- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
I must start off by saying this race was a must for me to get my Beach Cities Challenge medal... but I am, so glad that I ran it.
They are super organized for this race. Although they were charging 10 or 12 bucks to park at the finish line, there was plenty of off site parking that was free. They had tons of busses for us, and they were running non-stop. The bus drop off is right by the starting line and very close to that starting line was tons of port-o-potties and tons of UPS trucks taking our gear. That made everything quick and easy.
The course was pretty awesome. We ran from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa. Sometimes we were running through downtown business districts, through neighborhoods, next to the ocean, and on major roadways.... it all led to a cool run with the best views.
The course didn't have too many hills, but there was one around mile 11 that made me shake my head... I still handled it pretty well. It is definitely a course you can get a PR on. I decided to take it easy and not race it, just because I was worried about an injury. That competitive streak kicked in and I still ended up finishing with 1:44:38.... not my fastest, but not my slowest either.
They expo had a lot of cool bands, plenty of things to check out, probably 50 massage therapists there to help out with the cramps, and free pizza! It was a great even and I was stoked to run it... and get my Beach Cities Challenge medal!!