Overall Rating
Overall Rating (64 Reviews)
4.4
(64 Ratings)(64 Reviews)
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2.2
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4.4
PRODUCTION
4.1
SWAG
3.6
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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    AprilRoseS21 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Great race for beginner runner, flat, easy, awesome Medal. I recommend this race to everyone interested in running! Can't wait till next year. MORE

    Great race for beginner runner, flat, easy, awesome Medal. I recommend this race to everyone interested in running! Can’t wait till next year.

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    Sempersniper FIRST-TIMER '18

    Awesome race, fun and vibrant atmosphere. It was a great day at the beach and my brother and I will be doing the one in February. So cool to run … MORE

    Awesome race, fun and vibrant atmosphere. It was a great day at the beach and my brother and I will be doing the one in February. So cool to run down PCH listening to the waves crash.

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    iamdevra REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Very flat run, easy out and back so you know when you are halfway done. Parking is $15 but great if you plan to stay and play on the beach … MORE

    Very flat run, easy out and back so you know when you are halfway done.
    Parking is $15 but great if you plan to stay and play on the beach after
    No food offered so plan to go somewhere after or bring your own
    10 miler was actually only 9.8 on my Garmin, and other distances loop in and join the 10 milers which gets crowded and tends to bunch up near the end.

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    Ali6184 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The aid stations were excellent. The medal was fine. The race could be improved with more course nutrition. The recommendation would be to have more aid stations. MORE

    The aid stations were excellent. The medal was fine. The race could be improved with more course nutrition. The recommendation would be to have more aid stations.

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    daverunsarec REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The Surf City 10s are a long established series of races that take place every year on PCH in Huntington Beach. There is the choice of the 10 Mile (most … MORE

    The Surf City 10s are a long established series of races that take place every year on PCH in Huntington Beach. There is the choice of the 10 Mile (most popular) or the 10k or 5k options. All are out and back courses. Great views of the Pacific Ocean. the race production is outstanding–every race got off on time and no problems with overcrowding on the way in when all three races are finishing together. plenty of food and goodies at the finish. good expo for a non-marathon event. Only concern is having to pay for parking to pick up the bib on Saturday and on race day. recommend parking on the streets or at the Pacific City mall across the street if you don’t want to pay the $15 for parking in the city or state lots.

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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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