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Thanks for your support and looking ahead in 2020. Save the Date October 3rd for our 3rd annual event!

Our second annual run for sharks and ocean health was a great success with nearly 100 participants and volunteers gathering on a beautiful October morning at the Newport Back Bay. As a mother, triathlete, professional health provider and shark survivor I created this event to build a community that embraces health and the ocean, including sharks. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the runners, sponsors and volunteers and with Shark Stewards. We hope to see you at Newport Dunes for a walk, run or just plain fun on October 3rd, 2020.

Check out the video from the 2019 Run 4 Sharks, and join us in Newport Beach in 2020!

Why Run 4 Sharks?

Read my personal  story, and about Shark Stewards below, or join us for one of our events.

Thank You Sponsors and Donors

Title Sponsor KPC Health

Gold Sponsor/Partner, Ryder Distribution,, Gretchen Augustyn, Smart & Final
Silver SharkBanz, SCAR Rehab.
Bronze  (Booths and Product Donors)   100 Mile Club, Cal State Long Beach & Dr. Chris Lowe Shark Lab, Tom Ciccone Artwork and Graphic Design, LUSH Cosmetics, Orange Theory, Patagonia, SBR Sports Swim products, Shark Stewards, Spicy Shark Handcrafted Hot Sauces, Jim Sherpa Shark Educator,  Surfrider Newport Beach, Lita’s All Natural Bug Repellant, and all our raffle contributors.

Interested in hosting an event, a beach cleanup, shark talk and film at your local school, club, or organization ?  

This year we are building our youth education program and growing the event with ocean activities for kids  and community. Focusing on health for humans and the oceans, we will host a health with a live rescue and trauma demonstration as a highlight with title sponsor KPC Health, Newport Beach Lifeguards and paramedics.

JOIN US Saving Sharks and Ocean Health

Maria Korcsmaros, Director

Director Maria Korcsmaros- my story
I survived a shark attackOn Memorial Day 2017, while swimming alone off Corona del Mar I was bit by a 10 foot great white shark. Three months later, after 161 staples, 7 stitches, 3 broken ribs, a detached tricep and a fractured pelvis, I re-entered the ocean. A year later, I began my triathlon competitions with a new perspective. I am still a little afraid of sharks, but during my recovery, I learned that sharks are the animals that should be afraid of us.
At the rate of 100 million killed for their fins and 25% of sharks are threatened with extinction.
I also learned that sharks are important for the health and balance of the ocean, the ocean that we rely on for our health. Inspired to give back, I joined Shark Stewards and as the Southern California Chair to educate the public that sharks are important and we should be afraid for them. As a shark survivor, I am devoted to saving sharks for the health of the ocean and for our future.
As a competitor, I am entering the biggest race for my life by helping save ocean health.

I met Maria not long after her shark accident in 2017. In the course of my years, I have met many shark survivors and worked with several, impressed by their strength and their attitude to protect the very thing that nearly took their lives. Maria most of all.
Maria has become a friend and an inspiration for health and the future for the ocean. As a former Ironman triathlete, I understand pain and adversity, but nothing like this. Already a strong woman, she suffered and survived her injury and like a true champion, she has overcome adversity, and is on her way to Ironman as she save sharks along the way.
Sharks are in deep trouble- but we are running to save sharks faster than we will let them go extinct. Learn about my story, and why I have dedicated my life to saving sharks and ocean health. Together we will save sharks and protect ocean health.
David McGuire, Director Shark Stewards

Events & Volunteer Opportunities

‘Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.’ DrSeuss

Events like these take hundreds of hours of planning and preparation before the day of the run. We can’t save the ocean without you, and we need your special skills!


January 18  PCH Scuba Agoura Travel Party
Join us and and learn how divers are saving sharks.

6-9PM 284 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, California 9130

February 22  Underwater Cleanup, Avalon Catalina Island.
Combatting plastic pollution and marine debris helps protect our health and the ocean. In addition to beach cleanups, we are joining the underwater cleanup day. Divers? Join us!

TBA Beach cleanup at Corona Del Mar

With your support, we keep sharks swimming and the ocean healthy.
Shark Stewards is a 4 star Charity Navigator, Platinum Guidestar ranked charity and a proud project of the Earth Island Institute.

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