This event has been rescheduled from 07 Feb 2021
Beitreten Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon
The Surf City USA Marathon is a runner’s dream. Taking place on the morning of Superbowl Sunday, the first Sunday in February, the oceanfront course takes you through the best of Huntington Beach. From Pacific Coast Highway to Central Park, the mostly flat course is perfect for new marathoners and is even used by some as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Each year, thousands of runners and their families come to enjoy this annual tradition.
In addition to the full marathon, the event includes a half marathon and a health and safety expo at the beach. Registration for the marathon opens in late spring each year. Marathon registrations and hotels do sell out; advance reservations are highly recommended. For more information about the Surf City USA marathon, visit their website.The Surf City USA marathon is just one of many running events in Huntington Beach. Throughout the year, events such as the annual Turkey Trot, Surf City 10 Miler, and more are held here. Those who prefer a slower pace can join one of the many charitable run/walks such as Walk Like MADD, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and the Relay for Life.
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!
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