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

Posted by: on April, 3 2013

My 1st marathon! It was stressful from a personal standpoint. Expo was overwhelming in the convention center, but was fine. I liked the Clif Bar posters. Gorgeous weather = awesome running bra tan lines! Course was quite crowded during beginning. Long time to reach start line from my corral/wave. Pleanty of stations throughout. I really enjoyed the views along the way (Queen Mary & water tanker squirting). My fav thing were the mile markers (pictures from kids). Did not enjoy running through the neighborhoods some much. Only real complaint was that the Police stopped us at one point for traffic – so NOT cool at mile 20 somthing. Hard to get going again after that. Finish line was narrow & walk back to parking was brutal for my tired body. Nice heavy medal.