OC Marathon


Course Certification # CA14059RS

The Full Marathon Course will start in front of our Official Start Line Hotel, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive.  You will run through the beautiful coastal communities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana finishing off at the OC Fair and Event Center conveniently located just off the 55 freeway in the heart of Costa Mesa. THE OC MARATHON CAN BE USED AS A QUALIFIER FOR ANY MARATHON IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE BOSTON MARATHON.

Please note rules/course time limits here

DROP OUT AND COURSE CLOSURE    Runners unable to finish the race may stop at any water station along the course.  The water station captain will alert the support vehicles to pick you up. Runners still out on the course when officials determine it is time to reopen the roads (approximately a 16-minute per mile pace) will be informed they are now a pedestrian and must obey all pedestrian traffic laws, stopping at red lights, using crosswalks, using sidewalks, etc. Once roads begin to reopen to vehicular traffic, course support, including water stations, course signage, mile markers, timing systems, and medical stations will close. Runners on the course after this time accept that they will be on their own and should plan accordingly, OR utilize the support vehicle to return to the finish line.   The support vehicles will have printed directions for walkers to return to the finish line on their own. 


The Start time for the Full Marathon is 5:30 a.m.

The first mile of the 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 cliff side 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. Marathoners continue into the heart of Orange County, Costa Mesa, passing by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, around South Coast Plaza, and through the campus of Segerstrom High School. One more mile in Santa Ana before turning onto the Santa Ana River Trail for 1.5 miles before exiting at Gisler foot-bridge. Also new this year, runners will go through beautiful Mesa Verde neighborhoods and then the "Bird Streets", providing you with that much needed support on the home stretch towards the OC Fair & Event Center. The Full 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 with a couple rolling hills to 11.5. There is another 45' incline at mile 14.5 over the 405 overpass and a 40' incline slightly over 1/4 of a mile in length at mile 23 after. These are all relatively small hills.

Water Stations


Water will be available at miles 2.5, 4, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.5, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, & 25.

Gatorade® will be available at miles 4, 6.5, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15.5, 18, 20, 22, and 24.

Course Stats

Distance: 26.2 m.
Start Elevation: 218 ft.
End Elevation: 62 ft.
Calories (130 lbs): 2612
Calories (180 lbs): 3617
OC Marathon Race Profile