California > Malibu International Marathon & Half Marathon
Malibu, CA • Sunday, November 11, 2012 • Course Map
Rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, waves crashing against the shoreline, and plenty of rugged hills await on a gorgeous point-to-point route along the Pacific Coast Highway at the Malibu International Marathon & Half Marathon, which makes its fourth annual running in the mid-fall of 2012, after last year's race saw more than 2,300 runners cross the finish line in both races combined.
Though runners in both the full and the half marathons will share the same finish line, they'll start their respective 26.2- and 13.1-mile races in different places -- those running the full marathon will start at Freedom Park in nearby Camarillo, while those running the half marathon will start at the half-way point of the full marathon, on the Pacific Coast Highway along the shoreline of California's Point Mugu State Park.
One of this part of Southern California's many state parks and wilderness areas, Point Mugu State Park lies just few miles east of the naval base that shares its name, among the Santa Monica Mountains and just south of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. With more than 70 miles of hiking trails that criss-cross its hills, mountains and valleys, the park is probably just as popular for its five miles of beaches, where runners will likely see dolphins out in the water as they make their way down the highway.
From the starting line for the half marathon -- where runners will start their race at 7:30 AM -- the 13.1-mile course then proceeds from west to east entirely along the Pacific Coast Highway, all the way down to the finish line at Malibu's Zuma Beach. When they cross the finish line, runners will receive not just a race medal but also a commemorative race towel, which they can use to dry off after they've taken a dip in the ocean to cool off after the race finish.
Along the way, the race route offers some of this part of coastal California's truly spectacular views. While the first several miles of the half marathon route offer up pristine coastline through Point Mugu -- along which the only modern intrusion is the highway -- while the last few miles bring runners past beautiful beachfront homes, one after another, many of which are owned by Hollywood's biggest names.
The course for the race is USATF-certified, and organizers add that runners will have 5 hours to complete the half marathon and 6 1/2 hours to complete the full marathon. Shuttle bus transportation will be provided from the finish line at Zuma Beach (where parking will be available) to the starting lines for each race. You'll need to be there early, however -- the last bus to take runners to the full marathon starting line leaves at 5:30 AM, while the last bus for the half starting line leaves at 6:30 AM.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Southern California coastline, about 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Malibu typically sees mild to moderately warm weather virtually year-round. In November, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 75°F and 43°F -- on the day of the race (Nov. 11), the average high is 77°F and the average low is 44°F -- while rainfall totals average just over 1.3 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Malibu International Half Marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered by June 15, 2012
$90 between June 16 - November 11 (depending on availability)
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2012 running of the Malibu International Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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