Sunday, March 25, 2018 • Irvine, CA • Course Map
Set for its 19th annual running here in this Southern California city near downtown L.A., this race — the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Half Marathon — is part of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Reaching for the Cure Run & Ride, to help support children with cancer and find cures for the cancers that affect children.
The race also features a 10K run, a 5K run/walk, and a 1K fun run, all of which will share the same starting and finish line near the campuses of Kaplan International College and Irvine Valley College, just off Jeffrey Road. (With the exception of the bike tour, which will start the previous day, Saturday March 29, also at Irvine Valley College.)
From there, runners in the half marathon will follow an out-and-back route that takes them along a combination of city streets and tree-lined trails, including stretches past Oak Creek, Windrow and Woodbridge Community Parks as well as William Mason Regional Park, a 345-acre Orange County park where runners will follow the route right through the heart of the park in the second half of the race.
Runners will experience an overall downhill slope during the first half of the 13.1-mile route, the first few miles of which unfold along the roads and trails that run roughly parallel to the Barranca Parkway.
Once runners hit Woodbridge Park and turn left toward South Lake, they begin the stretch that takes them down into William Mason Regional Park, which also starts the uphill incline that unfolds through the second half of the course.
Following the race at the finish line, organizers add that runners and their families and friends can take in a range of entertainment, from live mariachi bands to an interactive video game truck, rock climbing wall, kids bounce houses, train rides, and more. For the adults, there will be a beer garden and plenty of food.
Prizes are awarded for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in each age division for the half marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run. Prizes also will be awarded for the top overall male and female runners in each race as well.
Race Weather & Climate
Located near the coast in Southern California, roughly 40 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, the city of Irvine typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in March, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 26 degrees (in 1936) and as high as 98 degrees (in 1997).
On race day (March 25), the average low is 46ºF and the average high is 70ºF.
- 2017 Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:15 AM – 5K run
- 7:45 AM – 10K
- 9:30 AM – 5K walk
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of Irvine’s PCRF Reaching for the Cure Run & Ride Half Marathon, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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