A Look at the Scenes and the People From the 27th Annual Long Beach International City Bank Marathon
If there is one thing the Bar Blogger believes in, it’s exercise and socialize.
So when I heard that Michelob Ultra was providing 10,000 beers to runners of a marathon, it’s something I had to see for myself. As well as toast those who can actually run 26.2 miles (or 13.1 in the half marathon). Michelob Ultra provided a beer garden for them to toast themselves, and it was a happening party before even noon.
When one gets up at 4 o’clock on a Sunday morning for a some more-than-brisk exercise, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere the very second they step into the beer garden. For some, this was moments after they crossed the finish line. (And some spectators went straight from the start to the beer garden, arriving as early as 7:30 a.m.!)
The beer garden hit its peak with a flash mob involving about a thousand people dancing and partying.
And that’s just part of the scene of this annual event, which brings in 25,000 people for the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon. Here are photos from the 2011 event, which was held Sunday, Oct. 9. It started and finished along Shoreline Drive, went over the water to the Queen Mary, down the beach to Belmont Shore, through Long Beach State, and back to Shoreline Drive.
It’s exercise and then socialize to the max.
The male winner was Edwin Romero, a kindly gentleman who flew in from Bogota, Colombia, just for the event. He finished in 2:19:08 despite doing a late impersonation of University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, nicknamed “Shoelaces” because he plays with his shoelaces untied. Well, Romero crossed the finish line with untied laces; they came undone at the 22-mile mark.
I was positively smitten with the women’s winner, 23-year-old Abigail Swift. She’s 4-foot-nothing and weighs about as much as a Michelob Ultra bottle. She’s also as adorable as they come, a bubbly blonde who not only finished fifth overall with a time of 2:43:20 but also qualified for the USA Marathon Olympic Trials. This, by the way, was news to her.
“I’m excited, of course, but I really don’t know how to feel,” she said. “It’s kind of crazy.”
For more on the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, click here.
The event’s official site is RunLongBeach.com