For the Pacific Half Marathon.
Good – starting point at the ranch (old western movie set – really cool), lots of free parking. Water stops every two miles (that’s about right), medal was big and heavy, lots of fruit at the finish.
Not so good – packet pickup closes way too early. If your pickup is only on weekdays, one day it should be open until 9pm. Post race festivities are great (especially for kids) with lots of free food (pancakes, mexican, coffee, etc.) but since the 5K and 10K start around the same time as the half, the lines for these are termendously long by the time we half-marathoners arrive and not worth the 30 minute wait for a pancake. The course was pretty, but a bit over-hyped on the website. It is basically looping around a highway out in the country and then into town on residential streets.