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Overall Rating (289 Reviews)
4.3
(289 Ratings)(289 Reviews)
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Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, “Run Long Beach”. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while … MORE
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    bperkins REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Generally still a nice race. Good PR course and beautiful location. Although I did the 1/2 the full is a great run. Unfortunately, since the acquisition by Motiv, I have … MORE

    Generally still a nice race. Good PR course and beautiful location. Although I did the 1/2 the full is a great run. Unfortunately, since the acquisition by Motiv, I have felt that some aspects of this event have suffered. No SWAG bags at the expo????, which was the “same old, same old”; water stops every 2+ miles was vastly insufficient w/ gels only in the last few miles of the half?? This would be a great 1st half or full. But for many returning runners, I think they’ll agree….Sign up early, so you get your money’s worth. This race is no longer justifiable as a $100 – $125 race.

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    scyllac REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Long Beach Half is a well-established race. I consider it my "home" race. It is the closest major half marathon to home, and I try to run it every … MORE

    The Long Beach Half is a well-established race. I consider it my “home” race. It is the closest major half marathon to home, and I try to run it every year (except 2014 when I did the full marathon). I enjoy most of the course, and the weather this year was almost perfect. The run on the beach path was beautiful and the sun was not oppressive.

    It is a well-supported race with quite a few spectators to cheer you on as the race progresses. It is also fun for me because I know a lot of the Long Beach running community and I get to see my friends and acquaintances.

    There are enough aid stations along the course to keep you hydrated, but this year they used a new electrolyte partner. I found the electrolyte option to taste awful and be impossible to drink. It is a good thing that I always make extra of my own to consume in an emergency.

    My biggest gripe other than the disgusting electrolyte is the new tendency of races to assign numbers at bib pickup. This makes bib personalization impossible. I am vain enough that I want my bib to include my race motto, “Not Broken”. I am a disabled runner, and I like to promote those who are challenged to get out there and race. The new numbering system is something I would like to see become an unpleasant memory.

    But overall, it was another fun Long Beach Half for me. See you next year.

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    Rosecam REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Pluses: The course is varied and gorgeous. Great volunteers, and fun little pockets of cheering observers alternating with quiet stretches. Water stops, nuun, and honey stingers on the course were … MORE

    Pluses: The course is varied and gorgeous. Great volunteers, and fun little pockets of cheering observers alternating with quiet stretches. Water stops, nuun, and honey stingers on the course were all great. And the post-race snacks and beverages (yay terra chips, coconut water, and honey stinger waffles!), and live band (and chairs!) at the beer garden were all great. Gear check was also super quick and easy, both for drop-off and pick-up.

    Main minuses: The beach path part of the course is narrow, so it can get a little crowded for that part. If you’ve positioned yourself well, it’s not a big deal, but if you’re too far back it can be annoying because it’s hard to weave through. I was annoyed that they charged $15 parking at the convention center for bib pick up, but didn’t warn runners about that in pre-race-weekend emails. Apparently the race-day parking permit included expo parking too, but that was also not communicated – I might have gotten that parking permit if I knew. Better communication would have helped me to either save money or at least be better prepared. Finally, I would have appreciated a more obvious first aid tent in the post-finish area (I started cramping and ended up getting anti-cramping spray from a prepared fellow runner because neither of us could see the tent).

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    Ali6184 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The aid stations were excellent. The most unique aspect was the hydration, which was fine. The race could be improved with more variety in nutrition. The race is recommended to … MORE

    The aid stations were excellent. The most unique aspect was the hydration, which was fine. The race could be improved with more variety in nutrition. The race is recommended to friends to have an excellent run.

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    gilbert.allan FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is wide enough to pass, the scenery is really nice (Queen Mary and downtown LBC). An enjoyable race. The run over the bridge is an easy grade both … MORE

    The course is wide enough to pass, the scenery is really nice (Queen Mary and downtown LBC). An enjoyable race. The run over the bridge is an easy grade both ways. If I wasn’t in a “hurry” I would’ve taken my time on the run through the Aquarium looking at the sea life. I’m definitely adding it to my “I wanna do that again” list.

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    chiquens REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Honestly, my favorite part of this race was the expo, because it's always great. Loved it. The course is quite lovely, and if you're a slower runner, it's mostly flat, … MORE

    Honestly, my favorite part of this race was the expo, because it’s always great. Loved it.

    The course is quite lovely, and if you’re a slower runner, it’s mostly flat, especially at the end when you’re tired..

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    runwalksarah REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was my 6th time running the Half Marathon, 3rd time completing it along with the Bike Tour. In the past, we have used one bib for both events. This … MORE

    This was my 6th time running the Half Marathon, 3rd time completing it along with the Bike Tour.

    In the past, we have used one bib for both events. This year, we were given separate bibs. This was impractical for those participating in both the Bike Tour and Half Marathon. My first instinct was to ziptie the Bike Tour bib to the front of my bike and wear my Half Marathon bib on the front of my shirt. I hesitated because I didn’t know if I would have trouble re-entering the Bike Valet area after the Half Marathon without my Bike bib. In years past, only people with Bike Tour or Combo bibs are allowed into the Bike Valet/Transition area. Since there was no pre-race communication on how they wanted us to juggle multiple bibs, I decided to wear my Bike Tour bib on my back and Half Marathon bib on my front.

    The Bike Tour and Marathon both start at 6:00 am. The Half Marathon started at 7:30 am. Upon arrival, I went over to the Bike Corrals to check-in, only to discover absolutely no Volunteers. In previous years, Volunteers were there to hand us a JetBlue luggage tags to write our bib number on to then attach to our bike and drop bag. When leaving at the end of the races, you would show that your bib matched the luggage tags on your bike and drop bag. This method simple and practical. Why change it?

    I’m guessing the initial Volunteers didn’t show up when they were supposed to, so the race sent a different group of Volunteers. At approximately 5:40 am (20 minutes before the start of the Bike Tour), a group of Volunteers came over to the Bike corrals. They quickly cut up sheets of paper, had us write our bib number(s) on the sheets of paper and taped them to our bikes. This improvisation turned out to be a wasted effort, but I will get to that.

    It should also be noted that there were no portapotties in the Bike Valet/Transition area prior to the start of the ride, but they magically appeared when we returned from the ride. Also, usually there are separate bike racks for people doing just the Bike Tour vs people doing the Combo. This helps with the flow for those who need to transition to the Half Marathon. That was not the case this year.

    The Bike ride itself was fantastic as always. I love riding through the closed streets of Long Beach. The Bike Tour starts behind the Marathon and initially heads in the opposite direction. Much of the course is also part of the Marathon course, although I have never spotted any of the marathon runners. Helmets are required and bike lights are highly encouraged since the ride starts while it is still dark. There are no mile markers for the Bike Tour. The event is actually less than 20 miles. In 2017, my Garmin registered 19.64 miles. 2018 and 2019, my Garmin registered 19.63 miles. In previous years, the Bike Tour was untimed for everyone except those running the Half Marathon as well. This year it was untimed for all participants.

    Upon finishing, before entering the Bike Valet area, cyclists were forced to wait in a line to write down their name and phone number. This was fine for people only participating in the Bike Tour, but extremely inconvenient for people on a tight timeline to get ready for the half marathon. A number was attached to the bike and participants were given a paper claim tag. Again, this was fine for people only participating in the Bike Tour who were now checking their bike so they could go enjoy the Finish Festival. It was ridiculous to expect those running the Half Marathon to carry a paper claim tag. I put my tag into my fuel belt. By the time I returned, it was torn and limp with sweat.

    I had a great time running the half marathon as always and did not experience any issues. I was mildly disappointed that the Beach Bum Beer Garden (for those who have run the race 3+ consecutive years) switched from Shock Top (yum) to Michelob Ultra (yuck). Oh well. I will survive without good beer, right?

    I absolutely love the JetBlue Long Beach Marathon weekend and I really enjoy participating in the Bike Tour and Half Marathon. It is one of the events I look forward to the most each year. It is a shame someone dropped the ball on organizing the Bike Valet for the Bike Tour this year. Perhaps someone new was in charge and made changes to “improve” the system without realizing those changes negatively affected those participating in the Bike and the Run. When I went to the Bike Valet after the Half Marathon, the Volunteer who escorted me to my bike was surprised to see I was wearing a Half Marathon medal. She was completely unaware that some people were participating in multiple events.

    In summary, changes I would like to see for 2020:
    1) One bib for the Bike Tour and Half Marathon
    2) Volunteers should check-in bikes prior to the ride so that people are not delayed in getting ready for the half marathon
    3) No paper claim tickets for people running the half marathon
    4) Portapotties should be dropped off in the Bike Valet/Transition Area prior to the Bike Tour, not during
    5) Separate bike racks for those also running the half marathon

    While my review of 2019 is harsh, it all revolves around the poorly executed Bike Valet for those participating in the Bike and Run. I hope the race recognizes what went wrong this year and improves things (back to the way they were) for 2020. If you look at my previous review of this event, I normally have very good things to say.

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    marcfro FIRST-TIMER '19

    Perfect running conditions are the norm. Race organization is good and well marked, though long, course (13.3). It is a PR course with minimal hills and a slight downhill finish. … MORE

    Perfect running conditions are the norm. Race organization is good and well marked, though long, course (13.3). It is a PR course with minimal hills and a slight downhill finish. Plus Long Beach is a fun place to visit — we toured the Queen Mary afterwards.

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    martha REPEAT RUNNER '19

    running up the bridge but went you turn your coming towards shoreline nice. The scenery is beautiful . the only up hill would be the bridge. makes a nice race. MORE

    running up the bridge but went you turn your coming towards shoreline nice. The scenery is beautiful . the only up hill would be the bridge.
    makes a nice race.

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    imonterrosas REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Definitely a favorite. This is my 3rd year doing the 5K. I keep coming back because it is a great course, moderately challenging, well-organized and near my home town. Whether … MORE

    Definitely a favorite. This is my 3rd year doing the 5K. I keep coming back because it is a great course, moderately challenging, well-organized and near my home town. Whether you are an elite runner or a beginner you will love this course.
    This was also my first year doing the 20 mile bike tour and that was amazing. I don’t have a road bike so those 20 miles on my mountain bike was definitely a workout. 🙂 Finished strong and with a good time.

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    paxelnat FIRST-TIMER '19

    As a first timer, running the course was smooth and not too challenging. The first half of the course was mostly flat and featured beautiful scenery especially during sunrise. The … MORE

    As a first timer, running the course was smooth and not too challenging.
    The first half of the course was mostly flat and featured beautiful scenery especially during sunrise. The event was well managed and parking was easy to find.

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    Fredycruz79 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It’s always great to run in my city with lots of great people and great energy supporting and motivating each other to do our best and not give up. See … MORE

    It’s always great to run in my city with lots of great people and great energy supporting and motivating each other to do our best and not give up. See you next year Long Beach for another awesome run !!!

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    redpriestown REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've run this race 8 years now (2 of which being the full marathon). This year the course was the same as last year - which included one sharp U-Turn. … MORE

    I’ve run this race 8 years now (2 of which being the full marathon). This year the course was the same as last year – which included one sharp U-Turn. I really don’t like those because it is a momentum killer, and if you are in a pack, it can get a bit tougher to run in. Other than that, the scenery is good and the support is good. There are some bands along the course, but I think there had been more in the past. Overall a great race and I’m already signed up for 2020.

    There is one issue that I ran into this year regarding the pacers. I’ve hard a hard time cracking 1:45 in all of my times racing, so I decided to try to stick with the pacers this year. Last year I saw the 1:45 pacers and thought I had a chance except it turned out that they were about 1-2 minutes slower than their target by the end. This year seemed to be the exact opposite. Their pace seemed to hover around 7:40-45 (vs. 8minute flat). I understand wanting to build in a buffer, but that’s a big difference to keep up over 13 miles. I eventually dropped back from them in an effort to avoid overdoing it. At the end I couldn’t see the pacers even though I finished under 1:44. I think they must have been around 3 minutes fast which is a bit too much if you aren’t ready to push that hard.

    Overall a great course and worth waking up early-ish.

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    izzzy07 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I been running Long Beach Marathon since 2013, and I am a beach bum. Always come back running for more. I love the scenery running along the coast and looking … MORE

    I been running Long Beach Marathon since 2013, and I am a beach bum. Always come back running for more. I love the scenery running along the coast and looking at the queen mary. There are also some great sights while running at the college such as the big pyramid! I will definitely keep coming back for more

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    daniel FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first half marathon and it was a blast. This is a bit of a hometown race for me and I love running along the ocean. Long Beach … MORE

    This was my first half marathon and it was a blast. This is a bit of a hometown race for me and I love running along the ocean. Long Beach has some truly great views and I liked the crowds and ambiance. The course was relatively flat and easy for a first timer such as myself.

    The only downsides for me was the lack of feed stations. I don’t have much experience, but I recently ran a 10 mile where there was plenty of gels at every station. I was expecting similar, but there was no real food until around the 10 mile mark, and even then, it was from volunteer stations. I would expect a race of this size to have more food available.

    The medal was great and I liked the gear that was available for sale. The expo was a bit small and there wasn’t a whole lot of swag post race either, but I didn’t really mind because all I wanted at that point was food.

    Overall I had a positive experience and will definitely be back for the full marathon next year. Those medals were gorgeous.

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my 73rd Marathon and 2nd in California. My friend and I paid the extra fee for day of packet pickup since we flew in that afternoon. The expo/PP … MORE

    This was my 73rd Marathon and 2nd in California.
    My friend and I paid the extra fee for day of packet pickup since we flew in that afternoon. The expo/PP closed at 4pm which is a bit ridiculous for such a large race. They should either extend PP or offer free PP on race day, but forcing you to pay isn’t cool. The medal and shirt were nice.
    COURSE: The course includes the boardwalk along Long Beach which was the highlight of the race. You run passed the Queen Mary, marinas and a cool lighthouse. The rest was city streets. It was also mostly concrete which kinda sucks if you typically run on asphalt or trails. There were a lot of out and backs as well.
    Overall, I enjoyed the race. I have no negatives (other than those mentioned above).

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    justin.godinez FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course scenery was beautiful. It was along the beach so it was amazing. I will train more along the beach because that sun was brutal. It was my first … MORE

    The course scenery was beautiful. It was along the beach so it was amazing. I will train more along the beach because that sun was brutal. It was my first time running this race. Unfortunately, I did not train as much as I would have liked to but I still ran it with a decent time. There was not much or really any free swag. Hopefully, this is something they will work on for next year.

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    gizmo3013 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Beautiful course from start to finish. Very small hill going over a bridge in the beginning and slight gradual upgrade towards the end but otherwise flat course. Lots to looks … MORE

    Beautiful course from start to finish. Very small hill going over a bridge in the beginning and slight gradual upgrade towards the end but otherwise flat course. Lots to looks at while running. Plenty of port a pots. Could use an extra water station on the flat sandy beach side., Bags not provided at bib pick up. Bring your own to put items in. I would do this one again. I am injured but I made it. This course is perfect for beginners or people who need no hills. Plenty of post fuel nutrition. Awesome medal and shirt! Volunteers were exceptional and expo was fantastic.

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    PadillaW78 FIRST-TIMER '19

    For being my first time doing the Long Beach half marathon I was impressed. What I like and enjoyed the most was the scenery. Running by the beach, close to … MORE

    For being my first time doing the Long Beach half marathon I was impressed. What I like and enjoyed the most was the scenery. Running by the beach, close to the queen Mary and finishing up at the pike, amazing. Definitely doing it again next year.

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    stherriault FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race course was pretty flat so easy enough for a first half-marathon. The scenery was exceptional and, having to get there for 6 AM for my husband to start … MORE

    The race course was pretty flat so easy enough for a first half-marathon. The scenery was exceptional and, having to get there for 6 AM for my husband to start his marathon, I had the opportunity to admire the beautiful sunrise on the marina. The presence of more people on the end of the course helped get motivated and keep up the speed.

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