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Long Beach Marathon: what to expect



The Long Beach Marathon returns Sunday, October 10, after a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.


Here's what to expect:

  • 🚧Road Closures: Unless otherwise stated, most road closures and detours will be in effect at various times on a rotating basis between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. The closures usually affect both sides of the roadway.

  • 🏃‍♂️ The marathon starts at 6:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m., with 10,000 runners expected to attend over the weekend.

  • This year's marathon will be the 37th edition and is considered far smaller compared to the 2019 race.

  • 🏃‍♀️The 26.2-mile marathon starts on Shoreline Drive, travels across the Queens Way Bridge near the Queen Mary, comes back to Downtown Long Beach, then heads east on Ocean Boulevard, with a quick swing through Belmont Shore. Runners will then go northeast to loop around Cal State Long Beach and then return to Downtown.

  • 🏃‍♀️The half marathon runners turn back when they reach Belmont Shore.

  • 💉Participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.




🚧Streets affected include the following:

  • Shoreline Drive, northbound, from Shoreline Village to Ocean Boulevard (note: closure begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9)

  • Shoreline Drive, from Shoreline Village to Ocean Boulevard (note: closure begins at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9)

  • Shoreline Drive, from Shoreline Village to the 710 Freeway

  • Pine Avenue, from Shoreline Drive to Seaside Way

  • Queensway Bridge, from Shoreline Drive to the 710 Freeway

  • Ocean Boulevard, from Livingston Drive to 54th Street

  • Livingston Drive, from Termino Avenue to Broadway

  • Nieto Avenue, from Appian Way to Broadway

  • Appian Way, from Nieto Avenue to E. Third Street

  • E. 3rd Street, from Appian Way to Paoli Way

  • Marine Stadium from Nieto Avenue to Bayshore Avenue

  • E. Colorado Street from Orlena Avenue to Appian Way

  • Orlena Avenue from E. Colorado Street to 4th Street

  • 4th Street from Monrovia Avenue to Orlena Avenue

  • Monrovia Avenue from 6th Street to 4th Street

  • 6th Street from Park Avenue to Monrovia Avenue

  • Park Avenue from Anaheim Street to Appian Way

  • Anaheim Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Park Avenue

  • Clark Avenue, northbound, from Atherton Street to Anaheim Street

  • Atherton Street, westbound, from Clark Avenue to Bellflower Boulevard

  • Palo Verde Avenue, southbound, from Atherton Street to Anaheim Street

  • Atherton Street, from Bellflower Boulevard to Palo Verde Avenue

  • Ocean Boulevard, from Livingston Drive to Alamitos Avenue


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