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Huntington Beach gears up for next Surf City USA Marathon

The annual local tradition has evolved into a premier destination race

By Kylie MalstromPublished: December 19, 2011 12:05 PM

Known for its miles of beaches and international surfing competitions, Huntington Beach has been gaining more fame for another event. The city’s annual Surf City USA Marathon has become a premier attraction for domestic and international runners and a major tourism draw. The race is the largest combined oceanfront marathon and half marathon event in California, and attracts more than 20,000 participants and 45,000 spectators from across the U.S. and from 18 foreign countries. Next year’s race will be held on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 5.

The growing popularity of this race can be attributed to, among other things, the development of running clubs, the unique oceanfront course, which has been voted the second favorite in the nation by readers of Marathon and Beyond Magazine, and to the mild weather of Surf City. Huntington Beach also provides a compelling draw. With seven miles of beaches and a world famous pier that hosts many international surfing competitions, the interest is understandable.

"The Surf City Marathon brings a nice group of people to Huntington Beach hotels, downtown merchants and area attractions during a traditionally 'slow' season," said race general manager Amy Tomchak.

The Surf City USA Marathon begins in front of The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton hotel. The course offers an exclusive oceanfront run along the Pacific Coast Highway, past the Huntington Beach Pier and through the surfing beaches that make Southern California famous.

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