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Surf City Marathon

Feb 1, 2019 – Feb 2, 2019

The Surf City USA Marathon is a runner's dream. The annual marathon weekend will feature two days of running with 5K and half-marathon distances. The oceanfront course takes you through the best of Huntington Beach. From Pacific Coast Highway to Central Park, the mostly flat course is perfect for new marathoners and is even used by some as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. In addition to the full marathon, the event includes a half marathon and the largest beachside health and wellness expo on the West Coast. Registration for the marathon opens in late spring each year. Marathon registration and Huntington Beach Hotels do sell out; advance reservations are highly recommended. 

Places to Stay

Dotting Pacific Coast Highway are luxury resorts and affordable hotels in Huntington Beach, California.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Janarury 31st

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

- Free and open to the public, the expo features the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel and interactive displays. Participants will be able to pick up their race packets at the expo.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cowabunga Challenge

- The inaugural “Cowabunga Challenge” on the beach is a race full of sand, surf and smiles. A family-friendly event featuring kids races. Register here.

- More than 100 exhibitors offering the latest running gear, training tips and interactive clinics. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - RACE DAY 

Marathon - Register here

- Marathon Start Time 6:30 a.m.

- Participant Limit — approximately 2,500

- The course limit is 6 hours, a pace of about 13:43 per mile. The finish line closes at 1:30 p.m.

Half Marathon - Register here

- 5K and Half Marathon Pushrim and Handcyclist Wheelchair Start Time 6:28 a.m.

- The course time limit is approximately 5 – 5.5  hours – runners must finish by 1:30 p.m. regardless of your wave start time.

Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach

Location 

The Surf City Marathon will take place at:

Huntington Beach Parking Lot
21291 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Surf City USA Marathon Offerings

•    Oceanfront Marathon and Half Marathon Course on PCH
•    Award Winning Surfboard Medals for all Finishers
•    Average High Temperature on Race Day 68 degrees
•    Long Sleeve Flashy Participant Shirts
•    FREE Beer Garden
•    Live Surf Band Course Entertainment
•    3 Day California Lifestyle Expo
•    Free Live Runner Tracking for Participants and their Fans
•    FREE Parking and FREE Shuttles to Start/Finish Areas

Course Highlights

Course Description for the Half Marathon 

Course Description for the Marathon 

– Wheelchair Marathon Start Time 6:25 a.m.
– Marathon Start Time 6:30 a.m.
– The course limit is 6 hours, a pace of about 13:43 per mile. Course closes at 1:30 p.m.
– Aid Stations include: Water, Energy Gels and electrolyte replacement drinks.
– Official finish times, finisher medals, and post-race refreshments cannot be guaranteed to any participants finishing over 6 hours.
– USA Track & Field certified
– Official Boston Marathon qualifier
– Highest point less than 100′ above sea level
– Steepest course grade is approximately 6%
– Sunrise: 6:47 a.m.
– Average temp at the start: 48 degrees
– Live Results
– An early start is not available

Surf City USA Marathon in Huntington Beach February 2, 2020

Description: Half Marathon by the Mile

Miles 1–2: Huntington Beach Pier & Main Street
Start on Pacific Coast Highway between the ocean and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Hotel. Running north, the Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street are less than a mile away. At the 5K start banner, look to the left to enjoy the famous Huntington Beach Pier. Downtown Main Street is where you will likely head after your race to watch the Super Bowl in one of the many idyllic beach bars.

Miles 2–5: Seapoint View
Just past the second-mile marker, at the first retro surf band station, turn inland on Seapoint and head toward Huntington Central Park. On this stretch, you will encounter the course’s only incline, between miles 3 and 4. Take your turn at the bluff, reenergize at the aid station and head down Seapoint back toward the ocean. Enjoy the ocean view all the way down to PCH.

Miles 5-7: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Just past mile five, take a right on PCH and absorb the energy from the ocean! Breathe in the fresh sea air as you continue north on the highway. The Bolsa Chica Reserve wetlands roll out to the right. This 300 acre ecological wonder is a sanctuary for wildlife and migratory birds. Bolsa Chica, along with the rest of Huntington Beach, CA, has some of the nation’s best birding! Nearly half of the birds found in the U.S. have been seen in Huntington Beach. Sightings of great blue herons, snowy egrets and brown pelicans are common; lucky bird watchers can even spot a rare white pelican at the right time of the year.

Miles 8-13.1: The Home Stretch
Just before mile eight at Warner, turn back south on Pacific Coast Highway. The blue waters of the Pacific Ocean stretch out to your right and you are getting your second wind. Feel the fresh ocean breeze and take in the spectacular view. It’s flat, it’s fast, and it’s all yours for the next five miles! Before you know it you are back at the pier, less than a half mile from the finish line. It’s a straight shot from there, and the finish line banner is just ahead. Spectators line the highway to cheer you to the finish!

Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach

Description: Marathon by the Mile

Miles 1–2: Huntington Beach Pier & Main Street
Start on Pacific Coast Highway between the ocean and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Hotel. Running north, the Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street are less than a mile away. Look to the left to enjoy the famous Huntington Beach Pier. The next time you see it, you will be on the beachfront running path at mile 25!

Miles 2–9: Huntington Central Park
Just past the second-mile marker, at the first retro surf band station, turn inland on Seapoint and head for Huntington Central Park. On this stretch, you will encounter the course’s only incline, between miles 3 and 4. But take heart; there are hundreds of kids at the park, waiting to cheer you on! They love marathon runners and get up early every year to come to the park, hand out water and yell words of encouragement! These will be your biggest fans!Feeding off energy from the kids in the park, head down Seapoint back toward the ocean. Enjoy the ocean view all the way down to PCH.

Miles 9–15: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Just past mile nine, take a right on PCH and absorb the energy from the ocean! Breathe in the fresh sea air as you continue north on the highway. The Bolsa Chica Reserve wetlands roll out to the right. This 300-acre ecological wonder is a sanctuary for wildlife and migratory birds. Bolsa Chica, along with the rest of Huntington Beach, CA, has some of the nation’s best birding! Nearly half of the birds found in the U.S. have been seen in Huntington Beach. Sightings of great blue herons, snowy egrets and brown pelicans are common; lucky bird watchers can even spot a rare white pelican at the right time of the year.

Miles 16–25: Beachfront Running Path
Starting on mile sixteen, the course leaves Pacific Coast Highway and continues on a beachfront running path paved right over the sand! These are the same beaches where the legends of surf movies and music were made. Observe local surfers in their natural habitat with the waves crashing just yards away. Run all the way back to the pier, where a crowd of spectators will be cheering from above!

The Last Mile: A Spectacular Finish
After turning at the pier, work your way up through the lifeguard station back to Pacific Coast Highway. As you come on to the highway, you will be less than a mile from the finish line. It’s a straight shot from there, and the finish line banner is just ahead. Spectators line the highway to cheer you to the finish line!

Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach

Surf City Marathon Rules

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Should you not be able to attend the event, please email us at info@runsurfcity.com.
• If you are already registered for the event, you may transfer or upgrade from one category to the other, AS LONG AS THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE in the race in which you want to transfer. Please see below to submit your request.
• If you attempt to sell your race number, you may not be able to participant in future events.
• You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon.
• You must be in good health.
• You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
• You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the Expo.
• Race numbers are required to participate.
• Medals and/or shirts will not be mailed out.
• No bikes, in-line skates, skateboards or dogs will be allowed on the course.

Surf City USA Marathon in Huntington Beach

Volunteer

Unlimited tasks and responsibilities are available for volunteers. They receive a volunteer t-shirt and get the opportunity to make a difference in many peoples lives. 

Benefits

– Receive a volunteer t-shirt
– Meet people from all over the country
– Work with like minded individuals wanting to serve and support others
– Make a difference in another person’s life

Information sourced from Surf City Marathon website

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