Thousands turn out for Santa Clarita Marathon

by Austin Westfall 19 views0

Over 5,000 people turned out to Valencia to participate in the 2015 Santa Clarita Marathon Sunday. 

The event featured several race options available to the runners, including a 5k and a half-marathon.

The first runner to cross the finish line in the full-length marathon was Saugus High School alumni Brandon Jauregui, 24, with a time of two hours, 35 minutes and 18 seconds. 

“I’ve been through a lot in the last five years so this has been a goal of mine just to keep me going,” Jauragui said.

The fastest woman Sunday was Carri Arrieta, 49, of Moreno Valley, with a time of three hours, 22 minutes and eight seconds.

Regardless of their finish times, others left happy, and with a sense of accomplishment.

According to city officials, the marathon is great for the local economy.

“Our hotels are full, our restaurants are full, our shops are busy, so it brings a lot of tourism dollars to the city” said Pat Downing, Arts and Events Supervisor for the City of Santa Clarita.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Santa Clarita Marathon.

Registration for next year’s marathon opens July 1st.

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