I picked up my race packet around 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon. I had no trouble parking or picking my packet up. It was not crowded at that time at all. It was disappointing that parking was $5. II thought the expo was better than most I have been to. The space was a bit tight for all the vendors that were there.
On race day I was dropped off at the starting line. Traffic was pretty heavy. The lines for the bathrooms were really long and we missed our corral time. The course was one of the best I have been on. It was mostly flat with beautiful views of the ocean and goes through some gorgeous neighborhoods. I felt there were plenty of water stations. I enjoyed the cliff energy shots at mile 9. It was much needed. There were also quit a few restrooms throughout the entire course with minimal waiting.
The post party was booming. It was the best of the 4 races I have ran. Great music, massages, food and beer. Bag pick up was a nightmare. I would avoid checking anything if it all possible. I have heard a lot of people complaining about getting out of the parking lot. We were parked right by the exit so we didn’t experience much of a wait.
Overall, I really enjoyed the OC 1/2 Marathon.