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Overall Rating (261 Reviews)
4.3
(261 Ratings)(261 Reviews)
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2.8
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4.3
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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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    malee8677 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course is flat. There is a little incline for a very short distance so it’s no big deal. All runners are excited. A very fun event. Since I had … MORE

    The course is flat. There is a little incline for a very short distance so it’s no big deal. All runners are excited. A very fun event.
    Since I had a finish time in mind, so I decided to follow the pacers from A Snail Pace. They are awesome. They ran at an even pace and gave me tips along the way. My goal was to finish at 2:15 and ended up finishing at 2:13. Very happy.

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    OtterOnTheRun REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great course. Beautiful views and a smooth, flat course. Highly organized. I recommend staying at one of the local hotels - makes the race morning super smooth! MORE

    Great course. Beautiful views and a smooth, flat course. Highly organized. I recommend staying at one of the local hotels – makes the race morning super smooth!

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    KelliKO REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a hometown race for me since most all of my family live in Long Beach and my mom brings my kids down to Ocean Blvd to see me … MORE

    This is a hometown race for me since most all of my family live in Long Beach and my mom brings my kids down to Ocean Blvd to see me pass at about mile 11.5. So I really enjoy this one. The course is a pretty easy one with only a couple hilly parts on the freeway over pass. It is an out-and-back from mile 6 to the finish, but you go out on the beach path and back on Ocean Blvd, so it is a change in scenery. The medals are always nice and the race is run smoothly. I plan on running it again next year to earn my “Beach Bum” status and I also started “Beach Cities” with this one.

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is one of three races in the Beach Cities Challenge. Mostly flat course. Be sure to check the weather as there is very little coverage on most of the … MORE

    This is one of three races in the Beach Cities Challenge. Mostly flat course. Be sure to check the weather as there is very little coverage on most of the course. There is always a great spectator turn out and tons of support from local run clubs along the half and full marathon courses. Great course for beginning runners.

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    It’s a nice scenic course and pretty well organized, but not a lot of vendors or swag. Ditto for the race expo. The race hydration station was not spread out … MORE

    It’s a nice scenic course and pretty well organized, but not a lot of vendors or swag. Ditto for the race expo. The race hydration station was not spread out very, and everyone ended up bunching up and tripping over each other. Expected things to be better spaced for such a large race. T-shirt was blah. Parking kinda situation sucked considering there were so many event centers in the area but directions weren’t very clear on which to go to or affect of road closures.

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    calsurfer REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great run with minimal elevation gain. Date of event has had perfect weather two years in a row. Tip: parking is not great if you get there late. Plan out … MORE

    Great run with minimal elevation gain. Date of event has had perfect weather two years in a row. Tip: parking is not great if you get there late. Plan out where to park before race day.

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    aidanw7 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Wake up early and get there on time! You have to go to the expo to pick up your runner's bib. The expo was relatively small but well organized and … MORE

    Wake up early and get there on time! You have to go to the expo to pick up your runner’s bib. The expo was relatively small but well organized and had several interesting booth. Got to try different gel, coconut water and sports drinks before race day. The route is pretty scenic especially when going through the bridge over pass seeing the sunrise.

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    3candice3 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is one of the most scenic and interesting routes - taking you over a bridge, along the ocean, and seeing the port. The course was mostly flat which was … MORE

    This is one of the most scenic and interesting routes – taking you over a bridge, along the ocean, and seeing the port. The course was mostly flat which was nice.

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    cheryldoubledee FIRST-TIMER '18

    Everything ran so smoothly from the minute I purchased my parking pass online prior to the race to when I viewed my pictures online afterward! Well organized expo and start … MORE

    Everything ran so smoothly from the minute I purchased my parking pass online prior to the race to when I viewed my pictures online afterward! Well organized expo and start line. Plenty of porta potties at the start (so no huge lines). Excellent announcer and smooth corral movement. The course was beautiful and mostly flat – perfect for a first time 1/2 marathon runner. On course support was plentiful and the spectators were amazing (loved the donut hold people at about mile 10)! Finishers area was organized and easy to navigate and post race goodies (though not so plentiful) came in an easy to carry disposable bag. Overall, I would definitely recommend this race!

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    cbearrun FIRST-TIMER '18

    I thought it was very well organized race. I was kind of doubtful at first, since race was scheduled to start at 6:00 am for marathon but at 5:30 am … MORE

    I thought it was very well organized race. I was kind of doubtful at first, since race was scheduled to start at 6:00 am for marathon but at 5:30 am the start line was still practically empty. Once we started and the sun started to rise I can now feel it was going to be a good course. There were several loops and had to pass by starting line again on first loop. There, half marathoners are waiting to start and at the same time cheering on marathon runners. As mentioned on their website, there were water station in about every mile so I was never worried of being dehydrated. They provided 4 different flavors of gel at the course and they have enough cones and volunteers all throughout the course so you wouldn’t get lost or make the wrong turn. They also have awesome pacers at the race (a Snails Pace) Lastly, there’s an abundance of food and drinks at the finish line for the runners so that was pretty great too! Will definitely run again next year!

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    lancershaft FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran the full. It followed the same exact course as the half for the first 10.5 miles and then the last 2.6 miles. The 13.1 in between was a … MORE

    I ran the full. It followed the same exact course as the half for the first 10.5 miles and then the last 2.6 miles. The 13.1 in between was a vast difference. The half marathon course is almost completely all waterfront, scenic, very nice. To complete the full requires random neighborhoods, a few hills, and the CSULB campus. Overall I was pleased, but I think in the future I would just do the half. The biggest negatives: on course electrolytes provided by Nuun and C2O taste awful and I avoided them as best my body would allow, finishers T-shirt was uninspiring and a small size running uncomfortable fit. Overall though, I enjoyed the entire experience. The flat course for the half is gorgeous and PR-inducing if you put in the effort, the organization is well run, and the weather was PERFECT.

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    ddk001 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race was not as intimidating as I'd thought it be since it was my first time. There were portions of the race that were crowded. After I finished, it … MORE

    The race was not as intimidating as I’d thought it be since it was my first time. There were portions of the race that were crowded. After I finished, it just seemed over and I left. No activities that were interesting to me. Regardless, the race part was a great first time experience.

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    kylijo11 FIRST-TIMER '18

    It was not super crowded for the runners nor the spectators. You get to run next to the beach, the harbor, and Long Beach State. The race started like 5 … MORE

    It was not super crowded for the runners nor the spectators. You get to run next to the beach, the harbor, and Long Beach State. The race started like 5 or 10 minutes late which was a bit annoying. Also, my Apple Watch tracks distance, and we ran longer than a marathon by almost a half mile. There were mile markers but nothing telling you what time you were at or anything like that. The electrolyte company they used, nuun, was disgusting. Overall, still had a great time.

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    bperkins REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I am a repeat participant in this event (Combo, 5K, Half). This is my 5 year. And I am happy to say that I will continue to do this race. … MORE

    I am a repeat participant in this event (Combo, 5K, Half). This is my 5 year. And I am happy to say that I will continue to do this race. I love long beach. A perfect venue for a marathon. There is great community support for this race from running clubs to charities. This year was particularly nice due to the comfortable temperatures. Love the after race festivities.

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    bmoncayo1 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course is mostly flat with exception of running over 1 bridge. Best part is the first 6miles, the following few miles are along the beach path and is rather … MORE

    The course is mostly flat with exception of running over 1 bridge. Best part is the first 6miles, the following few miles are along the beach path and is rather “lonely”, no bands, cheer squad, few fuel stations, that’s it. The last half of the race gets better as you run along the streets to the finish line. I only particular because it’s part of the Beach Cities Challenge.

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    BigElephant FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is my first 1/2 marathon and I don't know what to expect. However, the instruction and everything make things easier. I have no issue navigate around starting from registration … MORE

    This is my first 1/2 marathon and I don’t know what to expect.
    However, the instruction and everything make things easier. I have no issue navigate around starting from registration and picking up my bib.
    On the day of the event, it was fun and the announcer make it very fun. For the first 6 miles, it is within the general around and it seemed to be very good place to run. It is after the 6.5 miles when running alone the beach line. It is a very LONG beach line. Also, there isn’t much water station in between 6-10 which is when you need the water the most. After the turn around, it was within the city street and seemed to be easier. The last mile seemed to be long. My watch registered at 13.46 miles which I thought more than 13.1 miles. By the way, when running alone the beach, you will get sands on your face.
    Overall, I love this run. I enjoyed it.

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    Mspring REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is so well organized. Parking was easy, the course was beautiful, and the finish line was so much fun with venders and of course a congratulatory BEER:O)))) MORE

    This race is so well organized. Parking was easy, the course was beautiful, and the finish line was so much fun with venders and of course a congratulatory BEER:O))))

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    bmoncayo1 SPECTATOR '18

    This is an easy route for kids. Flat. An adult is allowed to run with the child but makes for a crowded race as most of the course is very … MORE

    This is an easy route for kids. Flat. An adult is allowed to run with the child but makes for a crowded race as most of the course is very narrow and you may need to run in the grass. I would resign my son next year. He enjoyed it.

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    pvdesi FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a good race for my first half marathon...The poets-potties were aplenty, and the lines moved quickly, howver, they were nasty, even as early as 6:30 in the morning … MORE

    This was a good race for my first half marathon…The poets-potties were aplenty, and the lines moved quickly, howver, they were nasty, even as early as 6:30 in the morning
    the starting line was a bit crowded (I was in the 3rd wave), but it was only an issue for the first few hundred yards, then the wide roads on shoreline helped alleviate the crowd.
    The weather cooperated for the first 30 min or so before the sun came beating down, which was a problem on the bike path along the beach (miles 6-10).
    I had massive cramping and nausea (I think from the Nuun). I was used to super diluted nuun, and wasn’t expecting the sweetness from the mango orange flavor.
    Glad I was able to finish my first half marathon. The medical staff were a huge help, and got me some electrolytes and ice packs in the tent…hopefully I can aim for a better time and possibly even run the full marathon next October

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    runwalksarah REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my 5th time running the JetBlue Long Beach Half Marathon and 2nd time completing it as part of the Super Combo. The Super Combo is the 5K on … MORE

    This was my 5th time running the JetBlue Long Beach Half Marathon and 2nd time completing it as part of the Super Combo. The Super Combo is the 5K on Saturday (my review is in a separate post), then the 20 mile Bike Tour and Half Marathon on Sunday. We use the same bib for all 3 races.

    Packet pickup was on Friday at the Long Beach Convention Center from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Parking at the convention center was $15. Other parking options included the Pike Outlets parking structure (you can get a 2 hour validation at many of the surrounding businesses and restaurants) or metered street parking. For those unable to make it to the expo on Friday or Saturday, race morning packet pickup is available for $25.

    I recommend pre-purchasing parking for race morning and arrive early to avoid traffic congestion. When I ran the race in 2014, I took the metro from Union Station, which was also very convenient.

    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. I received JetBlue luggage tags to write my bib number on to attach to my bike and drop bag. Only people with Bike Tour and Combo bibs are allowed into this area. When leaving, you need to show that your bib matches the luggage tags on your bike and drop bag. I picked a spot on one of the bike racks and organized my items for the transition from the Bike Tour to the Half Marathon. They have separate bike racks for people just doing the Bike Tour vs people doing the Combo. I then walked my bike out to the Bike Tour start line.

    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 never saw any of the marathon runners. Helmets are required and bike lights are highly encouraged since the race starts while it is still dark. For participants just participating in the Bike Tour, the event is untimed. For those participating in the Combo, the event is timed. There are no mile markers for the Bike Tour. The event is actually less than 20 miles. Last year my Garmin registered 19.64 miles. This year my Garmin registered 19.63 miles.

    It is exhilarating riding through the closed streets of Long Beach. This event has ignited my newly found love of cycling and has inspired me to begin to dabble in other bike races. There were a handful of aid stations, but I did not feel the need to stop at any of them. Upon approaching the finish line, a small maze is setup to slow down the cyclists. Last year we were asked to dismount our bikes and walk them across the finish line. This year we were allowed to ride slowly across the finish line before dismounting our bikes.

    My only real critique — Combo participants should have a separate chute to walk our bikes through to receive medals and refreshments. The chute was narrow and cramped due to the bikes. Many people in front of me were not in a hurry because they did not have another race to get to. Due to everyone having their bikes, I could not simply go around. When the two people in front of me stopped to hug and chat with a volunteer handing out refreshments, I had to kindly ask them to keep moving.

    According to the website, you need to finish the Bike Tour in under an hour and a half in order to start the Half Marathon. Both years, I was able to finish under the time limit on a mountain bike. I then had a few minutes to apply sunblock and swap my helmet for a running hat before jumping into a corral to start the half. Theoretically, someone can take a little longer than an hour and a half to complete the Bike Tour if they don’t spend much time in transition and don’t mind jumping into a slower corral for the Half. I do not recommend doing the Bike Tour on a beach cruiser style bike if you plan on running the Half Marathon.

    As mentioned, this was my 5th time completing the Half Marathon. Long Beach is one of my favorite half marathons. I am aiming to run this race for 10 years in a row so that I may have my name placed on the Long Beach Run of Fame Bench in Lighthouse Park. The course can be crowded, but it is scenic and enjoyable. There is also a ton of crowd support.

    Upon finishing, participants of all races received a very generous sized bottle of PH water, Kind Bars, Terra vegetable chips, bananas, C2O coconut water and Good Karma chocolate flaxmilk.

    The race shirt for the Bike Tour was unisex and cotton, but had a much more colorful design than last year. The race shirts for the Marathon & Half Marathon was a grey tech shirt; the back design matched the design of the medals. The medals were black and yellow, with palm trees and the name of the race. The Bike Tour, Half Marathon and Marathon medals were all the same design, but varied in size and ribbon color. While the medals were nice, I was a little disappointed that Long Beach broke away from their usual polished metal style medals.

    After 3 consecutive years of running the marathon or half marathon, participants automatically join the Beach Bum Club. This enables you to enter a separate Beach Bum beer garden at the finish where they serve Shocktop beer. Michelob Ultra is served in the regular beer garden. Each year they offer a Beach Bum gift. This year it was a quality metal vacuum sealed water bottle or a running hat. At 6 consecutive years, you receive a hoodie. At 10 consecutive years, you get your name on the previously mentioned Run of Fame bench.

    This is a well run event and a staple of my fall race calendar. I keep coming back year after year because I just can’t get enough of it.

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