Marathon Running
The Malibu Half Marathon November 15
By Blue Benadum
Nov 8, 2009 - 7:45:38 AM

MALIBU I am so happy to have the opportunity to announce the first marathon and half marathon in the city of Malibu on Sunday, November 15.  The official name of our annual race is the Malibu International Marathon and is brought to you by Forever Runners LLC, a local company and running team. The race is aiming to raise money for local and national charities like the Christopher’s Haven foundation, which helps children and their families with housing in order to receive proton radiation treatment, which is a last stop surgery for advanced cancer patients. The Malibu event is also working with local schools and the Boys and Girls Club and, as the event grows, will be helping fund these and other programs to help promote health and wellness in the community.  I would like to take this opportunity to talk a little about the half marathon course.


The Malibu Half showcases the most scenic part of the course, the second half of the full marathon. It begins, continues along and ends on the Pacific coastline. We are sure to see this course go down as one of the most scenic in the world.

Participants in the Malibu International Marathon on Sunday, November 15. Photo by Joanne DeCaro Afornalli

We start at Thornhill Broom, a long narrow beach campsite north of Malibu on the undeveloped stretch of coastline in southern Ventura County. There is not much going on here, but the mountains meeting the sea and the sand from the beach blowing in the wind with the gulls. After the National Anthem the runners will head south along the Pacific Coast Highway. Hugging the bluffs, the runners will see little disturbance to nature’s own creation for the first five miles. The first hill comes with the first sign of civilization at the famous fish and chips diner, Neptune’s Net. Here the runners make their way to the top of the bluff for a great view down the coast until mile 6.5. This is the turnoff for a short half of a mile out and back at Leo Carrillo campground to make up a little mileage.


The runners come back onto the highway at mile 7.5 and climb the second hill to mile 8. This is where the beautiful homes of northern Malibu begin as we continue south. The sides of the road have elaborate landscaping at this point to create privacy walls for the homes and can double as a good shade wall for runners as well. The next few miles are steady rolling hills, nothing more than a couple hundred feet in elevation gain, until mile 11.5. From this point, it’s a beautiful view of Zuma beach and the finish area as we cross the bluff and pass the Malibu sign and gain speed for the last mile and final downhill.  Right before 13 miles the runners cross the Trancas intersection and bridge before turning into the Zuma parking lot and the finish line.


The runners pick up their medals and finisher souvenir beach towels and head to the sand with post race snacks in hand to lounge and get some much deserved rest and recovery. We hope to see you all there running or showing support!


Participant in the Malibu International Marathon on Sunday, November 15. Photo by Joanne DeCaro Afornalli

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