Overall Rating
Overall Rating (22 Reviews)
4.5
(22 Ratings)(22 Reviews)
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The Santa Clarita Marathon starts between the Hyatt Valencia and Westfield Valencia Town Center, with a looped course that follows 26.2 miles of roadways, paved City trails, and paseos to its finish line at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The Santa Clarita Marathon is a Boston qualifier and is USATF certified. … MORE
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    victortsi2 FIRST-TIMER '17

    13.14 miles, about 350' of gain. Very well organized race that started right on time. Weather was very nice at the start (57 degrees). I was the 1:30 pacer for … MORE

    13.14 miles, about 350′ of gain. Very well organized race that started right on time. Weather was very nice at the start (57 degrees). I was the 1:30 pacer for this race and it seemed like it could be a nice course to run a fast time. A lot of expectators along the course. Plenty aid stations, nice medal and awards to top 3 in different age groups. Will come back next year for sure to wither pace or race.

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    jdesai77 FIRST-TIMER '17

    A highly recommended course for first timers - like me. Awesome organization, beautiful course, energetic volunteers, and amazing finish to the race. The race was organized very well ... aid … MORE

    A highly recommended course for first timers – like me. Awesome organization, beautiful course, energetic volunteers, and amazing finish to the race.

    The race was organized very well … aid stations … cheering volunteers … awesome finish party. The bib pick up can be improved to include same day pick up for free.

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Really nice race. I had an issue going in with my registration and the people handing out bibs were super helpful and took care of everything on race morning. This … MORE

    Really nice race. I had an issue going in with my registration and the people handing out bibs were super helpful and took care of everything on race morning.
    This race offers race morning pick up of bib and tshirt for an extra fee. Well put together and flat fast course. Will do again in 2018.

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    danielleaparks FIRST-TIMER '17

    Do this race! I signed up last minute, and had never been to Santa Clarita before! Wow! What an incredible community! They really embrace this race...the support was incredible just … MORE

    Do this race! I signed up last minute, and had never been to Santa Clarita before! Wow! What an incredible community! They really embrace this race…the support was incredible just the coolest thing! I have done races a lot of places from Boston to Portland to Idaho and Washington and Santa Clarita is one of the best! Thanks to this race!!!

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    stephanie.taff FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my 5th half-marathon, and by far the most organized. The race expo was a breeze (in & out in 5 minutes!), easy access to parking on race day, … MORE

    This was my 5th half-marathon, and by far the most organized. The race expo was a breeze (in & out in 5 minutes!), easy access to parking on race day, the race started exactly on time, and the small-ish field never made me feel crowded. Great route for the half. Can’t wait for next year!

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    Easy, flat course to run and overall well-organized. Doesn't feel like a city marathon though, because most of it along the river and not in the city of Santa Clarita. MORE

    Easy, flat course to run and overall well-organized. Doesn’t feel like a city marathon though, because most of it along the river and not in the city of Santa Clarita.

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    jrmitch85 FIRST-TIMER '12

    The race is on a fairly flat course that is not overly challenging. Allows for your friends and family to see you at numerous locations along the course. MORE

    The race is on a fairly flat course that is not overly challenging. Allows for your friends and family to see you at numerous locations along the course.

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    ktown68 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Overall I would recommend this race. It is small so you are never crowded. Water stations are almost every mile!!! The only negative was a lack of direction in some … MORE

    Overall I would recommend this race. It is small so you are never crowded. Water stations are almost every mile!!! The only negative was a lack of direction in some areas. They had fliers on poles/trees telling you which way to go but it made you think twice before making a turn. Also, at the finish line there was no bottle of water, just little cups like on the course. Nice shirt and medal was just OK. I would run this race again.

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    fbartschi FIRST-TIMER '16

    Enjoyable course, super friendly runners and volunteers, perfect weather, convenient and easy parking, wonderful location. What more can I say? Will definitely be running this race again. MORE

    Enjoyable course, super friendly runners and volunteers, perfect weather, convenient and easy parking, wonderful location. What more can I say? Will definitely be running this race again.

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    AKruns FIRST-TIMER '16

    The race was very well organized. Though the course has many turns, i liked the course. I liked the fact that they gave awards 1-3 for all age groups, not … MORE

    The race was very well organized. Though the course has many turns, i liked the course. I liked the fact that they gave awards 1-3 for all age groups, not just the top 3 overall runners. The plaques were great as were the tshirts. The medals could be a little better but they were still nice. Not many crowds but finish line was nice. Sunny crom the start; wish it could start an hour earlier, but we lucked out and it only got to the 70’s in the second half of the race. The first half was awesome with plenty of shade. They made us feel like pros at the finish. Of the 63 marathons ive ran, this one became one of my favorites instantly.

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    spdsmb REPEAT RUNNER '16

    It is a well prepared and a beautiful city and race to run in. Lovely trails and beautiful scenery. The medals are amazing.They are so heavy and well done. The … MORE

    It is a well prepared and a beautiful city and race to run in. Lovely trails and beautiful scenery. The medals are amazing.They are so heavy and well done. The atmosphere is excellent.

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    kelkelsims REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I loved the run; it was a simple course, almost all the runners seemed happy as we ran 13 miles. Beautiful community and an amazing welcome ceremony. I reached my … MORE

    I loved the run; it was a simple course, almost all the runners seemed happy as we ran 13 miles. Beautiful community and an amazing welcome ceremony. I reached my PR here after recovering from an automobile accident.

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    I read up on all of those first time horror stories and I can certainly say that this course was the best way to introduce myself to long distance running. … MORE

    I read up on all of those first time horror stories and I can certainly say that this course was the best way to introduce myself to long distance running. The course wasn’t too hilly or too flat. The beautiful mountains of Santa Clarita Valley were there to cheer you on, along with the amazing community of people ready to encourage you on. Aid stations with water and electrolytes at every mile, and to my surprise porto-potties! I would recommend this marathon to anyone, and specially new comers!

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    pzieg REPEAT RUNNER '16

    My first half was 5 years ago at the Santa Clarita Half. This year there were many more water stations- a good thing!! I liked the course a lot. They … MORE

    My first half was 5 years ago at the Santa Clarita Half. This year there were many more water stations- a good thing!! I liked the course a lot. They use the city’s wonderful trail system and this keeps the runners on a more level surface. This was a very poor performance for me (my fault, not theirs!) but I think I’ll be back!

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    edaring FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first time doing the Santa Clarita Marathon 5k and I can say that I will absolutely be back next year! The race was well run, the expo … MORE

    This was my first time doing the Santa Clarita Marathon 5k and I can say that I will absolutely be back next year! The race was well run, the expo the night before was fun and the bibs were easy to pick up. I wish the medals were a little more interesting, but I love that they were color coded by which race you did. I beat my personal best time by over a minute and a half during this race and I am so proud! There were a few hills, but it was paved and not terribly hard. I’ll totally be back next year! Hopefully for the Half Marathon!

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    kirstenlove REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I would definitely recommend this race! It is reasonably priced, easy to get to, free parking at the expo and on race day, great aid stations, a scenic course... what's … MORE

    I would definitely recommend this race! It is reasonably priced, easy to get to, free parking at the expo and on race day, great aid stations, a scenic course… what’s not to love?! They also announce runners by name at the finish line. I’ve run this marathon twice and would definitely do it again.

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    pcole2 FIRST-TIMER '16

    If you are looking for a great 1st time marathon this one would be it. Easy registration, Plenty of surrounding hotels. Very nice Expo set-up and Pick up area. Support … MORE

    If you are looking for a great 1st time marathon this one would be it. Easy registration, Plenty of surrounding hotels. Very nice Expo set-up and Pick up area. Support staff very friendly and the Volunteers are fabulous. Very well organized event and will do again for sure.

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    ldbroc355 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Santa Clarita Marathon 5k has excellent water stations which offer enthusiastic support to the runner, or the walker. Their are excellent cheer squads on course and at the finish line … MORE

    Santa Clarita Marathon 5k has excellent water stations which offer enthusiastic support to the runner, or the walker. Their are excellent cheer squads on course and at the finish line in addition to the spectator’s cheers. Support groups help you achieve your personal best. Everything in Santa Clarita Marathon reflects good quality.

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    young5941 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first time running a half marathon. The first hill had a pretty good incline to it, than after that we hit the back trails of Santa Clarita. … MORE

    This was my first time running a half marathon. The first hill had a pretty good incline to it, than after that we hit the back trails of Santa Clarita. At times throughout the course there were some more inclines and little hills but nothing to bad. Water stations with Powerade and bathrooms we’re available at every mile which was very helpful so you don’t have to carry anything with you. The course was laid out very well and I had a great time and hope to do this again in 2017!!

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    jgardelle FIRST-TIMER '16

    There's a bit of a climb in the first mile or so, but then a mixture of flat and gently rolling hills. The last third is gently downhill, but there … MORE

    There’s a bit of a climb in the first mile or so, but then a mixture of flat and gently rolling hills. The last third is gently downhill, but there are a couple of higher-than-usual overpasses in the last mile. There were quite a few turns throughout, too. Overall, the race was a good mixture of challenging (especially for a runner like me who’s used to running on flat terrain) and “fast” (in spite of the turns).

    The race was also very well run and started on time, had lots of support and water/electrolyte stations about every mile.

    The race directors were amazing. I had originally signed up for the full and had to downgrade to the half a couple of weeks ago. They were very easy to work with and generously refunded me $10 (the difference between what I paid for the marathon and the full price of the half)–something that’s unheard of and very appreciated.

    I would definitely recommend this race and plan to do it again next year.

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