Overall Rating
Overall Rating (442 Reviews)
4.4
(442 Ratings)(442 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4
Surf, sun, run! Mild winter weather accompanied by miles of wide, sandy California beaches, as far as the eyes can see. 10 miles, to be exact – the longest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront anywhere on the West Coast – and home of the ideal winter marathon. HB’s long stretch of … MORE
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    westja2005 FIRST-TIMER '10

    Great place to go if you are escaping from Midwest winter. Great location. Course was not difficult. Could see the ocean on the way back. Would do it again in … MORE

    Great place to go if you are escaping from Midwest winter.
    Great location. Course was not difficult. Could see the ocean on the way back.
    Would do it again in a heart beat.

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    This race is usually in Feb. I was glad to add this race to my list in Sept 2021. It was HOT! Expo was simple and nothing too exciting; few … MORE

    This race is usually in Feb. I was glad to add this race to my list in Sept 2021. It was HOT!
    Expo was simple and nothing too exciting; few vendors. Shirt was navy cotton and true to size.
    The race was mostly along the coast except the about seven or so miles. The path from mile 16 til the end was shared with other runners and cyclists. Some were rude and path could be crowded at times.

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    calvintdang REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Plenty of volunteers to help at water station. Nun electrolytes is hit or miss. Sometimes it's not really there (too diluted) and sometimes you can feel it (this helps a … MORE

    Plenty of volunteers to help at water station. Nun electrolytes is hit or miss. Sometimes it’s not really there (too diluted) and sometimes you can feel it (this helps a lot during the race).
    The 2nd half did not have much cheering. You are on your own. This is the 3rd time I am doing full. I am doing mostly half at this race bc of this boring 2nd half.
    Shirt design for 25th Anniversary should be spectacular but…
    Logo is great but all cotton material for running. That is a NO NO. Please go with your previous shirt, long sleeve dri-fit material.

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    jadorelafr REPEAT RUNNER '21

    The ocean breeze felt great & it was nice that the race was on a Saturday! Pretty good crowd support. Awesome volunteers. Wear a cap and/or sunglasses. Usually takes place … MORE

    The ocean breeze felt great & it was nice that the race was on a Saturday!
    Pretty good crowd support.
    Awesome volunteers.
    Wear a cap and/or sunglasses.
    Usually takes place on Super Bowl Sunday.

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    pinktrouble REPEAT RUNNER '21

    No matter how fast or slow you are, just getting out there and giving it your all, is amazing. Be proud of yourself for getting out there and putting one … MORE

    No matter how fast or slow you are, just getting out there and giving it your all, is amazing. Be proud of yourself for getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other. This was my first half or run after having breast cancer (2019) and have been doing it every year. Screw cancer I can still run, hike, walk, ruck and live. One step one day at a time, stay strong keep moving

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    bob.binnie REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Great course up / down PCH with the only thing between you and the Pacific being sand. Great and energetic volunteers servicing regular water stations along the course. Pros - … MORE

    Great course up / down PCH with the only thing between you and the Pacific being sand. Great and energetic volunteers servicing regular water stations along the course.

    Pros
    – Easy bib pick up
    – Great scenery
    – Fast course

    Cons
    – Crappy cotton shirt

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    CaptnJim REPEAT RUNNER '21

    I was only worried about 4 things this race day. 1) getting blown up because it was 911 after all. 2) not being able to finish because I haven't run … MORE

    I was only worried about 4 things this race day.
    1) getting blown up because it was 911 after all.
    2) not being able to finish because I haven’t run in awhile due to Covid!
    3) dying of heat exhaustion.
    4) Mich Ultra running out of beer before I limped to the finish line.

    NONE OF THOSE HAPPENED! So I say it was a very successful race! Of course, it always has been, but I did have a lot of extra concerns this year!

    Thank you #Runsurfcity!!

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    chikibigi FIRST-TIMER '21

    My first half marathon race and I’m so happy that I did it. I wish they could start the race a little bit earlier though. The last 3 miles were … MORE

    My first half marathon race and I’m so happy that I did it. I wish they could start the race a little bit earlier though. The last 3 miles were brutal when I was trying to finish the run and fighting the heat on PCH.

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    samie_stewart REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is the best course. Love the ocean view while running. Volunteers are so helpful and always cheering us on. Couldn’t do it without them. My only complaint this year … MORE

    This is the best course. Love the ocean view while running. Volunteers are so helpful and always cheering us on. Couldn’t do it without them.
    My only complaint this year was the cotton shirt. Usually they have the best tech shirts but this year it was cotton. Who runs in cotton especially in September when it was so hot. Also they ran so small that after washing I won’t be able to wear. So disappointed.

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    Good course. Amazing scenery! Elevation change under 200. Wave start worked well. A lot of direct sun so prepare for that. You will more then likely have to walk about … MORE

    Good course. Amazing scenery! Elevation change under 200. Wave start worked well. A lot of direct sun so prepare for that. You will more then likely have to walk about a mile to the start from parking locations.

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    rgutierrezlmt REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is a course I love to do every year (if possible). It’s breezy, mostly flat, ocean view 90% of the time and always has GREAT volunteers. MORE

    This is a course I love to do every year (if possible). It’s breezy, mostly flat, ocean view 90% of the time and always has GREAT volunteers.

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    bbkins52185 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    You really can’t beat this race. Year after year it is so well run, just the right size, and is fun no matter your pace. The course is beautiful and … MORE

    You really can’t beat this race. Year after year it is so well run, just the right size, and is fun no matter your pace. The course is beautiful and big enough to never get crowded. The expo (pre and post race) has tons of freebies and you can enjoy your post race beer with a view of the ocean. I don’t think it gets much better than that!

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    daniel REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was my 2nd time running this race. The cons: The race expo seemed scaled down, probably because of covid. PCH can get boring after a while. It was a … MORE

    This was my 2nd time running this race.

    The cons: The race expo seemed scaled down, probably because of covid. PCH can get boring after a while. It was a pretty hot day compared to usual (75F and sunny vs usually 55F and cloudy) and the half marathon started later than usual because of covid social distancing.

    The pros: Plenty of water stops and gels available. Good amount of pace groups available. Course is nearly entirely flat and you can just go hard. The crowds were pretty good in spite of the pandemic. The medals are always awesome (wooden surfboard) and the I really liked the race finisher shirt. Also, if you don’t live near the beach, I am sure running along the beach and the wetlands scenery is interesting. I am just a bit bored of it because I run here ALL the time.

    This is a great course to PR. For the 2nd year in a row, this is looking to be my best race. I am becoming a huge fan of Surf City and I will definitely be back next year.

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    cedoyle REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Flat course with few turns (<10) - so good race for a PR. Scenic course mostly on PCH. Live bands and beer at expo and post-race party. Nice LS tech … MORE

    Flat course with few turns (<10) – so good race for a PR. Scenic course mostly on PCH. Live bands and beer at expo and post-race party. Nice LS tech shirt and medal. Plenty of refreshments after race. Well organized race.

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    YanisNanashi FIRST-TIMER '20

    The race was really good - perfect for the start into the new season! The course is flat, easy and beautiful all along the coast. The production is very good … MORE

    The race was really good – perfect for the start into the new season! The course is flat, easy and beautiful all along the coast. The production is very good and the atmosphere in the finish area is awesome having live music, a beer garden and good coffee. The beach is perfect for some lovely medal-pictures. The expo is awesome offering a lot of really nice merchandising stuff. Unfortunately the expo closes very early at 5pm in the afternoon, but that seems to be a US thing 🙂

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    Stacystruggles REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Surf City is a nice race in the winter. The weather was perfect the day before the race, enjoyed the warmth of the sun as we sat on the the … MORE

    Surf City is a nice race in the winter. The weather was perfect the day before the race, enjoyed the warmth of the sun as we sat on the the beach. Race morning was nice…cooler with cloud cover. The course is a tad monotonous on the Pacific Coast Highway section. The bus shuttle was great!

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 20, 2020 at 7:40pm

    Brilliant job and congrats on #100, Stacy! 👏 What a fantastic way to kick off (apologies for the Super Bowl pun) the new year. I have marathon #50 (and about… MORE

    Brilliant job and congrats on #100, Stacy! 👏 What a fantastic way to kick off (apologies for the Super Bowl pun) the new year. I have marathon #50 (and about 20 more states) in my sights, so I've got huge respect for what you've accomplished and hope you'll continue to share your racing adventures here on RaceRaves. Look forward to seeing what you do for an encore! LESS

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    buzz012 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was my first marathon and I thought it was nearly perfect! The setting was beautiful, the weather was perfect, the course was mostly flat, the medal was fun (surf's … MORE

    This was my first marathon and I thought it was nearly perfect! The setting was beautiful, the weather was perfect, the course was mostly flat, the medal was fun (surf’s up!), the expo had lots of free samples, the ocean was right beside the finish line for a quick post-race cool down.

    I don’t feel like there was a lot offered in the swag bag, mostly just my long-sleeve T-shirt. Overall, not being able to compare to any other marathons, it was perfect!

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    dana.0212 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The right amount of communication leading up to the race. Great options for parking off site with free shuttles/buses to the start line. Plenty of bathrooms at the start line. … MORE

    The right amount of communication leading up to the race. Great options for parking off site with free shuttles/buses to the start line. Plenty of bathrooms at the start line. The right amount of bathrooms and aid stations along the course. Fantastic volunteers. What’s not to love about running along the coast. The weather is usually ideal this time of year.

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    pc1717 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Really great race. Water and aid stations were always there when I needed them. The course is very scenic and pretty flat, with a couple gradual inclines along the way. … MORE

    Really great race. Water and aid stations were always there when I needed them. The course is very scenic and pretty flat, with a couple gradual inclines along the way. It was a little colder than I expected, but I thrive in the cold and managed to get a PR. Will definitely be doing this race again!!

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    jordaniwood1 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The course can be kind of tedious at the end because it’s down and back twice (for people who get bored when they run like me), but literally every other … MORE

    The course can be kind of tedious at the end because it’s down and back twice (for people who get bored when they run like me), but literally every other aspect of the race was amazing. Energy, water breaks, views, expo, and logistics of the race were all amazing. Will definitely be going back!

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