It was there inaugural race. It was really a small crowd. I am a no frills kind of guy. So, it did not bother me much that there was not a large post race party. I am there to run. I picked up my race packet the morning of the race. So, I cannot comment on the pre-race. The race started on the beach and continued along the coast for an up and back race. I prefer this to a loop any day. The run was perfect, if you like the California coast and crashing waves (which I do). They could have marked out the course a little more. Some chalk on the ground is always nice to see that you are on the correct path.The parking was convenient with a parking structure within a block or two and many public parking lots. The post race was very small. Help yourself water, bananas. etc. I did not see any vendors other than a free message The metal was nothing big. They had the same metal for the 5K, 10K and half marathon. I would have like to have a bigger one for doing the half marathon, but it was such a beautiful run who cares really? Overall, I would recommend it to pure running enthusiast. Good job!