About the Event
About the Surf City Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

With oceanfront views for the Marathon, Half, 5K, and Kids Cowabunga Beach Challenge the only thing missing from Surf City USA’s exclusive coastal course is YOU!

February 2-4, 2018

Surf, sun, and run the longest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront anywhere on the West Coast.

Event Highlights

  • Event Highlights
    •    Oceanfront Marathon and Half Marathon Course on Pacific Coast Highway – Out and Back
    •    Award Winning Surfboard Medals for all distances. Kids, too!
    •    Average High Temperature on Race Day 68 degrees
    •    Long Sleeve Flashy Participant Shirts for Marathon & Half, Short Sleeve for 5K & Capes for the Cowabunga Kids
    •    2 FREE Beers at Sam Adam’s Sand Bar, public welcome to enjoy $5 beers at the beach bash! (21+, ID required)
    •    Live Surf Band Entertainment
    •    3 Day California Lifestyle Expo
    •    Free Live Athlete Alerts for Participants and their Fans
    •    Lots of Parking and FREE Shuttles to Start/Finish Areas

Athlete Alerts
Athlete Alerts


Let your friends and family follow your progress on the course! Follow the link to sign up for Athlete Alerts.

Packet Pickup

Kick-off Your Super Bowl Party and Celebrate at Surf City all weekend long!

Join us on Friday and Saturday for our Active Lifestyle Expo. Bring your friends and family and check out local vendors, enjoy 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
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, Half Marathon, or 5K. 

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

Please bring your photo ID and be sure you have signed your waiver on active.com (paper waivers will not be available onsite).  Should you be unable to attend you can have a friend pick up on your behalf. You will need to have signed your digital waiver and provide them with a copy of your photo ID and registration confirmation email. Packets will be available for pick-up during the hours listed below.

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


Shuttle Service
We will have FREE shuttle service from most of the parking lots indicated on the map including Overflow Parking. Please click here 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 | Sunday
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. Shuttles will return you to the same location that you were picked up at.



• Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
• 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 email us at [email protected] 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 your photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
• You must pick up your race packet and race number on Friday or Saturday at the Expo. Only those who selected the VIP upgrade will be allowed to pick-up on race morning.
• 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.

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 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. An 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 1/16/18. The purpose of a transfer is so that the original participant is able to receive a partial refund of their registration fees. In order for this to happen, the registration fee must be paid in full by the original participant. Once the recipient has accepted and completed the transfer, the original registrant will be canceled and refunded. Refunds are processed within 5-7 business days. The transfer fee is $25 and it will be deducted automatically from the refund.

“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

Registration for 2019 is Now Open
Run & Party on the Beach!

Registration is open for the 2019 Surf City Marathon and Half marathon. Run one of the most iconic courses in SoCal and then join us at the Sand Bar for post-race beverages!

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