Photo of Huntington Beach Main Street marathon event crowd


Huntington Beach, Calif.- Huntington Beach Marathon...When Diane Baker went to City Council to pitch the idea of closing the streets for a marathon approx. a decade ago, the then council members had many questions about the inconvenience and planning it would take to close some of the streets during for a day so the event could be hosted along the sea and Central Park in Huntington Beach. Look at the crowd in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street on a January or February weekend to see the impact this event has had on the city of 200,000. The event draws over 10,000 runners and sells out in the marathon category, even though there's another sanctioned marathon just one month later in Newport Beach.


Marathons are big business and even though a city most spend much time and energy planning the street closures and other maneuvers to host such an event, the hotel rooms experience a boom in business in soft months, and word of mouth spreads about the host city and its assets as a destination or place to live.


February in Huntington Beach, an Orange County, California city in Southern California, can be shirt sleeves or sweaters. It can also rain, but rain is less likely than sunshine and blues skies.


If you're planning to visit to have a vacation, you might avoid the weekend of the marathon as the hotel rooms can sell out, prices on rooms go up, and beach activities and dining are impacted downtown near the Huntington Beach Pier.




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