Long Beach race course combines
spectacular oceanfront views,
charming seaside communities, and
the metropolitan feel at the start
and finish. We truly believe this
course is one of the most beautiful
big city marathons in the United
States and we invite you to
participate! Fast, Flat and Scenic.
80% on or within sight of the ocean.
The highest elevation on the course
is 45 feet. The Course starts on
Shoreline Drive, passes the new Pike
at Shoreline Village, crosses the
Queensway Bridge and runs to the bow
of the Queen Mary, circle back
around the Aquarium of the Pacific,
the Lighthouse at Rainbow Harbor,
Pierpoint Landing, back by Shoreline
Village and down the beach.
At approximately Mile 10.5, is “the
split” where the Half Marathoners
circle back west on Ocean Blvd.
Marathoners continue east on Ocean
Blvd. to Livingston, passing through
beautiful Belmont Shore. Miles 12-13
take in the spectacular scenery of
Marine Stadium, then make a U-Turn
at the end of Marine Stadium. After
leaving Marine Stadium, runners
circle Colorado Lagoon and head
towards California State University,
Long Beach Introduced in 2008 to
great reviews, miles 17, 18, and 19
travel through the campus of
California State University, Long
Beach and pass the Pyramid Sports
2008, there were 6,000 students and
supporters on hand to cheer the
athletes along through the campus!
You’ll pass Recreation Park , Blair
Field and the Colorado Lagoon, the
homestretch is now in sight.
Reconnect to Ocean Blvd. alongside
beautiful Bluff Park, and head
through “the corridor” after mile 25
before reaching downtown. Celebrate
as you turn left from Ocean Blvd.
onto Shoreline Drive for the slight
downhill finish directly across from
the Marina Green Finish Line