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Running Changes afoot for HMB marathon

About 1,200 runners sign up for race

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 11:17 am | Updated: 11:19 am, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

Eric Vaughan is not stressing though the Half Moon Bay International Marathon is little more than three weeks away.

There are still last-minute details to take care of as Vaughan and his staff of volunteers prepare for the Sept. 29 races. But, overall, all is quiet and calm as those preparations for the marathon, half-marathon and 5K run are coming together nicely.

Entries are now closed as 1,200 runners have signed up to take part in one of the three races, which will be run along the Coastal Trail.

The biggest change is that the start/finish area moves from near the loading zone at Pillar Point Harbor to in front of EQ Fitness, located at 371 Princeton Ave.

“Everyone at the harbor did a great job for us,” Vaughan said. “We realized that, as our numbers started to grow, we were starting to overwhelm their resources. It made good sense for us to find another spot without too much impact.”

That area of Princeton Avenue will be closed during the day of the races.

To help relieve the burden on the harbor, marathon officials will request that everyone park at Half Moon Bay Airport, with meet officials picking up the tab.

“We are trying to be good neighbors,” Vaughan said. “We all live here.”

Security is also a concern, due to the bombings at the conclusion of last spring’s Boston Marathon. Vaughan said he will do a few things differently as a precaution, including offering clear bags to all runners so that the contents will be in plain view. There also will be the normal security for the event.

“If there is anything we learned from that event, it’s that there is the potential for something at all public events,” Vaughan said.

Prior to the start of the first race, there will be a moment of silence to honor all those affected by the events in Boston.

This year’s entries come from 37 states and six countries, including one from Hong Kong.

“We have the returning champs coming as well,” Vaughn said. “Everyone who comes here seems to have a great time.”

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