Love this race! Why? The organizers (Run Racing), the volunteers (awesome support along the course), the spectators (love that so many residents come out to cheer us on), and the beautiful course! I wish that we didn’t have to pay to park just to pick up our bibs, and then pay again for the race. I was also a bit disappointed in the limited clothing and gear vendors this year. As others have stated, the area immediately following the finish line is crowded but this seems to be the case at most races. Only recommendation is to move the photo area out of the finish line… past the gates. The shirt… don’t love it (was expecting a bright colored one after their online poll) but it fits true to size which is nice! Not sure I’ll do this one again because it’s a difficult month for me but recommend it highly for anyone else considering the Long Beach Marathon!