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Personal Bests (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Olympic/International Malibu, CA Sep 25, 2021 2:45:11
Sprint Long Beach, CA Jul 17, 2021 1:21:43
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 10, 2021 3:41:51
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Sep 10, 2021 1:43:26
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA Sep 21, 2019 1:37:27
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 8, 2019 55:19
5.3 Miler San Pedro, CA Sep 6, 2021 41:34

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Newport Beach, CA Nov 7, 2021
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Nov 7, 2021
50K Malibu, CA Dec 4, 2021
50 Miler Avalon, CA Jan 8, 2022

Past Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Olympic/International Los Angeles, CA Oct 24, 2021 2:52:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 10, 2021 3:41:51
Olympic/International Malibu, CA Sep 25, 2021 2:45:11
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Sep 10, 2021 1:43:26
5.3 Miler San Pedro, CA Sep 6, 2021 41:34
Sprint Long Beach, CA Jul 17, 2021 1:21:43
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA Nov 7, 2020 1:57:52
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 8, 2020 5:46:35
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 1, 2020 1:49:36
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 19, 2020 1:55:10
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 12, 2019 2:05:00
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA Sep 21, 2019 1:37:27
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 8, 2019 55:19

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The Herbalife24 Los Angeles Triathlon was a real mixed bag of good and bad. The Olympic and Sprint both start off in Venice Beach for the swim. The bike leg … MORE

The Herbalife24 Los Angeles Triathlon was a real mixed bag of good and bad. The Olympic and Sprint both start off in Venice Beach for the swim. The bike leg then takes you into downtown LA and to Korea Town (Olympic only), and then the run is a two loop course from LA live to McArthur park.

Starting off, the expo and goodie bag at bib pickup were pretty great. Some of the best race swag I’ve ever received. Long socks, shirt, bottle, backpack, headband, ice pack, a few creams and lotions, etc. I was feeling really good about the race, as everything looked very polished.

First sign of trouble I found was that the time T1 would open up in Venice Beach. Info was inconsistent and all we knew is that it would open up sometime between 4:30 am and 5:30 am and close sometime between 5:30 am and 6:30 am. It ended up opening around 5 am and closing at 6:30 am.

The swim went mostly well. The views were awesome. Seeing the sun rise over the Venice pier was a great sight. It was concerning that the swim buoys were still being put up with less than 5 minutes to race start and the I believe the course might have been a bit long. After swimming, we were to place our wetsuit and wet items into these “T1” bags that would be transported to the finish line (more on this later).

The bike course heads east mostly on Venice Blvd to LA Live, up Figueroa to Sunset, turns around and then west on Wilshire to Western and back to LA Live. The course was very wide on Venice Blvd. Some areas had pretty bad cracks and pot holes, but there was so much space, it was fine. Once we got onto Figueroa, the course got very narrow. This was being used for both bike out and back legs and for run out and back. There were sections with pedestrians just walking across and the police did a poor job stopping people at places. Once, we got onto Wilshire, the road was horrible. I honestly think it’s somewhat unacceptable how bad the road conditions were. Potholes and crack everywhere. I sincerely hope the organizers rethink these conditions because it was very unsafe and I had to really slow down to avoid dying. Overall, the course had some cool views, but like I said, the main thing that stuck out was how unsafe it felt in the last half.

The run is two loops down Figueroa and Wilshire to Griffith. The road is still bad of course, but much more manageable on foot. This section is why I’d give it a 3/5 on difficulty. You gain a little over 400 ft in the 6.2 miles. The gradient up Wilshire hits 7% and is a bit challenging on tired legs. Views are great though.

After running to the finish line I was handed a medal, banana, protein bar, water, and a herbalife24 branded towel. The finish line festival was pretty cool.. it is LA Live after all. They were also giving out Herbalife24 shakes in shaker bottles. While I am not a fan of this company, I must admit the shakes were very tasty.

Now, it was time to pick up our gear. This was kind of a mess. The volunteers ripped off my bike # when racking my bike so I had trouble finding it. Then after going around and collecting all the different gear bags, we were informed that the T1 bags had not arrived and it would still take 30 minutes for them to get there. When they finally arrived, there was a massive human traffic jam and it turns out the bags were not very well organized. The volunteers had trouble finding our bags.

Overall, I wouldn’t do this triathlon again unless they changed the bike course. There was more good than bad, but damn those roads were terrible. This one is definitely on the more expensive side and while riding through K-town is cool, I think it would be better to have safer roads. Perhaps take the bike course south towards USC and keep Wilshire for the run.

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I love LBC. I live here and this is my local race. I made this my A race because it's the hometown race and while I had a great time, … MORE

I love LBC. I live here and this is my local race. I made this my A race because it’s the hometown race and while I had a great time, I don’t think I’ll be returning.. at least not for the full.

Look, the scenery for the half is great. You run along the beach and by the Queen Mary, lighthouse, shoreline village, and then down Ocean Blvd. The scenery for the full is okay. It adds a detour inland mostly along golf courses, parks, residential neighborhoods and around CSULB. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t really stand out.

I was a little disappointed with the production. The race started late, which happens often enough that I can’t ding them too hard, but it was 17 minutes late. I had friends that had come out to cheer me on who thought they had missed me because of the delayed start.

The pacer around me was also a mess. The guy was supposed to pace 3:45 and he was running closer to ~3:35 pace. Luckily, I had a watch and my own plan to 3:36, but I could see people struggling to keep up. Some lady looked crush halfway through that she couldn’t hold pace. I mentioned to her that we were actually like 5 minutes ahead if she was following the 3:45 guy. I was on pace for 3:36 before I cracked and he was still right in front up until mile 20. I know they don’t get paid, but if you’re not going to pace your group right, maybe don’t take the free entry and potentially ruin other people’s race.

My other big complaint is that LB Police STOPPED THE RUNNERS at Pacific Coast Hwy to let cars pass. WTF! Isn’t a closed course the whole point of paying for a race? Look, I was already fading, but this happened at mile 22 and my legs were feeling incredibly tight. Stopping, as short as it was, really affected me. Not making excuses for not hitting my target. 3:36 was not going to happen.

As for swag.. I was not a fan of the medal compared to say, Surf City or OC. I guess that’s personal preference, but it just looks like clip art to me. I will still cherish it, as it represents a lot of miles and hours of training, but it’s not the best looking.

The main positive is that I love the city of Long Beach. This is where I live and where I run. It was great seeing all my friends that came out to support as well as the local run groups. I also did great. 3:41 is a huge PR for me.

I think in the future, I would do the half, but I was pretty underwhelmed with the full marathon course. I think definitely I will stick to LAM as my A race for that distance.

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This was my first Olympic distance triathlon and I had a great time. The course is of moderate difficulty, has spectacular scenery, and overall good production. If you're going to … MORE

This was my first Olympic distance triathlon and I had a great time. The course is of moderate difficulty, has spectacular scenery, and overall good production.

If you’re going to do this race, it is important to try to get some practice entering and exiting the waves. Depending on luck the waves can get pretty big and you might get dragged or knocked around if you don’t know how to handle it. There’s a reason Malibu is known for surfing. Nevertheless, the coastline is beautiful.

The bike course is along PCH. It’s mostly rolling terrain with a few sustained, but still short climbs with grades up to 7%. If you’ve never ridden along PCH, you are in for a treat. The Malibu coast on one side and the Santa Monica mountains towering on the other make for spectacular scenery.

The run course was also along PCH and on the beach path. It’s an okay course with a little bit of elevation gain, but nothing to write home about.

In terms of production, the race was nearly perfect. There were a few changes in wave starts, but the organizers did a good job at communicating changes. It was also very cool that they held the Super League Triathlon right after so if you were interested, you could stay and see world class professionals race.

The only real dings for me was that packet pick up and bike drop off was kind of a huge pain. I know that I could have paid to pick up the morning of, but I was worried about running out of time and figured the drive wouldn’t be that bad… I was wrong. I live in Long Beach and because packet pick-up was Friday in the afternoon, it made my commute time there and back nearly 3.5 hrs. I basically got home, slept for 4 hours, woke up, and had to make the drive again. Never left LA county and I spent almost 8 hours driving over the two days, lol. I think if I did this next time, I would just pay for packet pickup. However, it would also make sense if they had another packet pick up location, like in Downtown LA or in Santa Monica. Zuma Beach is just a bit inaccessible.

For swag, all we got was the medal, which is pretty nice, and a cotton t-shirt. It’s okay swag, not bad, but nothing that stands out.

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This was my 2nd time running this race. The cons: The race expo seemed scaled down, probably because of covid. PCH can get boring after a while. It was a … MORE

This was my 2nd time running this race.

The cons: The race expo seemed scaled down, probably because of covid. PCH can get boring after a while. It was a pretty hot day compared to usual (75F and sunny vs usually 55F and cloudy) and the half marathon started later than usual because of covid social distancing.

The pros: Plenty of water stops and gels available. Good amount of pace groups available. Course is nearly entirely flat and you can just go hard. The crowds were pretty good in spite of the pandemic. The medals are always awesome (wooden surfboard) and the I really liked the race finisher shirt. Also, if you don’t live near the beach, I am sure running along the beach and the wetlands scenery is interesting. I am just a bit bored of it because I run here ALL the time.

This is a great course to PR. For the 2nd year in a row, this is looking to be my best race. I am becoming a huge fan of Surf City and I will definitely be back next year.

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This was my first time running this race and I got in for only $35 with a team discount. Parking was pretty easy and hassle free. The race is surprisingly … MORE

This was my first time running this race and I got in for only $35 with a team discount. Parking was pretty easy and hassle free.

The race is surprisingly big (a lot of participants). The course is great. This is the only time you can run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge and the views are phenomenal, specially on the way back over the bridge (you cross it twice). We had great weather. It was low 60s and cloudy.

The main things I didn’t like is that there were almost no on course photographers… possibly none at all because I haven’t heard anything about race photos. I also think water stops were lacking. 5.3 miles is not very long, but climbing that bridge is tough.

I think it would make sense to have a water stop at the bottom of the bridge around mile 2, but the stop wasn’t until mile ~3.5 before the 2nd ascent. Also, there was 1 other water stop about a 1/2 mile from the finish line. I don’t really see the point… might as well just run it in, which I did.

There wasn’t really any race swag aside from the race medal, which I will admit was quite nice. Overall, I am happy since I only paid $35, but I think I’d be upset if I had paid the full registration fee of $60.

Either way, I recommend this race for the unique experience.

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This is a hometown race and was my first triathlon. It was better than I could have hoped for and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try a … MORE

This is a hometown race and was my first triathlon. It was better than I could have hoped for and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try a triathlon for the first time.

The swim takes place at Alamitos Bay. Because of the breakwater surrounding Long Beach, the waves are small and nearly non-existent. As someone who was anxious about open water swimming, this was a big plus. The buoys were huge and easy to sight. I was 2nd to last in my age group, but this was the fastest I have ever swam. The 1 negative is that T1 is kind of far away compared to other triathlons (or so I’m told).

The bike course was 2 loops, mostly on Ocean Blvd through downtown LB. I was weary about doing loops, but the intensity was so high that I had a blast. I should probably mention that the swim start was delayed about 30 minutes because they were rearranging the bike course. It was worth it. As a local, I knew some of the lanes on the road were in bad condition, but the lanes that the course took place on were all good condition. I PR’d the 20k bike course.

Lastly, the run took place on the LB beach running path, which was open to the public. I thought this would be inconvenient, but it was no issue at all and the crowd was pretty great. There was plenty of water stops along the way that also offered gels. I PR’d my 5k.

I crossed the finish line and volunteers handed me a cold, wet towel, water, and lunch. The medal was pretty cool. It doubles as a bottle opener. Besides that, race swag included a USA triathlon bag packed with samples and goodies and a race shirt. Oh also, plenty of photographers all over the course. Race pictures were great, but I do wish there’d be more than just 1 photographer along the bike course.

This is honestly one of the best produced events I have attended. I immediately signed up for the following year. It also convinced me to sign up for further triathlons.

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This race went virtual because of Covid. Luckily I live nearby so I drove out and did my best to follow the half marathon course. This is such a gorgeous … MORE

This race went virtual because of Covid. Luckily I live nearby so I drove out and did my best to follow the half marathon course. This is such a gorgeous course. Definitely the best half marathon course in SoCal in terms of scenery.

I can’t say much about production since it was virtual. However, the medal was great, the race shirt is awesome, and I completed the beach cities challenge with this one and got my turtle medal as well. Was looking forward to running the full marathon in 2021, but apparently it’s virtual only as well. Oh well.

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This race was such heart break for me. The swag and expo were great. Love the race shirt, love the medal. The course turned out to be the last year … MORE

This race was such heart break for me.

The swag and expo were great. Love the race shirt, love the medal.

The course turned out to be the last year it’d be from Dodgers Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. Support was amazing. Water, electrolyte, and gel stops were plenty. I don’t know that I have much to offer besides what others have said about the course, but let me tell you about my race…

I had a horrible race. I got really sick a week before. I thought I’d be fine the day of, but I wasn’t. Completely cracked halfway through and walked the last 10 miles or so. I was just kept walking and holding back tears because of how disappointed I was. Fortunately, the crowd was extremely encouraging and kept me going until the finish. I have a very vivid memory of being in crazy pain right before reaching the final stretch along Ocean in Santa Monica. Someone had erected a giant sign (size of a car) that said “You Don’t Know How Strong You Are.” I was ready to quit and then I saw that and it gave me the final push.

I am not done with this one. I need redemption.

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Surf City is a great race to PR and great for first timers. The course is nearly completely flat, mostly straight down PCH, and this Sunday the weather was perfect. … MORE

Surf City is a great race to PR and great for first timers. The course is nearly completely flat, mostly straight down PCH, and this Sunday the weather was perfect. It was nice and cloudy and temps were in the 50s. The only mildly “difficult” part of this course is a small hill around miles 4-6 and a headwind during the last 3 miles. Almost everyone I know PR’ed.

Having said that, the scenery can get a bit dull if you’re from the surrounding areas, specially during the excursion into the city neighborhoods. Crowd support was pretty good and it definitely helped motivate me to a strong finish.

The race production went well. The expo was nice, the race started on time and there was an emotional tribute to OC residents and NBA legend Kobe Bryant and the other victims of the helicopter crash. There was also special designated mile markers commemorating the Laker great at miles 8 and 24 (if you ran the full). On a less somber note, I need to point out that I love the race kicking off with a lead off from a VW bus while Beach Boys was blasting at the start.

There was plenty of aid stations throughout the course serving water and nuun and two of them around miles 7 and 11 had honey stinger gels.

The swag was nice. I liked the long sleeve technical shirt and the medal is top notch. Metal plaque with VW bus on a wooden surfboard.

The finish festival seemed fun and friends appeared to enjoy the beer being served. The cover band belting out 80s hits was very HB.

Overall, the experience was enjoyable and I plan to return next year, hopefully for another PR.

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This is my first time running the Pasadena Half as part of the Conqur LA challenge. Overall, I had a good time, but it was kind of a meh race. … MORE

This is my first time running the Pasadena Half as part of the Conqur LA challenge. Overall, I had a good time, but it was kind of a meh race.

There wasn’t a whole lot of swag in the race packet at all… just a coupon for Big 5. There was no expo. They had remote bib pick-up, but almost all the sites were on the West Side anyways… it’d be nice to have some options in the South Bay. The shirts they handed out on race days were a nice design, but just plain cotton. I would expect tech fiber from an event like this. Besides that, I got free socks from SRLA and that was about it. I give it 2/5 because the medal was absolutely gorgeous. **EDIT** Apparently we get free pictures. This is way better than any other kind of swag. I’d bump it up to 4/5.

The course was of moderate difficulty, mainly because of hills. I didn’t have too much trouble because I’ve been training for them, but I heard lots of talk about them post race. Overall about a 600 ft elevation gain.

The course scenery was.. okay. Pasadena is not a terribly exciting town, but running around the Rose Bowl was great and finishing on the 50 yard line in the stadium was a cool experience!! I know they also highlight suicide bridge, but I didn’t even realize I was running over it until we passed under it. Mountains in the background were also nice. However, I don’t think that makes up for the relatively monotonous course. The crowd support was also rather sparse, but I am appreciative of the people that came out. There was a few Elvis impersonators.

I will commend Conqur on the race production. Besides parking, which took about 25 minutes at 5:30 am, the event went smoothly (I can’t blame them for parking too much because the Rose Bowl is just notoriously terrible to park at). I was placed in corral 2, which was perfect for me. The race began on time, I didn’t feel crowded and there weren’t really any walkers. The water stops were plentiful and stocked with plenty of water and nuun as well as honey stinger gels at miles 4 and 7.

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This was my first half marathon and it was a blast. This is a bit of a hometown race for me and I love running along the ocean. Long Beach … MORE

This was my first half marathon and it was a blast. This is a bit of a hometown race for me and I love running along the ocean. Long Beach has some truly great views and I liked the crowds and ambiance. The course was relatively flat and easy for a first timer such as myself.

The only downsides for me was the lack of feed stations. I don’t have much experience, but I recently ran a 10 mile where there was plenty of gels at every station. I was expecting similar, but there was no real food until around the 10 mile mark, and even then, it was from volunteer stations. I would expect a race of this size to have more food available.

The medal was great and I liked the gear that was available for sale. The expo was a bit small and there wasn’t a whole lot of swag post race either, but I didn’t really mind because all I wanted at that point was food.

Overall I had a positive experience and will definitely be back for the full marathon next year. Those medals were gorgeous.

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This was my first 10 mile race. Overall, the course was simple and I enjoyed running next to the pacers. I think the race would be better if it was … MORE

This was my first 10 mile race. Overall, the course was simple and I enjoyed running next to the pacers. I think the race would be better if it was a bit earlier in the day. The first half of the race was awesome, the sunset along PCH is a great view.

However, about halfway through, the sun had set and the course was pitch black. There was light up glow sticks throughout the course, so it was fine, but it really kills the scenery. As others have mentioned, there was some bonfire smoke, but that part didn’t bother me too much.

The race swag was decent. I enjoyed the glow in the dark shirt and the bottle opener surfboard medal. The race expo was also pretty okay. This is a good training ride for the LB marathon / half marathon and I will probably run it again next year.

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This was my first 10k and I had a great time. I parked at the finish line and walked about a mile to the start. There was plenty of other … MORE

This was my first 10k and I had a great time. I parked at the finish line and walked about a mile to the start. There was plenty of other people walking over and I didn’t find it to be an issue. It was a good warm up.

I couldn’t make it the day before to the expo, but bib pick up was really quick and easy. The race started smoothly and the course was pretty great. Miles 4-5 are slightly uphill and that was a bit hard for me because I had only been training on flat road. The last mile was all downhill and I really enjoyed sprinting through to the end. I smashed my 5k personal best and did better than I expected so I had a great time.

The expo at the end was decently big and the live band playing grateful dead covers was nice. My only complaint is the lines were long and some of the booths ran out of swag. Also, I am not a fan of the yellow shirt or the non-technical fabric.

I did this as part of the CONQUR LA challenge and I will definitely be coming back next year.

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