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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 27, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 28, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 63°F (17°C)
Average High: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 55° F (12°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.15
Course Score: 100.54

Race Size

2017: 1,944 Finishers
2016: 2,056 Finishers
2015: 1,583 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 32.2%
2016: 29.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Mountains 2 Beach Marathon is one of the fastest marathon courses in the United States and Canada. If the weather is cooler and less humid than normal for race day, PRs and BQs are very achievable. Otherwise, the reasonably warm and humid race day averages may make it a little more challenging - especially for those not acclimated to the temperature - on this very fast marathon course.

Marathon Rankings

The Mountains 2 Beach Marathon was the 42nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 40th largest in 2016.

Last year 32.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 29.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon the 17th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 13th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 100.54 ranks it as the 26th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon a PR Score of 99.15. This PR Score ranks it as the 119th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th fastest in California.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 957 feet (291m)
Min Elevation: 2 feet (0m)


Recent Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Reviews

4.4 Stars from 5 Reviews
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review of 2017 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized. Smaller event. Fastest course I have ever run. Nice scenery along the course and beautiful finish along the beach. My favorite marathon in Southern California. It was the Malibu Marathon but it is no longer. Much better event than LA or OC Marathon or Surf City.

Race Tips

Take it easy the first 10K. The first 2.8 is uphill and then the downhill begins. No need to rush it. There is plenty of race left once you get into a good pace for the long downhill.

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

Register early and take an early shuttle so you have easy access to your car after the race. The Ojai Post Office is warm place to hang out before the race.

review of 2016 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


I preferred the old course, which was mostly on the bike path. I'm not much for running near traffic. The new course has some definite fast sections but also a few uphill sections that threw my friends and me for a loop (I was nursing an injured calf so wanted to take it easy) and some rough, uneven road. The map posted on the website didn't correctly convey the course changes. Still a good mid-size BQ/PR race in decent weather and well organized. My husband ran the half and PR'd. Ventura in May is a nice, low key vacation destination.

Race Tips

Run conservatively in the opening miles. I started off with a friend near the 3:45 group as I was uneasy about my calf and didn't know the course. This conservative start paid off for me and I was able to run a negative split (finish time 3:31 and change).

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

Stay at the Best Western or Country Inn and Suites. They're both walking distance to the shuttles and finish and much cheaper than the host hotel. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in 2016 and we had a better experience than buddies did in their pricier hotel. It's clean with friendly service, free parking, and a good free breakfast. There are some great little restaurants in the area for carbing up such as Ferarro's and Cafe Fiore. As far as the race goes, plan to take an early shuttle because as the race has grown, the baggage drop has become more hectic and the potty lines can become long.

review of 2016 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized.
Small, but not 'abandoned' feeling.
Nice and scenic point to point.
Great energy on race day!!!

Race Tips

Keep an even pace.
There are hills so keep effort consistent.
Weather was great for me, could be hot some years.

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

Definitely recommend staying in Ojai as close to the start line as possible.

review of 2014 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Great gentle downhill course for 20 miles... last 10K mostly flat. However, southern cal in May is not necessarily cool, even with a finish by the beach.

Race Tips

There's a half-mile uphill early in the run, so it's not *all* downhill. Paved bike path for most of the run means maneuvering around other runners at times.

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

Sleep in Ventura.. shuttle will take you to start line in the morning.

review of 2012 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great moderately downhill course most along a bike-path, good surface, intimate feel with a limit of a 1,000 marathon runners. Friendly volunteers and size of field meant family could get close to finish at Ventura to cheer me on. Suggest the organizers consider the National Anthem at the start.

Race Tips

I followed my plan and ran hard for first 21 miles and then hung on for a PR 12 minutes faster than my previous best. Only challenge was at mile 21 the course passes within a block of the finish and then goes away for 2.5 miles before looping back and it was tough to run away from the finish at that point and see other runners coming the other way.

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

Book Crown Plaza early if you want to stay there. No restrooms at bus shuttles to Ojai so make sure you go before you leave for the shuttle.

Finish Time Equivalent

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