The 19th annual Orange County Marathon is a dream come true for long-distance runners, offering stunning views of the Southern California coastline and a fast, downhill course. This Sunday, the marathon will cover a 26.2-mile route from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa. Unfortunately, tickets for the marathon have already sold out, but if you're looking to cheer on the runners or avoid the area, we have all the information you need. The marathon is one of three that make up the “Beach Cities Challenge”, which also includes the Long Beach and Surf City marathons. In addition to the full marathon, there is also a 5 km race on Saturday night and a half-marathon version of the race on Sunday morning.
To be considered an elite member in either the marathon or half-marathon, athletes must submit proof that their results meet the qualification marks included in the race. You can find more information about specific local closures, such as brochures for specific neighborhoods and suggestions for alternative routes in Orange County. You can also learn more about the 5 km race here and about the half marathon here. Thank you for your interest in the SDCCU OC marathon and half marathon and in the application for elite OC 5K athletes. Adults, children and even dogs accompanied their friends and family in this year's race, which began on Fashion Island and ended at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Thousands of runners, from elementary school students to seniors, from occasional joggers who go out for a leisurely stroll to elite competitors who compete for time and position, will take to the streets of Orange County to celebrate this weekend's 19th annual SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival.