The race, which began at Fashion Island and ends at the OC Fairgrounds, began at 5:30 a.m. and by 5:47 a.m., the leaders were pounding down East Coast Highway toward Orchid Avenue. Soon, the streets were filled with runners, some in Tinkerbell and other costumes, some in team shirts.
Volunteers set up water stations at Marguerite Avenue and on Bayside Drive, and spectators watched nearby, hoping for glimpses of friends and family members participating in the race.
“We just saw the headmaster run by,” said Jennifer Kensel of Corona del Mar, who was watching the marathon with her daughter, Lauren, 10, a Harbor Day School student.
“I waved and said hi,” Lauren said.
Another Harbor Day School student, Kimi Reddy, 11, was watching for other teachers as well as for her dad.
“I’m going to cheer and take pictures,” she said.
Amy Calvin was watching for members of American Heart Association Start Training team, a group of 100 beginning runners that she helped coach.
“It’s my first time not running, and it’s difficult not to jump in there and go,” she said as she scanned the streets for signs of her runners. “It’s motivating to see them get out there and just do it. It’s a great accomplishment.”