The 2009 Carlsbad Marathon & Half

by The Editors on January 25, 2009


At 6 AM this morning, far to early for anyone to be up, let alone thinking about running a race, the 2009 Carlsbad Marathon & Half kicked off at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real. More than 1,200 competitors dashed off into the morning darkness for a 26 mile trot through Carlsbadistan.

At 7:30 AM (when we finally got to the starting line) 8,000 half marathoners kicked out into the streets in waves and by 8:30 Coast Highway was packed and overflowing with runners. Follow the jump for more photos (click them to see them full size).
Yeah, it was an early start for sure.

As much as we hate crossing PCH during rush hour, this was even worse.

Sport walkers from The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA supporting the runners in front of Starbucks.

This is what the very frightened termite saw moments before being. . .

That’s a three miles in smile. But we’re guessing Janine will be smiling at the finish, too.

The Cure JM water crew near the two-miles to go mark on Carlsbad Village Drive.

The smooth sounds of The Johnny C Band at Witch Creek Winery.

On the home stretch. . . only three miles to go. Donald Sevesind of Covina, California charges on in the marathon while Sheryl Stone of Upland, California thinks about the finish line of the half.

The Pros make this race look far too easy. Second place finisher Andrew Musuva missed the win by two minutes.

2009 Carlsbad Marathon winner Josh Spiker, 26, of Ventura “moved into the lead with four miles to go” and won the event with a time of 2:24:56 [Link: The Ventura County Start]

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