A record-breaking 3,000 people were expected to participate in the sixth annual Conquer the Bridge event in San Pedro Monday, event officials said.
The Vincent Thomas Bridge (map) was scheduled to be closed until noon for the 5.3-mile race that began around 8 a.m.
Multiple organizations, including youth groups Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Booster Club and San Pedro and Peninsula YMCA Youth and Government, were expected to participate in the race, event producer Michael Hogue said.
The highest number of participants in the Conquer the Bridge events history were also expected to run and walk during the race.
"We're excited about that. We've had a big upswing in teams, especially women. We're 63 percent female," Hogue said.
The event would help fund the LAPD Harbor Division cadets, a program meant to introduce youths to the law enforcement profession.
"Our cadets are very important to us in regards to forming community partnership, and conducting work around our San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway and Harbor City communities," LAPD Harbor Division Officer Jr. Nua said.
Money would go toward uniforms, trips and programs, Nua said.