Some answers to FAQs

I was on track to be a legacy runner. Does virtual count?

If you were on track to be a Legacy Runner, running the race virtually will continue your Legacy status and will qualify you for your Legacy Gift.


I made a hotel reservation through the OC website. How do I cancel/change?

For assistance with a new reservation, making a change  or cancellation call CTC Conferences & Events


Beach Cities Challenge questions.

The last couple years have had some confusing Beach Cities Challenge scenarios but we are finally back on track. Runners that started their challenge (with half or full) at Surf City in February, ran the OC in May, will complete their challenge at Long Beach.

Virtual runners can maintain their challenge.


Registration Information

How do I change my registration?

Use this link to:

Upgrade to COMBO CRUSH (Add 5K)

Switch races

Go Virtual

Go In-Person

Upgrade to VIP

Do you allow wheelchair &/or handcycle participants?

Yes. We require chair athletes to compete in the full marathon only and handcyclists must not exceed a 5:00 minute per mile average pace (2:11 marathon).

I lost my confirmation, but I registered online, or my check was cashed

Confirm your registration here.

You do not need your confirmation. Registered participants will receive their bib numbers via email 3 days before the race. If a participant does not get a bib number via email or have a confirmation, no problem!  Just grab your ID and head on over to the OC Fair & Event Center for the OC Lifestyle & Fitness Expo. When you get there, look up your name on the alpha lists (provided by Race Central) as you enter the Expo. Once you find your bib number, you will proceed to the corresponding registration table where you will need to provide a valid photo ID and sign the release waivers.

Can I pick up my packet on Race Day?

For the Saturday OC 5K, it is recommended that runners come to the expo on Saturday afternoon, get their packet, enjoy the Celebrate OC Festival and run their 5K. They should then stick around and enjoy the band.

There is NO race day bib pick-up on Sunday for the half marathon.

All participants must attend the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo to pick up their bibs and packets on Friday between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m or Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You will be required to show your identification to pick up your own race bib, D-tag timing chip, technical shirt or t-shirt.

If your travels plans do not allow you to be able to get to the expo during these hours,  you must order the bib to be mailed in advance to your home or office. There is a $25 fee for this service.

A friend or family member may pick up your bib IF AND ONLY IF they have a copy of your driver's license and a signed waiver which can be downloaded. Click on the View Waiver button. 

What if I have a question on race day?

For all questions and inquiries, participants and spectators can visit the Information Tower, located in the Finish Line Festival at the OC Fair and Event Center.

Participant Information

Will there be Personal Items Storage?

UPS has been handling our Personal Item Storage for years and they are FANTASTIC!   One of the most recognized names in the world, will ensure your personal items are delivered from the start line to the finish line.  Look for the UPS trucks near the start line to check in your bags. At the finish line, look for the UPS trucks after you exit the finish line chutes. YOU MUST USE THE CLEAR DRAWSTING BAG & TAB FROM BIB PROVIDED AT THE EXPO TO CHECK YOUR ITEMS. No backpacks or other bags, other than clear plastic bags, will be permitted.

Will there be a Participant Lost & Found?

Yes. Items of value that have been turned in will be located at the Information Tower at the OC Fair & Event Center. Unclaimed items will be held at the OC Marathon offices for 30 days after the event and then donated to charity. You may email us at info@ocmarathon.com for 30 days after the event to check for your items and we can make arrangements to get it to you or for you to come by our offices to retrieve them. Anything still at our office after 30 days will be donated to charity. PLEASE NOTE: Any clothing or bags left at the start line will be collected immediately following the start of the race and donated to the Salvation Army.  Please do not leave items at the start line.


Will There Be Shuttles?

Pre Race Bus Shuttles will run from the Finish Line at the OC Fair and Event Center to the Start line between these hours:

Marathon/Half Marathon Shuttles: from 3:45 am – 5:30 am

5K Shuttles: Not applicable

Post Race Shuttles: For participants that park at the start line, there will be bus shuttle service back to the Start Line following the race. The shuttles will pick you up in front of Centennial Farms and drop you off at the start line.

Hotels may offer a shuttle to the start and back from the finish. You must confirm the shuttle times and availability with your hotel.


Where do I park?

Parking daily at the OC Fair and Event Center will be $10 (Card preferred).You can also purchase a parking pass for $10 for Sunday at the Expo when you're picking up your bib. This will make the lines move faster Sunday morning.

Please do not park in any area that is not designated The OC Marathon Event Parking area. In order to accommodate the normal traffic around Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, as well as accommodate for the heavy shopping traffic, we need to direct The OC Marathon traffic to the assigned lots. You run the risk of being towed should you choose to park in another area. Parking at any non-designated lot of the Marathon and Half Marathon will be at your own risk.

Shuttle service will begin at 3:45 a.m. from the finish line area at the OC Fair and Event Center and continue through the Marathon and Half Marathon starting times. Visit Parking and Directions for detailed information.

Course Information

What is the time requirement on the course?

The participant on course time limit is 7 hours for the Full marathon. Please note that the course will have a rolling re-opening that will be strictly enforced by the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Police Departments. Roads must reopen based on a 16 minute per mile pace.*


Runners unable to finish the race may stop at any water station along the course.  The water station captain will alert the support vehicles to pick you up. Runners still out on the course when officials determine it is time to reopen the roads (approximately a 16-minute per mile pace) will be informed they are now a pedestrian and must obey all pedestrian traffic laws, stopping at red lights, using crosswalks, using sidewalks, etc. Once roads begin to reopen to vehicular traffic, course support, including water stations, course signage, mile markers, timing systems, and medical stations will close. Runners on the course after this time accept that they will be on their own and should plan accordingly, OR utilize the support vehicle to return to the finish line.   The support vehicles will have printed directions for walkers to return to the finish line on their own.

Will there be portable restrooms on the course?


Will this be a Boston Qualifier?

Yes! Good luck!

Are iPods allowed on the course?


Will photographs be taken along the course and at the finish? If so, how can I order these pictures?

Sport Photo Group will be there on the course and at the finish line to capture you in photos AND video on the day of your big race.
Photos will be available online within 36 hours after you have finished and all participants will be able to order a digital package, order printed phots and be able to download a free finisher certificate.
You will be notified via email (if it was provided on your registration form) when the photos are ready. After the event we will post a link to the web site for your convenience.

Am I allowed to bring my baby stroller jogger, or have my friend in-line skate with me?

Baby stroller joggers are not recommended but with pre-approval, will be allowed. If approved, you must start at the back of all the participants.

In-line skaters, bicyclists, as well as pets will be prohibited on the course in order to ensure the safety of all runners.

Can walkers register for the Marathon? Half Marathon? 5K?

Walkers are certainly encouraged to participate. The Marathon has a 7 hour time limit, so as long as you can walk a 16 minute mile, you can walk event. The 5K does not have a time limit.

Other Questions

Is there an age cutoff for volunteering?

Volunteers must be 16 years or older, or accompanied by an adult. Visit the Volunteers Page to sign up for volunteer opportunities when available.

Who are the Charities?

Please visit the Charity Partners Page for a complete listing of our 2022 Charity Partners. Please e-mail charities@ocmarathon.com if you would like to apply to be a 2022 official charity.

Teams and Running Clubs

My employer wants information on having a team.  Details on our Corporate Challenge program can be found on our Corporate Challenge page.
Can my Run Club Register? Absolutely. Visit Running Clubs for more information.

Do you have marathon pace groups?

Yes. We have pace teams for all of the milestone times and BQ times.. The complete list of pacers and their times can be found for the Half Marathon Pace Groups and on Pace Groups