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Date Change: Register Now for the Aquarium 5K Fun Run

Feb 15, 2018 09:12PM ● By DigMB Staff

The 2017 Roundhouse Aquarium Fun Run participants at the beginning of the race.

By Lynne Gross

Editor's Note: The date of the Fun Run has been changed - it is now May 12. It is now time to register for the Sixth Annual 5K Fun Run for the Oceans, held by the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center. This year’s Fun Run will be Saturday, May 12 starting at 9:30 a.m. on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Registration is available at

The Fun Run is a timed run/walk for runners, families, and children. Participants can run next to the ocean on level, wet sand because the tide will be low that Saturday morning. The run also features a DJ, snacks, a touch tank, t-shirts, and a raffle with prizes after the race. Register now at the early bird rate of $30. The price will go up to $35 on March 2 and will be $40 the day of the event.

The competition divisions are Girls 9 and under; Boys 9 and under; Girls 10-14; Boys 10-14; Girls/Women 15-30; Boys/Men 15-30; Women 30-49; Men 30-49; Women 50 plus; Men 50 plus.

First, second, and third prizes are given in each category.

The Fun Run has become a tradition as a fundraiser for the educational programs of the Roundhouse Aquarium. These include classes for 15,000 students a year from all over Los Angeles County, free entry and exhibits for members of the general public, and a thriving volunteer program.

Sponsorships for the event are welcome at the $500, $1500, and $3000 levels. The sponsors to date are JHM Foundation, Skechers, Gelson’s, Continental Development Corporation, the West Basin Municipal Water District, and the Zuker Family. If you wish to be a sponsor, please call 310-379-8117.

To visit the aquarium, come to the temporary quarters it is occupying while the Roundhouse is under construction. Look for the trailers with an ocean-oriented wrap that are located at the base of the pier near the south end of the parking lot. Public hours are 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to sunset on weekends.

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