Posted: Thursday, Feb 8th, 2024

By Visit Ventura

Run an Unforgettable Race: 5 Reasons to Take Part in the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon

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Springtime in Ventura is an amazing time to visit and for all our running, jogging, and walking enthusiasts, there’s another special reason to plan a trip!  The Mountains 2 Beach Marathon on April 28, 2024 is one of Southern California’s premier running events. 

Here are 5 great reasons why the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon (a lightning fast race and a USATF certified Boston Marathon Qualifier) could easily become your next favorite race!

1. When the race gets tough, focus on the gorgeous scenery

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon

True to its name, the Mountains 2 Beach marathon begins in the foothills of the Topatopa Mountains. The marathon begins in the heart of beautiful downtown Ojai, looping through East Ojai and back past the starting line, creating a great opportunity for spectators to catch the action up close. The race continues downhill to the town of Oak View, where the Half Marathon kicks off. 

Runners continue downhill and into Ventura for a tour of downtown and onto Ventura Beach paved bike path for the final mile. 5k runners (and new for this year, 10k runners) race mainly along the coast, keeping them close to the finish line for all events (and the post-race finish party). Mountains 2 Beach even has a 1k for the kids, making it an event the whole family to enjoy!

2. Aim for your personal best on the varied, fast course

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon

Looking to clock a personal best? With net downhill elevation for the race and over 700 feet of downhill over the course, many racers achieve lightning-fast times. But the downhill nature of the route is not all the race has to offer. With picturesque sections in towns, cities, and rural stretches all nestled in mountains, forests, and along the coast, adding an extra layer of to this amazing route that will keep you in the moment. 

3. Multi-task your goals: Run M2B to qualify for the Boston Marathon

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon

The Boston Marathon is, for many runners, their dream race. The world’s oldest marathon (and one of the oldest consecutively held sporting events), the Boston Marathon requires its participants to finish a race in a set time for their age group to qualify for the chance to run. Mountains 2 Beach (CA22014TEB) is one of Southern California’s favorite races whose runtimes qualify for this storied marathon. 

4. Enjoy a picture-perfect finish you’ll never forget

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon

Mountains 2 Beach finishes near the historic Ventura Pier, giving runners an iconic backdrop for victory photos. The crashing surf may also call to you for a post-race soak or swim. Swimming can help you reduce soreness after the race, and cold water can help reduce the inflammation and soreness from your epic accomplishment.      

5. Rock out at the post-race finish party

Once you’ve finished the race, join the epic Finish Line Festival. Receive your finishers medal, then jump in line for lunch from one of the food trucks on site. Quench your post-race thirst in the beer garden featuring many local breweries and beers. Get a post-race massage to ease your tired muscles, and much, much more!

BONUS REASON: Ventura is a fun getaway for your whole crew!

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Mountains 2 Beach + Ventura = a weekend everyone can enjoy.

Before and after your race, Ventura offers exciting activities to guarantee your visit is nothing short of unforgettable. Take a leisurely stroll along Ventura Beach, grab a bite at one of Ventura’s award-winning eateries or explore the unique boutiques in downtown Ventura. If you love adventure, jump on a pedal boat and cruise through the Ventura Harbor or enjoy a bike ride along scenic oceanside paved bike paths.

Post-race, rejuvenate at Ventura Harbor Village, savoring fresh seafood, rent a boat or grab an insta-famous fish-shaped waffle cone at Coastal Cone. Embrace the local art scene with a visit to the Mermaid Gallery or unwind at Harbor Cove Beach, and catch a sunset over the Pacific. 
Register now for an unforgettable experience in Ventura and secure your spot in the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. Whether you’re aiming for a personal best or simply looking to have a fantastic time, don’t miss out on the fun – reserve your spot today for a weekend filled with excitement, camaraderie, and the beauty of Ventura’s coastal charm. See you at the starting line!

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