The pavement of Huntington Beach is ready for a pounding by the feet of some 21,000 international participants in the annual Surf City USA Marathon and Half Marathon. Kicking off at 6:30 a.m. for the full and 7:45 a.m. for the half on Sunday, February 2, the sold-out race begins at Huntington Street and Pacific Coast Highway in front of the Waterfront Beach Resort, then heads north, weaving its way through Huntington Central Park then returning to the shoreline to meet its finish line roughly 300 yards north of the Waterfront. Here's what you need to know about race day.
Affected roads include PCH, Goldenwest, Edwards, Seapoint, Garfield, Talbert and Ellis. PCH will be closed from Beach Boulevard up to Warner Avenue from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The following road closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Sunday:
- Goldenwest closed from Slater to Ellis Avenue
- Goldenwest closed from Orange to PCH
- S/B Edwards closed from Slater to Garfield Avenue
- N/B Edwards open with traffic delays
- S/B Seapoint closed Garfield to Palm Avenue
- N/B Seapoint closed at Summit Avenue
- Seapoint closed Palm Avenue to PCH
- Garfield closed from Edwards Avenue to Seapoint
- Talbert closed from Fieldbury to Edwards
- Ellis Avenue closed Quarterhorse to Edwards
Refer to this handy map for road closures, detours and spectator locations:
More than 2,000 volunteers will be on hand for "California's Classic Oceanfront Marathon" to help support runners from 50 states and 33 countries. Surf bands will set the rhythm for the brave runners, who will have six hours to complete the course. A beer garden, sponsored by Michelob Ultra, awaits participants at the finish line.
For the ninth year in a row, the race will help raise funds for Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine-based international nonprofit that provides wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing countries.
Here's the official full marathon map:
Here's the official half marathon map:
And here's the official parking and shuttle map: