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Review of Long Beach International Marathon/Half/5K by Erin Moore

Posted by: on October, 8 2012

I was really impressed with this race. I thought traffic getting to the race would be a nightmare so I left my house in Huntington Beach at 5:00am to make sure I had enough time to get there. By the time I got there and parked it was only 5:30am. GET PREPAID PARKING! By paying for parking online in advance you are guaranteed a spot when you get there and you only half to walk a short distance to the start line (which was a good warm up.)
I had heard that this was a pretty flat course; and it was for the most part, but there were a couple of small, long hills. They weren’t anything difficult, but it would have been nice to know about beforehand because I was expecting a completely flat course. There was one part of the course that smelled really fishy near the harbor. Some parts of the course (mostly by the beach) got kind of crowded. Besides these minor issues, I was happy with the course, it was very scenic.
At the finish line, they were very fast to give me a water bottle, blanket, and a goodie bag. All the volunteers were very helpful and nice and really seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Upon leaving I thought there would be a lot of traffic, but there really wasn’t. We just left the parking structure and got right on the road.
I would definitely run this race again 😀