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@Margs

Los Angeles, CA Raving since 2014 Half Fanatics Active 9 years, 6 months ago

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Past Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 23, 2014
10 Mile Berkeley, CA Nov 24, 2013
12K San Francisco, CA 2013
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2013

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This race was surprisingly hard for me (I was probably out of shape) for how flat it was. It is a great way to see Oakland, but there is not … MORE

This race was surprisingly hard for me (I was probably out of shape) for how flat it was. It is a great way to see Oakland, but there is not that much to see really on the half marathon track.
These were the parts of the race I loved:
Seeing the Crucible have fun artwork for us to through – including a fire breathing dragon!
The spectators and runners cheering you on (though a bit few and far between)
2 21st Amendment beers at the end of the race – yum!
Long sleeve running shirt swag

Definitely save some energy for the last bit around Lake Merritt. Perhaps I am not used to running in a circle, but it makes the end seem very long.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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I love supporting communities, so this was fun because I love Berkeley, but it starts out all downhill. I like running downhill after running uphill, but a couple of miles … MORE

I love supporting communities, so this was fun because I love Berkeley, but it starts out all downhill. I like running downhill after running uphill, but a couple of miles of downhill right off the bat hurts me. Also, in order to make the run long enough in the space of the city they were allowed to use, you had to run around blocks again and again, which was not thrilling. The last 3 miles were on uneven muddy ground by the Bay which definitely surprised me. Lastly, finishing up a hill, was also not a plus, but Golden Gate fields does have the best view and made the after party fun. Pros of the race would be the swag (nice, green, long sleeve running shirt), and the nice after party with bus rides back. Oh, and the best was the Pyramid beer at the end.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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I love running in SF, and it is so much more fun when everyone is dressed up. It is not about being the fastest, but about having fun. Love the … MORE

I love running in SF, and it is so much more fun when everyone is dressed up. It is not about being the fastest, but about having fun. Love the tradition of tortillas being thrown at you at the beginning of the race, and seeing the salmon swimming upstream. I wish they still allowed floats, but I can see the hazards for the people who actually run the race.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4
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It is just magical to be able to run through SF without any cars. The runners are all super friendly. This is my favorite type of race because you get … MORE

It is just magical to be able to run through SF without any cars. The runners are all super friendly. This is my favorite type of race because you get to go up a hill and down a hill, and then again I think. The views are just stunning and I have run this race under sunny conditions and Karl the Fog. This race made me fall in love with running races as it was my first (and second) Half Marathon.

Improvements for the race:
I would say that they could do with more restrooms at the start of the race. Also, they could improve the transportation back from Ocean beach. I ran the race in 2011 and I thought the food was better. In 2013, they provided crappy coconut water from Costco instead of ZICO for example, and I am a coconut water snob. Also, it looks like Nike DC gets cooler looking necklaces and I was materialistically jealous.

Most important note: if you run the race in longer than 2 hours and a half (thankfully not me) it looks like you get stuck waiting to pick up your shirt and necklace and it is hard to get out of Ocean beach.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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