It Takes A Village

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A Huge Thank You

We’d like to offer a huge thanks to all the sponsors of the Manhattan Beach 10K Race! This event wouldn’t be possible without their help and support. All of them play an invaluable role in making this day a reality - whether they are providing entertainment along the race route or freely sharing their products to fuel you up after the race at our expo.

Show Them Some Love

We are a local community event and these folks would love for you to support them. Click on their names so you can find out all about them:

Please Note!

Online Registration for the MB10K is going on NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017. 

In-store Registration is now open at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th at 7 pm.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING NOW - SEPTEMBER 25TH:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

VILLAGE RUNNER, MANHATTAN BEACH

  • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd

  • Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

STORE HOURS:

  • Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Let’s Get Social!

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news, updates, training tips, sponsors, volunteer opportunities & information about our awesome race and our beautiful hometown.

Share with your friends on social media that you have registered for the race and invite them to run or walk with you.

Anytime you post about the race, please use our hashtags:

  • #mb10k

  • #thisis40

Image Credit:  Dan Parson via Flickr

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

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MB10K Spotlight: Mike Ward

Meet Mike Ward

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Mike Ward is a South Bay local and owns the Village Runner stores in Manhattan and Redondo Beach. We are privileged to have Village Runner as one of our race sponsors. The Village Runner, Manhattan Beach provides sponsorship by distributing bib numbers, graciously providing us a place for in-store registration, and providing food at the Expo.  It would be difficult to put on this event without them.

Our Q & A With Mike

You were a star track and cross country runner in high school and college. Give us a little background about your personal running career.

I ran cross country and track at West Torrance High school.  I also played soccer for West.  I always felt that the cross country, soccer and track combination always worked out very well for me.  In other words, “Cross country got me in great shape for soccer and soccer kept me in good shape for track.”  I was an 800 meter runner in track which I feel is a great event for soccer players (and basketball players).

After West High, I attended El Camino.  I also ran cross country and track there.  Our cross country team was very good my freshman year and I had a great time, but I must admit that my true passion was running the 1,500 meters on the track.  I really looked forward to track workouts (the more challenging the better).  I ran a 3:52 and came in 5th in the State. I got injured in the summer of 1989, so I took a break during the 1989-1990 season.  I came back to run in 1990 and 1991 but never got close to the times that I ran my freshman year.  In hindsight, it probably wasn’t wise to gain 30 lbs.!!  

You have 2 Village Runner locations, tell us how you got your start in the running business.  

I started working at the Village Runner in 1989.  By 1992, the owner decided that she was ready to sell the store.  Although, I was only 23 at the time, I expressed interest in buying the store and we began to have a conversation.  By August of 1992, I was able to borrow enough cash from family and friends to purchase the store.  I often tell people that I went from working at the Village Runner for $8 an hour as an employee on July 31st, 1992 to owning the Village Runner and paying myself about $3 an hour on August 1st, 1992.

Over the years you have donated over $200,000 to various South Bay causes through proceeds from your races. Why is it so important for you to give back to the community in this way?

I think that part of the reason the South Bay is such a great place to live is because of the great support that all of the local businesses do to enhance the local schools and other local non-profits in the area.  I’m grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family.    

This year you are generously giving money towards Mira Costa High School’s running programs with our upcoming Bib Promotion - when people purchase a $140 Village Runner gift certificate, $40 will go to Mira Costa. How do you hope that money will benefit their programs?  

I think that running is a great sport/activity.  I’ve seen people throughout the years that have had life altering experiences because of running.  I think that supporting local running programs such as Mira Costa gives them a better opportunity to touch the lives of more students in a positive way.

How did you first get involved with the Manhattan Beach 10K?  

I opened up my current location in Manhattan Beach in 2004.  With some help from Scott Guerrero, we started hosting the packet pick-up for the race in 2005 or 2006.  Since that time, we’ve had a great relationship with the MB10K.  I am proud to be associated with such a great community event that is enjoyed by thousands of Manhattan Beach residents every year.

Have you ever run the MB10K yourself?  

I have run the MB10K a few times.

If so, what do you love most about the race?  

I love the great sense of community and the positive energy that surrounds you as you run in the MB10K.  Also, although the course is somewhat of a challenge, it’s always fun to run through downtown MB and I love the last mile of running with a beautiful ocean view.

The running industry has seen it’s ups and downs over the past few years, what is your secret to success with your popular stores and races?  

Support from the local community is the reason that the Village Runner stores and events have succeeded and it is greatly appreciated.  I also give a ton of credit to my staff for offering knowledgeable, friendly service throughout the years.

Please Note!

Online Registration for the MB10K is going on NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017.

In-store Registration is now open at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th at 7 pm.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING NOW - SEPTEMBER 25TH:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

VILLAGE RUNNER, MANHATTAN BEACH

  • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd

  • Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

STORE HOURS:

  • Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join Us Tomorrow!

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We will have a booth at the Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market tomorrow, September 12, 2017! Stop by and say hello and check out what we have going on:

  • Race poster with the history of our 10K t-shirt artwork
  • Buttons and pins with our 1978 retro running man*
  • Stickers*
  • $3 online registration discount coupons*
  • Show up in an MB10K race finisher tee from the past & let us post a photo on social media to earn goodies*!

*Limited quantities, while supplies last.  

Let’s get social!

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news, updates, training tips, sponsors, volunteer opportunities & information about our awesome race and our beautiful hometown.

Share with your friends on social media that you have registered for the race and invite them to run or walk with you.

Anytime you post about the race, use our hashtags:

  • #mb10k
  • #thisis40

Image Credit:  Mike Ward & Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

We'll see you at the starting line!


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Cover Girl

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Who’s That Girl?!

Many of you know the young lady who was featured on the homepage of our website last year, but some of you have no idea who she is. She is Gaby Guerrero, the daughter of Race Committee Member and Loyola Marymount Cross Country and Track Coach Scott Guerrero and Alison Guerrero. While people assumed Scott was responsible for engineering her to be our cover girl, he had nothing to do with it. We were hoping to appeal to a shrinking demographic in our race and races across the country and Gaby fit the bill to represent the Manhattan Beach 10K.

Our Q & A With Gaby

First off, we’d like to congratulate you as you start your college career as an LMU Lion! Tell us how you made the choice to attend Loyola Marymount.

Thank you! LMU checked all of my boxes. I wanted to be near the beach, at a Catholic school, and to run collegiately! I also fell in love with the LMU mission statement of the encouragement of learning, education of the whole person, and service of faith and promotion of justice.

How do you feel about having your dad coach you?

I am ecstatic to have my dad as my coach these next four years. He is incredibly straightforward in terms of why we train the way we do and is firmly invested in helping every single person on the team become the best runner they can be. I also think my dad’s calm temperament and sense of humor make him wonderful to be around as both a coach and a dad! He has always been so supportive of my running and education and this is just going to be an even better version of that.

You are a 3rd generation committee member for the MB10K and you’ve announced awards at the last 2 races. What is your motivation for being so involved in the race?

Two things I love more than anything are my hometown and running, so the 10K has always been something to be involved in which combines those two passions. I can remember being 6 years old and sitting on the floor of John Post’s gallery while my mom and him discussed shirt designs, so being involved is definitely in my blood! The last 4 years of my involvement have also been influenced by my running it as a workout with MCXC and volunteering on cleanup with the MBMS choirs.

You were our cover girl for the MB10K website last year. How did you feel about being the face of the race?

I think that's a better question to ask my teammates because they thought it was hilarious. Running isn't pretty but I liked that you could see how hard I was working those last 200m.

In that cover image you wore a tee that said “Run Like A Girl”. What does that mean to you?

Run like a girl is one of my favorite phrases because I think female running is so unique and special. As girls, running for us is an outlet where we can be gritty and competitive without worrying about being “nice” or “pretty” like society often pressures girls to be. Running is a unique sport that allows us as girls to bond by pushing each other on the hard days and having meaningful conversations on the easy ones. When I run like a girl it means to me that I channel the spirit of toughness I've learned exists in all of the female distance runners I've ever known, whether it be teammates, coaches, or competitors.

How many MB10K races have you run?

I think I started running the 10K when I was 8, which would mean I have run 9 races!

Have you ever been part of a family team?

Within the race? I think my dad and I have gone after the father / daughter category, but somehow we always get beat out by a member of the Chittenden family.

Will you be able to run the race this year?

Sadly I will not be able to run this year as I will be in full swing of cross country season. However I am hoping to bring out my British roommate to cheer runners on and of course hit the fair afterward!

Do you see yourself taking on bigger roles on the committee in the future?

I hope that over the next couple of years I am able to find time in my schedule at LMU to help out with the race that has given me so much. I loved announcing the awards so perhaps I'll be able to do that this year, but mainly I just want to help in any way I'm able!

What do you love most about the MB10K?

I think I’d have to say the thing I love most about the 10K is the memories it has given me, which are innumerable. When the finisher shirts would arrive at my house and my mom would have me help her sort them in our living room. When I used to run the race with my dad as a kid he would give me tips the whole time about walking up hills and how to pass people at the end. The first time I ever saw now long time boyfriend was a photo of him post 10K in a finisher shirt. And of course running the race with my MCXC teammates, absolutely exhausting ourselves in the morning and changing and heading straight to the fair in the afternoon! The 10K is my favorite event that Manhattan Beach has to offer and I hope that every year more people get to experience the joy it has brought me.

Please Note!

Online Registration for the MB10K is going on NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017.

In-store Registration is now open at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th at 7 pm.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING NOW - SEPTEMBER 25TH:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

 Village Runner, Manhattan Beach

  • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd

  • Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

STORE HOURS:

  • Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Save The Date!

We will have a booth at the Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, September 12, 2017! Stay tuned for fun and surprises happening there!

Image Credit:  Endurance Sports Photo

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

We'll see you at the starting line!


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All In The Family

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Meet Matt

Matt is one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet! One of his most endearing qualities is the value he places on family. He has participated in the Manhattan Beach 10K for several years and often as part of a family team. We hope you enjoy his story! If you see him on October 7, he'll greet you with a huge smile and a high five.

Our Q & A With Matt

You had a baby boy in January, congrats! How is life as a new dad?

Being a father couldn’t be sweeter, more exciting and fulfilling. I’m elevated when I look into Dean’s eyes, realizing he is discovering a new world at every moment and how lucky I am to play a part in his cinematic life. His smile outshines the sun. His mother, Dani, has proven the strength of a woman transcends this world. Her spirit and endurance is mesmerizing, her compassion is contagious. Having this experience as a father and husband couldn’t be more wonderful!

What are some traditions you’d like to pass along to your son?

It’s hard to say as there are so many. I’m inclined to say that I want Dean to discover as much tradition as he can by exposing him to the world, to people and to culture. Traditionally our family leads by example, always striving to be the best at what we do, to know who you are and to be yourself at all times; enjoying each moment as if it’s your first or your last. Competition is also a tradition of ours, whether among family, sport, scholastic or in your career. The Manhattan 10K, as an example, began as competition, then fun, then a connection amongst our family and ultimately became a tradition as each year the run represented something new and refreshing. Like 2016 representing the future birth of our son, and 2017 will be the celebration of his life.

We know you are all about family, why is your family so special to you?

Family is the core of your soul. Your foundation is built on your family and securing that foundation with love is the pillar of your character. Life’s first experiences derive from family and challenges in life are often overcome by the support you receive from family. I believe very much in tangible love, something that you can experience, touch, feel, embrace, learn from and connect with. Family is all of those and more. 

You have run with your dad in several MB10Ks as well as your siblings. Tell us about your experiences running as a family team.

My brother Eric is credited for bringing the Manhattan Beach 10K to our family. He grew up in PV along with my sister Jenny, then Hermosa and some time in Manhattan Beach. In 2003 Eric asked my girlfriend Dani and I, my future wifey, if we wanted to run. He lived off 8th street at the time and we all stayed at his house and then ran the next day. It was so much fun. Wonderfully organized race, perfect weather, friends, family and beer gardens afterward <grin, smile>. We had a blast. The next year more family joined and soon we were celebrating each year at my brother’s house and then running the race. It became a family tradition that we would run the race, then celebrate my brother's birthday at his house afterward with LOTS of food, smiles and making fun of those who had a tough time <LOL>. As we’ve gotten older running as a team became more important as it brought us together, training for a cause and uniting each other in a goal. I want to medal every year with my dad, share the stories with my son, and give him the medals that his Grandfather and I won together.

You have medaled many times, how do you proudly display your MB10K medals?

I have to laugh as I truly cherish the MB10K medals much more than those I’ve gathered at other races. Running has been a big part of my family’s life – my wifey medaling a few times as well. I do actually keep these medals on a pedestal at home – more for my family when they visit to evoke nostalgia and begin the fun discussion of remembering the times. These are keepsakes. The MB10K is a fun race, just enough challenge, but possibly not something a professional runner would mantel. But for us they mean so much more. In a way they are a time capsule.

You live in Orange County but continue to come up here for the race. Why do you keep running the MB10K?

Shoot – it’s Manhattan Beach - <LOL> - we run every year to bring our family together and enjoy the unbelievable tradition that Manhattan Beach created to give back to the community. Everyone that runs this race is having so much fun. Not only that, as you run everyone is outside their homes enjoying the spectacle, cheering and motivating. The music each mile lets you know you’re almost there and then the last stretch heading toward the beach and seeing the view of the ocean reminds you that life is pretty darn good. Finishing the race with family, taking pictures afterward, eating great food all while enjoying the scenery of the pier and ocean is quite addicting. I could give you a million reasons why we run this race. The #1 reason is to be with family, honestly.

Please Note!

Online Registration for the MB10K is going on NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017.

In-store Registration opens this Friday, September 1st at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th at 7 pm.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING NOW - SEPTEMBER 25TH:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

Family Teams

If you would like to form a family team, read the information below and then click here.*

*If the form doesn't load immediately, try at least twice and/or clear cookies from your device.

  • Both team members must be REGISTERED before they can be entered as a team
  • Team entries will be accepted until 10/6 @ 7pm
  • Team members must be a minimum of 9 years old

Questions? Please email us at mb10krun@yahoo.com

Team training starts NOW! :D

We offer SEVEN different family team categories comprised of TWO runners each: brother-brother, brother-sister, sister-sister, mother-son, mother-daughter, father-son, and father-daughter.

We also offer a 200+lbs division for men and women. There is no fee to be entered as a team and team members do not need to run together. Medals will be awarded to the top 10 combined finishing times in each team category.

Image Credits:  Matt McConnell

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

We'll see you at the starting line!


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Family Teams

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Thank you for registering for the 40th Annual Manhattan Beach 10K!

You have indicated an interest in entering a family team category.

Please click here for the 2017 MB10K Family Teams.*

*If the form doesn't load immediately, try at least twice and/or clear cookies from your device.

  • Both team members must be REGISTERED before they can be entered as a team
  • Team entries will be accepted until 10/6 @ 7pm
  • There is no fee for entering a team category
  • Team members must be a minimum of 9 years old

Questions? Please email us at mb10krun@yahoo.com

 

Team training starts NOW! :D

 

 

Special Treat For Those Who Registered in July!

 

THIS IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO REGISTERED FOR THE #MB10K IN JULY!!!

The early bird gets the worm…or in this case the bib #!

We love our early birds and we have one more treat for you! Not only did you get the best price, YOUR BIB IS READY for pick-up starting tomorrow, August 23, 2017 at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach!

How To Get It

YOU MUST SHOW THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL YOU RECEIVED (YOU CAN ALSO SHOW IT FROM YOUR PHONE) TO THE STORE AND THEIR FRIENDLY STAFF WILL GIVE YOU YOUR RACE NUMBER.

While You Are There...

If you need that new pair of shoes or fresh running bra, this just might be the perfect time!

Village Runner, Manhattan Beach

  • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd

  • Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

STORE HOURS:

  • Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Questions?

Village Runner is not responsible for calls/inquiries about the MB10K Race.

PLEASE EMAIL US: MB10KRUN@YAHOO.COM

The MB10K is a non-profit event and proceeds are donated to community fitness-related causes & scholarships. The Race Committee organizers & event staff are volunteers. The Village Runner, Manhattan Beach provides sponsorship by distributing bib numbers, graciously providing us a place for in-store registration, and providing food at the Expo.  It would be difficult to put on this event without them.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE STARTING LINE ON OCTOBER 7, 2017!

Image Credit: Annmarie Hext


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Can You Dig This?!

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For The Love Of Manhattan Beach

Today we are highlighting two super resources for the city of Manhattan Beach -  DigMb and the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professionals Association. DigMB is 100% local and 100% about Manhattan Beach and it should be your go to if you want to know about all the happenings here covering topics from the beach, to restaurants, to local school news. The Downtown Businesses of Manhattan Beach are your source for discovering why this beloved beach city is called "Heaven in flip flops".

Our Q & A With DigMB

DigMB is an awesome resource for the community of Manhattan Beach! What are the top 3 things you're currently digging about MB?

There is SO MUCH to do here in the summertime – it’s hard for me to keep up! With concerts, plays, and movies; world-class athletic events; and amazing activities and events at the beach, you could keep yourself and your family entertained all summer and never spend a dime. The Manhattan Beach Department of Parks and Rec deserves a big shout-out for all they do to create fun and interesting events all year long.

How do you get your community information? Can the general public submit to a calendar or a story idea?

Mostly people email me (jf@digmb.com) but I also keep my ear to the ground and watch Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter closely to see what’s going on around town.

Generally if people have a community event, they just enter it into our website themselves- the DigMB platform is very user-friendly and you are free to just go in and put it in the calendar – but people are welcome to email me as well.

Some of our MB10K participants will be coming from out of state and even out of the country, what do you recommend as the top 3 things they must see while they are visiting our beach town?

Fun question! It’s hard to pick just three.

Once the runners finish the MB10K they’ll be down at the Manhattan Beach Pier, which is definitely at the top of the must-see list… But instead of just looking at it, I’d also recommend that they walk out on the pier and take a few minutes to watch the surfers and sea creatures, and then look back toward land to take in the cityscape of Manhattan Beach.

For a second destination, I’d recommend that they start at the Manhattan Beach Library and walk across the Civic Plaza taking in all of the artwork…ending up at Metlox Plaza where they can stop for a coffee or a quick bite.

If they’re interested in checking out shops and restaurants, it’s fun to stroll through Downtown Manhattan Beach or El Porto to get a flavor of this lively beach town.

For someone who’s more interested in nature, I’d recommend heading over to Polliwog Park and strolling the grounds, checking out the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden, and even popping in to the Manhattan Beach Historical Society’s Beach Cottage Museum (open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons).

Manhattan Beach has been creating quite a buzz in the food world, what are some of the most creative things you’ve seen coming out of the kitchens lately?

I love what Chef D has been doing at Manhattan House with the Junior Chefs program (partnering with Growing Great and local elementary schools to get kids’ garden creations on the menu). The program should be back in swing when the MB10K rolls around and school is back in session.

As a food writer (I also have a food blog called Jolly Tomato at www.jollytomato.com) I’m also thrilled that there are so many restaurants in town that are doing amazing things with fresh, seasonal produce. You’ll find seasonally changing menus at some of our town’s most acclaimed restaurants, including MB Post, Love & Salt, The Strand House…the list goes on.

There are many inspiring people in our community that are helping those in need and raising awareness for certain causes. Can you highlight a few of these charitable gems?

There are so many people involved in such great causes it’s hard to pick just a few. The P.S. I Love You Foundation just had an amazingly successful day on the beach with their Adopt A Child for One Day program to help underprivileged kids. Walk With Sally had another fantastic White Light/White Night event last month to support their programs for children whose family members have suffered from cancer. The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is doing great things throughout the school year for our schools. And Grades of Green – which started here in Manhattan Beach –is now a national movement that’s changing the way our kids think about our environment. Then there’s the Neptunian Woman’s Club, Sandpipers, Manhattan Beach Rotary, Kiwanis… all of whom are extremely active in town. We’re lucky to live in a place where so many people place such high value on thinking beyond themselves.

Downtown Manhattan Beach

We love the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professionals Association! They have several fun-filled community events during the year and we'd like to highlight their next one - the Sunset Beach Party on the AVP Skydeck. It takes place this Thursday, August 17 from 5-8 pm. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

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MB10K Bib Promotion

Tune in to our social media channels and website closer to race day to hear more on the local merchant offerings over race weekend when you show your Bib Number at participating businesses.

Please Note!

Online registration for the MB10K is going on NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017.

In-store registration opens September 1st at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th at 7 pm.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING NOW - SEPTEMBER 25TH:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

Image Credits:  DigMB & Downtown Manhattan Beach

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

We'll see you at the starting line!


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MB10K Spotlight: Jack Tsu & Major Avignon

MB10K Spotlight 

As we look back at our celebrated history, there are two people we'd like to highlight in this newsletter - Jack Tsu and Major Avignon.

Meet Jack Tsu

His son Elbert, pictured above with his dad, shared the following with us about Jack:

Jack Tsu was born August 2nd, 1921 in Shanghai, China. His parents sent him to the University of Michigan in 1941. He got his doctorate at Caltech where he met his wife Doris (they were married for 74 years). He got a job at Northrop where he worked on the Flying Wing and Titan 2 Rocket. His family moved to Manhattan Beach in 1966.

He developed an ulcer and his doctor suggested he start running to relieve his stress, so he read Kenneth Cooper’s book “Aerobics.” This started his daily jogging that he never stopped even on exotic trips to foreign countries and adventures like Everest basecamp at 18,000 feet, running a 10K in China, and carrying the Olympic torch before the 2008 Olympics.

For 30 years in a row he ran the MB 10K and won 15 gold medals in a row in his age division. He ran his last MB 10K when he was 93. In 2016 he had two brain bleeds which stopped him from jogging but he can still be seen everyday walking around the block.

Our Q & A With Jack

Did your family or friends ever run the MB10K with you?

Elbert and his wife Liane jogged with me during my last 2 races and my niece and nephew jogged with me once.

Have you held onto all of your MB10K Finisher tees?

I have a few current ones but I've given many of them away to family and friends.

How do you think running has impacted your life?

Running has had an immense impact.  I started jogging after getting an ulcer and didn’t stop jogging till recently. I still walk around the block even after 2 strokes last year. 

What is the secret to your longevity?

Jogging and walking at least 5 days a week and drinking Dragon Well Tea. I never liked to run but I did it because it was good for me.

At the wise age of 96, any words of wisdom for us? (FYI we have Jack to thank for having the 90+ Age Division for our awards & for years we made special arrangements for him to run in the bib number that reflected his age!)

The secret to living a long life is to jog 5 days a week. 

Meet Major Avignon

Major lives up to his name and does a MAJOR amount of work for the MB10K! He and his wife Linda, pictured above with him, are Race Committee members. He is a P.I.E.R. member, meaning he has participated in every race and his company Water, Inc. is a race sponsor providing water for our participants.

Our Q & A With Major

When and why did you start your company? We hear you were selling water before it was popular!

I started Water, Inc. in 1977 after spending 13 years in the insurance business. When I started Water, Inc. marketing residential water filtration was a new concept but I saw a huge opportunity. Sparklett's and Arrowhead were doing well selling bottled water and our filtered water was just as good as their bottled product.

Tell us about your company Water, Inc.

We distribute nationally water improvement products and high end appliances through plumbing and appliance showrooms. Our companies employ 24 people at our Carson office, showroom and warehouse.

Where are your products available?

Consumers looking at doing a home remodel or are building a new home have an opportunity to see and purchase our 8 registered brands at over 1,000 showrooms nationally.

What sets you apart from other water businesses?

What sets Water, Inc. apart from other suppliers of product is our dedication to service. Our products carry a 1 year in home parts and labor warranty. Our brands are not commodities and we go the "extra mile" to prove that with excellent customer service.

You wear several hats with the Manhattan Beach 10K, how did you get involved with the race?

I have run every Manhattan Beach 10K since 1978. Initially doing race registrations at the Joslyn Center and soon thereafter joining the 10K Committee.

When did you start having a booth at the race expo?

Passing our Body Glove bottled water after the race has been our pleasure since the beginning of the race expo.

What do you love most about the MB10K?

Loving the MB10K is very easy as a participant and being a part of this great community event each year. Manhattan Beach is a special town and our Manhattan Beach 10K Run totally reflects that spirit.

Water, Inc.

If you wish to reach them directly please call 1-800-322-WATER (9283).
For more about their products, click here. To learn more about their water filters and home products, click here. Office hours are: Monday-Friday, 8AM – 5PM Pacific Time.

Please Note!

Online registration for the MB10K is going on NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017.

In-store registration opens September 1st at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th.

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING NOW - SEPTEMBER 25TH:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

 Image Credit: Elbert Tsu & Rachel Judson

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

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Have You Met The Wall-nuts?!

 

Meet The Wall-nuts!

The Wall-nuts are a group of gentlemen who happen to be quite the characters. When they were approached for this interview they shared their insight of running over the last 40 years in Manhattan Beach.

Here’s what Wall-nut Mo had to say about some of their traditions, or lack thereof

The Wall-Nuts are nothing but not traditional. Like, how we occasionally run to Rosecrans on our training runs. Oh, wait—we don’t do that anymore. How about how we occasionally take a dip in the ocean? Oh, right, we stopped that one years ago. Well, we always go for brunch after the 10K race together. Hmm, lately, not so much. And we’re an all-male running group. We’d never let a woman run with us! Oh, well, maybe we do sometimes, if she’s a family member, or a trainer, or a friend, or just…Jeez, maybe we don’t have as many traditions as I thought…”

The following Q & A features answers from one of the founding Wall-nut members, Michael Allmon.

When were the Wall-nuts founded?

We are created to train for the first MB10K - so I think that was 1978.

Who started the group and why?

I lived at the corner of Valley & Walnut…I saw a neighbor (Mitch Gillis) running on the old railroad tracks (today’s running path) -  we decided that we should train together, but our schedules didn’t work well together during the week, so we decided to meet each Sunday at 9 in front of my house.  I eventually moved away a few years later, but he stayed.  We now meet at his house and gather there - then we meet after the run in his backyard for water, Gatorade and (more) conversation…

How did you come up with the group name?

Long story -  I will try for a short version - a couple of years after running together, and as more and more guys joined us, we wanted uniforms and a name.  We argued for months until MB changed the street signs.  We were walking by the new sign that said “Walnut” and noticed that there was a running shoe on that sign (actually it is an ocean wave, but to a Wall-nut it was a shoe!) - and so the answer was received divinely!  From that point, it became a discussion that we were all nuts for running so much and the name needed to reflect that…  we didn’t want to be the “Walnuts”, as this was too common for our strange group - and somehow, we came up with Wall-nuts.

How many members do you have?

The 2018 (yes 2018) listing is probably a bit outdated (believe it or not!) but it shows 62 members - this includes guys we haven’t seen in years and can’t find (“missing in action”).  Each Sunday we have an average of 15 or so -  this is made up of 3 groups (a 10k group that runs that far, a shorter group, and a walking group).  Our quarterly dinners (we are an old-fashioned drinking group with a running problem) are about 3 times a year and we generally have over 20 in attendance.

Speaking of members, why only men?

“If you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand” is the usual answer!  Because we don’t have to be polite, have manners or any of the things we have to do in “proper/polite company”!

Rumor has it you invited a female to run with you, can you confirm this?

This would be very rare unless she was a member of the MB10K race committee, and fully warned in advance!

How often do you meet?

The group still meets at 9 but now it’s “near” the corner of Valley & Walnut rather than at the corner.  We now group in front of Mitch’s house and the official timekeeper “the monkey” tells us when we have reached a 5-minute grace period.  We then walk to the path and along to Pacific where we are started by our official starter.  The walking is because a 5-minute grace period isn’t sufficient for Wall-nuts.  As one of our wives once said, “The Wall-nuts are not a very evolved group”, and this includes being able to get places on time.  We usually leave Mitch’s house with about 10 of us and another 5 or so jump in while we are walking.

Do you wear anything special when you run so people can recognize you?

The Wall-nuts gear includes at least a half dozen styles of shirts (two different logos, short and long sleeves and different styles), shorts, and a hat.  The shirt is required, and the rest is optional. We have a complete set of rules (kept in my head), including a fine system more complex that the Internal Revenue Code of the IRS.

Not that you're going to be 'over the hill' at 40 years, but are there any plans for anyone to retire their P.I.E.R. Group streak?

You must be kidding!  We will carry anyone who can’t walk!

40 consecutive years is a long time. Was there ever a year you almost didn't run the race?

Yes, especially early on… but then the streak started, so it is now on our calendars far in advance. This is now the highest priority on my calendar.  Nothing will replace it.

How many in your group have run every MB10K?

There are 5 of us:

  • Me - Michael Allmon (da King's disciple)
  • Mitch Gillis (da King)
  • Don Jung
  • Tracey Johnson
  • Dale Keldrauk

What do you love most about the MB10K?

It is a wonderful neighborhood tradition that has helped to create the camaraderie of our group. We all look forward to the run each year.  In addition to the awards given by the race committee, we also have our own awards.  In spite of having members who have won the entire race, I happened to have won “fastest Wall-nut” last year.  Of course, this is because of those rules I mentioned earlier (the ones in my head).  I won because we have an attendance requirement.  In addition to being fined for not showing up, a Wall-nut would be disqualified from our medal if he misses attending at least once a month.  Last year was a perfect year for me because all of our fast runners missed at least one month!

Please Note!

Online registration for the MB10K is going on NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017.

In-store registration opens September 1st at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th.

PRICING NOW - SEPTEMBER 19TH:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

 Image Credit: Michael Allmon

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

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Early Registration Is Going On Now!

 

Early Registration

We finished Extra Savings yesterday and today we move to Early Registration through September 19th, 2017.

Pricing for July 11th - September 19th:

  • $30 Youth (14 & under)

  • $35 Adults

Please Note!

Online registration is open NOW at www.mb10k.com and ends October 2, 2017.

In-store registration opens September 1st at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach and ends October 6th.

The 10K Start

Our 40th 10K is on October 7, 2017 7:30 a.m. sharp! Our split start is located at (1) Ardmore Ave & 4th Street and (2) Valley Dr & 3rd Street, in Manhattan Beach. Both groups head north until they merge at 15th Street (1/2 mile). The 6.2 mile race finishes just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier, in the lower parking lot.

T-Shirts

Super soft, ad free FINISHER'S t-shirts are distributed immediately following the race. Short sleeve and long sleeve offered, sizes and styles subject to availability.

Awards

First 10 places in each division, including family teams and 200+lbs. Special awards go to the 1st Manhattan Beach resident (male & female). Newly revamped AWARDS PRESENTATION takes place on the awards stage as soon as results are in for top finishers.

Race Day Expo

Visit our expo in the upper parking lots of the Manhattan Beach Pier and sample products and services from our many sponsors! A great place to connect with friends and recharge while waiting for the awards presentation.

Be Our Friend

Let’s get social! Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news, updates, training tips, sponsors, volunteer opportunities & information about our awesome race and our beautiful hometown.

Share with your friends on social media that you have registered for the race and invite them to run or walk with you.

Anytime you post about the race, use our hashtags:

  • #mb10k

  • #thisis40

Image Credit: Dan Parsons via Flickr

 

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

 

COME CELEBRATE OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH US AND RUN OR WALK - OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 7:30 AM!

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Don't Miss Out On This Deal!

 

Registration Opens On July 1, 2017

Register online only at mb10k.com for the Manhattan Beach 10K & enjoy EXTRA SAVINGS from July 1 though July 10, 2017! 

Pricing

July 1st through July 10th, 2017 prices are:

  • $25 Youth (under 15 years old)
  • $30 Adults

EXTRA SAVINGS will end July 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT and prices will increase, so we encourage you to take advantage of this money saving opportunity now!

Added Bonus!

Besides saving money at this time, we’ve added an extra treat for you. If you register by July 10th you will be guaranteed the t-shirt style and size that you request!

Important!

Please note that registration for this special pricing is only available on our website mb10k.com and NOT at the Village Runner, Manhattan Beach.  You can register in-store during the month of September.

Be Our Friend

Let’s get social! Please follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter for all the latest news, updates, training tips, sponsors, volunteer opportunities & information about our awesome race and our beautiful hometown.

Share with your friends on social media that you have registered for the race and invite them to run or walk with you. We even have Family Teams (see our FAQS for more on these teams)!

Anytime you post about the race, use our hashtags:

  • #mb10k
  • #thisis40

Image Credit: Endurance Sports Photo

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

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Meet John Post

 

Meet John Post

John became a photographer in 1974 to share with others the amazing things he had seen and experienced for himself. Whether photographing exotic India, or hovering above Manhattan Beach in a helicopter, he has captured and shared with his audience many unforgettable images.

After serving in Vietnam, he went on to receive an Associate of Arts Degree in Photography and a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology. He has stocked his ANTHRO-GRAPHICS® (man and his environments around the world) with striking images of distant lands, familiar beaches, quiet geographic studies and soaring athletes. John has been published throughout his career and his images have appeared in advertising, corporate offices and individual homes of all sizes.

Known mainly for his captivating beach scenes, John sold his first ANTHRO-GRAPHICS® in 1975 and today, thousands of prints later, he has an established reputation in the photographic field.

We recently had the chance to ask this local gem a few questions about the MB10K.

Our Q & A With John

How did you get involved with the MB10K & join the committee?

I was somewhat involved from the beginning.  In 1976 my brother Mark and I started photographing 10Ks and marathons around California under the name ACTION PHOTOS.  Since we were pretty much the only ones taking photos of the runners, we knew all the runners and they all knew us.  When Russ Lesser and some other locals formed a group to have a Manhattan Beach 10K run we naturally got involved.  My brother was initially part of the group and one of our photographers (Gordy Cusick) designed the first MB 10K shirt.  We continued photographing 10Ks and marathons thru 1981.

How long have you been a member of the committee?

I think I officially became a member of the MB10K Committee in 1982.

When did you start designing the MB10K shirts?

I have been on the MB10K Shirt Committee for almost 30 years and have designed the shirts for the past 18+ years. I also did the re-design of the logo this year.

*The image on this years shirt I photographed in 1984, one of the last times the MB10K finished on the pier.

Can you tell us about your design process for the shirts?

First, I try to get input from the 10K Committee.  With that input I then do up several layouts and show them to the Shirt Committee to review.  I then take their comments and revise and refine the design until everyone likes it.

What do you love most about the MB10K?

It’s just fun!  I have always enjoyed watching runners and the flow of the human body in motion.  The excitement and challenges of the run and the expressions on the peoples faces of both the runners and spectators and the laughter, anguish and elation is all fun stuff as folks push their limits. Also the community appeal and bonding experience of such an event is great for the city.

Have you ever had the chance to run or walk it?

In the early years I ran some of the 10K runs (when I wasn’t photographing them).  The last time I think was in 1986 when the MB10K run still finished on the pier, I have a photo that shows me breaking 40 minutes, those days are long gone.

Some may not know this, but you also arrange for the bands to play along the course. Can you tell us more about this?

For the past 30 years I have been responsible for the official music on the course of which there are a minimum of 6 music groups. Over the years I have tried to provide a good mix of music style from Rock & Roll to Tubas.  A couple years ago I got our newest group, a Klezmer band that now plays at Valley and 1st Street during the run.

Some of the groups have been playing for us now more the 25+ years and the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders have been with the run since the beginning.

Visit John's Gallery

808 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 376-6982

Gallery Hours

Wednesday through Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

You can also check out his website by clicking here.

John has a booth during the Hometown Fair, be sure to stop by and check out his beautiful works there too!

Image Credit:  John Post

THE MB10K IS A NON-PROFIT EVENT AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FITNESS-RELATED CAUSES & SCHOLARSHIPS. THE RACE COMMITTEE ORGANIZERS AND RACE STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERS.

Save the Date

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No Tricks, Just Treats

Come And Get ‘Em

If you placed in the Top 10 for your age division, family team, or 200 lb. division and did not get your medals on race day or at the Hometown Fair MB10K Booth, they are patiently waiting for their owners to bring them home! All results are now final. Link to 2016 results here.

All medals must be picked up on or before Tuesday, November 15.

Any unclaimed medals will be recycled for future use.

Please get them at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach

  • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
  • Hours: 10-7 Monday through Saturday, 11-6 Sunday

Such A Deal

Village Runner, Manhattan Beach has generously offered a promotion for those of you who come in! Present this email on your phone or print it out and receive $10.00 off your purchase of $50.00 or more. This offer expires 11.30.16 Please contact Village Runner, Manhattan Beach for any exclusions that may apply.

I Spy An MB10K Race Shirt

We’d love to see pictures of you wearing your 2016 race shirt! Post them on social media and use #mb10k. We will share them on our social pages and help spread the #mb10k love!

Tag us:

  • Instagram: @mb10krun
  • Facebook: Manhattan Beach 10K Run
  • Twitter: @mbeach10k

Save The Date

Come celebrate our 40th birthday with us and run or walk - October 7, 2017 at 7:30 AM!  You don't to want to miss it!

Image Credits: Endurance Sports Photo & Rachel Judson

The MB10K is a non-profit event and the proceeds are donated to community fitness-related causes & scholarships. The Race Committee organizers and race staff are volunteers.


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It's A Wrap!

 

Big Thanks From The #mb10k

The 39th Annual Manhattan Beach 10K Run took place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and we’d like to give a big thanks to all those who participated in it!

A Word From Our Race Committee

We hope you had a great time at the race!  Here's a wrap-up of the day’s events along with some photos to help you relive last Saturday.  

Your race t-shirts are an ad-free and logo-free piece of artwork.  On our website and in this email are where you'll find those that made the day possible.  Please be sure to support those who support the race.

Mark your calendars now because we hope to see you at our 40th Birthday Race on October 7, 2017!
 

Manhattan Beach 10K Race Committee

Race Photos:

Here’s a sneak peak of photographs from Endurance Sports Photo.

Race Day Photo Link

If you haven’t done so yet, please sign up to register for your photos here.

Expo Photos

Click on the link below to see some of our great sponsors at their booths on race day:

After Race Expo Photos  

For a complete list of all the businesses and organizations that help make this day possible, please click here.

Thank You for the Great News Coverage!

Please check out the following articles about the race:

Easy Reader Article  

DigMB  

Save the Date

Come celebrate our 40th birthday with us and run or walk - October 7, 2017 at 7:30 AM!  

You don't to want to miss it!

More Information

Need other information, results, photo link, FAQs, give feedback?

Please visit us at  www.mb10k.com & our direct email is mb10krun@yahoo.com


The MB10K is a non-profit event and the proceeds are donated to community fitness-related causes & scholarships. The Race Committee organizers and race staff are volunteers.  

Image Credits: Endurance Sports Photo

 


 

Your Bib Number Has Value!

 

Your Bib Number Has Value Beyond Race Day!

This year we have teamed up with local Manhattan Beach businesses and they have generously offered incentives to our runners during the weekend of the Manhattan Beach 10K Run and Hometown Fair.  Any MB10K race participant can visit the following local merchants on October 1 & 2, 2016 with their bib number and claim what they are offering. We hope you enjoy the special deals as you visit!

Please contact the individual business for specific details, rules & restrictions.

Participating Businesses:

Click on names and you will be taken to their websites.

Bella Beach & Bella Beach Kids

Birdwell Beach Britches

Kasai Hair

Lina Hess Athleisure

Marine Layer

Nikau Kai Waterman Shop

Old Venice

Pages A Bookstore

Shade Hotel

Two Guns Espresso (Manhattan Beach Yacht Club location only)

2 Ways To Register For The MB10K:

 

Please Note!

  • NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!

  • Final race instructions posted on our website here.

  • Walkers welcome

  • Please no strollers or dogs

 

Bib Number Pick-Up At Village Runner, Manhattan Beach:

  • Wednesday, September 28 *
  • Thursday, September 29 *
  • Friday, September 30

* Those who pick up their bibs on these days will have a chance to enter a raffle - several prize levels including a Village Runner $100 Gift Card!  Raffle winners will be announced on Friday, 9/30 via email.  See store for more details/rules/restrictions.  The volunteer MB10K Race Committee really appreciates it if you can come in early to get your bib number!

Race Day Bib Number Pick-Up

  • 6 - 7 am

  • On Veterans Parkway/Greenbelt near the starting line

#MB10K Snapchat Geofilter

After you cross the finish line, be sure to use the #mb10k Snapchat Geofilter and share your accomplishment with all your adoring fans!

Image Credit: Downtown Manhattan Beach

WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE STARTING LINE ON OCTOBER 1, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. sharp!


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Spotlight On Club Ed

 

One Of Our Faves

The South Bay is fortunate to have many run clubs. One of our personal favorites is Club Ed! This group always has a huge presence at the #mb10k each year and we appreciate their support and participation.

We had the good fortune to interview the head honcho himself, Ed Avol and a prominent member of the club and elite runner in her own right, Nathalie Higley.

About Club Ed

Club Ed is a running club whose goal is to help runners of all ages and fitness enjoy the sport of running at all levels of speed, experience, and talent. It provides organized venues for members to train and experienced guidance to help runners of all levels improve. With a low-key approach to personal improvement fueled by each runner’s individual motivation, the club provides a way for new runners to meet other local runners, discover new places to run, and to learn and practice better ways to train. It also encourages support of the local running community by helping out at local races and encouraging members to challenge themselves through periodic racing.

For more iInformation about Club Ed click here.

Our Q & A With Ed

When and how did you start club Ed?

I previously had coached the Manhattan Beach Track Club (MBTC) in the latter half of the 1980s, then moved away for a job opportunity. When I returned to the area in 1992, several former runners from MBTC approached me and asked if I would coach them again…so I did.

What is your running philosophy?

I approach running as a lifetime activity – at most any age, you can train and run and race, at a level of competition and achievement that you define for yourself. Running is social at times, and hard work at other times. Training–wise, I believe in a strong foundation of distance upon which interval training, recovery days, and a structured plan (instead of random running) combine to lead to personal improvement…but it comes from the individual – I cannot “force” you to run.

What is your favorite #mb10k moment?

Historically, a highlight for me was something we don’t do anymore -- running out and back on the pier (in the old days of the race) in the last rush to the finish. Nowadays, an annual highlight is getting to that seemingly never-ending last mile along the Strand, where the Finish Line doesn’t seem to ever be getting much closer…but you somehow get there!

What are your best tips to train for a 10k?

Give yourself time to build a base – trying to do this in a few weeks is a prescription for injury and frustration. For most any distance and any running, getting a training partner – someone with whom to share the highs and lows, someone to keep you “honest” in your effort and consistency, even someone to “guilt” you into showing up on those days you are dragging and don’t want to run – is the best thing you can do for your training.

What's your best race tip for a first time/novice runner for a 10k?

Have a plan … and work towards it. Preparation, consistency, confidence, and commitment dramatically improve the chances for success.

Our Q & A With Nathalie

Why do you run with Club Ed?

I always feel it is better to run with a group. The club is an opportunity to get together and train with people who are very friendly and have access to a very knowledgeable coach. There’s a need to be social, to be challenged and to be better and the club meet those needs. It also feels like a family and a social gathering, you see these people on a regular basis and you share a passion for running with them.

How many #mb10k races have you run?

I think about 17 or 18.

How many of these have you won?

12! (Way to go, Nathalie!)

What do you love about the #mb10k?

It is always nice to get to the finish and see the beautiful pier. It is a great course and a challenging course. I enjoy seeing all the people cheering you on and listening to the music and all the support along the way. It is fun and entertaining and always fun to head off to the Hometown Fair Beer Garden afterwards!

Save money & register before midnight tonight! (we’re talking 11:59 p.m. people) Fees increase September 20th!

2 ways to register:

  • Online at www.mb10k.com until 9.26
  • In-store at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach until 9.30
  • 1840 N Sepulveda Blvd.
  • Hours: 10-7 Monday through Saturday, 11-6 Sunday

Please Note!

  • No race day registration!

  • Walkers welcome
  • Please no strollers or dogs
  • Bib number pick-up at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach on:

                  Wednesday, September 28

                  Thursday, September 29

                   Friday, September 30

Image Credit: MB10K

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And The Band Played On

 

We Are Unique

The Manhattan Beach 10K is unique in many ways. One special way that we set ourselves apart from other races is that we have bands along the course that play to entertain and motivate the runners as they head to that gorgeous finish line.

Today we are featuring one of these bands, Fallen Arches, formerly known as the Dennis O’Hanlon Assemblage. We were able to interview the founder Dennis O’Hanlon and Frank Giffen, who now manages the band.

Meet Dennis

We lived in Hermosa Beach for 30 years until 2009, when we moved to Gig Harbor, WA. My wife Bonnie and I often come down to see friends and play the 10K run gig. Bonnie and I have been playing on that same corner on Blanche since 1989.

We have always surrounded ourselves with musician friends. I am a semi-retired guitarist, bassist and singer.  Still do some gigs up here. I passed the band over to Frank Giffen a few years ago.  

Meet Frank

I found Dennis’ group the first time I ran the 10K.  I’d been enjoying the other bands along the route and as I was coming up the street I could hear, but not see, the band, and I thought, “That sounds like Dennis and Bonnie,” and then quickly discovered that it WAS Dennis and Bonnie and the others. I stopped and said “Hello,” Peter Yollin gave me his guitar and I played a song with them, then went back and finished the race.  

A year or two later, I left my guitar and amp with them beforehand and then ran the race, stopping to play another song when I got to that corner.  After that, Dennis invited me to play with them each year, and when he moved to Washington, he gave the gig to me.  

Peter and his son Max have played with me and a couple of former bandmates I recruited each year, and aside from the early call time, it’s a fun gig.  I love seeing co-workers, friends, and one year my daughter, running the race and calling out their names as they run by.  And of course, Dennis’ song is always a treat to sing.

The Manhattan Beach 10K Run Song

Dennis wrote a song entitled The Manhattan Beach 10K Run Song around 1995! It has been sung at every race since. We asked him some questions about the song and the race.

What inspired you to write the song?

The inspiration was all the fun those folks running by were having.  Most of the songs we did were running related..."Born to Run", "Walk Don't Run","Running on Empty", and of course near the end, the stragglers would hear something like "Baby Elephant Walk"  So I based my song on the Ronnette's hit that had the chorus, "Da do run run, da do run run". Mine has the riff "They do Run Run....

What’s your favorite memory about playing at the Manhattan Beach 10K?  

Bonnie and I loved seeing the folks who lived near our corner come out each year.  We saw, in 27 years, young families blossom.  Small children grew and went off to college.  Lovely to be a part of that longevity.

How was the corner on Blanche chosen as your spot to play?  

There was a bluegrass band on that corner way back in 1985.  They had been there for a few years, but opted not to continue.  John Post was a friend of mine from my old craft show days. He knew I was a musician and asked me if I wanted to do the gig.  For the first few years we were a bluegrass group, banjo, stand-up bass etc.  We morphed into more a contemporary band.

Sing Along

Now as you pass the Fallen Arches you can sing along with them!

The Manhattan Beach 10K Run Song

Verse 1:

They got up in the morning and they started the race

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

The leaders came by early and were setting the pace

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Chorus:

Yeah, they came up the hill

Yeah, we were standing still

Yeah, it was such a thrill

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Verse 2:

Some ran for glory, some ran for fun,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Underneath Manhattan Beach’s morning sun,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Chorus

Verse 3:

You all get a T-shirt for running along,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

We get a T-shirt for singing a song,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Chorus

Verse 4:

They make a hard left and Rosecrans and head to the sea,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

They leave us behind and the armory,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Chorus

Verse 5

They started the race looking fresh an neat,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Not even half way and they’re dragging their feet,

They do run run, yeah, they do run run

Chorus

Early Registration For The MB10K

Pricing now - September 19th:

  • Register online at mb10k.com

  • Prices increase on September 20th

  • Online registration will close on September 26th

  • $30 Youth (under 15 years old)

  • $35 Adults

Please Note!

Registration in-store at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach is now open & closes September 30th.

  • Address: 1840 N Sepulveda Blvd.,  Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

  • Hours: 10-7 Monday through Saturday, 11-6 Sunday


There will be NO race day registration!

Image Credit: John Post

We'll see you at the starting line on October 1, 2016!


Sign up below and we'll send you valuable information about the Manhattan Beach 10K Run.

 

Special Treat For Those Who Registered in August!

 

THIS IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO REGISTERED FOR THE #MB10K IN August!

 

The early bird gets the worm…or in this case the bib number!

Thank you for taking advantage of Early Registration! We’re so excited & already processing numbers! These numbers are ready ahead of schedule!!  Not only did you get a discounted price, YOUR BIB IS READY for pick-up at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach!

How To Get It

MUST SHOW THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL YOU RECEIVED (YOU CAN ALSO SHOW IT FROM YOUR PHONE) IN THE STORE AND THEIR FRIENDLY STAFF WILL GIVE YOU YOUR RACE NUMBER.

If someone else is picking up your bib for you, please print the confirmation email or forward the email to them so they can show it at the store.

While You Are There...

If you need that new pair of shoes or fresh running bra, this just might be the perfect time!

Village Runner, Manhattan Beach

  • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd
  • Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

STORE HOURS:

  • Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Questions?

Village Runner is not responsible for calls/inquiries about the MB 10K Run.

PLEASE EMAIL US: MB10KRUN@YAHOO.COM

The MB10K is a non-profit event and the proceeds are donated to community fitness-related causes & scholarships. The Race Committee organizers & event staff are volunteers. The Village Runner, Manhattan Beach provides sponsorship by helping us distribute bib numbers, graciously provides a place for us to have in-store registration, plus will be providing food at the Expo.  It would be difficult to put on this event without them.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE STARTING LINE ON OCTOBER 1, 2016!

Image Credit: Annmarie Hext


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7 Must-Haves For Runners

Hot Running Gear

We are geeking out over the latest running products from Village Runner!  We checked in with our Gear Guru, Darren Griffith, from the store to see what some of the most popular items are right now. While you head over to the Manhattan Beach location to sign up for the #mb10k, have a look at these featured items.

 

Hoka One One: continues to garner the lion's share of attention. Minimal geometry, maximal cushion. Great for folks with injuries or for those who want to avoid them (thanks Hoka!). These shoes allow your feet to move naturally with maximum comfort. They’re surprisingly light, which gives the sensation that you're running slightly above the ground. We love their motto, “Why run when you can fly?”

 

Brooks Shoes: Tried and true, straight forward traditional shoes. The new Launch 3 is a sweet ride and a fantastic neutral running shoe.  Brooks is currently the best selling specialty running shoe company in the country (maybe even the world?!) The DNA midsole cushioning dynamically adapts to your size and speed for amazing energy return, the midfoot is shaped for fast heel-to-toe transitions, and added rubber in the forefoot gives you extra-springy push-off. Plus, the ultra light upper maximizes ventilation to keep your feet cool and dry. Get ready to blast off!

Addaday: Where does it hurt? Addaday makes great products for massage and myofascial release. Addaday's scientifically-designed self-massage sticks, foam rollers, bodywork balls, and flexible massage devices, all incorporate varied surface textures, and shapes designed to release muscle and tendon adhesions. They only sell through specialty running stores, like us!

Garmin: Still the best wearable GPS on the market. Find the one that best suits your needs: tracking your heart rate, mileage, calorie tracking, the possibilities are virtually endless. Most are now customizable through the Connect IQ Store to add apps, widgets and watch faces.

Nuun: Hydration done right. Easy to drink mildly flavored electrolyte supplement. Some flavors enhanced with caffeine goodness!  Stay hydrated my friends.

Oofos: Fun to say, better to wear. Recovery sandals you'll want to live in. Yes, please!

 

GU Stroopwafel: Runners need fuel. GU's new Stroopwafel is a way tasty way to get it! Created for daily use before and during training and competition, the GU Energy Stroopwafel delivers all the nutrients needed to power your performance: quality carbohydrates, essential amino acids, and electrolytes. The Stroopwafel is made with a layer of delicious syrup between two thin wafers, and it’s individually packaged to make it portable and easy to take on a ride or run.

Early Registration For The MB10K

Pricing now - September 19th:

  • Register online at mb10k.com

  • $30 Youth (under 15 years old)

  • $35 Adults

Please Note!

Registration in-store at Village Runner, Manhattan Beach is now open & closes September 30th. Online registration at mb10k.com will close on September 26th. There will be NO race day registration!

  • Address: 1840 N Sepulveda Blvd.,  Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
  • Hours: 10-7 Monday through Saturday, 11-6 Sunday

Image Credits: Hoka One One, Brooks, Addaday, Garmin, Nuun, Oofos, GU Energy

 

WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE STARTING LINE ON OCTOBER 1, 2016!


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