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Surf City Half Marathon - California's Classic Favorite

This award-winning course is considered one of the best half marathon courses in the country. As our most popular track, it is well known for being scenic and flat. Runners come from all over to experience this exhilarating run. Start along Pacific Coast Highway and pass by the famous Huntington Beach pier. Enjoy the beauty of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands as you start your turn. Kick it up a notch for the crowds at Main Street on your way to a monumental finish line moment!

More than 2,000 volunteers and several bands will be along the way cheering you on and making sure you have plenty of nourishment and energy!

Half Marathon Wave Start

In a wave start, runners start in groups of apporx. 1,000-1,200 at 2-3 minute intervals. Groups are organized according to their individual predicted finish times. This way you can run with others who are similar in speed. When you register you will be asked to enter your expected finish time and your bib will be assigned accordingly. Please note: there may be approximately 45 minutes between the first wave and the last wave. Click below for your Wave Start Time. You should arrive at the start line in time for your wave start interval. A wave start will allow you plenty of space along the course, at the aid stations and at the finish line, without affecting your chip time. All 1/2 Marathon participants need to complete the course by 1:30 p.m.


Course Highlights

  • Start Time 7:45 a.m. 
  • Participant Limit - approximately 17,000
  • The course time limit is approximately 5 - 5.5 hours - must finish by 1:30 p.m. regardless of wave start time.
  • Pace Groups available. 
  • Aid Stations include fresh water, Vitalyte fruit punch sports drink, energy foods, and snacks
  • Official finish times, finisher medals, and post-race refreshments cannot be guaranteed to any participants finishing over 6 hours.
  • An early start is not available.
  • USA Track & Field certified.
  • Highest point less than 100' above sea level
  • Live Results

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TRAINING-Half Marathon
Online Interactive Half Marathon Training
Price: $19.95

Surf City USA Interactive Half Marathon Training includes:
  • Training thru Race Day
  • Personal Workout Schedule
  • Individual Pace Chart
  • Interactive Training Log
  • Social Forum
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