Overall Rating
Overall Rating (223 Reviews)
4.4
(223 Ratings)(223 Reviews)
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2.8
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4.4
SWAG
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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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    CSohaskey REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is one of the best marathons in the country. Most of it is run very close to the water so it is very scenic. It is a fast course … MORE

    This is one of the best marathons in the country. Most of it is run very close to the water so it is very scenic. It is a fast course with few hills. There are support stations all over and lots of spectators. It has an early start (the half marathoner starts later). And the last 0.2 miles are downhill. The finish line is well organized with a beer garden. This year the shirt was great and the medal is one of the coolest I have. I highly recommend this race.

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    Long Beach Marathon is of the best city marathons I've run. There were many spectators cheering along the course, plenty aid stations, and a beautifully designed medal. Nice and flat … MORE

    Long Beach Marathon is of the best city marathons I’ve run. There were many spectators cheering along the course, plenty aid stations, and a beautifully designed medal. Nice and flat course along a beach path, through a park and parts of the city of Long Beach.

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    nonerz2276 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    *Stellar expo with TONS of vendors *Plenty of race options...Full/Half Marathon, Bike, 5K, Combo & FREE 1 mile fun run for kids 12 & under. *Well staffed & plenty of … MORE

    *Stellar expo with TONS of vendors
    *Plenty of race options…Full/Half Marathon, Bike, 5K, Combo & FREE 1 mile fun run for kids 12 & under.
    *Well staffed & plenty of water stations.
    *Swag & medals are top quality.

    Such a fun weekend for me and my girls! We love that the kids fun run participants get a FREE admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and participants for the other LB races receive a ticket for only $5! VIP tent has a great view of the finish line to cheer them on as they cross.

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    yayjennho REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I don't repeat races and this is the first one I repeated! Great energy from the runners, not so tough course (mainly flat). The medal was gorgeous this year and … MORE

    I don’t repeat races and this is the first one I repeated! Great energy from the runners, not so tough course (mainly flat). The medal was gorgeous this year and very locally themed with the Queen Mary! Best of the Beach Cities Challenge hands down! This was my very first 1/2 and I loved every minute. This year, I broke 2 hours for the half and gained a new PR! It’s always a great time in Long Beach!

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    tif_perez REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is by far one of my favorite races year after year and personal favorite of the beach city challenge. The views of Long Beach and all along the water … MORE

    This is by far one of my favorite races year after year and personal favorite of the beach city challenge.
    The views of Long Beach and all along the water are great and awesome for anyone at any level!

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    ultrarunningdoc REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I've ran this race over over a decade now and it is one of my favorite marathons. Beautiful scenery and nice finish line festival. Once of my favorite ways to … MORE

    I’ve ran this race over over a decade now and it is one of my favorite marathons. Beautiful scenery and nice finish line festival. Once of my favorite ways to spend an early morning in October. See my race report.

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    shelbyspeaks REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Mile 10 is where the donut holes and the fruits usually are. Its nice because specially if its warm sometimes your body needs more then water or energy shots to … MORE

    Mile 10 is where the donut holes and the fruits usually are. Its nice because specially if its warm sometimes your body needs more then water or energy shots to bring the sugars back up.

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    jimcantada FIRST-TIMER '17

    I had a great time running this race. I ran the half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles around Long Beach. Overall, I would rate the race very well with a great … MORE

    I had a great time running this race. I ran the half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles around Long Beach. Overall, I would rate the race very well with a great course and beautiful views of Long Beach such as the Queen Mary, the Pike Outlets, The Beach Strand to Belmont Shore, and back to Shoreline Drive. Great race !!

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    Hamnerd REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my second year running the half. Great medals this year for the half and especially the marathon, it was big and heavy and round and had the Queen … MORE

    This was my second year running the half. Great medals this year for the half and especially the marathon, it was big and heavy and round and had the Queen Mary on it. Not so impressed with the shirt, however. Seems a little bland with only text, no artwork.

    I live five minutes walk away from the start line so I don’t have to deal with traffic. I had no issues picking up bibs at the expo but there seemed to be less samples this year. I WISH they would quit giving out plastic bags, both at the expo and at the finish line.

    Last year a volunteer was rude to me at the beer garden so I didn’t bother getting my free beer this year (I’ll wait until I’m a beach bum and go to their beer garden in future.)

    Race course is pretty easy. One easy hill with the queensway bridge. Finish line is on a downhill slope. Good race support with water every mile and Nuun at selected miles and stinger gels at mile 10. View is beautiful. Running on the cement bike path on the beach really does a number on my feet, however. And I wish they’d close off the bike/running path to non-participants, I can’t tell you how many times cyclists were weaving in and out of runners. One jerk came right at me on a bike.

    Slower runner/walker friendly with a generous finish deadline.

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    SeekYoshi REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The most important thing to know about this race: It is difficult to travel to and from the venue. Traffic has been an issue. Organizers need to inform participants of … MORE

    The most important thing to know about this race: It is difficult to travel to and from the venue. Traffic has been an issue. Organizers need to inform participants of the best routes into and out of the venue. They are not communicating this information NOR making clear routes. Stay at a downtown hotel and walk to the start corrals.
    Customer Service, Course, Support are up there with the best of the Beach Cities Challenge races. Swag? Their shirts haven’t been my favorite. I wasn’t a fan of the fabrics they used last year or this year. Course is relatively flat and fast, but the one “hill” comes in the last 2 miles.

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    turbotastic REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I loved pacing the 2:00 half marathon distance at this venue! This was a great race! Looks like most of my 2:00 runners had a hard time after 10 mile … MORE

    I loved pacing the 2:00 half marathon distance at this venue! This was a great race! Looks like most of my 2:00 runners had a hard time after 10 mile mark because there were some rolling roads… it was a great and memorable weekend! I did envy the marathon medal!

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    hauterunner10 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I absolutely enjoy running the Long Beach half marathon. The course views of the Queen Mary, beach, Aquarium, and Queensbay Bridge are always interesting. Despite it being a big race, … MORE

    I absolutely enjoy running the Long Beach half marathon. The course views of the Queen Mary, beach, Aquarium, and Queensbay Bridge are always interesting. Despite it being a big race, it feels intimate and is always well-organized! LBM is extra special for me as I get to collect my Beach Cities Challenge medal as a symbol of my hard work throughout the year!

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    Eliflo REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The Long Beach community is one of the best. They are very supportive and always verry encouraging to the runners. The course is pretty easy and I love that the … MORE

    The Long Beach community is one of the best. They are very supportive and always verry encouraging to the runners. The course is pretty easy and I love that the end is down hill. I started running LB three years a go and have not yet been disappointed.

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    VanessaH FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great race! The entire city comes out to cheer you on. The only thing I didn't like was when they merge the 1/2 with the full at the end of … MORE

    Great race! The entire city comes out to cheer you on. The only thing I didn’t like was when they merge the 1/2 with the full at the end of the race, I think Mile 24. It kind of sucks because you are zig zagging running in between walkers to find a path to finish.

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    DaveStevens REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I would recommend this race to beginners and to my friends as it is an easy course( no major hills or obstacles) with good views! But I found it difficult … MORE

    I would recommend this race to beginners and to my friends as it is an easy course( no major hills or obstacles) with good views! But I found it difficult to find the mile markers at times.

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    Jessicaaldana FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first full marathon. The coarse included nice scenery. Volunteers were super friendly and helpfu. Very nicely organized. Can’t wait to do it again. MORE

    This was my first full marathon. The coarse included nice scenery. Volunteers were super friendly and helpfu. Very nicely organized. Can’t wait to do it again.

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    lquintero67 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Very well organized race. Plenty of water and aid stations. I definitely love the medal! The people at the health and fitness expo were really helpful. The locals are awesome, … MORE

    Very well organized race. Plenty of water and aid stations. I definitely love the medal! The people at the health and fitness expo were really helpful. The locals are awesome, they got early just to cheer runners on.:)

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    sutheaisthebest REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Always lub inner thighs so they don't rub Carry bandaid water energy snacks good shoes The race itself was fantastic. It as my second year and I plan to keep … MORE

    Always lub inner thighs so they don’t rub
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    The race itself was fantastic. It as my second year and I plan to keep doing this run esp for the beach cities challenge. I love the coconut water they give out and everyone is so friendly.

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    rodrobey REPEAT RUNNER '17

    10.1 miles of the 1/2 marathon course is great. Very organized and scenic course minus the 3miles of bike path. Everyone remembers the bike path, it's hard on the feet, … MORE

    10.1 miles of the 1/2 marathon course is great. Very organized and scenic course minus the 3miles of bike path. Everyone remembers the bike path, it’s hard on the feet, navigating walkers slows you down and the sun is brutal without shade. Otherwise, it’s fun and has a great expo (bring a bag for the goodies).

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    herschen FIRST-TIMER '17

    It's lots of fun but a little expensive. I loved the bike and run combo and the views of Long Beach harbor were wonderful. Also they were a bit disorganized … MORE

    It’s lots of fun but a little expensive. I loved the bike and run combo and the views of Long Beach harbor were wonderful. Also they were a bit disorganized when we had to do a shirt exchange for the 5k. Finally, I would like less promo emails so I know when a real email about the race comes in.

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