Run Surf City USA

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About
Challenge yourself in one of the most picturesque courses in the USA. Great for novices and seasoned pros alike, the route cruises down the Pacific Coast Highway, past the famous Huntington Beach Pier before a crowd-lined finale. Come for the spectacular landscape and the vibrant race atmosphere.
Participants
Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, and 1 more
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Calendar
Sat, Feb 4, 2023 - Sun, Feb 5, 2023
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Huntington Beach, United States
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(1 Review)
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Elevation

<5m elevation gain per km

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Where and when
Location
2000 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
Start times
Sun, Feb 5, 2023
Marathon:
6:30am |
Half Marathon:
7:45am |
5k:
7:00am
Sat, Feb 4, 2023
Beach Mile:
11:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Run Surf City USA
Marathon
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26.2mi
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
5k
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5km
Beach Mile
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1mi
Route information
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.
More than 2,000 volunteers and several surf bands will be along the way cheering you on and making sure you have plenty of nourishment and energy - Where else will you get cheers from a surfer?
Widely regarded as one of the best courses in the country, the route is generally flat and ideal for those completing their first half or full marathon and seasoned pros alike.
The Half Marathon will start in waves with groups of around 1,000 kicking off every 2 - 3 minutes. The wave start will allow plenty of space on the course and at the aid stations and finish line.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Commemorative Tote Bag
  • Complimentary Beer for over 21's for Saturday race participants
  • Beach Mile Participant Cape
  • Race bib and timing chip
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Finisher's Medals
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How to get there
2000 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
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By Car
Take the 405 or the PCH and exit toward Beach Blvd to reach the event.
Parking
There are a number of parking lots, both free and paid, with in walking distance of the start line.
Drop-Off Zone
There is a designated drop-off area at the intersection of Beach Blvd and Atlantic Ave for those getting a lift from a friend/relative or using a service such as Uber.
Event day logistics
Friday
Packet Pickup at Active Lifestyle Expo (Time TBD)
Saturday
Packet Pickup at Active Lifestyle Expo (Time TBD)
Cowabunga Beach Mile (Time TBD)
Sunday
6:30am Marathon start
7am 5k start
7:45am: Half Marathon start
*It is recommended to arrive between 45-60 minutes before the start of your race.
Age Limit
The Marathon has an age minimum of 18 years of age and the Half Marathon has an age minimum of 13 years of age.
Packet Pickup
Packet pickup will be available at the Active Lifestyle Expo, in Huntington Beach Parking Lots, 21291 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, on the Friday and Saturday of the event.
If you are unable to attend the expo, you can nominate some one to collect your packet for you. You must sign a waiver and the nominated person must bring a copy of your ID and the confirmation email for the event. Otherwise you may select Race-day packet pickup option to collect your packet on the day of the event for $25.
Cut-off Times
Each race will have a cut-off time of the following:
Marathon: 6.5 hours
Half Marathon: 4.5 hours
5k: 2 hours
Beach Mile: 1 hour
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FAQ's
Are strollers permitted on the course for the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon?
Strollers are allowed for both the 5k and the Half Marathon events. However, they will be strictly prohibited for the Marathon and the Cowabunga Challenge.
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Can someone else pick up my race packet for the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon?
Yes, if you are unable to attend the Active Lifestyle Expo, you can nominate some one to collect it for you. You must sign a waiver and the nominated person must bring a copy of your ID and the confirmation email for the event.
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Where can I access official race photography at the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon?
Result photograph's will be uploaded to https://www.motivrunning.com/run-surf-city/results-photos/ around 24 - 48 hours after the event. All entrants will also receive an email with race photos.
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Where is the packet pick-up for the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon Packet Pick-up and Expo?
The Packet Pick-up and Expo will be held at the following address: Huntington Beach Parking Lots 21291 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Reviews
5.0
1 reviews
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Great day. I live in the mountains of Colorado and this low altitude flat course with sun, sand and beer is a kick.
Recent Questions
Doug Sahara
20/10/2019
on race day beach parking is it free for participants
Stephy Dennis
22/10/2019
Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. The only free parking with shuttle service is available at the State Beach Parking Lot (enter off Beach Blvd & PCH and drive South into the lot). All the other beach parking lots have fees.
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