LONG BEACH (CNS) — Hilary Corno of Encinitas was the women’s winner for the second consecutive year and Frank Corrigan of Port Costa in Northern California was the men’s winner of Sunday’s 29th annual Long Beach Marathon.
Corno completed the 26-mile, 385-yard course in two hours, 55 minutes, 17 seconds, 9:39 ahead of the women’s runner-up, Lin Lascelles of England. Corrigan won in 2:24:41. Mohamed Fadil of Albuquerque, N.M. was second in 2:28:24.
The race began at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than previous races and 90 minutes before the half-marathon in an attempt to provide runners with a better race experience, cooler temperatures and less crowding.
The course began on Shoreline Drive. The field passed the new Pike at Shoreline Village, crossed the Queensway Bridge and ran to the bow of the Queen Mary. The runners then circled back around the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Lighthouse at Rainbow Harbor, Pierpoint Landing, back by Shoreline Village and down the beach.
The course also went through the Belmont Shore neighborhood and passed Marine Stadium. Miles 17 through 19 were on the campus of Cal State Long Beach.
The final miles took runners past Recreation Park, Blair Field and the Colorado Lagoon. The races ended on Shoreline Drive, west of Linden Avenue.
The course was described by race organizers as fast, flat and scenic with 80 percent on or within sight of the Pacific Ocean. The highest elevation is 45 feet.
The Long Beach Marathon was first held in 1982. The race was disbanded in 1996 because of financial problems and then revived in 1999 under new management.