Overall Rating
Overall Rating (367 Reviews)
4.4
(367 Ratings)(367 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.1
Surf, sun, run! Mild winter weather accompanied by miles of wide, sandy California beaches, as far as the eyes can see. 10 miles, to be exact – the longest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront anywhere on the West Coast – and home of the ideal winter marathon. HB’s long stretch of … MORE
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    cedoyle REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Good race as usual. There was a little bit of rain but the organizers made some adjustments for it. The half-marathon course is primarily up and back on PCH, so … MORE

    Good race as usual. There was a little bit of rain but the organizers made some adjustments for it. The half-marathon course is primarily up and back on PCH, so it is easy to stay focused on your pace.

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    bperkins REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was a good start to the season for me. 3rd year participating in this race. Course was easy. Crowded with spectators in some places and two-way runner traffic a … MORE

    This was a good start to the season for me. 3rd year participating in this race. Course was easy. Crowded with spectators in some places and two-way runner traffic a others, which was a bit much at times. Nice post race festivities, once you got out of the finish corrals. Volunteers weren’t particularly kind or helpful, but did their best.

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    mattyjohn23 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I’ve been going through a lot with my mental health. Didn’t train as much as I wanted to so I decided to run an easier marathon, to work up my … MORE

    I’ve been going through a lot with my mental health. Didn’t train as much as I wanted to so I decided to run an easier marathon, to work up my stamina. The volunteers were great. Plenty of water stops. Even though it rained it was great!

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    HalfSpeedQueen REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is the third year I've run this race. The course has not changed, but the race production has definitely improved each year. The route is flat and easy, but … MORE

    This is the third year I’ve run this race. The course has not changed, but the race production has definitely improved each year. The route is flat and easy, but the weather (drizzle and breezy) did its best to make the conditions more difficult. I still recommend this race as a good way to begin your California running year.

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    Ali6184 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The aid stations were excellent. There were a lot of refreshments. The most unique part of the race was the course. A way to improve the race would be to … MORE

    The aid stations were excellent. There were a lot of refreshments. The most unique part of the race was the course. A way to improve the race would be to have more porto potties. The race is recommended to friends and family.

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    icbb REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Downgraded swag. Shirt was the best in the past- fits well and well designed, but this year the women (for 5k) receive men's shirt sizes and was informed the shirts … MORE

    Downgraded swag. Shirt was the best in the past- fits well and well designed, but this year the women (for 5k) receive men’s shirt sizes and was informed the shirts were unisex- they did not fit (too big). Was told that women size shirts were only for half and marathon women runners.

    No totes for 5k runners this year either- only reserved for half and marathon runners.

    For 5k: Shirt does not fit and no swagbag, but no price drop from previous year.

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    dlu975 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The weather was a runner’s dream mid 50’s and overcast with a few rain drops toward the end. There weee plenty of water stations. The shirt and medal were great. … MORE

    The weather was a runner’s dream mid 50’s and overcast with a few rain drops toward the end. There weee plenty of water stations. The shirt and medal were great. My only advice to improve the race is that from mike 3-4 there was a tight bottleneck along the course and it was quite frustrating to weave and dodge other runners. Often I had to go into the opposite oncoming runner’s lane as the path in my direction was overcrowded.
    Overall a fantastic race. Will absolutely repeat. See you next year. Also,,, FULL RACE POV recording posting tomorrow. See link with this review.

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    lzoerner REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Great flat course and could be great scenery (cloudy today) but, overall the run was not well organized, supported and everything was chaos. The water stops hard lines backed up … MORE

    Great flat course and could be great scenery (cloudy today) but, overall the run was not well organized, supported and everything was chaos. The water stops hard lines backed up because not enough cups were filled, not enough potty stops (or potty’s in general) on course, and the finish was nuts! Spectators were blocking the run path to the finish, and after crossing the finish it was blocking and tackling people just to get out of the area. Beware and be sure to expect to need 20+ minutes to get from the finish line to An open area.

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    Bettejh1 FIRST-TIMER '00

    I don't remember much about this race; I think it was my 2nd or 3rd marathon, but it was called the Pacific Shoreline and I'm pretty sure this was the … MORE

    I don’t remember much about this race; I think it was my 2nd or 3rd marathon, but it was called the Pacific Shoreline and I’m pretty sure this was the inaugural year and they still used the tags from your bib. It did not coincide with Super Bowl then. The course was different than now; at least one of the streets you run now was still just a 2-lane road with no shoulder. My finish time is a guesstimate, I was using a bib from a neighbor….but I don’t think I broke 4.5 hours till the mid-2000s. I lived in Huntington Harbor, so this was a local race for me. I like that is still going and has gotten so large!

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    joanahwestbrook REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Out of the 3 beach city challenge . surf city is my favorite its fast , flat the scenery is the BEST. running right by the beach KILLER @!!!!! and … MORE

    Out of the 3 beach city challenge . surf city is my favorite its fast , flat the scenery is the BEST. running right by the beach KILLER @!!!!! and the after party with the live is awesome 🙂 on 2019 will be our third time running and I’m so excited to run it again.

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    avocadosallday REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great volunteer support, awesome running on the water. This is the second time I've ran this race and I enjoyed it very much. Only frustrating bit is where the half … MORE

    Great volunteer support, awesome running on the water. This is the second time I’ve ran this race and I enjoyed it very much. Only frustrating bit is where the half marathon and full come together at the end of the race, there isn’t much separation and you get lumped together with a bunch of people that are walking but hey

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    jimmynam FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course is flat with the exception of a little spur out to the park. The temperature starts to warm up as the day goes on, but who doesn't need … MORE

    The course is flat with the exception of a little spur out to the park. The temperature starts to warm up as the day goes on, but who doesn’t need an excuse to slow down during those finishing miles. The water stations were great – offering water and Nuun in different cups, so you wouldn’t grab the wrong beverage. And Clif product was on the course at a couple of spots. We stayed at the host hotel and just walked to the start in the morning – it was a little more expensive, but it was nice not having to get up earlier and drive and park. It is also nice to grab a shower after the race and enjoy the local restaurants and bars for a proper recovery. Originally, we were going to stay at a hotel closer to a shuttle stop, but we changed our minds at the last minute. I’m glad we did. As far as the running goes, it seemed like a lot of people participating in this Race-cation were more interested in having a good time with friends and family than setting PRs. Nothing wrong with that, but it follows the mellow and laid back vibe that goes with the beach. I would totally race here again.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 28, 2018 at 12:15am

    And a sweet Comrades qualifier to boot! Nice review and great run Jimmy, very consistent splits and I thoroughly enjoyed playing the lazy spectator while you and Cath did all the work. Tough to find a better way to spend Super Bowl Sunday than on a warm, sunny beach. Same time next year...?

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    ReginaMcw FIRST-TIMER '18

    Pretty flat course with slight rolling hills. Cliff gels at mile 8 - 9 with as many as you want and so many flavors to choose from it was easy … MORE

    Pretty flat course with slight rolling hills. Cliff gels at mile 8 – 9 with as many as you want and so many flavors to choose from it was easy to find my favorite. Have you tried their lime? It tastes like key lime pie filling, what a treat!! Perfect timing too! It was a very long straight run to the finish, sorta boring, but with views of the ocean which can NEVER be a bad view. It was my first half (I’ve run many fulls) and it was F. U. N. fun!!!! Super nice surfboard medal.

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    phdmamab FIRST-TIMER '18

    Most of race is on PCH. Probably about 4 miles is not. It is kinda of a there and back run. Mile 9 has the cliff shots. Neighborhood nice about … MORE

    Most of race is on PCH. Probably about 4 miles is not. It is kinda of a there and back run. Mile 9 has the cliff shots. Neighborhood nice about cheering. Easy to get to start area when staying at nearby hotel. We like the Hyatt a lot. Bummer was the long run for the beer afterwards. Line was slow which was killer after you just finished. Warmer than I thought. Enjoyed the run. Efficient start with delayed group starts. Neighborhood area was crowded for one road where there was back and forth for one section all runners on one side of the street. Other than that felt like spread out enough. Loved the beach. Tent area set up well. Race pick up super easy. Don’t get bob mailed to you. They don’t mail your shirt or safety pins and over charge you to just mail your bib.

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    MeganP FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is a stunning course along the water in Huntington Beach. There is a small offshoot, but for the majority of the race you can see the ocean right next … MORE

    This is a stunning course along the water in Huntington Beach. There is a small offshoot, but for the majority of the race you can see the ocean right next to you! Rolling hills the whole course with great aid stations! Water, nu’un, plenty of volunteers, and an awesome wooden surfboard medal at the end to complete the day!

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    fwinkler REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Parking is always a nightmare. The course has long straight sections that get quite boring. A few Surf bands that play along the course are awesome. MORE

    Parking is always a nightmare. The course has long straight sections that get quite boring. A few Surf bands that play along the course are awesome.

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    ultrarunningdoc REPEAT RUNNER '18

    It's a great race, I've done it in year's past. Flat course, perfect scenery. Please read my blog below on my personal experience with the race. MORE

    It’s a great race, I’ve done it in year’s past. Flat course, perfect scenery. Please read my blog below on my personal experience with the race.

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    DeniseSappington REPEAT RUNNER '18

    There is so much energy, 17,000 runners...by the ocean..flat and on paved highways. This race is very well organized..very pleasant run....it is very very nice. So so enjoyable to run. … MORE

    There is so much energy, 17,000 runners…by the ocean..flat and on paved highways. This race is very well organized..very pleasant run….it is very very nice. So so enjoyable to run.

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    humbertosantiago27 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Unfortunately, this year i had to walk the entire race (injury). Previous years, I was running the race. Experience from these two point of views, corrals are always a mess. … MORE

    Unfortunately, this year i had to walk the entire race (injury). Previous years, I was running the race. Experience from these two point of views, corrals are always a mess. Some aid stations were limited for the back of the pack. Overall, this is race is always great. See you all next year.

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    lem0ndrop23 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Lots of helpful volunteers, vendors, and BEER Garden! Interesting vendors, lots of volunteers on course. The race could have started a little earlier as it gets so hot in SoCal. MORE

    Lots of helpful volunteers, vendors, and BEER Garden! Interesting vendors, lots of volunteers on course. The race could have started a little earlier as it gets so hot in SoCal.

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