This was my first Rock ‘N Roll race (but my 15th half) and it was a really nice race experience.
Pre-Race: The expo was well laid out and had more free stuff than I’ve ever gotten at a race expo before. I felt like I was trick-or-treating for mini protein bars. I agree with other reviewers – don’t pay so much to park! I found a meter a couple blocks away and paid $1 for 1 hour.
Course: A little boring, but I’m spoiled by all the SoCal oceanside courses. The LA Coliseum and the couple hills added some interest, and the costumed runners meant that I was never bored. My favorite part was the 2nd Street tunnel. Even though it made me lose satellites (I’m assuming this is why my Garmin measured the course long – 13.42) they were pumping some loud, upbeat music through the tunnel which was awesome and made me pick up the pace!
Post-Race: Tons of food/drink (mini Jamba Juices FTW). I didn’t hit up the beer tent or the post-race concert, though. One tip – pre-plan a meeting place with your group! I’m used to small races where my husband can find parking, and then find me at the finish, and since I didn’t bring my phone we had a little trouble finding each other. (Thank you to the runner who let me use his iPhone so I could find my husband!).
Overall: a fun race. I think big races like this are especially great for first-timers. RnR is good about giving instructions, making sure you have lots of pics, and giving you a good experience.