Volunteers, runners sought for La Jolla half-marathon April 28

The 32nd annual La Jolla Half Marathon/La Jolla Shores 5K is set for 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 28.

The half-marathon, for ages 18 and older, begins at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and ends at La Jolla Cove. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla and doubles as its biggest fundraiser of the year.

The La Jolla Shores 5K is a scenic, hilly, point-to-point course that begins on La Jolla Shores Drive near the Scripps Pier and runs through La Jolla Shores and along North Torrey

Pines Road, Prospect Avenue and Coast Boulevard before finishing at the La Jolla Cove in the same location as the La Jolla Half Marathon finish.

The course will be clearly marked with traffic cones and course guides and, except when otherwise directed, runners should stay as close to the right hand curb as possible. The course will close to 5K runners and walkers one hour after the race start (20-minute-mile pace).

Registration is $90 for the marathon race, and $40 for the 5K at (858) 454-0777 or

Note: T

he marathon requires the help of 1,000 volunteers who provide key support to the 10,000 participants as they reach their goal of completing the half marathon or 5K. No experience is necessary to volunteer and there are a wide variety of fun job choices available. All volunteers receive an official Race Crew T-shirt. To sign on, call (858) 454-0777 or go to

and click on “volunteer.”

--Staff Reports

Security expert offers tips on event and crowd safety

In the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon, safety experts from Signal 88 Security say there are steps that can be taken to protect yourself and your family in a crowd. For those who find themselves in crowded areas, the security firm provides these personal security tips:

Be Prepared:

Before a large event, coordinate with your family/friends where you would meet if separated. And although it’s unthinkable, mentally rehearse how you would react if you were confronted by an act of violence, such as an explosion or active shooter. “Decide what objects you would choose for the best cover,” advised Tim Conahan, Signal 88 Security vice president. “If there is no cover, determine your next step. Run, hide or (be prepared to) fight (back)!”

Follow Directions:

When you arrive at a crowded place, help maintain order by parking in designated spaces or as directed. Don’t ignore signs or barricades, which are often placed to control a crowd. Once you’re part of the crowd, stay safest by following its flow rather than going against it. Take a bathroom break before getting in a long line.

Stay Aware:

Create a habit of scanning a room, event center or concert hall for the nearest emergency exit when you arrive, in case you need to escape quickly. Watch out for signs of trouble, including if those around you suddenly turn to the same direction and the noise level increases. Additionally, if you see someone put down a bag and walk away, notify security personnel, law enforcement or the event organizer immediately.

In Case of Emergency:

If you find yourself in a situation such as the explosions at the Boston Marathon, leave the area immediately. Leaving will reduce your risk of further injury and allows first responders to properly assist