Overall Rating
Overall Rating (179 Reviews)
4.4
(179 Ratings)  (179 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.1
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.1
SWAG
3.9
Get ready for picture-perfect, postcard views on our ‘Best of the Bay’ voted course and famed Wine, Beer and Music Festival at the Livermore Valley Half Marathon. Experience hyper-local feels in Downtown Livermore with award-winning local breweries, gold medal wineries and top local favorites on the main music stage. … MORE
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    drobeson_uf FIRST-TIMER '22

    There are lots of ups and downs on this course, but it's scenic, so it's not so bad. Packet pickup and post-race festivities were both well organized and fun. MORE

    There are lots of ups and downs on this course, but it’s scenic, so it’s not so bad. Packet pickup and post-race festivities were both well organized and fun.

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    fc.pettersson REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Beautiful course with mostly gentle rolling hills and passing by a few vineyards. Some significant hills around miles 8-9 and then mostly flat. MORE

    Beautiful course with mostly gentle rolling hills and passing by a few vineyards. Some significant hills around miles 8-9 and then mostly flat.

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    alliekm023 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The course is great! Love running through sycamore then up to holdner park. Lots of cute inspiration signs along the way. I’ve run this race a number of times. For … MORE

    The course is great! Love running through sycamore then up to holdner park. Lots of cute inspiration signs along the way. I’ve run this race a number of times. For the price of this race it was definitely a let down at the finish with a small/basic medal and no commemorative wine glass. It’s listed a one of the perks but I never saw any. It was also pretty chaotic once you crossed the finish. To first find a medal then hunt down a banana and maybe a snack somewhere.

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    lianen FIRST-TIMER '22

    Pretty well organized race. Would have been fun if I had ran with friends. Did not like that the hill climb started at mile nine. Water station and gels were … MORE

    Pretty well organized race. Would have been fun if I had ran with friends. Did not like that the hill climb started at mile nine. Water station and gels were great. Recommended

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    lamitch11 FIRST-TIMER '22

    My husband and I registered to run this race in 2020 and after 2 years it happened!! We live in town and had run portions of the course before but … MORE

    My husband and I registered to run this race in 2020 and after 2 years it happened!! We live in town and had run portions of the course before but not in it’s entirety. It’s a beautiful route and so great to run a closed course. There are some challenging hills but that makes the downhill even better 🙂 We’ve already signed up for 2023!

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    Livermore is beautiful and the run was amazing but don’t forget beauty comes with a price 🤪 mile 9 will get ya with a nice hill and some motivating quotes … MORE

    Livermore is beautiful and the run was amazing but don’t forget beauty comes with a price 🤪 mile 9 will get ya with a nice hill and some motivating quotes right after for a laugh!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The scenery is great, the roads and bike trails are paved and even. Few significant hills. Good weather this time of year. Well coordinated, lots of aid stations. BUT - … MORE

    The scenery is great, the roads and bike trails are paved and even. Few significant hills. Good weather this time of year. Well coordinated, lots of aid stations. BUT – They don’t have awards for Age Group runners.

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    reggiardo REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Although the rolling hills make this a challenging run, the views from the course are stunning. From downtown through Sycamore Grove and up, up , up over Holdner Park the … MORE

    Although the rolling hills make this a challenging run, the views from the course are stunning. From downtown through Sycamore Grove and up, up , up over Holdner Park the vineyards offer scenery over many miles. The crowds were enthusiastic keeping runners motivated and energized from start to finish. Hands down my most favorite half marathon!

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    sandeejsandbrink REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Livermore half marathon is a great race, and right in our backyard! The scenery is beautiful! There are some decent hills between miles 7-9.5, but you’re then rewarded with a … MORE

    Livermore half marathon is a great race, and right in our backyard! The scenery is beautiful! There are some decent hills between miles 7-9.5, but you’re then rewarded with a downhill and pretty flat finish! This is my 3rd Livermore half and I’ve already signed up for next year!

    My only criticisms this year were: (1) no wine glass like in years past and (2) you couldn’t sort the pictures by your bib number. However, the pictures were free so that was a bonus!

    Can’t wait to come back next year and go for a PR!

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    nbennett57 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Organization for this event was AMAZING! Everything went off flawlessly. I’ve never ran a half marathon before but I will definitely do it again. The assortment of drinks afterwards was … MORE

    Organization for this event was AMAZING! Everything went off flawlessly. I’ve never ran a half marathon before but I will definitely do it again. The assortment of drinks afterwards was very refreshing. Would like if there were some more snacks passed out. Gel packs, electrolytes and water were passed out on the run.

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    morganmather3 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This was my 3rd time running the Livermore Valley Half. It's my favorite course to date. Normally, you get an awesome metal and a custom wine class. This year missed … MORE

    This was my 3rd time running the Livermore Valley Half. It’s my favorite course to date. Normally, you get an awesome metal and a custom wine class. This year missed the mark: the metals were average and there were no wine glasses. Bummed!

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    sandeejsandbrink Mar 08, 2022 at 11:33am

    That was my same criticism! No wine glass!!! And the medal didn’t live up to the 2017 and 2018 wine stoppers!

    That was my same criticism! No wine glass!!! And the medal didn’t live up to the 2017 and 2018 wine stoppers!

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    kmce21 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is beautiful and the community is one of the best!! Definitely would recommend. Be prepared for some hard hills! Mike 9 was rough, mostly uphill. And other hills … MORE

    This race is beautiful and the community is one of the best!! Definitely would recommend. Be prepared for some hard hills! Mike 9 was rough, mostly uphill. And other hills through out the first part of the race. Last 5K is mostly flat.

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    nsquare14 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first ever half-marathon race and I couldn't ask for more. The course is mostly flat with a few hills after 7 miles. You don't really need to … MORE

    This was my first ever half-marathon race and I couldn’t ask for more.
    The course is mostly flat with a few hills after 7 miles. You don’t really need to train for the hills but it’s good to have a few hill repeats under your belt as part of the training. The middle section of the course is beautiful. The post-race party and music concert was a fun family event.
    Highly recommended if you are planning to run half marathons around SF bay area.

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    lakumar965 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Loved the livermore valley half marathon! This is only the second half I've done, but the course was very approachable, the scenery was beautiful, and there was so much support … MORE

    Loved the livermore valley half marathon! This is only the second half I’ve done, but the course was very approachable, the scenery was beautiful, and there was so much support from the community. I did feel that the website used to register and make changes was a little confusing (i paid to pick up my bib the morning of but when I told them my schedule freed up and I could come earlier, they wouldn’t give me a refund) – it wasn’t clear that there was an option to mail our bibs to us, and the course and swag given to us after didn’t really fit the price of the race (heard a couple of racers asking for a wine glass that was promised when registering). Anyway i just do it for the running, and I’d highly recommend this course to beginner runners!

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    alan.orcharton REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The course winds through some pretty parks and past wineries. This is my fav road course for a half in the Bay Area. The town is all in and there … MORE

    The course winds through some pretty parks and past wineries. This is my fav road course for a half in the Bay Area. The town is all in and there is a great party after. 2022 was the best one yet great energy at finish – great support form locals.

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    rcjacobson REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is the third time I've run Livermore, and it's still my favorite course. Beautiful scenery, just enough course difficulty, and great post-race festivities. Packet pickup at a local beer … MORE

    This is the third time I’ve run Livermore, and it’s still my favorite course. Beautiful scenery, just enough course difficulty, and great post-race festivities. Packet pickup at a local beer garden was a little crowded this year, but that’s a minor quibble. This year, I got to run it with my daughter, which made it more special. We both PR’d.

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    rmprod2 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I have done this race every year since it's inception and love it. It is small enough that you don't feel overwhelmed by the amount of people and you get … MORE

    I have done this race every year since it’s inception and love it. It is small enough that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of people and you get to drink wine at the end. The scenery is also a plus and the coarse is fairly easy with a few medium size hills.

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    laurakurtzer REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The hype before is awesome, music blaring and someone shouting motivational words to everyone really gets you ready. The course unfortunately isn’t much because the scenery doesn’t start to begin … MORE

    The hype before is awesome, music blaring and someone shouting motivational words to everyone really gets you ready. The course unfortunately isn’t much because the scenery doesn’t start to begin until further out in the half marathon course. You start downtown and turn back around at the end of Arroyo Road not a whole lot of scenery. However the Kaiser employees and residents of the neighborhood are cheering you on with signs which is awesome. The race always leaves me with wanting more. I wish they did a 10k. The swag is always pretty good, they do a good job with the medals and shirts. Was happy they brought back Men’s and Women’s shirts this year. Overall I give the event 4/5 stars.

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    gened_99 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This course is amazing and really should be part of the Wine Country Race series. That is how nice and scenic the Livermore course is. You also can't go wrong … MORE

    This course is amazing and really should be part of the Wine Country Race series. That is how nice and scenic the Livermore course is. You also can’t go wrong with the All you can drink Beer and Wine at the end of the race. The shirts and medals were great too. I just can’t rave enough about my hometown Livermore Half Marathon.

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    mrl9117 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my fifth 5K, and I had a great time running it! The course was out-and-back and pretty flat. There was quite a bit of congestion at the starting … MORE

    This was my fifth 5K, and I had a great time running it! The course was out-and-back and pretty flat. There was quite a bit of congestion at the starting line, and it took a good quarter-mile to get out of the crush of people — I think waves might have been helpful for this.

    Otherwise, I had an easy time getting my packet, and the booths after the race were great! Finishers got a wine glass (in addition to the typical medal & t-shirt) and there was a selection of wineries & breweries offering up beer & wine to finishers. Overall, I would definitely do it again (especially since I have family pretty much on the course, which makes it a breeze for me transportation-wise)!

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