BEACH CITIES CHALLENGE

CRUISE THE BEACH FOR YOUR NEXT CHALLENGE - 3 BEACHES, 1 FABULOUS MEDAL

Update Regarding Cancelled 2020 Event

There will be a few different scenarios for the Beach Cities Challenge. We will be sure to reward you for all of your hard work and dedication to this series. In all scenarios, we move forward as if the OC 2020 event took place. 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 race at each event, consecutively, to receive the medal.

OC 2020 ⇒ Long Beach 2020 ⇒ Surf City 2021 ⇒ OC 2021 ⇒ Long Beach 2021 ⇒ Surf City 2021

(1) If OC is your final (third) race in the series:

-and you choose to run virtually, we'll mail your Beach Cities medal with your virtual run package

-and you participate virtually, all the way up to November 8, 2020, you will receive your 2020 Beach Cities mailed with the rest of your swag.... but you will have started the 2021 series already if you run Long Beach virtually first. That's okay. It might get messy, but we will sort it out! In this case, Long Beach will be race #1 of 2021 for you, and OC is still #3 for 2021.

-and you defer to 2021, you will not complete the 2020 challenge, you will have to start the series over at your next Beach Cities race.

(2) If OC is your 2nd race in the series:

-and you choose to run virtually, you will remain eligible to receive your Beach Cities Challenge medal when you run Long Beach virtually even though the OC may be run as late as November 8, 2020.

-and you defer to 2021, you will not complete the 2020 challenge, you will have to start the series over at your next Beach Cities race.

(3) If the OC is your first race in the series:

-and you choose to run virtually, you will remain eligible to receive your Beach Cities Challenge, and your next race will be Long Beach run virtually followed by Surf City, hopefully in-person.

-and you participate in November 2020, you will receive your Beach Cities medal at the Surf Cities race. You will have to run Long Beach 2020 before OC 2020. OC will still count as #1, and Long Beach will be #2. Then, Surf City would be your final race and you will be back on track next year.

-and you defer to 2021, you will start your series at your next race. You could start at Long Beach virtually 2020 and finish at OC 2021 or start at Surf City 2021 and finish at Long Beach 2021.

We understand this could be a confusing year. With any further questions, please email info@ocmarathon.com

I WAS ON TRACK TO BE A LEGACY RUNNER. DOES IT STILL COUNT?

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 43,000 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 JetBlue 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.)

RULES: 
 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.