Map: Surf City USA Marathon Route & Road Closures
Huntington Beach's pavement is ready for its annual pounding by the feet of thousands of runners in the 2016 Surf City USA Marathon and Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday, February 7. This year's race marks the event's 20th anniversary, and welcomes runners from all 50 states, more than 34 countries, and more than 1,000 cities, along with tens of thousands of spectators. Last year clocked in some 21,000 participants.
Kicking off at 6:25 a.m. for the wheelchair start, 6:30 a.m. for the full, and 7:45 a.m. for the half, the race begins at Huntington Street and Pacific Coast Highway in front of the Waterfront Beach Resort, heads north, weaves its way through Huntington Central Park, returns to PCH, turns around at the edge of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands at Warner Avenue, then finishes roughly 100 yards north of the start line. Retro surf bands will set the rhythm for runners, who will have six hours to complete the course, which closes at 1:30 p.m. A "Beach Party" beer garden and active lifestyle expo await participants at the finish line.
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
- Goldenwest closed from Orange to PCH
- S/B Edwards closed from Slater to Garfield
- N/B Edwards open with traffic delays
- S/B Seapoint closed Garfield to Palm
- N/B Seapoint closed at Summit
- Seapoint closed Palm to PCH
- Garfield closed from Edwards to Seapoint
- Talbert closed from Fieldbury to Edwards
- Ellis closed Quarterhorse to Edwards
For the 11th year in a row, the race will benefit Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine-based international nonprofit organization that provides wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing countries.
Here's the official course map: