No Guts, No Glory With The Big Richard

No Guts, No Glory With The Big Richard

The Big Richard is the world’s longest and most competitive beach run + ocean swim biathlon.

The brutal coastal biathlon, fashioned after the Mega is organized by Long Beach waterman Matt Mitchell and held in Southern California from the surf-pounding Wedge in Newport Beach (shown on left) to the majestic Queen Mary in Long Beach in September.

The Big Richard, named after legendary Coach “Big” Richard Ghettwood, consists of 20 miles (32 km) total of soft sand running along the beaches of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, and Sunset Beach interspersed between a total of 7 miles (11.2 km) of roughwater ocean swimming through massive surf breaks and around 5 piers, 8 rock jetties, 3 rivers, 2 inlets and one big boat along the coasts of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Sunset Beach, Seal Beach and Long Beach.

The September 22nd event, sponsored by the Big Red Bus, requires the athletes take only their swimsuit, cap and goggles. No shoes, no escorts, no mercy.

Course map is here.

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