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Review of Long Beach International Marathon/Half/5K by stridingmom

Posted by: on April, 18 2012

My favorite SoCal half. Great expo and easily found parking that I didn’t have to pay for to get my packet. On race day there was a bit of traffic heading into downtown Long Beach, but nothing out of the ordinary for a major race. I found quick, cheap parking ($5) in a parking garage not too terribly far from the starting line. I hit the Port a Potty’s a few times while I waited. Race started and the course is just great. There’s one quiet place around miles 9-11 but other than that it’s really a nice course. Flat, fast and great crowds. Post-race you grab your medal, good snacks and even a lunch. The half marathon finishes around the same time as the 5k so all of the participants mingle which is fun.