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!)
We will have FREE shuttle service from most of the parking lots indicated on the map including Overflow Parking. Please refer to the map for shuttle stop locations. Shuttles are round-trip.
Expo Shuttle | Friday and Saturday
There will be an Expo shuttle that will operate from the state beach parking lots from 2:30PM to 7:30PM on FRIDAY and from 8:30AM to 5:30PM on SATURDAY.
Race Day Shuttle
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. All Local Hotels will be offering a Shuttle Service to the start line. All shuttles will return you to the same location that you were picked up at.
You have several options when parking for the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon. We highly recommend having more than 1 option as our parking lots fill up FAST. Please make sure that you CAREFULLY READ ALL STREET SIGNS.
THERE WILL BE NO EVENT PARKING AT THE BEACH PROMENADE SHOPPING CENTER OR HOAG. YOU WILL BE TOWED.
PLEASE NOTE: DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGES HAVE NOT FILLED UP IN THE PAST.
You will be able to park in the city of Huntington Beach as additional options. Parking rates for the lots are $15. Please bring exact change. NOTE: The state beach lots are NOT free on Friday and Saturday for the Expo, ONLY on Race Day. The cost of these lots are $6.50 for the first 2 hours, and an additional $2 for each hour after.
Directly across from the site: Will be offering “Underground Parking”.
Self-Parking: Self-Parking may be accessed from Pacific View Avenue, between1st Street & Huntington Street.
– $2.00 for every 20 minutes
– $35.00 max at 6th hour
– January 18 – April 30, 2017, the first three (3) hours are complimentary (with a validation from participating merchants).
– May 1 – December 31, 2017, 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 the following locations with shuttle service pre and post race: EDISON HIGH SCHOOL: Located at the corner of Magnolia and Hamilton
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