Helpful Travel Tips
Carpooling is fun!
Do you have friends who will be running in the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon? The easiest way to be able to save on stress and minimize traffic is by carpooling. Find runners in your area by connecting on our social media channels. The best way to carpool is to meet outside of Huntington Beach, park at a shuttle location and shuttle to the Start Line.
Drop Off / Biking
We have set aside a Drop Off ONLY location at Huntington Dr. and Atlanta Ave. There is no parking available at this intersection.
For those of you who live closer and would like to bike to the event, we will have bike racks available. Please note: there will be NO monitoring of the bikes. Please bring your own lock to ensure security. The race organizers are NOT responsible for lost or stolen items.
– Marathon runners should be parked no later than 5:40AM. The first wave will start at 6:30AM.
– Half Marathon runners should be parked no later than 6:20AM. The first wave will start at 7:45AM.
Please remember that this race will have 17,000+ participants, plus family and friends. There will be traffic. Please plan accordingly.
Please allow ample time for you to be able to travel to the parking lot of your choice, park, and shuttle to the Start Line. A great way to plan and see where you will park and shuttle on Race day, is to explore the area when you arrive at the Expo for Packet Pick Up. Please note that Beach Blvd. is the busiest street and should be avoided if possible for optimal traffic flow.
FROM THE NORTH 405 – DRIVING SOUTH
Exit at Warner or Brookhurst toward the beach. Travel south on Brookhurst to the beach lot (recommended). If you take Warner, turn south (toward the beach) on Magnolia, and park in the beach lot.
FROM NORTH PCH – DRIVING SOUTH
Turn left (inland) at Warner. Follow Warner all the way to either Newland or Magnolia. Turn south (toward the beach) and follow Magnolia all the way to PCH to the beach lot.
FROM SOUTH PCH – DRIVING NORTH
Turn left into the beach lot at Brookhurst, Newland, or Magnolia.
Ideally situated at the Surf City Marathon start line, the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, is also directly across the street from the Race Expo and the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. From bonfire packages to bike rentals, Naugles Tacos to beach chairs… there is plenty when you’re not racing. Our complimentary shuttle service to Pacific City and the downtown shopping and dining district is available to our guests at the top of every hour … just see the valet and be on your way! We also offer FREE washers and dryers for our guests (to keep you fresh as a daisy during your stay with us). For more package options and our best available rates, use the link below. Everything you need for the perfect race weekend is right here! Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort (Note: there is no group code or coupon code needed to reserve your room. Stop clicking around… your best rate in here!)
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You have several options when parking for the Surf City Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k. We highly recommend having more than one option on race day as our parking lots fill up FAST. Please make sure that you carefully read all street signs to avoid no parking areas.
Expo Parking: Friday & Saturday
The City of Huntington Beach Parking lot (enter off Beach Blvd & PCH) will have limited parking available, the fee is $15 per vehicle. Metered parking is also available along PCH for $1.50/hour, 2 hours max. Please bring exact change. Parking is also available at Pacific City for an additional fee.
Race Day Parking: Sunday
The City of Huntington Beach Parking Lot (enter off Beach Blvd and drive North into the lot) will be available to Surf City Marathon pass holders (VIP/Media/Vendors) and will have limited parking available for $15 on race day. Free parking with shuttle service is available at the State Beach Parking Lot (enter off Beach Blvd & PCH and drive South into the lot). Paid and Validated parking is available at Pacific City (see below) and other locations within walking distance to the race site. See Parking & Shuttle Map for locations.
Directly across from the race site, Pacific City offers underground parking.
Self-Parking: Self-Parking may be accessed from Pacific View Avenue, between 1st Street & Huntington Street.
– $2.00 for every 20 minutes
– $35.00 max at 6th hour
– Monday through Thursday, the first three (3) hours are complimentary (with a validation from participating merchants).
– Friday through Sunday, the first two (2) hours are complimentary (with a validation from participating merchants).
– Only one validation honored per ticket
Half Marathon Overflow Parking
In the event that our designated parking areas are full, we will have overflow parking available at Edison High School, located at the corner of Magnolia and Hamilton, with free shuttle service available pre and post race.
THERE WILL BE NO EVENT PARKING AT THE BEACH PROMENADE SHOPPING CENTER, NEWLAND SHOPPING CENTER, OR HOAG HEALTH CENTER. YOU WILL BE TOWED.
PLEASE NOTE: DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGES HAVE NOT FILLED UP IN THE PAST.
Race Day Shuttles
We will have FREE shuttle service from designated event parking lots indicated on the map, including Overflow Parking.
Race Day Shuttle
Shuttles are round-trip. Shuttle service will start at 5:00AM on Race Day and will service all lots until 1:30PM. Shuttles will come at approximately 15-minute intervals.
Hotel Shuttle Service
If you are staying at the Doubletree Club Hotel, they will be providing a shuttle on race morning.
Click HERE to view our Road Closure Map