Runners Look To ‘Conquer The Bridge’ In Annual Labor Day Race

SAN PEDRO ( — Just under 2,800 runners Monday took part in an annual “Conquer the Bridge” race in San Pedro for charity.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the participants in the 5.3-mile race started and Harbor Boulevard and Fifth Street and ended up at the same location upon completion of the course.

Runners Look To 'Conquer The Bridge' In Annual Labor Day Race

knx logo black Runners Look To Conquer The Bridge In Annual Labor Day Race

Runners were expected to cross the 1,500-foot-long Vincent Thomas Bridge twice before the race finishes no later then 11 a.m., when Caltrans requires that the bridge must be re-opened.

The Vincent Thomas Bridge is the fourth-longest suspension bridge in California.

Any participants who remained on the Bridge at 10:30 am were picked up by a van and taken down to Harbor Blvd. to finish the race, according to officials.

Will Tait, who took the first place medal with a time of 28:50, recommends the race just for a chance
to take in the view from the bridge.

“Going over the first time, it was breathtaking,” said Tait. “I love looking at it just from a car, but being able to go at my leisure and look around [at the] 360 view, it was gorgeous.”

Alison Kielty finished first among all female participants and offered some free training advice for any future entrants.

“It’s good, I would practice hills going into it, but it’s a good time,” she said.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit several youth programs administered by the LAPD Harbor Division Booster Club for Kids.

Click here for real-time updated race results.


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