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Elite Athlete Program

The OC Marathon supports nationally ranked athletes, while highlighting their skills on one of the most scenic Southern California race courses. Elite athletes are invited based on previous personal records (which must be verified) or national rankings. There is a minimum standard that MUST be met to be considered as an elite. Qualifying athletes are eligible to receive a complimentary race entry, an elite bib number, and prize money for course records To be considered as an elite at the OC Marathon, athletes need to provide proof of valid race results meeting the qualifying marks from the past two years. Eligibility is at the discretion of the OC Marathon staff.

If you qualify, please complete the Elite Application Form below. A full running resume, photo and proof of valid race qualifying race results will need to be uploaded.

Requirements

Full Marathon

To Be Considered for Male Full Marathon Elite Entry and Seeded Bib Number: 2:35 or Faster

2:35 or Faster

To Be Considered for Female Full Marathon Elite Entry and Seeded Bib Number: 3:00 or Faster

3:00 or Faster

Half Marathon

To Be Considered for Male Full Marathon Elite Entry and Seeded Bib Number: 2:35 or Faster

1:10 or Faster

To Be Considered for Female Full Marathon Elite Entry and Seeded Bib Number: 3:00 or Faster

1:20 or Faster

Prizes

Prize money is given for course records to encourage faster times and reward performance.
Note: If multiple people beat the course record, only the first will receive the bonus.

Full Marathon

$2,500 bonus to beat course record 

CURRENT RECORDS:

Men 2:22:45 – Peter Omae Ayieni 2011 

Women 2:37:43 – Lenore Moreno 2016

Half Marathon

$1,500 Bonus to beat course record 

CURRENT RECORDS:

Men 1:05:19 – JJ Santana 2021

Women 1:13:53 – Sara Lopez 2022

 

Full Marathon

$750 bonus to beat course record

CURRENT RECORDS:

Men 14:07 – Fasil Bizuneh 2007

Women 16:57 – Valerie Sanchez 2019

USATF Rules of Competition

As an event sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF), the marathon, half marathon, and 5K races will be conducted according to USATF Rules of Competition.

Men’s Olympic Qualifying Standards
Full Marathon A: 2:15 / B 2:19
Half Marathon B Standard: 1:04

Women’s Olympic Qualifying Standards

Full Marathon A: 2:37 / B 2:45
Half Marathon B Standard: 1:13