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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, January 15, 2017
2016: TBD

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 68°F (20°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.39
Course Score: 99.39

Race Size

2016: No Results
2015: No Results
2014: 146 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: N/A
2014: 9.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

**Due to a CalTrans closure of the Santa Ana River Trail Honkers the 2015 and 2016 Honker's Motivational Marathon have been cancelled. Race scheduled to return on January 15, 2017.**

The Honker's Motivational Marathon runs entirely along the paved Santa Ana River Trai.

The course heads west on the Santa Ana River Trail toward Anaheim Stadium and turns around at the 6.55 mile mark. Once back at the start, marathoners will continue east on the trail past the Mercado Shopping center and run on the trail that parallels La Palma Avenue before turning around and heading back to the finish line at the park.

Marathon Rankings

The Honkers Motivational Marathon was the 352nd largest marathon in the U.S. in 2014. Ranking for last year will be updated once the results have been posted.

In 2014, 9.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.

It ranks 209th in the U.S. in the percentage of finishers achieving Boston Marathon qualifying times in 2014.

Its Course Score of 99.39 ranks it as the 109th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 12th fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Honkers Motivational Marathon a PR Score of 99.39. This PR Score ranks it as the 75th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 8th fastest in California.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 367 feet (111m)
Min Elevation: 131 feet (39m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Honkers Motivational Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Honkers Motivational Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I totally loved this race! It was so well organized, The volunteers were so supportive, there were aid stations every mile, the t-shirt is cool, the medal featuring a beautiful Canadian goose was so gorgeous and huge. I loved the age categories - this was my first age group medal in a marathon ever! How fun that was! Of the 31 marathons I've run, I would rank this #3 behind Chicago and San Francisco. I loved the solitude - what a welcome break from the huge crowds of most of the marathons I've run. The Santa Ana River Trail, especially in the early morning is alive with wildlife and beauty. It was a delightfully quiet and peaceful run! I will do it again and again and I wish more than one a year!

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Embassy Suite is host hotel. Lots of restaurants in the surrounding area.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Honkers Motivational Marathon in 3:47:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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