The OC Marathon course extends through 26.2 miles of Orange County with an inspiring blend of local landmarks, coastal scenery, nature views and sophisticated arts and shopping. Runners pass the pristine beaches of Corona del Mar, the scenic Back Bay Estuary, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza, Santa Ana River Trail and the OC Fair & Event Center. Each year the OC Marathon raises money through donations to give back to various charitable organizations throughout OC. The first OC Marathon was held on December 5, 2004, and by 2010, OC Marathon events had collectively generated more than $2 million for Orange County charities. The annual marathon continues to be a success, with this year’s race marking the 10th anniversary.
The 26.2-mile Full Marathon course starts on Newport Center Drive loop in front of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and travels through the beautiful coastal communities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. The first mile of the Marathon course includes a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean before winding through the seaside village of Corona del Mar including the spectacular Ocean Boulevard with cliff side views of Corona del Mar State Beach. The course traverses past the Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs and the boats in Newport Harbor with views of Balboa Island. Marathoners continue into the heart of Orange County, Costa Mesa, passing by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza, then traveling into Santa Ana and onto the Santa Ana River Trail exiting by Moon Park to the home stretch towards the OC Fair & Event Center.
The 13.1-mile Half Marathon course also starts on Newport Center Drive loop in front of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and passes through many of the same areas as the Full Marathon. The Half Marathon course is net downhill in elevation from start to finish. The first 6.5 miles are extremely fast with only minor inclines. Mile 6.5 to 7.0 is the only significant hill on the course, taking the runners from 15 feet to 75 feet. The course is then mostly flat through mile 11.5 with a flat and fast final stretch into the OC Fair & Event Center. Runners can register for the OC Marathon online at the OC Marathon’s website. The course time limits are 3.5 hours for the half marathon and 7.0 hours for the full marathon.