Over 12,000 Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K Runners Expected Today Despite Stormy Weather

Published on Jan 21, 2024

The annual Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K, an event organized by the McCourt Foundation, is set to unfold Sunday under rainy conditions. The event is drawing running enthusiasts and spectators to Pasadena, offering a unique experience that includes a challenging half marathon, a 5K run, and a Kids’ Run, all amidst the city’s iconic landmarks and picturesque streets.

The event is in line with the McCourt Foundation’s mission to fight against neurological diseases, with special discounts offered to military, first responders, and law enforcement personnel through GovX.

Laurie Gestal, Senior Director of Marketing at the McCourt Foundation, emphasized the smooth coordination with public safety and venue representatives for the event. “Working with our city partners has been a great experience. With no significant changes to the course from last year, the planning has been seamless,” Gestal shared.

Dan Cruz, a PR representative from the foundation, highlighted the appeal of the marathon’s course, which passes through notable sites such as the Rose Bowl Stadium, Devil’s Gate Dam and Reservoir, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cruz remarked, “The beauty of running through Pasadena, whether you’re a local or a visitor, is truly a remarkable experience. The finish line at the stadium offers an unforgettable moment, making participants feel like professional athletes for the day.”

To address safety and health concerns, especially considering the rainy forecast, the organizers have ensured the availability of medical stations along the route and have coordinated closely with public safety officials to secure a safe environment. The event is set to proceed rain or shine and has upheld strong safety protocols since the pandemic.

The Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K has become a prominent event in Pasadena, attracting nearly 14,000 participants in its various categories over the years. Gestal discussed the foundation’s broader goals, stating, “In addition to funding neurological research, we host educational forums that connect patients, caregivers, and leading experts in the field of neurological diseases.”

The foundation maintains engagement with the community, evidenced by its partnership with Students Run LA, which involves over 3,400 high school students in the event.

Established in 1992, the McCourt Foundation focuses on curing neurological diseases and fostering healthier communities through its initiatives in Research, Education, and Partnerships. To date, the foundation has donated over $6.3 million towards neurological research.

For more click here: https://www.mccourtfoundation.org/event/rose-bowl-half-5k/

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