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Posted: April 28, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Santa Monica Classic 10K, 5K Races to Benefit Heal the Bay

Nike extends race sponsorship; Earth Day beach clean-up draws crowd

Santa Monica, Calif. --The fourth annual Santa Monica Classic, now managed by the Los Angeles Marathon Group, will combine running and environmental awareness, with 5K and 10K races on May 3rd that start at the beach and finish at the Santa Monica Pier. The event's net proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay; past races have raised $30,000 for the Santa Monica-based non-profit. In addition, race organizers joined Nike and Heal the Bay in sponsoring an Earth Day Beach Clean-Up on April 25th that drew a large crowd.

"Racers will enjoy a great run through the heart of Santa Monica and the opportunity to help keep our coastal waters safe and clean," said Race Director Peter Abraham. "We're proud to partner with Heal the Bay for our Beach Clean-Up and the Fourth Annual Santa Monica Classic."

New this year is a Youth 5K, featuring a separate start for runners under 21. The winning high school boys' and girls' teams will receive Nike jackets and all participants will enjoy a post-race Expo held on the Santa Monica Pier. All race participants will receive Nike Dri-FIT running T-shirts.

Race Details: The Santa Monica Classic
  Sunday, May 3, 2009
  5K Under 21 Division -- 7:30 a.m.
  5K Open Division -- 7:30 a.m.
  10K -- 8:00 a.m.
Race start: 2600 Barnard Way (just south of Ocean Park)
Registration: or (310) 271-7200
Race information and details of training runs are available on our website

Race sponsors include Nike, Whole Foods Market, Redspin Network Security, KCBS, KCAL, Delfina Hotel and Viceroy Hotel. Beneficiary Heal the Bay ( is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Santa Monica Bay and Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean for people and marine life. The Santa Monica Classic ( is a member of the Los Angeles Marathon family of events (

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