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@booski

Mission Viejo, CA Raving since 2018 Boston Marathon finisher active 1 year, 8 months ago

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Tustin, CA Mar 3, 2019
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 16, 2018
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 4, 2018
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 14, 2018
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 17, 2017
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2016
Marathon Reykjavik, Iceland Aug 20, 2016
Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 18, 2015
Marathon San Francisco, CA 2012
Marathon Hopkinton, MA 2010
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2009
Half Marathon Potomac, MD 2007
Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2007
Marathon Oceanport, NJ 2006
Marathon Potomac, MD 2004

My Raves

Nice race if you’re looking for a smaller race without mobs of people. Packet pickup was well organized. Plenty of porta potties at the start, race started on time. The … MORE

Nice race if you’re looking for a smaller race without mobs of people. Packet pickup was well organized. Plenty of porta potties at the start, race started on time.

The course itself is relatively flat — couple of minor inclines on freeway overpasses but no scary hills. I ran a PR a bit unexpectedly here, so the course is pretty easy. Running thru the hangar is cool, but that’s over in the first mile and then the rest of the course is kind of boring – running thru suburbia and shopping centers. Virtually no crowd support; if that’s important to you then skip this race. Aid stations were spaced regularly and had great volunteers (my only nit pick was some of the cups only had like a small sip of water in them so I had to take more than one cup a couple of times). Cool finishers medal.

Post race food was the main area for improvement: apples, orange slices and water were only available items, and not very interesting or appealing to me to eat

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This course is very flat - only one minor hill around mile 4. Weather is usually nice for it, too, though this year was a little hot (probably around 70 … MORE

This course is very flat – only one minor hill around mile 4. Weather is usually nice for it, too, though this year was a little hot (probably around 70 by the time I finished). Those conditions make for a great PR course; I’ve run my PR here and my second fastest half marathon time as well.

Here’s why i think it’s just OK:
– Course is flat and fast, yeah, but it’s a really boring course – just a long out and back stretch mostly. And it’s a really CROWDED course. The half marathoners catch up with slower full marathoners around mile 5-6 and from then on you have to dodge slower runners. It’d be really de-motivating to be constantly passed by faster runners, and it was tiring to weave around people even 10 miles into the course
-Not a very spectator-friendly course, if that’s your thing. I don’t really care about lots of spectators and big crowds, but my family had a hard time finding a good place to cheer for me and that did bum me out
– Corral system is horrible. I was in the 1:30-1:45 corral and was dodging people walking in the first quarter mile. Overheard two guys next to me saying they were aiming for 2:10 halfs – why the heck were they in with 1:30 half marathoners then? Need to get a better system for putting people in corrals.
-Race shirt is nice technical fabric but is pretty hideous.
– Post-race food was adequate, nothing memorable.

Still, Huntington Beach is pretty nice place to hang out before/after the race, so it’s not a terrible option for out of town visitors looking for a nice winter race.

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Very well-organized half marathon, from the expo down to the finish line. Course was a little hot this year by the end, and there are some rolling hills, but it's … MORE

Very well-organized half marathon, from the expo down to the finish line. Course was a little hot this year by the end, and there are some rolling hills, but it’s quite scenic and enjoyable. Love that they actually assign you to a corral, and love the extra finisher’s jacket included in the price. Great race! I’ve run the half twice now and would do it again.

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LOVED this race! It's on the smaller side, and spectator support is fairly thin the second half of the race, so the latter miles can be a bit lonely. But … MORE

LOVED this race! It’s on the smaller side, and spectator support is fairly thin the second half of the race, so the latter miles can be a bit lonely. But weather was perfect, scenery was unbeatable, and it capped off a perfect vacation in an absolutely incredible country!

Race was well-organized. Easy expo. Would have liked more water stations, but I carried my own and was fine. Best part is that Culture Night is later that day, so you can go drink plenty of beer afterwards and enjoy the festivities without any guilt (you just burned all those calories, after all…)

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