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‘It was gorgeous’: With brief respite from rains, Rose Bowl Half Marathon, 5K weave through Pasadena

A runner celebrates after crossing the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners enter the Rose Bowl Stadium during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners celebrate as they prepare to make the final turn during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners enter the Rose Bowl Stadium as they near the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

A mom and her daughters make the final turn into the Rose Bowl during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

A family celebrates with a photo after finishing the 5K during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Kids prepare to start the Kids fun Run during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Kids and their parents participate in the Kids Fun Run during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

A runner celebrates after crossing the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Kids and their parents participate in the Kids Fun Run during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Kids run in the Kids fun Run during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Kids prepare to start the Kids fun Run during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

A runner celebrates crossing the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners prepare to cross the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners start the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

A family cheers on their mom during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Half marathon medals are prepared for runners during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Joy Lano of Arcadia holds up a sign that was made for her after completing the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

A runner celebrates after crossing the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

The first wheel chair finisher crosses the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Seven and eight year olds take off in the first wave of the Kids Fun Run during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners prepare to cross the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners enter the Rose Bowl Stadium as they near the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Ashton Kutcher and his daughter high five after crossing the finish line of the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Top female finisher Margaux Curcuru of Culver City crosses the finish line with a time of 1:19:10 during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners enter the Rose Bowl Stadium as they near the finish line during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Spectators cheer on their runners during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Ashton Kutcher picks up his daughter after crossing the finish line of the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Ashton Kutcher and his daughter run towards the finish line of the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

Runners enter the Rose Bowl Stadium during the Rose Bowl Half Marathon as over 2,500 students from Students Run LA (SRLA) participated continuing its 34th marathon-training season. Students participating in a community service project celebrating benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena donating paper products, including paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers, and feminine hygiene products at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, January 15, 2023. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

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The Rose Bowl Half Marathon and 5K romped through Pasadena on Sunday, Jan. 15, as thousands descended on the The Crown City for 13.1094 miles of running.

And, thankfully, for one crisp, 50-degree morning, the throng eluded the record-setting heavy rain that has blanketed the region of late.

More than 11,500 participants hit local streets for the event, seen as a precursor to the Los Angeles Marathon, which returns to the Southland in March.

Along the runners’ path were Pasadena’s scenic landmarks, from the Colorado Street Bridge, Old Town Pasadena, Caltech and others. All that, and the finish line: through the tunnel to the 100-year-old Rose Bowl stadium’s fabled field.

These were ideal conditions for Margaux Curcuru, who won the women’s bracket in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 10 seconds — just more than 6 minutes per mile.

“It was gorgeous,” said Curcuru in a statement. “The weather was really good. I was worried that it was going to rain, but it was great. I loved going up under the bridge the first couple of miles. It was a big climb but the views made it more comfortable.”

Shin “Rosie” Young from the Korea Town Run Club finished second in 1:24:59.

The men’s half-marathon finish was extremely close. Jonathan Martin, a 27-year-old from North Carolina, was first across the finish line, at 1:12:11, a 5:31 per-mile pace. Martin said he intended to treat the day as a simple workout but wound up snagging the gold.

Christopher Reid of La Habra Heights was at his heels, less than a minute behind at 1:12:47.  Valentin Gonzalez of Newhall was another six seconds back in third.

Pasadena’s races always seem to inspire stirring subplots.

Curcuru, for instance, ran as part of a group called The Janes, an elite running troupe that empowers women to reach their athletic and professional goals.

There was also the massive gathering of 3,200 runners from Students Run LA, which empowers student runners both on the pavement, and iin the classroom.

For the six months leading up to the L.A. Marathon, SRLA students ages 12 -18 participate in community races of progressively longer distances. Pasadena marks the halfway point in their training for the L.A. event.

SRLA students also participated in a community service project buoying the Ronald McDonald House of Pasadena, donating paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, diapers and feminine hygiene products for the center, which bills itself as a “a home-away-from-home for families with critically-ill children.”

It wouldn’t be a run in the L.A. area without a dose of star power amid all the huffing and puffing.

Organizers noted that actor Matt Jones and comedian Erik Riviera finished the 13.1-mile half-marathon.

Actor Ashton Kutcher and former Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner ran the 5K. It was the second year in a row that Turner tackled the 5K.

“It’s just nice to get out there, throw the headphones on and go jogging with a couple thousand people,” said Turner, who signed with the Boston Red Sox in the offseason.

The event also included the Rose Bowl Rush Kids Run, a 400-meter dash for kids ages 3 to 8.

Sunday’s event was put on by the McCourt Foundation, which also helms the L.A. Marathon each year.

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