Saturday, December 30, 2023 • Long Beach, CA
Get ready to usher in the New Year with a burst of energy at the Countdown to the Finish 5K, 10K, 15K, and Half Marathon, set against the idyllic backdrop of Long Beach’s scenic beach path! This event is the ideal way to bid farewell to the old year on a triumphant note and launch your New Year’s resolutions with determination.
As you tread along the beach path, you’ll find yourself enveloped in the awe-inspiring vistas of the ocean and serenaded by the soothing sounds of crashing waves. The race caters to runners of all levels, offering distances that range from a swift 5K to a challenging half marathon.
However, the essence of this race goes beyond just crossing the finish line – it’s a celebration of the countdown! Prepare to synchronize your final moments of the year with your fellow runners and commemorate your achievements at a post-race party. This lively gathering features an array of snacks, refreshing drinks, and exciting photo opportunities to mark the occasion.
Whether you’re an experienced runner or a novice looking to embark on your racing journey, the Countdown to the Finish 5K, 10K, 15K, and Half Marathon on December 30th is the ultimate way to conclude the year on a triumphant note and set the tone for an exciting New Year!
For those in search of budget-friendly, close-knit run/walk events along the picturesque oceanfront, High Tide Runs, masterfully organized by Mercury Events LLC, is the perfect answer. These boutique-style events are designed to break down barriers, enabling individuals to connect and achieve their fitness goals. The gatherings offer a flexible choice of at least four different distances, with the added convenience of switching to a shorter distance on race day without incurring any penalties. Participants can focus solely on their fitness journey as all essentials, including water and fuel, are taken care of. Special incentives await those who sign up for multiple events or complete 10 or more events within a calendar year. With High Tide Runs, you can relish the refreshing ocean breeze while leaving the stresses of yesterday behind. It’s a wonderful opportunity to join a community of like-minded individuals and pursue your goals while enjoying the ride.
Race Weather & Climate
In Los Angeles County, Long Beach, California, is located around 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Late December in Long Beach, CA sees average high temperatures of 60-65°F and average low temperatures of 45-50°F. It’s the end of the year, characterized by cool and crisp winter conditions with minimal rainfall.
Countdown to the Finish Half Marathon Course Map
See the race route map for the Countdown to the Finish Half Marathon course map here.
The half marathon start time is 7:00 AM PST.
The course closes at 10:15 AM PST.
To reserve your spot in the 2023 Countdown to the Finish Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.
- There is a $38.50 fee for the half marathon.
- There is a $24.50 fee for the 5k.
- There is a $28.50 fee for the 10k.
- There is a $34.50 fee for the 15k.