Long Beach Marathon
11 October 2019
During our last Race Weekend, we had over 20,000 participants "Visit Long Beach" and soak in the beauty and excitement of our city. Race Weekend kicked off with the Health & Fitness Expo, showcasing over 70 vendors, sponsors, and charities, as well as our official merchandise store. Featuring long stretches of beachfront runs along the Pacific coastline, the Long Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & 20-mile Bike Tour takes runners along a fast, flat course with some of the most scenic seaside running areas in California. Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, “Run Long Beach”. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium. Cheerleaders, sororities, fraternities, clubs, student organizations, faculty, and the school mascot Prospector Pete come out full-force to cheer as runners complete a 5K loop around the California State University, Long Beach campus. With 6.2 miles to go, runners head back towards Ocean Boulevard for a fast finish and Finish Line Festival celebration. The Long Beach Marathon can be used as a qualifier for any marathon in the country, including the Boston Marathon.
The Full Marathon starts next in Downtown Long Beach in the same spot that the Long Beach Grand Prix racecars start. Runners enjoy the sunrise while starting their journey through the 35th largest city in the United States. After a slight climb over the Queensway Bridge, runners circle the picturesque Shoreline Park Lighthouse and around Rainbow Harbor. A slight ocean breeze and cheering spectators greet runners as they pass by the start and finish Festival area at mile 6.5. Three miles next to the Pacific Ocean and a CLIF shot at mile 10 prepare full marathoners for the miles ahead, but not before a visit to the friendly Belmont Shore neighborhood. After passing “The Split,” runners head to Marine Stadium, pass Blair Field and Wilson High School and head to California State University, Long Beach. The campus is alive with cheerleaders, the CSULB band, sports teams, organizations and clubs, sororities and fraternities, faculty and the school Mascot, Prospector Pete. A quick 5K and a few minor hills on campus leaves runners with only 10K to go. Runners head back to Ocean Boulevard and make their way via a downhill finish to the Finish Line Festival where they are presented with their hard-earned medal and a full post-race festival with a great band, a beer garden, and plenty of food.
Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, “Run Long Beach”. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium. Over 5,000 students and supporters including the CSULB cheerleaders, pep band, various school clubs and organizations, fraternities and sororities, members of faculty, and of course the mascot, Prospector Pete, welcome runners as they pass through the campus. The university contains the highest incline of the day (83 feet) located at approximately mile 17.75.