3 Top Runners Highlight Marathon Field

Guinness Record Breaking Sand Runner, Barefoot Marathon Champion & 25-time Boston Marathon qualifier highlight field for Manhattan Beach’s First Marathon

Manhattan Beach, California

In a little over 2 weeks, Manhattan Beach will host a marathon, the first ever in the city according to Manhattan Beach Confidential. The Operation Jack Marathon & Half Marathon presented by Apriori Beauty will be held on December 26 at 7:30 AM, starting & finishing in the northwest corner of Manhattan Beach. The Operation Jack Marathon field will be led by 3 extraordinary runners from Southern California planning to run.

  • Christian Burke of Hermosa Beach set a world record this summer by running 83 miles on the soft sand in 24 hours, smashing the old record of 62 miles. Christian, an experienced ultramarathoner, has set his sights even higher for the future, with plans to run a marathon in every nation, over 180 total. Read more about Christian, the Hermosa 24 and Run Every Nation.
  • Patrick Sweeney of Manhattan Beach won the 2010 Palos Verdes Marathon in 2 hours, 37 minutes while running practically barefoot, wearing only thin Vibram Five Fingers. Patrick has won already won several Manhattan Beach races this year, including the Hometown 10K, and he looks to continue that dominance on the sand during the Yuletide 5K on December 18. Read more about Patrick on his blog, and find out more about the Yuletide 5K.
  • Sam Felsenfeld has a marathon best of 3 hours and 5 seconds. A serial marathoner, Sam has raced fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon 25 times, including 12 times in 2010 alone. The Operation Jack Marathon will be Sam’s 61st & final marathon of 2010, as he has honored his autistic son Jack and raised over $70,000 for the Train 4 Autism organization. Learn more about Sam & Operation Jack.

The half marathon will also feature many outstanding local athletes. There’s still time to volunteer & register for the race, see the flier or the official race website for more details.

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