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Beach Cities Challenge

Earn your Beach Cities Challenge Medal!


The Beach Cities Challenge is a race series that includes 3 Southern California Marathons or Half Marathons –  The Surf City Marathon, OC Marathon, and Long Beach Marathon. Runners who complete any combination of half or full marathons in all 3 events consecutively will receive a special Beach Cities Medal.  There is no additional challenge-registration required to enter the Beach Cities Challenge.


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 Orange County Marathon in 2019, he/she must complete Long Beach 2019 and Surf City 2020 to qualify for the reward. If a person misses even one event in consecutive order, they need to start over to receive the Beach Cities Challenge Medal.


Upon completion of the 3rd 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 Marathon, get it started again. New Beach Cities Challenge medals will be released annually.

If Surf City is your 3rd race in the challenge, be sure that your Beach Cities Qualifier status is verified when you visit us at the expo. You will use your bib as your ticket to pick up your fabulous medal at the Finish Line Festival.

Registration and Official Race Times

There is no additional cost to register for and participate in the series. Simply register for each event as usual and your qualification will be automatic after your 3rd 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 qualify.

Confirm your Beach Cities Challenge status

If you are completing your Beach Cities Challenge at the Surf City Marathon, please confirm your status prior to arriving at the Active Lifestyle EXPO…Click Here to View Status

If you believe there is an error with your Beach Cities Challenge status, please email our team at with your full name.

Note: only those that are eligible to pick up a medal at the Surf City Marathon are listed on the roster.

Cowabunga Challenge

Because one medal isn’t enough! Complete the Cowabunga Challenge this year by finishing the Beach Mile and any race on Sunday in order to earn the exclusive Cowabunga Challenge medal! Why go home with one medal when you can go home with three.

Cowabunga Challenge Options:

  • Cowabunga Beach Mile (Saturday, 2/6) + 5K (Sunday, 2/7)
  • Cowabunga Beach Mile (Saturday, 2/6) + Half Marathon (Sunday, 2/7)
  • Cowabunga Beach Mile (Saturday, 2/6) + Marathon (Sunday, 2/7)

No need to sign up! When picking up your bibs at the Race Expo make sure you get your Cowabunga Challenge stamp on your Sunday bib to denote you are participating in the Challenge. Pick up your Cowabunga Challenge medal after Sunday’s race at the Challenge Medals tables in the Main Expo Tent.





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