updated 3/28/2011 2:17:14 PM ET 2011-03-28T18:17:14

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Junior League of Orange County, Calif., Inc., (JLOCC) will hold an OC Marathon training session for members and guests at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Equinox Newport Beach. The JLOCC is putting together a team to run the race as well as providing as many as 40 volunteers to support the event.

 Equinox trainers will speak on the nutritional needs of runners, give running tips and discuss the importance of balance in your work-out routine. A special work-out session will be conducted for attendees and chair massages will be offered. A free pass valid for a week at Equinox Newport Beach and light, healthy appetizers will be provided. Those interested in attending to learn more about the OC Marathon and the Junior League should email Courtney D'Alessandro to RSVP at cr_dalessandro@yahoo.com. Equinox Newport Beach is located at 19540 Jamboree Road, Irvine.

The OC Marathon is considered as one of the best full and half marathon courses in the state due to its diverse terrain, changing vistas and majestic ocean views.  While the vast majority of marathons are held within one city's limits, the OC Marathon traverses Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Santa Ana and boasts a blend of chic coastal scenery, tranquil nature and sophisticated arts and shopping. Additionally, the OC Marathon is USATF certified and can be used as a qualifier for any marathon in the U.S. including Boston, further adding to its allure.

The Seventh Annual OC Marathon is held on Sunday, May 1, 2011.  More than 15,000 runners will participate in the marathon, half marathon, Wahoo's 5K and Kids Run the OC.  An estimated 25,000 spectators line the course and the start line in front of the Newport Beach Marriott and finish line at OC Fair and Event Center, while an additional 30,000 attend the two-day Nutrilite® Health & Fitness Expo which showcases national brands and state of the art footwear and training technology.  More information is available at www.ocmarathon.com .

JLOCC's members actively support the community through collaboration with other Orange County nonprofit organizations.  This year the JLOCC's efforts are directed on behalf of the community in conjunction with groups including the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program, Crittenton Services Connect Program, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Reading Program, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Emancipated Youth Program, Kinship Support Services Program, and the League's Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities Program. The JLOCC members also conduct done-in-a-day volunteer projects through Impact Orange County.

About the Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc.

The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  JLOCC has helped found organizations such as Orangewood Children's Home and the Volunteer Center of Orange County, now known as OneOC.  As a solely educational and charitable organization, the JLOCC's trained volunteers actively support the community through collaboration with organizations that promote and support the health, safety and education of all individuals in Orange County.  A 501(c)(3) organization, the JLOCC reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins.  Originally founded in 1956 as the Newport Harbor Service League, the JLOCC is a member organization of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.  To learn more about the JLOCC, call (949) 261-0823 or visit www.jlocc.org

CONTACT: Susan Ballou
         (949) 477-3070
         susanballou@att.net

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