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California > Long Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & Bike Tour
Long Beach, CA  •  Sunday, October 12, 2014  •  Course Map

Featuring long stretches of beachfront runs along the Pacific coastline, the Long Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & 26.2-mile Bike Tour takes runners along a fast, flat course with some of the most scenic seaside running areas in California.

Both the full and half marathons start at the Downtown Shoreline Marina and take runners over the Queensbay Bridge to the tourist ship the Queen Mary, and past sights like the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Lighthouse at Rainbow Harbor and Pierpoint Landing.

Mostly fast and flat, the half course features a slight incline over the Queensbay Bridge (between miles 2 and 3), and the rest of the course is flat. The full and half marathon participants run side by side until the half-marathoners split off from those running the full marathon, between the 10th and 11th miles, when the half marathoners then turn onto Ocean Boulevard for the return back to the starting & finish lines at the Shoreline Marina.

As you might expect with a beachside road race, the course elevation comes as advertised -- there's never more than a 45-ft-high elevation at any point in the course, of which nearly all is visible from the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The race has a scheduled starting time of 7:00 AM for the full marathon and half marathon, and runners have 7 1/2 hours (for all events) to complete the course.

The race also includes a Forrest Gump-inspired "Run Forrest Run" 5K that's open to both runners and walkers and a one-mile fun run for kids -- titled the Aquarium of the Pacific Fun Run -- in addition to a separate wheelchair marathon and bicycle tour of the marathon course.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the Pacific coastline of Southern California, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach typically sees mild to moderately warm (and usually very dry) weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 39°F (in 1972) and as high as 111°F (in 1961).

October Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 58°F Low: 59°F Rain: 0.4 in.
High: 79°F High: 80°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Long Beach Half Marathon

Starting Time

6:00 AM - full marathon
7:30 AM - half marathon
8:30 AM - 5K


See race website


To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of the Long Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, Run Forrest Run 5K or 26.2-mile Bike Tour, register online at RaceMine.com.

Official Race Website


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