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Huntington Beach, CA Raving since 2015 active 3 months, 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Santa Ynez, CA May 9, 2015 2:15
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA Oct 16, 2016 1:52:00
10K Rossmoor, CA Oct 29, 2017 54:00
5.3 Miler San Pedro, CA Sep 4, 2017 53:00
5K Anaheim, CA Mar 12, 2016 26:00

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Past Races (59)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Santa Ynez, CA May 12, 2018 2:18:23
5K Arcadia, CA Apr 7, 2018
10K Long Beach, CA Dec 24, 2017 57:00
10K Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Nov 18, 2017 1:03:00
10K Rossmoor, CA Oct 29, 2017 54:00
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA Oct 15, 2017
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 8, 2017
10K Irvine, CA Sep 9, 2017 59:00
5.3 Miler San Pedro, CA Sep 4, 2017 53:00
Half Marathon Santa Ynez, CA May 13, 2017 2:12:57
Half Marathon Ojai, CA Apr 23, 2017 2:28:00
5K Arcadia, CA Apr 8, 2017 28:00
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 2, 2017 26:59
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA Oct 16, 2016 1:52:00
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 9, 2016 2:20:00
5K Huntington Beach, CA Aug 4, 2016 28:00
5K Long Beach, CA Jul 7, 2016 28:00
5K Arcadia, CA Apr 9, 2016
5K Anaheim, CA Mar 12, 2016 26:00
10K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 27, 2016 59:00
5K Los Angeles, CA Oct 24, 2015 28:00
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 11, 2015 2:32:20
10K Los Angeles, CA Sep 27, 2015 1:07:00
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2015 26:30
Half Marathon Santa Ynez, CA May 9, 2015 2:15
5K Arcadia, CA Apr 4, 2015 28:00
5K Carlsbad, CA Mar 29, 2015 27:00
5K Long Beach, CA Mar 28, 2015 27:00
5K Seal Beach, CA Mar 21, 2015 27:25
10K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 28, 2015
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 1, 2015
5 Miler Trabuco Canyon, CA Jan 24, 2015
Half Marathon Irvine, CA Dec 6, 2014
5 Miler Oceanside, CA Nov 27, 2014
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 16, 2014
5K Long Beach, CA Nov 2, 2014
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 12, 2014
5.3 Miler San Pedro, CA Sep 1, 2014
5 Miler Tustin, CA Jun 19, 2014
10K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 22, 2014
10 Miler Trabuco Canyon, CA Jan 25, 2014
5K Long Beach, CA 2014
10K Long Beach, CA 2014
15K San Francisco, CA 2014
5K Long Beach, CA 2014
5K Costa Mesa, CA 2014
10K Seal Beach, CA 2014
5K Huntington Beach, CA 2014
10K Rossmoor, CA 2014
5K Carlsbad, CA 2014
5K Arcadia, CA 2013
Marathon Arlington, VA 2013
Half Marathon Santa Ynez, CA 2013
15K Laguna Beach, CA 2013
15K San Diego, CA 2013
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2013
5K Newport Beach, CA 2013
Marathon Big Sur, CA 2013
Half Marathon Newbury Park, CA 2012

My Raves

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

This is an annual event that we wouldn’t miss. The most scenic course around—first half is through beautiful horse country with ranches; the second half is entirely different—rolling hills through … MORE

This is an annual event that we wouldn’t miss. The most scenic course around—first half is through beautiful horse country with ranches; the second half is entirely different—rolling hills through the vineyards of Santa Barbara and a finish in the quaint city of Solvang. Don’t miss this next year!

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Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

Fast scenic run that runs around then into Santa Anita race track. Flawless race organization from start to finish! Great medal and post race expo. Possibly the best 5K in … MORE

Fast scenic run that runs around then into Santa Anita race track. Flawless race organization from start to finish! Great medal and post race expo. Possibly the best 5K in California. Don’t miss it next year!

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Reindeer Run – Long Beach, CA

Reindeer Run – Long Beach, CA

A Better World Running puts on races at four venues in Southern California—Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Santa Monica and Van Nuys. There events always include a choice of distances—5K, 10K, … MORE

A Better World Running puts on races at four venues in Southern California—Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Santa Monica and Van Nuys. There events always include a choice of distances—5K, 10K, 15K and Half Marathon in most instances. The courses are on public pedestrian paths along the beach or through public parks so there no concern for vehicle traffic and they are usually out and back loops. The races are limited in size to about 300 total. Best of all, they are extremely affordable, put on by runners and have everything you need and they dont’ give you things you don’t need (like another race t-shirt). A great way to schedule tempo runs at race pace for any intermediate distance if you’re looking for a group to keep you honest but don’t feel like racing an entire half marathon. Overall, these events capture what running is all about—back to basics opportunities to test your fitness level in a competitive event. Highly recommend!

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Lexus LaceUp Running Series Palos Verdes Half Marathon

Lexus LaceUp Running Series Palos Verdes Half Marathon

Nice event but the location of the race and the need to take a shuttle from the remote parking to the start will add at least 45 minutes to get … MORE

Nice event but the location of the race and the need to take a shuttle from the remote parking to the start will add at least 45 minutes to get to the start. Lots of runners arrived late. As for the race, the half marathon is the larger of the events. Both the half and the 10K course run are along the bluffs and rolling hills for the first four miles. The half splits off after 4.5 miles. The fifth mile of the 10K is a big uphill but then downhill to the finish.

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School Ghoul Run Los Alamitos

School Ghoul Run Los Alamitos

this is an annual run benefiting the schools in Los Alamitos. The race directors put money on the line to attract fast runners and that they do--really fast runners up … MORE

this is an annual run benefiting the schools in Los Alamitos. The race directors put money on the line to attract fast runners and that they do–really fast runners up front but its still largely a pedestrian race. Lots of costumes worn by runners. The 10k is 2X the 5K course and has a very small field <100. Most of the runners are in the 5K or the kids races. The course is on neighborhood streets an really, really lacks anything that could be called "scenery". What it lacks in scenery it makes up for in fun.

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Surf City 10

Surf City 10

Great ocean views along the out and back course. Race was much smaller than in previous years which made the course much less crowded than it has been in the … MORE

Great ocean views along the out and back course. Race was much smaller than in previous years which made the course much less crowded than it has been in the past and that’s a good thing for runners

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Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

The Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon is a celebration of running in Southern California. The Half Marathon is a flat, fast course that is well supported with water stations. … MORE

The Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon is a celebration of running in Southern California. The Half Marathon is a flat, fast course that is well supported with water stations. While the 3 miles between mile 7 and mile 10 go along the beach, they are on a concrete bike path that seems never ending. The wave starts really help this event as it is one of the largest events in the area every year. If you’re driving, arrive at least 1.5 hours early to avoid traffic and get your car parked. The expo could use more excitement but other than that, good times in Long Beach

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Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County

Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County

The course is typical for Irvine--seems all the races there go along the bike path that runs along the scenic drainage ditch. 10K goes out-and-back so you get to see … MORE

The course is typical for Irvine–seems all the races there go along the bike path that runs along the scenic drainage ditch. 10K goes out-and-back so you get to see the flood channel from both directions! There is a marathon relay that shares the course with the 10K so you get to see some of the runners in that event as you run out and back. Best part is the race support and the post-race food trucks that are included in the race entry. This is the least popular of the LaceUp series–the Palos Verdes and Riverside events draw three times as many.

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Conquer the Bridge

Conquer the Bridge

This is the only opportunity all year to run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge from San Pedro to Terminal Island. The event is held every Labor Day and it truly … MORE

This is the only opportunity all year to run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge from San Pedro to Terminal Island. The event is held every Labor Day and it truly is one that you don’t want to miss. the course is out-and-back meaning you go up and over the bridge twice. Great energy in the race, great views of the LA harbor and amazing photo opportunities as you go up and over the bridge. Highly recommended!

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

The Wine Country Half Marathon is a fixture on our calendar. It is held each year on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. The hotels in Solvang sell out fast … MORE

The Wine Country Half Marathon is a fixture on our calendar. It is held each year on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. The hotels in Solvang sell out fast so book your hotel first then enter the race. They have the logistics down pat from the shuttle busses from the finish to the start to the ‘wine garden’ after the race. We have run this 6 of the last 7 years and wouldn’t miss it for the world. The first half of the race is an uphill grade. The second part of the run is downhill from mile 7 to 11 and you will average 30 seconds a mile faster. Strong crowd support at the finish. In short, a great race.

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Ojai Half Marathon

Ojai Half Marathon

The course is extremely scenic but also very hilly. The one tough one comes at 3.5 miles and goes uphill for about 1 mile. Takes a lot out of the … MORE

The course is extremely scenic but also very hilly. The one tough one comes at 3.5 miles and goes uphill for about 1 mile. Takes a lot out of the legs, particularly with 9 miles to go at the crest. First 10 miles is a scenic loop; last three miles is an out-and-back on a bike path and tedious/boring at that point. This year was very hot but the race director can’t control the weather. This race can compete with the Wine Country Half Marathons in scenery; it just needs more people as those in the mid-to-back of the pack had large gaps between runners. It would be so much better with more people to run with or race against.

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Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

the race starts in the parking lot of Santa Anita race track. the runners go through a real starting gate and head out to the Arboretum where you run through … MORE

the race starts in the parking lot of Santa Anita race track. the runners go through a real starting gate and head out to the Arboretum where you run through the beautiful gardens and see the peacocks between miles 1 and 2. The last mile is inside the grounds of Santa Anita Race Track and the race finishes on the homestretch of the track. great post race expo and beer garden. this race entry also includes day-of entry into the track for the Santa Anita Derby and a ticket to come back for free at a future day. Just an outstanding event start-to-finish

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Carlsbad 5000

Carlsbad 5000

This long standing event is a fixture on my annual calendar of races. I have run in the Carlsbad 5000 at least 15 times and it keeps me coming back. … MORE

This long standing event is a fixture on my annual calendar of races. I have run in the Carlsbad 5000 at least 15 times and it keeps me coming back. an all day carnival of races ending with the elite men and women. Downside over the last two years is that this has been a Rock and Roll event and it seems disorganized–several races over the last two years have been disrupted just short of the finish line because of trains coming through the town. Seems like they can’t figure out when the trains are coming after all these years. Also, the quality of the expo has fallen off over the last two years as has the quality of the shirts.

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Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

One of the top destination events in the country every year as runners from around the USA head to Southern California for a break from the weather. Beautiful parks, overlook … MORE

One of the top destination events in the country every year as runners from around the USA head to Southern California for a break from the weather. Beautiful parks, overlook vistas, great on course support and the beach. what could be bad?

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Surf City 10

Surf City 10

This annual event has been going on forever; previously the Huntington Beach Distance Derby. 10 mile distance is rather uncommon these days so its a good alternative to half marathons … MORE

This annual event has been going on forever; previously the Huntington Beach Distance Derby. 10 mile distance is rather uncommon these days so its a good alternative to half marathons or 10ks. Getting into the venue is a challenge if you park in the HB City lot as the only way in is the Beach Blvd entrance and traffic can get backed up. Post race expo was better than most

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Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

The Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon are a long-standing favorite of runners throughout the Southwest. It is a larger field with about 15000 runners in the half marathon so … MORE

The Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon are a long-standing favorite of runners throughout the Southwest. It is a larger field with about 15000 runners in the half marathon so you have plenty of company on your tour of the city. great vistas of the Queen Mary, downtown Long Beach and the strand as you go over a largely flat route. wonderful volunteers, plenty of water and good finish line post-race expo and beer garden. Highly recommended!

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A Snail’s Pace Summer Nights 5K Series #3

A Snail’s Pace Summer Nights 5K Series #3

A nice run around Central Park in Huntington Beach involving multiple loops of the north side of the park. The race had a lot of high school kids to lead … MORE

A nice run around Central Park in Huntington Beach involving multiple loops of the north side of the park. The race had a lot of high school kids to lead the way. Nice to have shave ice after. A small local race

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A Snail’s Pace Summer Nights 5K Series #1

A Snail’s Pace Summer Nights 5K Series #1

This is a very small local race in a 'pocket park' that involves three loops of the park. The course is mostly on grass and is chock full of squirrel … MORE

This is a very small local race in a ‘pocket park’ that involves three loops of the park. The course is mostly on grass and is chock full of squirrel holes. The plus side is that all the money goes to support local schools

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Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

The Santa Anita Derby Day 5k is now in its 22nd year and for good reason--the course is spectacular. It starts with runners going through a starting gate and ends … MORE

The Santa Anita Derby Day 5k is now in its 22nd year and for good reason–the course is spectacular. It starts with runners going through a starting gate and ends on the homestretch of the inner racetrack at Santa Anita. Between the start and the finish you go through the Botanical Gardens which are breathtaking. Race production and expo at top-notch. Volunteers are plentiful and there to serve. Parking was a snap to get into and out of the racetrack. Highly recommended for all!

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The Corral Country Music 5K (fka Stagecoach 5K)

The Corral Country Music 5K (fka Stagecoach 5K)

A fun 5k in Downtown Anaheim starts and ends in Pearson Park. Flat and very fast course albeit not very scenic. The best comes at the end where the country … MORE

A fun 5k in Downtown Anaheim starts and ends in Pearson Park. Flat and very fast course albeit not very scenic. The best comes at the end where the country music theme kicks in–live music, line dancing, beer and good times for all.

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Los Alamitos Race on the Base

Los Alamitos Race on the Base

A very popular event for runners and triathletes. Choice of the 10k, 5k or reverse triathlon on the airfield at Los Alamitos. Flat and fast course but runways are hard … MORE

A very popular event for runners and triathletes. Choice of the 10k, 5k or reverse triathlon on the airfield at Los Alamitos. Flat and fast course but runways are hard so wear cushioned shoes if you have an issue with hard roads

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Surf City 10

Surf City 10

this course has changed from previous years and now is just an up-and-back on Pacific Coast Highway. Great ocean views north of the city and good views of the wetlands … MORE

this course has changed from previous years and now is just an up-and-back on Pacific Coast Highway. Great ocean views north of the city and good views of the wetlands on the north part of the course. Otherwise, its a straight line up and a straight line back with not much variety.

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Homeboy 5K

Homeboy 5K

A great cause in an area of LA that needs everyone's support. A big crowd at registration made it difficult to get to packet pickup but everyone was very helpful. … MORE

A great cause in an area of LA that needs everyone’s support. A big crowd at registration made it difficult to get to packet pickup but everyone was very helpful. if you’re a runner, start up front as this “race” is mostly walkers. First half of the run is all uphill so expect negative splits. good post race expo.

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Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

This year was forecast was for an unusually hot weekend and the Long Beach Marathon race team showed how concerned they are for the safety of the runners that they … MORE

This year was forecast was for an unusually hot weekend and the Long Beach Marathon race team showed how concerned they are for the safety of the runners that they decided three days in advance to offer half marathoners the choice of starting an hour and a half earlier with the marathon start or to start at the advertised time. At least half of the 15000 half marathoners did the early start and the result was that there was much less on-course congestion at the pinch points. The weather was extreme for So Cal but there was plenty of water on course and at the finish. The race production team gets 5 stars for an outstanding job

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Global Energy 10K & 5K (Los Angeles, CA)

Global Energy 10K & 5K (Los Angeles, CA)

This was the first year of the Global Energy Bimbo 5k/10k. Long Beach is one of the 26 venues around the world that host the races on the same day. … MORE

This was the first year of the Global Energy Bimbo 5k/10k. Long Beach is one of the 26 venues around the world that host the races on the same day. This event drew a good sized crowd because it was very inexpensive–$6 for each member on a team entry or $12 individually.. lots of swag and give aways at the expo because they are focused on building brand awareness through these runs. course is fast and flat. One item of note is that they do a big 3k walk and the start of that merges into the 10k run so the traffic on the course gets quite congested after the first two miles. also, minimal water station support on course and it was a hot day.

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Surf City Run

Surf City Run

The Huntington Beach 4th of July parade has been going on for 111 years. The prelude to the parade are the Surf City Run 5k for residents followed by an … MORE

The Huntington Beach 4th of July parade has been going on for 111 years. The prelude to the parade are the Surf City Run 5k for residents followed by an open 5k. Both run the parade route down Main Street to the beach and back. very fast course but if you want the time be sure to start up front as it does get crowded. Excellent race management by Spectrum Sports. Starts on time, no problems on course even with 50,000 spectators lining the streets. Stay for the parade–its pure Americana and a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

This is an annual Mother's Day weekend retreat for us. The town of Solvang is a good venue for the start and finish and the race organization for the shuttle … MORE

This is an annual Mother’s Day weekend retreat for us. The town of Solvang is a good venue for the start and finish and the race organization for the shuttle start and finish is excellent. First half of the half marathon is less scenic and has a lot of uphills; second part is mostly downhill and has the great vistas of the vineyards. Many runners run negative splits on this course. the two miles are always congested with lots of turns but once it thins out its a great run.

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Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

This is one of the most scenic 5k courses in Southern California--even the streets are beautiful. About 1 mile of the course is through the Arboritium and the finish is … MORE

This is one of the most scenic 5k courses in Southern California–even the streets are beautiful. About 1 mile of the course is through the Arboritium and the finish is on the track at Santa Anita Race track. Great medal for finishers along with free entry to the races the day of the event and free passes to come back another day. Event shirts are ‘heather’ and exceptional. Can’t beat the race production–wave starts for the 5k kept the course relatively open despite the 6000+ runners. The post race expo had a free beer garden, plenty of exhibitors giving out free products and a really really good band. Highly recommnend this event to anyone looking for a great 5k run

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Carlsbad 5000

Carlsbad 5000

Carlsbad 5000 is an annual event that has a full day of 5k races that starts with the masters in the morning and finishes with the world-class elites just after … MORE

Carlsbad 5000 is an annual event that has a full day of 5k races that starts with the masters in the morning and finishes with the world-class elites just after noon the course runs through Carlsbad with most of it on Ocean Street with great seaside views. About 8000 runners total make it about 2000 people per race so plenty of people to chase or to run against. Always a good time

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St Anthony’s Saints Run

St Anthony’s Saints Run

this is a fundraiser for the Saint Anthony's High School. Expect a huge turnout of students and their families. great chance to run against the 'kids'. very good post-race expo … MORE

this is a fundraiser for the Saint Anthony’s High School. Expect a huge turnout of students and their families. great chance to run against the ‘kids’. very good post-race expo with food from the boutique suppliers.

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Run Seal Beach

Run Seal Beach

Run Seal Beach has been a 'must do' on the Southern California running scene for almost 40 years. This race is fast and flat with your choice of the 5k … MORE

Run Seal Beach has been a ‘must do’ on the Southern California running scene for almost 40 years. This race is fast and flat with your choice of the 5k or 10k courses. They do it right by separating runners and walkers in different paddocks at the start so you don’t have to zig-zag around walkers and dogs for the first mile as you do in many other races. The event proceeds go to support the community and this race deserves the support of the community in return. I have run it every year for the past 10 years and have enjoyed it each time.

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Los Alamitos Race on the Base

Los Alamitos Race on the Base

the Race on the Base in Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base has been going on for 30 plus years and it is a very popular run and sprint triathlon. … MORE

the Race on the Base in Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base has been going on for 30 plus years and it is a very popular run and sprint triathlon. the course is nothing but runways with the combination of concrete and tarmac and no scenery to speak of. Very fast and flat if you’re into that

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OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series (Jan, Feb, Mar)

OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series (Jan, Feb, Mar)

this run is in ONeil Regional Park and features a variety of terrains from paved roads to fire trails and single tracks. The field is just the right size so … MORE

this run is in ONeil Regional Park and features a variety of terrains from paved roads to fire trails and single tracks. The field is just the right size so you don’t get stopped on the single tracks and uphills by people walking in front of you. Some of the best shirts too. Just be aware that parking is limited so carpool or get there very early.

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Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

The race is now in its 19th year and the staying power comes from the great runner-centric attitude of everyone involved with this race. The volunteers are pumped up and … MORE

The race is now in its 19th year and the staying power comes from the great runner-centric attitude of everyone involved with this race. The volunteers are pumped up and eager to cheer you on. The scenery can’t be beat from great ocean vistas along the coast to the cool inland park and wetlands.

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Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County

Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County

this is a half marathon that follows the usual Irvine course that other half marathons do--mostly on the pedestrian path along a flood channel. not a great deal of on … MORE

this is a half marathon that follows the usual Irvine course that other half marathons do–mostly on the pedestrian path along a flood channel. not a great deal of on course support and that needs to be improved on if they continue this series, this is a promotional event for Lexus put on by a marketing company so it may not be back next year.

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O’Side Turkey Trot

O’Side Turkey Trot

This race is fast becoming the Thanksgiving race of choice in Southern California. The race runs along Ocean Blvd and along the ocean in Oceanside There are choices of either … MORE

This race is fast becoming the Thanksgiving race of choice in Southern California. The race runs along Ocean Blvd and along the ocean in Oceanside There are choices of either a 5k or 5 mile and costumes are encouraged. The best part is that the race benefits the Move Your Feet Before You Eat foundation that puts the proceeds directly back into programs in the Oceanside community and schools to combat childhood obesity. very good post race expo on the beach. Highly recommended!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

I am not a fan of this cluster. the weather is always cold or rainy or both the half marathon field is crowded with 40 plus corrals and you wait … MORE

I am not a fan of this cluster. the weather is always cold or rainy or both the half marathon field is crowded with 40 plus corrals and you wait a long time in the cold to start. The first 5 miles are on the Strip with all the photo ops. Then is gets dark and pedestrian through some of the seedier areas of Las Vegas. the marathon is a miserable course with no support and is not recommended at all. the road is severely pot-holed and you spend a lot of time looking down so you don’t trip. save your money–run the Saturday 5k and then go to a show they do have a good expo.

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Run Like Its Recess

Run Like Its Recess

This race encourages runners of all ages to 'run like its recess' on a 5k course in El Dorado Park. The proceeds benefit a local school where they work on … MORE

This race encourages runners of all ages to ‘run like its recess’ on a 5k course in El Dorado Park. The proceeds benefit a local school where they work on programs to encourage a physically active lifestyle for the kids in the school, good habits that will hopefully last a lifetime. The course is fast and flat through a scenic park and the race is supported by several local running clubs and schools.

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Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

This event is an annual event for me. it ranks above the Long Beach Grand Prix car race in the level of excitement to run the streets of Long Beach. … MORE

This event is an annual event for me. it ranks above the Long Beach Grand Prix car race in the level of excitement to run the streets of Long Beach. Always crowded but that’s not necessarily a bad thing–lots of runners and lots of fun.

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4
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Conquer the Bridge

Conquer the Bridge

This is an annual Labor Day run with a route that takes you up and over the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro not once but twice. Great views of … MORE

This is an annual Labor Day run with a route that takes you up and over the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro not once but twice. Great views of the Port of Long Beach from the bridge. One note–it can be hot so bring water. only one water station at the half way point. A really fun event. also, if you’re running, start up closer to the starting line than you feel comfortable with doing as there are a large number of walkers who wil be in front of you if you don’t

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4
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5
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5
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3

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Renegade Summer Trail Run Series #1

Renegade Summer Trail Run Series #1

the three race series in Peter's Canyon in Tustin is a summer institution. the course is deceptive; graduual uphill on the first 1.5 miles than a climb up to the … MORE

the three race series in Peter’s Canyon in Tustin is a summer institution. the course is deceptive; graduual uphill on the first 1.5 miles than a climb up to the ridgeline and downhill return. good post race food and expo. very good race production.

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3
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5
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4
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4

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Los Alamitos Race on the Base

Los Alamitos Race on the Base

this is a combination 5k 10k and triathlon with the triathlon being the most popular. the running route is on the runways of the airfield. not much to see but … MORE

this is a combination 5k 10k and triathlon with the triathlon being the most popular. the running route is on the runways of the airfield. not much to see but wide open spaces. great expo and flat and fast course

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4
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OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series (Jan, Feb, Mar)

OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series (Jan, Feb, Mar)

the race is in O'Neill Regional Park and has options for the 5 and 10 mile. the 5 mile is the hilly trail run. The 10 mile has an additional … MORE

the race is in O’Neill Regional Park and has options for the 5 and 10 mile. the 5 mile is the hilly trail run. The 10 mile has an additional 5 miles of flat fire road tacked on at the end of 5 mile course. Recommend the 5 mile as the extra miles for the 10 are not very exciting. Great production team and chili is served after. good give-a-ways in a free raffle after the event.

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4
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OC Pancake Race

OC Pancake Race

This run is in Fairview Park in Costa Mesa right next to Estancia High School Every year the race is put on by the Orange County Track Club to benefit … MORE

This run is in Fairview Park in Costa Mesa right next to Estancia High School Every year the race is put on by the Orange County Track Club to benefit the track program at that high school. great support from local running clubs. course is a cross country run through Fairview Park including the notorious ‘Puke Hill” that comes at the 2.8 mile mark. Pancake breakfast included in the registration fee that is one of the best deals you’ll find today.

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St Anthony’s Saints Run

St Anthony’s Saints Run

This is a fundraiser for a local Long Beach high school that uses the proceeds to fund its athletic programs. the course is all along the pedestrian path from Rainbow … MORE

This is a fundraiser for a local Long Beach high school that uses the proceeds to fund its athletic programs. the course is all along the pedestrian path from Rainbow Harbor going around the marina area. lots of kids and families. very good post race food fest.

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4
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4
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Wrigley River Run & Tadpole Trot

Wrigley River Run & Tadpole Trot

I run this event every year as it benefits those in the North Long Beach community that don't have the access to afterschool programs. This race gets great support from … MORE

I run this event every year as it benefits those in the North Long Beach community that don’t have the access to afterschool programs. This race gets great support from the community and has a good expo, lots of food after and a fast flat course through the neighborhood and along the river trail.

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3
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4
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3
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Hot Chocolate 15/5k – San Francisco

Hot Chocolate 15/5k – San Francisco

Who doesnt love San Francisco? Scenic course in Golden Gate Park. The year I ran it was very cold and rainy the day before and cold on race day. The … MORE

Who doesnt love San Francisco? Scenic course in Golden Gate Park. The year I ran it was very cold and rainy the day before and cold on race day. The hoodie you get for entering is the best race shirt/sweatshirt I’ve ever gotten. for an ‘out of towner’ this is an expensive trip but any trip to San Francisco is pricy. Highly recommend this event if you’re in the area

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3
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4
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Long Beach Summer Nights 5K (June)

Long Beach Summer Nights 5K (June)

Benefits the local cross countty with a series of races through Heartwell Psrk. Tacos after yo all runners. Great atmosphere. Smaller field as this is an evening race on a … MORE

Benefits the local cross countty with a series of races through Heartwell Psrk. Tacos after yo all runners. Great atmosphere. Smaller field as this is an evening race on a weekday.

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2
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4
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School Ghoul Run Los Alamitos

School Ghoul Run Los Alamitos

This is a costume encouraged run through the neighborhood of Rossmore. Flat fast course. Good post race expo with lots of give sways Fun time MORE

This is a costume encouraged run through the neighborhood of Rossmore. Flat fast course. Good post race expo with lots of give sways Fun time

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Carlsbad 5000

Carlsbad 5000

A festival of 5k's that starts with the masters run at 7 am and ends with the best runners in the world at noon. incredibly scenic course through Carlsbad and … MORE

A festival of 5k’s that starts with the masters run at 7 am and ends with the best runners in the world at noon. incredibly scenic course through Carlsbad and along the ocean. very fast course.

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Run Seal Beach

Run Seal Beach

This race has been around forever and I wouldn't miss it. Run Seal Beach sells out every year and for good reason--a fast course, a great finish line expo and … MORE

This race has been around forever and I wouldn’t miss it. Run Seal Beach sells out every year and for good reason–a fast course, a great finish line expo and most of all a great staff that puts their hearts and souls into this event that benefits so many local organizations through the Run Seal Beach Grant Program. don’t miss it!

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2
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5
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Surf City Run

Surf City Run

Huntington Beach on the 4th of July--what can be better than starting the day with a 5k down Main Street to the beach and back. The route runs the same … MORE

Huntington Beach on the 4th of July–what can be better than starting the day with a 5k down Main Street to the beach and back. The route runs the same route as the 4th of July Parade that follows. Streets are lined the entire length of the course with spectators. fast course and lots of free stuff after. Just an All American Good time!

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Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

Santa Anita Derby Day 5K

this run has it all--start through a starting gate used for the horse races, a scenic course through the adjacent botanical gardens and a finish on the race track. fast … MORE

this run has it all–start through a starting gate used for the horse races, a scenic course through the adjacent botanical gardens and a finish on the race track. fast course except for the racecourse part. one of the best post-race expos on the infield. you also get a ticket to the races that can be used during the remainder of the horse racing meet. highly recommended

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2
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5
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Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon

this is always rated one of the top 10 marathons and for good reason. you can't beat the scenery from Big Sur to Carmel along the coast. well organized race … MORE

this is always rated one of the top 10 marathons and for good reason. you can’t beat the scenery from Big Sur to Carmel along the coast. well organized race but the early morning bus ride to the start is the one down-side as they have to get everyone down to the start before closing the course to traffic. Highly recommended

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4
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XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run

XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run

compared to Boney Mountain and Mission Gorge, Crystal Cove is a stroll in the park. all wide fire roads with only two strong climbs. rolling hills along the ridgelines provide … MORE

compared to Boney Mountain and Mission Gorge, Crystal Cove is a stroll in the park. all wide fire roads with only two strong climbs. rolling hills along the ridgelines provide for variety. great breakfast after

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XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run

XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run

part of the Xterra trail series that is a series for serious trail runners. the second half of the half marathon is harder than the first; one of the last … MORE

part of the Xterra trail series that is a series for serious trail runners. the second half of the half marathon is harder than the first; one of the last inclines is more like rock climbing. the course was also ‘long’ but when your out for the scenery its just more time to look around

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

I ran the first half of the marathon as it is the part that goes over the Golden Gate Bridge and back and finishes in Golden Gate park. lots of … MORE

I ran the first half of the marathon as it is the part that goes over the Golden Gate Bridge and back and finishes in Golden Gate park. lots of company on this course. San Francisco is hilly so you get to run up and down the hills. the shuttle bus from the half marathon finish had a line a mile long so bring money to take the public bus or a cab back to your hotel or to the start.

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4
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3
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Komen Orange County Race for the Cure

Komen Orange County Race for the Cure

Don't do this as s run. It is untimed and just a fundraiser. Great expo after with lots of giveaways great cause but it's not s race as it was … MORE

Don’t do this as s run. It is untimed and just a fundraiser. Great expo after with lots of giveaways great cause but it’s not s race as it was when it first started

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Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon

Super patriotic, super crowded tour of our nation's capital. you get to see all the sights except the White House. very narrow roads with 40000 people crammed into them so … MORE

Super patriotic, super crowded tour of our nation’s capital. you get to see all the sights except the White House. very narrow roads with 40000 people crammed into them so don’t expect a fast time, just go with the flow. Big expo, a long history of the worst shirts (mock turtlenecks in garish colors). Easy metro access to start/finish (several stations within 1 mile of start/finish)

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

beautiful scenery as the run takes you through the rolling hills with ranches and horses for the first 6 miles and then through the vineyards for the last 7 miles. … MORE

beautiful scenery as the run takes you through the rolling hills with ranches and horses for the first 6 miles and then through the vineyards for the last 7 miles. flat course going out, rolling hills coming in. Very popular wine tasting afterwards. one thing to note–hotels book up fast so book early.

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3
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3
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XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run

XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run

this course is rolling hills for the first 6 miles then it goes straight up single track for 5 miles. tough going and tough to pass those who are walking … MORE

this course is rolling hills for the first 6 miles then it goes straight up single track for 5 miles. tough going and tough to pass those who are walking to catch their breath. definitely not for beginners. but then again, neither is the Xterra trail race series. you do need to carry your own water as there is limited on course support. if your very fast or very slow then there isn’t much course traffic but otherwise be prepared to stop when you dont want to because of the narrow single tracks.

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