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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Big Bear, CA Nov 9, 2019 3:42:50
2nd Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2018 1:49:59
10K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 25, 2015 50:02
8K Brea, CA Feb 26, 2017 40:11
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 11, 2016 24:28

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Past Races (31)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Big Bear, CA Nov 9, 2019 3:42:50
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2019 1:55:50
Marathon Huntsville, UT May 18, 2019 3:59:27
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2019 1:56:37
8K Brea, CA Feb 24, 2019 49:49
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 20, 2019 1:56:14
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 4, 2018 4:22:50
2nd Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2018 1:49:59
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 6, 2018 2:01:38
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 23, 2017 4:05:39
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 4, 2017 1:51:32
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 19, 2017 4:11:17
8K Brea, CA Feb 26, 2017 40:11
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 5, 2017 1:54:17
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 22, 2017 1:56:13
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 9, 2016 2:13:06
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 11, 2016 57:43
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 31, 2016 1:58:10
5K Anaheim, CA Jun 11, 2016 24:28
Half Marathon Laguna Hills, CA May 30, 2016 2:16:00
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 1, 2016 1:56:47
8K Brea, CA Feb 28, 2016 43:28
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Feb 14, 2016 4:40:31
10K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 25, 2015 50:02
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 11, 2015 1:59:09
10K Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2015 55:41
2nd Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 26, 2015 1:59:01
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 3, 2015 4:47:18
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 1, 2015 2:16:18
10K Irvine, CA Dec 13, 2014 52:17
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 12, 2014 2:10:55

My Raves

REVEL Big Bear

REVEL Big Bear

Great swag - pay the $5 upgrade to either a long sleeve or an ultra soft race shirt. You also get a pair of Goodr and recycled gloves for the … MORE

Great swag – pay the $5 upgrade to either a long sleeve or an ultra soft race shirt. You also get a pair of Goodr and recycled gloves for the chilly start.

The race is fast but the pounding will take its toll if you don’t properly train. Revel provides excellent tips on course management and how to train for a downhill course. We did multiple long runs on downhill routes to prepare.

The best thing about the Big Bear course is that it’s a continual downhill past mile 9. It becomes more gradual the last 6 miles but it’s still downhill even though it might feel like it.

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

The 1H no longer runs across the GG bridge. This privilege is now limited to the full marathoners. The missing distance is tacked on in Golden Gate Park and IMO … MORE

The 1H no longer runs across the GG bridge. This privilege is now limited to the full marathoners. The missing distance is tacked on in Golden Gate Park and IMO made the SF1H more difficult. Starting at Fort Mason at mile 6, you start a 1.5 mile climb up the Presidio which is ball busting. After you come out of Presidio, it’s another steady, albeit less steep, climb to the GG Park where you enjoy some downhill before another gradual steady climb for the last 2 miles to the finish.

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Ogden Marathon

Ogden Marathon

About 1,000 participates in the marathon and about 3,000 for the half. The course is very scenic and peaceful as advertised but it's not as fast as it might appear … MORE

About 1,000 participates in the marathon and about 3,000 for the half. The course is very scenic and peaceful as advertised but it’s not as fast as it might appear on the elevation map. Miles 8-15 is rolling hills circling the reservoir. And the 1,400 ft descent isn’t steep enough to kick your speed into high gear without effort. Also the altitude will have some impact. We all noticed we were breathing heavier than we would at sea level.

This race has great community support. All the folks at the expo and on the course were very friendly. There was even a police officer in uniform helping out at a short-handed water station. I enjoyed meeting others at this race more than any other race.

The Ogden restaurant scene are all clustured around the finish line and also within 2 blocks of most hotels. It was very convenient, never having to get in a car (other than the expo which will require a 10 min drive). The finish line festivities is also very charming with a band and many local businesses on hand.

Overall a great experience and definitely highly recommended.

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New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

You will not experience anything like this anywhere else. The crowd support was tremendous. The cheering and encouragement all through the course was uplifting. And kudos to all the volunteers. … MORE

You will not experience anything like this anywhere else. The crowd support was tremendous. The cheering and encouragement all through the course was uplifting. And kudos to all the volunteers. They were kind, caring and friendly. The planning and organization was world class, flawlessly getting to 52,000 runners to Staten Island and through one of the busiest cities in the world to Central Park.

As for the race, everything you hear is true. Save your energy until you reach 1st Ave (mile 16). Run very conservatively up to that point. The race is crowded and never really thins out until you reach Manhattan and it’s wide boulevards when you have a little more room to maneuver.

You would think you’d be waiting a lot at the starting village but you don’t really. Everything takes time, like clearing security into the village or waiting in queue to board the bus. Make sure you have a game plan of things you need to do. The start comes quicker than you expect.

Overall just enjoy the experience. You might never have another chance.

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

The SF Marathon seems to have more challenges than most. One of them is the 52 Mile Club which is the completion of both half marathons and the full in … MORE

The SF Marathon seems to have more challenges than most. One of them is the 52 Mile Club which is the completion of both half marathons and the full in consecutive years. The recognition reward is a hoodie. Unfortunately, you didn’t need the hoodie this year. The weather was warmer than usual and sunny (except for the Golden Gate portion which was cold, windy and foggy).

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

The SD RnR is supposed to be fast course and it was. From the course map, the course is flat or downhill after mile 5 or so. But during the … MORE

The SD RnR is supposed to be fast course and it was. From the course map, the course is flat or downhill after mile 5 or so. But during the race, there were so many times I thought to myself this must be the last hill only to see another one later. Even though the hills are nothing more than speed bumps in reality, they seemed and felt a lot more difficult given I wasn’t expecting them and that I was running harder thinking it was all downhill.

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Los Angeles Marathon (LA Marathon)

Los Angeles Marathon (LA Marathon)

I love this race for the route that take you through many of the iconic LA landmarks and the special fan support. I ran this race for the 2nd year … MORE

I love this race for the route that take you through many of the iconic LA landmarks and the special fan support. I ran this race for the 2nd year in a row and I was once again awed by the fan support. It truly makes it a special experience.

My day didn’t get off to a good start though. The shuttle operation in Santa Monica was a complete disaster. Lines were over an hour long despite ample number of buses. Buses were taking off less than a quarter full while there were hundreds of people still in line. I am sure there were lots of people who did not make it to the race on time. I hope they get it right next year.

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Brea 8K Classic

Brea 8K Classic

This is a small race (~2,000 runners) supporting the local high school. What's special about this race is the post race free food from places like Slaters 50/50 and Rita's … MORE

This is a small race (~2,000 runners) supporting the local high school. What’s special about this race is the post race free food from places like Slaters 50/50 and Rita’s Italian Ice. We were joking that it might be worth it for non-runners to pay the registration just for the buffet. Haha.

The course is through local streets (not that scenic) and has about 200 feet of climb. The peak elevation is at about mile 3 and the final 2 miles are downhill so it’s set up for a fast finish. The crowd around the course is light but the high school band and cheerleading squad are out there cheering us on.

There are no race medal and you get a cotton race shirt. Again the best thing about the race is the post race food.

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Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Surf City is held on Super Bowl Sunday. It's a nice way to start the day to earn the right to indulge a little watching the game. This year the … MORE

Surf City is held on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a nice way to start the day to earn the right to indulge a little watching the game. This year the weather was ideal. It was complete overcast and the temperature stayed in the 50s.

The course is basically an out-and-back with a side loop through a residential track. The only significant climb on the course is on this side loop. My Garmin registered total climb of only 164 ft for the course.

Most of the race is on Pacific Coast Highway and you have an ocean view for almost the entire race. While this may be a big draw for many, I find the course very monotonous. This view is shared with many other runners I know. However, it is a fast course given the right conditions.

The race organization is well done. The water stations are frequent and well staffed (for the most part). There are some entertainment along the way and there’s good fan support along the way and especially near the finish. At the finish you’re provided a good selection of liquids, fruits and snacks. In fact it got hard to carry all the stuff. A bag would be helpful.

Overall a nice race on a course I don’t appreciate.

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Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K

Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K

The half marathon starts and ends at the Rose Bowl and takes you through Old Town Pasadena. The highlights are running across the Pasadena Street Bridge and finishing on the … MORE

The half marathon starts and ends at the Rose Bowl and takes you through Old Town Pasadena. The highlights are running across the Pasadena Street Bridge and finishing on the Rose Bowl field.

There is about 600 ft of elevation gain and the biggest climb was between miles 2 & 3. There are some rolling hills along the rest of the way but nothing too strenuous.

In course has out and backs down 3 streets in Old Town. These are probably my least favorite part of the route. It’s too bad they couldn’t come up with a bigger loop trail.

Due to the weather, fan support was very sparse. But the water stations were well supported. Thanks to all the volunteers for braving the weather to support us.

Parking was at the Rose Bowl. There were many complaints but road closures and congestion. But as always, these issues can be avoided by simply getting to the race a little earlier.

Overall the Pasadena Half is a well organized event and a fun course that I look forward to running in the future. Also, there is no shortage of great restaurants for a well deserved post run meal.

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Santa Monica Classic

Santa Monica Classic

Being along the ocean in Santa Monica, you might think the course is flat. It isn't. For the first four miles, it is a gradual and continuous climb. My Garmin … MORE

Being along the ocean in Santa Monica, you might think the course is flat. It isn’t. For the first four miles, it is a gradual and continuous climb. My Garmin registered total climb of 250 feet so it isn’t steep but definitely noticeable. The positive is that the final 2+ miles is a gradual downhill, the same finish as the LA Marathon.

The race was sold out this year, likely because of the Conquer LA Challenge. As a result, the course was crowded, especially in some narrower sections of the course. Unless you move to the front (open corral so you can start where you like), there’s a lot of zig zagging around slower runners.

You can park either at the start or finish. From the map, the start and finish didn’t seem that far apart but I’d say it’s at least a mile. Next time, I’d park at the finish to utilize the dead time before the race to walk to the start instead of wasting time after the race to walk back to the car. The nice thing is that for same day pick-up, you pick up the shirt and goodie back after the race on the pier. The only thing you have to pick up pre-race is your bib.

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

I love running in SF. Where else can you find race temperature in the 50s and foggy and overcast conditions in July? The 1H is more scenic than 2H but … MORE

I love running in SF. Where else can you find race temperature in the 50s and foggy and overcast conditions in July? The 1H is more scenic than 2H but also has much more incline. My Garmin measured over 800 ft of elevation gain. The good thing is the 1st 5 miles along the Embarcadero and the Marina District are flat and allows you to warm up before the climb to the Golden Gate. The bridge portion was tighter and slippery due to the fog and mist. Surprisingly, the more difficult portion for me was after the bridge where the rolling hills took a toll. The finish at the GG Park was nice but the line for the shuttle took awhile. Overall a great race that I look forward to running in the future.

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City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K and 10K

City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K and 10K

Nice community race to celebrate Memorial Day. But beware the course is on the difficult side. It's a net downhill to the turn at mile 8, with mile 6.5 to … MORE

Nice community race to celebrate Memorial Day. But beware the course is on the difficult side. It’s a net downhill to the turn at mile 8, with mile 6.5 to 8 on a 2 lane bike path down a canyon. After climbing out of the canyon, its a gradual uphill the rest of the way until a final steeper (but short) hill right before the finish.
The race organization was great. Even though you can pick up your bib the day before, you can easily pick up everything race morning. The parking is next to the start line which makes it convenient.
For those racing the 5K and 10K, be aware everyone starts at the same time so you will need to maneuver around the slower half marathoners. I recommend you should move to near the front of the corral.

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OC Marathon & Half Marathon

OC Marathon & Half Marathon

The OC is still my favorite course in the LA area. The point-to-point course takes along the coast, around the Back Bay and through beautiful neighborhoods. Total climb is about … MORE

The OC is still my favorite course in the LA area. The point-to-point course takes along the coast, around the Back Bay and through beautiful neighborhoods. Total climb is about 450 feet so there are some hills but it is a net downhill course.

Because it is a point-to-point, there is shuttling involved which requires an earlier arrival on top of a very early 6:15AM start time. But the shuttle was very efficient and we did not have wait at all. The race was well managed. The starting and finishing line and along the course were all very orderly. The Expo was typical. They charge for parking at the Expo and the race. I suggest parking across the street at the city hall for the Expo.

Not being a huge race, they did not police the corrals so you have to deal with the usual inconsiderate walkers/runners who insist on starting at the front of the pack when they’re passed up within the 1st mile. Also the walkers that walk 3 to 4 across in narrow stretches were very rude.

One minor complaint is the drinks at the finish line were room temperature. I remember last year the drinks were nicely chilled.

Overall an enjoyable race that I plan to come back to.

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Brea 8K Classic

Brea 8K Classic

My first race was the Brea 8K in 2014. Next to finishing my first race, what stood out was all the post race snack/food/drinks provided by nearby merchants. When I … MORE

My first race was the Brea 8K in 2014. Next to finishing my first race, what stood out was all the post race snack/food/drinks provided by nearby merchants. When I was disappointed to find out later was that this was the exception, not the norm. The race is advertised as SoCal’s best finish line. It’s not an understatement. This year there were over 20 booths, ranging from Slater’s (longest line for their famous burgers) to Ritas (Italian ice).

As for the course, it’s a nice and gentle 5 miler starting and ending by the Brea Mall. The inclines are in the 1H so the 2H is mostly downhill. Total elevation gain is about 250 ft. There were 3 water stops along the way and good community support along the route including many enthusiastic kids cheering us on.

The race swag was only okay. You only really get a cotton race T. No finisher medals are awarded. The bib pick-up was simple and quick.

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Los Angeles Marathon (LA Marathon)

Los Angeles Marathon (LA Marathon)

This was my first time running the LA Marathon and I just enjoyed it so much. The course is amazing as each turn takes you to an iconic neighborhoods. You're … MORE

This was my first time running the LA Marathon and I just enjoyed it so much. The course is amazing as each turn takes you to an iconic neighborhoods. You’re met with terrific community support through the entire route. During the most difficult part of the race, the support really gave me the extra lift I needed to finish.

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Surf City 10 Sundown

Surf City 10 Sundown

The 10 mile and 10K are an out and back on PCH and is a great training run for those planning to do the Surf City half or full marathon. … MORE

The 10 mile and 10K are an out and back on PCH and is a great training run for those planning to do the Surf City half or full marathon. This even is much less crowded so there’s not the congestion. You can pick up your bib the day before at the expo or the morning of the race. I arrived 45 minutes prior to race and had plenty of time to pick up bib. I did notice the lines for bib pick up was quite a bit longer about 10 minute prior to the start so don’t cut it too close!

The medal is a surf board bottle opener and you get a tech T. At the finish line, you’re provided banana, chocolate milk, water and an energy bar.

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Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Organizers did what they can with the heat by moving up the start time to 6 for the half marathoners and making sure there were enough water stations. All of … MORE

Organizers did what they can with the heat by moving up the start time to 6 for the half marathoners and making sure there were enough water stations. All of that really helped but still many runners finished in 80 to 90 degree heat.

What I dislike most about this race is the strand between miles 7-10. It’s basically a straight run on the boardwalk, staring into the morning sun. It’s so monotonous and all I can think about is when is the torture going to end.

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LA Dodgers Foundation 5K & 10K

LA Dodgers Foundation 5K & 10K

The 10K course has over 400 ft of climb spread over many rolling hills and a majority of the course is in the parking lot. The tech-T and medals are … MORE

The 10K course has over 400 ft of climb spread over many rolling hills and a majority of the course is in the parking lot. The tech-T and medals are nice but there’s not much else.

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

I chose the 2nd half for less hills and later start time., but I didn't get to run on Golden Gate Bridge. The elevation gain for 2H was about 500 … MORE

I chose the 2nd half for less hills and later start time., but I didn’t get to run on Golden Gate Bridge. The elevation gain for 2H was about 500 ft, mostly in the beginning while in Golden Gate Park. Once you’re through the park, it’s off to the races on a nice downslope through Haight Ashbury. The end as you get to the bay is flat.

You won’t get much crowd support along the way. Also there was banana at a station early on and Gu Chomp near the half way point but that’s it. If you need more frequent fueling, come prepared.

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OC Marathon & Half Marathon

OC Marathon & Half Marathon

I preferred this end-to-end route to a out-and-back like Surf Cities. The most enjoyable is the first 10 miles or so going through beautiful neighborhoods of CDR and NB. The … MORE

I preferred this end-to-end route to a out-and-back like Surf Cities. The most enjoyable is the first 10 miles or so going through beautiful neighborhoods of CDR and NB. The back half is mostly through commercial areas and along the river. There are some hills but nothing too difficult – total elevation gain of over 600 ft. Crowd support is sparse, especially the 2nd half.

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