FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SURF CITY USA® MARATHON SELLS IN RECORD TIME;
FIELD IS LARGEST EVER
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Race organizers today announced that all
17,000-plus entry slots into the Surf City USA® Marathon, half marathon and
5K races have been filled. Already the state's largest oceanfront marathon
and half marathon, the Surf City USA Marathon is now the only major
"winter" race held in Southern California. The award-winning event is
staged on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 and is preceded by a two-day exposition.
Detailed information is available at www.runsurfcity.com.
Fueled in large part by unprecedented half marathon entries, a recent
expose in the popular Runner's World magazine and powerful word-of-mouth,
this is the earliest sell-out and the largest field in the race's 13 year
history. "The popularity of this event has just reached a critical mass of
runners," said Surf City USA Marathon General Manager Amy Tomchak. "More
runners know about it than ever before; from friends telling friends about
their experiences and the cool perks to the unique oceanfront course."
The Surf City USA Marathon, which serves as a "qualifier" for the
prestigious Boston Marathon, is rated among the top five marathon
experiences in America by Marathon and Beyond. It is an integral part of
the all-new California Dreamin' Racing Series. Also featuring the Long
Beach International City Bank Marathon and San Francisco Marathon, the
three races have combined forces to offer runners competing in all three
events within two consecutive years to qualify for the California Dreamin'
Series Medal and Finisher's Jacket!
Surf culture is infused throughout the venue with bands, boards and the
famous surfboard finishers' medallions. The event is held on Super Bowl
Sunday and racing begins at 6:50 a.m. The starting point is on Pacific
Coast Highway, just south of Main St. and the famed pier. More information
is available at www.runsurfcity.com.