Finally, a marathon for me.
Called the Pier to Pier Quest, it is a run/swim along the coast from one pier in the south to another in the north, approximately 20 miles. You run on the sand, swim around coves, climb rocks, traverse the harbor, and finish with an ice cream on the pier.
The starting point is the San Clemente Pier and you run through Dana Point and Laguna Beach, and then end at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. The whole trip takes 8-9 hours.
Only a handful of people do it every year, even though it is has been done for the last 21 years. Most of the participants are lifeguards…guess that means I’m gonna have to train for this.
Every year the O.C. Register profiles the event:
- 2012 - Can you swim Orange County’s coast in one day?
- 2012 – Photos
- 2008 - Pier-to-Pier Quest takes beach lovers from San Clemente to Balboa
- 2008 – Slide show
The route from Google Maps: