The Huntington Beach City Council on Tuesday voted to enter into an agreement with Pacific Shoreline Marathon, LLC to help expand the annual Huntington Beach Distance Derby into a premier Southern California running event, according to a city staff report.
The city is looking to open the derby for more runners this year and change the venue from Beach Service Road to Pacific Coast Highway, the report said. PCH is expected to accommodate a minimum of 3,600 runners.
Pacific Shoreline Marathon, which owns the Surf City Marathon, will promote the event and help expand it for the city. City staff is working with Caltrans to obtain a permit to close PCH. The city is looking to attract 8,500 runners by 2013, the staff report said.