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Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

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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.

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Jan B
"Great day. I live in the mountains of Colorado and this low altitude flat..."
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How to enter the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. 5K

    Run 5km
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  4. Cowabunga Beach Challenge

    Run 1mi
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Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon routes

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 marathon has a course limit of 7 hours, equalling approximately 13:43 per mile. The course will close at 1330.

Half Marathon:

Due to its size, the Half Marathon will start in waves with groups of around 1,000 kicking off every 2 - 3 minutes.

Regardless of wave time, the course will close at 1330 giving a cut-off time of around 5 - 5.5 hours.

Event Details

  • Unique commemorative medals
  • Free long-sleeve tech t-shirt
  • Surf city Tote bag
  • Course marshalled
  • Distances marked
  • Pacers
  • Aid stations
  • Chip timed



Active LifeStyle Expo
Cowabunga Beach Challenge


0630: Marathon start
0700: 5K start
0745: Half Marathon start

This is an incredibly popular race, so please ensure you leave ample time to get parked and warmed up before your race starts.

Huge crowds usually gather on Main Street for this race and it would be great to see as many friends and family cheering the runners over the finish line.

Volunteers are an integral part of making this event the fantastic spectacle which it is and Motiv Running have a number of opportunities available.

In return, volunteers will receive a free volunteer t-shirt, work with like-minded people and have the opportunity to make a real difference.

If you would like to find out more and get involved, simply follow the link here:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are strollers permitted on the course?
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.
Are there pace groups at this event?
Yes, details of which can be found below: Half Marathon: 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30 Marathon: 3:05, 3:15, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:00, 5:20
Where can I access official race photography?
Result photograph's will be uploaded to around 24 - 48 hours after the event. All entrants will also receive an email with race photos.

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Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon reviews

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  • 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.
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