The Long Beach Classic Half Marathon starts and finishes in Marine Stadium in Long Beach, CA. The Half Marathon takes participants through Alamitos Bay, across the world-famous 2nd Street, through Belmont Shore, and along the Long Beach Coastline. The Half Marathon is one of the most scenic courses on the West Coast.
Half Marathon Start Line
All participants are required to follow standard race etiquette and position themselves at the start according to expected race pace. The fastest participants should go to the front, followed by progressively slower-paced participants. Runners with strollers are required to start in the back of the pack. The start line is located within Marine Stadium near the Boat Launch Ramp. Half Marathon runners will be wearing Yellow Bibs and 5K will be wearing Red Bibs.
Half Marathon Pace Teams
A Snail’s Pace Running Club will be handling the pace groups for the half marathon participants. The Half Marathon pace groups are 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20 and 2:30. Each group will be led by an experienced leader who will run at a steady pace to help participants complete the half marathon at a particular time. Both pace teams are free for all registered participants, and sign-up lists will be available at the Health and Fitness Expo.
Course Time Limit
The overall time limit for the course is 3.5 hours. Please note that the course will have a rolling reopening that will be strictly enforced by the Long Beach Police Department. Participants will be required to pass certain points on course by a specific time or they will have the option to either be a pedestrian and obey all traffic laws or be moved up on course by the Sweeper Truck. Participants must be past (mile 8.25) 2nd Street and Bayshore Ave by 9:00am or they will be instructed to obey all traffic lights.
There will be water stations on-course approximately every mile to mile and a half beginning at Mile 1 at the following mile locations: 1/8.5/10, 2.5/7.5, 3.5/6.5, 4.5/5.5. 11/12. Water Stations will be supplied with cups of water. Each station will have hand sanitizer stations before and after.
Every mile will be marked with a large marker as shown below. For the non-GPS runners, these will be perfect to keep track of your race pace.
turn by turn directions
Start Line – Appian Way and Bayshore
Participants Start at the Marine Stadium Boat Launch