Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles

Superhero runners approach the finish line at the 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles half marathon. The run takes place close to Halloween and many show up in costume. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

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Orange County Marathon & Half Marathon
May 4, 2014

This race is friendly to walkers and slower runners, boasts plenty of race support and some scenic ocean views. But one of the big advantages of this race? The parking. Participants park at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, which means easy in-and-out parking and plenty of bathrooms when you arrive. Competitors take shuttle buses to the start.

http://www.ocmarathon.com

 


TRAINING PROGRAMS

Many races offer their own training programs, and you can find out more at race websites. Here are three popular Southern California training programs that aim to take you from couch potato to half-marathoner — and even marathoner:

Los Angeles Leggers

Training takes place along Santa Monica Bay and is tailored for 7-minute-per-mile runners to 18-minute-per-mile walkers.

http://www.laleggers.org


Jeff Galloway

His famed run/walk training programs are held throughout Southern California, including in Long Beach and Ventura and San Diego counties.

http://www.jeffgalloway.com


Snail's Pace

The popular chain of running shops hosts running programs in Brea, Monrovia, Mission Viejo and Fountain Valley (which takes runners up and down Orange County's stunning shoreline.)

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