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California Beach Cities Challenge Extends Series Through 2014
Registration deadlines for Long Beach & Surf City are fast approaching while OC is now open

California Beach Cities Challenge Extends Series Through 2014

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Posted Thursday, 6 September, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - (August 29, 2012) - Race organizers for the OC Marathon, Surf City USA Marathon and Long Beach International City Bank Marathon have announced an extension of their popular Beach Cities Challenge racing series through 2014.

"We have had tremendous success with the Beach Cities Challenge and are excited to keep the series going at the upcoming Long Beach International City Bank Marathon," said Bob Seagren, CEO of Run Racing. "We are proud to be a part of the series that showcases the beautiful coast of Southern California."

Runners that participate at each of the three events in the series consecutively are rewarded for their commitment with an exclusive medal. Participants may run any combination of full or half-marathons, and can start with any of the three races in 2012 or 2013.

"The Beach Cities Challenge was originally scheduled to end with the Surf City Marathon in 2013, but the success of the series has been overwhelming, with nearly 75 percent of participants that run two of our events signing up to run the third," said OC Marathon Race Director Gary Kutscher. "We anticipate a new medal release for 2013 later this year"

Since the series was launched at Surf City in 2011, nearly 4,500 people have completed their challenge by running all three of the events in a row. As many as 500 runners may accomplish a "repeat" of the challenge (participating in six consecutive races) at the upcoming Long Beach International City Bank Marathon on Oct. 7, 2012.

With more than 60,000 combined participants, all three races in the series are growing in popularity and runners are encouraged to sign up early in order to guarantee a slot. Prices for Long Beach increase on August 31, while preferred entry pricing for the 2013 Surf City Marathon ends next week. Registration for the 2013 OC Marathon is now open.

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