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@bbkins52185

Los Angeles, CA Raving since 2017 active 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 7, 2019 3:16:41
Half Marathon Ventura, CA Oct 20, 2019 1:33:41
10K Huntington Beach, CA Jun 22, 2019 43:14

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 1, 2020

Past Races (20)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Sep 14, 2020
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 7, 2019 3:16:41
Half Marathon Palm Desert, CA Nov 23, 2019
Half Marathon Ventura, CA Oct 20, 2019 1:33:41
10K Huntington Beach, CA Jun 22, 2019 43:14
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2019
10K Santa Clarita, CA Apr 27, 2019
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 20, 2019 1:46:05
Half Marathon Malibu, CA Nov 4, 2018 1:47:00
5K Long Beach, CA Oct 6, 2018
10K Valencia, CA Sep 29, 2018
Half Marathon Van Nuys, CA Sep 23, 2018 1:46:38
10K Long Beach, CA Sep 16, 2018 46:48
10K Redondo Beach, CA Sep 8, 2018
10K Santa Clarita, CA Jun 16, 2018
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 18, 2018 4:13:39
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 21, 2018 1:58:52
Half Marathon Malibu, CA Nov 5, 2017 1:59:52
6K Agoura Hills, CA Sep 23, 2017
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 10, 2017

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I’d always heard good things about CIM and figured I’d give it a try. The expo was small which wasn’t their fault, the normal venue wasn’t available. Race morning was … MORE

I’d always heard good things about CIM and figured I’d give it a try. The expo was small which wasn’t their fault, the normal venue wasn’t available. Race morning was smooth; long lines at the bus but it moved quickly. I thought getting the bus at 5 for a 7:00 start sounded early but it was NOT. I barely had enough time to go to the bathroom, gear check, and get to the start. The starting line corrals were slightly confusing even though I’d studied the diagram well in advance. The chaos of race morning made all of that knowledge fly out of my head. The course never got particularly crowded and there was a fair amount of support for it being mostly in the suburbs. The aid stations were not always set up on both sides of the street the way they were supposed to be but I had my own supplies anyway. The finish line was great, loved the jackets though a pocket would’ve been great to put all of the stuff in. Picking up from gear check was nuts. That definitely needs to be streamlined. I loved that there was a gluten free option in the beer garden; that never happens!!! And it was great to have it right next to the course so I could watch for my husband to finish while drinking my beer. All in all it was a great race; I highly recommend it.

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The course was absolutely beautiful and the swag could not have been better. Even the age group awards were amazing. I know A LOT of people were disappointed with their … MORE

The course was absolutely beautiful and the swag could not have been better. Even the age group awards were amazing. I know A LOT of people were disappointed with their experience but you have to cut them some slack; inaugural races are always going to be rough. It is my understanding that the back of the packers and full marathon runners enountered a lot of problems that I did not so I can’t speak to that. My experience was mostly positive. Parking and packet pickup was confusing without adequate signage or volunteers to direct people but once I found it the line at bib pickup was short and quick. Race started on time which I LOVE. All of the police and volunteers were kind and helpful. The finish area was pretty confusing, would’ve been helpful to have signs at the finish line directing people where everything was (food, medical, results, etc) so people weren’t wandering around. Awards weren’t ready for the half until about 10:40 (race started at 7:15) but I didn’t mind because I was with a lot of friends enjoying the festivities. My biggest issue was figuring out how on earth to find my car because the start and finish were different and I had no point of reference. Again, more signs would’ve been helpful. All that being said I’ll likely give it another go next year (if I can afford it).

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This race has made some serious improvements over the years and this year was flawless. The expo was top notch and never crowded, buses were on time and moved through … MORE

This race has made some serious improvements over the years and this year was flawless. The expo was top notch and never crowded, buses were on time and moved through the line very quickly, finish party was spectacular, and the medals are always high quality. Race starts super early which makes for perfect weather.

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Unfortunately I had something come up last minute and I wasn’t able to attend the race so I switched to the virtual run. It was easy with a quick response … MORE

Unfortunately I had something come up last minute and I wasn’t able to attend the race so I switched to the virtual run. It was easy with a quick response from the RD. I got my race package very quickly and was pleasantly surprised to get not only a shirt and medal but a goody bag too! Looking forward to doing the race in person next year!

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Everything from packet pickup to parking, to picking up age group awards was efficient, easy, and well run. Ran the Double Down Challenge (5k + Half Marathon) and really enjoyed … MORE

Everything from packet pickup to parking, to picking up age group awards was efficient, easy, and well run. Ran the Double Down Challenge (5k + Half Marathon) and really enjoyed it, there was a perfect amount of time between the two. My only criticism is 1-2 of the aid stations used the wrong cups (reached for water and got Ultima or reached for Ultima and got water) but that is honestly all I could come up with! Awesome experience!

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Overall I think the race was better organized this year. Parking was still a bit nuts, got there over an hour before the race and still had to park 2 … MORE

Overall I think the race was better organized this year. Parking was still a bit nuts, got there over an hour before the race and still had to park 2 miles from the start which was fine before but totally sucked after. The shirts weren’t quite as nice this year and way shorter but the medals were nice. The start corrals are small and it can be hard to get where you need to be but even that was better than last year. The course itself was great as always, water every mile which is good given the hills, not crowded after the first mile. Not a lot of crowd support at this race because it is so small but it’s peaceful and beautiful; can’t really complain!

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I have run the half marathon before but decided to run the 5k this year. It’s a smaller race and a lot of families due to the aquarium leg which … MORE

I have run the half marathon before but decided to run the 5k this year. It’s a smaller race and a lot of families due to the aquarium leg which was pretty great. The course had a couple of hills which I was not expecting so that added a bit of a challenge but for a 5k there was decent crowd support. The biggest disappointment came after the race. The Aquarium of the Pacific (race sponsor) website states that there would be age division awards but there were not any = a lot of upset runners. Apparently they’ve done them every year but for whatever reason decided not to this year but didn’t tell anybody. I know not all races have them and that’s totally fine but don’t advertise them and then fail to deliver. Otherwise it was a fun day.

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This is the second race I’ve done on this trail but it was my first go at a night race. The atmosphere was a lot of fun, loved the whole … MORE

This is the second race I’ve done on this trail but it was my first go at a night race. The atmosphere was a lot of fun, loved the whole glow stick vibe. The shirt and medal were great (medal glows in the dark) and winner trophies were top notch. The only cons were with the way awards were handled. Awards were given 1.5 hours after the winners finished (it was nighttime, mind you) and it was cold and windy and I got sick. Even then they got the placements wrong and aren’t sure they can get them redistributed. Overall it has potential but needs some help with production.

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Small, local race that operates as well as one would anticipate. Custom t-shirt, bag, water bottle, and finisher medal for a pretty low fee. Finisher and age group medals weren’t … MORE

Small, local race that operates as well as one would anticipate. Custom t-shirt, bag, water bottle, and finisher medal for a pretty low fee. Finisher and age group medals weren’t super fancy but I’ve gotten much worse at much more expensive races. All in all I thought it ran smoothly. If you expect a huge race with lots of fan fare sure, you’ll be disappointed. But smaller races like this are really refreshing and foster a greater sense of community. Few complaints.

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Very well organized and smoothly run. Biggest complaint was with awards. I placed 3rd overall female and got the same medal as those who placed 3rd in their age group. … MORE

Very well organized and smoothly run. Biggest complaint was with awards. I placed 3rd overall female and got the same medal as those who placed 3rd in their age group. I was told it was because we got a bag but the bag was just stuff being given away by the vendors that you could pick up at their booths. I’ve never been to a race that didn’t give trophies or plaques or prizes of good monetary value for top 3 overall. I would’ve gotten a better medal for being 4th overall because it would’ve been 1st place age group instead of the 3rd place medal I got. Very disappointing. Won’t be returning because of this which is a shame because it was otherwise a great race.

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This is definitely a run you have to do either to win or as a way to donate to a good cause. The T-shirt is cheap and they didn’t have … MORE

This is definitely a run you have to do either to win or as a way to donate to a good cause. The T-shirt is cheap and they didn’t have XS as advertised. Said there was a finishers medal but it was really a flimsy keychain. No age group awards as advertised which was a huge disappointment but good cash prizes for overall winners. Course is beautiful and it’s a super small race which is nice and you can see some of the Kings players as well.

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Smaller race with bigger feel; expected a bit more with such a high entry fee. The shirts this year were super ugly (and HUGE)...not wearable, but that’s not why I … MORE

Smaller race with bigger feel; expected a bit more with such a high entry fee. The shirts this year were super ugly (and HUGE)…not wearable, but that’s not why I race. Production was okay, volunteers were not very enthusiastic and were not prepared/paying attention at my last water station. Had to stop running to ask someone for water (really?!). Emailed the race director and never got a response which really disappointed me. Got 2nd F and the trophy was different; kind of hard to display but still really cute. All in all will probably give it another chance next year; hopefully they give their volunteers a better pre-race pep talk.

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So much fun to run in my back yard. The crowd support makes this race what it is. So touching to see so many individuals and families out cheering on … MORE

So much fun to run in my back yard. The crowd support makes this race what it is. So touching to see so many individuals and families out cheering on runners not just organizations. Great variety of foods people hand out; I snagged a bag of jelly beans near the end. Some people had freeze pops but they were at the other side of the road and I didn’t want to stop. Maybe the most smoothly run race I’ve ever done. I really appreciate the seeded corrals and that they were actually monitoring people’s qualification bibs; made for SUCH a smooth start. Will definitely do again!

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Race was well organized aside from the parking (took almost an hour to park). Wish they could have more entrances open but that may be the Rose Bowl and not … MORE

Race was well organized aside from the parking (took almost an hour to park). Wish they could have more entrances open but that may be the Rose Bowl and not the race. Hill at the start is a bit rough but other than that a good course. Congested start, had a hard time getting to my corral. Finish is a lot of fun, great post race giveaways. Would do again!

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You cannot beat the view throughout this course; it makes up for the long uphill miles. The swag was great, race was one of the more affordable, and the post-race … MORE

You cannot beat the view throughout this course; it makes up for the long uphill miles. The swag was great, race was one of the more affordable, and the post-race party was wonderful. The expo was nothing special. The corralling at the start was the most terrible I’ve experienced, wayyyy too small (almost had a panic attack – very claustrophobic) and runners (and pacers) couldn’t get to the appropriate corrals which caused the start of the race to be too slow because fast Runner’s had to try to safely pass walkers and slower runners. Other than that it was a great race. Would definitely do again!

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When I signed up for this race I did not know it was a trail run...definitely not advertised as such. The course is beautiful but you can’t really enjoy it … MORE

When I signed up for this race I did not know it was a trail run…definitely not advertised as such. The course is beautiful but you can’t really enjoy it because you’re spending the whole race looking at the ground trying to find a level place to put your feet. The race was very well run, lots of great swag, fantastic cause. I would not do it again as I felt that the course was very dangerous; not sure how no one broke an ankle.

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The first half of the course is on an incline, make sure you're training hills. Dress for warm weather, it may be cool at the start but the sun will … MORE

The first half of the course is on an incline, make sure you’re training hills. Dress for warm weather, it may be cool at the start but the sun will get you by the finish. This race is very well organized from bib pickup to parking to the course itself to the finish line festival. It is a tiny bit crowded but most races are. Don’t get your hopes up on Ocean views, you’re not in an area to see it the majority of the race. All things considered I have done it more than once and would not hesitate to do it again!

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