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By Steve Breazeale and Andrea Papagianis
Despite some confusion and disarray at this year’s Salt Creek Half Marathon, hundreds of runners enjoyed the race atmosphere on April 21.
According to event organizers, most of the runners veered off of the designated course midway through the race due to inadequate course markings and staffing. The roughly 400 runners competing in the famous race that snakes from Salt Creek Beach up to Niguel Road were forced to get back on track and complete the race.
Because of the number of people who either ran for too long of a distance or too short, depending on the race, no official times were posted and the runners have been offered complimentary entry into the next race in the Go Forward Racing circuit.
One race that went uninterrupted was the Kids 1K Fun Run. Jaden Rosenhain, 9, of Dana Point finished second.
Several runners competing that day decided to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. 11-year-old Luc Dubray of Laguna Niguel came up with the idea for his family and friends to wear neon green T-shirts inspired by the “B Strong” One Fund Boston campaign. Dubray and his friends each hand painted their own shirts and proudly wore them while running in the event’s 5K race.