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Ojai to Ocean Marathon and O2O Half Marathon

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Ojai, California
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This Event Has Been Discontinued after 2012

Check out the new Mountains to Beach Marathon


The Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon is 26.2 miles of mountain and oceanfront scenery. Starting in beautiful Ojai, California, the course begins at 700 ft. altitude and gradually descends to sea-level finishing near the historic Ventura, California Pier. The course is a fast, USATF certified Boston Marathon Qualifier (USATF Certification #: CA11052RS).

The O2O Half-Marathon is a fast, beautiful, point to point 13.1 mile course The race starts near Foster Park just outside Ventura and runs gently downhill to the Ventura beachfront finishing just past the historic Ventura Pier with the Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon finishers.

Event Start Location
Each competitor will choose a shuttle bus time leaving from the Ventura County Fairgrounds (near the finish line) to the Marathon start line in Ojai or the Half-Marathon start line near Foster Park. The trip is approximately 15-25 minutes. Shuttles will begin to run at 4:00am. There will be limited parking near the start line, and a shuttle will not be provided after the race from the start to the finish.

Course Description
The marathon course begins near Nordoff High School in Ojai with a 10k road loop followed by over 10 miles of downhill, paved bike path before beginning a road and bike path loop near the Ventura Oceanfront. Over the 26.2 miles you will see beautiful mountain peaks, the Ventura River Basin, beach-front Pierpont neighborhood, the gorgeous Ventura Promenade, and more. There is a net downhill of over 700 feet. All finishers must be able to complete the course in under 6 hours.

The Half-Marathon course has improved this year to give the 13.1 milers a similar experience to the marathoners, making it more an Ojai 2 Ocean event! A shuttle will take the participants to Foster Park between Ojai and Ventura near the start line. From there, the runners run the very gradual downhill winding through Ventura's West side valley to the gorgeous Oceanfront with views of the Channel Islands. The next part of the course extends near the ocean to the Pierpont beach neighborhood finally finishing along the Ventura Promenade past the historic Ventura Pier at Promenade Park. The course should run lightning fast!

Awards
Each finisher will receive a medal with the race logo made of recycled materials. The top 5 overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 masters male and female finishers will receive special eco-friendly awards.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet pick-up and Expo times and locations are as follows:
Thursday May 31, 2012: 3:00pm-7:00pm at Roadrunner Sports West Hills (Click for Store Info)
Friday June 1, 2012: 3:00pm - 8:00pm at Inside Track & Shopping Center (CLICK HERE FOR MAP & DIRECTIONS)
Saturday June 2, 2012: 3:00pm - 8:00pm (Pasta Dinner 5:00pm-8:00pm) at Ventura High School (Click for Map)
 
VIP Race Morning Packet Pick-Up:
Sunday June 3, 2012: 4:00am-5:00am at Ventura County Fairgrounds Parking Lot (Shuttle Loading Area) (CLICK HERE FOR MAP & DIRECTIONS)
There is an extra $25 fee to pick up your packet race day morning. If you do not sign up for VIP race morning packet pickup, your packet will not be there.
 
There will also be an optional Pasta Dinner to benefit Ventura Cross Country Saturday June 2nd at 6:00pm located at the Ventura High School Cafeteria.
Ventura High School
2 N. Catalina St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Tickets can be purchased with registration or at packet pick-up for $10. Family and friends are welcome at the pasta dinner

Packet pick-up will include race t-shirt, bib number, timing chip, and any items ordered through Race360 registration.

Timing / Results
Each competitor will be professionally chip timed.

Post Race Activities
After the race, everyone can celebrate at the Ventura Promenade Park for the awards ceremony, music, beer garden, race day expo, and more!

Weather
The average temperature at the start is 54 degrees and then average temperature at the finish line around 10am is 63 degrees. There is a chance of marine layer fog in the morning in June as well.

Directions
http://www.ojai2oceanmarathon.com/travel-info

Parking
Parking for the shuttles and finish line area can be found at the Ventura Country Fairgrounds. Parking for the expo, packet pickup, and pasta dinner are located in the parking lot East of Ventura High School. Limited parking for the marathon start is at Nordoff High School. There is no parking available at the start of the half marathon.
 
 

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   A video tour of the Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon and Half-Marathon. It introduces mile markers, featured spots for the race, presentation of the finish line for the two races, and also where the post-race party and awards ceremony will be held.

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Reviews
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Recent Review: Absolutely a wonderful race! This was my 23rd marathon and I can't praise the organizers enough. They did a wonderful job! My only slight complaint is there should have been more restrooms at the start and the sand portion (probably a quarter mile) certainly slowed everyone down a little. Overall, very well done!
Jim Taylor
Pasadena, California
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Results
Year: 2012     Participation      
    Total finishers: 810      
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Jay Thomson   Marathon Men 2:30:16 5:44  10.46 mph 
 Julie Brekke   Marathon Women 2:59:00 6:50  8.78 mph 
Complete 2012 Results (All Races)
Results
Year: 2011     Participation

Men 

260 men competed in the 2011 Ojai to Ocean Marathon and O2O Half Marathon 260 (50.1%)
    Total finishers: 519

Women 

259 women competed in the 2011 Ojai to Ocean Marathon and O2O Half Marathon 259 (49.9%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Erik Edmonds   Marathon Men 2:48:56 6:27  9.31 mph 
 Sara Kida   Marathon Women 3:00:14 6:53  8.72 mph 
 Rob Hennick   Marathon Masters Men 2:55:52 6:43  8.94 mph 
 Theresa Uhrig   Marathon  Masters Women  3:21:31 7:41  7.8 mph 
Complete 2011 Results (All Races)
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