CONGRATULATIONS SNAILS!! RACE DAY IS FINALLY HERE!! WOOHOO!!!
All your hard work is about to finally pay off!
Be very proud of yourselves and enjoy the moment!
*REMINDER - This is a point-to-point race!
Please arrive at the OC Fair Grounds no later than 3:30 AM!! You will want to be in line to get on board the 4 AM shuttle, if not, traffic and lines get long! You want to avoid being stressed out and late to the race starting line!
Also...be sure to park in the section of the parking lot that runs along Fairview Drive or YOU WILL GET STUCK until the end of the marathon!
FYI...Expo parking is $5 and race day parking is $10. If you are planning on parking at the Fairgrounds race morning, it is best to purchase a parking pass at the Expo...you will receive $5 OFF!
**You will be meeting your fellow Snails at 4:30 AM between the UPS personal bag drop and the porta potties. Coach Mike & Coach Cindy will be holding a sign with the RA logo. At 4:45 we will take a group photo, warm up, and then head over to the starting line corrals.
Unfortunately we will not be able to wait for you if you are late.
***Great news! There will be a special cheering/aid station near Mile 22 along Gisler where your fellow Snails will be routing you on and serving refreshments to give that little extra bit of energy and motivation to get you to the finish line! Look for the ASP tent and bright yellow ASPRA shirts!
****More great news! There will also be extra support for you once you cross the finish. ASPRA will be hosting a post-race celebration area for you, friends and family. We will have refreshments and complementary massages provided by Massage Envy
Be sure to check out the race website for all specific Expo and race day details:
This 2013 Full Marathon Course starts on Newport Center Drive loop in front of our Official Start Line Hotel, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive and travels through the beautiful coastal communities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana.
THE OC MARATHON CAN BE USED AS A QUALIFIER FOR ANY MARATHON IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE BOSTON MARATHON.
The start time for the Full Marathon is 5:30 a.m.
The first mile of the Marathon course includes a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific Ocean before winding through the seaside village of Corona del Mar including the spectacular Ocean Blvd. with cliff side views of Big Corona del Mar State Beach. It traverses down Bayside Drive, past the Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs and homes and boats of Newport Harbor. Exceptional views await runners at the bluffs overlooking the Upper Newport Bay Estuary Reserve as are the supportive cheers of neighborhood residents. Marathoners continue into the heart of Orange County, Costa Mesa, passing by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, around South Coast Plaza. New for this year, runners hear the cheers from students as you go past one of our largest participating schools in our kids program with over 400 kids, then run through the campus of Segerstrom High School. One more mile in Santa Ana before turning onto the Santa Ana River Trail for 1.5 miles before exiting at Gisler foot-bridge. Also new this year, runners will go through beautiful Mesa Verde neighborhoods and then the "Bird Streets", providing you with that much needed support on the home stretch towards the OC Fair & Event Center.
The Full Marathon course is net downhill in elevation from start to finish. The first 6.5 miles will be extremely fast with only minor inclines. Mile 6.5 to 7.0 is the only significant hill on the course taking the runners from 15 feet to 75 feet. The course is then mostly flat through mile 10.5 with a couple rolling hills to 11.5. There is another 45' incline at mile 14.5 over the 405 overpass and a 40' incline slightly over 1/4 of a mile in length at mile 23 after. These are all relatively small hills.
Water Stations: Water will be available at miles 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 13, 14.5, 15.5, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.
Energy Drink: Gatorade® will be available at miles 4, 6, 7, 8.5, 11.5, 14.5, 15.5, 18, 20, 21, and 24.
Medical Aid Stations: Medical aid will be available at miles 6, 9.5, 14.5, 20, and 24 as well as at the Finish Line. If participants need to drop out of the race for any reason, they are advised to report to the nearest water station or medical station on the course and inform them that they will not be completing the race. There will be a SAG Wagon to pick up "downed" runners and take them to the nearest station for treatment and/or transportation.
KOOL 'N FIT Spray Stations: Located as you approach "the wall" between mile 10 and mile 19, rejuvenate those tired and aching muscles at the KOOL 'N FIT SPORT Spray Station, the only ALL NATURAL Muscle Conditioning Spray. Since 1984, athletes all over the world have been spraying themselves down - Before, During, and After - competition with Kool 'N Fit Sport to "compete at their peak!"
Energy Gel: CLIF SHOT® Energy Gel will be available at miles 10.5 and 20. CLIF SHOT® Cheer Team will be on the course to cheer you to your finish.
This Full Marathon starts at one location and finishes at another location.
Start Lines: All Start Line maps, parking lots and other details can be found on ourParking/Directions Page.
Finish Line: All Finish Line maps, parking lots and other details can be found on ourParking/Directions Page.
The Full Marathon will Finish at the OC Fair and Event Center. After crossing the Finish Line, participants will enter the secure runners' area and receive their medal. As finishers continue through the secure area they will come to the Post Food & Fluid (PF&F) area. Returning for 2013 is a dedicated Marathon Participant PF&F to ensure all the great replenishment is available for all our Marathon participants. Once runners exit this area, they will not be allowed to return.
The on course time limit is 7 hours for the Full Marathon. Please note that the course will have a rolling re-opening that will be strictly enforced by the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Irvine Police Departments. Roads must reopen based on a 16 minute per mile pace. Any participants arriving at an intersection after the 16 minute pace may be required to use the pedestrian pathways and observe all pedestrian laws. After reopening, course markings, police services, portable restrooms, water stations may be removed from the course.
There is no specific Family Reunion Area, however, there will the OC Marathon Finish Festival with entertainment, food and drink in the Main Mall in front of the Hangar area. We recommended that participants discuss a reunion plan with family and friends prior to the race. 2013 Finish Line Festival Map.
Visit the Cheering\Entertainment Page for more information on where you can cheer on your family and friends.
Course StatsDistance:26.2 m.Start Elevation:218 ft.End Elevation:62 ft.Calories (130 lbs):2612Calories (180 lbs):3617
OC Marathon Course Map
Note the different bubbles for "Mile Markers" and "Water Stations".
Good luck and have fun!