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The Operation Jack Marathon & Half Marathon is back for the 7th annual running in 2016! Increasing participation and inclusiveness is always a goal of Operation Jack, so we’re continuing with the 5K to give more people an opportunity to run.

The marathon will be again be a Boston Qualifier, USATF certification ID: CA15025RS.

As always, the race will take place on December 26 at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, Calif.

Registration fees

Virtual Run Closed

Can't make it to the race? Run/walk any distance you choose to support the cause and we'll send you the same medal and shirt that on-site participants receive!

Marathon Closed

    1. Registration closed

Half Marathon Closed

    1. Registration closed

5K Closed

    1. Registration closed

Additional Information

Race 4 Free:
Create a fundraising page at and raise just $100 and your race entry is free! Fundraising pages can be set up by 

Bib Pickup:
Bib pickup is race-day only at the race start area, beginning at 6 a.m.

Start Time:
7:30 a.m. Early start at 6:45 (only runners expecting to take longer than 6 hours, please)

Cutoff Time:
1:30 p.m.

Course Description:
Flat and fast 6.55-mile segment along the Pacific Ocean and Ballona Creek with snow-capped mountain views. Runners head north for 4.15 miles to the north turnaround on Ballona Creek, then head back 6.55 miles to the south turnaround in Manhattan Beach before returning 2.4 miles to the start/finish area. Full marathon runners complete the out-and-back twice.

Top 3 overall, men/women (marathon, half-marathon, 5K)

Top 3 age group men/women, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (marathon, half-marathon)

Aid Stations:
Every two miles on the course. Water, Gatorade, first aid. Energy gels available at mile 13 and 17.

Family Friendly:
Jog strollers are welcome! As a courtesy, though, please start towards the back of the pack.

Chip timed.

All Participants Receive:
– Race t-shirt

– Custom 4-inch die-cut medal
– On-course support and refreshments at the finish line

Event Schedule

  • December 26 6:45 AM PST - Marathon Start - Early start (only runners expecting to take longer than 6 hours, please)

  • December 26 7:30 AM PST - Marathon & Half Marathon Start

  • December 26 8:15 AM PST - 5K Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Dockweiler State Beach, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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