About the Surf City Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

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

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 Participant Shirts for Marathon & Half Participants
  • •    Short Sleeve Shirts for 5K
    •    FREE Beer at Sunday’s Sand Bar presented by Michelob-Ultra, friends and family welcome! (21+ with ID)
    •    Live Surf Band Entertainment
    •    3 Day California Lifestyle Expo
    •    Complimentary Live Athlete Alerts for Participants and their supporters
    •    Lots of Parking and FREE Shuttles to Start/Finish Areas

Athlete Alerts


Let your friends and family follow your progress on the course! Check back here 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 is available for VIP Participants, and for standard participants for an additional fee.

If you are unable to attend, someone else may pick up for you. They are only allowed to pick up for two other people. Items required:

  1. Copy of driver’s license or photo ID. Electronic copies (e.g. a picture of the ID on a smartphone are accepted).
  2. Ensure you’ve signed your online waiver. You had the opportunity to sign your waiver during registration. To check if you’ve signed your waiver, please log into your myevents.active.com account and select Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon. You will see a red “Sign Waivers” bar if you have not yet signed your waivers.

Expo Hours

Friday, January 31, 2020 – 1PM to 7PM
Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 10AM to 4PM
Sunday, February 2, 2020 – Finish Line Festival 6AM to 2PM

*Expo Hours may change.


Shuttle Service
We will have FREE shuttle service from most of the parking lots indicated on the map including Overflow Parking. The 2020 Shuttle Stop Map is coming soon! Shuttles are round-trip.

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 approximately 20-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.



• You must be at least 13 years old to participate in the Half Marathon.

• You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Marathon.
• You must be in good health.
• Race numbers are required to participate.
• Medals and/or shirts will only be mailed to participants of the Virtual Run.
• No bikes, in-line skates, skateboards or dogs will be allowed on the course.

Event Cancellation + Transfer Policy

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 the 2020 event. Deferrals must be processed by the registration team and an administration fee of 50% of the 2020 registration fee will be charged. The deferral will expire after the 2020 event and you will not be able to defer your registration again. Deferrals must be requested by emailing registration@motivsports.com prior to January 19th, 2020.

Transfers: You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. However, bib transfers are allowed for an administration charge of $25 and must be processed through your ACTIVE MyEvents account no later than January 30th, 2020. If you transfer your bib, you will receive a refund (minus the $25 administration charge) once the new participant signs up. The new runner will need to pay the full entry fee at the time of the transfer.  This process is in place to avoid any fraudulent sales of race numbers.

Log into your MyEvents.ACTIVE.comaccount and select “Transfer registration” to begin the process.

Purchase Event Insurance: Booking Protect offers Registration Protector, which provides insurance to runners in many emergency and injury situations. This must be purchased at the time of registration, and cannot be retroactively added. If an event occurs that is covered under their policy, you would need to file a claim to receive a full race refund.

For questions and inquiries regarding submitting an insurance claim, please contact Booking Protect using the following methods.

Submit a Refund Application: https://bookingprotect.com/refund/
General Customer Service: https://bookingprotect.com/contact-us/

Virtual Run: If you cannot attend the race in person you may run the half marathon or marathon “virtually” and still receive the same perks.  To run virtually you must upgrade your registration to the virtual option for $10.  Log into your MyEvents.ACTIVE.com account and select “Purchase merchandise” to select the Virtual Upgrade option.  Visit the “Virtual Run” section on the Distances page of our website for full information on participating as a Virtual Runner.

“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

#RunThisBeach Feb 2, 2020!
Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

The biggest party on the beach returns on February 2, 2020! Join us for SoCal sunshine, Pacific ocean views, and a post-race beach party you don't want to miss!

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