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Review of Santa Clarita Marathon by

Posted by: on November, 5 2013

I really enjoyed this race this. I am always happy to run races with wide open streets that are easy to maneuver and not shoulder to shoulder with other runners.

Packet pick-up: Was very easy to get to however, the expo was small and did not offer
much if you were not a local resident. I would have really appreciated VIP same day packet pick up.
I live over an hour away so hopefully it will be something they offer the next year.

The start line was very well organized with gear check nearby and plenty of potable restrooms.
It was smaller race offering a 5k, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon. The vibe was great and all the runners seemed to be very friendly.

The course started out downhill the town and streets of Santa Clarita are very pretty of lots of big trees and nice views of the valley. The course then lead to the paseo system/bike path walkways that connects the community. It ran along a riverbed and was mixed with flat twist and turns but lots of inclines as well. I found the course to challenging but still a lot of fun on the downhill areas.

It seems as if water station were ever couple miles. I wasn’t paying attention since I carry my own.
I never saw an aide station and counted one portable restroom on the course.

The finish line was awesome with lots of spectators cheering everyone on, music and plenty of refreshments and food. Gear pickup was inside the finishers chute and easy to get to.

The tech shirt and medal were both very nice. I PR’d on the half marathon course so I will for sure be back next year!