completion all too rewarding for its runners. Meet some of the Long Beach marathoners and half marathoners who couldn’t agree more:

Pizah Ervia: Marathon

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Some marathoners trained for months while some were born ready, like Pizah! “Well actually, it’s a funny story. I am here for a conference Oct. 1 and I finished Oct. 4 and I love running, so since I’m here, why not?” She’s a part of the National Medical Staff Association. “We have a very stressful job and running is the outlet for me…when I go out running, phone’s off, me by myself. It’s just my time,” she said. So when Pizah saw there was a marathon, she decided to extend her trip an extra day.

Rhea Weiss: Half Marathon

From: Irvine, California

Many participants, like Rhea, ran the Long Beach Marathon in their path to completing the Beach Cities Challenge. Rhea said, “It’s Huntington, OC, and Long Beach in a calendar year.” Rhea, who had completed the challenge proudly wore her Beach Cities Challenge Medal alongside her Long Beach Half Marathon Medal.

Daniel Martin: Half Marathon

From: Long Beach, California

This year’s race was not short of people running to support a cause. This was the case for Daniel who said, “World Vision stopped in our church and asked us to help out and find sponsors.” World Vision, a humanitarian aid organization, had 317 participants in this year’s marathon and raised $281,134.

Chris Guillebeau: Marathon

From: Portland, Oregon

Chris made a special trip to Long Beach to run the marathon. Chris said, “This is my first marathon in six years and I like Long Beach. I’ve been here a few times before. It’s a beautiful place, and I thought this would be a great place to celebrate my return to long distance running.” He said that it felt great to be back and he’ll definitely be back for more.

Ruben Gonzalez: Marathon

From: Long Beach California

Ruben participated this year to remain consistent. He said that he loved running along the ocean. Afterwards, he cooled down with refreshing beer. In fact, every runner received a free beer for completing the race. Talk about a win-win!

Terry Castaneda & Angie Ontiveros: Half Marathon

From: Highland, California

Sisters that run together stay together—Terry and Angie did! Terry, who’s training for a marathon in Greece, brought her sister out for her first race. Terry said, “The most rewarding part was running with my sister.” Angie, who was joyful to complete her first race, declared, “We’re going to the pool and having a margarita.”

Lindsey Carter: Half Marathon

From: Huntington Beach, California