I’ve run the half marathon twice and I must say it tops the chart on my list of favorite races! My time wasn’t all that great. If you’re a beach person then you’ll love the last few miles (of the half) out on the bike path. There’s a little bit of a hill climb the first few miles but nothing too strenuous. Not very scenic miles 1-4 but once you get passed them, you’ll enjoy sights of the Queen Mary, the historic Pike, and a few other fun places the city has to offer. The expo is fantastic! It’s held in the convention center so it’s fairly big and you won’t feel too much overcrowding unless you go late Saturday afternoon. I’ve taken the train in which drops you off very close to the start and also purchased a parking pass. The train was a bit sketchy to be honest. I would recommend getting dropped off (710 freeway can be crazy so take the streets) or do the parking pass thing. Very easy and well thought out. Great race, very organized-will be back next year! From a Long Beach State alum…GO BEACH!