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@dtm3000

Huntington Beach, CA Raving since 2015 http://www.twitter.com/dtm3000 active 9 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Leprechaun Leap – Tustin, CA

  • Race that's calling my name:

    runDisney Coast To Coast

  • I run because:

    The Faster I Run…the sooner it’s over

My Races

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Future Races

Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 17, 2013 3:01:44
10K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 27, 2013 1:18:25
5K Tustin, CA Mar 16, 2013 30:09
1 Miler Carlsbad, CA Apr 2, 2016 10:48

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
5K Huntington Beach, CA 2020
5K Laguna Niguel, CA 2020

Past Races (184)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5K Anaheim, CA Aug 22, 2020
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 28, 2019
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 4, 2019
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2019
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jun 22, 2019 49:57
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 22, 2018
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 5, 2018
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2018
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jun 23, 2018
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 9, 2018
5K Laguna Hills, CA May 28, 2018
5K Anaheim, CA Apr 21, 2018 44:49
5K Culver City, CA Mar 4, 2018
5K Huntington Beach, CA Dec 16, 2017
5K Irvine, CA Dec 2, 2017
5K Dana Point, CA Nov 23, 2017 40:56
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 10, 2017
5K Tustin, CA Nov 5, 2017
5K Buena Park, CA Oct 21, 2017 38:04
5K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 15, 2017 39:04
5K Fountain Valley, CA Oct 1, 2017
5K Los Angeles, CA Sep 24, 2017
5K Anaheim, CA Sep 1, 2017 44:05
5K Huntington Beach, CA Aug 13, 2017
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 6, 2017
5K Cypress, CA Jul 22, 2017 46:24
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2017
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 10, 2017
5K Laguna Hills, CA May 29, 2017
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA May 14, 2017 3:27:46
10K Anaheim, CA May 13, 2017 1:29:17
Pixie Dust Challenge (19.3 Miles) Anaheim, CA May 12, 2017
5K Anaheim, CA May 12, 2017 39:53
5K Newport Beach, CA May 6, 2017
5K Anaheim, CA Apr 22, 2017
5K Seal Beach, CA Apr 8, 2017 42:54
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 2, 2017 39:55
5K Irvine, CA Mar 26, 2017 37:14
5K Tustin, CA Mar 12, 2017 38:06
5K Anaheim, CA Mar 4, 2017 35:59
5K Culver City, CA Feb 26, 2017 36:33
5K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 25, 2017
5K Redondo Beach, CA Feb 5, 2017 41:17
5K Anaheim, CA Jan 13, 2017 38:56
5K Irvine, CA Jan 7, 2017 38:54
5K Huntington Beach, CA Dec 17, 2016 39:28
5K Manhattan Beach, CA Dec 17, 2016 45:32
5K Huntington Beach, CA Dec 11, 2016 37:35
5K Laguna Niguel, CA Dec 4, 2016 37:45
5K Irvine, CA Dec 3, 2016 40:17
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 26, 2016 35:37
5K Dana Point, CA Nov 24, 2016 34:52
5K Coronado, CA Nov 13, 2016 38:50
10K Anaheim, CA Nov 12, 2016 1:20:12
5K Tustin, CA Nov 6, 2016 36:18
5K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 16, 2016 37:41
5K Long Beach, CA Oct 8, 2016 38:27
5K Long Beach, CA Oct 2, 2016 37:13
5K Los Angeles, CA Sep 25, 2016 37:53
5K Fountain Valley, CA Sep 18, 2016 36:26
5K Huntington Beach, CA Sep 10, 2016 38:45
5K Anaheim, CA Sep 2, 2016 39:20
5K Fountain Valley, CA Aug 28, 2016 36:04
5K Huntington Beach, CA Aug 21, 2016 40:06
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 7, 2016 37:52
5K Huntington Beach, CA Aug 4, 2016
5K Cypress, CA Jul 23, 2016 41:13
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2016
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jun 25, 2016
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 11, 2016 40:42
5K Corona Del Mar, CA Jun 4, 2016 43:55
5K Laguna Hills, CA May 30, 2016 44:39
5K Garden Grove, CA May 28, 2016 44:00
5K Anaheim, CA May 6, 2016 41:30
5K Newport Beach, CA May 1, 2016 40:50
5K Anaheim, CA Apr 9, 2016 38:01
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 3, 2016 38:42
1 Miler Carlsbad, CA Apr 2, 2016 10:48
5K Irvine, CA Mar 26, 2016 38:50
5K Fountain Valley, CA Mar 19, 2016 38:42
5K Tustin, CA Mar 13, 2016 39:44
5K Buena Park, CA Mar 6, 2016 40:42
10K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 27, 2016 1:21:29
5K Redondo Beach, CA Feb 7, 2016 41:40
5K Long Beach, CA Jan 23, 2016 41:07
5K Anaheim, CA Jan 15, 2016 40:00
5K Huntington Beach, CA Dec 19, 2015 40:55
5K Huntington Beach, CA Dec 13, 2015 39:23
5K Manhattan Beach, CA Dec 12, 2015 47:41
5K Irvine, CA Dec 12, 2015 39:16
5K Laguna Niguel, CA Dec 6, 2015 36:16
5K Irvine, CA Dec 5, 2015 41:26
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 28, 2015 43:53
5K Dana Point, CA Nov 26, 2015 39:24
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 13, 2015 38:38
5K Tustin, CA Nov 1, 2015 40:24
5K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 25, 2015 38:04
5K Long Beach, CA Oct 4, 2015
5K Fountain Valley, CA Sep 27, 2015
5K Fountain Valley, CA Sep 20, 2015 39:27
5K Anaheim, CA Sep 4, 2015 36:34
5K Huntington Beach, CA Aug 23, 2015
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 9, 2015 41:26
5K Cypress, CA Jul 25, 2015 36:56
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2015 36:22
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jun 27, 2015 40:10
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 13, 2015 37:11
5K Laguna Hills, CA May 25, 2015 40:36
5K Anaheim, CA May 8, 2015 40:15
5K Newport Beach, CA May 3, 2015 36:10
5K Long Beach, CA Apr 25, 2015
5K Anaheim, CA Apr 11, 2015 40:01
5K Irvine, CA Mar 28, 2015
5K Seal Beach, CA Mar 21, 2015 37:23
5K Tustin, CA Mar 15, 2015 38:45
5K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 28, 2015 38:20
5K Redondo Beach, CA Feb 1, 2015 41:29
10K Anaheim, CA Jan 16, 2015 1:31:08
5K Irvine, CA Jan 10, 2015 43:07
5K Huntington Beach, CA Dec 20, 2014
5K Irvine, CA Dec 13, 2014 41:50
5K Laguna Niguel, CA Dec 7, 2014
5K Irvine, CA Dec 6, 2014
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 29, 2014
5K Dana Point, CA Nov 27, 2014 40:16
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 15, 2014
5K Tustin, CA Nov 2, 2014 44:26
5K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 26, 2014
5K Anaheim, CA Aug 29, 2014
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 3, 2014 45:44
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2014 38:47
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 14, 2014 37:59
5K Corona Del Mar, CA Jun 7, 2014 40:49
5K Laguna Hills, CA May 26, 2014 39:01
5K Newport Beach, CA May 4, 2014
5K Long Beach, CA May 3, 2014 37:00
5K Irvine, CA Apr 12, 2014
5K Seal Beach, CA Apr 5, 2014
5K Anaheim, CA Mar 29, 2014
5K Tustin, CA Mar 15, 2014
5K Buena Park, CA Mar 2, 2014 34:41
5K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 22, 2014 37:07
5K Anaheim, CA Jan 17, 2014
5K Manhattan Beach, CA Dec 21, 2013 38:48
5K Irvine, CA Dec 14, 2013
5K Laguna Niguel, CA Dec 1, 2013
5K Dana Point, CA Nov 28, 2013 35:24
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 17, 2013 3:01:44
5K Anaheim, CA Nov 9, 2013 36:54
10K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 27, 2013 1:18:25
5K Van Nuys, CA Oct 20, 2013
5K Chapman, CA Oct 5, 2013 36:25
5K Newport Beach, CA Sep 22, 2013
5K Fountain Valley, CA Aug 31, 2013
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 4, 2013 35:10
5K Cypress, CA Jul 27, 2013
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2013
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 8, 2013
5K Corona Del Mar, CA Jun 1, 2013 35:11
5K Laguna Hills, CA May 27, 2013 34:24
5K Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2013
5K Long Beach, CA Apr 27, 2013
5K Seal Beach, CA Apr 13, 2013
5K Anaheim, CA Mar 30, 2013 31:58
5K Tustin, CA Mar 16, 2013 30:09
5K Newport Beach, CA Mar 3, 2013 32:29
5K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 23, 2013
5K Redondo Beach, CA Feb 3, 2013 31:49
5K Irvine, CA Jan 12, 2013 31:51
5K Irvine, CA Dec 15, 2012 33:23
5K Laguna Niguel, CA Dec 2, 2012
5K Dana Point, CA Nov 29, 2012 34:54
5K Van Nuys, CA Nov 10, 2012 40:18
5K Tustin, CA Nov 4, 2012 38:01
5K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 21, 2012
5K Newport Beach, CA Sep 23, 2012
5K Fountain Valley, CA Sep 1, 2012
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 5, 2012 47:49
5K Cypress, CA Jul 28, 2012 45:19
5K Huntington Beach, CA Jul 4, 2012
5K Dana Point, CA Nov 22, 2007 46:55
5K Newport Beach, CA Sep 23, 2007
5K Newport Beach, CA Sep 28, 2003
5K Los Angeles, CA 2003

My Raves

Where has the run gone? Well, down the coast just a bit. Instead of the recent Bolsa Chica location this time it was at Beach and PCH. Overall I liked … MORE

Where has the run gone? Well, down the coast just a bit. Instead of the recent Bolsa Chica location this time it was at Beach and PCH. Overall I liked Bolsa Chica better as it seemed more secluded and had a beach bar nearby! (Remember – this used to be the Rum Run!). Caren Ware and her family put on fun, themed events that are economical and great for runners of all ages and this was no exception:-)
It’s was great to see so many in the pirate spirit! Her vendors get better and better.
Only complaint this year is the course seemed to be off on this distance. It seems a the last moment they moved some things around so the 10k peeps didn’t have to do a complete double loop of the 5k but somehow the 5k ended up being something like 3.4 miles.
I am coming off a knee injury (look, ma! No cartilage!) and I stopped running once my GPS said I made 3.1 miles and then walked through the finish a great distance later.
Regardless, highly recommend! Also – if you do their whole series the 4 medals you get fit together like a puzzle cool, maties!

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Here's a run I've done every year since 2013 and it was a better experience this year since the entire course is within the gates of Anaheim Stadium rather then … MORE

Here’s a run I’ve done every year since 2013 and it was a better experience this year since the entire course is within the gates of Anaheim Stadium rather then part of it being on City Streets near the freeway. This created a faster course for the serious runners and allowed the production to add more interactive things throughout the course for the walkers like player cutouts to stop to have pictures taken with and a set of two inflatable slides. Like last year they added bubbles but improved it by arranging the bubble makers right next to the actual course so if you decided to go through it you didn’t really lose any time. And they brought the number of bubble makers up to four.
As usual at the 2.5 mile mark you run down a ramp to enter Angel Stadium’s field to run on the warning track. This is always great but you have to dodge the others that will stop in front of you to take a picture.
A whole lot of giveaways and games here at the expo. It’s one of the better ones. You also get to enter the stadium to use their bathrooms.
I wish they could fix the sound system so you can hear the announcements and the National Anthem.

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I reviewed this last year and that review will follow. Here are some updates to that review: I registered on site and the price went from the advertised $50 to … MORE

I reviewed this last year and that review will follow. Here are some updates to that review:
I registered on site and the price went from the advertised $50 to $52 (the “2” was written over the “0” on the signage) to a tacked on $3.10 to make the final cost of late registration $55.10. My intended time of 8:30am was full but I ran then rather 9:30am.
So this means they have finally done away with the “Master” and “Open” runs they had in the past. Any age can run either the races. But given it was getting late and this was the hottest Thinksgiving in local history I ran at 8:30am – which I found out later that my time was not recorded (since I didn’t run at 9:30am as I signed).
Other then that the run was still fine – with Rudy as MC, the wonderful ocean views… still the premier event at Thanks giving in OC… I was actually very aware, however, that many people I know ran in many parts of my location. I will look forward to other reviews of those races…
Here this my review last year:
“This was the 39th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It’s a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k’s and a 1 mile kids run. The course is almost completely flat with plenty of scenic views of the harbor.
The 10k ran at 7am with the first half of the run traveling east and the second half follow the route of the regular 5K.
The first 5k is at 8:30 am and is the billed the “Masters 5K” and is for runners 40 and above. The 2nd 5K is 9:30am and is the “Open 5k” for those 39 and younger. You can run in either race but you can only be eligible for age group prizes if you run in your appropriate run.
I ran the Master’s 5k and here’s my tip. Be lingering around the start around 8 or 8:15am to be one of the first to line up for the start (the organizers wait until the last of the 10k runners pass that half way point). This run has many participants and you want to get in front of as many dogs, strollers, children and people dressed as turkey as possible. This is a fast course but these obstacles can really hamper on your run.
***Time to line us up by Time!***
The expo is pretty good. with over 10,000 runners it never seemed crowed and there were plenty of porta potties.
I stuck around for the kids’ 1 mile run and it was oddly disorganized for something they do every year. They were supposed to start at 10:15am but started later. They stagger times in 3 age groups and my friend’s 5 year old snuck into the 6 to 9 group and ran at 10:50am.
The biggest headache is parking – I arrived extra early and parked on a residential street a half a mile away. I saw they had free shuttles this year and I may try that sometime.
The charity is local: Family Assistance Ministries

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This a small scale run with Gemini Timing that runs entirely through neighborhood streets in Buena Park and is entirely flat. The run is early - 7am. There were only … MORE

This a small scale run with Gemini Timing that runs entirely through neighborhood streets in Buena Park and is entirely flat. The run is early – 7am. There were only about 250 runners but they do advertise prizes for the division winners. As no runner finished in less then 20 minutes this might be a good run if you’re speedy.
Parking was a little confusing. I found the best way to enter off of La Palma was by taking El Monte (do not enter by Knott). It is at William Peak Park – the site of the Silverado Days carnival (which unfortuately does not start until 10 am so you have quite a wait if you wanted to attend. The run was rather inexpensive. With a Gemini discount code it only cost me $22.50 just days before.
About the 2 mile mark Volunteers attempt to pass out bottles of water. Like many people I passed on this as I didn’t want to carry a bottle with me.
There is not a lot of frills but the medal is substantial and you get a T-Shirt. Nothing much to see at the expo and no #FreeBanana.

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This is my second review of a run I seem to do yearly now. It's beautiful, flat run up and down PCH which a great medal and party with swag … MORE

This is my second review of a run I seem to do yearly now. It’s beautiful, flat run up and down PCH which a great medal and party with swag to follow.
The run is now in the middle of October but costumes are encouraged. Registration for 2018 was already available on site.
I took advantage of the bag check (the website said you needed to supply you own bag but they were available on site).
As I noted in my last review the 10 mile, 10 k and 5k are started at staggered times with the 5k starting at 8:15am. A plus is the runners for each of the distances are keep separate. I will definitely be doing this next year.

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I've left reviews for this and other Disney runs before and ...I guess this is good news..not alot has changed. After the stripped down runs they produced last May with … MORE

I’ve left reviews for this and other Disney runs before and …I guess this is good news..not alot has changed. After the stripped down runs they produced last May with the Tinkerbell Half it is a relief that things seem back to normal. There were plenty of photo ops along the way featuring “The Incredibles” and other Pixar properties. Most of the run took place in California Adventure (where most of the Pixar attractions are) with the route in Disneyland is there mainly to get you through the photo op running through the castle.
The route includes some back stage areas and we saw new areas I had not seen before.
There was a new 5am start which was a bit welcome since it was very hot and humid this day. A nice surprise was a cool towel at the finish line after you receive your medal.
The mandatory Expo was still a bit of a shell of what it used to be. No guest speakers, no bar and no Clif samples.
Andrea and Carissa did an entertaining and enthusiastic pre show before the run.

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I reviewed this last year and nothing much has changed. Luckily it wasn't hot today like previous years but unfortunately we were given a standard juice Popsicle instead of a … MORE

I reviewed this last year and nothing much has changed. Luckily it wasn’t hot today like previous years but unfortunately we were given a standard juice Popsicle instead of a Big Stick,
Something I did not mention last review is that this run pays out a good amount of prize money to the top finishers.

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This was my 5th time running the Neverland 5k and I left a pretty detailed review for 2016 already so I will just add some updates: My "Race that was … MORE

This was my 5th time running the Neverland 5k and I left a pretty detailed review for 2016 already so I will just add some updates:
My “Race that was calling me” was doing all three Tinkerbell runs – the 5K, 10K and Half. The news leading into the weekend was that they were no longer using volunteers and instead were hiring temps. So how was this going to change things? The temps did a fine job and I didn’t really notice a difference there. There were less of the “Third Shift” Disney employees out with the big Mickey gloves giving you High 5’s.
There no speakers at the Expo and they cut out the bar 🙁
The big Hub Bub on social media was no character appearances along the course. This apparently upset alot of people (there were a few for the 10K and much more for the Half so maybe RunDisney responded to the criticism quickly and they will fix this for 2018).
Security has really stepped up since last year so give your self extra time to get through the checkpoint.
To recap from my 2016 review:
You need to pick up your bib in person the day before at the expo.
The run is the only event that starts at 5am (instead of 5:30am).
It actually starts at the castle which is cool (and a bit of a bottleneck) but running from the Matterhorn to ToonTown is the only part of Disneyland you will see due to the Star Wars construction. As soon as they reopen the Big Thunder Trail this will improve (hopefully for 2018).
The rest of the run is either backstage or in California Adventure (Turning a corner and seeing Radiator Springs at dawn was breathtaking and a highlight for me).
The 5K is pirate themed – I remembered this year!
If you have a Disney Signature Pass you get all those photos for free! Take advantage!

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I ran this run a bit injured (as long as I run I will never bowl again!) but it's a good run I didn't want to pass up. It takes … MORE

I ran this run a bit injured (as long as I run I will never bowl again!) but it’s a good run I didn’t want to pass up. It takes place in Seal Beach and is a proud city tradition going back years. It takes place near the Main Street area and parking is very sketchy. I ended up parking a mile away from the start and 2 miles away from the finish line so I got a bit of a walk in along with my run.
I picked up my T-Shirt and Bib the day before at the community center and I am glad I did due to the walk the day of the race.
The kids’ race takes place at 7:30am and the 5k/10k race waves start at 8am by the community center location. There was a chronic problem with the microphones cutting in and out the entire time that was never addressed and added some confusion to the starting line. They attempted to line up runners by time but it was difficult to tell where they wanted us to go. Runners started from 3 different areas but merged together at the start.
There is plenty of room to run and the course is flat with some beautiful views of the ocean and the town. After about a mile the 5K and the 10k runners split off. The finish line and expo are located overlooking the beach. There are freebies and an area for kids activities along with your medal.
This run is part of the OC Race series – you get a special medal if you run this race, the City of Cypress Run in July and the Los Alamitos Race on the Base in February in succession.

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This is my second year running and again it was a wonderful experience. I just re-read my review from last year and it still pretty much sums it up for … MORE

This is my second year running and again it was a wonderful experience. I just re-read my review from last year and it still pretty much sums it up for me so I will just re-post it next.
A couple of new notes – Last year (2016) they offered a general 1-mile fun run as part of the Junior Carlsbad 5000 on the day before. I enjoyed this immensily last year and I am bummed it is longer happening. Running a mile under those conditions, picking up my bib and watching the kids run was fun.
Last New Note: Beer Garden opens at 8am sharp. Bring your ID. You get 2 free beers.
Here’s 2016’s review:
“I’ve always heard about this run and I always wanted to do it even though it is about a 65 mile drive. I was lured in by a $20 pre-sale a whole year ago (they are again offering this pre-sale rate for 2017 until April 10, 2016).
This was a great experience and lived up to the hype. The Carlsbad 5000 is billed as a fast 5k and it sure felt like that.
This takes place in beautiful Carlsbad Village and you get some great ocean views along the way. It seems like the whole community is out there to cheer you on. This is now part of the Rock n Roll Run Series and is a great production with a great T-Shirt, great Medal and some great Swag. The Expo is a fine mixture of samples, promotions and retail shops. Even with as many people show up for this there was never any waiting for the portapotties.
They run the races in 4 public runs that start as 7 am and then later in the morning they hold Men’s and Women’s Elite races which get some big media attention. There is a 20K experience available that allows you entry in to the first 4 runs.
The run is capped off with a craft beer garden sponsored by a local merchant, Pizza Port (There are 2 drink tickets on your race bib) where they have a live band.
Parking is wherever you can find it. I parked on Madison Street which was a little more than a 1/2 mile away. As I was looking for parking I noticed a couple of larger lots in the area but they looked pretty full.
Some other things of note – There was one water station at the 1.5 mile mark….and…my only gripe – in the finish chute you are handed a great deal of swag but no bag. So everyone is left trying to juggle everything.”

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19th year for this Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run in Irvine, CA but the first time I've made it to this event raises money and awareness for Pediatric … MORE

19th year for this Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run in Irvine, CA but the first time I’ve made it to this event raises money and awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research. Odd timing for me since just this year two good friends have young girls going through chemo. So this run meant a little more then usual.
This is a serious run and even includes a bike portion held the day before. Although serious there are plenty of walkers with their children and children end up the main theme.
The half started at 7 am and my 5k followed at 7:15am (the 10k followed at 7:45am). The course for the 5k is pretty flat (Not to my stroller moms – there is a small patch of gravel in the beginning and an occasional speed bump here and there.). The scenery is naturally pretty as this is the City of Irvine and the roads are lined with plenty of trees and greenery.
After the run there is a large amount of swag and a very large area for kids to play in that included rides, a petting zoo, games and free cotton candy. It was much larger then we expected. The kids run was at 11am which seems very late and would only make for a very long day.
Parking at Irvine Valley College was a bit tough but this may be due to a large amount of construction on the lots – should be better parking next year.

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This run operated as the Leprechaun Leap 5k for the last 5 years. It has held a special place for me because I was born on Saint Patrick's Day and … MORE

This run operated as the Leprechaun Leap 5k for the last 5 years. It has held a special place for me because I was born on Saint Patrick’s Day and in 2013 it was my PR and still is after 265 of these runs.
The Run has evolved into the Tustin Hangar Half and 5k and still features a run through inside one of the Tustin Hangers – Structures built during WW2 to house Zeppelins and aircraft. The St. Patrick theme is gone but still lives on a bit (the 5k bib and green lettering) and some people still dressed festive (I still wear my Green Elvis outfit). The 5k also differed a bit in that the official rating of the half course meant no strollers or pets. Otherwise, this is a flat and fast course with not a lot to see outside of the Hanger – but running through the Hanger is a unique experience.
The run was again well organized and was a great experience. The expo held inside The District was large and the swag was good. Over the years I have met most people involved and they are all fine people.

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This timed run is part of the larger Orange County Heart Walk benefiting the American Heart Association. Angel Stadium is always a great venue for a run with ample free … MORE

This timed run is part of the larger Orange County Heart Walk benefiting the American Heart Association. Angel Stadium is always a great venue for a run with ample free parking and a chance to be near the field.
I paid the day of the event at that point it was $40 and they accepted cash, check or credit. The Run was at 7:30am (the separate walk was at 9am).
Bizarrely, they did not issue T-Shirts until after the run. The person said :That way you don’t have to carry it”. I responded “I supposed wearing would be an option”.
The Run itself took place entirely in the parking lot with 2 loops. No street running (good) or access to the field (with is being readied for the new season – you can view it when you use the restrooms). The water station passes out actual bottles – easier for the walk that starts later but not handy for a run.
If you are into finishing medals (I am not) the one you get here is plain and without any event info. They have quite a few to hand out to all the walkers so it is understandable. My #FreeBanana and water after the run were a bit more difficult to find – they turned up in the middle of the expo. The expo had stuff for kids (Go through the Aorta into the bouncy house!) and many medical centers saying Hi (with only one or two actually dispensing any heart care advice.
It was wonderful to see one of my favorite local bands, the Fenians, here and playing at 6:30 in the morning!

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The Culver City 5K was one of my favorites but 2014 was the last year of that event. When I heard about this event I had to do it for … MORE

The Culver City 5K was one of my favorites but 2014 was the last year of that event. When I heard about this event I had to do it for old time’s sake (including a visit to a great dive bar – the Tattle Tale).
Held on the day of the Oscars the Inaugural Screenland 5k celebrates the movie history and centennial of the city and includes and map of “100 points of lore” to spot along the way (you would have to walk the course to truly appreciate that but I did spot a few things). Like past Culver City runs there is a great sense of community and this was a great production without being too slick. You never lose track that the volunteers are making this magic happen.
Many dressed in costume and the overall theme seemed to revolve around “The Wizard of Oz” which was filmed around there. The course features runs through Sony and Culver Studios with photo ops with Smurfs and Ghostbusters and such. There were divas and directors and people breaking out in song. Musicians played original arrangements of “Wizard of Oz” classics. I didn’t expect all the effort and it was wonderful and had me smiling as I ran. Great Effort!
The course itself was flat and fast with timing from Chronos Tracking. Nice medal at the finish. Only one water station was poorly manned and I had to skip it instead of having to do a full on stop while they poured more cups.
The expo was local events and services and freebies (Sprouts in particular was VERY generous).
Inaugural run – will they do it again? I hope so. I think they would be hard pressed to capture the unique innocence I experienced today… I would want it to exactly the same next year! I wish more people could have experienced what I did today.

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I reviewed this run last year (2016) and I will print it here and add a few notes at the end: "This is an enjoyable run with a fun atmosphere. … MORE

I reviewed this run last year (2016) and I will print it here and add a few notes at the end:
“This is an enjoyable run with a fun atmosphere. I love going to Redondo Beach. The course actually runs through city streets and the beach view doesn’t come until your are in the post run area.
There are three runs – 5k at 7:30am, a competitive baby buggy 10K at 8:15am and the 10k at 8:30am.
I ran the 5k and the path was pretty wide with a 95ft total climb. There were three water stations.
The production was very professionally timed and annouced but the expo was a bit anemic probably due to most of your typical sponsors attending the Huntington Beach Surf City Marathon. Parking is a problem because you may not be able to leave until after the runs have been completed which may be as late as 11am. Also it is never clear if payment for parking is due or not. The last three years I parked VERY early on the city streets off of Beryl Street beyond the course path.
The Beer Garden area at Seaside Lagoon included TWO Michelob Ultras this year! Much better then a Capri Sun any day! They also passed out whole bagels and the greenest bananas I’ve ever seen.
There is also a costume contest that does it’s judging very early at 7am. I don’t know how that works out for the 10k people.”
Some 2017 notes: I arrived early at 5:25am trying to score some street parking but found nothing so I parked Crowne Plaza parking right at the start line. It was a $10 flat fee – I do not know what the other parking lots cost. A drawback is that you are not able to leave until about 11 am when the police give you the okay to use the streets again. Not much going on at the expo that early so I ate at Ruby’s while I waiting for the race start.

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So.... for my 251st run I overslept! I sped down there anyway and I was about 25 minutes late (5:55am) and the course start was closed 🙁 . I made … MORE

So…. for my 251st run I overslept! I sped down there anyway and I was about 25 minutes late (5:55am) and the course start was closed 🙁 . I made may way down DownTown Disney (Passing through 3 security checkpoints! – New this time…) and managed to run the last 1/2 mile to pass the finish line and get my medal (nice), banana (free), Gatorade, water and my RunDisney box of treats. This was the first year they passed out thermal blankets to the 5K and 10K attendees.
I noticed a AP only lounge at the finish. There was a long line for it so I didn’t go in. Everyone was picking up something from a table… was it a pin? a cookie? I will investigate in May!
The Expo was smaller then previous events. Packet Pick up is Mandatory and I arrived after work at 7pm (it closes at 8pm). Traffic at parking was crazy so I parked at the Disneyland Hotel where you are given only 20 minutes free… I made It!
Since I basically missed my $80 run I drove to Belmont Shore and did my own Make Up 5K. I ran with a Mickey Darth Vader Helmet, A Cape and My Medal and no one batted an eye. I posted this time as my result.

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This is a yearly Half and 5k in the Woodbridge area of Irvine, CA that benefits their school district and as such you are running with many students as well … MORE

This is a yearly Half and 5k in the Woodbridge area of Irvine, CA that benefits their school district and as such you are running with many students as well as seeing many student volunteers.
For a 5k it is a little pricey – $50. I am hoping that a great deal of that fee really goes to the schools. I didn’t really see much of a police presence out there. You are running through streets where cars are still permitted to pass although runners have “right of way”. Student volunteers manned those spots.
I parked at Mike Ward community park which is about a half mile walk from the startline. You will see a row a porta potties on the way and those are good ones to hit before you get there. There are more at the start line but they get long lines.
I picked up my packet 2 days before but you can pick up at the expo that day – it is located just past the start line on Barranca. The Half and the 5k start at the same time- 8 am – but wisely have different start lines and follow different paths. The 5k lines up on the left side of Barranca and the Half is on the right. You are encouraged to line up according to your time and they have signs posted for each time. But right before the start they move you up about 200 feet to the actual start line so it’s a bit of a mess. I can imagine the Half runners have a hard time because of this and the fact they start all Half runners at the same time on to a narrow path. This really isn’t a problem for the 5k – our path has plenty of room to run and is completely flat.
It’s a beautiful neighborhood with plenty of picturesque views as you run around a lake. The winter sky always provides some nice magic – It seems this run always times with (So Cal) cold and our rainy season.
At the finish you get a medal and if you keep walking to the left you are at the expo. The expo is a combination of vendors and long tables manned by students with samples from local businesses (Chips from Chili’s, Bread sticks from Olive Garden, Muffins from Corner Bakery and LOTS of Cookies and Bagels from Albertsons) as well as your Oranges and Bananas. It’s actually a better then average expo but a lot of non-runners find it and raid the vendors. This is probably a bummer for the Half runners who come later. The students at the long sample tables try to keep the cookies for later by telling non-runners those items are not for them.
I ran this event with a bum knee and I did better then expected but my timing by RaceWire had an extra 25 seconds on it. I went with my runtastic timing which made more sense.

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Here is the website's official description: "Course Description The Yuletide 5K starts and finishes under the Christmas lights of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Race out and back north to the … MORE

Here is the website’s official description:
“Course Description
The Yuletide 5K starts and finishes under the Christmas lights of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Race out and back north to the jetty at 45th Street. The miles are marked with splits and “kick” markers from 400m to go guarantee your best finish. The super low tide creates a perfect running surface of hard packed sand like a dirt road so running with or without shoes is an option (the faster athletes tend to wear shoes). One can even wear track spikes! Baby joggers work great and are encouraged as the kids love being that close to the sea. ”
That decribes it pretty much – You are running on the beach at low tide. It’s beautiful and there is a nice causal atmosphere. I have been running better lately but this run always kicks my ass! Maybe because it is always that I always do a run earlier or those couple of cocktails or I wasn’t made for sand.
I’ve always found inexpensive metered parking close by. The registration is on the beach to the right of the pier. It’s not a cheap run but it’s different. You get a T-Shirt and they have been handing out those party store glow stick pipes you can make a necklace out of. There are unusual snacks – candies; chocolates from samplers. No medal.
The path gets dark but never too dark. They have light sticks out marking the path and it is beautiful and peaceful.
The promoter was lamenting that as nice as this run is it hasn’t grown much in size and I told him he should promote earlier – even though I’ve ran 240 runs and I try to do this one every year it always catches me by surprize a week or two before the event. I suggested doing an email blast and creating a Face Book event in September.

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This is a run I've been a part of for the last couple of years - originally it was a bunch of us donning Santa suits and running out the … MORE

This is a run I’ve been a part of for the last couple of years – originally it was a bunch of us donning Santa suits and running out the doors of a Road Runner store in Laguna Hills, CA throughout the streets and into a trail and back. Starting this year it is a full-fledged timed run on an actual course at the State Beach in Huntington Beach.
And it is better for it. Caren Ware has been putting some great themed runs through the year and this is now part of them. You get your choice of a Santa suit or a race t-shirt that looks like an ugly sweater. The medal is nice as well.
You are running on a public boardwalk and it was another beautiful day in Southern California. The course is flat and easy with water stations and volunteers cheering you on along the way.
It should be noted that unlike other Caren Ware events this run was at Beach and PCH and not at Bolsa Chica.
RaceShed had a 20% off discount that doesn’t work on Active – only on the race’s own registration page.

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About the same experience as last year - this year I ran it hungover - "Resolution Run is a 5k held at Edison High School, Huntington Beach Benefiting the McKenna … MORE

About the same experience as last year – this year I ran it hungover –
“Resolution Run is a 5k held at Edison High School, Huntington Beach Benefiting the McKenna Claire Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research and Huntington Beach Schools.
This a simple production carried off very well. People here are nice and the HB Fire department will even make you a pancake breakfast. The first 2 miles of the run take place on Magnolia Street towards the beach and then back to the school where you finish off an a mixture of cement and AstroTurf. It’s mostly flat.”

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This is one of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation and I previously reviewed this run last year but there are some changes this year. After 4 years … MORE

This is one of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation and I previously reviewed this run last year but there are some changes this year. After 4 years the event has been moved from the Crown Valley Parkway side of Laguna Niguel Park to the Las Paz side. I am sure it was beyond their control but the event is now different.
The “Run” portion I did now appears to be a different course from the “Walk” others started a bit later. In the past the 5K runners ran past (and could stop and perform) the “reindeer games” along the course. Not this time – some memorable things like the kissing bridge, spotting gnomes and earning bells and now just for those who did the walk. I miss that.
So the course itself has gone from very easy to a 5k with a montser 197 foot climb up a hill at the 1.25 mile mark (kicked my ass!). The course is now pavement for the first 2 miles and trail for the last mile. A warning to my stroller runners out there; there are about 4 steps you need to go down at that pavement/trail transition.
The event is still very family friendly with snow for the kids and great sense of community and dedication to its cause – Arthritis with special attention to Juvenile arthritis. The expo had less interesting booths (mostly medical groups – some had booths and didn’t show). Parking is now totally at a nearby government building and you arrive by shuttle.
Like last year I found this event through Living Social.

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The Course at University of California at Irvine is very hilly and it really kicked my ass! That aside this is a class production from the folks at OC Marathon … MORE

The Course at University of California at Irvine is very hilly and it really kicked my ass! That aside this is a class production from the folks at OC Marathon and is in it’s third year. The parking garage on campus is $10 cash so be ready for that if you want to park close (I may try to park across the street at the plaza next year).
There is no T-Shirt for this event – you will be given a Santa beard and a logo’d Santa Cap. At the finish you will be given a logo’d mug and a medal.
In my review last year I mentioned how the expo booths near the finished were told not to pass out samples until after the run and it was awkward. This year it seems more lax.
Class MC, Rudy, is on hand for this event which featured a 1-Mile Run before the start of the 5K. Last two years they had carolers but they were absent this year. The Salvation Army is on hand for donations. There is a Gear Check. This is a good Christmas Event – just do not expect a PR!

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Here is my review from last year - I enjoy this run every year and the access to the Angel's field. The only thing I would add is the start … MORE

Here is my review from last year – I enjoy this run every year and the access to the Angel’s field. The only thing I would add is the start of the race in the infield is in shadow so it will feel a little colder then it actually is at the start:
“Great access to the infield of the Home of the Angels sponsored by the Anaheim Police department. If you have kids they will enjoy being able to spend time at the field and seeing the dugouts as well as the Police department’s horses and helicopter. There’s a 1k fun run for kids that is a loop around the field twice with a medal at the finish. it was held at 8 am with the 5k following at 8:30am
For the rest of us this is a 3rd year run with a few hundred participants that features a T-shirt and timing for the first time. The only tough parts is the initial exit and re entrance from field to parking lot. Other then that it is pretty flat. They have a great raffle of several cool items that many people didn’t stay for.
Proceeds of this event will go to the Anaheim Police Association’s Survivors & Scholarship Fund and the department’s Baker to Vegas Running Team.”

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This was the 39th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It’s a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k’s and a 1 mile kids run. The … MORE

This was the 39th running of the Turkey Trot in beautiful Dana Point. It’s a well organized event featuring a 10K, two 5k’s and a 1 mile kids run. The course is almost completely flat with plenty of scenic views of the harbor.
The 10k ran at 7am with the first half of the run traveling east and the second half follow the route of the regular 5K.
The first 5k is at 8:30 am and is the billed the “Masters 5K” and is for runners 40 and above. The 2nd 5K is 9:30am and is the “Open 5k” for those 39 and younger. You can run in either race but you can only be eligible for age group prizes if you run in your appropriate run.
I ran the Master’s 5k and here’s my tip. Be lingering around the start around 8 or 8:15am to be one of the first to line up for the start (the organizers wait until the last of the 10k runners pass that half way point). This run has many participants and you want to get in front of as many dogs, strollers, children and people dressed as turkey as possible. This is a fast course but these obstacles can really hamper on your run.
***Time to line us up by Time!***
The expo is pretty good. with over 10,000 runners it never seemed crowed and there were plenty of porta potties.
I stuck around for the kids’ 1 mile run and it was oddly disorganized for something they do every year. They were supposed to start at 10:15am but started later. They stagger times in 3 age groups and my friend’s 5 year old snuck into the 6 to 9 group and ran at 10:50am.
The biggest headache is parking – I arrived extra early and parked on a residential street a half a mile away. I saw they had free shuttles this year and I may try that sometime.
The charity is local: Family Assistance Ministries

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I actually had a WONDERFUL Time at this event but mainly due to the circumstances in which I came to be there. This 5k takes place at Imperial Beach - … MORE

I actually had a WONDERFUL Time at this event but mainly due to the circumstances in which I came to be there. This 5k takes place at Imperial Beach – the finish point where the Silver Strand Half and 10 miler end (Those runs begin in Coronado). I decided to do the 5k run to cheer on my friend who was doing her first Half and drive her back to Coronado after. If you are in a similar situation it’s a great idea and a lot of fun. The last 3.1 miles of the Half are the same as the 5k so I was able to cheer her on at Mile 10 and the Finish.
So I had a good time celebrating with my friend – getting post race massages and drinking in the beer garden and enjoying the view from Imperial Beach Pier view.
So here is a view of the 5k as a separate entity: There’s not a lot to it. You are pretty much running through neighborhoods and you only get a brief view of the ocean at mile 2.75. Parking is only on residential streets so get there early (the run itself starts at 7am). My biggest gripe was the unorganized check -in where they didn’t give you your race T-Shirt until after the race even though the T-Shirt table was ready and they easily could have. They only figured out they had a box of goodie bags well after the 5K was over. The production of the 5K seems like a tacked on afterthought.
The expo itself wasn’t bad. I like the cause: Benefiting Challenged Athletes Foundation: Operation Rebound and there were some of the athletes out there running with you. The beer garden actually poured Sierra Nevada beer on a donation only basis – pretty cool!
The medal was cool and I received the same one as those poor souls that ran the Half!

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Another wonderful Disney experience. I Usually run the 5k's but opted for the 10K here and I was glad I did. The addition of timing and the ability to track … MORE

Another wonderful Disney experience. I Usually run the 5k’s but opted for the 10K here and I was glad I did. The addition of timing and the ability to track you time on many platforms brought another dimension and elevated it to something more then a “Fun Run”.
The Expo at the Disneyland Hotel is always great (there’s a bar!) and you have the opportunity to purchase future RunDisney events at a reduced cost there (I purchased the Pixie Dust Challenge 10K & Half to go along with the 5K I already bought for that May 2017 weekend. Yikes!).
Event parking is in the Mickey and Friends garage and it’s a short walk to the startline at Disney Way. These events are early (starting exactly at 5:30am). People watching in your corral is a chance to see some inspired costumes.
The the first winds you guides you through the Grand Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center and brings you back into Disney’s California Adventure where you spend Miles 2 & 3 running int and out of park and backstage areas. The only elevation loss and gain occurs between parks. Miles 4 & 5 are in Disneyland itself. While in both parks there plenty of photo ops with Marvel Superheroes if you want to wait in line and forget the PR.
Mile 6 brings you back home to the Downtown Disney area you started at where your name is called as you finish and get a great medal. Then it’s a chance to celebrate at the Finish line stage. Fun Times.
A tip about something recently added. I have a Disneyland Premium AP pass (or whatever they call it now) and ALL photos are free with my pass. They have plenty of photo ops so ham it up out there!

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Back in 2012 this was my 17th race. Today it was run #231. This my fifth go around and it's pretty much the same every year. It takes place at … MORE

Back in 2012 this was my 17th race. Today it was run #231. This my fifth go around and it’s pretty much the same every year.
It takes place at the Tustin Marketplace and benefits the Tustin Unified School District. As such, there is big accent on kids and there are plenty of them out there in running groups and with their parents. The expo features alot of stuff for kids and local merchants talking up their products. Parking at the Marketplace is plentiful.
The Runs are spaced with the 10K starting at 7:15am and the 5K starting at 8:30am. My only complaint were the parents trying to cram their kids at the front of the start line which is both annoying and dangerous. As always the MC’s should help police this.
The course was flat on open streets with plenty of room to run after the start. Mile 2 includes a hill overpass and is mostly exposed. If a hot day would happen if could get miserable but today wasn’t bad.
Medal at the finish and plenty of fruit!

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Enjoyable 5K run down PCH in Downtown Huntington Beach on a flat course. The weather was perfect for the run and the views of the ocean are awesome. The day … MORE

Enjoyable 5K run down PCH in Downtown Huntington Beach on a flat course. The weather was perfect for the run and the views of the ocean are awesome.
The day also included a 10 mile and a 10K with times staggered so the 5K started at 8:15am. The course was laid out so the 5K and 10’ers never run into each other – a great idea. Plenty of volunteers and two water stations as well.
MC’s Andrea and Fitz kept everything moving and once again our former mayor (of HB) sang the national anthem.
The race dates were moved to mid-October due to an air show. Costumes are still a big part of the run with someone who dressed in a T-Rex outfit winning the contest. The expo had plenty of vendors and live music. There were also band along the course but only for the 10K and 10 miles runners.
Now a list of gripes. If you can get past the date being moved (It happened so early on it didn’t effect me at all) there was the email we were sent late Friday saying we MUST pick up our packets on Saturday for the Sunday run. There was no mention of this before and I couldn’t make it. On the FB page Surf City 10 commented that runners could pick up day of but must come early. So I showed up at 6am for my 8:15 start. Everything was set for registration including “day of” registration so the email was misinformation.
I saw in a review that XXL and XL shirts were gone by 6:45am – if that’s true it’s ridiculous and very bad planning.
By my GPS my distance for the 5K was perfect – 3.1 miles. However, I heard the 10K was 6.05 miles – short of the 6.2. I was told by a 10 mile runner that his distance was 10.25 miles. How can you a quarter mile off?

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This well organized 5K is part of the Long Beach Marathon weekend. The Marathon takes place the next day. I picked up my bib the day before at the expo … MORE

This well organized 5K is part of the Long Beach Marathon weekend. The Marathon takes place the next day. I picked up my bib the day before at the expo held at the nearby Long Beach Convention Center and there was plenty to see there. Registration and packet pick up were also available race day.
This is an early run (7am) and is another run at Shoreline Park. Many of my runs lately have taken place there so I didn’t look up the course ahead of time so I could be surprised.
I was very surprised. The clout of being part of the LB Marathon meant we ran on roads and just a small part of the park itself. The intense part was running up the Queensway Bridge for Mile 2 for a gain and loss of 157 feet.
The featured part was held at the end – Running through the Aquarium. It was brief and there actually wasn’t much to see. We came through the back and passed the Otter tank which was closed. The finish was through the lobby where the photographers were staged to take pictures. Once you exit the run is over and you get a nice medal for participating.
The run actually measured 3.21 miles. I noticed I slowed considerably for the last .21 mile probably due to the run through the aquarium.
It was nice to have announcer Rudy on hand along with frequent partner, Fitz.
Great experience overall – It costs a bit more but I will look to do it again next year.

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Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach is a perfect setting for this Hawaiian themed 5K and 10K. It's festive and a good one for causal runners and families. Timing is … MORE

Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach is a perfect setting for this Hawaiian themed 5K and 10K. It’s festive and a good one for causal runners and families.
Timing is optional and costs an extra $2.00. Like last year there were a lot of discount codes and internet specials for this run. I used the “Rush49” website to register cheaply.
I parked in the Pike parking lot nearby (I ended up paying $8 for parking). I would advise hitting the public bathrooms on the way there as the lines at the start line were rather long. Shoreline Park is next to the Aquarium of the Pacific and is a beautiful place with scenic views of the Queen Mary in the background. An energetic MC and local high school cheerleaders get you started one wave at a time starting with the 10K runners at 7:30am. I was part of the first wave of 5K’ers and we started at 7:50am.
The run is flat as it winds along the public walking path around the shoreline. There were plenty of volunteers cheering you on and giving high 5’s. Just when you thought there is no water station is shows up at Mile 2. The distance seemed off according to my GPS but ends up being 2.99 miles so it’s pretty close.
You’ve got a pretty good hill to run up to get to the finish but once you pass you get an awesome medal with a Hula Dancer with a grass skirt that moves.
The T-Shirt itself is generic (Just says “Aloha Run” and there is music and samples aplenty after the run.

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I was last here 13 years ago in 2003 and not alot has changed. It is run on roads near the airport and has some elevations and about 1300 runners. … MORE

I was last here 13 years ago in 2003 and not alot has changed. It is run on roads near the airport and has some elevations and about 1300 runners. It was HOT so having water stations at 1 mile, 1.5 mile and 2 mile was a great idea.
The cause of suicide and suicide prevention is somber but the participants were enthusiastic. The expo was mostly about education with some clif bars and donuts thrown in. I arrived early and parked at the main parking at Kohls. I paid $35 and registered electronically on site. Not a lot of swag here. Mainly just a T-Shirt but that’s okay.

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A Better World Running is an organization that organizes runs just about every weekend generally in Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Van Nuys. Their runs range from 5k's to full … MORE

A Better World Running is an organization that organizes runs just about every weekend generally in Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Van Nuys. Their runs range from 5k’s to full Marathons and they have a Run 4 get a race free policy. No shirts but you get a medal at the end. I love these guys.
World Peace Day Run is one of their few “mainstream” runs. It takes place in picturesque Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley and is one of the only times your run is chip timed and not timed by stop watch.
The run was very inexpensive (about $20) and also has a 10K option. No T-Shirts again and the medal is nice.
The course is beautiful with mild hills and is fully on path. There was no aid station (the 10K runners had one).
All and all a great time.

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This low-key run takes place on the pediestrian path in Huntington Beach, CA from Beach Blvd past the Pier and back again. As scenery goes this is pretty awesome. Labor … MORE

This low-key run takes place on the pediestrian path in Huntington Beach, CA from Beach Blvd past the Pier and back again. As scenery goes this is pretty awesome. Labor day is over and there was very people to share the path with.
The cause here is Run For HOPE – a movement to provide mobile medical units for children in need. To raise awareness this is the starting point for ultra-marathoner Levi Rizk who will continue to run cross the country for the cause.
As runs go this was very low budget – it’s not timed and there is no bibs but you do get a nice T-Shirt and a snack bar and water at finish. The MC from the MLB Angels was on hand and he did get a great job. I estimate there were 50 of us including a 7’8″ runner – I am 6’3″ and it was quite an experience running next to someone that tall.
Very easy run except for the halfway mark where you had to run uphill sharply and stop if you wanted water.
All in All a good time. I do not know if this was a one time thing or if it may be repeated through out the country.
I would do it again.

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This is the classic run at Disneyland. There are now four of them with their own theme. The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is a little looser on the themes and … MORE

This is the classic run at Disneyland. There are now four of them with their own theme. The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is a little looser on the themes and this year the theme was a ride, Extremely appropiate except this ride, the Country Bear Jamboree, was just down 15 years ago. I was less nostalgic and more angry – why did you take a Marc Davis ride out!! For Winnie the frickin’ Pooh!? Will next year be Adventures Through Inner Space?
All that aside these runs are addicting. When I finish I always winder when the next one is. (I know when because I pay 6 months in advance). The early start time (5:30am, usually) messes with your whole day but there is definitely magic afoot.
The run was more DCA then DL this year presumably because of the Star Wars Land construction. So we get to see a little extra DCA and backlot then usual and it was nice. The end of mile 2 was a little difficult due to running up the tunnels that run under the parks but other the that you are pretty smooth sailing (this may change by next year). There are A LOT of photo ops along the way. This run is not timed and you people do a lot of stopping. But people watching is part of the fun. Costumes are allowed as long as your face is visible and your cape will not smack others in the face. Staff arrive early and are on the course to yell encouragement and provide high fives. There was a water station at the half mark.
Again the course is not timed for 5k’s and my GPS measured the distance at 3.2 miles.
So. Changes this year….. The T-shirt wasn’t up to the quality of the last RunDisney run I did in May…which is ok, I guess…of course they raised the prices. They touted that the 5K medal would be metal instead of rubber and what I got was underwhelming compared to the ones I received the last 5 years. They no longer give you a physical copy of the multi-page program instead you get a couple page cheat sheet so check out the one they give you on line. The corral system was more expansive (good). The MC team…. well, I miss Rudy. He is a legend around these parts. I LOVE local legend Andea staying as part of the team – she sounds like she’s been doing this for years. Carissa reporting live from the back corrals is a great idea and she did a great job. The other MC…well, Rudy couldn’t have done that better? C’mon, guys. Bring Rudy Back.
REMEMBER! You have to pick up your Bib at the expo the day before! In Person! The expo at the Disneyland Hotel is very informative and I was able to sign up for this November’s Dr. Strange 10K there at a reduced price although it was officially sold out.

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Hyundai puts on this run to bring awareness to the start of pediatric cancer awareness month. The expo area is dedicated to children with activities rather then the usual vendors. … MORE

Hyundai puts on this run to bring awareness to the start of pediatric cancer awareness month. The expo area is dedicated to children with activities rather then the usual vendors. The event begins with a 100 yard dash for the kids.
Taking place at Fountain Valley’s Mile Square Park (Brookhurst side), more then likely you will have a bit of a walk to get to the event site (unless you come ridiculously early like me). The park has some nice scenery but the section of the park isn’t as nice as some of the other parts. Still it is flat and fast.
This is a nice event yet it struck me how few people participated. I ran 4 out of the last 5 years and the one year I missed was because I didn’t know it was happening. That almost happened this year. Hyundai apparently does not reach out to any agencies (like Active) to promote. Although they have my contact info they do not send out any reminders. That is a shame because it is a good cause and for the most part the production is nice. Last year they did a Living Social tie in and had a pretty good crowd. This year they seemed happy just to have Hyundai employees there. I was reminded of the run by someone else who saw something somewhere.
There is a 10K and I think I only saw about 20 people for it. According to the results only 438 participated in the 5k.
The 5k started later then expected at 8:37am. According to my GPS their Mile 1 was at the .7 mile point….the Mile 2 was at the 1.53 mile mark…so I thinking – is this run going to end at 2.25 miles?….I do not recall a Mile 3 marker but the run ended at 2.93 miles….so what the? How did that get so screwed up?
The medal is nice. I hope they can fix some of the little things and get the word out next year.

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This run is another fine production from Caren Ware. Her races just keep getting better and better. Last year this run and the similar Pirate Run were held in Long … MORE

This run is another fine production from Caren Ware. Her races just keep getting better and better.
Last year this run and the similar Pirate Run were held in Long Beach coinciding with Tiki and Pirate festivals. Apparently these runs were too big now to hold there so they have been moved to Bold Chica – a popular spot for these types of runs.
Parking for this run could be free if you grab one of the spots at the smaller parking lots right behind jack in the box. I started waiting nearby at 6:25am for the gate opening up at 6:50am. You may also park at the lot across PCH free or pay for the beach parking right at the location.
Not alot in the way of vendors at the expo but they did offer an inexpensive pancake breakfast.

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This my fifth time at this run and I highly recommend it as a great run and a great way to see the Fair. The run itself is fairly inexpensive … MORE

This my fifth time at this run and I highly recommend it as a great run and a great way to see the Fair. The run itself is fairly inexpensive with 10% discounts being offered all the way up to race day. Parking is free and plentiful and if you choose to make this the day you and the family stay for the fair you have already saved $10.
After the run is over any one still inside the gate before 9:30am can stay. So bring your family to cheer you on and experience the fair and parking for free (you also get a ticket to go to the fair another one of the 5 remaining days).
So already the run is a tremendous value. A bit about the run itself:
It starts at 8 am with beloved Run MC Rudy Novotny getting you ready to roll. The first mile and a quarter will be on roads and through the parking lot leading into the fairgrounds. Once you enter the fair and hit the water station you come up to the first “Detour to Fun”. You have the option of running past this for your PR or you can detour and play a basketball shot or break a plate for a prize. I was going to pass this but saw the line for the plates wasn’t bad so I paused 1:32 to break a plate and carry a stuffed piglet the rest of the way.
The other two detours are stopping to ride the giant slide and running down the steps of the Pacific Amphitheater for a photo op on stage.
The run is pretty much flat with only a couple of instances where clearances get tight (the start and the livestock area come to mind). This is a “Fun Run” so you have a lot of novices all over the road but the detours thin out the herd.
The medal is incredible and the shirt was pretty cool. The expo was heavy on booths for upcoming races and the end is an orgy of water bottles and Kind Bars.
As mentioned on of the great perks was early entry. It was nice to walk around the Centennial Farms with very little people there. I made a day of it and did 18,000 steps by 11 am.
Looking forward to next year.

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This is a nice civic run that has a heightened importance of being part of the OC California Race Series along with the hugely popular Los Alamitos Race On The … MORE

This is a nice civic run that has a heightened importance of being part of the OC California Race Series along with the hugely popular Los Alamitos Race On The Base and the Seal Beach Run. If you run all three consecutively you pick up a nice medal.
The run production is above par for a smaller event like this with Chronos tracking and the popular Rudy Novotny announcing. The expo and swag are virtually non-existant. Some info on upcoming runs and some civic minded booths. You receive a bag at check-in (leftover from Race on the Base) but you do not receive anything to put inside it.
That being said this is one of my can’t miss runs – I guess it was the small town feel that attracted it to me. You meet at the Civic Center but actually start around the corner on a residential street by the school (plenty of porta potties here). The starting announcements and the National Anthem will be difficult to hear (I assume they have to keep it down due to the neighbors). The first mile is on slightly major streets and mile 2 is run on winding residential streets among the houses of Cypress. The run is very level and would be considered very easy if not for the last 1.2 miles. The last part of the run is direct sunlight with no shade. It’s July and it’s always a hot day.
But when you survive that and cross the finish line in lieu of a medal you receive a Big Stick Popsicle. Perfect!
Due to the heat hydration is very important and there is even a water station at the start (which will be used again for those running the 10K). Take advantage of it! There is also a station at the half way point.
I did this run on an hour and a half of sleep and it was not a great showing for me but I am sure I will be back next year!

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This was the 17th running of the Downtown Anaheim 5k which has been sponsored lately by Northgate Gonzalez Market. The course is flat and mainly runs on some major streets … MORE

This was the 17th running of the Downtown Anaheim 5k which has been sponsored lately by Northgate Gonzalez Market. The course is flat and mainly runs on some major streets in the downtown area. The rejuvenated Downtown area is a wonderful spot to start and enjoy the festivities at the finish. Otherwise there isn’t a lot of scenery.
This race is fairly inexpensive. A email was sent out by the race directors explaining why they do not provide medals to all participants in order to keep costs in line. This is fine with me. A 5k Run isn’t T-Ball.
I arrived at 6:30am for the 7:30 run at parked in the parking garage off of Clementine St next to the expo area. Lines for the few Porta potties are long so plan ahead. The start is actually unmarked around the corner on a street so be aware of that.
Right after Mile 1 you will see members of the River Church handing out whole bottles of water (this actually happens 3 times on the course!). The course itself has its own water station (cups of water) .1 mile away. If you do not feel like carting around a full Bottle of water make sure to bypass the friendly church people in one of their 3 stations and stick with the course stations at the 1.2 mile mark and around 2.2 miles.
The expo at the end is always wacky. This is my fourth time here and the variety of give aways is always cool… where else can you get Yakult, a bagel, A McDonald’s smoothie, a bag of small rice and panty liners? They have bands playing and they always seem to find bands with kids in high school or younger to play. Always good…. I do not recall seeing a photographer anywhere on course but maybe I missed them….

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This is my 3rd time running the this 5K which is now in it's 35th year. I lived in CDM for a few years and it is quite beautiful. The … MORE

This is my 3rd time running the this 5K which is now in it’s 35th year. I lived in CDM for a few years and it is quite beautiful. The starting line is on the Bluff overlooking the beach and there are many homes of the well to do all around you.
The run is VERY hilly so it is a bit of a challenge. There are 2 water stations and a nice run on the Goldenrod Street flowered pedestrian bridge near the end. Once you cross the finish line you do not get a medal (no problem) but you do get an amazing restaurant row from many of the local establishments. It’s pretty amazing. This is high quality stuff. I now feel I need to run a 10K to burn off my 5k today!
So this is not the run to get your PR but the ending is worth it!

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This is my fourth year running this 5K. They also offer a 10K and Half Marathon. There is a great deal of the reminders of what the Holiday is about … MORE

This is my fourth year running this 5K. They also offer a 10K and Half Marathon. There is a great deal of the reminders of what the Holiday is about and a great deal of respect for our troops is a big part of the production.
When planning keep in mind the start line and the finish and expo are in different areas separated by about 1.5 miles. The start line is located at the Laguna Hills Mall and there is plenty of parking. Something that always strikes me is the long lines for the porta potties even though the event provides quite a few of them. Something to keep in mind when trying to get business done before the start.
There is only one start time for the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon and that is 7 am. Runners are lined up by there expected mile pace. The run initially starts through neighborhoods with many of the neighbors out cheering you on. After a water station the rest on the run is a major street until you reach the finish (10K and Half keep going at this point). The name of the City is Laguna HILLS and for good reason. The course is rarely flat and the net gain is 94 feet.
There is a medal at the end and plenty of swag at the expo including activities for the kids. There also food trucks and a beer garden that open at 8am. Each year I pay extra for a ticket for the beer garden as part of my registration but the value of this $10 charge has grown less to me over time. It has turned from 2 beers and pizza to a flight of 4 oz beers with no food. I am going to rethink that next year.
That leads to the end – you are 1.5 miles away from your car. Every year I look at the long line for the bus shuttle and I elect to walk back. I counted only 4 buses in use and that is clearly not enough.

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This run happens during Garden Grove's Strawberry Festival just prior to the parade. I have been trying to get around to it for a few years and I finally got … MORE

This run happens during Garden Grove’s Strawberry Festival just prior to the parade. I have been trying to get around to it for a few years and I finally got to it at the last minute. I registered on site the day before at the PCRT Pacfic Coast Timing booth and received a confirmation email from Chronotrack but still somehow my timing was not recorded and my bib number did not show in the results. Probably a volunteer error but still disappointing.
On the day of the event there is plenty of free parking right by the start line. This will come in handy should you decide to stay for the Festival.
The run started on time at 8 am and the course runs through city streets with plenty of room for different levels of runners to get along. I didn’t see many “elite” runners out there but I think it might be good one for someone’s PR since the course is completely flat. There is not much scenery to speak of but the start and end at Historic Main Street has a nice early 1900’s feel. There is one water station at the midway point.
There is some swag at the end including a medal but – no – there are no strawberries to be had.
The Festival is a three day event with carney type rides and street style vendors. It officially opens at 10 am but many of the vendors opened early to accommodate the runners.
Not a good showing for me as I work through some stiffness issues.

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This is my 4th time on the Neverland Family 5K and like all the RunDisney 5k's they are a fun and unique experience. A few thoughts on the event: * … MORE

This is my 4th time on the Neverland Family 5K and like all the RunDisney 5k’s they are a fun and unique experience. A few thoughts on the event:
* The Runs go one sale many months in advance. The onsale date for the 2017 Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend is September 20, 2016 (With a AP presale of Sept. 13). The 5k’s are about $80 now and sell out fast.
* As usual the 5k’s are run on Fridays but the Neverland 5k starts at 5am (most other RunDisney 5k’s start at 5:30am)
* The Weekend’s races are apparently geared towards women and I am not sure how how that manifests itself with the 10K and the Half since the 5K is a straight untimed family run with more of an overall pirate theme and little to do with Tinkerbell.
* As usual you will need to pick up your bib at the Heath & Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel the day before the event (the Thursday hours are 10am to 8pm). I waiver will need to signed and you can print yours at the kiosks when you first enter. The expo does have more vendors geared towards women then usual.
* A unique feature of the Neverland 5K is Start Line in Disneyland itself. So if you are parking in the parking structure you have a mile walk to get there. Also unlike the other 5K’s there are no corrals per-determined. You will enter the park and walk down Main Street. Keep walking towards the right side in front of the castle and you will see the start is facing the Matterhorn. Once the right side fills up they will rope off that section as Corral A and start allowing runners to fill up the left side to create Corral B. Once that is filled the remaining runners will stage on Main Street for Corrals C and D.
* Our pre-race segment begins at 4:30am with Andrea and Carissa doing a fine job with a pirate based skit that was fun (typically the supporting casts in these skits drive me up a wall but all is good here). A pirate coming out to perform the National Anthem was actually quite moving. Tinkerbell made her aerial appearance around the castle. It should be noted that this is the first RunDisney event where legendary race announcer, Rudy, was not a part – the scuttlebutt is that they made the change for female only this year to keep with the “female” theme….but there was still a male DJ. Again, other then some vendors at the expo and a Luna Bar in our bag I did not feel that this was a “women’s event”. Andrea and Carissa had great chemistry but maybe they could’ve added Rudy, too – our First Responders need their shout out!
* Due to the construction of Star Wars Land the time spent running in Disneyland itself was EXTREMELY short. You basically ran from the Matterhorn to Toon Town and that was it (about 1/3 mile). The bulk of the run is throughout DCA. In years prior the run was about 50/50 in the parks with the run ending in Paradise Pier. This year it ended in Downtown Disney like most runs. I can see where some people would be disappointed by the small time actually spent running in Walt’s park but for me I was happy to see so many backstage areas I’ve never seen before. I imagine the course might run this pattern next year or at least until they re-open Big Thunder Trail.
* There are photo opportunities along the way with Peter Pan, Wendy and various pirates. There are two well manned water stations. If you need to use a restroom they unlock all of them along the course.
* A new feature this year is the PhotoPass on my Signature Annual Passport. I entered the code and my bid number and many pictures showed up at no additional cost. Pretty Cool.

As always this is a great experience and I can’t wait for the next one to come up. These are top-flight productions.

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This run is sponsered by Wahoo's Fish Tacos and is one of the better 5K's in Orange County, California. This event is held at the same time as the OC … MORE

This run is sponsered by Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and is one of the better 5K’s in Orange County, California. This event is held at the same time as the OC Marathon and Half Marathon. The longer races travel from Fashion Island to the OC Fairgrounds while the 5K takes place only at the Fairgrounds.
This has some advantages – Parking is relatively easy and you get a crack at the Free Fish Taco, Erdinger Beer, Massages and plenty more free swag before the long distance runners get a chance.
There’s not alot to the race – the 5K runs through neighboring Orange Coast college and back to the Fairgrounds again. The path is pretty wide and flat and there are 2 water stations. It starts at 7 am and the expo party goes until 1pm. Because you are part of a bigger race you go through the same finish line corrals as the Marathoners including lots of swag and photo ops and a great medal.
The only real drawbacks are having to pick up your bib at the expo (Friday Night and all day Saturday). Parking is $8 for the expo and $10 for the Event (you have a chance while at the Expo to buy an Event Day pass for $8 if you want to save a couple of bucks).
This is a popular race day and it brings out many novices who, of course, are running all over the place without any idea of race etiquette. I wish the race announcer would have taken 5 minutes out of his pre-race announcements to address this issue (like they attempt to do for the Disney Races).
I purchased my run very cheaply in November when they offered this run and the December Run For A Claus together and there were promo codes being offered all the way up to a few days before the run.
Again, Running a 5K during a Large Scale Marathon has its advantages and makes for a memorable experience.

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I love this run and chose it over another favorite of mine - The Seal Beach Run. There was also the HollywoodHalf Hollywood 5K happening as well. I am an … MORE

I love this run and chose it over another favorite of mine – The Seal Beach Run. There was also the HollywoodHalf Hollywood 5K happening as well. I am an Angels fan and running through the stadium is always awesome. Hector Santiago passed out Medals and was very accommodating with pictures and is a very cool guy.
The good bits: The course is actually fast even with the drop into the field and the run out. Something about running on the warning tract REALLY gets you going (towards the end of mile 2). Packet pick up the day before was much quicker then last year. The expo was cool with a good mix of everything. You get a great Tee and a Medal. The free ticket voucher is limited like last year but still a cool perk. The promise of a Mike Trout Bobblehead for running 2016 and next year will bring me back.
The Bad…. C’mon people… “Fun Run” and “Run” do not mix. Like so many of these family races it’s time to grow up. You need at least two waves (something many runs are doing lately). The start was chaotic with every causal runner mixed it with people who actually care that this was timed. In the beginning I like so many had to run outside the pylons on the street to avoid the masses who all decided to walk on the left side side by side with their friends and family, There was literally no where else to go. The entire race was like that for me. People were all over the place walking and running all over the place.
To make matters worse as I we finally got to enter the stadium – always a problem with congestion – masses of walkers came from another direction (?) (!) and entered the same small space with us! This is the highlight of the run and people are constantly stopping to take a selfie and you feel like a jackass for asking people to step aside so you can run.
How to fix?
The first thing you can do is empower your MC to instruct the runners of the “Rules of the Road”. Part of this is giving him a sound system that works. These last few years I have been fairly close and you can only hear him from about 50 feet away. People are speaking on stage and I can hear you they are. I couldn’t hear the national anthem.
Disney also does these types of event runs and they are very good about repeating the rules of the road in their media and on site – it doesn’t mean the novices are going to listen but at least they are trying.
Start a “Timed Run” at 7:30am and a “Fun Run/Walk” at 8:30am instead of one big wave at 8am. You had at least 4500. You can do this.
A few other tidbits:
The bathrooms in the stadium are open – if one seems crowded just so to the next set – very few people do this.
And… because the the stadium is open you have some chances at cool infield pics as you go to the restroom – instead of being a jackhole and blocking runners on the warning tract.
There are also some opportunities to have some pictures taken with Angel player standees for the Fun Runners.
This could be an Amazingly Fast Run towards anyone’s PR if they could figure out a way to separate the Runners from Fun Runners. I Hope they do!
I will be back next year.
This was 200th Run since June 2012!

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I've always heard about this run and I always wanted to do it even though it is about a 65 mile drive. I was lured in by a $20 pre-sale … MORE

I’ve always heard about this run and I always wanted to do it even though it is about a 65 mile drive. I was lured in by a $20 pre-sale a whole year ago (they are again offering this pre-sale rate for 2017 until April 10, 2016).
This was a great experience and lived up to the hype. The Carlsbad 5000 is billed as a fast 5k and it sure felt like that.
This takes place in beautiful Carlsbad Village and you get some great ocean views along the way. It seems like the whole community is out their to cheer you on. This is now part of the Rock n Roll Run Series and is a great production with a great T-Shirt, great Medal and some great Swag. The Expo is a fine mixture of samples, promotions and retail shops. Even with as many people show up for this there was never any waiting for the portapotties.
They run the races in 4 public runs that start as 7 am and then later in the morning they hold Men’s and Women’s Elite races which get some big media attention. There is a 20K experience available that allows you entry in to the first 4 runs.
The run is capped off with a craft beer garden sponsored by a local merchant, Pizza Port (There are 2 drink tickets on your race bib) where they have a live band.
Parking is wherever you can find it. I parked on Madison Street which was a little more than a 1/2 mile away. As I was looking for parking I noticed a couple of larger lots in the area but they looked pretty full.
Some other things of note – There was one water station at the 1.5 mile mark….and…my only gripe – in the finish chute you are handed a great deal of swag but no bag. So everyone is left trying to juggle everything.
I picked up my packet the day before when I ran the new 1-Mile Run. That also was an enjoyable experience and I cover that in a separate review.

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This is a new run added to the existing Junior Carlsbad 5000 occurring the day before the big run. Even though the event is a 65 mile drive for me … MORE

This is a new run added to the existing Junior Carlsbad 5000 occurring the day before the big run. Even though the event is a 65 mile drive for me I was lured in by the chance to pick up my Carlsbad 5000 packet and to run a mile in a very competitive setting. And it was only $15 for a great T-Shirt, great Medal and great Swag.
The timed run takes place in beautiful Carlsbad Village at 9:15am in one big wave. An MC with a mic walked the crowd and asked everyone to stage themselves by their expected time. This run and all the Junior Runs use all the facilities that the big race will use the following day so it really is an great experience.
The event is now part of the Rock n Rock Race Series so all production and swag are top-notch. The expo hit all the right notes with a good mixture of sampling, promotions and retail stores. A local restaurant – Pizza Port – offered a pizza slice with any beverage purchase.
Parking is pretty much just wherever you can find it. Both days I parked on a residential street of Madison about a half a mile away. I am looking forward to this event next year and staying in town.
The Junior Carlsbad 5000 is a series of races for 12 and under. Here is their schedule:
1 Mile – Age 12 (Grand Ave. between Madison St. & Jefferson St.): 7:20 am

1 Mile – Age 11 (Grand Ave. between Madison St. & Jefferson St.): 7:30 am

1 Mile – Age 10 (Grand Ave. between Madison St. & Jefferson St.): 7:40 am

1 Mile – Age 9 (Grand Ave. between Madison St. & Jefferson St.): 7:52 am

1 Mile – Age 8 (Grand Ave. between Madison St. & Jefferson St.): 8:10 am

1 Mile – Age 7 (Grand Ave. between Madison St. & Jefferson St.): 8:18 am

1/2 Mile – Age 6 (Grand Ave. between Roosevelt St. & Madison St.): 8:30 am

1/2 Mile – Age 5 (Grand Ave. between Roosevelt St. & Madison St.): 8:41 am

1/4 Mile – Age 4 (Carlsbad Blvd. between Grand Ave. & Carlsbad Village Dr.): 9:50 am

Toddler Trot – Age 3 (Carlsbad Village Dr., between Washington St. & State St.): 10:00 am

Diaper Dash – Age 2 & Under (Carlsbad Village Dr., between Washington St. & State St.): 10:10 am

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This is a low key event (wisely split into 2 separate runs) produced by Caren Ware with Itz About Time events. Caren puts on economically priced runs with clever themes … MORE

This is a low key event (wisely split into 2 separate runs) produced by Caren Ware with Itz About Time events. Caren puts on economically priced runs with clever themes that are pretty fun.
I am grateful that they went with the growing trend of splitting this into two races. They actually gave them two different names: The OC Challenge 5K (a timed event for serious runners at 8am) and the Rabbit Run 5K (a family event with added Easter eggs at 9am).
The run moved this year from Irvine City College to nearby Jeffrey Trail Middle School. This was a great change as the course itself takes place on the Jeffrey Open Trail which is a beautiful place with greenery and streams. You will experience some slight changes in elevation and the relatively small attendance gives you plenty of space. There were plenty of water stations (I think I counted five!) which probably come in handy for the 9 am family run). My only complaint might be the length. My GPS is typically right on and they had Mile 1 measured perfect but Mile 2 was marked about .15 miles past the actual point and the run finished at 2.90 miles instead of 3.1 miles.
I ran the OC Challenge and afterward they gave out plenty of medals for the age groups directly after the finish including some cash prizes for top finishers. There were a few 15 minutes finishers. Every one who finished the run received a nice medal.
The Rabbit Run started a tiny bit late to make sure all age groups from the OC Challenge were acknowledged. I didn’t stay to find out how that went. During my 8am run I saw only 2 areas with hidden eggs for later. Since last year they had many areas I can only assume they added more eggs between the races. I enjoyed the egg portion last year even though a few of the eggs contained papers for a free chiropractor visit instead of candy (the kids must’ve loved that!). I snagged one egg this year to check and luckily it contained a nice piece of Laffy Taffy so I hope it was all good!
Again – it’s great when runs like this split the “serious” runners from the ones just out there to have a good time. I hope to see more of this in the future.

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This is nice, low - key run through Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. This is always a beautiful place to run and the total amount of runners (only 86 … MORE

This is nice, low – key run through Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. This is always a beautiful place to run and the total amount of runners (only 86 per the published results) meant no overcrowding on the public paths. They ran this entirely on the paved paths and started from the Forest Shelter location. This is located on the corner of Euclid and Warner.
Timing was conducted the old fashioned way. You run into a chute, they record your time and someone grabs your tag from your bib. This was run number 196 since 2012 and I can’t remember the last time I ran a manually timed event. Works for me!

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The Leprechaun Leap 5K is organized by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will benefit The OC Rescue Mission, The Tustin Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce, all are … MORE

The Leprechaun Leap 5K is organized by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will benefit The OC Rescue Mission, The Tustin Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce, all are non-profit organizations.
This run has two great things going for it – A great festive atmosphere and a chance to run inside one of the Tustin Hangers – Structures built during WW2 to house Zeppelins and aircraft. Someday “progress” will knock down the hangers and they will be gone.
I was born on St. Patrick’s Day so this run has become a yearly tradition and I have had the pleasure to talk with the folks who put it on and they are fine people.
The run takes place at The District at Tustin Legacy (fancy name) and there is ample parking very close by. According to my Race Wire results there were 1389 timed runners so it is not too crowded. It is stroller and Dog friendly. The run began on time at 8am and the majority of the path is a very wide roadway with plenty of space for everyone. When you leave the roadway after mile one you run on a gravel path that leads to the entrance of the massive hanger. You run the length of the hanger and you turn and run run the length to exit. Upon exiting you are running on gravel again (a little hard but not impossible for the stroller folk). After that you are on the roadway again until the finish. The medal is pretty awesome.
This is my fourth year running (I missed the first year) and the post race expo has evolved. My first year the vendors and the stage for awards and entertainment were in the parking lot. Many of us then carried on the party into The District at the Auld Dubliner. Over the last few years the festivities began shifting into the entrance of the District with the addition of a Beer Garden next to a stage.
This year the expo is entirely in The District and The Auld Dubliner is now officially part of the festivities – Your bib contains a Drink Ticket to use at the Dubliner itself. The stage was now placed the complete opposite side of the Dubliner so a great many went straight to the bar and missed out on the Festivities. It would be great if they could put the stage back where they had it the past 2 years – in the middle by the fountain which would make it much closer to the Dubliner and where the people are at.
There are awards and a costume contest for people and dogs.
I actually run as the Green Elvis each year.

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This 5k run in Buena Park, CA starts at Soak City, USA parking lot and then continues through Knott's Berry Farm and Ends running through Soak City. The 10K version … MORE

This 5k run in Buena Park, CA starts at Soak City, USA parking lot and then continues through Knott’s Berry Farm and Ends running through Soak City. The 10K version continues on city streets for the last 3.1 miles. It is put on by Renegade Racing and Benefits The Kids of Speech and Development Language Center.
This is my second time doing this run in the last 3 years and both times rain paid a big part. Rain was rather heavy leading up to the race and luckily it stopped just minutes before start never to return.
When your bid is issued you are assigned to Corrals (or Waves) and you are lined up accordingly. Waves get starts every 2 minutes starting at 7am. This is good since there are times the course gets narrow – especially when entering the tunnel under Beach blvd that leads to Knott’s. The course is otherwise flat and scenic as you make your way around the park. There were a few photo op situations for those looking for that. There was one water station around mile 2.
At the finish you are lined up for your medal and a piece of Boysenberry Pie. The expo is better then most with plenty of samples, future race booths, sportswear and other sights as well as more photo opportunities.
Parking is at the adjacent Sears at the Mall which was fine since it is very close.

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This is my 4th year running and first time doing the 10K. Running on an actual military base is a different experience. The course on the airstrip is extremely flat … MORE

This is my 4th year running and first time doing the 10K. Running on an actual military base is a different experience. The course on the airstrip is extremely flat and wide. As expected, entering the facility takes some time as you ID is checked as you enter. The race producers suggest arriving an hour early due to this but I would suggest even more.
New this year was a kid’s 1K with a glow theme which was held the night before during packet pick up. Event day runs are the 5K, 10K and a Reverse Triathlon. The 10K start time was 7am with the 5K following a bit later and Reverse Triathlon participants are held until about 8:45am after the other runners finish.
The production itself is very good with a great tech shirt and great medal. The expo itself was very lackluster, however, and I do miss the meal that was no longer part of the race this year. I want my breakfast burrito! Denny’s was also no longer a sponsor this year.
They have a medal challenge if you run this race along with the Seal Beach Run in April and the City of Cypress Run in July.

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This is an enjoyable run with a fun atmosphere. I love going to Redondo Beach. The course actually runs through city streets and the beach view doesn't come until your … MORE

This is an enjoyable run with a fun atmosphere. I love going to Redondo Beach. The course actually runs through city streets and the beach view doesn’t come until your are in the post run area.
There are three runs – 5k at 7:30am, a competitive baby buggy 10K at 8:15am and the 10k at 8:30am.
I ran the 5k and the path was pretty wide with a 95ft total climb. There were three water stations.
The production was very professionally timed and annouced but the expo was a bit anemic probably due to most of your typical sponsors attending the Huntington Beach Surf City Marathon. Parking is a problem because you may not be able to leave until after the runs have been completed which may be as late as 11am. Also it is never clear if payment for parking is due or not. The last three years I parked VERY early on the city streets off of Beryl Street beyond the course path.
The Beer Garden area at Seaside Lagoon included TWO Michelob Ultras this year! Much better then a Capri Sun any day! They also passed out whole bagels and the greenest bananas I’ve ever seen.
There is also a costume contest that does it’s judging very early at 7am. I don’t know how that works out for the 10k people.

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Yikes. Wow. This was my 189th run since 2012....and I am going to be negative. Before I do I have to admit I had a good time and a good … MORE

Yikes. Wow.
This was my 189th run since 2012….and I am going to be negative.
Before I do I have to admit I had a good time and a good run (I’ve been slow lately – that’s on me). It was my first time in El Dorado Park and it was nice. The volunteers were enthusiastic. The Theme was fun and it was great to see families dressed as superheroes and everyone look great in a cape. Pretty much Mission accomplished – it was what I set out to do this morning.
But….
First off. Pre-Race there was no e-mail with details. The facebook page and website had differing info on start times and very little detail. Important info was asked on the FB page that went unanswered. Someone asked if there was a charge for parking – where do we park?
One of the pages noted it was the East side so I Googled those directions. It turned out to be $7 to get in and that was the exact amount of cash I had on me. El Dorodo Park is huge and I drove around it a while before figuring it out (no signage at all).
To check in you approached a one person standing outside of a pop up who checked your registration (or collected cash… $45 a person day of race? Yikes!).
After that you went to a table and they gave you a number that didn’t correlate to anything. They didn’t ask your name or for any proof you checked in (Don’t get any ideas, Bandits), They were out of pins (I have a couple hundred in my car but by this time it was too late).
Instead of a tee-shirt you get a mid-waist cape. From some of the comments I saw you you picked a color when you registered but they pretty much handed you whatever color you wanted.
It turns out this was not timed and the start line was not defined and the start was very casual. It became apparent this was strictly a fun run and not something to be taken seriously.
So…taking it as such. It was nice to see families having fun together and the capes were fun. The course was flat but narrow so the folks who decided to stop running and start walking on the left side were a joy.
Nowhere during the first 3 miles of the run did I see a single volunteer making sure you made the proper turn or that a car didn’t hit you (multi-use paths came up twice that I can think of) nor was there a single water station (good thing it wasn’t hot). Near the end many volunteers were there to cheer you on that last .10 mile (you couldn’t have used them earlier?)
At the ill-defined end you got a medal and a banana and bottled water. Oh! and there was a food truck and a register to vote table.
I’m seeing comments on their FB page that many got lost due to lack of direction and ended up going something like 5 miles. (I have to admit I followed everyone else and had no trouble. As set out the run was EXACTLY 3.1 miles per my GPS).
Nowhere was any mention of the charity benefiting from this event. I had to refer back to my notes and it is the American Association for Cancer Research. That’s a very great and timely cause and I wish there was more representation. i am HOPING that a bulk of the money goes to the cause since it was apparently anywhere else.
Also interesting to note is that although this is the first time The Super Run has been in this area it has been conducted at least 26 times in other cities and this year it will be run in another 12. Between the generic capes and medals this run must have had a very low overhead.
Again, I had a good enough time – not the worst run (that will always and forever be 2014’s uber dangerous and frustrating Tacos and Beer 5k – also in Long Beach.)
Speaking of Long Beach I hope no one confuses The Super Run – Long Beach with the Super Kids 5K and Fun Run which will be run nearby on February 6th. I enjoyed that last year.

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Another RunDisney Race and they are unlike anything else. It's a top production all the way and a lot of fun. I ran the 5K which unlike the 10K and … MORE

Another RunDisney Race and they are unlike anything else. It’s a top production all the way and a lot of fun. I ran the 5K which unlike the 10K and Half Marathon is not timed.
Somethings to know:
Packet Pickup the day before is Mandatory. The Expo at the Hotel is nice and picking up your packet once you get in is easy. There is a kiosk to print your wavier there.
The Run starts at 5:30am and the 5k has three corrals (A, B, C). I have always been in “A”. Maybe because I register the day it’s possible.
Unlike the other RunDisney events you start the course on Disney/West street facing North. The first mile or so you are out of the park running on street until you enter cast place. From there it is both parks the rest of the way. There are many Star Wars character photo ops along the way with HUGE Lines.
As a Disney geek I appreciate the views of the parks I wouldn’t otherwise see. The Finish line area is always fun.
Expensive Races – I noticed upcoming 5k’s will be $80. They don’t get the word out very often but they do have a charity with each race – this one is The Discovery Science Foundation – serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles.

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