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Review of New Years Race by Tasha Harris Bell

Posted by: on January, 7 2013

This was an inagural run so I expected for there to be things that may didn’t get thought of. Packet pick up was nice, easy, organized and seamless. Not a big expo area, which was a little disappointing but being a first year that will get better with time I’m sure. The late start time was problematic for a lot of reasons, the weather started to cool pretty quickly and when you’re already planning a late night run, a late start should NOT happen. The course had far more hills than anticipated and in looking at the elevation map pre-run that was not what I had expected. The course itself left a lot to be desired and having a night downtown Los Angeles run, I again, expected better. Running thru the actual Dodger Stadium was cool though. End of the race was a little disappointing, this was a “fun” run for me so my time was not good, but to get the end of race with little to no cheering and no real direction as to where anything was at was problematic.

I walked for a half hour, asked several people, no one knew where bag pick up was at, by the time I got the Post-Race Party area, everything was closed and things were wrapping up. The race Finish actually ended up being almost a full mile from the Host Hotel so we had to grab a cab back or walk there at 1am…ya, we chose a cab.

The bling was cool, the sweatshirts are nice….all in all…this was a fun one and an experience, needs a little more directions for runners pre and post race to make things go a little smoother. I doubt I will do this one again…the late start time is just to late.