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Surf City Marathon Sunday, February 2, 2014

Huntington Beach, Calif. -- Surf City USA Marathon annual 26.2 mile marathon travels along a beautiful oceanfront course, starting and finishing on Pacific Coast Highway. Marathon 7am - Last years Marathon attracted participants from over 40 states and around the world to enjoy Orange County, California's only Marathon. Featuring an extremely fast and beautiful USA Track & Field certified course, it has become a popular Boston Marathon qualifier.

The route takes you along the Pacific Ocean, passing through State Parks and City Beaches with scenic views of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Ecological Reserve. It takes in several miles through Orange County's largest municipal park, the shady and tree lined Huntington Beach Central Park that includes lakes around the HB Central Library. Finally, the course includes magnificent beachfront homes and equestrian neighborhoods and the new Orange County Regional Park site adjacent to the beautiful Seacliff County Club before finishing at the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Amphitheater in a spectacular oceanfront setting.  Half Marathon 7am  The Half Marathon has become one of the premier Half Marathon's in the United States and a popular tune-up race for the Los Angeles Marathon. Over 3,500 participants took part in last year's event that takes in much of the same beautiful course as the full Marathon. 5K Run/Walk 8:30am  The 5K Run and Walk is an entirely oceanfront route with a net elevation change of less than 10', making it as fast a 5K course as any in the world. A great way to participate in the Festival of Marathon events and enjoy being a spectator at the Marathon finish. Surf Kids Mile 10am  Kids of all ages are encouraged to join in the fun by participating in the Surf Kids Mile Run. All children will receive a really cool finisher medallion and be part of the fun. Surf City Health & Fitness Expo If you are a past event participant, there will be a slight change. The marathon venue will now stage from the beautiful new Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa Resort and Spa located at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, about .7 of a mile south of the Huntington Beach Pier where the event used to take place. The start/finish line will be at the dramatic bridge spanning Pacific Coast Highway to the beach in front of the Hyatt property located at 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California 92648 USA. Friday,

 3pm - 7pm / Saturday,

9am - 6pm / Race Day Expo 7am - 2pm Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa Super Carbo-Load party Carbo load with your marathon mates and friends. The menu will include several styles of pasta, chicken, salad, bread and beverages. Saturday, February 5th, 2005  5pm to 8pm  Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa  Surf City Post Race Tailgate Party and Beer Garden  8am until 2pm After your run, enjoy live entertainment, exhibitors and vendors, fresh fruit and a variety of post race refreshments will be available to all competitors in our post race Super Bowl Tailgate Party area at the finish line. The Huntington Beach Beer Company Restaurant and Brewery presents the Surf City Beer Garden, featuring handcrafted microbrewed beer and specialty ales. Official race participants only will receive 2 complimentary 8-ounce samples. Participants will be issued a wristband that will entitle them to receive their 2 free sample servings. Participants wanting a wristband must pick up their wristband at the entrance of the beer garden. Participants must arrive at the entry wearing their bib number and present photo I.D. Categories include: 26.2 mile marathon, ' marathon and 5K run/walk.

Call Race Pace Promotions (949) 581-0105 for entry forms and more information.  Time: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost: $20 - $75 Phone: 949-581-0105

For more information on Huntington Beach events, see the Huntington Beach calendar.