Top Orange County Sporting Events in 2014

Posted January 16, 2014 by Tony Toth
Whether you are playing the game or watching from the sidelines, Orange County offers a wide variety of sporting events that you don’t want to miss! Mark your calendars and make 2014 the year you go the distance in Anaheim/OC! 
 
Although you might already be familiar with Orange County as home of the “Happiest Place On Earth,” 42 miles of coastline, some of the world’s best shopping and dining options, America’s oldest theme park and the largest convention center on the West Coast—if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that OC is also host to some of the world’s best sporting events! 
 
These top annual OC sporting events are big enough to plan your vacation around – from marathons to March Madness:
 

Marathons

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 
Disneyland Resort 
January 16-19, 2014
 

Photo credit: Disney
 
Hosted by Tinker Bell and Peter Pan, this 13.1-mile trek will take you through the Disneyland Resort and historic streets of Anaheim. Marathon activities consist of the women’s themed Half Marathon, the 6.2-mile Tinker Bell 10K, the Neverland Family Fun Run 5K and Kids Races. Additional weekend highlights include Pasta in the Park Party and the Health and Fitness Expo. 
 
Disneyland Half Marathon 
Disneyland Resort 
August 29-31, 2014
 
Experience the magic of Disney during a spectacular weekend of fun during the “Happiest Race on Earth!” Event weekend includes a 13.1-mile course through Disneyland Resort and the colorful streets of Anaheim. Other events include the Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare, Family Fun Run 5K and Kids Races. Make sure to stop by the Health and Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel exhibit hall over the weekend. Be sure to celebrate your success by loading up on carbs at the popular Pasta in the Park Party! 
 
Orange County Marathon 
Newport Beach 
May 4, 2014
 
This year marks the 10th anniversary for the annual Orange County Marathon. With breathtaking scenic routes and fresh ocean air, the 26.2-mile run is an unforgettable journey. Embrace the California side of life as you trek through some of Orange County’s most pristine landscape. There is also a 13.1-mile half marathon run. Race weekend includes: The Allergan Health and Fitness Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center, the Kids Run and the OC Wahoo’s 5K run/walk. 
 
Surf City Marathon
Huntington Beach
February 2, 2014
 
Surf City Marathon
Photo credit: Visit Huntington Beach
 
Mild winter weather and Huntington Beach’s long stretch of coastline make for a perfect Southern California beach run vacation. Enjoy some course entertainment along the way and take in the beautiful ocean views during “California’s classic oceanfront marathon.” 


Golf

Toshiba Classic 
Newport Beach Country Club 
March 10-16, 2014
 
This iconic event celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014! Once again, the gorgeous coastal center of Orange County plays host to the well-established Toshiba Classic. Join the Newport Beach community as they roll out the red carpet for golf legends of the world including: David Frost, Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Jay Haas, Corey Pavin, Fuzzy Zoeller and more! Highlights for the week include Breakfast With a Champion, Women’s Business Day, Classic Pro-Am and Monday Pro-Am. 


Basketball 

March Madness 
Honda Center, Anaheim 
March 13-15, 2014 
 
Tickets are now on sale for this exciting annual basketball competition, known as the Big West Basketball Tournament. The madness takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and the winning teams will advance to the NCAA tournament. This year the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional will be held at the Honda Center, March 27-29. For a full schedule, click here.


Baseball 

Angels Home Opener
Angel Stadium of Anaheim 
March 31, 2014

 
 
It just might be another Halo victory on Opening Night in Anaheim! Be there when the Angels take center stage for another high-powered season of baseball. Grab your peanuts and cracker jacks for the 2014 hometown premiere of the 2002 World Series Champions. 


Surfing 

US Open of Surfing
Huntington Beach
July 26-August 3, 2014 
 
The US Open of Surfing attracts nearly a half-million people and is billed as the largest surfing event in the world! Surf City, U.S.A. is the host city for this nine-day event, right in the heart of summer. Autograph sessions with surf legends, women’s surfing and merchandise kiosks are all part of the fun. Get there early to find a good parking space or stay in one of the beautiful hotels to ensure easy access to all of the excitement. Sunscreen and smiles are highly recommended. 


Hockey 

Anaheim Ducks Home Opener
Honda Center, Anaheim 
October
 
 
The popular homegrown hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, is currently on a tear and always exciting to watch. The team continues to attract large crowds, with a record of eight playoff appearances, two pacific division title wins (2007 and 2013) and a Stanley Cup Championship (2007). Be sure to check out the new Grand Terrace and the new Anaheim Ducks team store-- which is three times the size of the previous one! The 2014-15 season home opener takes place in October--make it a goal to be there! 
 

 

 

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