Sunday, May 24, 2015 • Ventura, CA • Course Map
Towering mountains, green hillsides and valleys, and the waves crashing along the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean are just some of the scenery runners will see at the Mountains to Beach Marathon & Half Marathon, running between Ojai and Ventura just as spring is transitioning to summer here in Southern California.
While the 26.2-mile full marathon will follow the course quite literally according to the race’s name — runners will start the full in the Ojai Valley, which lies roughly 17 miles north of Ventura, and make their way southward through the mountains along Highway 33 to the finish line near the ocean — those running the half will start at roughly the half-way point of the full marathon.
First built in 1872 as a pier for steamships that once transported passengers in and out of Pierpont Bay, the Ventura Pier today is a mecca for fishermen and women, tourists and locals out for a walk or a run or just to soak up the sun. The nearly 2,000-ft.-long pier also is home to a restaurant, snack shop and a bait shop for those fishing here, and plenty of stations for cleaning what they catch.
Runners in the half marathon will start their race at 6:00 AM along the Ventura River Trail that parallels the Ojai Freeway/Ventura Avenue for much of the first several miles of the half marathon, the same time as those starting miles away at the full marathon start.
From the starting line on Crooked Palm Road, runners head north for the race’s first couple of miles, along North Ventura Road. Between miles 2 and 3, they’ll join up with the paved trail south toward Ventura, in the direction of Emma Wood State Beach and the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
Once runners reach the shoreline, the course then turns to the left and heads east along Harbor Boulevard, and runners follow the bend in the road as it curves along with Highway 101 and brings them into the park along San Buenaventura State Beach.
Once they make the turn and head back along Pierpoint in the opposite direction of what they just ran, runners then turn left when they hit San Pedro and head through the San Buenaventura Beach area until they meet up with the trail that brings them back toward the starting line area.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the Southern California coastline, just over 65 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and about 17 miles south of Ojai, Ventura typically sees mild to moderately warm weather virtually year-round, while rainfall is scarce in the late spring.
On race day (May 24), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- $58 for the half marathon, if registered by September 15, 2014
- $63 between Sept. 16 – October 31
- $67 between November 1 – January 31, 2015
- $74 between February 1 – March 31
- $81 on April 1 and after, until the race sells out
To reserve your spot in the 2015 weekend running of Ventura’s Mountains 2 Beach Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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