History of the Coronado Independence Day Run
1975-1986 The race was a half marathon which started on Sixth Street between Cutler Field and the high school track, ran east to Glorietta Blvd, went south on Glorietta, up the little hill above the Yacht Club, jogged right/left on Ynez and Adella, then crossed Orange Avenue and traversed Ocean Blvd and entered NAS North Island at Sunset Park. That was approximately Mile 3. The course went out and back along the beach at North Island and came back to Sunset Park at approximately Mile 12. It looped Sunset Park and finished at Sixth & Coronado Avenue right by the old elementary school. Dick and Judy Stolpe and ‘End of the Line’ consulting were the race directors.
1987-1990 Due to security issues NAS North Island was no longer available so the half marathon weaved its way through Coronado crossing Orange and 3rd and 4th a couple of times. It was a nightmare! One year it was also almost fourteen miles long! The City’s humor check was over, the race lost their traditional sponsor, The Chart House, and as far as anyone figured that was the end of the 4th of July run.
1991- The year that almost wasn’t! Two separate groups of local runners endeavored to keep the spirit alive and independently put the word out to friends to meet and run around Coronado. The groups decided to join together and start at First & D. The Coronado Police got wind of the plans and since the City had not approved the race for 1991, and since the police were expecting 2000 runners to show up, arrived with a massive show of force to break up the illegal assembly. With approximately only 25 runners showing up, the Coronado Police had the race outnumbered. With permission, everyone laughed, waved goodbye and kept the streak alive with a 7.3 mile run around the perimeter.
Later in 1991 Kathy Loper who had worked with End of the Line met John O’Brien and Dan Orr on their Wednesday morning run to collaborate on a 15K on the 4th of July that wouldn’t cross Orange or 3rd & 4th, but would be run from Tidelands Park to Glorietta to Strand Way to a three mile loop on the Amphibious Base, then back to Tidelands Park. Kathy Loper, now operating as Kathy Loper Events secured permission from the Port of San Diego and designed a 15K course. Dan Orr secured the rights to the race and got it included in the 4th of July Committee’s major event submission to the City. Dan and Kathy met with Capt. Jim Harris of the Amphibious Base and got permission to use the base. And, the rest is history.
1992-2014 Kathy Loper Events was the race director for the Coronado Independence Day 15K/5K which benefited the All Sports Booster Club and its successor, the Islander Sports Foundation. With a few minor technical glitches, the race came off every year without a hitch.
2015 Under the management of Easy Day Sports the former half marathon and former 15K, was reborn as the Crown City Classic with a distance of 12K to bring it in line with some of the other classic national road races and to give runners the opportunity to run 7.4 miles on July 4th.
-history contributor Dan Orr
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