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The Lexus LaceUp Running Series once again kicks off the season in beautiful Orange County, CA. The Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K, and Kids Run will take place at Irvine’s Mike Ward Community Park on a fast and flat running path that winds through the vast open space under massive, shaded trees. NEW! LaceUp is thrilled to announce a half marathon course at the Orange County race. Back in 2018, teams will have access to the ultimate runner VIP experience as they race to complete 26.2 miles.  After setting a new personal record, kick back and relax with a complimentary Sierra Nevada beer and food truck brunch in a lively event hub. This race is great for the family too, with a Kids Run and children’s activities on the schedule. LaceUp Orange County is a community-oriented race with a big-race feel. You and your team will feel right at home.

Half Marathon

Orange County

NEW! LaceUp is thrilled to announce the addition of an Orange County Half Marathon! The Half Marathon is a fast, flat 13.1 miles. With just 220 feet of elevation gain, this course is ready for a PR. Tour some of Irvine’s biggest neighborhoods, starting in Woodbridge and heading to Huntley and Walnut. Run past Irvine Valley College and through Orangetree before finishing back in Woodbridge. The Half Marathon course is a loop, starting and finishing at Mike Ward Community Park, a neighborhood park in the heart of Irvine. The course runs on a mix of running paths and roads. Aid stations stocked with Nuun Electrolytes and Honey Stinger product. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018—6:30 a.m.
Where: 20 Lake Road, Irvine CA 92604

Each participant receives:

  • Sierra Nevada beer coupon
  • Food truck brunch
  • Tech T-Shirt
  • Re-useable race bag
  • High-quality finisher’s medal
  • Free race photos
  • Pace groups
  • Chip timing

Pace Groups: 

Pacers will be offered for the following half marathon times:

  • 1:30
  • 1:40
  • 1:50
  • 2:00
  • 2:15
  • 2:30
  • 2:45
  • 3:00
  • 4:00

Please Note: There is a four-hour time limit on the Half Marathon course. Participants need to maintain an 18:20 minute/mile.

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Marathon Relay

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The Marathon Relay is a part of the Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County kick-off celebration. The relay offers teams of 2-5 people to run a marathon distance of 26.2 miles. Grab your best running friends and register for the Marathon Relay today!

When: September 8, 2018—6:45 a.m.
Where: 20 Lake Road, Irvine CA 92604

The Marathon Relay will begin and finish at the Mike Ward Community Park in Irvine, CA. The fast and flat running path winds through the vast open space under massive trees and sunny views.

Rules and Important Things to Know:

  • Each team member runs or walks a 5.24-mile course, starting and finishing at the Health and Fitness Expo.
  • Every team member runs the same course.
  • Teams can have 2-5 people. Mixed teams need to have at least two runners of each gender.
  • There will be a designated team area for teams to set up tents, chairs, blankets, etc. Teams will NOT be allowed to bring vehicles into this area. Team area cannot be set up until Saturday morning.
  • Teams are able to bring their own food, snacks, etc.
  • No alcohol allowed in the team area.
  • Runners will qualify for the LaceUp Challenge.

Each participant receives:

  • Sierra Nevada beer coupon
  • Food truck brunch
  • Tech T-Shirt
  • Re-useable race bag
  • High-quality finisher’s medal
  • Free race photos
  • Chip timing

Cash Prizes:

  • Corporate Division Fundraising Grants*: 1st- $1000, 2nd- $700, 3rd- $300

*Donations to be made to corporate team’s non-profits of choice.

Awards:

  • Men’s team (1st)
  • Women’s team (1st)
  • Mixed team (1st)
  • Corporate team (1st-3rd)
  • Best team costume (1st)
  • Best team tent (1st)

 How to add a team to the Marathon Relay:

  1. The team captain will register themselves for the Marathon Relay and be sure to set up the group/team on the first page of registration.
  2. The team captain will pay the registration fee for the relay and is responsible for collecting payment from team members outside of our registration system.
  3. Once the captain is registered and the team is set up the Captain can let their friends know the team is set up and that they can join the team.
  4. For the remaining members, they will register for the Marathon Relay and will need to join the group/team that the Captain set up when registering.
  5. Each team allows for 5 team members and once 5 members have registered the team will be set and will not allow anyone else to join that team.

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5k

Orange County

The Orange County 5K starts and finishes at Mike Ward Community Park, a neighborhood park in the heart of Irvine. Runners will leave the expo area and run on the San Diego Creek Trail, the backbone of Orange County’s trail system. This fast and flat course runs southeast, where runners can post a new personal record. This out and back course has one aid station that each runner will pass twice. Aid stations stocked with Nuun Electrolytes and Honey Stinger product. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018—7:00 a.m.
Where: 20 Lake Road, Irvine CA 92604

Each participant receives:

  • Sierra Nevada beer coupon
  • Food truck brunch
  • Tech T-Shirt
  • Re-useable race bag
  • High-quality finisher’s medal
  • Free race photos
  • Chip timing

Note: 5K course time limit is 1 hour. This is a 19:20 pace, great for walkers and runners!

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Kids Run

Orange County

If you’re excited about running, your kids will be, too! Help them learn about the joys of running by entering them into the Kids Run. Registration is just $20 per child and includes a race bib, finisher’s medal and event t-shirt. Parents are welcome to run alongside their kids or cheer for them at the start/finish line. Runners will leave the expo area and run in a loop around the park. Kids will run approximately 1K before returning to cheering families and friends! Don’t forget to check out the Kids Zone in the Health & Fitness Expo Area for games, tattoos (one thousand glitter tattoos!), coloring, hula hoops, and much more!

When: September 8, 2018—9:00 a.m.
Where: 20 Lake Road, Irvine CA 92604

Back in 2018! All Kids Run participants are eligible for the LaceUp Challenge Medal! Run all three LaceUp Kids Run (Orange County, Ventura, Riverside) to earn this medal. 

Run Kids Run: LaceUp’s Kids Runs are held in partnership with Run Kids Run. Run Kids Run organizes non-competitive active events for young people as part of larger scale events like marathons, triathlons, and bike races.

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Additional Info

Packet Pick-Up:

Where: Mike Ward Community Park | 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604
When: September 7, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Items Needed for Packet Pick-Up: Proper ID for each participant

Can another runner pick up my packet for me?

  • All they need is a copy of your ID (phone photo works).

What if I can’t make it to packet pick-up at all?

It is HIGHLY recommended to pick up your packet on Friday; However, there will be race day packet pick-up at the start line starting at 5:30 a.m.

 

You must register by August 9th to receive free race day packet pickup. If you register after August 9, you must purchase race day packet pick-up with your race registration for an additional $5.

 

If you are picking up on race day PLEASE arrive one hour prior to your start time. Same-day packet pick-up will close 15 minutes before each race.

I’m running the Marathon Relay. Does the entire team need to go to packet pick-up? One person can attend packet pick-up for the whole team.

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Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 7

LaceUp 5 Year Kick-Off Party – Mike Ward Community Park

2:00 – 7:00 pm – Packet Pickup

2:00 – 7:00 pm – Health and Fitness Expo

2:00 – 7:00 pm – Food trucks, raffle, music and lawn games

Saturday, September 8

6:30 am – Half Marathon start

6:45 am – Marathon Relay start

7:00 am – 5K start

7:00 am – Health and Fitness Expo opens

7:00 am – Food Truck Brunch begins

8:00 am – Half Marathon/5K Awards Ceremony

9:00 am – Kids Race

10:30 am – Marathon Awards Ceremony

1:00 pm – Venue Closes

California Half and Full Marathon Series

The Orange County half marathon is part of the California Half and Full Marathon series! Run this race to earn more bling. Learn more about the challenge medals, HERE.

 

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Hotels

Hotel information and racer discounts coming soon.

 

Parking

Friday and Saturday parking will be available on-site at Mike Ward Community Park, 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604. Please enter Lake Road from Alton Parkway to avoid course road closures. All parking will be first come, first serve and is free to participants. Staff and volunteers will be onsite to direct participants.

Overflow Parking: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 23 Lake Rd. Irvine, CA 92604

Parking Map:

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Pricing

 

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Pricing

Race
Earliest Bird
First 300 Runners!
Early Bird
Until May 30
Regular
May 31 - July 26
Late Registration
July 27 - Sept 6
Half Marathon $80 $85 $90 $95
Marathon Relay $225 $250 $275 $300
5k $30 $35 $40 $45
Kids Run $20 $20 $20 $20

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Quick Course Description

Half Marathon: Loop

Marathon Relay: Out and back

5k: Out and back

Interactive Course Maps

Click the race distance below for course map and elevation profile.

Downloadable Course Maps

Click the race distance below to download the course pdf.

 

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Thanks to our Facebook fans for voting on the 2018 Orange County medal!

Looking to earn more medals? Run another LaceUp race, or see if you have what it takes to earn the CHALLENGE MEDAL!

2018 Design COMING SOON!

By participating in the Lexus LaceUp Running Series, you will receive the following perks:

—Sierra Nevada Beer

—Food Truck Brunch

—Tech T-Shirt

—Reuseable Race Bag

—High-quality Finisher’s Medal

—Chip Timing

—Aid Stations with Nuun Electrolytes and Honey Stinger Products

—Free Race Day Photos

—Age Group Awards

Races that don’t end at the Finish!

2018 Food Trucks TBA

2017 Food Trucks included the following:

There was vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available

Piaggio on Wheels – Argentinian

Baby’s Burgers – Burgers

Me So Hungry – Gourmet Street Food

D’s Superblends -Smoothies and Juices

Event Hub

Each Lexus LaceUp race starts and finishes in a lively hub with music for runners, friends and spectators. As a part of your registration fee, get treated to a local food truck brunch and Sierra Nevada beer toast at the finish line.

Take a load off and dance, dance, dance!

Music will be available for your pre-race and post-race enjoyment.

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Health & Fitness Expo

The Health & Fitness Expo offers a wide array of demos from local and national providers for runners and their friends. Join us for a 2018 race! Contact Aften Lee at alee@dragonflimedia.com to display your business, product or service.

2018 Vendors:

Lexus

Sierra Nevada

Pure Barre

Endurance Elite

Kaleo Marketing

Miles and Pace Clothing

Rush Cycle

Newport Pain and Wellness

Jolyn Clothing

Hello Fresh!

State Farm

Sky Blue Restorations

Jofit

Farm Fresh to You

 

Get more info on exhibiting opportunities HERE.

Results & Photos

Finish Line Photos

SCS Photoworks will be out on the course snapping shots of LaceUp runners. Be sure to smile and then look for an email directing you to FREE photos for social media and web. High-resolution photos will also be available for purchase.

2017 – Orange County Photos

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 Real-Time Results

LaceUp Orange County offers real-time results. Stop by the Lexus results booth to get your times and see if you’ve won your age group. Age group awards will be given out at the LaceUp podium.

Find your race results below:

2017 – Orange County

2016 – Orange County

2015 – Orange County

2014 – Orange County

I can't make it to the race! Can I still get my race shirt and/or medal?

We’re happy to mail your shirt. Please email info@laceuprunningseries.com at least one week before race day with your name, mailing address, gender, and shirt size. You’ll have to cover the cost of shipping. We do not ship race medals.

Can I change my race distance?

If you have signed up for a race but would like to change your distance, you can easily do that. Just locate your confirmation email and follow the instructions.

Can I refund my entry?

LaceUp adheres to standard race industry policy. Race entries are NON-REFUNDABLE unless participants have purchased the $8.00 refund insurance during registration. Participants can request a %100 refund of their registration fee, including processing fees, if they are unable to attend due to covered reasons such as injury, illness, pregnancy and unexpected travel delays. If no insurance is purchased, no refunds will be given. Note, race insurance is handled by a third party and refunds are processed through third party and not through LaceUp. Refer to email provided by insurance company to process the request.

Are the race venues ADA accessible?

Yes, but please contact info@laceuprunningseries.com for specific details.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed at all LaceUp events. Runners with strollers will be asked to start at the back of their respective wave.

How do I earn a challenge medal?

All LaceUp runners must complete a race of any distance all four locations. In addition to individual location medals, each challenge runner will receive a limited edition LaceUp Running Series Challenge medal after the completion of all four races. Learn more about the challenge medal.

Do I get a discount for registering for multiple LaceUp races?

Yes! Register for your second race at 10% off, third race at 15% off, and your fourth race at 20% off. Discounts are automatically applied, and you must register for additional LaceUp events in one transaction to receive the discount.

Will there be pacers?

Yes, there will be pacers for each half marathon and marathon. Please refer to each race location for pacing times.

How do I become a Lexus LaceUp pacer?

Please contact Vanessa Kline at info@beastpacing.com if you’re interested in being a pacer.

Where can I get my results?

Results will be available at the Lexus space in the Health and Fitness expo area. In addition, results will also be posted online on the Laceup Running Series Website.

Will there be aid stations on course?

There will be aid stations approximately every two miles on each course and at the finish line. Aid stations will be stocked with Nuun and Honey Stinger product.

What is the time limit on the course?

There is a four-hour time limit on the Half Marathon courses. Participants need to maintain a 18:20 minute/mile pace. Ventura marathon time limit is six hours. Participants that fall behind the time limit will be directed to the sidewalk by course staff or police officers. Participants will be allowed to finish the race but will not be guaranteed a finishing time.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

It’s highly recommended that athletes stop by our pre-race packet pick up, but packet pick up will be available on race day. Race day packet pick-up will be free for those that register more than 30 days before each race. If you register for a race within 30 days you must purchase race day packet pick-up with your registration for an additional $5. Come early, because packet pick up will close 30 minutes before each race.

What if I cannot finish the race?

If you cannot complete the course there will be a vehicle available to bring you back to the finish line, so you can enjoy the Health and Fitness Expo and post-race brunch.

Where can I check my gear during the event?

There is a secure Gear Check available for all participants. You can drop off your items before the race and pick them up after the event.

Can I transfer my entry?

Entry fees can be transferred to another participant in the same race of the same calendar year. Any difference of fees will be charged, plus a $10 processing fee. Entries can also be transferred to another LaceUp Running Series location, during the same calendar year. If transferring to another location, a request must be made three days before the event the participant was originally registered.

What are the age group categories?

Age group categories are 9 and under; 10-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+. Age group prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group. If an age group category above 85 has 5 or more participants, an age group prize will be awarded. Overall winners will not qualify for age group prizes.

Prizes can be picked up at the Awards Podium at the race. If you forgot to pick up your age group award on-site, email info@laceuprunningseries.com. Age group awards will be shipped for the cost of shipping.

Is there an age minimum?

Participants must be eight years or older to participate. Participants under the age of eight will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Please email if interested.

Can I run a different distance than I am registered for?

Participants can transfer distances. Participants transferring to a longer distance will be charged the applicable difference in registration fees, and participants transferring to a shorter distance will not be offered a refund. Please email if interested in changing your race distance.

What is included in the registration fee?

Every participant will receive a LaceUp t-shirt, reusable race bag, high-quality finisher’s medal, timing chip, bib, food truck brunch, Sierra Nevada beer and free race photo. Learn more about racer perks, HERE.

Do you offer an elite athlete program?

Yes. Learn more about our elite athlete program here.

Are bikes, skateboards, inline skates, dogs or skateboards allowed?

For safety reasons, no bikes, skateboards, inline skates, dogs, or skateboards will be allowed on course.

Can I use headphones during the race?

For safety reasons, we don’t recommend wearing headphones during the race. If runners choose to wear headphones during a race, we request they use a low volume enabling them to hear runners and traffic around them.

How do I become a Lexus LaceUp Running Series brand ambassador?

Thank you to all that have applied to be a 2018 LaceUp ambassador. The ambassador application is now closed.