A Letter to Runners: 2017 Schedule Announced

Dear Southern California Runners,

We are excited to kickoff another season of running throughout the greater Los Angeles area. This year is primed to be bigger and better than ever. Since moving the series to California, LaceUp has worked closely with Josh Spiker and his team at Ventura Marathon. We have decided to partner up for 2017 and expand LaceUp’s Ventura stop into a two-day festival with a full marathon option. If you aren’t yet familiar with the series, LaceUp offers four Fall race stops, each hosting a variety of distances including a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10k, 5k and kids runs. Registration is now open. You can learn more about each race by visiting the homepage of our website.

The Sept. 9, Orange County event will continue to include the popular marathon team relay. This year, teams will have access to the ultimate runner VIP experience as they race to complete 26.2 miles. Don’t be surprised when you see professional cheerleading squads cheering you to the finish.

Ventura will expand into a two-day beach party festival with live music, great food, and a runner health and wellness expo, all leading up to the Ventura Marathon, which is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. The new downhill, point-to-point course is sure to help you on your way to a PR. After four years of hosting an out-and-back course, the Ventura marathon will run from Ojai to Ventura Pier. All participants will receive a free waffle breakfast following the run.

I spoke with Josh Spiker who is the Ventura Marathon Race Director and he had this to say about the new partnership—

“We have worked with the Lexus LaceUp Running Series for the last three years and we work extremely well together. We feel this will allow us to create an even bigger and better event. Our entire team will be working on the event again and with the addition of LaceUp team members, we look forward to creating something really special.”

In Palos Verdes, runners will continue to enjoy Southern California’s most scenic half marathon. Adding to the challenge of the hilly Palos Verdes course, LaceUp is adding a race within the race giving runners a chance to compete for the fastest time on the course’s most difficult climb. And finally, the season finale, Riverside Reindeer Run is guaranteed to kick off your holidays right. Race to the after party as Riverside hosts one of LaceUp’s largest post-race celebrations.

All 2017 events finish at a health & wellness expo area featuring free yoga by CorePower Yoga, complimentary local food-truck brunch, Sierra Nevada beer toast, scenic running courses, chip timing, location specific tech t-shirts and high-quality finisher medals, free race day packet pickup (excluding Ventura Marathon), complimentary race photos, music and more.



Races Offered

Orange County (Irvine)

Saturday, Sept. 9

Marathon Relay, 10k, 5k, Kids Run


Saturday, Oct. 21 – Oct. 22

Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, Kids Run

Palos Verdes

Saturday, Nov. 18

Half Marathon, 10k, 5k


Sunday, Dec. 3

Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Kids Run

Can’t wait to see you running! Stay tuned as we will be announcing some exciting new partnerships, events, fundraising opportunities, a new referral program, bigger and better prizes and much, much more. 


All the best,

Becky Hall

Lexus LaceUp Running Series Race Director


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