Award-winning race attracts more than 21,000 participants and 45,000 spectators from 34 countries, all 50 states and 1000 U.S. cities - HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The 2014 Surf City USA Marathon brings an international flavor to Huntington Beach on Super Bowl Sunday with competitors from 34 countries (up from 23 in 2013) participating in the sold-out event. The largest combined oceanfront marathon and half-marathon event in California, the award-winning race attracts more than 21,000 participants and 45,000 spectators from all 50 states and 1000 U.S. cities. The race serves as a qualifier for both the Olympic Trials and the prestigious Boston Marathon. Staged on Sunday, February 2, 2014, detailed race information is available at www.runsurfcity.com.
Canada takes top honors for international registrations with 140 runners followed by the UK, Australia, Mexico, Italy and Japan. New to the mix are Chile, Denmark, Germany and Austria. Stateside California still dominates while Arizona, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Massachusetts each send 40 or more runners. Race organizers cite the development of running clubs, the spectacular ocean-front course and the allure of Surf City and its mild winter weather as strong draws for domestic and international runners.