Long Beach Marathon

  • 01 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon - Overview

    Long Beach Marathon
    Long Beach Marathon. Photo by Thomas McConville of the Long Beach Business Journal

    The Long Beach Marathon is one of the fastest and most scenic runs around due to the flatness of the course, 80% of which is along or within view of the ocean. Over 21,000 participants are expected to compete in the annual Long Beach Marathon events including the 26.2 mile Long Beach Marathon, the Half Marathon, Marathon Bike Tour, Run Forrest Run 5K and Aquarium Kids 1 Mile Fun Run. There will be 25 entertainment stations along the route, and spectators can enjoy the scenery, get a tan, or visit attractions along the race route while waiting to cheer runners. The Finish Line Festival starts bright and early and continues until mid-afternoon. Other events associated with the Long Beach Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center and the Carbo Load Dinner the night before the race. Registrants for all events receive a t-shirt, goodie bag and free entry into the Aquarium of the Pacific valid October 5-15.

    Race Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016

    Start Times and...MORE Locations
    Wheelchair Race: 5:55 am
    Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour: 6:00 am
    Marathon: 6:00 am
    Half Marathon Waves Begin: 7:30 am
    Run Forest Run 5K: 8:30 am

    runlongbeach.com

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  • 02 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon - The Marathon and Course Information

    Long Beach Marathon
    Long Beach Marathon. Photo by Thomas McConville of the Long Beach Business Journal

    The Long Beach Marathon starts on Shoreline Drive near Linden in Downtown Long Beach. It heads west to the LA River, returns to Rainbow Harbor and crosses the Queensway Bridge to loop around in front of the Queen Mary, then back across the Ocean Blvd bridge and past the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village, making another loop through Downtown Long Beach before heading across the beach path to Belmont Shore. The course continues along Marine Stadium, circling Colorado Lagoon before heading to California State University Long Beach, past the Pyramid Sports Complex, then back by Colorado Lagoon down to Ocean Blvd to the finish line on Shoreline Drive. See the Long Beach Marathon Map Page for details.

    Participants can register online for the Marathon by Oct 5 or until sell out. If the race doesn't sell out, you can register in person at the Health & Fitness Expo Oct 7-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center. You must have a runners bib to be on the course during the race....MORE There is a 7.5 hour time limit to finish the race.

    Each runner must pick up their registration packet at the Expo on Friday or Saturday before the race. This year, you can pay $25 extra in advance for VIP Race Day Pickup.

    Race Date: Sunday, Oct 9 2016
    Start time: Wheel chairs 5:55, Bikes 6 am,  Full marathon 6:00, Half marathon waves begin 7:30 am, 5K 8:30 am
    Where: Shoreline Drive, near Linden
    Entry Fee: $125, Half Marathon $105 (to be confirmed)
    Registration: www.runlongbeach.com
    Parking: $10 at the Sports Arena, Convention Center, the Pike and Aquarium parking structures, but the traffic flow getting into the parking structures can take hours. The Metro Blue Line stops a couple blocks from the Marathon start and finish line. There are free park-and-ride lots at Wardlow and Willow in Long Beach, both convenient from the 405 freeway. Limited Pre-paid parking reservations are available for lots north of Broadway at https://longbeach.clickandpark.com/
    Info: www.runlongbeach.com

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  • 03 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour

    The Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour gives riders a chance to ride through the same city streets and beach paths as the runners on a slightly different course, heading out in the opposite direction as the runners at the same time. Only one person per bike unless it is a tandem (both riders must be registered). All riders must wear helmets. Bike lights are recommended since it is dark when the race starts. The Marathon Bike Tour will have its own Finish Line Festival. There is a bike corral for storing bikes to attend the Finish Line Festival (bikes can't be taken in), but you have to provide your own lock.

    Tour Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
    Start time: 6:00 am
    Where: Shoreline Drive between Linden and Pine Ave.
    Entry Fee: $45 (To be confirmed)
    Registration: online at http://runlongbeach.com/bike-tour or at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center Oct 10-11, 2014.
    Note: Entrants must pick up their bib, T-Shirts and goodie bags at the Expo
    Parking: Ride your bike to...MORE the event if you can or take the Metro to avoid parking headaches, otherwise plan to arrive 2 hours early to park, $10 at Sports Arena, Convention Center, the Pike and Aquarium. Limited Pre-paid parking reservations are available for lots north of Broadway at https://longbeach.clickandpark.com/
    Info: http://runlongbeach.com/bike-tour/​

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  • 04 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon 5k Run/Walk

    The 5k Run/Walk is a race and entrants will have a computer chip, like the marathon runners to calculate their time. However the event is geared toward the whole family. The course starts at the Aquarium of the Pacific, proceeds down Shoreline Drive, around Rainbow Harbor and across Queensway Bridge and back.

    Race Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
    Start time: 7:30 am
    Where: Shoreline Drive between Linden and Pine Ave.
    Entry Fee: $45 (to be confirmed)
    Registration: online at www.runlongbeach.com in advance or at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center Oct 7 or at the Aquarium on October 8.
    Parking: Parking is $10 at the Long Beach Sports Arena, Convention Center, the Pike and Aquarium parking structures, but the traffic flow getting into the parking structures can take hours and backs up the 710 freeway. If you're not staying in downtown Long Beach, consider taking the Metro. The Metro Blue Line stops a couple blocks from the Marathon start and finish line. If you...MORE are not convenient to a Metro station, there are free park-and-ride lots at Wardlow and Willow in Long Beach, both relatively convenient from the 405, so you can stay off the 710 freeway.
    Info: http://runlongbeach.com/long-beach-5k-run-walk

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  • 05 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon - Aquarium of the Pacific Free Kids 1 Mile Fun Run

    Aquarium of the Pacific
    Aquarium of the Pacific. Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

    The Aquarium of the Pacific Kids 1 Mile Fun Run on the day BEFORE the Marathon is for kids from 8 to 12 and will start in waves based on age. It starts and finishes in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific. The race is open to the first 2000 kids who register. The kids will start in waves by age. There will be activities for the whole family in front of the Aquarium. All registered participants will receive free admission to the Aquarium on Oct Marathon weekend. Runners are encouraged to dress in blue or as their favorite marine creature.
    Race Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
    Start time: 9:00 am
    Where: Aquarium of the Pacific
    Entry Fee: FREE
    Registration: online at http://runlongbeach.com/aquarium-of-the-pacific-kids-fun-run in advance or, if not already sold out, at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center Oct 7-8.
    Parking: Parking is $10 at the Long Beach Sports Arena, Convention Center, the Pike and Aquarium parking structures, but the traffic flow getting into the...MORE parking structures can take hours and backs up the 710 freeway. If you're not staying in downtown Long Beach, consider taking the Metro. The Metro Blue Line stops a couple blocks from the Marathon start and finish line. If you are not convenient to a Metro station, there are free park-and-ride lots at Wardlow and Willow in Long Beach, both relatively convenient from the 405, so you can stay off the 710 freeway.
    Info: http://runlongbeach.com/aquarium-of-the-pacific-kids-fun-run

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  • 06 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon Spectators and Family Members

    Gregg Young at Long Beach Marathon
    Gregg Young and the 2nd Street Band entertain runners and spectators along Rainbow Harbor during the Long Beach Marathon. Photo by Thomas McConville of the Long Beach Business Journal

    You can watch participants start, finish and cross the 6 mile mark all near the finish Line Festival area at Marina Green. You can also watch runners along the beach path (miles 7-10), then climb the stairs to watch them return along Ocean Blvd (miles 24-26). 6,000 students are expected to cheer runners through California State University Long Beach.

    One of the nice things about the Long Beach Marathon is that spectators can have a view of the finish line. Based on how long your runner/walker usually takes, plan to be there early to cheer them across the line. Be sure to plan a meeting spot away from the finish line to find your participant after the event.

    View Long Beach Marathon Course Info

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  • 07 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon Health and Fitness Expo

    The Long Beach Marathon Health & Fitness Expo is free and open to the public. It is located in Hall C of the Long Beach Convention Center, accessible from the Seaside Way Sports Arena Parking, entering through the Sports Arena entrance (the round building with the blue whale mural), not from Pine Avenue. There are representatives from every possible running, cycling, health and fitness related exhibitor that you can imagine. All participants in the Long Beach Marathon, Bike Tour, 5k Run/Walk and Kids Run must pick up their bibs and goodie bags at the Expo. The event also features seminars and speakers on everything from physical and mental preparation for marathons to how to choose the right running shoes.
    When: Friday, Oct 7, 2016 noon-7 pm and Saturday, Oct 8, 9 am-6 pm
    Where: Long Beach Convention Center, Hall C. Enter off Seaside Drive through the Sports Arena entrance (the round building with the whale mural)
    Cost: The Expo is free
    Parking: $10 at the Sports Arena or Convention...MORE Center. As low as $5 at some nearby lots. Streets are metered 7 days a week.
    Info: http://runlongbeach.com/expo-packet-pickup/

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  • 08 of 09

    The Carbo Load Dinner

    The Queen Mary and Scorpion Russion Sub in Long Beach
    The Queen Mary and Scorpion Russion Sub in Long Beach. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    The Long Beach Marathon Carbo Load Dinner is offered by Buono's Pizzeria and includes an assortment of pizzas and pastas, soft drinks and cookies. There are multiple seatings.

    Buono's Pizzeria
    When: Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 pm seatings
    Where: 205 W. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, walking distance from downtown hotels
    Cost: $17.99 
    Tickets: call 562-432-2211 for reservations
    Parking: Free validated parking.
    Website: www.buonospizza.com

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  • 09 of 09

    Long Beach Marathon Maps, Road Closures and Bus Route Changes

    Long Beach Marathon Map
    Long Beach Marathon Map 2014. Courtesy of the Long Beach Marathon

    Long Beach Marathon Map and Course Information

    Long Beach Marathon Course Video, bottom of page

    List of Street Closures, Re-Opening Times and Resident Access Routes - 2016 TBA

    Take Metro to the Long Beach Marathon

    More on how to Ride the LA Metro.

    Call Long Beach Transit at (562) 591-2301 for up-to-date bus schedule changes.