COSTA MESA — The seventh annual OC Marathon drew more than 12,000 runners through Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa with ocean views and picture-perfect weather Sunday morning, officials said.
"I'm just extremely pleased," said Race Director Gary Kutscher. "It was a great day yesterday."
The countywide event, which featured a 5K, half- and full- marathon, debuted a new course that gave runners views of the Pacific starting at Newport Center Drive in front of the Newport Beach Marriott hotel and ending at the OC Fair & Event Center.
Kutscher said he didn't get one complaint about the new course, which was changed to protect endangered birds on Back Bay Drive, and hope they continue with the change next year.
"We're so pleased with the course," he said. "I hope we can move forward without a course change."
The event brought out about 25,000 spectators to cheer on the runners. In residential areas like Newport Beach's Dover Shores and Costa Mesa, the streets were lined with supporters, Kutscher said.