Triathlete Maria Korcsmaros has more reason to run from sharks, than run for them.  In 2016 while swimming alone, the 53 yr old mother of three was bitten on the right arm and torso by a Great white shark.

She had missed her 8 AM swim with team Tri la Vie, out of Orange County.  It was Memorial Day and she had decided to go later in the afternoon with her son, Lucas, and husband, Alex to the beach at Corona del Mar in Orange County.  She struggled into her wetsuit and set out into the small surf and murky water alone heading to the first buoy 200 yards from shore.  With the plan of swimming a mile for her upcoming Half Ironman in June, she rounded the final buoy for the first lap.  As she passed the swim buoy, a sudden strike followed by a piercing pain went through her right side from her arm to chest.  She knew it was a shark.

 A true competitor, as if in a race, she assessed the situation and seeing a Lifeguard boat close by screamed for help.  Two Orange County Lifeguards rescued her and rushed her to the nearest triage center.  As the first person to be bitten in Orange County, Maria survived the encounter of what is estimated to be a 10 ft Great white shark.  One hundred and sixty-one staples and 5 months later she was back in the water doing a triathlon in Mission Bay, San Diego. The event changed her life, and directed her into the world of shark protection.

During her recovery I reached out to Maria and we became friends.  While taking her son scuba diving at Catalina shortly after Maria went snorkeling along the surface.  Already passionate about the ocean, Maria learned about the huge threats facing many species of sharks.  She is now an advocate for sharks & Ocean health leading the Southern California chapter of Shark Stewards.  With our Run4Sharks & Ocean Protection we are inspiring athletes & youth to get into nature and help protect the ocean.  Together we are engaging divers, swimmers, scientists, legislators, kids and the public to save sharks.  Our first run in Newport Beach on November 2018 was a huge success with close to 100 participants running & walking a 5k/1 mi Fun Run around the Back Bay.

In October 2018 we held our first Run 4 Sharks in Newport Beach. Sponsored by KPC Health & Orange County Global Medical, and supported by individuals and non profit partners, over 100 athletes ran and walked the 5K and 10K loop around the beautiful Back Bay estuary.

This year we are joining forces once again with 100 Mile Club to support youth running in our shark suits for our 2nd Annual Run4Sharks on October 5th.

Thanks to the generous support of people like Gretchen J Augustyn, Tom Ciccione Designs, Peter Farmington, Lush Cosmetics,, KPC Health & Orange County Global Medical, Kelly McDonough, Morgan Morgan, Patagonia, Ryder Integrated Systems, Smart & Final, Sports Conditioning & Rehab,  and Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach Chapter.  Other non-profits, 100Mile Club& Pathwater reusable water bottles. And, Maria Korcsmaro!

Learn more and sign up for the 2019.