MB10K is a Cherished Tradition in Fitness-Loving Manhattan BeachSep 03, 2021 09:16AM ● By Rachel Judson and Michael Weisberg
The first Saturday in October in Manhattan Beach traditionally starts with the running of the Manhattan Beach 10K.
This year the beloved tradition continues with the 44th Annual MB10K on Saturday, October 2,2021. Although last year's race was 100% virtual, this year's race will once again be in-person using the same course that starts on Valley/Ardmore and finishes by the Manhattan Beach Pier.
The MB10K will also have a virtual option, for those out-of-town or unable to join on race day, to keep their streak alive, or start anew and 'Run Their Own'.
Since 1978, the Manhattan Beach 10K has been volunteer run, non-profit organized, and has been donating proceeds back to the community for health and fitness related projects, and scholarships to local Mira Costa students. Strand Mile Markers, the climbing wall at Manhattan Heights, resurfacing the Mira Costa track, artificial turf at AYSO field on Marine, par courses around town, and the play structure at Live Oak Park are just a few things the Manhattan Beach 10k Race Committee has donated to.
Since the first annual race, the Race Committee continues to be as passionate as ever about promoting fitness. The event celebrates runners and walkers of all levels. Having a fun event that encourages exercise is as much a mission of the event, as is the competitive side, which includes overall, multiple age divisions, family team divisions and the 200+ lb category.
The Race Committee loves being an annual fitness goal, and hopes the festive atmosphere that includes multiple bands and fans along the course, and a post race Expo to sample local products, adds to the inspiration to sign up.
As an extra bonus, free photo downloads are included with race entry to help capture memories made that morning. Additionally, there is something to be said about the 'badge of honor' and being able to go to the Hometown Fair sporting one of the coveted finisher shirts.
2021 gives the opportunity for first timers and repeat participants to join this local tradition that the Race Committee hopes to continue for endless years ahead.
For more information and to register for the October 2, 2021 event, visit www.mb10k.com. (Note there is no race day registration.)
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Rachel Judson is the MB10K race director. She has served since 2002 and this will be her final year as race director. Michael Weisberg will be taking over as director in 2022.
DigMB Editor is traveling in Italy for her food blog Jolly Tomato. Guest columnists from across Manhattan Beach will be filling in for her until she returns.