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The OC Marathon Running Festival

Sat 4th May 2019
88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA

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  • Closed roads
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Road

From the organizer

Organizer's website

The OC Running Festival is is back 3-5th May, 2019. Join us for the 15th anniversary event!

Distances in this event

  1. SDCCU Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    5:30am Sun 5th May 2019
    $129
    Event passed
  2. OC Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    6:15am Sun 5th May 2019
    $124
    Event passed
  3. OC 5K

    Run 5km
    5:00pm Sat 4th May 2019
    $40
    Event passed
  4. Kids Run

    Run 1mi
    8:00am Sat 4th May 2019

Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

Course Maps
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What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
Course Details

Marathon:
A Boston Marathon qualifier, 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.

  • Water will be available at miles 2.5, 4, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.5, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, & 25.
  • Peak Hydrate will be available at miles 4, 6.5, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15.5, 18, 20, 22, and 24.


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.

  • Water will be available at miles 2.5, 4, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Peak Hydrate will be available at miles 4, 6.5, 9, 11, and 12

5K
Join us for The OC 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 4 at 5 PM. The 5k will be followed by a full finish line festival party with music, tacos and all the fun vendors that you've come to expect. The OC 5K offers runners who prefer shorter distances a great way to participate in the Marathon Day experience. 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.

Raceday Logistics

FRIDAY, MAY 3RD, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration (if available)

Official OC Merchandise Sales

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration (if available)

Official OC Merchandise Sales

8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Kids Run the OC (OC Fair and Event Center)**

Kid's Run information can be found on Kid's website at www.kidsruntheoc.org

5:00 p.m.

The OC 5K with Saturday Ultimate Finish Line Party

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019
5:30 a.m.**

Full Marathon Start (Newport Center, adjacent to Fashion Island)**

6:15 a.m.**

Half Marathon Start (Newport Center, adjacent to Fashion Island)**

Immediately following your race, you can enjoy the complimentary massage from our friends at Massage Envy, hang out in the HOKA Legacy Lounge or just enjoy the vendors and great music at the Ultimate Finish Line Festival!

Travel

FULL MARATHON DIRECTIONS
(Arriving Sunday from 3:00a.m. to 4:45 a.m.)

From San Diego

  • Take 405 North to 55 South. Exit Fair/ Del Mar.
  • Proceed to Entrance of the OC Fair and Event Center following signage.

From Los Angeles

  • Take 405 South and exit Fairview. Turn right onto Fairview. Turn left at Merrimac Way (Gate 3 of the OCFEC) OR Take 405 South to 55 South. Exit Fair/ Del Mar. Proceed to the entrance of the OC Fair and Event Center following signage.

From San Bernardino/ Riverside County

  • Take 91 West to 55 South. Ext Fair/ Del Mar. Proceed to the entrance of the OC Fair and Event Center following signage.

HALF MARATHON DIRECTIONS
(Arriving Sunday 3:00 a.m. to 5:15 a.m.)

From San Diego

  • Take 405 Freeway north, Exit Fairview Dr. and turn left. Proceed to the OC Fair and Event Center entrance through Gate 3. OR Take 405 freeway north to t55 South and exit Fairview Drive.

From Los Angeles

  • Take 405 Freeway South to 55 Freeway South. Exit Fair and Event Center entrance through Gate 3. OR Tae 405 Freeway South to 55 Freeway South. Exit Fair/ De Mar. Turn right on Fair Drive.

From San Bernardino/ Riverside County

  • Take 91 Freeway West to the 55 Freeway South, to the 405 north. Exit Fairview Rd. and turn left. Proceed to the OC Fair and Event Center entrance through Gate 3. OR take 57 Freeway South to 5 Freeway South to the 55 Freeway South. Exit Fair Drive and turn right on Fair Drive.

OC 5K DIRECTIONS
From San Diego or Los Angeles

  • Take 405 to 55 South.
  • Exit Fair Drive and turn right. Enter through the Main Gate, or Gate 2 (or as directed by personnel)

Spectators

Spectator Directions

  • From San Diego or Los Angeles
  • Take 405 to 55 South.
  • Before 6:30 a.m. exit Fair Drive and turn right.
  • After 6:30 a.m. exit Victoria/ 22nd Street. Tuen left on 22nd. Turn left on Newport Blvd. Turn left on Fair Drive.
FAQs

HOW DO I CHANGE MY REGISTRATION FROM MARATHON TO 1/2 MARATHON OR 1/2 MARATHON TO MARATHON?
The ability to transfer to a different race length online will end on 3/23/19. After 3/23/19 participants will have to transfer to their preferred race (the OC 5K, half ,or full) at our expo by visiting the solutions table.
You will be able to continue to upgrade to the COMBO CRUSH through 4/28/19.

DO YOU ALLOW WHEELCHAIR &/OR HANDCYCLE PARTICIPANTS?
Yes. All chair participants must do the FULL Marathon and will begin at 5:28 AM. For wheelchair and hand cycle participants that expect to finish below 2:20, please contact race officials at [email protected]

I LOST MY CONFIRMATION, BUT I REGISTERED ONLINE, OR MY CHECK WAS CASHED
You do not need your confirmation. Registered participants will receive their bib numbers via email on Thursday, May 2, 2019. If a participant does not get a bib number via email or have a confirmation, no problem! Just grab your ID and head on over to the OC Fair & Event Center at the OC Lifestyle & Fitness Expo. When you get there, look up your name on the alpha lists (provided by Race Central) as you enter the Expo. Once a participant has a bib number, you will proceed to the corresponding registration table where you will need to provide a valid photo ID and sign the release waivers.

ARE THERE SHUTTLES?
Yes. Pre Race Shuttles will run from the Finish Line to the Start line between these hours:

Full Marathon Shuttles: From 3:00 am to 4:45 am

Half Marathon Shuttles: from 4:00 am – 5:45 am

5K Shuttles: Not applicable

Post Race Shuttles: For participants that park at the start line, there will be shuttle service back to the Start Line following the race. The shuttles will pick you up in front of Centennial Farms and drop you off at the start line.

Hotel Shuttles: If you are staying at a host hotel, or local hotel, you should have received a confirmation email upon booking your hotel with the shuttle times. If you did not, please click below and contact CTC.

CAN I PICK UP MY PACKET ON RACE DAY?
No. Each participant must either order the bib to be mailed to them in advance, or attend the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo on Friday May 3rd, 2019 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m or Saturday, May 4th, 2019 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and show their identification to pick up their own race bib, D-tag timing chip, technical shirt or t-shirt.

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. Click on the View Waiver orange button.

WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION ON RACE DAY?
For all questions and inquiries, participants and spectators can visit the Volunteer/Information Booth at the OC Fair and Event Center at the Finish Line.

Add COMBO CRUSH
View Waiver
Book Hotels
Confirm Registration
Transfer Registration
Participant Information

WILL THERE BE PERSONAL 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!

WILL THERE BE A PARTICIPANT LOST & FOUND?
Yes. Items of value that have been turned in will be located at the Volunteer Tent at the OC Fair & Event Center. Unclaimed items will be held at the OC Marathon offices for 30 days after the event and then donated to charity. You may email us at [email protected] through June 6, 2019 to check for your items and we can make arrangements to get it to you or for you to come by our offices to retrieve them. Anything still at our office after June 6, 2019 will be donated to charity. PLEASE NOTE: Any clothing or bags left at the start line will be collected immediately following the start of the race and donated to the Salvation Army. Please do not leave items at the start line.

WILL THERE BE SHUTTLES?
Pre Race Shuttles will run from the Finish Line to the Start line between these hours:

Full Marathon Shuttles: From 3:00 am to 4:45 am

Half Marathon Shuttles: from 4:00 am – 5:45 am

5K Shuttles: Not applicable

Post Race Shuttles: For participants that park at the start line, there will be shuttle service back to the Start Line following the race. The shuttles will pick you up in front of Centennial Farms and drop you off at the start line.

Hotel Shuttles: If you are staying at a host hotel, or local hotel, you should have received a confirmation email upon booking your hotel with the shuttle times. If you did not, please click here and contact CTC.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I TRY TO PARK IN PARKING LOTS THAT ARE NOT APPROVED EVENT PARKING LOCATIONS FOR THE OC MARATHON?
Please do not park in any area that is not designated The OC Marathon Event Parking area. In order to accommodate the normal traffic around Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, as well as accommodate for the heavy shopping traffic, we need to direct The OC Marathon traffic to the assigned lots. You run the risk of being towed should you choose to park in another area. Parking at any non-designated lot of the Marathon and Half Marathon will be at your own risk. Shuttle service will begin at 4:00 a.m. from the finish line area at the OC Fair and Event Center and continue through the Marathon and Half Marathon starting times. Visit Parking and Directions for detailed information.

WHAT IS THE TIME REQUIREMENT ON THE COURSE?
The participant on course time limit is 7 hours for the Full Marathon. Please note that the course will have a rolling re-opening that will be strictly enforced by the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Irvine Police Departments. Roads must reopen based on a 16 minute per mile pace.* Full marathon participants that do not reach the marathon/half marathon split (Mile 12) by 3 hours and 20 minutes (8:50 am) will be diverted to turn left at Mesa Drive and finish the half marathon course.

DROP OUT AND COURSE CLOSURE Runners unable to finish the race may stop at any water station along the course. The water station captain will alert the support vehicles to pick you up. Runners still out on the course when officials determine it is time to reopen the roads (approximately a 16-minute per mile pace) will be informed they are now a pedestrian and must obey all pedestrian traffic laws, stopping at red lights, using crosswalks, using sidewalks, etc. Once roads begin to reopen to vehicular traffic, course support, including water stations, course signage, mile markers, timing systems, and medical stations will close. Runners on the course after this time accept that they will be on their own and should plan accordingly, OR utilize the support vehicle to return to the finish line. The support vehicles will have printed directions for walkers to return to the finish line on their own.

WILL THERE BE PORTABLE RESTROOMS ON THE COURSE?
Yes.

WILL THIS BE A BOSTON QUALIFIER?
Yes, this race is a Boston qualifier.

ARE IPODS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
Yes.

WILL PHOTOGRAPHS BE TAKEN ALONG THE COURSE AND AT THE FINISH? IF SO, HOW CAN I ORDER THESE PICTURES?
Marathon Photos will be there on the course and at the finish line to capture you on the day of your big race. You will be notified via email (if it was provided on your registration form) when the photos are ready. After the event we will post a link to the Marathon Foto web site for your convenience.

AM I ALLOWED TO BRING MY BABY STROLLER JOGGER, OR HAVE MY FRIEND IN-LINE 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.

CAN WALKERS REGISTER FOR THE MARATHON? HALF MARATHON? 5K?
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.

IS THERE AN AGE CUTOFF FOR VOLUNTEERING?
We require ages 16 and older to volunteer. If they are younger, they must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the Volunteers Page to sign up for volunteer opportunities when available.

WHO ARE THE CHARITIES?
Please visit the Charity Partners Page for a complete listing of our 2018 Charity Partners. Please e-mail [email protected] if you would like to be put on the waiting list to be a 2019 official charity.

TEAMS AND RUNNING CLUBS
My employer wants information on having a team.

E-mail us at [email protected] and we will work with your employer to get you set up in our Running Club program. Details on this program can be found on our Running Clubs Page.

DO YOU HAVE MARATHON PACE GROUPS?
Yes. A Snail's Pace is the Official Pace Team for the 2015 OC Marathon. The complete list of pacers and their times can be found for the Half Marathon Pace Groups and on the Marathon Pace Group Page.

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