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Surfers Path Marathon

Santa Cruz, CA

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 21, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 22, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: No

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 59°F (15°C)
Average High: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 48° F (8°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.95
Course Score: 97.43

Race Size

2016: 307 Finishers
2015: 395 Finishers
2014: 392 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: N/A
2014: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Surfer’s Path Marathon consists of a 26.2 mile run along the coast of Santa Cruz County. The event starts at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and travels east along the bluffs to the City of Capitola. Following a loop through Capitola Village, runners retrace the route back along the coastline, continue past the Boardwalk and onto the West Cliff path.

The course then travels to Wilder Ranch State Park where runners complete a bluff trail loop before returning to West Cliff and the finish near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on Cowell's Beach.

Marathon Rankings

The Surfers Path Marathon was the 169th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 184th largest in 2014.

Its Course Score of 97.43 ranks it as the 344th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 33rd fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Surfers Path Marathon a PR Score of 96.95. This PR Score ranks it as the 328th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 30th fastest in California.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 110 feet (33m)
Min Elevation: 5 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Surfers Path Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Surfers Path Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I retuned to my hometown to run this, my third marathon. I knew to expect the breath-taking beauty of the course, but I wasn't as prepared for the short, steep rolling hills and gravelly trails in Wilder Ranch. They come between miles 17-22 approximately, and they did me in (I train in Florida and have to run on overpasses to get any hill training). The irony is, the hardest part of this race is also the most visually spectacular, as you follow the coast on the bluffs above the ocean. Race orgnization was impressive for this small, new race. Vounteers were helpful and enthusiastic, aid stations were sufficient.

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