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Overall Rating (59 Reviews)
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Beautiful beaches. Balmy sunshine. Gorgeous waves… Yep, it’s just another day in paradise for Surf City 10! But spectacular views are hardly the only reason why thousands flock to Surf City 10 each year! We consider running just another word for having fun, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience when … MORE
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    michediana FIRST-TIMER '17

    I was supposed to run the 10 miler before I knew I was pregnant and changed to the 5k. As a first timer this was a great race with beautiful … MORE

    I was supposed to run the 10 miler before I knew I was pregnant and changed to the 5k. As a first timer this was a great race with beautiful scenery and amazing weather. I plan to run again next year with babies in the stroller.

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    dtm3000 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is my second review of a run I seem to do yearly now. It's beautiful, flat run up and down PCH which a great medal and party with swag … MORE

    This is my second review of a run I seem to do yearly now. It’s beautiful, flat run up and down PCH which a great medal and party with swag to follow.
    The run is now in the middle of October but costumes are encouraged. Registration for 2018 was already available on site.
    I took advantage of the bag check (the website said you needed to supply you own bag but they were available on site).
    As I noted in my last review the 10 mile, 10 k and 5k are started at staggered times with the 5k starting at 8:15am. A plus is the runners for each of the distances are keep separate. I will definitely be doing this next year.

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    I enjoyed the location. Walked right out of the hotel to the start line. The weather was good and the race finished before it got too warm. The course was … MORE

    I enjoyed the location. Walked right out of the hotel to the start line. The weather was good and the race finished before it got too warm. The course was an up – back on a flat surface. I purchased the VIP and enjoyed all the extra goodies. The massage and stretching that was offered was a definite perk. I’ll run this race again.

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    padgtnbear REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The out and back course is nice. Disappointed that there weren't more bands. One water station the volunteers crowded the street making it difficult for runners to pass. The smaller … MORE

    The out and back course is nice. Disappointed that there weren’t more bands. One water station the volunteers crowded the street making it difficult for runners to pass. The smaller number of runners made for a less crowded course. Only water and banana for after race nourishment. Expo had too many vendors that weren’t running/nutrition related-like Truffoire. Don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to pay $300 for face cream.

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    daverunsarec REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great ocean views along the out and back course. Race was much smaller than in previous years which made the course much less crowded than it has been in the … MORE

    Great ocean views along the out and back course. Race was much smaller than in previous years which made the course much less crowded than it has been in the past and that’s a good thing for runners

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    dana.0212 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is the "ideal" race from beginning to end. The website is easy to navigate making the registration process a piece of cake. Pre-race announcements/communication via email was great as … MORE

    This is the “ideal” race from beginning to end. The website is easy to navigate making the registration process a piece of cake. Pre-race announcements/communication via email was great as well. I was informed exactly where to go & what to do in order to pick up my race bib. The day of the event the volunteers were wonderful! They were all friendly, accommodating and available to answer any questions. The announcers at the start line were entertaining. The race started on time (thank you!) and the weather in October is always ideal for running in Huntington Beach (not too hot & not too cold). Running down PCH and back is a great fast & flat course – I was able to take 15 minutes of my time (10 mile race) compared to two years ago! Post race activities were enjoyable – music and vendors were favorable. I love the iconic surf board medal. I’m looking forward to running this race again in the future!

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 27, 2017 at 6:16pm

    Isn't Huntington Beach an amazing place to race? Totally chill environment and ideal weather, like you said. Agree about the surfboard medals too, that was what compelled me to run my first Surf City Half back in 2011 and then to run the full this year. I'll definitely be back again soon. Congrats on the 15-minute PR Dana, and thanks for another awesome review!

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    natalieu23 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Nice flat course with a great expo and amazing bling! The gender-specific tech shirt runs a little small, but is good quality and the medal is large & heavy! I … MORE

    Nice flat course with a great expo and amazing bling! The gender-specific tech shirt runs a little small, but is good quality and the medal is large & heavy! I also received a heavy duty reusable tote bag! Some of the best race swag ever! This race is part of the Surf & Santa Challenge, so I look forward to receiving my challenge coin in December when I run the Run for a Claus!

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    RunSarahRun FIRST-TIMER '15

    You run along PCH and then U turn back, but you can't see the beach from the path, which was disappointing. The gender specific, moisture wicking shirts were nice. The … MORE

    You run along PCH and then U turn back, but you can’t see the beach from the path, which was disappointing. The gender specific, moisture wicking shirts were nice. The finisher’s medal was alright. Not much else to say about it… kind of boring.

    Disclaimer: I’m a local, so when I run on the beach, I’m literally next to the sand. This race was not.

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    vcjfreeman FIRST-TIMER '16

    The course is an easy out n back along PCH so you have beautiful views of the ocean the entire way. The 1st 5 mile markers were spot on. After … MORE

    The course is an easy out n back along PCH so you have beautiful views of the ocean the entire way. The 1st 5 mile markers were spot on. After that, they were very inaccurate. Then the race itself was too long – by .27 mi on my garmin. (My husband did the 10k – it was too short. Only 6.03 on his garmin)

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    sk8steph FIRST-TIMER '16

    so, i'm kinda a ways away so to come the day before to pickup shirt/bib was hassle but then ended up having a ton extra so i kinda wasted my … MORE

    so, i’m kinda a ways away so to come the day before to pickup shirt/bib was hassle but then ended up having a ton extra so i kinda wasted my time

    i started in the back and jogged through walkers/strollers so perhaps my experience wasn’t the greatest but the route was quiet , no music and only some cheering but really not as lively as i would have expected – still PR’d by a little but yes, my app reported the distance as under

    t shit was decent, next year –>purple and not pink again tho would be awesome and well for running in the year i turned 21 – i’ll take a bottle opener medal 😛

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    littlebvt FIRST-TIMER '16

    The weather was great for this race in addition to the ocean view! I loved the staggered starting times which enabled most everyone to finish around the same time. The … MORE

    The weather was great for this race in addition to the ocean view! I loved the staggered starting times which enabled most everyone to finish around the same time. The shirts were really nice and the medal was cute AND useful! If anything, it would be nice to have clarification of the race day pick up. I didn’t find out, until after I had to make arrangements for pre-pick up, that it was available the morning of the race. I can’t wait to go back next year!

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    cshargay REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The 10K is cool because you get to see the 10 mile winners heading in and so many friends in both the 10 mile and 5K races. Running on PCH … MORE

    The 10K is cool because you get to see the 10 mile winners heading in and so many friends in both the 10 mile and 5K races. Running on PCH with beach views is very scenic! Nice post-race party with a good band!

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    padgtnbear REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The race is out and back along PCH. There is so much to see from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands on the way out to waves crashing on the beach on … MORE

    The race is out and back along PCH. There is so much to see from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands on the way out to waves crashing on the beach on the way back. I enjoyed the bands playing “Beach Themed” songs. And then there is the medal. I ran this race specifically to earn the Surf Board Bottle Opener Medal. The course is relatively flat and easy to run or walk. I would recommend this race to anyone (especially if you are training for a half or full marathon.

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    sherwood FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was a close race for me, so I loved that I didn't have to travel far. The weather and scenery were beautiful. The 10K was short, so everyone's time … MORE

    This was a close race for me, so I loved that I didn’t have to travel far. The weather and scenery were beautiful. The 10K was short, so everyone’s time was better than it should have been. Not too excited about the Expo booths that were there. Love the medal!

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    cindycarlson73 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Flat and fast. A pretty nice little expo for a 5K/10K/10mi race. The course for the 10K was a little short (even shorter last year, I think). But I think … MORE

    Flat and fast. A pretty nice little expo for a 5K/10K/10mi race. The course for the 10K was a little short (even shorter last year, I think). But I think it’s due to the fact that it’s hard to make the turnaround work with the medians on PCH at the appropriate spot.
    Nonetheless, I feel the race was good overall.
    The weather was great again this year, even a little bit drizzly to keep the temperature cool.
    I love the shirt and the medal, especially for a shorter race distance.
    I will be back next year!

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    JoJoRuns FIRST-TIMER '16

    The weather was lovely, the volunteers were kind. I would have liked to see a few more love bands, but not a big deal. Only major complaint, The distance was … MORE

    The weather was lovely, the volunteers were kind. I would have liked to see a few more love bands, but not a big deal. Only major complaint, The distance was a bit off. 10.27 by the Finish line. But overall a great easy race.

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    ctorrez FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race was really beautiful and fun. Running down PCH was such an awesome experience. The 10 miler was a little further than 10 miles, but made the challenge a … MORE

    This race was really beautiful and fun. Running down PCH was such an awesome experience. The 10 miler was a little further than 10 miles, but made the challenge a little more fun. There were a lot of vendors out the day before and the day of the race. Parking was a little hard and we had to pay extra in the day of the race. Including parking in our race entry would have been nice. All around I would do this race again and invite others to do it as well.

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    I signed up online on Saturday night, only about 12 hours before the race, and a bib number was waiting for me at the event in the morning. I showed … MORE

    I signed up online on Saturday night, only about 12 hours before the race, and a bib number was waiting for me at the event in the morning. I showed up just 15 minutes before the race. No problems. Race is simple out and back, straight and flat on Pacific Coast Highway along the ocean.

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    mahesh3566 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I just wanted to run a descent pace of 8:00 mins, as I have just run a 7:58 pace at Irvine Lexus Laceup Marathon Relay for a 5.24 mile distance … MORE

    I just wanted to run a descent pace of 8:00 mins, as I have just run a 7:58 pace at Irvine Lexus Laceup Marathon Relay for a 5.24 mile distance – a month ago, and I have been consistently running a 8:15/8:20 pace during my training runs. The weather was perfect, with a little mist and absolutely no harsh sun! At the end of the race, I was pleasantly surprised with my finish time of 47:41 min, which was unbelievable, but I don’t mind accepting a PR of 7:41 pace for a 10k.

    As much joy as it was to see my PR time, I had a doubt in my mind that this couldn’t be right. So I did some research, and luckily I have several of my friends who ran the same race, so I got to check their time. Especially my Snail’s Pace Pacers, who did the 8:00 min pace at the 10k. The 8:00 min snail’s pace pacers reported 8:01 on their Strava as finish time however the race result had them at 7:44 pace. If you know anything about our Snail’s pace pacers, they get stressed out, if they finish sooner, because they like to keep on time, and not over-run their speed as that they will put their group at risk. I ran with the 8:00 min pace group, and they consistently made the 8:00 min mark, with a second or two to bank. So a 7:44, was unrealistic. Looking through several of our data, it was pretty obvious the course was short by .2 mile distance. I would have been 49 mins, with a 7:55 pace possibly.

    Anyways, if you ran your 10k at Surfcity, chances are you ran your PR at this race, and congrats on your PR. As much as I am congratulating myself on my own PR of 7:41, I am taking it to my heart that, my time really was 7:55 not 7:41, so for my next race, I would still aim for 7:50 as my realistic goal.

    With that, lets get to the Goods and Bad and my brunch suggestion for this race! (FYI: Next year’s registration is open at super cheap price of $35 for 10k.)

    GOODs

    Good Start time & Perfect Weather
    I know the race director has nothing to do with the weather, but the day turned out to be beautiful and perfect for the run! It was nice and cold and misty. the 10 milers started at 7:00 am, the 10k team started at 7:45 am and the 5k team started around 8:15 am. The timing was perfect. we all finished close to 8:30 or so, and the Sun wasn’t out with its harsh waves up until 9:30.

    Beautiful almost flat Course
    It was an out back loop on PCH right by the HB Pier/Beach. the 10milers/10k and 5k all shared the same road, but they looped around at different points. Slight hills if you can call it. I liked the fact that I could see the entire course in my eye sight as its pretty flat. the 10k people were back on the other side, by the time we were on mile 2, so it was nice cheering them as we ran through our miles! On the way back We saw the 5k runner speed through. It was a very different dynamic, as I passed lot of 10milers, but lot of 5Kers passed us. You run the entire course by the water, so its such a pretty site, and the idea of looking at the HB Pier on the way back is all the more reason to get to the finish line faster!

    Snail’s Pace Pacers
    Its nice that they provide pacers for 10ks. Being my first year of running, I like to run with pacers, to help keep my pace consistent. I followed the 8:00min pacers, and they did a great job of being consistent. Sometime the pacers go out too fast, to make up for time later, and throw you off, but none of that happened with these guys! Great energy running with them!

    Almost Everyone ran our PRs at 10k
    Its not good, but they made a mistake and ended up with a .2mile short on 10k turn around, so most everyone ran our PRs! I know my time is not real, but it does make me happy! lol. Infact, I wish they keep it this way for next year too!(JK!)

    Love my medal and tech-t
    I absolutely love my medal and tech-t! The material feels expensive, and its tailored well, and the color is gorgeous! Infact, I wore it to work today! Surfcity 10 medals are one of the best medals out there. (Surfcity 10 medals are on the top 11 medals in US/Active.com list and they sure lived up to the expectation!)

    Friendly people
    Lot of my South Coast Road Runner/Snail’s Pace running group members were running this race, along with my friends Priscilla, Amber, Lisa , Meghan and of course my BF! It was such a fun time on the course, cheering my fellow running group buddies! I saw my running mentor Marc Owen speed through his mile 9 as I was on my mile 2. Ran into our friend Judy on the course! Ran with Cathy for a few mins. It was so much fun, as I ran through the miles, to cheer my friends and hear my friends cheer me. also, since the course was out and back, we had tons of opportunities to cheer most everyone as we looped around.

    Plenty of Rest Rooms
    There is nothing like seeing rows of porta Potties at a race start. Since the race start line was at the beach, there already tons of Rest rooms along the beach /board walk. There were also porta potties at the start line.

    Plenty of Water Stations
    They had about 3 water stations, but because of the out and back it turned out to be passing them about 4 to 6 times depending on the mile one was running. They had tons of volunteers, and no shortage on water! I was impressed with the aid station, and the offerings.

    Awesome Announcers Fitz and Andrea
    If there is one thing that turns me off, is to see a random DJ who never ran a mile in his day, cheering group of runners. But to keep our spirits up they got Fitz Koehler and Andrea Kooiman as announcers! Fitz is the creator of the ‘Morning Mile’ program that encourages school children to walk/run. Andrea Kooiman is a seasoned ultra-runner, who also part of the We Run Orange County’s Kids, a nonprofit, public-service corporation that provides after-school intervention programs for Middle and High School students in the Orange County, California area. Seeing these ladies cheer the crowd – was something special and inspiring!

    Parking
    Parking was good, as long as you knew how to drive into HB /Main beach on race day. There were street parking, and also the parking at the beach for $15. There was no issue finding parking even if you come in last minute.

    BADs
    an extra .3 mile added to 10miler was no fun
    Lot of 10milers reported their course was little over 10miles. I think around .3 extra miles. I am glad I wasn’t running, but those who ran 10milers had to work a little hard!

    Recommendation for Post Race Brunch
    My friends and I believe in Burnch. Our friend Lisa recommended WaterTable at the Hyat Resort for our Post Race Brunch. . Its reasonably priced, and I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast with a $8 zonin champagne! It was an easy walk-in brunch place, and the brunch entrees ranges from 14 to 19$s. There is a buffet for $29 if you are really hungry. My Crab Hash benedict was about $18, and super delicious.

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    cdmauger Oct 16, 2017 at 9:51am

    Well, you got your wish, it was short again this year. I PR'ed . . . and I'm okay with it, actually, because at the pace I was going, I would have still PR'ed if it were .15 longer (the real 10K distance). Still, it would be nice if they figured out a way to correct the course.

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    dmagnus511 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Great race to start a race career. Really cool medals for all finishers. Really cool shirts for all racers. Great scenery, could hear the waves crashing on the beach 100 … MORE

    Great race to start a race career. Really cool medals for all finishers. Really cool shirts for all racers. Great scenery, could hear the waves crashing on the beach 100 yards away. Only minus would be that they stated there would be music along the course, but I only saw the one band at the Expo center, nothing else.

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