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Review of OC Marathon, Half Marathon, Wahoos 5K by

Posted by: on May, 6 2013

Pre Race: I didn’t go to the Expo so I can’t speak to that. Although sadly they weren’t allowing shirt exchanges because they just order “enough”. The shuttle lines were incredibly long. We got to the start of the 1/2 just as they were doing the National Anthem. We were supposed to be in Corral 2 but ended up starting in Corral 5. It was unclear if we could make our way up. Wasn’t really worried about it since it was a chip timed race.
Course: The course was fine. There were a couple of bottleneck issues for a rather large race. Not sure why they felt running on a bike trail would be acceptable. There were some issues with only 1 porta-pottie in spots which again, for such a large race is unacceptable. I did enjoy the changes in elevation though and like challenging myself. The fly-over course description wasn’t really descriptive on the hills.
Post Race: Utilizing the Fairgrounds for the Post Race party was brilliant. I wish I’d had my wallet with me to get a beer and celebrate. This was really the best part of the race. However I’m hearing that they ran out of 1/2 Medals for later finishers. This is unacceptable. If they are only going to order “just enough” shirts and medals then they need to not allow registration at the Expo.