Sunday, May 21, 2023 • 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 this race between Oak View 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 at the full marathon’s halfway point, at Santa Ana Boulevard in the small town of Oak View.
From the starting line, they’ll head south along Santa Ana Road. Between miles 4 and 5, they’ll join up with the paved trail south toward Ventura, in the direction of Seaside Park and the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
Once runners reach the shoreline, the course then turns to the left and heads east along Santa Clara Street, and runners follow the bend in the road as it curves along with Highway 101 and brings them into the park along the ocean.
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 21), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2022 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2021 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results (Virtual)
- 2019 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon Results
- $88 and up for the half marathon
- $129 and up for the full marathon
- $50 and up for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 weekend running of Ventura’s Mountains 2 Beach Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
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