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?

 The ability to transfer to a different race length online will end on 3/7/16. After 3/7/16 participants will have to transfer to their preferred race (the OC 5K, half ,or full) at our expo by visiting the solutions table. 
We also cannot defer your registration to the following year's race after 3/7/16. 

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 28, 2016. 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 April 29th, 2016 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m or Saturday, April 30th, 2016 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.  

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. 2016 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, 2016 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.
Will there be Shuttles?
Pre Race Shuttles will run from the Finish Line to the Start line between these hours: 
Full Marathon Shuttles: From 3:00 am to 4:45 am 
Half Marathon Shuttles: from 4:00 am – 5:45 am 
5K Shuttles: Not applicable 
Post Race Shuttles: For participants that park at the start line, there will be shuttle service back to the Start Line following the race. The shuttles will pick you up in front of Centennial Farms and drop you off at the start line. 
Hotel Shuttles: If you are staying at a host hotel, or local hotel, you should have received a confirmation email upon booking your hotel with the shuttle times. If you did not, please click here and contact CTC (link to

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.   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. 

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.