The Kiwanis half marathon, part of the LaceUp series of races, started and finished at Pelican Cove in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes. The race was officially started by Ken Dyda, Rancho Palos Verdes City Councilman and President of the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates at 7 AM on November 16th 2019.
Eighteen hundred runners were registered to run one of Southern California’s most scenic half marathons which included both a 10K and 5K run. Pelican Cove, the start and finish, overlooks the scenic Terranea Resort. The course follows the coastal roads through residential neighborhoods, along scenic coastal cliffs with views of Catalina Island in the distance.
The race which started as a full marathon in the 1960s, has earned a reputation throughout the running community as one of the nation’s most challenging and iconic races and was the country’s second-oldest continuously run marathon until it evolved into a half marathon.
This year, like the past two years, the race was sold out with many of the runners coming back year after year.
The winner of the half marathon was Tucker Stockman from Salt Lake City Utah with a time of 1:22:49.85
The winner of the 10K was Michael Herrera of Montebello CA with a time of 35:29.58
The winner of the 5K was Steven Casado of Stanton CA with a time of 18:02.60
On December 14th the Kiwanis Club of RHE held their annual Christmas party at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. Twenty one members and guests of the club attended the party including Rancho Palos Verdes council persons and former mayors Susan Brooks and Ken Dyda.
Derek Gage provided the entertainment with a series of games and the introduction of the new officers for this coming year.
Larry Marinovich,,, President
Marty Dodell Secretary
Georgette Perez Organization Treasurer
Herb Stark ,Foundation Treasurer
Thomas Winter (not present)
Joyce Campbell (not present)
Ben Carter (not present)
On Saturday September 8th the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates held their annual Project Shoe Program at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance.
Seventy Five children ages 2 through 6 years, from the local Harbor City Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers of America, and children from military families, received a pair of shoes and a backpack containing school supplies.
Supporting the Kiwanis were high school students from the two local high school service clubs, Peninsula and Palos Verdes High Key Clubs and KIWINS.
The children were provided snacks and entertained with music and dancing. The program is unique as the children are asked to perform a task at home in return for receiving the shoes and backpack so that they understand that this is not just another free give away program.
On Saturday November 18th the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates held the 52st annual PV Half Marathon. 1560 runners in three groups, half marathon, 10k and 5K, participated in the run.
The start/finish line was at Pelican Cove in Ranch Palos Verdes. Council persons Ken Dyda and Susan Brooks kicked off the race at 7 am as part of the Lexus LaceUp running series. The race proceeded along the scenic coastal roads of Palos Drive South and along Palos Verdes Drive West into the City of Palos Verdes Estates, retuning to finish at Pelican Cove.
Included in the volunteer list were the Kiwanis members, Key Clubs from the local high schools, Beacon House, Amateur Radio Operators, REACH and Union Bank.
The winning runners were:
5 K Race
1: Matthew Cartmill, Palos Verdes 19:28.96
2: Brittany Householder, Long Beach
3: Roberto Ferrito, Pasadena
10 K Race
1: Evan Stark, Pacific Palisades 40:36.89
2: Michele Jacobsen, Rancho Palos Verdes
3: Rosstin Safavian, Rancho Palos Verdes
1: Sean Cahill, San Diego 1:22:21.40
2: Greg Eng, Rancho Palos Verdes
3: Sam Hackett, Long Beach
On October 28, 2017 the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates held their second annual project to assemble 12 prosthetic hands. The prosthetic hands will be donated to a nonprofit organization for distribution to needy children that have lost their fingers as a result of birth or injury.
The components were manufactured by Palos Verdes on the Net (PVNeT) a nonprofit technology center using 3D printing. Sixteen Kiwanis Key Club high school students assembled the hands. The students were from the three local high schools, Peninsula, Palos Verdes and Mary Star.
The Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates joins the global network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to help children, giving them a “Helping Hand” where medical care is hard to find and where owning a traditional prosthetic device is nothing but a dream.
On Saturday September 9th the Kiwanis of RHE held their annual Project Shoe Program at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance. Ninety one pairs of school shoes, backpacks and school supplies were given out to children from the Boys and Girls clubs, Volunteers of America and children from military families.
What makes this program unique is that the children learned that this was not a handout but a hand up. Each child was asked to do a task at home in return for receiving the shoes and school supplies.
The children were able to have drinks and snacks as they waited for their turn to receive their shoes. To round out the program there was music and dancing.
High school students from the Kiwanis Key Clubs and KIWINS help the children select their shoes.
We would like to thank Walgreens, Big 5 and Staples for the backpacks, and Costco and Ralphs for the snacks as well as the many sponsors who financially supported the program and Payless Shoe Store who hosted the program.