Maps: 2017 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 2017 Surf City USA Marathon and Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday, February 5. This year's race marks the event's 21st anniversary, and welcomes more than 15,000 participants from 47 states and 17 countries, along with thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators.
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. It 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 beer garden awaits 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:
In addition to its "Race With A Purpose" program, the event's official 2017 charities are Freedom 4/24, which brings freedom and justice to victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking, and Golden View PTO, Inc., a group of dedicated parents and teachers raising funds for educational programs, student activities, and community events for Golden View families.
An Active Lifestyle Expo in the parking lot across from Waterfront Beach Resort is open to the public Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 6 a.m.-noon. Parking options are listed here, along with free shuttle service.
Get it, runners! And good luck!