Distances
Marathon
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Surf City Marathon Course Overview

This spectacular oceanfront course is an exclusive Southern California favorite! Run by the famous Huntington Beach pier and continue through scenic Huntington Central Park. You’re bound to see local surfers catching waves as you hit the beachfront running path at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

More than 2,000 volunteers and several surf bands will be along the way cheering you on and making sure you have plenty of nourishment and energy! Where else will you get cheers from a surfer?

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020

Marathon Start Time: 6:30 AM

Start/Finish Line: intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington St

Time Limit: 6 hours

 Included with your Marathon Registration:

  • Participant shirt
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Race bib and timing chip
  • Complimentary beer after the race (for finishers 21+ years old)

 

Description: Marathon by the Mile

Miles 1–2: Huntington Beach Pier & Main Street
Start on Pacific Coast Highway between the ocean and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Hotel. Running north, the Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street are less than a mile away. Look to the left to enjoy the famous Huntington Beach Pier. The next time you see it, you will be on the beachfront running path at mile 25!

Miles 2–9: Huntington Central Park
Just past the second-mile marker, at the first retro surf band station, turn inland on Seapoint and head for Huntington Central Park. On this stretch, you will encounter the course’s only incline, between miles 3 and 4. But take heart; there are hundreds of kids at the park, waiting to cheer you on! They love marathon runners and get up early every year to come to the park, hand out water and yell words of encouragement! These will be your biggest fans!Feeding off energy from the kids in the park, head down Seapoint back toward the ocean. Enjoy the ocean view all the way down to PCH.

Miles 9–15: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Just past mile nine, take a right on PCH and absorb the energy from the ocean! Breathe in the fresh sea air as you continue north on the highway. The Bolsa Chica Reserve wetlands roll out to the right. This 300-acre ecological wonder is a sanctuary for wildlife and migratory birds. Bolsa Chica, along with the rest of Huntington Beach, CA, has some of the nation’s best birding! Nearly half of the birds found in the U.S. have been seen in Huntington Beach. Sightings of great blue herons, snowy egrets and brown pelicans are common; lucky bird watchers can even spot a rare white pelican at the right time of the year.

Miles 16–25: Beachfront Running Path
Starting on mile sixteen, the course leaves Pacific Coast Highway and continues on a beachfront running path paved right over the sand! These are the same beaches where the legends of surf movies and music were made. Observe local surfers in their natural habitat with the waves crashing just yards away. Run all the way back to the pier, where a crowd of spectators will be cheering from above!

The Last Mile: A Spectacular Finish
After turning at the pier, work your way up through the lifeguard station back to Pacific Coast Highway. As you come on to the highway, you will be less than a mile from the finish line. It’s a straight shot from there, and the finish line banner is just ahead. Spectators line the highway to cheer you to the finish line!

Things to Know
About eight miles of the marathon course runs on the multi-purpose beachfront running path that winds through the legendary surfing beaches of Southern California. This public path is not part of the closed course and you may encounter walkers, bicyclists, and others who are not participating in the race. It is only 8 feet wide for a few stretches. 

Half Marathon
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Surf City Half Marathon – California’s Classic Oceanfront Course

This award-winning half marathon course is one of the best in the country. Our most popular track, is well known for being scenic and flat. Participants come from all over the globe to experience this exhilarating run. Start along Pacific Coast Highway and pass by the famous Huntington Beach Pier while more than 2,000 volunteers and several surf bands cheer you on. Enjoy the beauty of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands as you start your turn. Kick it up a notch for the crowds as you zoom past at Main Street on your way to a monumental finish line moment!

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020

Half Marathon Start Time: 7:45 AM

Start/Finish Line: intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington St

Time Limit: 4.5 hours

 

Included with your Half Marathon Registration:

  • Participant shirt
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Race bib and timing chip
  • Complimentary beer after the race (for finishers 21+ years old)

 

Description: Half Marathon by the Mile

Miles 1–2: Huntington Beach Pier & Main Street
Start on Pacific Coast Highway between the ocean and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Hotel. Running north, the Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street are less than a mile away. At the 5K start banner, look to the left to enjoy the famous Huntington Beach Pier. Downtown Main Street is where you will likely head after your race to watch the Super Bowl in one of the many idyllic beach bars.

Miles 2–5: Seapoint View
Just past the second-mile marker, at the first retro surf band station, turn inland on Seapoint and head toward Huntington Central Park. On this stretch, you will encounter the course’s only incline, between miles 3 and 4. Take your turn at the bluff, reenergize at the aid station and head down Seapoint back toward the ocean. Enjoy the ocean view all the way down to PCH.

Miles 5-7: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Just past mile five, take a right on PCH and absorb the energy from the ocean! Breathe in the fresh sea air as you continue north on the highway. The Bolsa Chica Reserve wetlands roll out to the right. This 300 acre ecological wonder is a sanctuary for wildlife and migratory birds. Bolsa Chica, along with the rest of Huntington Beach, CA, has some of the nation’s best birding! Nearly half of the birds found in the U.S. have been seen in Huntington Beach. Sightings of great blue herons, snowy egrets and brown pelicans are common; lucky bird watchers can even spot a rare white pelican at the right time of the year.

Miles 8-13.1: The Home Stretch
Just before mile eight at Warner, turn back south on Pacific Coast Highway. The blue waters of the Pacific Ocean stretch out to your right and you are getting your second wind. Feel the fresh ocean breeze and take in the spectacular view. It’s flat, it’s fast, and it’s all yours for the next five miles! Before you know it you are back at the pier, less than a half mile from the finish line. It’s a straight shot from there, and the finish line banner is just ahead. Spectators line the highway to cheer you to the finish!

Surf City is more than a race along Pacific Coast Highway!  It is an annual celebration for our community and we want to make sure EVERYONE can be a part of it.  Run PCH past Main Street and the Huntington Beach Pier before making the turn at Goldenwest and back toward the finish line!

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020

5K Start Time: 7:00 AM

Start/Finish Line: intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington St

Time Limit: 2 hours

 Included with your 5K Registration:

  • Participant shirt
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Race bib and timing chip
  • Complimentary beer after the race (for finishers 21+ years old)

 

Important: the 5K Distance does NOT apply towards the Longboard legacy program, Beach Cities Challenge, Double Dog Dare or any other challenges. You MUST enroll in the half or the full marathon to maintain your challenge status. 

Cowabunga Beach Mile
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Compete with your friends, family, and fellow runners in a 1-mile timed run on the award-winning sands of Huntington Beach!

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Beach Mile Start Time: 11:00 AM

Start/Finish Line: on the sand near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington St

Time Limit: 2 hours

 Included with your Beach Mile Registration:

  • Participant cape
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Race bib and timing chip
  • Complimentary beer after the race (for finishers 21+ years old)

 

Participants who complete the Cowabunga Beach Mile on Saturday and any race on Sunday (Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K) will receive a special Cowabunga Challenge medal!

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