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The Long Beach race course combines spectacular oceanfront views, charming seaside communities, and the metropolitan feel at the start and finish. 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 Miles 17, 18, and 19 travel through the campus of California State University, Long Beach and pass the Pyramid Sports Complex. The University campus always has great student support and usually is a welcomed surprise by runners.
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 Festival.
Please see the Elevation Charts below for the Marathon and Half Marathon.
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Over 5,000 students and supporters including the CSULB cheerleaders, pep band, and the school’s mascot, Prospector Pete, welcome runners as they enter campus. Bands, athletic teams, Greek organizations and student groups will line the course and cheer.
There are slight hills on the course. There are bridges between miles 2-3. The Queensway bridge is a slight incline over the bay towards the Queen Mary. On Nieto between Broadway and Appian Way (miles 11.5 & 23) there is a short hill by Rogers Middle School. Mile 17.5 takes the runners up a hill traveling from lower campus to upper campus at California State University, Long Beach. Then at Mile 18.5, you’ll go down a similar hill on the other side of campus. Approaching Mile 21, there is a quarter-mile incline on Clark to Pacific Coast Highway.
Please see the Elevation Chart for more information.
Course Time Limits
The following are time limits that participants have to complete their events: The race time limit is 7.5 hours for all events starting from the 6:00am start time. Runners need to return to the Finish Line by 1:30 pm.
2013 Aid Stations
Aid stations begin at mile 2 and will be located approximately every mile on the course with water and different energy at certain stations. Scroll down to see the specific energy stops along the course including PowerAde or Clif Shots or both.
Over 150 professionals from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital will be staffing Seven different Medical Aid Stations along the Course, as well as the LA County Mobile ER that will be located at the Finish Line. Need medical help? Here are the medical stations throughout the course:
- Station 1- Mile 6.5, Marina Green, on S. end of Linden
- Station 2- Mile 9, Olympic Plaza, East of the pool in parking lot.
- Station 3- Mile 12/14/23, Nieto & Appian Way (Will Rogers Mini Park).
- Station 4- Mile 15/21.5, Anaheim St and Park Ave
- Station 5- Mile 16/20, Atherton St and San Anseline, (Whaley Park).
- Station 6- Mile 18.5, E. Campus Dr., CSULB Campus.
- Station 7- Mile 24/11, Ocean Blvd. & Grand Ave. Finish Line- Shoreline Dr and Linden Ave., Northeast corner.
Each on-course Medical Aid Station will be stocked with Clif Shot to help you get back on your feet and running again. Look for the Red Shirts on the course if you need any assistance!
These stations are there to energize you to the finish line! Either PowerAde or Clif Shots will be available at the following stations. Remember they are not available at all stations.
- CLIF SHOT is all about delivering great-tasting, scientifically-backed, and sustainably-produced products to performance athletes. In other words, energy food can taste great and be made from good-for-the-planet ingredients. It’s that simple. The flavors include Chocolate, Citrus, Mocha, Razz, Strawberry and Vanilla
- CLIF Shots stations will be at Mile 10 for the Half and Full Marathon and Miles 15 1/2 and 21 for the Full Marathon.
- PowerAde is our on course energy drink. It will be at the water stations located at even-numbered mile markers. Check out the MAP for a visual of where PowerAde will be located.
- PowerAde energy drink will be served at miles 4.5, 6.5, 9, 11.5, 14.5/22, 16.5/20, 18, and 24/11
Hydration is key while running! Stop by any of our energetic water stations at 2, 3.25, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5 7.5, 9, 10, 11.5, 13, 14.5/22, 15.5/21, 16.5/20, 17, 18, 19, 24/11, and 25/12.
Kool ‘n Fit Sport
Spray Station As you approach “the wall” between mile 9 and mile 16/20, rejuvenate those tired and aching muscles at the KOOL ‘N FIT SPORT Spray Station. The only ALL NATURAL Muscle Conditioning Spray. Since 1984, athletes all over the world have been spraying themselves down- Before, During and After competition with Kool ‘N Fit Sport to “Compete at Their peak!”.
Volunteers will be ready with KOOL ‘N FIT Sport Muscle Conditioning Spray to bring welcome relief to cramped, tired, burning muscles as you close in on your goal…the finish line!! KOOL ‘N FIT Sport Muscle Conditioning Spray is the “Official External Muscle Conditioning Spray” of the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon.” For more info, go to www.koolnfitsport.com.