George Rehmet is sort of an expert on marathon courses.
The Daly City resident, who works at Camp Glenwood in La Honda, will be running his 79th race of at least marathon distance at Sunday’s Half Moon Bay International Marathon.
While the 45-year-old has run several ultra marathons, Sunday’s race, along the Coastal Trail, will be the required 26 miles, 385 yards.
The marathon is the fourth and final race, going off at 7:45 a.m. The half marathon, at 13.1 miles, begins at 7 in the morning, with the 10K starting at 7:15 and the 5K beginning at 7:30.
A total of 1,000 athletes are scheduled to race. Entries are no longer being taken.
Rehmet has run in marathons throughout the country, including the legendary Boston Marathon. The Bay Area resident has also run the San Francisco Marathon.
But, for him, there is a lot to like about the Half Moon Bay Marathon, now in its second year.
“You have an ocean view the whole way,” Rehmet said. “You don’t have to wait in line to start. It’s well organized. It’s a very low-key race. You are able to focus on running and the scenery.”
Like other locals, Rehmet has a good idea of the course, thanks to the regular running he does when he gets off work.
“Running relieves the stress of work,” he said.
He also teaches and coaches track and cross-country.
“My students always wonder why I am in a good mood,” Rehmet said. “I tell them it’s because I had a good run.”
Jennifer Pfeifer knows all about good runs. Now a resident of El Dorado, Pfeifer, formerly Jennifer Devine, won the women’s title last year. She ran on both the track and cross-country teams at Half Moon Bay High School.
“It’s going to be nice to come home and run by the ocean,” Pfeifer said.
Pfeifer was all set to enter this year’s meet when she got a call from race officials hoping she would return. It took her less time than it took Olympian Usain Bolt to run the 100 for her to say yes.
She saw folks from Half Moon Bay when she ran in the Western States Endurance Run last summer. Members of the Coastside Running Club provided an aid station.
“It was wonderful to see everyone there,” she said. “It made me a little homesick.”
Homesickness will not be an issue for El Granada resident Julie Sarab. Sarab, who earlier this year ran in the Bay to Breakers, is thrilled that the Coastside has a race of its own.
“I hope that this race goes on for 100 years,” she said.
She and a group of people are running to raise money for the Wilkinson School. Those not running will work at an aid station.
“We did it last year,” Sarab said. “This is something we will do annually.”