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Posted: January 30, 2013  

Athletics: Runners Take to the Streets for Big 5 Training Runs

Official Marathon partner Big 5 Sporting Goods hosts local runners at kick-off event tomorrow

LOS ANGELES, California -- With just six weeks to go until race weekend, Big 5 Sporting Goods is inviting local runners to prepare for the LA Marathon and LA Big 5K with a series of training runs that begins tomorrow in Santa Monica. Southern California-based Big 5 is proud to be the official sporting goods retailer of the LA Marathon and title sponsor of the "LA Big 5K," the popular race held the day before the marathon.

The first training session will kick off Wednesday evening at Big 5ís Santa Monica location at 3121 Wilshire Blvd., beginning at 6 p.m. Two more training runs will be held at Big 5ís El Segundo and Pasadena locations in late February. All runners will enjoy refreshments, free raffles and door prizes, as well as an exclusive discount at any Big 5 store.

Julie Weiss, an ultra-experienced marathoner from Santa Monica, will lead all three training runs and provide valuable advice to participants. The 2013 LA Marathon will be the last marathon on Julieís journey to complete 52 marathons in one year to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of her father, who died from the disease in 2010.

"We love the idea of infusing fun into fitness, and thatís exactly our goal in hosting these training runs," said Rick Gridley, Big 5 Sporting Goods Public Affairs Director. "The LA Marathon and the LA Big 5K are fantastic fitness events, and we make certain that our training runs are a preview of the fun and excitement to come on race weekend."

The training runs will be 3.1 miles, the exact length of the 2013 LA Big 5K, which will be held on March 16 at 8 a.m. on a loop course at Dodger Stadium. Many of the LA Big 5Kís 3,500 participants use the race as a warm up to the marathon or as a way to be part of the excitement of marathon weekend. New to the event this year will be a prize purse for the winner, age division awards, and a post-race goodie bag with Big 5 merchandise and coupons. Registration for both the LA Big 5K and the LA Marathon is available online at

Kick-Off Training Run Today at Big 5 Sporting Goods Santa Monica:
Wednesday, January 30th -- 6pm
3121 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Additional training runs will take place at these Big 5 locations:
Wednesday, February 20th -- 6pm, 2515 El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90205
Tuesday, February 26th -- 6pm, 3719 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

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