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Review of New Years Race by Gregg Condon

Posted by: on January, 6 2013

I really enjoyed this race, despite the fact that I’d never been so sore during a race before (even the LA Marathon last year). I chalk this up to being my first night race and not being quite prepared for the cold and the impact that no sun would have on my psyche.
The start was a little frustrating due to the late start, but it’s better to have clear roads.
I know a lot of people are complaining about the amount of miles run around Dodger Stadium, but it’s a Saturday night in Downtown LA, it’s not like they are going to let us have all the roads down there. I did think it was funny that when I entered the stadium area I saw the lead runner (was setting a PR at that point) and when I left they were closing the course (was almost setting a Personal Worst at that point).
The post race is another story. When I crossed the finish I totally missed the people handing out medals and it wasn’t until I got my blanket and realized people had their medals that I went back. Bag check was another issue as there were no signs directing you to bag check and even some of the volunteers were unaware of where to go. Also, not all of the trucks had scissors to cut the band off. I attribute these things to the event being the first year and would imagine they’d be fixed in year two.
Overall, I’d give the event a C. Not the best event I’ve run, far from the worst.