It will take about $850,000 to stage the 26.2-mile race if the City Council approves the marathon, he said, adding that most of it would come from sponsorships and registration fees. Estrada said special events expert Kathy Kinane, whose company most recently staged the Pacific Shoreline Marathon, will attend the meeting with city staff. Councilman Sid Tyler said he thinks the council has a generally favorable view of the marathon concept, as long as it has a strong financial footing. “I think the concept is wonderful, particularly if it became a regular annual event,” Tyler said. “It would help put Pasadena even more on the map, and when these things are done right they become kind of weekend events, with ancillary events that would benefit the city and local businesses. … That’s where the major revenue and costs are. But can this operation pull it off?” Tyler said he feels “very strongly” that the city should be reimbursed for public works and police costs and that the marathon would have to generate enough revenue to cover whatever expenses are involved. Eric Duyshart, Pasadena’s economic development manager, said city staff wants to get a “good sense” of the level of potential sponsorships for the marathon and will work with Pasadena Forward on modifying the route originally proposed. “The route they submitted has all sorts of issues,” Duyshart said. “It might be a nice scenic route through Pasadena from the runners’ standpoint, but shutting down all sorts of streets throughout Pasadena is not something we take lightly.” Councilman Chris Holden said closing some city streets for a part of one day was a “modest trade-off for something that could be really positive” for the community. “I think it would be a wonderful thing for Pasadena, it would do a great job in linking communities,” Holden said. “It would be nice to support it – not just voting for it but getting out there and being a part of it.” Holden, however, sees himself more as a bike rider who would “graduate to running and walking in future years.” “I ran in the \ Marathon on a dare back in 1995 and it almost killed me,” Holden joked. “But as long as I have a couple of years to train, maybe.” For more information, go to www.pasadenamarathon.org. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Plans to stage a Pasadena Marathon and Bike Tour next year are inching along, with organizers confident they have the community support and potential financial backing to pull it off. “We’ve been overwhelmed that so many organizations and individuals have come to the forefront,” said Israel Estrada of Pasadena Forward, the volunteer group working on the event. “We’re putting the final finishing touches to the written proposal” to go before the City Council, Estrada said. “We’re meeting with city staff on Tuesday, planning the route. … There could be a whole lot of adjustment, but so long as \ happens, we’re happy to make any adjustment they want.” So far the group has raised nearly $21,000 through “founding members” and other donations, and Estrada estimates upward of $30,000 is needed to pay for the initial planning costs.
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