Long Beach Marathon Highlights Partnership with the Aquarium of the Pacific for National Aquarium Month
June 29, 2023
Aquarium of the Pacific 5k to kickoff 2023 marathon weekend on Saturday, October 14, 2023; Online registration is open, and participants are encouraged to sign up early to secure their spot
Long Beach, California – June 29, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon is kicking off its partnership with the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific during National Aquarium Month in June. The two community institutions are once again coming together to host the Aquarium of the Pacific 5K, one of Southern California’s 3.1-mile races, on Saturday, October 14, 2023.
As the official running kickoff to the marathon weekend festivities, the Aquarium of the Pacific 5K will take participants on a scenic route along the Long Beach waterfront before concluding at the Aquarium. “June is recognized as National Aquarium Month, and what better way for us to celebrate than by sharing this announcement that combines the love for running and the awe-inspiring wonders of the aquatic world,” said Phyllis Blanchard, director of partnerships for the marathon. “We are honored to partner with the Aquarium of the Pacific on its 5K. This racecourse is like no other, as it winds through the breathtaking exhibits of the Aquarium. Participants will be surrounded by vibrant marine life, providing a truly immersive and enchanting race experience.”
This collaboration between the Long Beach Marathon and the Aquarium of the Pacific aims to promote community well-being, raise awareness about ocean conservation, and provide a unique race experience for participants. As October approaches, individuals and families are urged to mark their calendars and secure their spots for the Long Beach Marathon and Aquarium of the Pacific 5k event. “By doing so, they will not only embark on an unforgettable journey of personal achievement but also contribute to the well-being of the Long Beach community,” said Blanchard.
As part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering an array of new exhibits, events, and programming throughout the year. This includes the Aquarium’s new Southern California Gallery, which opens on July 1, 2023. Participants in the Aquarium of the Pacific 5K will have the chance to witness these additions, providing a special experience for both avid runners and marine enthusiasts.
“Taking place on the weekend of October 14 and 15, the highly anticipated Long Beach Marathon has long been a favorite fall running tradition among fitness enthusiasts and running aficionados in Southern California,” said Blanchard. With its diverse range of events catering to participants of all ages and abilities, the marathon is known for its scenic coastal route and atmosphere.
The Aquarium of the Pacific 5K welcomes participants of all ages and skill levels, offering a family-friendly event. By participating in the race, attendees not only get to enjoy a day filled with exploring the Aquarium’s exhibits and educational displays after the race, but also contribute to the ongoing conservation efforts supported by both the Long Beach Marathon and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
To register for the Aquarium of the Pacific 5K or for more information, please visit RunLongBeach.com.
About the Aquarium of the Pacific 5k
The Aquarium of the Pacific is partnering again with the Long Beach Marathon events team to host their 5K Run/Walk, happening this year on Saturday, October 14, at 7:00 a.m. The scenic course will loop through Shoreline Village Park, past the lighthouse in Shoreline Aquatic Park, through Queensway Bridge, and around the Aquarium. Participants will receive a race t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and a voucher for reduced Aquarium admission on the morning of race day, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Participants are encouraged to sign up early as both events are expected to fill up quickly. You can visit RunLongBeach.com for more details.
About Aquarium of the Pacific
The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the new Babies! gallery, Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities, Pacific Visions, and Shark Lagoon. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including First Wednesdays featuring guest speakers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months and other special benefits. To make a donation to help support the Aquarium, please visit Pacific.to/donate. To visit, advance reservations are required for everyone and can be made at aquariumofpacific.org or by calling (562) 590-3100. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
About the Long Beach Marathon
The 2023 Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon will return to the oceanfront streets of downtown Long Beach on the weekend of October 14-15. Race weekend annually attracts thousands of runners with perfect Southern California weather and fast and flat courses. Participants can choose from four different events including the marathon, half marathon, 20-mile Bike Tour, or the Aquarium of the Pacific 5k. The race returns for its 38th edition year and features two days of races along the Southern California coast, offering runners iconic waterfront views of Shoreline Village and the Queen Mary Hotel. For more information about the Long Beach Marathon or to register for the event, visit RunLongBeach.com and follow @LongBeachMarathon on social media.
Dan Cruz, 619.925.7671
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