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Review of Los Angeles Rock N Roll Half Marathon by Cordelia George Stark

Posted by: on February, 29 2012

A pretty fun race and very organized and one of the most fun half marathon in the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series. Great Expo with lots of vendors and great running gear! Sampling of the MGD 64 was interesting. Packet pick-up was a breeze though don’t park inside the convention center and pay the parking fee. Park across the street where it’s free. The course itself was okay. It was interesting to go through downtown L.A. though there was almost a fight breaking out while we were running on the course. However, there were so many cops everywhere that I didn’t feel unsafe at all. Running through the Coliseum and through the tunnel was great, and the view of the L.A. skyline running down the bridge was quite breathtaking! I’ve never seen L.A. the way I did that day before! The post-race concert was great (it was Bret Michaels) and the beer garden was okay. As like the other RNR races I’ve run, they gave plenty of food and drinks at the finish line, plenty of water stations & aid stations as well! Love how they also gave out GU’s right around mile 9 and 10. That’s always a plus! Love the band at every mile, too!! Could use a better looking course, but it was still an interesting one! A fun race overall and will run it again. However, make sure to get there early before the road blocks. It was frustrating trying to find my way to L.A. Live once the roads were blocked and none of the cops would tell you the correct way to go to avoid the road blocks!! Ended up having to pay $20 to park at a nearby lot that looked a bit sketchy! Fortunately, my car was still in one piece by the time I finished the race. Remember where you park bc it can get really confusing in downtown L.A.! My advice to definitely get there early in order to park inside the parking garage at L.A. Live and make it easier for yourself!