City officials from Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine gathered at the OC Fair and Events Center on Saturday to unveil the new course for the 2009 Aviva OC Marathon.
“We are thrilled to have you choose Costa Mesa as the destination of your race,” Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor said. “The addition of the OC Marathon to Costa Mesa is just one of the may reasons Costa Mesa is the best of Southern California.”
The new race route begins at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and winds its way through Corona del Mar along the coast. Participants in the race also will run the entire length of Newport Bay, with a route that winds up Back Bay Drive. The course continues into Costa Mesa, running past South Coast Plaza and the Orange County Performing Arts Center, continuing onto the Santa Ana River Trail before ending at the OC Fair and Events Center.