John Post

MB10k Spotlight: The Dynamic Duo

Race Director Rachel Judson with Tate the Adventure Poodle and Registration Director Annmarie Hext.

Have You Met These Ladies?

If you've done the Manhattan Beach 10k in the last 20 years or sign up this year, you'll likely bump into one of these two! If you have not had the pleasure to meet their acquaintance yet, let us introduce you to Rachel Judson and Annmarie Hext. Rachel is our esteemed Race Director with her adorable sidekick Tate the Adventure Poodle. Annmarie is our brilliant Registration Director. While these are their main VOLUNTEER jobs for the race, they do so much more behind the scenes to make the race happen without a hiccup year after year.

Our Q & A With Rachel

How long have you been the MB10k Race Director?

Since the 25th running in 2002.

How did you first get involved with the MB10k?

Two great men are responsible:  John Post & Don Sirvio. In the late 90s, having known each other for years, John was recruiting for the Committee, and called my business partner Don to see if he was interested in joining the Committee. Don wasn't and recommended me.  As a runner I had wanted an opportunity to give back to the sport I love; it was a match made in heaven. The rest is history.                                                 

What’s it like to be Race Director and work with the 31 others on the Race Committee?

For years now, I have found myself telling the others on the committee that if we all decided to work together on a for-profit, business venture, we’d be as successful as Apple or Google.  It truly is an incredible group of people. All are people who are dedicated with great follow through and execution. Much of the work is done independently or in small sub-committees, and then it’s pulled together as a group making sure each ‘i’ is dotted, and ‘t’ crossed. Many on the committee are of the founding generation, a number are 2nd generation (like me) and now we find ourselves adding the 3rd. I feel so fortunate to have joined when I did and have the pleasure of knowing those who had the brilliance to come up with the idea and worked so hard for so long on the race, and to be of the next wave to keep it going, and to eventually pass it on to others who share the passion

What is your biggest challenge putting on a race of this size?

Post-2010, it is marketing.  (Google WSJ - How the Millennials Ended the Running Boom 2016 for more info).  There are so many ways the public gets information, so many opportunities for things to do and the challenge is making sure people know we’re a fantastic event, one that they should do annually, and that they sign up.

Why do you love the MB10k?

It brings out what I think is the best Manhattan Beach has to offer.  I got involved to give back to running and in return I got the people.  If anyone has any doubt of the true love there is for this community, I assure them it is here and shines with the people who volunteer and do the race.  It is also so nice that people outside our area get to share in an experience that shows that Manhattan Beach isn’t just pretty, it’s a true community. It’s also a pure volunteer event tied to a city I love with profits being donated back to Manhattan Beach.

Why should someone race the MB10k?

It appeals to serious competitive runners (USATF certified course), and fun for less competitive, including walkers,  who want a well organized 10k with lots of entertainment and post-race Expo that is fantastic (not to mention the bonus ‘unofficial finish line’ of Shellback).  If that isn’t enough, being able to show off a gorgeous finisher’s t-shirt that’s like a work of art, and knowing the profits go back to the community.

Can you let us in on any fun secrets for this October 5th?

Expo changes: another photo booth with fun props and re-vamp to the North Lot being wellness-focused. All the more reason to stay and enjoy Manhattan Beach after the race!

What do you hope for the future of the race?

I’d love those at the 100th running to look back and say, “Wow, that’s really cool that this has been a great tradition for so long!”  For generations to come, I hope the race continues with the sense of community it was founded upon, and that it outlives us all. Long may it run.

Our Q & A With Annmarie

How long have you been the Registration Director for the race?

This is my 17th year on the committee. I can’t believe it’s been that long!

How did you first get involved with the MB10k?

Back then, I was new to running and loving it! I was meeting new people and forming new friendships in the running community. One of those friends, Alison Guerrero, had recently joined the Race Committee and always had such great things to say about the group. Alison invited me to volunteer my first year and I loved it! When the Race Committee began recruiting new members as part of their succession plan, I offered to fill the position of Registration Director, previously held by Rachel. Those were big shoes to fill!

Your adult kids are now involved in the race, how fun is that for you?

Oh my goodness, it’s too fun! Over the years, they have put in a lot of time at our dining room table in support of my race duties. It’s no exaggeration to say that they’ve processed thousands of race bibs! When they expressed interest in joining the Race Committee, I was so excited! Tyler sits on the Registration subcommittee with me, and Bex will transition to Expo chair this year. I am so proud of the people my kids have become and working with them on the MB10k is special to me (this calls for a heart emoji!).

Signing up for the MB10k is very seamless, how do you make it so easy for people?

Wow, thanks for the compliment! I work hard to make the process run smoothly, but I can’t take all the credit. Our partnership with Village Runner is huge. They really are the face of this race prior to race day and we couldn’t ask for a better team. I work closely with them to address the wants and needs of our runners while staying true to our commitment to keeping it ‘hometown’.

Can you share with us some fun stories about people who have participated in the race?

I love our runners! They’re real and they’re kind and they have brought me so much joy over the years. My favorite would have to be the email I received with the subject line that read “The dog ate my number”. A dog mom myself, I just laughed out loud at the thought of 5½-month-old Maddie going full attack mode on that race bib. Of course, I requested a photo! I have to say, she looked innocent to me.

Silliness aside, I find registration to be the best race job. September is like a month-long reunion for me and I love it! I have shared hearty laughs and heartfelt tears (you runners know who you are) with our runners and they are the reason I continue to serve this race. The day they turn on me, I’m out! Hahaha just kidding ;D

We are now having racers from other countries sign up for the MB10k, why do you think that is?

Can you believe it?! It used to be the occasional international runner, but it’s really growing these past few years. Many of them are past residents returning home for the race, but now that we have a social media presence, newbies are finding us and planning trips around the race. But don’t you worry, domestic runners. No matter how far people travel for this great event, we are committed to keeping it ‘hometown’. That’s why people love this race and that won’t change.



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2018 Manhattan Beach 10k Finisher Tee

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Manhattan Beach photographer John Post has once again captured a stunning image for this years' Finisher Tee! Our shirts are the best ones out of any out there. We pride ourselves in that we have managed to keep advertising off of them. It isn't a billboard for sponsor logos, it's a work of art! It's a super soft, high quality cotton, offered in your choice of long or short sleeve.


Save The Date

Mark your calendars for the 41st running of the race which will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30am!

Online registration will open July 1, 2018, so stay tuned for all details in our next newsletter.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this to all your friends and family who may like to participate. Thank you!

Celebrate The 4th Of July

Our friends at the Village Runner are celebrating their 25th Annual 4th of July 5k on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 8am. All participants will receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt. There will be chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5k run. All kids dash finishers receive medals too!

  1. Register Online
    • Online registration closes July 1st at midnight
  2. Register in stores with this printable form
    • Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
    • Two drop off locations:
      • 1811 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (Riviera Village)
      • 1840 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (Manhattan Center)
  3. 5K: $40 per entry, Firecracker Dash (shorter race for kids’ ages 4-12): $30 per entry.


Run Manhattan

Village Runner is offering a special deal if you mention this newsletter in their Manhattan Beach store. During the month of June you can get $5 off a Run Manhattan t-shirt or tank top. They come in a variety of colors and some of the t-shirts are offered as a tech fabric as well. Perfect to run in this summer!

Stay Connected

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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


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