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Upcoming marathons in Southern California

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If all the excitement surrounding the Los Angeles Marathon inspires you to lace up your running shoes, check out these upcoming races around Southern California.

• OC Marathon, May 6 (www.ocmarathon.com/)

This race takes runners through Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and other Orange County locales. There's also a half-marathon. http://www.ocmarathon.com

• Kaiser Permanente Pasadena Marathon, May 20

The event includes a half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs, a 26.2-mile bike tour and a kids' run that travel through the city's historic districts. http://www.pasadenamarathon.org

• San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, June 3

The relatively flat course is known for being one long party, with runners dressed in costume and bands providing entertainment along the route. A half-marathon and a two-person half-marathon relay are also options. runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego

• Santa Barbara Pier to Peak Half-Marathon, Sept. 2

Start at Stearns Wharf and climb to 3,996 feet to La Cumbre Peak while catching some great views of Santa Barbara. http://www.runsantabarbara.com/pier_to_peak.html

• Camp Pendleton Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon, Sept. 8

This isn't your average race — a good 90% of it takes places on gravel through the hills of the Marine Corps base. Kids can try the 1K Fun Run. http://www.camppendletonraces.com/heartbreakridge.html

• Catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon, Sept. 29

Outstanding views of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean are the draw of this race. http://www.runcatalina.com/index.php/catalina-island-conservancy-half-marathon

• Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half-Marathon, Oct. 7

Runners begin and end in downtown Long Beach. In between, they race past the ocean, Marine Stadium, Blair Field and Cal State Long Beach. There's also a half-marathon course. runlongbeach.com

• Los Angeles Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, Oct. 28

This loop course begins and ends in downtown L.A. and features live bands. runrocknroll.competitor.com/los-angeles

• City of Santa Clarita Marathon, Nov. 4

Runners in the marathon and half-marathon will navigate newly opened trails by San Francisquito Creek, while shorter races loop through the community. http://www.scmarathon.org

• Catalina Island Eco Marathon, Nov. 10

Runners traverse the hills and rugged terrain of the island's interior. A 10K race is also an option. http://www.catalinaecomarathon.com

 

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