About the Event
About the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

Runners Love to Visit Surf City USA (Especially in February!) Below is a quick video that highlights all fun the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon has to offer.

Surf, sun, run! Mild winter weather accompanied by miles of wide, sandy California beaches, as far as the eyes can see. 10 miles, to be exact – the longest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront anywhere on the West Coast – and home of the ideal winter marathon and half marathon.

HB’s long stretch of coastline is perfect for your Southern California “run- beach” vacation. These California beaches are some of HB’s greatest attributes, and it shows in the clean and safe reputations of both the sand and water.

Find out more information about all of our beautiful Southern California beaches and get a head start in planning your next marathon adventure around the perfect California beach vacation.

Event Highlights

Event Highlights
•    Oceanfront Marathon and Half Marathon Course on Pacific Coast Highway – Out and Back
•    Award Winning Surfboard Medals for all Finishers
•    Average High Temperature on Race Day 68 degrees
•    Long Sleeve Flashy Participant Shirts
•    FREE Beer Garden
•    Live Surf Band Course Entertainment
•    3 Day California Lifestyle Expo
•    Free Live Runner Tracking for Participants and their Fans
•    Lots of FREE Parking and FREE Shuttles to Start/Finish Areas

Packet Pickup

Kick start the Super Bowl Weekend Celebrations at Surf City!

We’re celebrating the greatest race, on the greatest day in America, and we want to celebrate with you – all weekend long! Join us on Friday and Saturday for our Active Lifestyle Expo. Bring your friends and family and check out all the local vendors, enjoy some free sampling, maybe some last minute shopping and more! With a wide variety of exhibitors including the latest in run technology, nutrition, fitness, as well as local Huntington Beach businesses, it’s an exciting and interactive Expo that’s free to the public and has something for the whole family (YES Kids too!!)

Important Runner Notice

All runners must attend the Active Lifestyle Expo to pick up their race number, event tee, tote and any other items you may need to compete in the Surf City Marathon or Half Marathon. 

RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE (unless a Surf City VIP Registration has been purchased)!

Please bring your ID and your signed waiver. All runners must pick up their own bib during the hours listed below.


Come pick up:
– your bib & timing chip
– your shirt
– your tote bag!

Visitors: Join the fun!

The more the merrier, this is a family-friendly expo that is free and is fun for the entire family. Make it a Fun Family day!

Expo Hours

Friday, February 2, 2018 – 1PM to 7PM
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 9AM to 5PM
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Finish Line Festival 6AM to 12PM


• Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Should you not be able to attend the event, please email us at [email protected]
• If you are already registered for the event, you may transfer or upgrade from one category to the other, AS LONG AS THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE in the race in which you want to transfer. Please see below to submit your request.
• If you attempt to sell your race number, you may not be able to participant in future events.
• You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon.
• You must be in good health.
• You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
• You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the Expo.
• Race numbers are required to participate.
• Medals and/or shirts will not be mailed out.
• No bikes, in-line skates, skateboards or dogs will be allowed on the course.

2018 Registration is Open!
February 2-4, 2018

Join us on February 4, 2018! Secure your spot to run SurfCity and join us for the Greatest Race on the Greatest Day in America!

Register Now


Shuttle Service
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.

Transfers + Cancellations

Entry fees are non-refundable.
We appreciate you, as our customer, and understand that sometimes you just can’t make the race. We have created a great policy that offers you several different options, in the event you cannot attend on race day. You may choose only one of the options below:

Defer Your Entry: You may defer your entry to another date or event within the Surf City event portfolio. Deferrals are allowed and must be processed by the Event registration manager. An administration fee of $25 will be charged in the event you defer. Deferrals expire after 12 months. Athlete may request a deferral by submitting an email request prior to January 1, 2018.

Purchase Event Protection: Booking Protect is offered through the ACTIVE Network, and provides insurance to runners so that they can get their entry fees back if they can’t participate in running events for covered reasons. The product, called Booking Protect is located in the registration path on Active. All refunds and claims will go through Booking Protect.

Transfers: You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Bib transfers are allowed for an administration charge of $25 and must be processed through the ACTIVE Network registration portal no later than 12/15/17.

“I always love the race course, amount of water stations, volunteers, and organization! Been doing it for 4 years and will continue doing it as long as I can!” Claudia from Santa Ana, CA

“The medal is fantastic, huge and heavy and has all my runner and non-runner friends jealous ? The finisher shirt is another great swag item and is beautifully designed. There is a fun Surf City reusable tote bag that you get with your race packet from the Race Expo too, that can help hold all the awesome goodies you receive from the expo.” @NIkkiRunsPCH from Edgerton, WI

“One of the finest in California! Very well organized (and publicized) event. Love the Beach Cities Challenge, of which this race is a part of. Event Expo was awesome. Easy to navigate, well staffed. Great vendors, generous with freebies. Can’t ask for a better venue along PCH in Huntington Beach.” @ecbatana from San Clemente, CA

Event Partners

We’re proud to partner with these great brands to bring you an incredible event experience. Whether you’re drenched in sweat, dressed in costume or immersed in music, you've worked hard to get there and deserve to have the best time possible.
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