The marathon season is here and runners from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa are getting ready for the 26.2-mile course. Whether you're running, cheering up the runners or avoiding the area, we have all the information you need to know. Read on for maps, street closures and more. This event, held every year on the first Sunday of May, is a great opportunity for speed lovers.
The marathon and half marathon this weekend are “net downhill” (with some hills) and runners will finish more than 100 feet lower than they started. It is one of the three marathons that make up the “Beach Cities Challenge”, which also includes the Long Beach and Surf City marathons. You can find more information about specific local closures, such as brochures for specific neighborhoods and suggestions for alternative routes in the O, C. There is also a 5 km race on Saturday night, and a half-marathon version of the race will be held on Sunday morning.
You can find more information about the 5 km race here and about the half marathon here. And if you didn't sign up for this year's marathon, don't worry, you have 12 months to prepare for next year's marathon. According to the organizers, the marathon course is fast and downhill, and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Orange County coast. Police and medical units will be stationed at the start and finish lines, as well as along the racecourse.
Throughout the year, Orange County hosts a variety of races for all ages and abilities. From turkey trots to 5K races and full marathons, there's something for everyone. In the Reebok Ragnar Road SoCal race, teams of twelve complete a 200-mile adventure through Orange County, La Jolla, Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The 19th annual SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival will take place this weekend with thousands of runners from elementary school students to octogenarian students participating in 5 km, 10 km and half marathon races.
The top finishers in each age division receive an official Dino Dash trophy. The profits from Hearts & Heroes 5K will go to local foster children and will be used to organize birthday parties for these children who live in a local children's home in Orange County. In light of recent events such as the Boston Marathon attacks, security measures have been increased in Seattle. The Seattle Special Events Committee and event organizers are focusing on how to prevent something similar from happening in Seattle.
They require members of the press to present a photo ID and a prior credential for the Seattle Marathon before accessing restricted areas, and that their bags and equipment are subject to inspection. The race course is laid out following the trails of Irvine Regional Park with some hills, fun individual tracks and views of beautiful Orange County.