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