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canderson.rce REPEAT RUNNER '19

“How many of you that sit and judge me ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?” - Buck Owens About as far west from Nashville as one can get, masses of … MORE

“How many of you that sit and judge me ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?” – Buck Owens
About as far west from Nashville as one can get, masses of runners congregate on the coast of Bakersfield for its annual November marathon giving me the opportunity to run the streets of Bakersfield and reflect upon the Bakersfield Sound.
This race in the southern San Joaquin Valley is becoming a November tradition. I’ve run Bakersfield in each of the four years of its existence. The half marathon is flat, but the hills of the full marathon can make this a difficult course. My overall impression of Bakersfield is positive. The wonderful and energetic volunteers certainly add to its charm and I recommend this marathon to anyone in, or visiting, California.
In sum:
• Very well-organized event from packet pick-up, immediate online results, the well-stocked aid stations along the course.
• Nicely organized expo and lots of merchandise.
• Very cool weather in November.
• Flat course and Boston qualifier.
• Attractive finisher’s medal, personalized bibs, post-race breakfast burritos, bags of pistachio nuts, halos, free beer at the beer garden, live post-race entertainment, hot-fudge sundaes, long-sleeve event tech shirt.
• Super friendly volunteer support.
• Great spectator support.
• Great traffic control and course monitors.
• Easy and ample parking race morning.
• Race-day packet pick-up.
• An all-around great experience!

Read my race recap at: https://blazingapath.blogspot.com/2019/12/bakersfield-half-marathon.html

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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fotogmike FIRST-TIMER '19

If you think Bakersfield sounds boring, think again. The course runs through a variety of different neighborhoods and sections of the city while offering a few surprises along the way. … MORE

If you think Bakersfield sounds boring, think again. The course runs through a variety of different neighborhoods and sections of the city while offering a few surprises along the way. The start and finish are at the Cal State Bakersfield campus with plenty of free parking. Going through different sections of the downtown area, even the seedy part with its dive bars seems strangely scenic when it’s quiet and deserted in the early morning hours. My favorite part was running through the grounds of the Kern County Museum. If you enjoy learning about local history, go here after the race. Many people envision Bakersfield as being flat, but there’s a hill you’ll climb in the second half of the marathon that will challenge you a bit. The half marathon is totally flat, but the marathon’s climb to Bakersfield College lasts for 3 miles. It’s gradual, so nothing too difficult, but you need to be ready for it. Once you run through the campus, you’re rewarded with a great view of the the valley and a huge oil field. From there, the last 10 miles are downhill on a paved trail that follows the Kern River. Spectator support in the residential areas was great. Even the police doing traffic control cheered for the runners and were very friendly. In addition to the usual shirt and medal, runners got a very nice hat suitable for running. Although the race has been cancelled for 2020 because of the annoying little virus issue, 2021 should be a great time to go.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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iamdevra REPEAT RUNNER '17

Great mostly flat fast race with the best community support of any race I've done! First 8 miles in on the roads but last 5 is on bike trail along … MORE

Great mostly flat fast race with the best community support of any race I’ve done!
First 8 miles in on the roads but last 5 is on bike trail along river bed, plenty to look at and lots of water stations and random cheer stations. Worthy of doing!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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