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Overall Rating (62 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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    runforbeer REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This year Lexus Laceup and Ventura Marathon combined to form one event. It had the usual LaceUp expo with plenty of vendors and the beer garden/beach party was a two-day … MORE

    This year Lexus Laceup and Ventura Marathon combined to form one event. It had the usual LaceUp expo with plenty of vendors and the beer garden/beach party was a two-day event. The shirts for Laceup this year aren’t the best, not a true tech shirt and the sizing on them is weird so they’re all going to end up going to goodwill. The 5K started extremely late, like 40 minutes. Not sure what the issue was, just kept getting told it would start soon. The warm-up I did before the race was essentially useless by the time we started. The course was just ok. It started with a short climb up Sanjon and went to downtown Ventura. I really wish they had utilized more of the coast and promenade for the race, but I know it’s tough when you have 3 different distances starting in 3 different places finishing in the same spot. The medal is really cool and the post-race party was fun. Loved the free Sierra Nevada beer! Hopefully next year they have more room and tables, once the 1/2 field starting finishing it got really crowded. Would also like to see the food truck option like the other Laceup races, the one brick hard waffle wasn’t cutting it.

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    renee93420 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first marathon. I chose it because it advertised all downhill. Technically, it was downhill but the decline was so gradual it felt flat. The last shuttle to … MORE

    This was my first marathon. I chose it because it advertised all downhill. Technically, it was downhill but the decline was so gradual it felt flat.

    The last shuttle to the race start was for 4:45 a.m. Like a lot of other people, we were there a little early and took an earlier bus. But then had to wait 1.5 hours to race start! It is cold and dark at 5:00 a.m. The start line area had no lighting except for headlights pointing toward the event people setting up the area.

    The race route was well marked. I ended up walking more than half the marathon, so at cut off time I was handed a piece of paper to follow to get to the finish line. I don’t read the listed type of directions well and almost got lost. A map would have been much better.

    I was fortunate that the timing mat was still up when I hit the finish line. It was picked up after me and there were still several participants on the course. I know they have to pick it up at some point but I felt back for the remaining runners who worked so hard to finish.

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    natalieu23 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I expected a flatter course based on previous participants' reviews, but I heard that they changed the 5K course this year, which had a couple of hills at the beginning. … MORE

    I expected a flatter course based on previous participants’ reviews, but I heard that they changed the 5K course this year, which had a couple of hills at the beginning. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to run along the beach the whole time, but the start/finish line were beautiful and I got to enjoy the sunrise at the start. The race communications were second to none from start to finish and the swag was awesome! Gender-specific tech shirt, large reusable tote bag, water bottle, free photos (both digital & printed ones at the expo) and a beautiful finisher’s medal. We also got a free beer, waffles, fruit, and other snacks post-race while enjoying a live band. The expo was great and parking was pretty easy, too ($10 in the structure adjacent to the Ventura Pier). The only negative thing I have to add is that the 5K started about 30 minutes late without any sort of explanation and it was freezing after I checked my jacket in at the gear check! Will definitely do this race again in the future!

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was a new course for 2017. It was point to point so be sure to plan transportation accordingly. I would also recommend gloves or toss away clothes for the … MORE

    This was a new course for 2017. It was point to point so be sure to plan transportation accordingly. I would also recommend gloves or toss away clothes for the start. It’s early and can be chilly further up. Lots of goodies at the finish are included with the race entry. Lines for food tended to be a bit long but totally worth the wait. This is also part of a series. If you do all 4 of their locations in one year you’ll ear a challenge medal! Totally going to do this one again in 2018.

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    rafael.d.ojeda FIRST-TIMER '17

    I ran this race as the "6 hour sweeper" to try and help those that were trying to finish under that time. The race was mostly well run. Not all … MORE

    I ran this race as the “6 hour sweeper” to try and help those that were trying to finish under that time. The race was mostly well run. Not all downhill but I knew that being familiar with the area, so people needed to be aware. The elevation was shown on the website as well as at the expo. There were many aid stations which were manned by great volunteers, the police helped greatly with traffic control. The last few aid stations provided ice with the water and Nuun which really helped especially once the temperature started climbing. Nice size for the race, small enough to allow the runners to run on the bike path. Didn’t encounter too many others on the path that weren’t running the race – this is probably due to good notice provided in the weeks prior to the race. The street outside the start area for the marathon was not lit up to help those that were parking there or using the porta-potties. A diagram of the start area could have been provided on the website or explained at the expo, as well as showing which streets would be closed in case people were getting dropped off or driving to the start. Small complains compared to the rest of the race which went off smoothly in my opinion.

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    ktown68 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my second full marathon so I knew a bit more what to expect. The first half of the course was great - shady and up and down. The … MORE

    This was my second full marathon so I knew a bit more what to expect. The first half of the course was great – shady and up and down. The second half leveled out and was just HOT by the time I reached it. There were plenty of aid stations and I loved that multiple ones had gel/fuel as well as water and electrolytes. The last few water stops even had ICE. So much appreciated. Since it was a PR for me I was bummed they didnt have a PR Bell to ring. The fruit enhanced ice water and live music at the finish line festival was greatly appreciated as well.

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    nthome REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Ventura Marathon and Lexus LaceUp series combined for this newly improved course! It takes elements of the old LaceUp course and the finish party area of the Ventura event. Overall, … MORE

    Ventura Marathon and Lexus LaceUp series combined for this newly improved course! It takes elements of the old LaceUp course and the finish party area of the Ventura event. Overall, very nicely done! I really enjoyed this course. It is significantly downhill and I guess everyone’s opinions of what qualifies as “downhill” is different but even for the half marathon, the beginning portion of this race is mostly downhill. It is gentle but it’s there. If you want a screaming downhill course, choose one of the Revel races.

    Unfortunately, the race started almost 30 min late (said due to road closures not being set which IMO, is the race’s fault). 🙁 AND, it was VERY COLD! Uncomfortably cold. With a 4:30 shuttle (up there before 5 am), that is almost TWO HOURS of waiting. I hope this race adds additional shuttle options (not just 4:30 and 5:30) AND provides space blankets and/or hot cocoa or coffee (if that works for your race plan) but … something to help runners stay warm. I’m not a wuss but it was super uncomfortable and despite how much I liked the course, it would borderline make me not want to do this one again if they don’t improve the start area.

    The finish area makes up for it, mostly. Great spread of food plus Sierra Nevada beer and nice beer garden with a good band right by the pier. Nice!

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    Ashlee REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Josh puts on a great race. We had a late start this year, but I'm sure it was out of the RD's hands. Short of that, I think it would … MORE

    Josh puts on a great race. We had a late start this year, but I’m sure it was out of the RD’s hands. Short of that, I think it would be difficult to find anything wrong with this event.

    After running many versions of this fast downhill course, my advice is this:
    1. Just sign-up.
    2. Train downhill miles (but don’t forget there are some uphills). Training the down will help you stay strong late in the race. Additionally, you will recover MUCH faster.
    3. The start lines are cool, much cooler than the finish. Dress accordingly, either to drop bag or to donate.
    4. Have fun on race day!!!

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    reginaroberts FIRST-TIMER '17

    Very well organized, water station well stocked. Waffle breakfast, lots of food, and delicious water flavor. Also a cool band added the festive celebration @ the finish MORE

    Very well organized, water station well stocked. Waffle breakfast, lots of food, and delicious water flavor. Also a cool band added the festive celebration @ the finish

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    victoria.paddock REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The good points: 1) Course it self was really nice - mostly bike/walk paths and then road closer to the finish line. It was very well marked and controlled. There … MORE

    The good points:
    1) Course it self was really nice – mostly bike/walk paths and then road closer to the finish line. It was very well marked and controlled. There were a few other runners and cyclists, but not enough to slow you down.
    2) The post race party was great! There was plenty of food (waffles, fresh fruit, juice, pretzels, snack mix) and Sierra Nevada Beer!! Live band. Lots of products to check out.
    3) Cute medal.
    4) Shuttle service was good–I recommend the 530am (even though that one sells out faster than the 430am).
    5) Aid stations were a plenty and well stocked.
    6) The crowds along the run were AWESOME!! Such good energy.
    Now for the bad:
    1) Even though its billed a “downhill race” in my mind I think I was imagining more of a downhill and mentally found it harder than I think I anticipated. A few hundred feet over 13 miles isn’t really that significant.
    2) We didn’t start until closer to 7, even though start time was 630. It was kind of a weird setup where everyone was just in a pile and then had to take this hairpin to get to the starting line
    3) It was freezing cold at the starting line. Like uncomfortably cold–even with extra layers. I only looked at Ventura weather when I was planning and forgot that starting 13 miles inland was completely different. Definitely dress warm and bring stuff you can ditch shortly into the race.

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    Ashlee Oct 23, 2017 at 11:12pm

    I wouldn't really call it trail, maybe "bike path"? Trail gives the idea of running on dirt. Just a thought.

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    victoria.paddock Oct 24, 2017 at 7:45am

    Oops--you're totally right! I missed the key word BIKE trail. Updated :)

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    Ashlee Oct 24, 2017 at 2:00pm

    Glad you had a great race! :)

     
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    alfonzaw REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great new location. Only concern lack of directions and lighting arriving at the start site. Post race celebration was awesome. This is Southern California so a coffee bar is needed … MORE

    Great new location. Only concern lack of directions and lighting arriving at the start site. Post race celebration was awesome. This is Southern California so a coffee bar is needed at the end at least. Nice running socks for team participant should be offered as part of the swag or race gear for purchase and a Trucker Hat

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    jdub FIRST-TIMER '17

    Race course is beautiful with an awesome downhill to the finish (one little bump at the last 1.5 mile ). Finish line party was super fun and the band they … MORE

    Race course is beautiful with an awesome downhill to the finish (one little bump at the last 1.5 mile ). Finish line party was super fun and the band they had performing was fantastic. Great aide stations and plenty of them.

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    veggirl REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Beautiful downhill course, wished it would have started on time and that there were heaters in the early morning waiting hours. Other then that, great food and beer, nice vendor … MORE

    Beautiful downhill course, wished it would have started on time and that there were heaters in the early morning waiting hours. Other then that, great food and beer, nice vendor supply but a little more space would have been helpful. Music was so much fun – kept that great vibe going!!

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    christyannemadden REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Very well organized and staffed event, fast downhill course (gentle uphill between about 10-12.5). Post-event celebration nice including free beer and waffles! MORE

    Very well organized and staffed event, fast downhill course (gentle uphill between about 10-12.5). Post-event celebration nice including free beer and waffles!

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    If you want to PR or BQ, you should definetly try this race, unless you want to run a Revel race. There was plenty of support, 16 aid stations for … MORE

    If you want to PR or BQ, you should definetly try this race, unless you want to run a Revel race. There was plenty of support, 16 aid stations for the full marathon, and a good running surface. Parking is difficult at the shuttle pick-up. I love the age group awards and medals!

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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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