Surf City USA Marathon takes place along the beaches of Southern California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA, USA, since 1996. The marathon was previously known as Pacific Shoreline Marathon. Since 2002 it is known as Surf City USA Marathon. It is considered one of the best road race events in the country. The runners and wheelchair competitors cross the finish line which also includes live music as well as the sounds of the waves crashing along the shore throughout the course.
The event attracts over 20,000 participants annually. The marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. The field is limited to 2000 runners for the marathon.
Men: 6:30 am.
Women: 6:30 am.
To participate in Surf City USA Marathon you can register on the official website. Standard race package for the marathon costs $129 plus processing fee. The participant limit is 2,000 for the marathon.
Course / Route Map
The oceanfront course is a California dream. 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. 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. 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.
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. Starting on mile sixteen, the course leaves Pacific Coast Highway and continues on a beachfront running path paved right over the sand! Run all the way back to the pier. After turning at the pier, work your way up through the lifeguard station back to Pacific Coast Highway. 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!
Race Profile / Elevation Map
Highest point less than 100′ above sea level. Steepest course grade is approximately 6%.
Time Limits & Cutoffs
For the marathon the course limit is 6 hours, a pace of about 13:43 per mile. Course closes at 1:30 p.m. The marathon is timed using ChronoTrack Timing.
Men: Jacques Sallberg 2:24:56 (2009)
Women: Nadia Noorzia 2:57:19 (2006)
Prize Money & Awards
- Win the marathon with a course record and you will receive a $1,000 prize bonus! (Qualifying Rules Apply)
- The top male and female finishers will receive commemorative awards. Age division winners also receive special recognition. (1st through 5th in each age group)
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
- All participants will receive Long Sleeve Performance Shirt – Women’s Cut V-neck or Unisex Crew Neck Style
- Awarding Winning Signature Surfboard Medal (Finishers Only)
- FREE Photo Quality Finisher Certificate from brightroom (Finishers Only)
Water Stops & Refreshments
- Aid Stations include fresh water, Vitalyte sports drink, energy foods, and snacks.
- Clif Gel, Fig Newtons and Bananas – at Water Stations 3, 10B, 11, 12 and 13.
- At the finish line – fruit juices
Expected Race Day Weather
- Ave. Temp at the start: 48 degrees
- Average High for this date is around 66 degrees
- Average Low for this date is around 44 degrees