Coach Steve kicked the race weekend off with the Sole Runners group picture in front of the Long Beach Convention Center.
The non-profit organization provides afterschool activities such as art classes, dance and sports instruction, theatre training, and tutoring for underprivileged first through third graders.
After cheering the SMART runners on the course, Moses congratulated the finishers on a successful race.
The highlight of the expo for me was the opportunity to finally test drive my dream car - a Beetle. Except it wasn't lime green.
Before the runners headed to their respective corrals, the Sole Runners formed the traditional Sole Runners pre-race team huddle.
In addition to the Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, Marathon and Half-Marathon, there was also a Run Forrest Run 5k which started shortly after the marathon and half-marathon.
After the 5k, I headed out onto the course to cheer on the back of the packers.
Other support Sole Runners were out there, including Coach Steve, making sure all our runners were okay.
It was the end of another successful season and Long Beach Marathon for the Sole Runners.