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You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun! In February I will be traveling to beautiful Huntington Beach, California for the Surf City Half Marathon. If winter in Chicago is anything like it was last year, I will be more than ready to get away by then! While it’s too early to predict, the average temperature that weekend (February 2-3) starts with a low of 50º and a high of 63º. The race starts pretty early in the morning, so if we hit the averages, the temperature will be in the low- to mid-50s for the race. Perfect!
I haven’t been doing much running lately so I won’t be adequately trained, but as you know, that’s my usual M.O. Besides, the course time limit is…wait for it…five to five and a half hours, depending on when your wave starts! What the what??? While I don’t plan to take THAT long, it’s good to know I won’t be under a time crunch! So, I’ll do what I can as far as training between now and then, but I’m not going to kill myself trying.
The race starts along the Pacific Coast Highway and passes by the famous Huntington Beach Pier. We will run north along the beach for a couple of miles before turning inland for just a few more, and will then head back to the Pacific Coast Highway. At that point we will run past the Bolsa Chica Wetlands reserve (a wildlife and migratory bird sanctuary) as we head north again. We’ll then loop around and head south along the beach for the final five miles, finishing back at the beach for the post-race festival and sand bar. How fun is that?!
I’ve not run this race before (and I’ve never been to Huntington Beach), so I’m really looking forward to it! This will be my first race of 2019, and considering I typically kick of my race season mid-spring, I’m off to an early start. I’ll be running the Virgin Money London Marathon exactly 12 weeks later, so this will be the perfect kickoff to my training. Now if I can just keep the momentum going! (By the way, I will be running the London Marathon as a charity runner, raising funds for Whizz-Kidz, an organization that provides wheelchairs and mobility devices for children and young adults. If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts, you can do so my clicking on this link. Any donation, big or small, will help and is greatly appreciated!)
Interested in running this race? You can register online here, and use code SCMBR10 for 15% off! There are also 5K and full marathon options, and if you can’t make it to the coast, you can run the half or full marathon virtually!
Have you ever run any of the Surf City races or traveled to Huntington Beach? What races are you signed up for this year? Which one are you most excited about?