The 8th Annual Orange County Marathon will be held on Sunday, May 6. The marathon starting line will once again be in Newport Center and runners will follow the course through Corona del Mar, down Bayside Drive, past the Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs and up to the bluffs overlooking the Upper Newport Bay Estuary Reserve. The runners eventually leave our city and head into neighboring Costa Mesa and the marathon ends at the OC Fairgrounds.
Newport Beach road closures and delays will begin at 5 a.m., lasting in some areas through 10 a.m.
Recommended Driving Directions/Areas to Avoid
Corona del Mar Residents
The areas around Corona Del Mar will be heavily impacted on May 6, 2012 from 5:00 AM to 7:45 AM. Anyone needing to leave the area during these times is advised to leave before 5:00 AM. If leaving after 5:00 AM, residents are advised to park east of Orchid Ave. and take East Coast Highway west to MacArthur Blvd. and then north to the 73 Freeway. Eastbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from Jamboree Rd. to Orchid Ave. from 5:00 AM to 7:10 AM. Residents who live near China Cove are advised to park north of Bayside Dr between Carnation Ave. and Fernleaf Ave. You may exit the area by driving west on Second St. to Avocado, north to East Coast Highway, and west on East Coast Highway to Jamboree Rd.
Balboa Island/Promontory Point/Linda Island/Harbor Island Residents
These areas will be heavily impacted on May 6, 2012, from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Eastbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from Jamboree Rd. to Orchid Ave. from 5:00 AM to 7:10 AM. Bayside Dr. from Marguerite Ave. to East Coast Highway will be closed from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM. The Balboa Island Bridge (Jamboree Rd. and Bayside Dr.) will be closed from 5:00 AM to 7:45 AM. Residents on Balboa Island returning or leaving the island during these hours will have access through the Balboa Island Ferry.
Dover Shores/ Irvine Ave Residents
These areas will be impacted on May 6, 2012, for the OC Marathon. Northbound Dover Dr. from East Coast Highway and 16th St./Castaways Ln. will be closed from 5:00 AM to 8:50 AM. Westcliff Dr. from Dover Dr. to Santiago Dr. will be closed from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Santiago Dr. from Westcliff Dr. to Galaxy Dr. will be closed from 5:00 AM to 9:05 AM. Galaxy Dr. from Santiago Dr. to Santiago Dr will be closed from 5:00 AM to 9:35 AM. Santiago Dr. from Galaxy Dr. to Irvine Ave. will be closed from 5:00 AM to 9:35 AM. Northbound Irvine Ave. from Santiago Dr. to University Dr. will be closed from 5:00 AM to 9:50 AM. All residents that live east of Santiago Dr. and need to leave between 5:00 AM and 9:35 AM are advised to park west of Santiago Dr.
For more information regarding road closures please call (949) 222-9888 or visit the OC Marathon Road Closure Information Page at www.ocmarathon.com/road-closure-info.aspx.
We appreciate your patience on race day. The 2012 event supports 65 schools with nearly 4,100 kids in the “Kids Run the OC Training Program” and partners with 21 local charities to provide them a vehicle to raise much needed funds and awareness for their causes.