October 13, 2001
Running Is for the Birds is a 5K OR 10K (no back-to-back) run near (across the street) from the Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve and serves as a fundraiser to preserve the birds and their wetlands.
The Bolsa Chica preserve is pretty good sized. If you are driving down PCH between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica Wetlands begins at Warner and continues all the way to Seapoint – a few miles. On the other side of the road is the beach and the ocean.
This race always had a beautiful T-shirt with birds on it, but the run was somewhat boring, being on the beach bike path. In a few years, the race ended because it didn’t raise enough money to make it worthwhile. Mostly, they were not getting the numbers because too many other big events were taking place on the same weekend (Long Beach Marathon has been the first or second weekend in October since 2002).
In this current run, I had good first mile – 6:24, but faded out to finish in 45:19.