RaceGrader - Authentic Race Reviews - Swim, Bike, Run

Review of Long Beach International Marathon/Half/5K by The Bear

Posted by: on October, 8 2012

Never had a problem with this race. Well organized, good volunteers, flat course. It seems to be well attended by the half marathoners (many of whom are walking.) The expo is awesome. The crowds are bigger each year.

The only problems you have to be aware of: get there early, get there early, get there early. The freeway backs up and you could miss the race. Buy the pre-paid parking. Nothing worse than searching for parking race day.

There are no pre-assigned waves. So, everyone (even walkers) crowd up to the front. Hopefully some year they will change this. If you get to the boardwalk at mile 5 to 9 in the middle of the crowd you will wish you didn’t. It is pretty narrow and you cold get behind a slow crowd at be stuck. Hopefully someday, they will pre-assign corrals and start the full marathoners separate from the half marathoners.

Overall it is a good course. Nice friendly group of runners. Good times! One of my favorites.