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RV Destination Discovery: May is for Marathons, Museums and Live Music in Costa Mesa

Carnival with ferris wheel, lit up at night.
Costa Mesa offers up plenty of fun for families. — Photo courtesy OC Marathon/Costa Mesa VB

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Each year, the OC Marathon takes place in the month of May with a scenic run along coastal Orange County and concludes at the OC Fair & Event Center finish line party in Costa Mesa with live music, food and drinks. This family event draws runners of all levels from more than 40 states and 20 countries. In 2018, more than 10,000 men and women participated in the 5K, 1/2- or full-marathon or the "combo crush" (for completing two of the three races). In addition, nearly 10,000 elementary-age students participated in Kids Run the OC, the largest kids' run in the country – representing 150 local schools. There is still time to sign up for the 15th OC Marathon, May 3-5, 2019.

Runners can take advantage of the hotel deals that include a shuttle to and from the race (a $40 value) and check out the Costa Mesa calendar of events for a variety of things going on in the city during that time.

Things to do May 3 - 5, 2019: 

From hiking through Costa Mesa parks and wetlands, to biking along the Santa Ana Riverbed, to the beach or indoor rock climbing, there are a variety of ways to stay active while on vacation in Costa Mesa.

Most Costa Mesa hotels offer onsite gyms and workout equipment, and some of the best pools in Costa Mesa are at the well-appointed hotels that are also within walking distance of most Costa Mesa attractions and events, including the OC Marathon.

For other alternatives to health and wellness, visit http://www.spectrayoga.com/events, which offers various classes to focus the mind and spirit.

A visit to South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa's international shopping destination, can help visitors log their 10,000 steps in a day and then treat themselves at the Nordstrom Spa, which offers a full menu of services as well as acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy treatments.

For spring break, the OC Marathon or any weekend escape, Costa Mesa hotel deals are available all year.

Located in the heart of Orange County in Southern California with a population of approximately 113,000, Costa Mesa is situated next to the cities of Irvine and Newport Beach. Travel Costa Mesa was established in 1995. The organization's primary goal is to promote tourism to the city and to fund programs and activities that benefit the hotel and motel businesses within the city of Costa Mesa. For more information on travel to the city of Costa Mesa, visit http://www.travelcostamesa.com

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