Top Athletes To Compete For Guinness® World Record In The 3rd Annual Hermosa 24; Fundraising Event to Raise Money for Local Schools Open to Amateur and Pro Athletes

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Solo Runners Must Exceed 26 Laps in the Sand to Break World Record

Hermosa 24 Founder Christian Burke

This year, as the event continues to grow and attracts a field of inspiring athletes, it will be more challenging than ever. I look forward to channeling the energy of the kids to fuel me to victory again.

Elite endurance athlete Christian Burke announced today that the third annual running of “The Hermosa 24” will take place the weekend of June 30th in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The 24-hour run in the sand welcomes amateur and elite runners, and students of all ages to run in either the solo or relay category to vie for a Guinness World Record® originally set in the inaugural race by Christian, and broken last year by endurance runner Patrick Sweeney, while raising money for local schools. Adding to the excitement of the weekend, the Los Angeles Galaxy Soccer Organization asked to share the beach with The Hermosa 24 by hosting their Sand Soccer Tournament on the beach alongside Christian’s event.

The Hermosa 24 is a Pier-to-Pier run, from the Hermosa Beach Pier to the Manhattan Beach Pier. To secure the Guinness World Record, runners will need to make the nearly 3.4 mile round-trip more than 26 times in the soft sand.

Almost two years ago, Christian set a Guinness World Record at The Hermosa 24 by running in the sand for 83.04 miles in 24 hours. The widely-covered event attracted thousands of curious onlookers and raised nearly $20,000 for local schools. Last year, with the success behind him, Christian organized the event on the same course, challenging other endurance athletes to compete for the 24-hour World Record. Hundreds came out and competed in solo and team categories on a beautiful beach weekend. With Christian’s encouragement, Patrick Sweeney took the title and eclipsed the World Record by just a few miles. The event also continued its ultimate goal of raising money for local schools that desperately need the funds to continue quality education programs for well-deserving students.

“Watching my record taken from me last year was bittersweet,” said Christian. “It was sad to see it go, but it went to a well-deserving athlete for whom I have tremendous respect, but I do want my record back! This year, as the event continues to grow and attracts a field of inspiring athletes, it will be more challenging than ever. I look forward to channeling the energy of the kids to fuel me to victory again.”

Open to all runners, The Hermosa 24 features a solo runner category where racers will attempt to break the year-old World Record. For the many who find that task daunting, Christian is bringing back the popular relay category for teams of up to 10 runners. Stacking the field are some of the world’s top endurance athletes in the solo category. In addition, many relay teams have signed up thus far, among them is a team from Los Angeles SWAT.

Christian adds “We are looking for more support than ever this year. We’re offering a multisport atmosphere with the Los Angeles Galaxy Soccer Organization joining us. I’m looking forward to an entire weekend of sand and sun as we raise money for education.”

The Hermosa 24 course starts and finishes at the entrance of the Hermosa Beach Pier. From there, a well marked path in the soft sand will lead runners to the Manhattan Beach Pier (1.7 miles from Pier to Pier) where they will pass under the Pier, then reverse the course tracing the same path back to the Hermosa Beach Pier over and over again for 24 hours.    

When: Saturday, June 30-July 1st, 2011. Race starts at 12pm and runs for 24 hours.
Where: The run will start and finish at the Tim Kelly Memorial Statue located at the entrance of the Hermosa Beach Pier (1 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254)
Who: The Hermosa 24 is signing up solo and relay teams to raise money for local schools
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