The Beach Cities Challenge is a race series that includes 3 Southern California Marathons or Half Marathons – The Surf City Marathon, OC Marathon, and JetBlue Long Beach Marathon. Runners who complete any combination of half or full marathons in all 3 events consecutively will receive a special Beach Cities Medal. There is no additional challenge-registration required to enter the Beach Cities Challenge.
Runners must complete any combination of full or half marathons in each of the three events in consecutive order, starting with any of the three events. For example, if a runner starts the series at the Orange County Marathon in 2018, he/she must complete Long Beach 2018 and Surf City 2019 to qualify for the reward. If a person misses even one event in consecutive order, they need to start over to receive the Beach Cities Challenge Medal.
Upon completion of the 3rd race in the series, runners will automatically qualify to receive a special Beach Cities medal to recognize their achievement. This can be picked up in the finish area of each event. If you have already completed your challenge in Long Beach, Surf City, or OC Marathon, get it started again. New Beach Cities Challenge medals will be released annually.
If Surf City is your 3rd race in the challenge, be sure that your Beach Cities Qualifier status is verified when you visit us at the expo. You will use your bib as your ticket to pick up your fabulous medal at the Finish Line Festival.
Registration and Official Race Times:
There is no additional cost to register for and participate in the series. Simply register for each event as usual and your qualification will be automatic after your 3rd race. Be sure to register early using the same name and birth date for each race. Once a race has sold out, you will NOT be able to register. You must receive a finish time for each event qualify.
Confirm your Beach Cities Challenge status:
If you are completing your Beach Cities Challenge at the Surf City Marathon, please confirm your status prior to arriving at the Active Lifestyle EXPO.
The 2020 Beach Cities Challenge roster will be available in Late November 2019.
If you believe there is an error with your Beach Cities Challenge status, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name.
Note: only those that are eligible to pick up a medal at the Surf City Marathon are listed on the roster.
Double Dog Dare: Did you run Surf City 2019? Run OC 2019!
Coast for Miles
….and earn your reward!
Race Options to Earn Your Double Sided Medal:
2019 Surf City Half, PLUS 2019 OC Full, or
2019 Surf City Full, PLUS 2019 OC Half or Full (for the super ambitious!)
Double Dog Tag Reward Pick Up
The Double Dog Tag will be available for pick up after you finish your second event, either at the Surf City Marathon in February or at the OC Marathon in May. Dog tags will not be mailed, so if you qualify for the award, be sure to look on the website before that event and find out where to claim that beautiful prize!
If Surf City 2019 is your Final Event in the dare, your Double Dog Tag will be available AFTER the race in the Finish Festival Area at the Double Dog Dare table. Bow WOW TO YOU!
Beach Cities Challenge Runners
The Double Dog Dare is a great way to Double Dip with the Beach Cities Challenge! If you’re “Coasting for 39 Miles” in the Double Dog Dare, continue your quest and sign up for the 2019 JetBlue Long Beach Marathon and get your Beach Cities Challenge medal at JetBlue Long Beach in October. Go ahead – Double Dip!
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Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon
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