The 27th Annual Surf City Marathon and Half-Marathon takes place on Sunday, February 5, along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, finishing just steps away from the beach. This year, more than 10,000 runners are set to run along the breathtaking coast of Huntington Beach, with approximately 2,000 volunteers cheering them on. At the finish line, signature surfboard medals and a music festival welcome the long-distance runners.
Marathon activities begin on Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4 with an Active Lifestyle Expo that is free to the public and features health and fitness vendors offering samples and products for purchase. Saturday, February 4, the day before the marathon, you can warm up with a beach mile race along the sand beginning at 11 a.m. The marathon, half-marathon, and 5k run will take place on Sunday, beginning at 6:30 a.m. The Surf City Marathon event weekend concludes in celebration with a finish line music festival and beer garden, included for all runners.
Watch for detours and road closures
For those not participating in the activities this weekend, plan accordingly for road closures, detours, and traffic along Pacific Coast Highway. Closures will begin on PCH as early as 1 a.m. and going until 2 p.m. The Huntington Beach Police Department will tow parked vehicles along these impacted streets at 12 a.m. on Sunday, February 5.
The following closures will take place on Sunday, February 5, during the marathon:
- Pacific Coast Highway (from 1st to Beach Blvd) 1 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Pacific Coast Highway (from Warner to 1st) 4 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Seapoint St. (from PCH to Garfield) 4 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- Garfield St. (from Seapoint to Edwards) 4 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- Edwards St. (from Garfield to Central Park Dr.) 4 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- Goldenwest St. (from Ellis to Slater) 4 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- Central Park Dr. (from Edwards to Central Park Dr.) 4 a.m. – 10 a.m.