Surf City Marathon, The Waterfront Beach Resort Announce Expanded Partnership
Headquarter Hotel to host race day VIP hospitality on Sunday, February 3, 2019
HUNTINGTON BEACH – January 22, 2019 – The Surf City Marathon and The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel today announced an expanded partnership for the 2019 event. Featuring a scenic course that showcases the Huntington Beach oceanfront, the marathon annually attracts more than 17,000 runners and will take place the weekend of February 1-3, 2019.
“We are delighted to serve as the headquarter hotel and host the VIP hospitality experience for the 2019 Surf City Marathon,” said Paulette Fisher, General Manager of the resort. “There is not a better destination in the world for a sunshine -infused outdoor weekend than Huntington Beach. Runners can look forward to our beautiful weather, an iconic destination and a Super Bowl Sunday tradition unlike any other.”
The Waterfront Beach Resort recently completed a $140 million renovation, which added a new tower and a lot of new options for runners including Drift a Waterfront Spa and Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge. The resort is conveniently located across the street from the expo, start line and finish line festival, all taking place just steps away from the sand.
“With so many athletes traveling from out-of-town, a conveniently located headquarter hotel is such a valuable part of the runner experience,” said Tiffany Adams, Event Manager. “We’ve put a lot of time into upgrading our VIP hospitality this year and a limited number of VIP packages remain available. Our goal is to provide a participant with the ability to experience a first class, behind the red rope experience that epitomizes all that Surf City USA has to offer.”
Race day hospitality packages include VIP parking, private gear check, indoor restrooms, pre-race stretching area, a recovery lounge with post-race massage, commemorative gift, food, refreshments and front of the line access to the Sand Bar. Limited VIP packages are available for $375 and current registered runners can upgrade their existing race registration for $275. Participants can also bring a spectator guest to the VIP area for $75. To purchase a VIP package, visit http://bit.ly/runsurfcityvip
Event weekend kicks off with an Active Lifestyle Expo on Friday, February 1 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the main Huntington Beach Parking Lot, across from The Waterfront Beach Resort. The interactive expo will showcase vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and fitness apparel.
New in 2019, event weekend will feature a one mile race on the beach. Dubbed as the “Cowabunga Challenge,” the mile on the sand will take place on Saturday, February 2 at 11:00 am and is open to runners of all ages. Finishers of the mile race will receive a free beer (21+) medal and exclusive finishers’ cape. Runners who complete both the mile on Saturday and either the 5k, half-marathon or marathon on Sunday will receive a commemorative football.
Race day begins on Sunday at 6:30am with the marathon, half-marathon and 5k. Runners enjoy one of the most scenic race courses in the United States with spectacular views along the route. Event weekend concludes with a finish line festival and Sand Bar presented by Michelob Ultra. Each runner gets one free beer to celebrate their achievement with live entertainment before the big game on Sunday afternoon.
About the Surf City Marathon
The Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon will take place the weekend of February 1-3, 2019. The event recognized as the one of the most scenic race route in the western hemisphere, showcasing miles of oceanfront views and an expansive finish line festival on the beach. The scenic course will give runners a first-class tour of Huntington Beach with the convenient start and finish line located just steps from the sand. A two-day Active Lifestyle Expo kicks off race weekend in Huntington Beach Parking Lot, across from The Waterfront Beach Resort on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2. The expo will have numerous vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and informational clinics. The event culminates with a post-race Sand Bar presented by Michelob Ultra, with entertainment, food trucks and fun as participants celebrate their accomplishments. Further information about the Surf City Marathon can be found online at RunSurfCity.com.
Dan Cruz, 619-925-7671
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