The Clif Bar Mountains 2 Beach Marathon and Half Marathon took place this past Sunday, May 26th, on Memorial Day wekeend. The course begins near Nordhoff High School in Ojai with a 10k road loop followed by over 10 miles of downhill, paved bike path before beginning a road and bike path loop near the Ventura Oceanfront. There is a net downhill of over 700 feet over the course.
This I believe was the 3rd year of the event (previously called the Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon) and it has fast become very popular , selling out registrations for both the full and half marathon. I think it is safe to say that this is the fastest marathon course located solely in Ventura County. There 1,258 finishers this year and the top 3 finishers were:
- 41 year old Ricardo Ramirez of Sun Valley in 2:31:23
- 22 year old John Svet of Brea in 2:31:57
- 52 year old Matt Ebiner of Covina in 2:32:55 (Run at age 52 and just 6 weeks after running the Boston Marathon 2 seconds faster! In fact Matt is something else...according to his El Camino College website, he is currently ranked #1 in the WORLD for age 50+ marathoners and ran the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials Marathons. Wow Matt, let's get you transfered out to a local Ventura County college!)
The top female finishers in the race were:
- 33 year old Jenni Johnson of Tustin in 2:51:34 (16th place overall)
- 20 year old Paige Burgin of Los Alamitos in 2:53:20 (23rd overall)
- 29 year old Jill Himlan of Santa Barbara in 2:55:25 (32nd overall)
A total of 54 runners, or 4.3% of the total, ran under 3 hours at Mountains 2 Beach. That compares to less than 1% of runners at the Los Angeles Marathon, 2.2% of runners at 2012 Santa Barbara Marathon and 1.1% of the runners at last year's Rock 'n Roll Marathon in San Diego as a comparison.
The fastest marathoners based in Ventura County were:
- 38 year old John Kitt of Ventura in 2:52 (18th overall)
- 28 year old Jose Lastre of Camarillo in 2:55 (30th overall)
- 40 year old James Casper of Newbury Park in 2:55 (33rd overall)
- 37 year old Joseph Jauregui of Newbury Park in 2:59 (51st overall)
- 28 year old Melissa Hernandez of Oxnard in 2:59 (54th overall, 6th female)
Congratulations! Learn more about this race at www.mountains2beachmarathon.com.