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Let's Hang Ten or 13.1 Surf City Half Marathon Goal Race!

Congratulations Snail Dudes and Dudettes!

Time to break out those surf boards along with your running shoes!

Your Surf City Half Marathon Goal Race is here!! Woohoo!!

*All Snails will be meeting before the race at 7:00 AM!

We will meet at the ASP Running Club and FORMA tents.

Arrive early!! BEING PARKED no later than 5:00 AM and carpooling with your fellow Snails is highly recommended!!!

There will be 20,000 runners, plus their friends and family...there will be a lot of traffic and stress if you do not arrive by 5:00 AM!!

*7:15 AM group photo, a brief warm up, then off to the starting line.

**For your convenience, our FORMA Team Doctors & SCU Interns will be providing pre and post-race massage, taping, and adjustments to all our Snails. This will ensure you receive all the medical support you need on your big day!

***We will also have a cheer/aid station at the turnaround located at Mile 8! Woohoo!!

Here is a link to the race website:

Race Information

Surf City - California’s Classic Oceanfront Marathon/Half Marathon 
Weekend Events 

California Lifestyle Expo – Packet Pick Up 

Friday, January 31st  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday, February 1st  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Race Day – Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 
Full Marathon Start  6:30 a.m. 
Half Marathon Start  7:45 a.m. Wave Start (15 waves) 

All races start on Pacific Coast Highway at Huntington Street in front of the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, at 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, California. 

The finish line is about 300 yards north of the start also on Pacific Coast Highway. 

Please no backpacks on the course (other than authorized medical/course assistants). 

Weather Conditions 
Average High for this date is around 66 degrees 
Average Low for this date is around 44 degrees 



With 20,000 total participants, expect very heavy traffic race morning. Please allow extra time for parking and walking to the start line. Free shuttles will be available from most major parking areas on map. All events will start on time. Download the parking map and drive your race day parking route when you come to the expo. Race morning is a difficult time to find out where to park. Plan ahead! 

CARPOOLING IS KEY – If everyone carpools at least 4 riders to a car, race morning traffic and parking will be a breeze. Use Twitter, Facebook, and Pickup Pal to meet other runners ready to carpool. We recommend meeting your traveling partners outside of Huntington Beach at other locations such as various Park and Ride lots near the freeway, then proceeding to a shuttle location to park and shuttle to the race area. Check the parking map for lots and shuttle locations. 
RIDESHARE with Pickup Pal 
Please minimize the number of cars in the event area - try to get at least 4 people in every car! Use the Pickup Pal service to find carpools, share rides, costs, and make it easier to park. Hundreds of runners will be taking advantage of Pickup Pal to find others who want to carpool. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP 

RECOMMENDED! CLOSEST TO START LINE - GET DROPPED OFF - Convenient drop off areas for the Half Marathon are located on Pacific View and Atlanta, behind the Hilton Hotel. 

BIKE RACKS - Non-monitored bike parking is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bike parking is located on the beach path behind the expo (close to the start line). Local residents are encouraged to ride their bikes. Bring your own lock. We are not responsible for your bike. Please locate bike rack areas on the parking map. 

SHUTTLES - Free round trip shuttle service will be available from most major parking areas shown on the map. Post race shuttles will pick up in the same location where you are dropped off. Shuttles will start running at 5:00 AM and will service all lots until 1:30 PM. During peak times, shuttles will be 10 minutes apart. 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY SHUTTLE - There will be an Expo shuttle bus that will operate from the State Beach parking lot to the Hyatt bridge, from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Friday and from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on Saturday. 

PARKING FEES - The city beach lots north of Beach Blvd on PCH are free for expo parking on Friday and Saturday only. On Race Day, these lots and the downtown city lots charge a $10 fee upon entrance. The city beach lot at Beach Blvd. is close to the start line and is well worth the $10 if you get there early enough to get a spot. This lot is directly across from the Hyatt Resort Hotel. The State beach lots south of Beach Blvd. will be open during the expo on Fri-Sat and cost $6.50 for the first 2 hours plus $2 for each additional hour. These lots are FREE on RACE DAY ONLY. 

FREE PARKING - The state beach lots south of Beach Blvd., including Newland, Magnolia, and Brookhurst are all free on RACE DAY ONLY. Other free areas include much of the street parking between Beach Blvd. and Huntington Street, east of Pacific Coast Highway. Look on the map and plan your street parking location while visiting the expo. NOTE: If you park at a metered parking spot, you must pay the parking fees or expect to be ticketed. 

No event parking will be allowed at the Beach Promenade Shopping Center located at Beach Blvd and Atlanta in Huntington Beach. Property managers will tow cars as soon as you walk off the premises. 


The early start time allows for marathon participants to get to the beach lots closest to the start and finish area (SEE MAP). Marathon runners should plan to be parked by 5:40 a.m. The city lot at Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway is the closest to the start line. Enter the lot at Beach Blvd. and turn right (north) toward the footbridge that crosses over Pacific Coast Highway near Beach Blvd. FEES: $10 upon entrance. Please BRING EXACT CHANGE. 


Please check the Parking and Shuttle Map at the top of the page to see recommended parking areas.  

The beach lots on Pacific Coast Highway, south of Beach Blvd. are the primary parking areas. They include shuttle service and are FREE on RACE DAY ONLY. Please review the yellow areas on the parking map for access routes to these lots at PCH and Beach Blvd., PCH and Newland, PCH and Magnolia, and PCH and Brookhurst. THESE LOTS WILL FILL BY 6:30 AM. 

Drive your parking route when you go to the expo to pick up your packet so you know where you are going race morning. 

Directions to Beach Lots 
Please allow 1.5 hours to arrive, park, and shuttle 
There are several ways to get to all parking areas. Beach Blvd. is the busiest street for this event and should be avoided into the beach lots if possible. Enter the Beach parking lots from Magnolia, Brookhurst, or Newland. 

Driving South on 405   
Exit at Beach Blvd. Turn right (south) on Beach (toward the beach). IMPORTANT: If you hit traffic on Beach, turn left on Atlanta and take Magnolia, Brookhurst, or Newland to PCH into the beach lot (recommended). 

Driving South on PCH 
Turn left (inland) at Warner. Follow Warner all the way to either Newland or Magnolia. Turn south (toward the beach) and follow Magnolia all the way to PCH to the beach lot. Find Shuttle Stop on map. 

Driving North on 405 
Exit at Warner or Brookhurst toward the beach. Travel south on Brookhurst to the beach lot (recommended). If you take Warner, turn south (toward the beach) on Magnolia, and park in the beach lot. Find the Shuttle Stop on the map. 

Driving North on PCH 
Turn left into the beach lot at Brookhurst, Newland, or Magnolia. Find the Shuttle Stop on the map. 

DOWNTOWN PARKING STRUCTURES – Main Street and Walnut, and 6th Street. GOOGLE MAP

HUNTINGTON BEACH CIVIC CENTER – 2000 Main Street. Shuttle to Start Line. 



Other free areas include much of the street parking between Beach Blvd. and Huntington Street, east of Pacific Coast Highway. Look on the map and plan your street parking location while visiting the expo. NOTE: Some of these spaces are metered. If you park at a metered parking spot, you must pay the parking fees or expect to be ticketed. 


EDISON HIGH SCHOOL - at the corner of Magnolia and Hamilton, south of the race area. 





Packet Pick Up and Race Bibs

You need three things to pick up your race bib at the expo - your bib number, your signed waiver, and your ID. Race Numbers and Packets must be picked up during the 


 on Friday or Saturday.  Runners must show ID and sign a waiver to pick up their bib number and timing tag. NOTE: To pick up a friend or family member's race packet you will need a copy of their ID, their participant waiver SIGNED by them, and a note giving you permission to pick up their packet. There can be NO exceptions to this policy. Save some time at the expo by preprinting and signing your waiver -



 to bring to the expo.

Packet Pick up Expo Hours

Friday, January 31st; 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, February 1st; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.There is NO race day packet pick up.

Expo Location

The expo is located in the beach parking lot across Pacific Coast Highway from the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort at 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California 92648.

Friday & Saturday Shuttle 

There will be an Expo shuttle bus that will operate from the State Beach parking lot to the Hyatt bridge, from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM, on Friday, and from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, on Saturday.

Transfer Requests

We can accommodate transfer requests from the marathon to the half or the half to the full only as long as there are spaces left in the race in which you want to transfer. Please read our 


Race Bibs

You must wear your race bib at all times during the race. Runners without a bib will NOT be allowed on the course or in the start/finish area. If you purchase a race bib from someone else, you are NOT considered an official registrant and will NOT be allowed on the course.

Complete all emergency information on the back of your bib.Race bib MUST be visible and worn on the FRONT and outside all clothing during the entire race.Your race bib is non-transferable and may only be worn by YOU.Runners wearing someone else's bib will not be allowed on the course.

Securely fasten your number to your shirt.


If you are part of one or more of these groups, CHECK YOUR RACE BIB CAREFULLY for these logos. You will need these logos on your race bib to claim your special rewards and merchandise. If you think you qualify for one of these programs and the correct logos are not on your race bib, report to the Solutions table right away for a correction.

Beach Cities Challenge Qualifiers

If this is your third race in the Beach Cities Challenge (you finished both OC and Long Beach in 2013), your race bib should have the Beach Cities logo on it. Pick up your bling AFTER you finish your race on SUNDAY inside the main expo tent in the Beach Cities booth. Then go show off to your friends! Yeah, you did!!

Race Timing 

The Marathon and Half Marathon will be timed using the Chrono Track Tag Timing system. When you pick up your bib number, your timing device tag will be attached to your bib. The tag will easily detach from your bib number and you'll attach it to your shoe before your race. Chrono Track's tags are disposable which means there is no chip to return and you'll avoid the hassle of removing your chip after the race in the finish line. PERSONAL TIMING CHIPS WILL NOT WORK WITH THIS TIMING SYSTEM.

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 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 40 minutes between the first wave and the last wave. During race week, we will post a Wave Start Time Table so you can estimate your starting 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 or the time you have to complete the race. All 1/2 Marathon participants need to complete the course by 1:30 p.m. 


Course HighlightsStart Time 7:45 a.m. Participant Limit - approximately 15,000The 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 sports drink, energy foods, and snacksOfficial 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

Good Luck and Have Fun Snails!! 

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  • Joy W.

    Just wanted to wish you all good luck tomorrow Snails!! Looks like it's going to be a beautiful morning at the beach! Woohoo!!

    Reminder…the Snail tent will be at the start/finish line until 12:30. If you leave any gear there (at you own discretion)…don't forget to pick it up before then. Also, FORMA & SCU will be there for pre & post race massage, taping, & icing…be sure you are wearing your Snail shirt or hat so you can take advantage of this awesome service!!

    February 1, 2014

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