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Posted: December 31, 2005

Athletics: Cast Member From “The OC” To Start OC Marathon

Autumn Reeser

Celebrities, Elite Runners, & Elected Officials To Participate in OC Marathon on January 8th

Newport Beach, CA. – Race Officials have announced up and coming television and film star Autumn Reeser from the hit show “The OC” will join The Mayor of Newport Beach, Don Webb and presenting sponsor representative, Kate Kane from PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. to start the Second Annual OC Marathon on Sunday, January 8th benefiting ROCK – Run For Orange County Kids. Thousands of runners will begin their 26.2 mile journey of a lifetime at 7:30 a.m. promptly at the start line located on San Miguel Drive in Newport Center adjacent to Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California.

Reeser, who plays Taylor Townsend on the hit Fox teen drama, “The OC” will also participate in The OC Marathon Mayor’s Walk/5K Run post race festivities as well as support the charities after the race as part of the official finish line celebration. “Orange County now has a world-class venue for runners in what is the nation’s second-largest running market, boasts Executive Race Director, Bill Sumner. He adds, “Orange County is widely popularized in pop culture by the appeal of Disneyland and the Fox television series “The OC” so it’s only fitting that the county has a marathon to add to its list of attractions and a cast member from the show to start the race.”

This year’s OC Marathon looks to draw runners from around the world and all fifty states providing a fast and scenic race benefiting eleven Orange County children’s charities. Sponsored by PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. (NYSE: PHS), the race expects to draw 15,000 runners and 40,000 spectators to Orange County. In addition to the marathon, there will also be a half-marathon, Mayor’s Walk/5K Run and several children’s races of shorter distance.

The race benefits eleven children’s charities through the nonprofit organization Run for Orange County Kids (ROCK). The 2006 ROCK charities that will benefit from this year’s races include: Make A Wish Foundation Orange County; The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Southern California Chapter; SeaStar; Shortstop; United Cerebral Palsy Association of Orange County; The CSUF Special Games/Kathleen Faley Memorial; Olive Crest Abused Children’s Foundation; Orange County Ronald McDonald House; The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; SCAMP – Southern California Asthma Medical Program and The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana.

Participants may register online at The last day to register for the Marathon will be Saturday, January 7th at the Health Expo. For more information on the OC Marathon, please call: (949) 222-3327 or visit

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