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California > Orangeman Running Series Salt Creek Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1K
Dana Point, CA  •  Sunday, April 21, 2013  •  Course Map


Breathtaking views of the Southern California beaches along the Pacific coastline here at Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano -- as well as the hills and trails that wind through the canyons of Salt Creek Corridor Regional Park -- await runners at the second annual running of the Salt Creek Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K race for kids.

The races are the third event in the Orangeman Running Series, which starts with the San Juan Hills Trail Run 10K & 5K in the hills above San Juan Capistrano in late February and continues with the late March running of the Caspers Wilderness Park Trail Run (also a 10K and 5K race) in the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, and finishes with the Salt Creek races in late April.

Like the two preceding races, the Salt Creek Half will feature plenty of hills and scenery, as the race follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Salt Creek Beach Park, just up the coast from Dana Point. From there -- on a sandy bluff overlooking the waves crashing along the shore -- runners head north onto the trails that wind through Salt Creek Corridor Regional Park, climbing up into the coastal canyon along a roughly 12-ft.-wide paved trail that's a popular trail for runners, walkers and bikers year-round.

The trail leads runners north past Monarch Links Golf Course and into the coastal hills, making it one of the few nature trails along the California coast that connects the beach with the inland hills. While most of the surrounding area is now covered by homes and neighborhoods, the immediate land around the trail remains mostly open, hilly and grassy; though the trail is paved throughout, much of the course will have softer dirt trails alongside the paved trails.

Runners follow the Salt Creek Trail all the way north to about the 3.3-mile point of the race, crossing Niguel Road and heading onto the trail for a brief stretch beyond. After that, runners make the turn and head south in reverse along the route they just ran, all the way back down to where they started at Salt Creek Beach Park. Those running the 10K will then cross the finish line, while those running the half marathon will head back north along the trail for a second loop before returning back to the beach for the race finish, with views of the Pacific Ocean on the horizon all the way back.

Aid stations, organizers note, will be spaced out roughly every one to 1 1/2 miles along the course, and will be stocked with water and sports drinks as well as snacks to rejuvenate runners out on the course.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Southern California coastline, about 58 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and roughly 65 miles northwest of San Diego, Dana Point typically sees April temperatures that average between 71°F and 49°F, while rainfall totals average just under an inch for the month.

On the day of the race (April 22), the average low is 49°F and the average high is 71°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Salt Creek Half Marathon


$99 for the half marathon
$60 for the 10K
$40 for the 5K
$15 for the kids 1K race


To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of Dana Point's Salt Creek Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or 1K kids' race, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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