2013 Course Certification # CA13048RS
(Course will be only slightly modified for 2014; Updated certification numbers will be changed upon receipt)
This exceptional Half-Marathon starts on Newport Center Drive loop in front of our Official Start Line Hotel, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive. Finishing at the OC Fair and event center just off the 55 Freeway in the heart of Costa Mesa.
The start time for the Half Marathon is 6:15 a.m.
The first mile of the Half Marathon course includes a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific Ocean before winding through the seaside village of Corona del Mar including the spectacular Ocean Blvd. with cliffside views of Big Corona del Mar State Beach. It traverses down Bayside Drive, past the Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs and homes and boats of Newport Harbor. Exceptional views await runners at the bluffs overlooking the Upper Newport Bay Estuary Reserve as are the supportive cheers of neighborhood residents.
The Half Marathon course is net downhill in elevation from start to finish. The first 6.5 miles will be extremely fast with only minor inclines. Mile 6.5 to 7.0 is the only significant hill on the course taking the runners from 15 feet to 75 feet. The course is then mostly flat through mile 10.5, a couple rolling hills to 11.5 with a flat and fast final stretch into the OC Fair & Event Center.
Water Stations: Water will be available at miles 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5.
CLIF SHOT® Energy Gel will be available at mile 10.5.
Gatorade® will be available at miles 4, 6, 7, 8.5, and 11.5.