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A gorgeous, scenic course that unfolds through the Southern California coastal communities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa awaits at the OC Marathon, Half Marathon and Wahoo 5K & Kids Run. Come for the awesome atmosphere and 2 massive finish line parties.
C-19 Plan
The OC Marathon has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 1st May 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

How to enter the SDCCU OC Marathon

  1. The OC Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $70
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  2. The SDCCU OC Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    $80
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  3. The OC 5K

    Run 5km
    $30
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  4. The OC Combo Crush

    Run 42.2km
    $95–$105
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SDCCU OC Marathon routes

5k

The 5K course start line is just west of the marathon and half marathon finish line inside the OC Fair and Event Center. The course circles through the fairgrounds and crosses Fairview Drive and on to Merrimac Way. The runners loop around the Orange Coast College campus and enter the marathon course on Merrimac Way. Runners re-enter the OC Fair and Event Center before heading to the finish line.

COURSE LIMIT: 1 HOUR

Half Marathon

This exceptional Southern California Half Marathon starts on Newport Center Drive loop in front of our Official Start Line Hotel, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive. The Orange County Half Marathon finishes at the OC Fair and Event Center just off the 55 Freeway in the heart of Costa Mesa.

The first mile of the OC Half Marathon course includes a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific Ocean before winding through the seaside village of Corona del Mar including the spectacular Ocean Blvd. with cliffside views of Big Corona del Mar State Beach. It traverses down Bayside Drive, past the Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs and homes and boats of Newport Harbor. Exceptional views await runners at the bluffs overlooking the Upper Newport Bay Estuary Reserve as are the supportive cheers of neighborhood residents.

The OC Half Marathon course is net downhill in elevation from start to finish. The first 6.5 miles will be extremely fast with only minor inclines. Mile 6.5 to 7.0 is the only significant hill on the course taking the runners from 15 feet to 75 feet. The course is then mostly flat through mile 10.5, a couple rolling hills to 11.5 with a flat and fast final stretch into the OC Fair & Event Center. Register now for the OC Half Marathon.

TIME LIMIT: 3.5 HOURS

Marathon

The SDCCU OC Marathon Course will start in front of our Official Start Line Hotel, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive. You will run through the beautiful coastal communities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana finishing off at the OC Fair and Event Center conveniently located just off the 55 freeway in the heart of Costa Mesa.

The first mile of the OC Marathon course includes a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific Ocean before winding through the seaside village of Corona del Mar including the spectacular Ocean Blvd. with cliff side views of Big Corona del Mar State Beach. It traverses down Bayside Drive, past the Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs and homes and boats of Newport Harbor. Exceptional views await runners at the bluffs overlooking the Upper Newport Bay Estuary Reserve as are the supportive cheers of neighborhood residents. Marathoners continue into the heart of Orange County, Costa Mesa, passing by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, around South Coast Plaza, and through the campus of Segerstrom High School. One more mile in Santa Ana before turning onto the Santa Ana River Trail for 1.5 miles before exiting at Gisler foot-bridge.

The Full Marathon course is net downhill in elevation from start to finish. The first 6.5 miles will be extremely fast with only minor inclines. Mile 6.5 to 7.0 is the only significant hill on the course taking the runners from 15 feet to 75 feet. The course is then mostly flat through mile 10.5 with a couple rolling hills to 11.5. There is another 45' incline at mile 14.5 over the 405 overpass and a 40' incline slightly over 1/4 of a mile in length at mile 23 after. These are all relatively small hills.

TIME LIMIT: 7 HOURS

The OC Combo Crush

The OC 5K takes place Saturday at 5PM. The Full and Half Marathon take place on Sunday. Do the fun 5K on Saturday, enjoy great music on the main stage and get home early enough to do the half or full Sunday morning. Runners that do the 5K and half or full will get the OC COMBO CRUSH medal.

Event Details

What’s Included

All participants will receive:

  • Race bib
  • D-tag timing chip
  • Technical shirt or t-shirt
Raceday Logistics

OC Marathon Running Festival Weekend Event Schedule

FRIDAY
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m - The OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo is open to the public & participants of OC events for bib pick-up

SATURDAY
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM - The OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo is open to the public & participants of OC events for bib pick-up
3:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Music on Main Stage
5:00 PM - The OC 5K

SUNDAY
5:28 AM Push Rim & Hand Cycle Full and Half Start
5:30 AM The SDCCU OC Marathon Start
6:15 AM - The SDCCU OC Half Marathon Start
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Ultimate Finish Line Festival with Flashback Heart Attack

PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION/PACKET PICK UP

Each participant must attend the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo on Friday between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m or Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m, and show their identification to pick up their own race bib, timing chip, and technical shirt or t-shirt. You also must sign a hard copy of the release waiver at this time. A friend or family member may pick up your bib IF AND ONLY IF they have a copy of your driver's license and a signed waiver which can be downloaded here.

Volunteers

The OC marathon simply would not be possible without the efforts of its epic volunteers. Volunteering roles vary across the weekend but usually included baggage drop, course marshalling, and manning aid stations.

If you are interest in volunteering at the OC marathon, simply follow the link here: https://ocmarathon.com/oc-marathon-volunteers/

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age limits?
Participants must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the FULL Marathon. Participants must be 14 years of age or older to participate in the HALF Marathon. Participants under 14 years of age should consider the 5K and/or Kids Run the OC Mile Run.
What are the wheelchair rules for the OC Marathon and Half Marathon?
This division is for Push Rim & Hand Cycle participants. ALL participants, whether registered for the FULL or HALF marathon, will be required to start just prior to the FULL MARATHON. This is a change from previous years! All athletes will start 2 minutes prior to the FULL at 5:28 A.M. All participants must wear helmets.
Is there a finish line party?
THE ULTIMATE FINISH LINE PARTY BEGINS WHEN YOU FINISH THE 5K, HALF MARATHON AND FULL MARATHON The past few years have seen 80's stars grace the Ultimate Finish Line Party Stage. From Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons, Mike Score from Flock of Seagulls, Tommy Tutone, and John Easedale from Dramarama to last year's line up up Clive Farrington, Nick Richards, Annabella Lwin of Bow, Wow Wow and Wally Palmar from the Romantics.
Will there be personal items storage?
UPS, one of the most recognized names in the world, will ensure your personal items are safely delivered to you at the finish line. UPS has been handling our Personal Item Storage for years and they are FANTASTIC!
Am I allowed to bring my baby stroller jogger, or have a friend inline skate with me?
Baby stroller joggers will be allowed, but you must start at the back of all the participants. In-line skaters, bicyclists, as well as pets will be prohibited on the course in order to ensure the safety of all runners.
Are walkers allowed?
Walkers are encouraged to participate in the Half Marathon rather than the Full Marathon. The Full Marathon course has a time limit of 7.0 hours. The Half Marathon has a 3.5 hour time limit, so as long as you can walk a 15 minute mile, you can walk the the Half Marathon. The 5K does not have a time limit.

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The race is a blend of chic coastal scenery, tranquil nature views and sophisticated arts and shopping, which will offer a great backdrop for an extraordinary race experience. Starting at Newport Beach's Fashion Island, the course also features Pacific Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar Ocean Views, Newport Bay & Back Bay, OC Performing Arts Center, South Coast Plaza, and the Santa Ana River.

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