Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

Sun 3rd Feb 2019 • by Motiv Running
Huntington Beach, California, US

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What you need to know

This award-winning course is considered one of the best courses in the country and is well known for being scenic and flat. Runners come from all over to experience this exhilarating run. The race starts along the Pacific Coast Highway and passes by the famous Huntington Beach pier where runners will enjoy the beauty of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands as you start your turn. All participants finish down the Pacific Coast Highway and kick it up a notch for the crowds at Main Street on their way to a monumental finish line moment and continue their celebrations at the Sand Bar right on the beach!

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    6:30am Sun 3rd Feb 2019
    $130–$375
    Entry Closed
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    7:45am Sun 3rd Feb 2019
    $120–$375
    Entry Closed
  3. 5K

    Run 5km
    7:00am Sun 3rd Feb 2019
    $30
    Tickets available
Course Maps
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Course Details

Marathon:

This spectacular oceanfront course is an exclusive Southern California favorite! Run by the famous Huntington Beach pier and continue through scenic Huntington Central Park. You’re bound to see local surfers catching waves as you hit the beachfront running path at Bolsa Chica State 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!

Half Marathon:

This award-winning half marathon course is one of the best in the country. Our most popular track, is well known for being scenic and flat. Participants come from all over the globe to experience this exhilarating run. Start along Pacific Coast Highway and pass by the famous Huntington Beach Pier while more than 2,000 volunteers and several surf bands cheer you on. Enjoy the beauty of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands as you start your turn. Kick it up a notch for the crowds as you zoom past at Main Street on your way to a monumental finish line moment!

Half Marathon Wave Start

In a wave start, runners start in groups of approx. 1,000 runners in 2-3 minute intervals. Groups are organized according to their individual predicted finish times. This way you can run with others who are similar in speed.

Please note: there may be approximately 30 minutes between the first wave and the last wave. You should arrive at the start line in time for your wave start interval. A wave start will allow you plenty of space along the course, at the aid stations and at the finish line, without affecting your chip time. All Half Marathon participants need to complete the course by 1:30 p.m.

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!

Raceday Logistics

Marathon:

  • 5 K and Half Marathon Push rim and Hand cyclist Wheelchair Start Time 6:28 a.m.
  • 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. Course closes at 1:30 p.m.

Half Marathon:

  • Start Time 7:45 a.m.
  • Participant Limit – approximately 17,000
  • The course time limit is approximately 5 – 5.5 hours – runners must finish by 1:30 p.m. regardless of your wave start time.
FAQs

How early should I get there?

Arrive early. We are anticipating thousands of people on race morning and you do not want to be late. Please plan on arriving an hour prior to the start of your race to allow plenty of time to park, get ready, stretch and make your way to the start line.

Gear Check
Gear check will be available. You will need to bring your own bag and use the tag provided on your bib. Your race number will be your claim tag. DO NOT leave any valuables. We are not responsible for any lost/damaged items in gear storage.

Can I start early/late?
For the safety of all participants, you must start at the official start time. We need to ensure that all course marshals are in position, medical teams are ready and AID stations are fully prepared. If you signed up for the Half Marathon you cannot start with the Full Marathoners.

Do you have a pace team?
Yes! Please check back for details on our pacer times.

What kind of nutrition will be available on the course?
Our AID stations along the course will have:
• Water
• Nuun Electrolyte
• Clif Gel
• Bananas

Are strollers allowed?
Strollers are allowed on the Half Marathon and 5K courses ONLY. For everyone’s safety, we request participants with strollers/joggers place themselves at the rear of the corral. We also encourage the rider to wear a helmet.

Are dogs allowed?
In compliance with NASTF course rules, dogs are neither allowed in the corrals nor on the course. You are welcome to bring your dogs to watch the race.

Is there prize money?
$1,000 will be awarded to the first male and first female to break the course record in each the Full, Half, and 5K. To qualify, a participant must be the first to cross the finish line and break the course record. A bonus is available only to the 1st place finisher. Per USATF rules, gun time is used to determine finish time.
Check our Course Record Times to Beat

Course limit
You must complete the course within 6 hours. PCH will be reopening to traffic promptly at 1:30 PM.

Medical Support
During the event, our fully trained rapid response medical team will ensure that any medical emergency is taken care of while offering unparalleled customer service.

We employ only licensed, certified and seasoned Emergency Medical Technicians that have access to the most up-to-date, state of the art equipment necessary for the health and welfare of staff members, performers, and spectators.

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