by Andres de la Lama
This Fourth of July marks the 44th Annual Crown City Classic race/walk in the City of Coronado. For the first time, this year the event will feature a one mile sprint down Orange Avenue right before the Fourth of July parade. With nearly two thousand participants, this race has attracted all types of runners across California and the US. The Independence Day run started as a half marathon in the mid 1970s. In the 1990s, it changed and featured two events: a 15K and a 5K. The Islander Sports Foundation (ISF) was founded in 1994 as the All Sports Booster Club, and has been the sole beneficiary of the race since its founding. ISF, a California non-profit, supports quality athletics programs in Coronado High School and runs those operated in Coronado Middle School. ISF now partners with Easy Day Sports—a sports events production agency headquartered in Coronado—to put on the Crown City Classic. Student athletes and parent volunteers handle check-in, course marshalling, and other activities as needed.
The Crown City Classic now includes a 5K (3.1 miles) and a patriotic 12K (7.4 miles), run on July 4th. Check-in for both events will begin at 6:00 AM at the starting line, located at Tidelands Park ( ). The races will begin at 7:00 AM (12K) and 7:10 AM (5K). Both the 5K and 12K proceed under the Coronado Bay Bridge, running along picturesque Glorietta Boulevard. The 5K turns around near Vista Place, in front of the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. The 12K turns around past the Naval Amphibious Base on Silver Strand Boulevard. Both races will come back and end at Tidelands Park.
New this year is the Crown City Mile race that will take place on Orange Avenue just before the Fourth of July parade. After runners complete their 12K or 5K runs, many of them will join the crowds on Orange Avenue to demonstrate their speed and patriotism while being cheered on by the many parade-goers. The idea to connect the Crown City Classic with the festivities of Orange Avenue emerged several years ago. Finding the right mix amidst a busy morning of activities required some creative collaboration between the City of Coronado, the 4th of July Committee, ISF, and others in the community. The answer is a short, one-mile race that will occur quickly and present the opportunity for early parade viewers to cheer on participating runners.
This Crown City Mile consists of three separate divisions, limited to one hundred runners in each: a men’s race, women’s race, and youth race. The starting line is at Orange and Fourth and will end at Star Park Circle. The race should draw a lot of excitement from spectators setting up to view the parade.
For more information regarding the Crown City Classic, click the following link.