Overall Rating
Overall Rating (468 Reviews)
4.4
(468 Ratings)  (468 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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    cedoyle REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Surf city is consistently a fun time. Beer and music at the end. Flat scenic course with minimum turns. I have run it several times and will continue as long … MORE

    Surf city is consistently a fun time. Beer and music at the end. Flat scenic course with minimum turns. I have run it several times and will continue as long as my legs hold out.

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    avocadosallday REPEAT RUNNER '22

    i'm a big fan of the surf city marathon because it is an excellent way to start the year. Most years this event falls on superbowl which is an awesome … MORE

    i’m a big fan of the surf city marathon because it is an excellent way to start the year. Most years this event falls on superbowl which is an awesome way to start the day before gorging ourselves on superbowl treats

    The surf city marathon is basically three out and backs, the second two out and backs are draining mentally because you can see exactly how far you have to go to finish. buttttttt you have the roaring surf and coastal breeze pushing you along, plus the satisfaction of finishing the first marathon of the year

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    ZofiaT. FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first ever race, and I have to say the ambience was everything! Great support system! It was absolutely gorgeous scenery. Their were 2 small gradual hills, but … MORE

    This was my first ever race, and I have to say the ambience was everything! Great support system! It was absolutely gorgeous scenery. Their were 2 small gradual hills, but I has having such a good time I didn’t even feel them. Event was super organized, and the medal is awesome! This is definitely a race I plan to do next year! This was an amazing experience I would recommend to every one in beautiful sunny California! ☀️ 🌊🏃🏽‍♀️

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    nmango FIRST-TIMER '22

    I had a great time, course map was easy to follow. No complains and I can’t wait to do it again. At the finish plenty of water and snacks to … MORE

    I had a great time, course map was easy to follow. No complains and I can’t wait to do it again. At the finish plenty of water and snacks to rehydrate. During the run plenty of medical aide and water station’s available

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    maryitzabel REPEAT RUNNER '22

    No complaints here, easy course and great organization!! Plus the swag was well worth it!! I would suggest free day of bib pick up or offer other locations for pick … MORE

    No complaints here, easy course and great organization!! Plus the swag was well worth it!!
    I would suggest free day of bib pick up or offer other locations for pick up for people that live faraway,

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    lily REPEAT RUNNER '22

    To be friendlier and smile more. Support each other and make strangers feel welcomed. This is a fun race and it’s not about you, it’s about running, don’t cut people … MORE

    To be friendlier and smile more. Support each other and make strangers feel welcomed.
    This is a fun race and it’s not about you, it’s about running, don’t cut people off at the finish line, lol.

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    virginiaii REPEAT RUNNER '22

    My biggest complain is the times. It doesn't make sense that the 5k starts after the marathoners but before the half marathon runners. I cannot express how many 5k walkers … MORE

    My biggest complain is the times. It doesn’t make sense that the 5k starts after the marathoners but before the half marathon runners. I cannot express how many 5k walkers I have to run around and slow down for because they’re in the way.
    Another thing that could be better is to have better spectator spots for people who want to come support us.
    Besides that, it’s a pretty good race, I’ve done it twice and it always seems to be the hottest day of the week when I run this race. Would do it again though.

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    playmaker88221 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The view of the ocean this race has is amazing, make sure to look out towards the water and enjoy the scenery. People running this race brought great energy, the … MORE

    The view of the ocean this race has is amazing, make sure to look out towards the water and enjoy the scenery. People running this race brought great energy, the race provided a fun experience.

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    b787scm REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Great scenery, very well organized, wonderful local support. I would repeat every year. In the past used to hand out hydration booster shot, should continue. NEED TO IMPROVE how to … MORE

    Great scenery, very well organized, wonderful local support. I would repeat every year. In the past used to hand out hydration booster shot, should continue. NEED TO IMPROVE how to QUICKLY HAND IUT FREE BEER. lines too long I couldn’t get my free beer 2 years in a roll.

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    5
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    5
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    aahmanzano14 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Fairly easy course with one hill after the 3rd mile. Most of the course is right next to the beach with a fairly small portion going inland. Definitely recommend this … MORE

    Fairly easy course with one hill after the 3rd mile. Most of the course is right next to the beach with a fairly small portion going inland. Definitely recommend this race!

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    kerio5 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first half marathon race and it was great! We set a goal pace and my running partner and I beat it. Running the race with someone was … MORE

    This was my first half marathon race and it was great! We set a goal pace and my running partner and I beat it. Running the race with someone was definitely encouraging and I cannot wait to run it again. Very easy route and so many encouraging spectators!

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    AtlantaAngela FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is a great race, easy flat course, great place to PR! It’s along gorgeous Huntington Beach, so if the drive is far, bring your bike or your surfboard and … MORE

    This is a great race, easy flat course, great place to PR! It’s along gorgeous Huntington Beach, so if the drive is far, bring your bike or your surfboard and make a day of it! The fact that they arrange for free parking and even shuttling from satellite lots is impressive and appreciated. Love a good bag check, cause the mornings can be COLD! My only wish, as someone who won’t ever drink/drive, is that the could find a way to allow runners to take their hard earned sealed free beer garden beer home with them to enjoy later (but I’m sure local government’s regs. prohibit this). Thumbs up!

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    aida.alvarezclark REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Would totally recommend this race. The people, production, the scene... All is so much enjoyed. The weather is perfect most years so it is a plus. I enjoy a lot … MORE

    Would totally recommend this race. The people, production, the scene… All is so much enjoyed. The weather is perfect most years so it is a plus. I enjoy a lot the fact that after the race there is a party to celebrate with others.

    I would add back the massage tho

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    TheWowlrus REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Running next to the beach is a great experience in itself. What makes this even greater is that you’re surrounded by such a fun crowd because of how well organized … MORE

    Running next to the beach is a great experience in itself. What makes this even greater is that you’re surrounded by such a fun crowd because of how well organized everything is and how excited everyone is. Hydration stations double as hype stations which is always twice as kool. The course is mostly flat but challenging enough to not be boring. Perfect for anyone trying to set a PR. My wife and I will definitely make this race a yearly tradition.

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    rana FIRST-TIMER '22

    I have always wanted to run, but i have never tired before, running this half marathon gave me such a great experience and more goals to achieve in the future. … MORE

    I have always wanted to run, but i have never tired before, running this half marathon gave me such a great experience and more goals to achieve in the future. I will definitely be running more and registering for more running events.
    Surf city run was so amazing because it was directly in on the beach, there was a lot of volunteers and people who are helping and a bunches of hydration stations where you do not even need to bring your own water bottle and energy gels (it was all provided)

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    luisortiz FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great overall race with a great course, hydration stations at every other mile and wide roads to everyone can fit on the course. I would definitely recommend this race to … MORE

    Great overall race with a great course, hydration stations at every other mile and wide roads to everyone can fit on the course. I would definitely recommend this race to any beginners as a great first race because of its production and organization as well.
    Overall great race!

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    RickSawThat FIRST-TIMER '22

    Stayed at the Pasea Spa and Hotel - it was right across the street from the Expo and start line - awesome experience. The course leaves the beach and heads … MORE

    Stayed at the Pasea Spa and Hotel – it was right across the street from the Expo and start line – awesome experience. The course leaves the beach and heads into Huntington Beach’s Central Park where you loop around the whole park and then head back to the beach – there is a huge out and back along the ocean and all I kept thinking was where is the turnaround (lol). Out and back’s are mentally tough for me. The weather was perfect the course was scenic with gentle hills. I would do it again and stay at the same hotel.

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    tabla FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is a great marathon if you are chasing a PR or looking for a taste of SoCal living. The race is expertly run, the health expo was filled with … MORE

    This is a great marathon if you are chasing a PR or looking for a taste of SoCal living. The race is expertly run, the health expo was filled with great vendors and had solid community engagement. There is a great crowd size, runners of all experience levels took part and I really enjoyed the park section. Only half complaint is the large stretch of the race that takes place on a public beach road, this is fine but it got a little crowded in parts. The finishers expo was accommodating, beer for finishers and lots of snacks. I liked the surf board themed metal.

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    semperfam5 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Cool weather, flat course, beautiful scenery, lots of fueling stations. Pretty close to perfect. Great communication, easy drop off and pick up locations. Will definitely run this race again. MORE

    Cool weather, flat course, beautiful scenery, lots of fueling stations. Pretty close to perfect. Great communication, easy drop off and pick up locations. Will definitely run this race again.

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    anns4883 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Great race! Best expo around with lots of free goodies. Scenic and fairly flat course. Tons of water stops. Plenty of post race snacks and a free beer at the … MORE

    Great race! Best expo around with lots of free goodies. Scenic and fairly flat course. Tons of water stops. Plenty of post race snacks and a free beer at the end! Race is extremely well run.

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