Join us for the Beach Cities Challenge in 2022 and get your Stingray Medal!

About the Beach Cities Challenge:

Pacific Coast Highway never looked so good! Conquer the Beach Cities Challenge by completing, in consecutive order, any combo of full or half marathons at the Surf City Marathon, the SDCCU OC Marathon and the Long Beach Marathon. Run all three in a row and receive this fabulous medal!  Surf City started the challenge in 2011. Nearly 1,000 completed their challenge in Long Beach on October 9, 2011. To date, over 50,000 have completed the Beach Cities Challenge.

INFORMATION: The Beach Cities Challenge is a race series that includes three Southern California marathons and half marathons – the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach, the SDCCU Orange County Marathon, and the Long Beach Marathon. Runners who complete any combination of half or full marathons in all three events consecutively will receive a special Beach Cities Challenge Medal.  (Registration for the challenge is not required to enter.)

 Runners must complete any combination of full or half marathons in each of the three events, in consecutive order, starting with any of the three events. For example, if a runner starts the series at the SDCCU Orange County Marathon, he/she must complete Long Beach  and Surf City consecutively, to qualify for the reward. If a person misses even one event in consecutive order, they need to start over to receive the award.

REWARD: Upon completion of the third race in the series, runners will automatically qualify to receive a special Beach Cities medal to recognize their achievement. This can be picked up in the finish area of each event. If you have already completed your challenge in Long Beach, Surf City, or OC, get it started again. New Beach Cities Challenge medals will be released annually.

REGISTRATION AND OFFICIAL FINISH TIMES: There is no additional cost to register for and participant in the series. Simply register for each event as usual and your qualification will be automatic after your third race.  Be sure to register early using the same name and birth date for each race.  Once a race has sold out, you will NOT be able to register.  You must receive a finish time for each event to qualify.



FAQ's... and there are a lot of them:

The past year has certainly generated a lot of questions regarding Beach Cities status and qualifying to get your medal. We will continue to work with you to ensure that you are rewarded for all of your hard work and dedication to this series. For the sake of keeping the Beach Cities challenge structured in the future, we will assume the order has not changed. You still must complete one marathon/half (virtually or in-person) at each event, consecutively, to receive the medal. We also change the medal annually but if you prefer a previous medal and we still have them in stock, we will make sure we get you the medal that you prefer.

If you ran LB in '21 and SC in '22, you are eligible to get your medal at the OC

OC May. 2022 ⇒ Long Beach Oct. 2022 ⇒ Surf City February 2023

We understand this may be confusing and we look forward to getting things back on track and in the correct order in 2022. With any further questions, please email