MORRO BAY — Running is no easy feat, let alone a half-marathon or any sort of extended distance. For Brian Waterbury, a local teacher, coach, athlete and devoted community service member, however, going the distance was part of his norm.
With a personal 40 year long competitive running career, Waterbury traveled his fair share of ground. While he ran in more than 500 different races following his college graduation from Cal Poly in 1972, one of his career highlights was as a top ten finisher in his age division at the 2001 Boston Marathon.
In an effort to share his love of and dedication to the sport with other community members, Waterbury helped organize some of the Central Coast’s first distance races and organizations including the first Morro Bay to Cayucos Fun Run originally held in 1970 as well as the San Luis Distance Club which originated back in 1973.
When Waterbury passed away on May 15, 2003 after a year long fight against melanoma, the Morro Bay Recreation and Parks Department opted to rename the race in his honor.
This year’s 48th Annual Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Run and Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, July 15.
The six-mile race, which has since 2003 been organized by Morro Bay Recreation Supervisor Karen Sweeny, will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. and run entirely along the beach from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier.
The course will go around the pier and back, but at Azure St. will momentarily head off the beach through soft sand and onto the path for a one mile long loop around the pond at Cloister’s Park.
While there are a large variety of different age groups, a sweeper will follow the course to make sure no one is left behind, Sweeny said.
“You’ve got the serious runners, the families with moms, dads and kids, high school teams training cross country — people from all walks of life,” Sweeny said.
An easy way to actively kickstart the weekend, this event is sure to be fun for all. Awards will be given out at 10:30 a.m. to the top three finishers in each division, as well as the overall race winners. This year’s race is also proud to announce that it will be considered a part of the California Half and Full Marathon Series.
Although registration is already open, prices will increase as the race day approaches. Participants can register online via www.runsignup.com. Be sure to note that registration is limited to the first 350 participants.