Marathon Course

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The course begins in Downtown Ojai with a 6 mile loop which brings runners back by the start "Mountain 2 Beach Marathon"area which makes for great spectating as it heads towards mile 7 and the community of Meiners Oaks. After several miles, the course takes a right onto the Ventura River Bike Path to Santa Ana Blvd, a beautiful country road. After several miles trending downhill, runners begin to see civilization again on Ventura Ave, the most direct route to the City of Ventura. After a tour of downtown Ventura, runners make one of the final turns and come face to face with the famous Ventura Beach front. Try not to get distracted by the beauty as you still have just over a mile to go. More than a mile of beach side running brings you to the finish line and festival. Over the 26.2 miles you will see beautiful mountain peaks, the Ventura River Basin, the gorgeous Ventura Promenade, and the world renowned Ventura Coast line. There is a total downhill of over 700 feet.

USATF Course Certification Number (for Boston Marathon Qualification): CA16047RS

Aid Stations and Water Stations:

  • Water stations will be located at miles: 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6.5, 8, 9, 10.8, 12.3, 13.5, 14.7, 16.5, 17.8, 19.3, 20.8, 22.3,  24, and 25
  • Electrolyte drink provided by Fluid will be at miles: 3, 8, 10.8, 12.3, 15, 17.8, 19.3, 22.3, and 24
  • Energy gels will be provided by Clif and located at mile 13.5 and mile 20.8
  • Basic First AID will be available at the all water stations.
  •  First Aid will be available at mi 8, mi 17.8, mi 24 and the Finish

*distances are approximate





Restrooms will be available at the start, mile 3, mile 6.5 (back at the start line) mile 8, mile 17.8, mile 25 and finish.

Finish Area

The finish line and chute will be located at the dead end of Shoreline Dr in Ventura.

Time Limits:

Due to permitting restrictions, we will now have a course cutoff. Runners must be to mile 23.5 by 5.5 hours (11:30 am) in order to be allowed to finish. Any runner that misses this cutoff will either be directed straight to the finish area (approx. 1/2 mile away) or picked up via course vans.

We will not leave the finish area until all runners are done, but police and volunteers on course will leave at 12:00 pm

Course Map-


Course subject to change

Turn by Turn Directions


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