La Jolla Half Marathon organizers offer update, security measures

A quick update on the La Jolla Half Marathon and La Jolla Shores 5K on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the tragedy in Boston and their families. We are working diligently with our partners in law enforcement and public safety and will be taking appropriate measures depending on developing information from local and federal authorities.

In years past, the running of the La Jolla Half Marathon has meant street closures and impacted traffic in the village during the last weekend in April. This ongoing event is about to celebrate its 32nd running! The first runner will cross race start at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and the last runner will cross the finish line in Scripps Park by 11 a.m. This is the main fundraising event for the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, in which the club strives to involve our community for the benefit and enrichment of the community. While we cannot avoid the street closures, we hope that the changes that we have planned for 2013 will reduce the congestion in the village pre- and post- event.

We are expecting our usual number of runners, who with their friends and families will swell the streets of La Jolla on the last weekend in April by ten thousand plus people. In the past, with registration and check in for the event at the La Jolla Recreation Center on Prospect, the additional traffic crunch on the preceding Saturday in the village was a dis-service to the community. This year to address traffic congestion concerns, we moved the registration for the half marathon out of the village. Along with In-Motion, our new race management team, we are holding the registration and check-in at Roadrunner Sports in Kearny Mesa. There will be no registration or check in this year in the village, hopefully this will translate into less traffic snarls. As in previous years, we are providing shuttle bus service for race participants to the start and finish areas of the race.

The map shows the marathon’s route through the village. Again this year, the Kiwanis Club would like to thank the residents along the route for your long standing support and forbearance of any inconvenience.

Please join with us to make the 32nd running of the La Jolla Half Marathon a success on April 28! The bulk of the organizing and staffing of this event is by volunteers from our community. The proceeds of this event provide a significant portion of the funds that the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla provide to enrichment programs at our local schools (Muirlands and La Jolla High), and worthwhile programs that enrich our community (Dollars for Scholars, Any Body Can Foundation, Meals-on-wheels, Semper Fi Fund, Challenged Athletes Fund, Guide On, etc). If you are interested in helping out, please visit our volunteer link:

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On behalf of my fellow Kiwanians, I want to thank our neighbors and our wonderfully understanding local merchants for their generosity and support.

Please contact for more information about the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla or to arrange for a visit to our weekly meeting – lunch is on me!