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Dick Fitzgerald 2-Mile Beach Run


Frequently Asked Questions



What is the purpose of the Dick Fitzgerald Two-Mile Beach Run?


The purpose of this challenging two-mile beach run is to promote physical fitness and community participation.  Proceeds from the run go to the Mira Costa High School Boy’s and Girls Cross Country programs.


What is the course for the race?


The race starts and finishes at the base of the Hermosa Beach Pier.  All runners start at the same time (8:00 AM).  Contestants run north on the soft sand behind the lifeguard stations to the turn-around cone (approximately one mile) and return on the hard packed sand to the finish.


How do I get an application for the race?  When is the application due?


Applications for the Dick Fitzgerald Two-Mile Beach run may be printed from our website at  Applications should be mailed to the address below by July 23rd.


What is the cost of the run? What methods of payment do you accept?


The cost to enter the run is $25.00. Mail personal checks, money orders or cashiers checks made payable to International Surf Festival (ISF) with your application. Mail checks to: Dick Fitzgerald ISF Beach Run c/o Renee Williams-Smith attention Mira Coast High School, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Are t-shirts included in the race fee?


International Surf Festival t-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners.  T-shirt sizes are S, M, L, and XL.


What time do I check in? Can you enter the day of the race?


Pre-registration check-in and race day registration begins at 7:00 AM on August 4th.  A limited number of t-shirts will be available for race day registrants – first come, first served.


What are the age groups for the race?


Men and Women, Boys and Girls: 10 and Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.


When will I get my results?


Results will be posted on the beach following the race and will also be available on our web site (


What awards are given for the race?


Medals are given to the first through third place finishers in each division at a ceremony right after the conclusion of the race.


Why is the race named after Dick Fitzgerald?


Dick Fitzgerald was the first Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches.  He was instrumental in the creation of the International Surf Festival in 1962.  Dick promoted physical fitness and wellness programs throughout the South Bay through his work with the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches, and the Beach Cities Heath District.

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