Complete the Beach Cities Challenge!

Come out to cruise the beaches of Southern California. Pacific Coast Highway never looked so good! Conquer the Beach Cities Challenge by completing any combination of full or half marathons at the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, Surf City Marathon, and the OC Marathon. Run all three in a row and receive a fabulous medal.


Qualifying Series Events                                                           2014 Medalpounder_retro

SURF CITY MARATHON – February 1, 2015

THE OC MARATHON – May 3, 2015


This is a race series that includes three Southern California marathons – the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach, the Orange County Marathon, and the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. Runners who consecutively complete any combination of half or full marathons in all three qualifying events will receive a special Beach Cities Challenge Medal.

Events must be completed in consecutive order to qualify for the medal. Start the challenge at any of these three events in 2014 or 2015, and complete the next two in a row and receive the Beach Cities Challenge Medal.

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Participants must complete any combination of full or half marathons in each of the three events in consecutive order, starting with any of the three events. For example, if a participants started the series at the Orange County Marathon in 2014, the participant must complete Long Beach 2014 and Surf City 2015 to qualify for the medal. If a participant misses one event they  must start over.

Claiming the Medal

Upon completion of the third race in the Beach Cities Challenge, runners will receive a special Beach Cities medal to recognize their achievement. These medals will be available at a designated booth in the Finish Line Festival.

Registration and Official Finish Times

There is no additional cost to race registration to participate in the series. Simply register for each event as usual. Be sure to register early using the same name and same birth date for each race. The most common mistakes that are made are using different variations of the same name, ie Robert, Rob, Bob. Using a middle name sometimes but not always. Registering with a maiden name once and a married name another time. These can be fixed if you contact us before the event.

Once a race has sold out, you will NOT be able to register. You must receive a finish time at each event to qualify.

Beach Cities Repeats

You can run the series twice or three times.  Many runners are already on their second or third time through the series! It is definitely possible to do it more than once and get additional medals! Our medal changes every year!

 2014/15 Medals


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