I’ve watched the Brea 8K grow steadily since the early 1990s. It started very small and just in the past few years, has grown to one of Southern California’s premiere races.
There’s plenty of parking with the Brea Mall and the shopping centers across the street. packet pick-up is easy (at least on race morning) and there are plenty of course monitors (not to mention police!). The course isn’t the easiest but it’s a nice run through the city…my favorite part is what has been dubbed “Target Heartrate Hill”. Last year they introduced chip-timing which real pushed the race over the top.
What makes the Brea 8K unique is its finish line. I was talking to a runner in northern California and HE knew of the Brea 8K because of its finish line. Last year, they had between 10 and 15 restaurants serving the runners after the race. The number of restaurants grows every year I come back.
THIS is the race to do if you’re from the area or if you’re visiting. And it’s a great value too.