Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon – The Longest Beer Tent Lines of Any Marathon

Super Bowl Sunday is an annual event. So are the Surf City Marathon, Half Marathon and the ridiculous beer tent lines after the races. Put the three together and you get  20,000 people taking over the coast in Huntington Beach.

We have had fantastic weather the last two years and this year looks to be more of the same. A bonus from running this race is that you get to burn off some of the calories you are going to eat watching the big game.

I’ve never run this half so I decided to run it this year. I know the course because it shares most of same mile marathon does. The half starts a little later so I can sleep in an extra hour. But, the half is crowded. Sunday, I’m going out to have a fun race without a time expectation and I am looking forward to it.

The marathon is a fast course. They limit the size so it never feels crowded. I’ve run some of my fastest times on this flat course but the it can get a little mundane. You run back and forth on PCH and the bike path. At least you get to do it with an ocean front view. The crowds are on the small side but enthusiastic.

These races sell out every year because they are well organized. Get there early, parking can take some time and may not be that close. Or, do what I do, spend the night in Huntington Beach and ride a bike to the starting line. Unless you are really a fast runner, forget about the beer tent. The post party, beer tent line get longer than the porta-potties lines before the start of the race. Because of this, I like to go run a fun, fast course, see a bunch of friends, make some new friends, burn some calories, then get ready for a great Super Bowl party.

I hope to see you there.

Race Focused, Steve Mackel – Head Coach Sole Runners Full and Half Marathon Training Programs


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