Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.3
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.4
SCENERY
3.9
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.5
The American River Parkway Half Marathon continues its distinction as the only half marathon in the world for both runners and walkers! Not just one course for both disciplines mind you. We’re talkin’ two separate, fully supported, USATF certified courses – one just for runners and one just for walkers! … MORE
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    apyang REPEAT RUNNER '19

    (The race is the same as last year, so I am copying my review from last year.) This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. … MORE

    (The race is the same as last year, so I am copying my review from last year.)
    This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. It is mostly on paved roads, with something like 1/2 a mile on a dirt path.

    The tech shirt was a nice design, the personalized medal was awesome, and the post-race snacks were delicious.
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    New to this review:

    The live bands were fun and there were lots of volunteers cheering you on (the same thing was true last year as well.)

    The one new negative (I deducted a star) is that there were no timing mats this year, (I was looking for them because I missed the halfway point mat last year and wanted to make sure I stepped on it this year,)

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    apyang FIRST-TIMER '18

    This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. It is mostly on paved roads, with something like 1/2 a mile on a dirt path. The … MORE

    This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. It is mostly on paved roads, with something like 1/2 a mile on a dirt path.

    The tech shirt was a nice design, the personalized medal was awesome, and the post-race snacks were delicious.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    horseycentral FIRST-TIMER '18

    Ran the parkway half marathon. Packet pick up great, race morning great, lovely and scenic. The bling is custom with your name and bib number, how fun is that. Loved … MORE

    Ran the parkway half marathon. Packet pick up great, race morning great, lovely and scenic. The bling is custom with your name and bib number, how fun is that. Loved this race and yes I’ll do it again

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    Flash654 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Awesome finisher medals printed with my name, first time they did that! Course was well thought out and clearly marked. Lots of volunteers throughout. The party afterwards was great, especially … MORE

    Awesome finisher medals printed with my name, first time they did that! Course was well thought out and clearly marked. Lots of volunteers throughout. The party afterwards was great, especially the free sandwich, snacks and beer.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Flash654 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Loved the course and really liked it when they called each runners name as they crossed the finish line..... Cool finisher medal and tech shirt. Well organized event from start … MORE

    Loved the course and really liked it when they called each runners name as they crossed the finish line….. Cool finisher medal and tech shirt. Well organized event from start to finish

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    mtlapus FIRST-TIMER '16

    Wind gusts 20-40MPH, temperatures in the 80s. Great live bands along the course, out and back, mostly paved bike trails except one dirt/rock portion, river views. Plenty of aid stations, … MORE

    Wind gusts 20-40MPH, temperatures in the 80s. Great live bands along the course, out and back, mostly paved bike trails except one dirt/rock portion, river views. Plenty of aid stations, some inclines. Huge spinner medals. Post-race festivities were ok.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    Angela FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a nice "big-small" race with a local feel (~1300 runners in the half, with a few more hundred in the walkers' half, 5K, relay, & wheel chair division). … MORE

    This is a nice “big-small” race with a local feel (~1300 runners in the half, with a few more hundred in the walkers’ half, 5K, relay, & wheel chair division). It’s an inexpensive, all-volunteer charity race benefiting the maintenance of the Parkway, so don’t expect a lot of frills. Still, everything was well-organized and ran quite smoothly.

    If a lot of scenery and crowd support and entertainment are important to you, this is probably not your race. The course is really just an out-and-back on miles of mostly exposed bike path without much too look at besides trees. (Though there were small musical ensembles every mile or two.) Also, it’s often sunny and warm in Sacramento this time of year, even early, so it’s important to be prepared for a hot race. But, if those things don’t bother you, this could be a good choice for an excellent price if you’re looking for a well-organized, small-but-not-too-small spring half.

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    2
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    4
    SCENERY
    1
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    3
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    Onecaligirl18 FIRST-TIMER '14

    This was my first half marathon and I had not fully prepared for running 13.1....so although I was quite sore, I really enjoyed this race. It was a great prices … MORE

    This was my first half marathon and I had not fully prepared for running 13.1….so although I was quite sore, I really enjoyed this race. It was a great prices race with a beautiful course along the American river…race swag was nice….but my favorite part was they provided a full lunch post race….truly wish more races did this because I was a meal after I run (I know, weird!)
    I had a
    Question for the race staff and it was immediately answered. They also had a TON of hydration stations! Honestly I didn’t even need to bring my
    Own water because they were on top of it.

    If you are wanting to do a great but smaller race you will
    Not be dissappointed!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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