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Overall Rating (47 Reviews)
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(47 Ratings)(47 Reviews)
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LaceUp is pleased to announce a new partnership with Ventura Marathon! Ventura will expand into a two-day beach party festival with live music, great food, and a runner health and wellness expo, all leading up to the Ventura Marathon, which is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. The new downhill, point-to-point course … MORE
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    mahesh3566 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Lexus Laceup Ventura is my second Lexus Laceup Running series Stop. I genuinely like Lexus Laceup Running series. Its one of the well coordinated races. The word ‘Hospitality’ is what … MORE

    Lexus Laceup Ventura is my second Lexus Laceup Running series Stop. I genuinely like Lexus Laceup Running series. Its one of the well coordinated races. The word ‘Hospitality’ is what I think of when I attend their races. They allow race day BIB pickup/registration. Their online registration is open all the way into the race weekend. They usually bring out water/electrolyte/snacks prior to the race! There is always enough portable toilets. The ambassador discount codes are way more generous with a 30% off. Its very affordable in any sense. You get a nice quality tech-t, a finisher medal you would be proud to show off, and a shopping bag, which I think will help out any triathlete, to carry their wet clothes! Apart from that, the BIB comes with free tickets for food and beer! There is photo booth at the expo, and free shoe give away part of the instagram posts ( if you post with #lexuslaceup and get highest like). I also like the water stations where they give out beautiful water bottles to take home! This is pretty much standard at all of their races. To top it all of you get to download free race photos!

    exus Laceup Ventura had everything and some more. Picture perfect weather to start the running at 7am for half/10k. The course even tho had a elevation gain of about 150, also had a drop after, which helped with better time. It was an out and back course for a bit, but they managed in such a way that you don’t feel bored of the course. For Half, the course ran through streets, into the beach with a gorgeous ocean view, and into the trail.

    One thing I would say that is common in both Irvine Lexus Laceup race weekend and here, is the people! Everyone is super friendly. Between Half/5k and 10k they had little over 600 people which is typical for this race. If you are used to running with thousands of people you might get weirded out, but I do like small races.

    They had Beast Pacing pacers at the race, and I initially wanted to follow the 1:50 pacer, but the weather was really good, so I thought I would just chase my own pace today! The course was pretty normal flat course for about 4 miles, and uphill for the next 4, and downhill for the last 4. It was a good mix. I finished with 1:47, but I would attribute that to the nice weather we had!

    My boy friend had to work, so we left right after the race, after checking our results, but the expo seemed fun! I wish I had stopped by to get a lexus photo print.
    One thing I would say about this race is if you are doing other big city races with lot of people, this is a good way to get your training/pre-race run in. They mark every mile, and with aid stations, and for a less than $60, this is a perfect race to try out before your big race!

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Super flat and fast course along the beach. The LaceUp series consists of 4 races and if you complete any distance at each race you earn a pretty sweet challenge … MORE

    Super flat and fast course along the beach. The LaceUp series consists of 4 races and if you complete any distance at each race you earn a pretty sweet challenge medal.
    They also offered a challenge medal if you completed the Foothill 5K earlier in the year.
    Each race entry comes with a free beer and choice of food truck meal at the finish. So far each race has had about 3 food trucks to choose from. Anything from the Grill Cheese truck to a pizza, to burgers, to a super tasty juice truck.

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    runforbeer REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Lexus LaceUp knows what they are doing! Their prices are extremely reasonable, I paid $27 to do the 5K. Their race ambassadors are always putting 30% discount codes on social … MORE

    Lexus LaceUp knows what they are doing! Their prices are extremely reasonable, I paid $27 to do the 5K. Their race ambassadors are always putting 30% discount codes on social media. The t-shirts are high quality and the medals are really nice. You also get a Sierra Nevada beer and food truck brunch with your registration. All of that for under $30. The course was almost completely flat, with the majority providing beach and ocean views. I can’t wait to run all 4 of their location next year and get that challenge medal!

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    etreas FIRST-TIMER '16

    I have no regrets about choosing the Ventura Marathon for my first barefoot marathon. I finished much slower than all my prior marathons, but that was a reflection of my … MORE

    I have no regrets about choosing the Ventura Marathon for my first barefoot marathon. I finished much slower than all my prior marathons, but that was a reflection of my training, not the race. The course was almost entirely flat, except one tiny hill around mile 9 and returning at 17. The terrain is entirely on roads, most of which are very barefoot friendly. However, there was a decent stretch (~3 miles) a few miles from the start/finish that was poorly maintained asphalt and tough on the feet, particularly on the return leg. The last quarter mile was also very rough, which made it impossible to kick at the end like I wanted. My biggest complaint was the canted roads. As an out-and-back run on the southbound lane pretty much the whole way, the road is canted one direction for the first half, then the other direction the second half. This did a number on my hip and ankle and forced me to stop a few times to take a break from the monotonous canted road. Although described as scenic, you don’t actually get to see much of the ocean. Spectator support was pretty good, although there was essentially no music along the course, which would have helped on the motivation front! Aid stations were top-notch, spaced roughly every mile and offering both water and sports drink. Race organization and swag were great as well. In addition to a fun orange tech t-shirt, full marathoners got a race hat and a very unique, quality finishers medal. I saw two other barefoot runners on the course, and of course received tons of (all positive!) barefoot-commentary from spectators and runners!

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    lindaharlander FIRST-TIMER '16

    Flat course. Really enjoyed the casual start. Cheering groups in the less visually enticing areas :) Good course support, take your own snacks. Small but nice expo. Easy bib pick … MORE

    Flat course. Really enjoyed the casual start. Cheering groups in the less visually enticing areas 🙂 Good course support, take your own snacks. Small but nice expo. Easy bib pick up, would like to see pick up until 7pm. Parking was a bit challenging. Host hotel was not prepared with rooms.

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    zwaldron FIRST-TIMER '16

    My first marathon, I didn't know what to expect, But, racing with the pace setters was a huge help, the aid stations were spaced perfectly and the cheer stations - … MORE

    My first marathon, I didn’t know what to expect, But, racing with the pace setters was a huge help, the aid stations were spaced perfectly and the cheer stations – didn’t realize how much those really help. I planned no later than a 4:40 for my first race, 10 min mile, thats what i ran my half at but with the electrolytes and the other runners, ran a 3:30, and had to call my uncle and tell him I was already done. I, couldn’t, believe, it, either. An amazing experience!

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    SBarnes75 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This race is one of my faves. It's a fast, easy to access, well-supported and organized race. The medals are always awesome and we even get to vote on them … MORE

    This race is one of my faves. It’s a fast, easy to access, well-supported and organized race. The medals are always awesome and we even get to vote on them beforehand 🙂
    They have amazing volunteers at the water stations, registration tables, and the finish line. Really, all volunteers, even those unseen, were absolutely awesome! My husband and I truly appreciate the amount of support and the level of enthusiasm at this race. Also amazing- the traffic control team. They are always in full support of the runners and still try to keep traffic moving. They are quick to defend the event to all those crabby drivers. They do what can be an icky job with a kick-ass attitude. Love them!
    Plus- there were plenty of food and beverage choices at the end of the race, and we were allowed to get seconds. I had to wait quite a bit for my husband, who was struggling, and the food and drinks kept my blood sugar level and helped rehydrate me after an awesome PR run. We ❤️ the Ventura Marathon! Great swag too!

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    cecilb.run REPEAT RUNNER '16

    All the aid stations were well stocked along the course. The people manning the aid stations were very supportive. The most scenic portion of the race was the bridge on … MORE

    All the aid stations were well stocked along the course. The people manning the aid stations were very supportive. The most scenic portion of the race was the bridge on Harbor Blvd looking towards the ocean. Such a beautiful of wetland habitat.

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    janeenrene FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was the first year that I participated in the Ventura Marathon. I found the race to be well organized. I appreciated the reminders prior to the race. It was … MORE

    This was the first year that I participated in the Ventura Marathon. I found the race to be well organized. I appreciated the reminders prior to the race. It was a treat to start and end the race by the ocean! The expo was fun and the swag was great! I will be back next year! 🙂

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    riffleterryd FIRST-TIMER '16

    Great stations and volunteers, enthusiasm was the best, course was flat and had some scenery really enjoyed it overall, very well organized MORE

    Great stations and volunteers, enthusiasm was the best, course was flat and had some scenery really enjoyed it overall, very well organized

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    RunnerMom FIRST-TIMER '16

    We had awesome weather this year for the race! Nice, cool, cloudy. Couldn't have been nicer. The early start - helps, too. Flat & fast race - just as described. … MORE

    We had awesome weather this year for the race! Nice, cool, cloudy. Couldn’t have been nicer. The early start – helps, too. Flat & fast race – just as described. The Fluid given at the water stations – really helped me. The training group – for this marathon – was awesome, too.

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    kategobyfoot FIRST-TIMER '16

    Fast flat course. It was out and back which was nice for me mentally know what to expect when I headed back to the finish line. Lots of water and … MORE

    Fast flat course. It was out and back which was nice for me mentally know what to expect when I headed back to the finish line. Lots of water and electrolytes. Great support from the community.

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    TaraCoppola REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I've run the Ventura full marathon twice and the half marathon once. This is a very well organized event. Great swag and medals. The course is very flat and very … MORE

    I’ve run the Ventura full marathon twice and the half marathon once. This is a very well organized event. Great swag and medals. The course is very flat and very fast. Not much scenery really except at the finish. I like the straight out and back course. Very clean, new porta-potties at the starting line and at aid stations along the course. Very responsive race organizer for any email questions or concerns prior to race day. Lenient rules on changing to a different event distance or transferring your bib to another runner. Timing company was very responsive to an issue with my chip time.

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    pkinchev REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This a well organized race, easy flat course and well supported aid stations. If you're looking for a nice course for a new PR, this is a good one! My … MORE

    This a well organized race, easy flat course and well supported aid stations. If you’re looking for a nice course for a new PR, this is a good one!
    My only complaint is that there’re areas along the course that are quite smelly from the local farming but there’s nothing the race organizers could do about it.

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    juliem501 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This race is perfect. It is run smoothly. No hassles with packet pick up. The swag is great. The course is easy. The beach party is the best overall. Great … MORE

    This race is perfect. It is run smoothly. No hassles with packet pick up. The swag is great. The course is easy. The beach party is the best overall. Great bands every year.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I attended first year and didn't want to stop coming back every year. The only year I missed was because I was too weak from chemotherapy. This year I came … MORE

    I attended first year and didn’t want to stop coming back every year. The only year I missed was because I was too weak from chemotherapy. This year I came back and found the race is still the best course to pursue personal record: fast, flat, easy parking, perfect temperature, nice ocean breeze.

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    pfhl56 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The course is not difficult. It runs through a lot of coastal areas and, at places, along the beach front. The expo is small, so don't expect a lot of … MORE

    The course is not difficult. It runs through a lot of coastal areas and, at places, along the beach front. The expo is small, so don’t expect a lot of pre-race treats.

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    figgies FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first time running this event, but second time running a half marathon. I've ran quite a few races prior to this one (smaller distances) and typically take … MORE

    This was my first time running this event, but second time running a half marathon. I’ve ran quite a few races prior to this one (smaller distances) and typically take the time to check out all the extras that come along with it.

    First things first: the race swag. I was impressed with the tech shirt and hat that came with the reusable bag. I must admit I love free stuff! But these were far superior than a lot of the swag I’ve gotten at other races.

    Day of race: parking was free. And yes, this is important! The website gave locations to park, and they were not overly crowded (considering there were quite a lot of people attending). The distance to the starting line was not far at all. When I arrived to the location, there was plenty of space to stretch and get ready for the race. During the actual race, the scenery varied. It started parallel to the freeway and beach, then took a turn into residential area, followed by your typical Oxnard scenery (fields, fields everywhere!). It wasn’t so bad, the actual course remained flat as promised on the website. Aid stations were frequent and useful. I had expected gatorade at the later aid stations, but did not see any. However, gels and fuel were given out. At the finish line, there was a nice buffet of food (fruit, yogurt, bars, CHOCOLATE) as well as plenty of vendors. And of course, the beach was RIGHT THERE so it was nice to be able to go out and relax after the race.

    Overall, I was very pleased with the way this race turned out. Since Ventura is by the beach, the weather was perfect. If you’re looking for a great race to make a PR or run your first half, this is a great one to do so!

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    Ashlee REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is your last chance, flat as a pancake, fast BQ marathon. This course is 100% honest, you won't have any advantages, but you also won't have anything working against … MORE

    This is your last chance, flat as a pancake, fast BQ marathon. This course is 100% honest, you won’t have any advantages, but you also won’t have anything working against you. If you need to get it done and you’re ready to do the work, just show up. Aid was perfect, post-race is great, RD is top-notch. The ONLY thing that’s not perfect, but is tolerable is you have to return through the slowest half-marathoners on the way back and that can be tricky. *If you’re a high maintenance runner and need personal support on the route, put your (wife, husband, friend) on a bike, and they will have AWESOME access to you, with your bottles, fuel, etc. What are you waiting for, your BQ is out there!!

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    paulacadena FIRST-TIMER '16

    Tent with refreshments after finishing didn't seem very organized. If we hadn't been standing close by would've missed out on something besides pretzels. Surprised bottle water wasn't given there also MORE

    Tent with refreshments after finishing didn’t seem very organized. If we hadn’t been standing close by would’ve missed out on something besides pretzels. Surprised bottle water wasn’t given there also

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