I ran the half-marathon. To be honest my experience with this race felt quick. Pre-race they were running out of t-shirts so it seemed like a lot of people did not get the shirts they wanted or ended up with female shirts. But of course they did have some real good vendors there so that made up for it. The course itself was along PCH for most of the stretch and through a neighborhood and along the outskirts of the Talbert Nature Preserve area. I personally was demotivated on the last few miles because I saw surfers crossing the street and other surfers waiting for waves, I wanted to be doing that instead. All in all it depends on what your looking for, this race did seem to be catered towards the full Marathon runners.