Runners Cross the Finish Line at the Santa Clarita Marathon


Gaby Lesmana, Staff Writer

   On the weekend of Nov. 2 and 3, Santa Clarita hosted its hero-themed annual marathon. With the finish line located at the Westfield Valencia Mall, some streets closed for the big event. People from all over LA county came to SCV to run.

   Participants could choose to run a 5K, 10K, half (13.1 miles) or full (26.2 miles) marathon. Positive energy radiated from the runners and their supporters as they crossed the finish line.

   From teens to seniors, age isn’t a limitation to this challenging task; some train for months and are still sore after the run. Experienced runners have been running marathons their whole life.

   “The best part is feeling that I can do anything if I put my heart and mind to it,” said one of the half marathon runners. “It’s tough to do, but I did it.”

   Although not officially a race, the marathon keeps track of who crosses first. The winner of the half marathon was Carlos Larios, who trained for 14 weeks and had a finish time of 1 hour 14 minutes. Timothy Kahovec won the full marathon, with a time of 2 hours 40 minutes.

   West Ranch teacher Mrs. Cirricione ran the half marathon and gave insight on her experience: “I never did distance running, so just that feeling of accomplishment — you know that ‘runner’s high’ people talk about — it is really a thing and it feels really great.”

   Along with encouragement from her husband, Mrs. Cirricione has her own motivations as well.

   “I just have that natural competitive spirit, so I wanted to try something new and push myself to somewhere I’ve just really never pushed myself before.” Mrs. Cirricione is just one of the many participants that tested their boundaries at the marathon.

   The journey is not easy, but the runners were driven by their passion. They threw up their hands in joy and smiled as they cross the finish line. No matter how long it took them to finish, it’s the hard work that counts.