Registration Information

I’d like to change my registration from marathon to 1/2 marathon or 1/2 marathon to marathon. How do I do that?

Transfers are no longer being accepted online. You might still be able to transfer at the expo race weekend, depending upon availability in your preferred race. 

I can’t find my confirmation, but I registered online, or my check has cashed.

Visit Registration Confirmation and follow the on screen instructions!

I lost my confirmation that I received when I registered online. How do I pick up my race packet without it?

You do not need your confirmation. Registered participants will receive their bib numbers via email on Thursday, April 30, 2015. If a participant does not get a bib number via email or have a confirmation, no problem!  Just grab your ID and head on over to the OC Fair & Event Center for the Allergan Health & Fitness Expo. When you get there, look up your name on the alpha lists (provided by Race Central) as you enter the Expo. Once a participant has a bib number, you will proceed to the corresponding registration table where you will need to provide a valid photo ID and sign the release waivers.

Can I pick up my packet on Race Day?

THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP! Each participant must attend the Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1, 2015 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m or Saturday, May 2, 2015 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and show their identification to pick up their own race bib, D-tag timing chip, technical shirt or t-shirt.  

The option to have your bib mailed to you is ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH 3/15/15.  However, a friend or family member may pick up your bib IF AND ONLY IF they have a copy of your driver's license and a signed waiver which can be downloaded here. 2015 Waiver.

Participant Information

Will there be Personal Items Storage?

UPS, one of the most recognized names in the world, will ensure your personal items are safely delivered to you at the finish line.  This will be their sixth year handling this for us and they are FANTASTIC!

Will there be a Participant Lost & Found?

Items of value that have been turned in will be located at the Volunteer Tent at the OC Fair & Event Center. Unclaimed items will be held at the OC Marathon offices for 60 days after the event and then donated to charity. You may email us at through July 5, 2015 to check for your items and we can make arrangements to get it to you or for you to come by our offices to retrieve them. Anything still at our office after July 5, 2015 will be donated to charity. PLEASE NOTE: Any clothing or bags left at the start line will be collected immediately following the start of the race and donated to the Salvation Army.  Please do not leave items at the start line.

What if I have a question on race day?

For all questions and inquiries, participants and spectators can visit the Volunteer/Information Booth at the OC Fair and Event Center at the Finish Line.

What happens if I try to park in parking lots that are not approved event parking locations for The OC Marathon?

Please do not park in any area that is not designated The OC Marathon Event Parking area. In order to accommodate the normal traffic around Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, as well as accommodate for the heavy shopping traffic, we need to direct The OC Marathon traffic to the assigned lots. You run the risk of being towed should you choose to park in another area. Parking at any non-designated lot of the Marathon and Half Marathon will be at your own risk. Shuttle service will begin at 4:00 a.m. from the finish line area at the OC Fair and Event Center and continue through the Marathon and Half Marathon starting times. Visit Parking and Directions for detailed information.
Course Information

What is the time requirement on the course?

The participant on course time limit is 7 hours for the Full Marathon. Please note that the course will have a rolling re-opening that will be strictly enforced by the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Irvine Police Departments. Roads must reopen based on a 16 minute per mile pace.*  Full marathon participants that do not reach the marathon/half marathon split (Mile 12) by 3 hours and 20 minutes (8:50 am) will be diverted to turn left at Mesa Drive and finish the half marathon course.   Any participants arriving at any intersection after the 16 minute pace are encouraged to utilize the SAG vehicles that are provided to transport you to the finish line.  If at any time a participant chooses not to utilize the SAG vehicle, the participant is no longer a part of the event. Participants choosing to stay on the course are asked to follow police, city and race official direction, and use the pedestrian pathways and observe all pedestrian laws.  *After reopening, course markings, police services, portable restrooms, water stations may be removed from the course.

Will there be portable restrooms on the course?

Yes, there will be portable restrooms on the course.

Will this be a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, this race will be a Boston qualifier.

Are iPods allowed on the course?

Yes, iPods are allowed on the course.

Will photographs be taken along the course and at the finish? If so, how can I order these pictures?

Marathon Foto Professional Event Photography will be there on the course and at the finish line to capture you on the day of your big race. You will be notified via email (if it was provided on your registration form) when the photos are ready. After the event we will post a link to the Marathon Foto web site for your convenience.

Am I allowed to bring my baby stroller jogger, or have my friend in-line skate with me?

Baby stroller joggers will be allowed, but you must start at the back of all the participants. In-line skaters, bicyclists, as well as pets will be prohibited on the course in order to ensure the safety of all runners.

Can walkers register for the Marathon? Half Marathon? 5K?

Walkers are encouraged to participate in the Half Marathon rather than the full Marathon. The Full Marathon course has a time limit of 7.0 hours. The Half Marathon has a 3.5 hour time limit, so as long as you can walk a 15 minute mile, you can walk the the Half Marathon. The 5K does not have a time limit.
Other Questions


My son/daughter is in a youth group and would like to volunteer. Is there an age cutoff for volunteering?

We require ages 16 and older to volunteer. If they are younger, they must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the Volunteers Page to sign up for volunteer opportunities when available (the new module will be posted around 12.01.15)

Charity Information

Who are the “Charities”?

Please visit the Charities Page for a complete listing of our 2014 Charity Partners.  2015 Charity Applications will be released on August 1, 2015. Please e-mail us at if you would like to be put on the waiting list to be a 2015 official charity. 

Teams and Running Clubs

My employer wants information on having a team.

E-mail us at and we will work with your employer to get you set up in our Running Club program. Details on this program can be found on our Running Clubs Page.

I am a member of a running club that wants to send a team to participate in the OC Marathon.

We have a program going on for 2015 for all Running Clubs. Details on the program, how you can compete and the incentives as well as our 2015 Running Clubs Leaderboard (when the first team hits 25) can be found on our Running Clubs Page

Pace Groups

Do you have marathon pace groups?

A Snail's Pace is the Official Pace Team for the 2015 OC Marathon. The complete list of pacers and their times can be found for the Half Marathon Pace Groups Page and on the Marathon Pace Group Page.