Join us for the Beach Cities Challenge in 2021 and get your Sea Horse 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 45,000 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.)

 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.


Update Regarding the (Virtual) 2020 Events and upcoming 2021 Events

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 the 2020 Sea Turtle to the new 2021 Seahorse, we will make sure we get you the medal that you prefer.

OC 2020 (virtually) ⇒ Long Beach 2020 (virtually) ⇒ Surf City Sept. 2021 ⇒ OC Nov. 2021 ⇒ Long Beach Oct. 2021 ⇒ Surf City February 2022

(1) If you completed OC and/or LB in 2020 (virtually), and one of those events was your third and qualifying event, you should have received your BCC Sea Turtle in the mail. If you continue in the series, you will need to complete all three events again and you will receive the new Seahorse medal at your qualifying event. If you received yours from OC in 2020, you will again get yours after you finish your OC in 2021. If you completed yours at LB in 2020, LB again will be your final race in October, but you will need to be registered for the November OC. Yes, you will be "finishing" before you actually do OC.

(2) If you completed OC and LB in 2020 (virtually) and SC is your completion event, you must be registered for SC and complete it virtually or in person in September to receive the awesome new BCC Seahorse medal.

(3) If you received your BCC Sea turtle after doing the 2020 OC virtually and then did LB 2020 virtually, SC will be your second in the series and you will get your Seahorse after doing OC in 2021 (virtually or in person in November).

(4) If you are beginning your series challenge with Surf City, and this is where it is confusing, you must be registered to do the November OC prior to doing Long Beach in October. Under this scenario, you may actually receive your BCC Seahorse prior to completion of the OC in November.

It might get messy, but we will sort it out! In this case.

-and you defer to 2022, you will not complete the 2021 challenge, you will have to start the series over at your next Beach Cities race.

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