HELPFUL TRAVEL TIPS
CARPOOLING IS KEY
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, then 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.
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 6:00AM. 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!)
7 Hutton Center Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Nine Miles to the Start/Finish Line
Surf City Marathon Rate of $152 on Saturday and $119 on Friday and Sunday nights.
Includes Shuttle to/from event for up to two guests
Book a room for the Half Marathon by clicking the following link:
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Book a room for the Marathon by clicking the following link:
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OR Book a room by calling 1-877-252-3646
Be sure to mention Surf City Marathon
The DoubleTree Club by Hilton Orange County Airport is located lakeside in the heart of Orange County and 1 mile from John Wayne Airport. We are minutes away from Southern California’s beautiful beaches, Disneyland Resort Anaheim and world class shopping making our hotel your perfect location.
Surf City Marathon Rate includes: Complimentary Breakfast Buffet included daily, Complimentary Self-Parking, Complimentary Shuttle to and from John Wayne Airport and Shuttle Service to and from the Marathon for two guests.
Only the Surf City Marathon rate of $152 booked under the Surf City Marathon group blocks will include shuttle service to and from the Marathon for 2 people. Additional guest shuttle service for $10 per person (4 person max per room) will be added to Saturday room rate based upon availability at the time of booking only. Shuttle service will not be available if booked outside the marathon blocks.
RACE WEEKEND SPECIALS
Saturday, February 3 – Lakeside Bistro is pleased to offer a Carb Load Dinner Buffet.
Buffet will be served in our restaurant from 5pm – 9pm. Cost is $15.95 per person
Sunday, February 4 – Lakeside Bistro will be ready with cold breakfast buffet served at 4:30am and hot breakfast buffet at 5:30am to accommodate our Marathon Runners.
Sunday, February 4 – After an amazing run, relax and enjoy the big game in our Lakeside Bistro Lounge. We will be offering food & drink specials for Super Bowl!
Additionally, if you are staying at the Doubletree Club, they will be providing a shuttle to the start line on race morning.
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 (see below).
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 10 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