OC Marathon. Photo credit: Facebook/OC Marathon

Bonnie Keating of San Diego crushed the field in winning Sunday’s 15th annual OC Marathon while on the men’s side, Raul Arcos of Corona barely outpaced Jose Lara of Yucaipa.

Keating completed the race, which took runners from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa, in two hours, 44 minutes, 38 seconds. Fellow San Diegan Ali Spies was second in 3:05:58 and Molly Paterno of Los Angeles third in 3:07:03.

Arcos was the men’s winner in 2:39:53. Lara was second in 2:40:18 followed by Carlos Larios of Granada Hills in 2:41:39.

The race began in front of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, passing through Corona del Mar and the Newport Harbor area and Santa Ana, before returning to Costa Mesa and ending at the OC Fair and Event Center.

Members of the Skid Row Running Club were among the expected field of more than 2,500 runners.

The club was founded in 2012 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell to provide a running program for the Skid Row community in Los Angeles and to involve the larger community in supporting its members in overcoming alcohol or drug abuse and achieving positive life goals.

The club is the subject of a documentary, “Skid Row Marathon.

The race’s charity partners include Orange County United Way, World Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization, and Free Wheelchair Mission, a faith-based nonprofit humanitarian organization.

The race has helped its charity partners raise more than $6 million over the years, race publicist Erin Peacock said.

– City News Service.

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