Wednesday, January 14, 2009

AVIA OC Marathon Tabbed for 2009 SCA Marathon Championships

NEWPORT BEACH, CA—The Southern California Association of USA Track & Field has announced that the 5th annual 2009 Avia Orange County Marathon to be held on Sunday, May 3 in Newport Beach, will be its first Marathon championship in more than 20-years. Produced by International City Racing (ICR), this year’s race features a later date and a course redesigned to be as scenic and fast as possible—ideal for both novice and elite runners.

Start to finish, the course elevation is actually a net loss (i.e. downhill). This, and an early 6:30 am start to guarantee cool running conditions, will give USATF members a great opportunity to achieve personal bests for the sport’s most historic and challenging racing distance. As the course traverses Pacific Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, Newport Bay and Back Bay, the South Coast Performing Arts Center, South Coast Plaza and Orange County Fair and Events Center, runners will also enjoy some of the most breath-taking coastal scenery in Orange County.

To help runners train for the 26.2 mile challenge, a new Beach Runners Marathon and Half Marathon Training Program is also available from ICR. The Beach Runners program is 21-weeks of training specifically tailored for the Avia Orange County Marathon. The program is led by head coach and USATF member, Jason Bruton. Jason is also the coach for the USATF-affiliated ICR Running Club.

Registration for the 2009 Avia Orange County Marathon is $80 until January 16—after which the fee increases to $90. Free commemorative technical training jackets are still available for the first 1,000 registrants.


The deadline for personalizing your bib number with a name (11 character maximum) is January 15. The first 1000 Marathon registrants will receive free commemorative custom technical jackets!

You must enter by this deadline (3/31/09) to be guaranteed a technical shirt (marathon and 1/2 marathon only) and to be guaranteed a t-shirt size.

USATF Contact:
Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Cell (310) 600-5332 Email: