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Bands, Cheering Sections Help Propel Long Beach Marathoners

October 16, 2006|From a Times Staff Writer

An estimated 18,000 runners turned out Sunday for the 22nd Long Beach Marathon, which raises money for two dozen charities.

"It's going like crazy, and it's perfect running weather, nice and cool," said John Parks, an event spokesman. "Our marathon is on a very flat and fast course; we think it's extremely scenic."

Organizers said they expected to raise about $1 million, 25% more than last year. "Runners love it when it's a little cooler," Parks said. "This has worked out just perfect."

He said this year's participants were encouraged by more than 20 bands, plus eight cheering stations. "They have people cheering them on," he said, "and music to help keep their minds off where they are."

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