Malibu Marathon, an Interesting Councilman, and 2 People I Didn’t Meet (Part 2)

I know it has a different title, but this is part two of the story I started yesterday.

We have to get up early when Alan is announcing a race. Even earlier that the runners. For this race, the Malibu Marathon, in particular, because the hotel at which we are staying, the Sheraton, which is the host hotel, is about a 40 minute drive from the start line. Where we needed to be by 5:00.

So bundled under multiple layers of clothing (it was very cold and windy), we arrived at the start line at about 5:15. It was dark. There were a few folks putting together the start line, a man getting the sound system up and running, a few park rangers ready to handle the influx of runners, and us. Alan went to help with the sound system, I stayed in the car, played Words with Friends, ate a little, stayed warm.

As the sun started to rise, I was lured out into the cold. The coast north of Malibu is so beautiful. There were seals showing off in the water (sorry, the pictures I took just look like a little bump in the ocean). Just imagine standing on a beach on the west coast where you can see the sunrise over the ocean!

Soon the runners started to arrive, either bussed in from the finish or dropped off. I took a three mile run along the course before the race started. Wow, windy! The kind of windy that seems to hit you in the face every time you change directions. Very pretty, though.

Before

After. Over 2,300 runners started the half marathon.

When I came back from my run, I walked over to Alan, busy now entertaining the runners. He introduced me to Skylar Peak, a Malibu councilman. Now, if you took a look at Mr. Peak, you probably wouldn’t pick him as a councilman. He’s young, in his 20s, tall, good looking, giving more the impression of a surfer dude, which he is, than a politician. Oh, surprise, he’s an actor too.

He offered to lead us to the finish line after the race started. Last year it was a huge problem because the runners are right on Pacific Coast Highway, using half the road or more. The traffic is reduced to one lane, led by a CHP very slowly. Alan needs to get to the finish line, about 10 miles away, before the lead runner. A challenge at five miles an hour.

The councilman was a great leader. He seemed to know the cops, swerved into the oncoming lane when it was safe, got us past all the runners, so we made good time to the finish. As we were driving, I googled the good councilman. You know how google gives you suggestions? As I typed in his name, the suggestion was Skylar Peak Arrested. I had to click on that one.

Turns out the councilman has quite a colorful history. Whether it is running amok in a Speedo, or protecting Matthew McConaughey, he stays in the spotlight. He also had the highest number of votes in the last election (and may become Mayor Pro Tem when he gets his legal issues dealt with). All I know is, he was a charming man who got us to the finish line quickly.

After we got to the finish line, I left Alan to work while I drove back to the hotel (1/2 hour each way!), to shower and check out. When I got back (and finally found parking), it was just under the 4 hour point in the marathon. I was hoping to meet Lisa from Run Wiki who was running the full marathon. I checked the results and saw that she had finished in 3:56 (an awesome time!). I tweeted, then finally heard back:

I was disappointed too. It’s always so much fun to meet a fellow blogger/runner.

Before I heard back from Lisa, I wandered over to the awards ceremony, where Alan and another council-person handed out awards to the overall winners of the marathon and half marathon. When I heard the names of the half marathon winners, my ears perked up. Brendon Brazier, well know vegan athlete, who is the bestselling author of the Thrive
series, and is the formulator of the plant-based Vega nutritional products, was second overall in the half marathon!

I was very excited because I have a couple of his books, and I admire his talent and his cruelty-free philosophy tremendously. I was ready to step outside my little shy box and introduce myself. Unfortunately, he had already left, so I didn’t get my chance. Next time maybe.

Alan stayed at the mic until the last person came across the finish line, which was close to 3:00. His voice is pretty much shot. He keeps an amazing amount of energy going for the whole 9 hours that he speaks. By the way, if you’d like to see him in action, the Palm Springs Turkey Trot, a race which Alan both directs and announces, takes place on Thanksgiving Day in Palm Springs. If you’re going to be in the area, you can register here.

We finally left Malibu around 3:30, stopping for lunch in Santa Monica at the Veggie Grill. But, aside from the teaser picture below, you will have to wait for my next post: Vegan and Gluten Free Dining: On the Road.

Mmm, that kept me going for the drive home.

So, did you compete this weekend? Do you remember reading about the “interesting” councilman?

CIF Cross Country, Malibu Marathon and a Shiner! (Part 1)

Did I mention that I gave myself a black eye last week? No, because I felt pretty dumb about it. In a hurry, as always, I was leaving work, getting into my car. As I stretched my right arm across the front seat to put my purse in the passenger seat, I managed to pull the door with my left hand, hitting with the corner right below my left eye. It hurt. A lot. I’m happy it didn’t actually hit my eye, but I’ve been dealing with the swelling, bruising and (a little) discomfort all week. I have found there are two types of people: those who will ask you how you got your black eye, and those who won’t.

Saturday, our varsity girls team competed in the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Cross Country Semifinals at Mt. San Antonia College. They earned the opportunity by finishing fourth in our league.

We led a caravan of parents to the race (Alan and I needed to drive to Malibu afterward, so this was the best way). Quite a different experience to drive to an event for one race. We got there, they warmed up, raced, and we were done.

The senior on the far right? I love her!

Before the race, the girls are checked to make sure that they all match, are wearing no jewelry, no logo-ed head bands or other dis-allowed accessories. Then they head to the start line.

It was quite an experience. The girls did great, but this was our final stop. I’m so proud of them, and at the same time I am so sad. Five of the girls are seniors, which means I have to say goodbye to them, which makes me sad and happy at the same time.

The team

The seniors

After the race, the girls left with their parents, and Alan and I headed west toward Malibu, where he would be announcing the Malibu Marathon and Half Marathon the next day.

More on that tomorrow, but for now, I will leave you with a taste, a video of the start of the half marathon, about 2300 runners crossing the start line, plus a great rendition of the National Anthem for this Veteran’s Day (the singer was also running the race–he earned a spot at the front!).

Coming tomorrow:

An interesting city councilman

A missed meeting between bloggers

A vegan celebrity and author (who I also missed).

So, how was your weekend? Any racing going on?