Overall Rating
Overall Rating (41 Reviews)
4.6
(41 Ratings)(41 Reviews)
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3.1
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4.9
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4.4
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4.5
Kicking off a near picture-perfect setting, the Malibu Half Marathon features a fast and flat USATF-certified course along the famed Pacific Coast Highway. With a spectacular beachside course starting and ending at the iconic Zuma Beach, get ready to soak up spectacular views of waves crashing on the shoreline, surfers … MORE
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    broche FIRST-TIMER '18

    First off, the race organizers are not joking about parking. Get to Zuma Beach EARLY! We got there around 5:30, which ended up being perfect. This course is beautiful, but … MORE

    First off, the race organizers are not joking about parking. Get to Zuma Beach EARLY! We got there around 5:30, which ended up being perfect.

    This course is beautiful, but it is NOT a fast and flat guaranteed PR. There are some big hills IMO, but the views are truly stunning. You won’t find a more beautiful route. That being said, I saw a lot of people struggling because of the hills and the heat. The abundant water stations were so helpful!

    Starting corals were a bit crowded, but the energy was electric! My fellow runners were friendly and fun. We supported each other out there!

    I earned every bit of my PR on this course! It was challenging, but the great organization, beautiful course, and fun atmosphere made this race spectacular. An awesome race!

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    Sanimani FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first Marathon and the experience was great. The energy of the crowd was great. The weather was perfect. So many runner from young to odd, novice to … MORE

    This was my first Marathon and the experience was great. The energy of the crowd was great. The weather was perfect. So many runner from young to odd, novice to expert made the race even more inviting. I even had 3 of my 4 daughters join in with me. It was definitely a family affair. The event made my goal
    of running my first marathon by 50 years old an enjoyable mission accomplished ✔️. Definitely will be back next year.

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    rebeccafoster01 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race is very well run. The start had plenty of bathrooms, and the course was well serviced with aid stations and great volunteers at every mile. I will be … MORE

    The race is very well run. The start had plenty of bathrooms, and the course was well serviced with aid stations and great volunteers at every mile. I will be back next year for sure.

    Getting out of the parking lot was the only issue, and I don’t see anyway to change it. It took us about 40 minutes to exit. The race officials worked with the police to make it run smoothly so it wasn’t chaos. It is what it is given the location.

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    bbkins52185 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Overall I think the race was better organized this year. Parking was still a bit nuts, got there over an hour before the race and still had to park 2 … MORE

    Overall I think the race was better organized this year. Parking was still a bit nuts, got there over an hour before the race and still had to park 2 miles from the start which was fine before but totally sucked after. The shirts weren’t quite as nice this year and way shorter but the medals were nice. The start corrals are small and it can be hard to get where you need to be but even that was better than last year. The course itself was great as always, water every mile which is good given the hills, not crowded after the first mile. Not a lot of crowd support at this race because it is so small but it’s peaceful and beautiful; can’t really complain!

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    pepperparties FIRST-TIMER '18

    What a well oil machine! Everything ran so smoothly! Great swag! Amazing people! Staff was top knotch! Scenery was beautiful. Definitely will come back next year! MORE

    What a well oil machine! Everything ran so smoothly! Great swag! Amazing people! Staff was top knotch! Scenery was beautiful. Definitely will come back next year!

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    luicega FIRST-TIMER '18

    Beautiful race with an amazing view and a wonderful ocean breeze. The team did a very good job in keeping us hydrated with water and gatorade. We received HUGE medal, … MORE

    Beautiful race with an amazing view and a wonderful ocean breeze. The team did a very good job in keeping us hydrated with water and gatorade. We received HUGE medal, a swag bag, and a race shirt. Also, a great team behind in taking care of all of us. So, this is a race that is definitely worth coming again for me.

    Please note though: you will not like the parking situation and coming in before the race and leaving is a pain. I got to the parking lot about 40 minutes prior to start time and the only place that was available for me to park was 2 miles away from start line.

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    Michele9mm FIRST-TIMER '17

    Beautiful weather! And great location, good expo, ample parking, mostly rolling, elevation changes along the highway. Not as picturesque as the website shows due to location change and leaving the … MORE

    Beautiful weather! And great location, good expo, ample parking, mostly rolling, elevation changes along the highway. Not as picturesque as the website shows due to location change and leaving the parking lot took over an hour due to the restricted access of only one exit which seem to be due to construction.

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    Hoofs2beach FIRST-TIMER '17

    You REALLY need to work on the parking situation - I arrived 1 hour early for the race and it took me 1 hour to park and was 20 minutes … MORE

    You REALLY need to work on the parking situation – I arrived 1 hour early for the race and it took me 1 hour to park and was 20 minutes late to the start! I had to walk 1.5 miles to get to the start. They had police out blocking the way that all of the emails instructed us to go – so we all had to turn around and go miles out of our way to get in line to access parking. Most likely would not recommend this race due to the parking situation only.

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    runforbeer FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was an ok race experience overall. I originally signed up for the ½ back in March but downgraded due to lack of training and too many other races on … MORE

    This was an ok race experience overall. I originally signed up for the ½ back in March but downgraded due to lack of training and too many other races on my schedule. I’ll break it down into three sections.

    The Good: Fairly scenic course for the 5K, I did notice that the half marathon course had a large section with trees blocking the coastal view. The t-shirt is good quality and loved that they had boxed water. The medal was just ok, a little boring and uninspiring, could seriously use some color.

    The Bad: The beer garden. Erdinger was handing out the N/A artificially flavored stuff at the finish. It’s not good and should not be called beer. They had an actual beer garden, $5 a piece which is reasonable and profits went to a good cause. Unfortunately, they were pouring bottles that had recently been put in to ice in red solo cups, which meant instant foam and it was taking 5 minutes to pour one beer. There are so many great breweries in this area, go get a keg from one of them and support a local business. Also, for the price of registration, one beer ticket should have been included. I can’t recall doing a race with a beer garden where you don’t get at least one. I heard from many that parking was a complete nightmare, luckily I took a chance and parked in the neighboring shopping center lot since I knew I’d be done before the stores opened.

    The Ugly: Start line management. The corral was long and wrapped around to the expo. Unfortunately, there were no speakers in the expo area so you couldn’t hear what was going on at the start. The 1/2 should’ve started at 7 and the 5K at 7:20. I made my way to the start at 7:15 and the half runners were still in the chute and 5K runners were being told to get out. Even as they told the 5K runners to line up, late arriving half runners were pushing their way to the front. If you can’t arrive on time, don’t sign up. The 5K portion of this event was treated like an afterthought.

    I wanted to like this race, but it failed miserably in the two areas that matter most to me, start line organization and beer garden. There were many other great races in SoCal this weekend, one of those will probably get my money next year.

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    bbkins52185 FIRST-TIMER '17

    You cannot beat the view throughout this course; it makes up for the long uphill miles. The swag was great, race was one of the more affordable, and the post-race … MORE

    You cannot beat the view throughout this course; it makes up for the long uphill miles. The swag was great, race was one of the more affordable, and the post-race party was wonderful. The expo was nothing special. The corralling at the start was the most terrible I’ve experienced, wayyyy too small (almost had a panic attack – very claustrophobic) and runners (and pacers) couldn’t get to the appropriate corrals which caused the start of the race to be too slow because fast Runner’s had to try to safely pass walkers and slower runners. Other than that it was a great race. Would definitely do again!

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    iotachole1 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Okay, I am going to have to rate this event a 4.8 out of a 5 scale. As a turtle (if they had a snail, I would have chosen that … MORE

    Okay, I am going to have to rate this event a 4.8 out of a 5 scale. As a turtle (if they had a snail, I would have chosen that as my symbol instead) I always tend to be forgotten about. Whether they run out of food, water, gels or my personal favorite, taking the course apart while I am on the course I always seems to be disappointed in many “walker friendly events.” I was shocked that they had plenty of water (and cold at that!), port a potties, and gels galore on course. This was both on the way up AND back. I think I am still picking up my jaw off the floor. I was not expecting this at all from my previous race experiences and always tend to carry gels and water on my own not counting on having anything left for me. This is a hilly course however, the hills are gentle and doable. I did not plan to race this course at all and chose to take it easy as I did RnR LA the previous week and still came in well under my goal pace. I did have a few small niggles that I hope Malibu fixes for the future, mainly, that they need to better time the water stations. What I meant by that is that at a certain point, we walkers are running against the folks coming back. Because the water station is to the left of those walking uphill, all the downhill return runners ran into us as we shared a single water station to their right. It makes more sense for the water station to be in the middle of the road to split the station between the walkers and the runners. We attempted to go around when we could but it wasn’t always a very neat option. This was a small niggle that we worked out among ourselves but it caught us a bit off guard. Other than that, great views, great course support and great people. I will definitely be coming back!

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    PeteSinCA Nov 07, 2017 at 6:24am

    Go Turtles! Vanished aid stations, removed course barricades, dismantled Finish arch and timing mat, recovery snacks depleted or packed up, seen it all. About a week ago, actually. The problem with many street/road races is that they have contract arrangements with cities, police, and such. So they have to have time limits. Trail races often are more flexible, especially when the distance one is doing isn't the longest in the event. Great Rave!

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    bvirtue FIRST-TIMER '17

    The race itself was a great experience, way more fun than expected. I had a few bumps during training... injuries, flu which definitely took their toll. Plus, the days leading … MORE

    The race itself was a great experience, way more fun than expected. I had a few bumps during training… injuries, flu which definitely took their toll. Plus, the days leading up to the race I felt weak, the night before I wasn’t sure if I’d even make it out of bed. But come race day I felt great.

    I initially wanted to finish under 2 hours, but with all the hiccups in my training, I set a more realistic goal of just finishing the race. The route was great, I felt confident and strong the whole race. The hills are easy and short so they didn’t slow me down or tire me. Being able to look out at the Pacific Ocean was great motivation. I finished with 2:09:36, When I registered I had put down an expected finish of 2:15, so, all in all, I’m quite happy my results.

    The Malibu Half is a bit pricier than other local Half Marathons, but it was close and Malibu is such a special place. I’m really glad I picked this race, an absolutely great experience. I’m planning on being back in 2018 to take that sub 2.

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    Yeshua1964 FIRST-TIMER '17

    If you are not from the area, it's a little Hillier than the course profile. Nothing crazy, but a little more than gentle rollers. I had a slow PR, so … MORE

    If you are not from the area, it’s a little Hillier than the course profile. Nothing crazy, but a little more than gentle rollers. I had a slow PR, so not knocking it. On the way back it’s really tough to get fluids as they are provided on one side of the course. A couple of near collisions. But overall, a fun run…and very nice people involved in the process.

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    lcarrico REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The multiple rest stops, bathrooms, water, Gatorade along with stinger gels that were offered during the course is fantastic. The EXPO is fantastic. We really enjoyed ALL of your vendors. … MORE

    The multiple rest stops, bathrooms, water, Gatorade along with stinger gels that were offered during the course is fantastic. The EXPO is fantastic. We really enjoyed ALL of your vendors. Very professionally run. The staff and volunteers were incredible. The officers at all the cross streets were amazing.I love to see all kinds of folks out on this course. I have done this course 5 years. Will continue to enjoy this for as long as it’s offered.

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    acopperrose FIRST-TIMER '17

    Beautiful area. The race was well organized. No parking problems. More than enough bathrooms. The race itself started without a hitch and great after race food! This was only my … MORE

    Beautiful area. The race was well organized. No parking problems. More than enough bathrooms. The race itself started without a hitch and great after race food! This was only my third 1/2 marathon, just started back running in June. I found the course to be comfortably challenging. I definitely plan on signing up again next year!

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    jooholpark FIRST-TIMER '17

    The scenery in this race alone drops your jaw. All of the volunteers were amazing with their consistent water stations, crowd was very supportive all the way to the finish … MORE

    The scenery in this race alone drops your jaw. All of the volunteers were amazing with their consistent water stations, crowd was very supportive all the way to the finish and this is one of the best medals ever I will be definitely doing this next year!

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    reginaroberts REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is my second year doing this race. This is a new course with some uphills and downhills, which gives us a chance to PR going downhill. Plenty of parking … MORE

    This is my second year doing this race. This is a new course with some uphills and downhills, which gives us a chance to PR going downhill. Plenty of parking and very reasonable priced @ $5, also plenty of porta potties, no lines.
    Bib pick up needs a little improvement.
    Overall, race was very well organized, loved the medal and T-shirt is awesome. Going to show off on casual Friday @ work.
    Food @ the finish was plenty and loved the swags from Sage, and all the other vendors.
    This is a race that one must do and repeat. Oh! The props for the pictures were also a plus.

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    dvaava FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is our first time for me and my husband running together. Yes, I wanted to say I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I really enjoyed the course and the beach … MORE

    This is our first time for me and my husband running together. Yes, I wanted to say I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I really enjoyed the course and the beach of course. The medal itself oh yes, love!.Volunteer people were great, happy people. That’s make a different!! The parking was good. Just needs exit signs to show how to get out. Overall I give 5 stars. Thank you for Erica, for answering my phone call, I was so impressed I didn’t expect to talk to a real person, I thought would go right to the voicemail. No She picked up the phone with happy smiling on her face (I can see it from her voice lol) she answered all questions. Plus all the hard work and sending all informations we need, Appreciate it. We did 5k this year. I definitely join Half Marathon next year. I will recommend this to everyone!! THANK YOU.

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    lmsheren FIRST-TIMER '16

    Malibu is one of my favorite cities in the world and there's no better way to see this beautiful place than exploring on foot! This race really makes you feel … MORE

    Malibu is one of my favorite cities in the world and there’s no better way to see this beautiful place than exploring on foot! This race really makes you feel like a local; you get to run by the beach and next to the ocean. The course is an out and back, and the best part was they were able to shut down the iconic PCH for all of the runners. I’m really looking forward to the new course this year, and they had really great sponsors last year! Hoping for the same!!!

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    The Malibu Half Marathon was my first half marathon ever. I can't wait to run it again this year in 2017. It's a new course. No shuttling since participants start … MORE

    The Malibu Half Marathon was my first half marathon ever. I can’t wait to run it again this year in 2017. It’s a new course. No shuttling since participants start and end at Zuma Beach. Use discount code: MALIBUVALENCIA17 to save $15.00.
    MALIBUVALENCIA5 for $5 off the 5K.

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