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Wednesday, Jan 22 2014 10:40 PM

Local report: Marathon being planned for Bakersfield

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    Organizers of the first Bakersfield marathon, David Milazzo, left, and Kerry Ryan, right, discuss their plans on "Live Well."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Planning is well under way for a Bakersfield marathon, a late-fall event organizers expect will draw runners from near and far.

Preliminarily, the race starts and ends at Cal State Bakersfield and includes Truxtun Avenue, Beach Park, downtown, Oleander, California Avenue, Stockdale Highway and Westside Parkway.

Organizer David Milazzo predicted 1,000 to 1,400 people for the marathon's first run, but fellow organizer Kerry Ryan said he's planning on 2,000.

The Sunday, Nov. 16, event will include shorter runs. Aid stations will be set up along the course, with volunteers cheering runners along and Bakersfield Police controlling traffic.

Milazzo predicted the marathon will bring runners from beyond Bakersfield, delivering a "sizeable amount of impact" to the local economy. In other cities, the economic impact grows each year "depending on how well you put these events together."

Ryan noted that each athlete will bring an average of two spectators, and others will come just to see such a big event.

Organizers are working to get the race approved as a USA Track & Field qualifying race and make it a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

The target date for sign-ups to begin is Feb. 1. Learn more at runbakersfieldmarathon.com.

JC women's basketball

GLENDALE -- Bakersfield College's Claesey Tarver scored a team-high 20 points but the Renegades suffered a 79-75 loss to host Glendale College in a Western State Conference South Division game.

Nakia Paige finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Leigha Moland had a solid all-around game with 10 points, eight assists, four steals, and nine rebounds for the Renegades.

Bakersfield (8-11, 3-2 WSC) will host Antelope Valley on Wednesday.

JC men's basketball

GLENDALE -- Glendale College improved to 15-3 overall by downing Bakersfield College 69-59 in men's basketball.

Corey Mitchell scored 25 points as the only Renegade to score in double figures.

Glendale had 23 offensive rebounds and was in control most of the game. BC is 11-9 overall and 1-4 in the Western State Conference South Division. The Vaqueros are 3-1 in WSC play.

The Renegades have a bye Saturday and host Antelope Valley next Wednesday.

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