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Runners will take to the streets for La Jolla’s Half Marathon Sunday (April 27)

housands of runners follow the La Jolla Half Marathon course in 2013. It leads off from Del Mar Fairgrounds down Coast Boulevard through North Torrey Pines Park Road, North Torrey Pines Road and finishes at La Jolla Cove.  File
housands of runners follow the La Jolla Half Marathon course in 2013. It leads off from Del Mar Fairgrounds down Coast Boulevard through North Torrey Pines Park Road, North Torrey Pines Road and finishes at La Jolla Cove. File

By Henry Chiu

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

It’s April, it’s La Jolla, and it’s time for a half- marathon! Sunday, April 27 will mark the 33rd running of the La Jolla Half Marathon.

This annual race began in 1981 as a fun, fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla and has grown into one of the more prestigious road races in the United States.

Thousands of runners follow the La Jolla Half Marathon course in 2013. It leads off from Del Mar Fairgrounds down Coast Boulevard through North Torrey Pines Park Road, North Torrey Pines Road and finishes at La Jolla Cove.  File
Thousands of runners follow the La Jolla Half Marathon course in 2013. It leads off from Del Mar Fairgrounds down Coast Boulevard through North Torrey Pines Park Road, North Torrey Pines Road and finishes at La Jolla Cove. File

Thousands of runners from all over the country come to La Jolla on the last Sunday in April to participate. This year’s half-marathon sold out on March 30, but there are still openings for the La Jolla Shores 5K. For more details, visit

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Remember, the 5K is mostly downhill!

The La Jolla Half Marathon has evolved into the largest fundraising event for the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla. The club gives the proceeds back to the community in the form of scholarships, grants to schools, support for veterans programs, and supplementary funding for Meals-on-Wheels, just to name a few.

It is through these activities that the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla embraces and acts upon the tenants of community, family and fellowship. All this is made possible by you, our generous neighbors in La Jolla, and we thank you!

As with all public sports events, the half-marathon will bring a certain level of inconvenience to the community. On the morning of April 27, some streets will be closed from 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We do appreciate all the help and understanding afforded us by our neighbors. This year, we will feature some rather interesting vendors and the traditional beer garden at the finish area (Ellen Browning Scripps Park). Please come out and enjoy the day with us, have a shaved ice (Ice Blast) or have a specialty Mexican-style lunch (Del Real Foods) or just join the happy runners for a drink in the beer garden.

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Also, membership in the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla is open to anyone with a desire to help the community. We are a non-denominational, non-sectarian service organization with the mission to serve the children of the world.

Please contact me for more information about the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla or to arrange a visit to our weekly meeting. Lunch is on me! Call (858) 454-1239 or e-mail henry@ljpb.biz