Overall Rating
Overall Rating (114 Reviews)
4.3
(114 Ratings)  (114 Reviews)
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The OC Marathon Course will start in front of our Official Start Line Hotel, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive. You will run through the beautiful coastal communities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana finishing off at the OC Fair and … MORE
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    superman REPEAT RUNNER '24

    I first ran the OC half marathon in 2012 and twice again these last 2 years. This year, I also ran the 5k with my 3 year old in a … MORE

    I first ran the OC half marathon in 2012 and twice again these last 2 years. This year, I also ran the 5k with my 3 year old in a jogging stroller. The half marathon course is full of beautiful neighborhoods and scenic views along the beach. The after party with live band is always a blast! You cannot beat the perfect SoCal weather and SoCal vibes. This is definitely one of my favorite races that I look forward to each year!

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    yugioh0910 REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Wheather your running it for the first time or a return runner this event will keep you coming back every year. I enjoy being out on the field with so … MORE

    Wheather your running it for the first time or a return runner this event will keep you coming back every year. I enjoy being out on the field with so many runners and sharing my experience with them all. So many people supported .e on the course with kind words and energy while I was pushing a wheelchair on the course. I appreciate everyone out there as we conquer the course together.

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    nmango REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Pre race parking/transportation is easy and convenient. The post race party is lots of fun, always a great band and the venders are welcoming and friendly. MORE

    Pre race parking/transportation is easy and convenient. The post race party is lots of fun, always a great band and the venders are welcoming and friendly.

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    ArdeeJagt REPEAT RUNNER '24

    I have run this race every year since 2012. As a legacy runner I look forward each year to the goodies we receive. This year it was a very cool … MORE

    I have run this race every year since 2012. As a legacy runner I look forward each year to the goodies we receive. This year it was a very cool water bottle that I know I will use again and again! Some runners didn’t quite get to the fairgrounds as soon as they needed and got dropped off a hair late but I am sure they all still started their race. I was later than I had hoped so it was a lesson to learn. The views along this race were so fabulous and never dissapoint. The weather was perfect again this year. The post race events are great as well with Flashback Heart Attack having everyone rock out when we were done. I even did the 5 K this year and that was fun as well. I will be back in 2025

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    pt105 FIRST-TIMER '24

    It was a well-organized and very efficient race, creating a terrific experience for runners. The course, while containing a few hills, enjoys very nice ocean and bay views. I highly … MORE

    It was a well-organized and very efficient race, creating a terrific experience for runners. The course, while containing a few hills, enjoys very nice ocean and bay views. I highly recommend it for your race calendar!

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    Ali6184 REPEAT RUNNER '24

    The aid stations were excellent. The volunteers were able to fill my water bottle when asked. The most unique aspect of the race was the fatter course. The course could … MORE

    The aid stations were excellent. The volunteers were able to fill my water bottle when asked. The most unique aspect of the race was the fatter course. The course could be improved with more restrooms.

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    brentdrns FIRST-TIMER '24

    Hands down the laziest organization I've seen at a race. Where do I even start? Shuttles were late to the start line, planned aid stations (and where the electrolytes would … MORE

    Hands down the laziest organization I’ve seen at a race. Where do I even start? Shuttles were late to the start line, planned aid stations (and where the electrolytes would be) was completely inaccurate, took 3 hours to get out of the parking lot (there were no traffic attendants and instead the runners themselves took it upon themselves to direct traffic and open up exits), grabbing drop bags at the end took another hour. What kind of big race runs out of water, doesn’t have traffic attendants, doesn’t have enough shuttles, and basically citizens around town have to fill these gaps? I was speechless.

    Every other race I’ve ran has been significantly smaller and still had way more attention to detail. There’s no excuse for a run this large to be such a disaster. I’ve heard there was a new race director this year, so if they’re the cause of this mess I hope it’s remedied.

    The overall negativity amongst the runners and the amount of backlash I’ve seen on reddit and other boards over the past days is more than justified, and hope it drives some changes.

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    bbkins52185 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    I’ve been running the OC 5k and Half Marathon since 2016 and will keep coming back year after year! The race has such a fun vibe, great views, course with … MORE

    I’ve been running the OC 5k and Half Marathon since 2016 and will keep coming back year after year! The race has such a fun vibe, great views, course with variety without being so challenging you can’t PR. The expo/5k festival has some of the best vendors and giveaways! Awards are beautiful, have quality age group awards across all events. It’s a must do race!

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    marcelloruns REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This is a scenic, fast course. I’ve run my half marathon PR on this course. It’s well-organized and a lot of fun. Great announcers and spectator support. Fun after race … MORE

    This is a scenic, fast course. I’ve run my half marathon PR on this course. It’s well-organized and a lot of fun. Great announcers and spectator support. Fun after race celebration.

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    SDSusan FIRST-TIMER '23

    I was well-trained for another marathon but ended up not going and thought I could try for a fast marathon on this course as they tout it as relatively flat … MORE

    I was well-trained for another marathon but ended up not going and thought I could try for a fast marathon on this course as they tout it as relatively flat and easy. Not sure if it was the heat, all the concrete, or the rolling hills (which usually I like!) but I had a terrible race here. Or maybe it was just me, not sure! But it was hard to get engaged in this race. I never felt the energy I usually do in a marathon as it was not fun/scenic, besides the few stretches along the beach, but after those brief spots, you’re running through pretty dull OC neighborhoods and city streets. Felt like a grind to me, much more so than other marathons, and even though there were some spectators occasionally out on the course, they were only looking for their own and did not generally cheer on other runners. Going through (what looked like) a dry river bed in the hot sun at the end was not a positive or fun way to wrap it up and finish strong, and I absolutely could not wait for it to be over. Was trained to go under 3:40 and ended at 3:51 and change. Good enough for first in my age group but disappointing for what I should/could have done on this course. On a positive note, I liked the early (5:30am!!) start!! Helped a bit with the heat, but not enough. But it was so early that I thought it would be a good idea to stay across the street from the start at the race headquarters hotel (Vea Newport Beach Marriott) to avoid extra travel/parking. Even though I booked early enough, it ended up being $380 but the final bill was crazy expensive – almost $500 for one night after the hotel tacked on taxes, resort charge, parking fee, etc. Too much $$ for what was supposed to be a quick and easy marathon close to home. Maybe worth it if you bring a significant other and make a weekend of it!

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    brent_goldberg REPEAT RUNNER '23

    A great race with a lot of scenic variety, one of the highlights of the year. Great homebase at the OC Fair. Well run and supported. Every year, they have … MORE

    A great race with a lot of scenic variety, one of the highlights of the year. Great homebase at the OC Fair. Well run and supported. Every year, they have the top 80s cover band in the area play the finish festival too! The only major OC race actually in Costa Mesa and arguably one of the best. Airport 5 minutes away if you fly into SNA, not far from LAX. Tons of hotels of all quality in the area. Technically not a hard course with an extremely fast start, but the middle/late hills can feel a bit challenging.

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    jonoringading REPEAT RUNNER '23

    The O.C. Half Marathon has beautiful views of the ocean, travels through some nice neighborhoods, and has wonderful support and swag. I ran and walked with an injury, and still … MORE

    The O.C. Half Marathon has beautiful views of the ocean, travels through some nice neighborhoods, and has wonderful support and swag. I ran and walked with an injury, and still really enjoyed the course.

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    jonoringading REPEAT RUNNER '23

    O.C. always has a good crowd for this 5k, with a talented announcer and great bands. the course is a loop around the fairgrounds through the stadium and a perfect … MORE

    O.C. always has a good crowd for this 5k, with a talented announcer and great bands. the course is a loop around the fairgrounds through the stadium and a perfect shakeout for the marathon or half the following day. for those of you who like to compete, there are always some fast runners ready to challenge you. I recommend keeping the 5k at easy pace if you are doing a Marathon the following day.

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    I loved everything about this race from the medal, the aid stations, and the course. The course was gorgeous by the water with perfect weather, it was also mostly flat. … MORE

    I loved everything about this race from the medal, the aid stations, and the course. The course was gorgeous by the water with perfect weather, it was also mostly flat.

    As far as short sleeve shirt go, its a great looking shirt with a cool design and the medal really has a unique look and presence, its awesome and one of the best parts of the race! After the race there was a lot going on and I just felt the vibes!

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    1. The workers need to be more educated. As a first timer, I knew nothing, where to go, how to start etc...nobody had any answers, so that added additional stress. … MORE

    1. The workers need to be more educated. As a first timer, I knew nothing, where to go, how to start etc…nobody had any answers, so that added additional stress.

    2. The event was great and awesome!

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    Romi REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Over the many years I have ran this race, it just gets better and better. It shows there is a lot of work to make this a wonderful event. The … MORE

    Over the many years I have ran this race, it just gets better and better. It shows there is a lot of work to make this a wonderful event. The OC marathon will be a race I run every year. Love the people and the running community that run year after year. Gary (RD), Rudy Novonty, Fitz Koehler, Kelsey, and all the other staff do an amazing job and always are having fun. I try to run any race close to me that has Rudy and Fitz announcing.

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    Ali6184 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    The aid stations were awesome and the volunteers assisted me to refill my water bottle when needed. The most unique aspect about the race was the mostly flat course. The … MORE

    The aid stations were awesome and the volunteers assisted me to refill my water bottle when needed. The most unique aspect about the race was the mostly flat course. The course could be improved with more variety of snacks.

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    kellrox FIRST-TIMER '22

    The race mostly traveled through neighborhoods in Costa Mesa. There was a slight incline in the first few mile. I did not find this race particularly enjoyable as it was … MORE

    The race mostly traveled through neighborhoods in Costa Mesa. There was a slight incline in the first few mile. I did not find this race particularly enjoyable as it was not very scenic and didn’t have enough water stations. At one point of the race I had to ask a volunteer for water because there wasn’t enough stations. The finish line festivities was a mess between the half and full at the fair. The one thing that was nice about the race was that the course didn’t back track and got to see everything once.

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    tappingturtle FIRST-TIMER '22

    OC Marathon runs such a smooth event. The energy and vibe were so positive, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my first race. MORE

    OC Marathon runs such a smooth event. The energy and vibe were so positive, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my first race.

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    clowry08 FIRST-TIMER '22

    First of all I got my bib sent to me which was ideal because of my work schedule. It was super easy and I just showed up on race morning! … MORE

    First of all I got my bib sent to me which was ideal because of my work schedule. It was super easy and I just showed up on race morning! Weather was great, I wore shorts and a sport bra. I never felt cold, but never felt super hot either. The scenery in the first half of the marathon was amazing!!! You pass by some beautiful real estate and the Pacific Ocean. The course had plenty of aid stations where both water and electrolytes were being handed out. The second part of the marathon was a bit more boring scenery, but that was ok because I was more focused on my pace, nutrition, breathing, and form. For the most part the course is flat with some small little rollers. I PRed by 6 minutes and got my New York qualifying time 🙂 Overall I loved this race and would definitely come back!

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