Overall Rating
Overall Rating (17 Reviews)
4.1
(17 Ratings)(17 Reviews)
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2.8
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3.8
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3.5
Come enjoy the picturesque course with ocean views and a finish line that is just steps away from the iconic Santa Monica Pier. The Start Line of the Santa Monica Classic is located just west of Ocean View Park on Barnard Way. Runners will be able to see the Start … MORE
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    daniel FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first 10k and I had a great time. I parked at the finish line and walked about a mile to the start. There was plenty of other … MORE

    This was my first 10k and I had a great time. I parked at the finish line and walked about a mile to the start. There was plenty of other people walking over and I didn’t find it to be an issue. It was a good warm up.

    I couldn’t make it the day before to the expo, but bib pick up was really quick and easy. The race started smoothly and the course was pretty great. Miles 4-5 are slightly uphill and that was a bit hard for me because I had only been training on flat road. The last mile was all downhill and I really enjoyed sprinting through to the end. I smashed my 5k personal best and did better than I expected so I had a great time.

    The expo at the end was decently big and the live band playing grateful dead covers was nice. My only complaint is the lines were long and some of the booths ran out of swag. Also, I am not a fan of the yellow shirt or the non-technical fabric.

    I did this as part of the CONQUR LA challenge and I will definitely be coming back next year.

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    cedoyle FIRST-TIMER '19

    Parking was a mess - the wait at the ticket kiosk was over an hour. Should have had free parking until noon to save everybody the hassle. The 10K race … MORE

    Parking was a mess – the wait at the ticket kiosk was over an hour. Should have had free parking until noon to save everybody the hassle. The 10K race was crowded since the 5K race started 5-10 minutes before and we caught up to the slower 5K runners within the first mile. Also, both races finished at the same place so we had to weave around the 5K runners again at the finish. For the entry price, I was expecting a tech shirt instead of cotton. Finish Festival was minimal but had a good blues band.

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    woodschr FIRST-TIMER '19

    We parked kind of far and walked. After reading other reviews, I see we made the right call. The line for portapotties was crazy long- we ended up at a … MORE

    We parked kind of far and walked. After reading other reviews, I see we made the right call. The line for portapotties was crazy long- we ended up at a local Starbucks with quite a few others. As we were with a stroller, we knew we were at the end, but we couldn’t hear a thing back there. I knew we had started once people moved, but that was it. The race itself was fine. Clearly marked with plenty of volunteers. The finish festival was a complete disappointment, though- it was so crowded, and the lines were insane. People kept cutting just because there were too many people and it wasn’t obvious what was a line, and what was just people stuck in a spot. Most of the swag required signing up for something, so the only things we walked away with were a resistance band, a banana, a CLIF bar, and a paper crown. The medal is gorgeous and a good weight, so that’s nice, but that festival needs some serious work. It’s making me concerned for the LA Marathon one, which I believe is in the same spot.

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    amerika206 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my second year completing the Santa Monica Classic. It's a beautiful course and overall an enjoyable race, but this year there were some disappointments that lessened the overall … MORE

    This is my second year completing the Santa Monica Classic. It’s a beautiful course and overall an enjoyable race, but this year there were some disappointments that lessened the overall experience. First, the parking at the start line was very poorly organized. There was ONE payment kiosk available, no parking attendants, so the line to pay for parking took almost an hour for some participants. I got there early and waited about 20-30 minutes. An in person parking attendant is absolutely needed for this volume of participants. Second, the race was late to start. The 5K participants didn’t get started on time, which meant that the fast 10K participants caught up to the back of the 5K pack very quickly. This made for some frustrating crowd control moments on the course. Third, the shirts given at the end, now sponsored by Asics, ran very small and were made of cotton, not tech fabric. I participated with my local running club and everyone was very disappointed in the quality of shirts, and the lack of flexibility in being able to trade for larger sizes.

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    Bettejh1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I should have read the RaceRaves reviews: I would have known earlier that it had a 3 mile incline! I registered for this race because it is local and I … MORE

    I should have read the RaceRaves reviews: I would have known earlier that it had a 3 mile incline!
    I registered for this race because it is local and I needed to get my race season started. I presumed since Santa Monica is flat, near the ocean and close to home, I would have a good test of where I am in shorter distances and test my finish kick after summer training.
    Not until you receive the “final instructions” email do you read “there is a gradual incline from mile 1 to mile 4”. I would still have run this 10k, but my mind-set and race plan would have been a little different. Being a seasoned racer, I simply tweaked that plan and it was fine.
    If you are new to 10k or avoid inclines, be advised. I say “incline” and not “hill” because it really isn’t much of a grade, but just enough to feel like a slog. The GREAT thing about it is the hard part is over at mile 4 and you can fly down the last 2 miles. Going down after 3 miles of up is amazingly enjoyable! I kept expecting it to flatten out, but really, it is slightly down “hill” to the finish. I ran the last 2 miles at 8:05 pace and would have gone a little harder if I’d felt confident of that continual decline. Next year I will know!
    Park at the finish line area; cheaper and you don’t have to walk so far to your car afterward. Walking TO the start is a good warm up.
    Pros: >Lots of communication from Conqur (organizers) via email, with reminders, parking info, the 3-race series the SMC is part of, your results afterward, etc.
    >Bib pick up was easy at Reed Park, if a bit of a headache for parking (see cons).
    >Well marked mileage signs
    >You get your race shirt at the end of the race on the pier. It is quick.
    >After the finish chute, you mosey down the pier to the “festival”, an area aside from the main pier businesses. There are booths there. (See cons)
    >The timing/results are updated regularly. I was at first listed as 4th AG, but by the afternoon it was corrected and I finished 2nd AG. Seems a couple folks who ran 6:20 pace in my AG were actually quite a bit younger.
    >They mail medals to AG winners. This is GREAT! If you have ever had to wait for AG winners to be called, you know it can add an hour or 3 to your total time at the race!
    Cons:
    >Parking, at the bib pick up and at the race. Go early to both and it is easy. Go any time after it actually opens, and it will be a chore. Don’t even bother driving all the way to Reed Park on Saturday. Find a spot a couple blocks away and save yourself some time. If you can have someone drop you off and drive around the block a few times, it really is that quick.
    >The start. What a mess. I had no idea what was happening since I could barely hear the announcer and there were wave starts, not noted in the race info but there are no markers, lines, tape, etc to let you know who is going. I couldn’t tell if the 5k people were leaving or if it was time to get in the crowd for 10k start. I asked several people and finally heard that the 5k had started but the next wave was still waiting….the 5k started 20 minutes late. I ended up in the 2nd 10k wave. Just after you cross the start mat the course narrows GREATLY and you will have trouble getting around all the walkers who feel they should be that far up in the start….I am sure I would have finished at least 20 seconds faster if not for that. Ten seconds would have moved me from 2nd to 1st.
    >Support: there are 3 water stations but they are very short, meaning very congested. I bring my own hand-held bottle for 10k or longer so I didn’t get in that mess. Not much spectator support until the last couple hundred meters.
    >The Finish Festival has a lot of booths…most of which have things to promote or sell. I saw one clif bar booth with samples, and a very long line of people waiting to spin a wheel at the chance to win a pair of shoes. The rest were just there to market their services. I think there was a massage tent. It was pretty unexciting.
    I would run this again because it is local and after my first go at it, I know the ways to make the experience quicker and more enjoyable. I think this race could be a stellar rather than average experience, but the goal of the organizers seems to be having a sold out race in Santa Monica with nice signs and nice shirts and medals for people who live here, get vendors to pay for booths at the finish and to promote the LA Marathon.

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    dlu975 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I normally do my long runs on the Santa Monica path. I figured I’d run the classic and make it my semi long run for the week. All went well, … MORE

    I normally do my long runs on the Santa Monica path. I figured I’d run the classic and make it my semi long run for the week.
    All went well, except the running lanes were so narrow for the amount of runners in the race. I heard other people behind me after the race talking about how narrow the lanes were. Anyways, not sure if I’ll run it again next year. Overall a good race. For now, enjoy the full race by watching the SANTA MONICA CLASSIC FULL RACE VIDEO by pressing the link in the media area for this race. Or just search YouTube for the capital letters above. See you in the next race.

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    RunDMV FIRST-TIMER '17

    One of the few 10Ks in LA that really feels like its put on by professionals who organize races for a living. Great organization, wonderful scenery (can't beat running down … MORE

    One of the few 10Ks in LA that really feels like its put on by professionals who organize races for a living. Great organization, wonderful scenery (can’t beat running down Ocean Ave next to Palisades Park), and good spectator support. I just wish the start and finish lines were a little closer together. Be prepared to walk about a mile to the start if you park in downtown Santa Monica.

    Wouldn’t recommend it for a PR shot. No big hills but there is a long, steady uphill in the middle, and the weather in early September is pretty warm.

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    EMA822 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Well organized race with a good course. Only critique is that the race organizers didn't advertise that there'd be a wave start, so it was chaotic at the beginning, with … MORE

    Well organized race with a good course. Only critique is that the race organizers didn’t advertise that there’d be a wave start, so it was chaotic at the beginning, with many runners not knowing the significance of starting in the first wave (and getting in the way of faster runners).

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is the first race in the Conquer LA Challenge. Nice smaller race. Be sure to get there early and park at the finish. About a 1+ walk to the … MORE

    This is the first race in the Conquer LA Challenge. Nice smaller race. Be sure to get there early and park at the finish. About a 1+ walk to the start line.

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    cara.stone FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great race! Well-organized. Easy packet pick-up. Beautiful weather! Great - amazing - location! A couple of slight inclines, but mainly flat. Great volunteers. Cool finishers medal! MORE

    Great race! Well-organized. Easy packet pick-up. Beautiful weather! Great – amazing – location! A couple of slight inclines, but mainly flat. Great volunteers. Cool finishers medal!

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    bbkins52185 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The first half of the course is on an incline, make sure you're training hills. Dress for warm weather, it may be cool at the start but the sun will … MORE

    The first half of the course is on an incline, make sure you’re training hills. Dress for warm weather, it may be cool at the start but the sun will get you by the finish. This race is very well organized from bib pickup to parking to the course itself to the finish line festival. It is a tiny bit crowded but most races are. Don’t get your hopes up on Ocean views, you’re not in an area to see it the majority of the race. All things considered I have done it more than once and would not hesitate to do it again!

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    natalieu23 FIRST-TIMER '17

    From start to finish, this race was well-advertised, well-organized, and the race swag was outstanding! The pre-race email communications were easy to understand and follow. The scenic course was relatively … MORE

    From start to finish, this race was well-advertised, well-organized, and the race swag was outstanding! The pre-race email communications were easy to understand and follow. The scenic course was relatively flat and there were plenty of volunteers to support the water stations and turn around point. The tech shirt & medal are some of the best that I’ve ever received and I love that this race is part of the Triple 5K Tour of LA series for the extra challenge medal! Will definitely do this race again and will recommend to friends! Sign up early before it sells out like it did this year!

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    runforbeer REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is yet another stellar event from Conqur Endurance Group. Everything was perfect! Race communication the week of was clear and concise, they made sure to point out where everything … MORE

    This is yet another stellar event from Conqur Endurance Group. Everything was perfect! Race communication the week of was clear and concise, they made sure to point out where everything was located as far as parking, the start line, the finish festival, and they even sent out bib numbers twice just to be safe!

    Bib pick up the day before in Santa Monica was quick and easy, easy to find and plenty of street parking. There was also race morning pick up at the start with plenty of computers for those who didn’t know their number to look them up.

    The race itself was amazing, it’s a nice little tour through Main St and then along Ocean Ave with a finish near the world famous Santa Monica Pier. There were plenty of refreshments after finishing and at the finish festival on the pier. This year’s medal may be the best one yet and the t-shirt is really high quality and made by Skechers Performance, not some cheap off brand. This is a world class event and a great way to kick off the Conqur LA Challenge.

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This race was the first in a 3 race series for the Conquer LA Challenge. Great fast course. Fun after party at the Santa Monica Pier. Weather was perfect. Plenty … MORE

    This race was the first in a 3 race series for the Conquer LA Challenge. Great fast course. Fun after party at the Santa Monica Pier. Weather was perfect. Plenty of parking.

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    veroniland FIRST-TIMER '16

    I did this race coming off of a break from running (and races) and it was tougher than expected. There is a gradual incline that ends around mile 4; the … MORE

    I did this race coming off of a break from running (and races) and it was tougher than expected. There is a gradual incline that ends around mile 4; the decline afterwards was nice, but I’m personally not a huge fan of races that have you go out and back, so those last 2 miles were repeat scenery. Then again, you’re right up against the beach!
    The production was smooth. I picked up my bib the morning of with time to spare. Parking was easy, though it was $10. I parked at the start line, which wouldn’t have been a problem, except I was feeling it at the end and the mile back wasn’t fun. The finish line festival is also on the pier and I completely missed it (no signs saying go right) and started walking to my car before I remembered I never got my shirt. I do like the shirt (great color, short-sleeve technical shirt), but it doesn’t actually say 5K or 10K on it (unless I’m forgetting). The climb down and up the hill to the pier was tough, but again, I was ill-prepared. Back to training!
    Overall, would definitely do it again. See everyone doing the Conqur LA Challenge in Pasadena!

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    OCSCFan FIRST-TIMER '16

    Being along the ocean in Santa Monica, you might think the course is flat. It isn't. For the first four miles, it is a gradual and continuous climb. My Garmin … MORE

    Being along the ocean in Santa Monica, you might think the course is flat. It isn’t. For the first four miles, it is a gradual and continuous climb. My Garmin registered total climb of 250 feet so it isn’t steep but definitely noticeable. The positive is that the final 2+ miles is a gradual downhill, the same finish as the LA Marathon.

    The race was sold out this year, likely because of the Conquer LA Challenge. As a result, the course was crowded, especially in some narrower sections of the course. Unless you move to the front (open corral so you can start where you like), there’s a lot of zig zagging around slower runners.

    You can park either at the start or finish. From the map, the start and finish didn’t seem that far apart but I’d say it’s at least a mile. Next time, I’d park at the finish to utilize the dead time before the race to walk to the start instead of wasting time after the race to walk back to the car. The nice thing is that for same day pick-up, you pick up the shirt and goodie back after the race on the pier. The only thing you have to pick up pre-race is your bib.

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    runforbeer FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first time running this race, as it's part of the inaugural ConqurLA Challenge. I registered for all 3 races at once through imAthlete.com, quick and painless. Pre-race … MORE

    This was my first time running this race, as it’s part of the inaugural ConqurLA Challenge. I registered for all 3 races at once through imAthlete.com, quick and painless. Pre-race information was communicated consistently via e-mail and Facebook. There was an option to pick up your bib the day before, but I opted against driving an hour for that. There was a one-hour window before the race(s) to pick it up and the lines were very short. I decided to park downtown near the pier where the finish line was, it was about a mile walk to the start which made for a good warm-up.
    The 5K started first, led by the track teams from Santa Monica and Malibu High Schools. They were competing in a first-year challenge. Shortly after, the full 5K field was off and running. 20 minutes or so after the 5K began, the 10K started. I had to do a lot of weaving in and out because I wanted until the last minute to go #1 and didn’t get closer to the front in time, totally my fault. The start line was near Ocean View Park and the first mile was mostly flat and went along Main St. Just before mile 2, the course made a turn facing the pier followed by a right onto Ocean Ave. This is where the gentle uphill climb began as well as passing by the finish line chute. Over the next 2+ miles, the course gained about 200 feet of elevation. Mile 3 was mostly on San Vicente Blvd with the turnaround coming at mile 4. At that point, I was rewarded for keeping a good pace on the uphill climb with a 200-foot elevation loss in the exact opposite direction. The final stretch of the race is also identical for the LA Marathon, so it’s good practice for mentally preparing yourself for that. Upon crossing across the finish, there were volunteers handing out water and finishers medals (see picture). Runners were then directed to the Santa Monica Pier where the expo was being held. Once there, I got my finishers shirt and a few other goodies. Results were available live online with free tracking that included social media posting. There was also a results tent set up with plenty of laptops. All in all, this was an amazing race from Conqur Endurance Group and a great way to start the Conqur LA Challenge. My only suggestion is to consider starting the 10K first; there seemed to be a lot of walkers with strollers on the course.

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