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Michael-Patrick Hogue with his granddaughter, Luna Maria.
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Derek Hogue's favorite photo of his father is from high school. "It really captures his excitement and enthusiasm which never left him."

Remembering Michael-Patrick

You may or may not have met Michael-Patrick Hogue personally, but if you participated in one of the Conquer the Bridge races, you know what a great service he provided to both those who participated and to the San Pedro community.

Sadly, Michael-Patrick Hogue passed away on Christmas Eve night, 2023. I have done Michael-Patrick’s website for years and even though we never met in person, we became friends. The kind of friends who when they finally do meet, bear hugs are called for.

I will now have to give that bear hug to his son, Derek Hogue, who has been deeply involved in the Conquer the Bridge races alongside his father.

Please say a silent Thank you, Michael for all the hard work, generosity and kindness he showed to all those who Conquered the Bridge.

Michael-Patrick, you will be missed terribly. Until we race again…

Chesa Keane, Webmaster and friend

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CONQUER THE BRIDGE 14

DATE:  September 4, 2023 (Labor Day Monday)

START TIME:  7:00 AM PST
 
LOCATION: San Pedro/Port of Los Angeles Vincent Thomas Bridge **The Start/Finish line is located where 5th St and Harbor Blvd meet (511 S Harbor Blvd San Pedro, CA 90731)
 
 
PRICE:   $45.00 from April 1 – May 31   •   $55.00 from June 1 – September 3   •   $60.00 on Race Day – September 4
 
NOTESOnline Registration is now closed. You can register in person on Race Day. Please arrive early.
 
All registered participants will receive a custom finishers medal when they cross the finish line and place medals for the top three finishers in each Division will be awarded. Additionally, Championship trophies and flags for the male and female champions will be awarded. Please pick up your Division medal at the stage after the race. Thank you!
 
All merchandise including official race tee shirt will be available for sale during our three-day packet pickup at Road Runner Sports in Torrance and at the race while supplies last. CASH or CHECK ONLY FOR MERCHANDISE.
 
As a reminder, there are NO refunds for this event. Please note that all Rollover and Bib Transfers for Conquer The Bridge 14 are now closed. Thank you.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Per order of CalTrans no backpacks, bicycles, strollers, pets, skateboards etc. are allowed on the bridge. However, you are allowed to wear a fanny pack, camel pack, or a small drawstring backpack. Additionally, CTB staff are unable to hold any personal items for anyone including at the stage, so please plan accordingly. Water and bathrooms will be provided. 
 

BIB PICKUPS

As always, our three day bib pickups will be hosted at Road Runner Sports in Torrance. Please note that we are unable to offer race day pickups. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a great, friendly place with a helpful staff, meet your fellow conquerors, and to take advantage of great deals on top quality. We will be at Road Runner Sports in Torrance on the following dates and times:

 
Friday, September 1:  10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, September 2:  10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, September 3:  10 AM – 5 PM
 
ADDRESS:  25359 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
 
Additionally, we will provide all of our Conqueror’s with one complimentary Conquer The Bridge Collectible Card/ Buono’s Pizzeria coupon when you pick up your bib at Road Runner Sports as our gift to you!
 
Thank You! We very much look forward to seeing all of you!
 

 
PARKING MAP AND UPDATES

As many of you may know, the long-awaited and exciting West Harbor Development Complex has broken ground in the former Ports of Call Parking lots and surrounding areas. The result is we have been making arrangements for all of you to accommodate your parking needs on Race Day. We have provided a map which outlines multiple options for you to consider. However, PLEASE READ and PAY ATTENTION to the following important information:

  1. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY THIS YEAR!
  2. There is plenty of FREE street parking. There are NO PARKING METER FEES on Race Day.
  3. Lots P1 and P2 will probably fill up early but we won’t know that until Race Day.
  4. The TOPAZ Parking ( P3 ) structure can hold 600 cars but if you intend to pay cash bring exactly $7.00 as they will not be making change. Much appreciated.
  5. If you want to use the P4 lot on 22nd. Street and Miner the best way to get there is to come down 7th. Street and TURN RIGHT onto MINER ST. and take it out to 22nd. Street and park in the lot on the RIGHT side where the Red Car Trolleys will pick you up and take you to 6th. Street. PLEASE FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.

The WEST HARBOR ownership has been wonderful in helping us to put this parking plan together for you. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the incredible PBID leadership for arranging our use of the Red Car Trolley’s this year.

PLEASE BE FULLY AWARE CONQUER THE BRIDGE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU ARRIVE LATE SO PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THE INFORMATION PROVIDED. THE MAP IS EASY TO FOLLOW. 

SEE YOU ON LABOR DAY MONDAY BRIGHT AND EARLY!!!

Thank you as always.

MPH