OC Marathon ends with the winner being DQ’d after reportedly taking a drink offered from a spectator

Sunday (May 5), the OC Marathon, after winding its way through the streets of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana for 26.2 miles, ended in a way no one could have expected. Esteban Prado crossed the finish line first, some 15-20 seconds ahead of second place finisher Jason Yang, but was DQ’d shortly thereafter.

Prado, while leading the race most of the way, reportedly violated stated OC Marathon rules by accepting a drink from a spectator (his father, who rode up on a bicycle) and not from an authorized water station.

The disqualification moved Yang to the top, with a finishing time of 2:25:11 (5:32/mile). Yang is 33 years old from San Pedro.

Second place finisher Izzak Mireles, 29, from Irvine, finished some 6 1/2 minutes behind.

The half marathon, also run Sunday, was won by 29-year-old Steven Martinez, from Chula Vista, in a time of 1:06:42.

Organizers reported more than 20,000 runners participated in the collection of races offered over the weekend.


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