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Review of Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon by Jimmy Nguyen

Posted by: on February, 8 2013

This is the first beachside race I’ve done, and for this year, it’s the first of my Beach Cities Challenge. The pre-race expo was nice though the humidity of the weekend combined with a lot of people under a big tent made for a lot of obnoxious odors wandering about. Gross.

Parking for pre-race was alright, though a bit confusing. I managed to find metered parking less than a block away on 1st street. Parking for race day for me, was a breeze – cuz I got there super early and parked at one of the shuttle stop locations.

Race day was actually pretty and warm, the skies were clear and the sun was up and out in full force. I’ve done other daytime races before, but I’ve always ended with the sun on my back, and this time the sun was in my face.. I was very tired at the finish line needless to say.

Lots of good water stations, however not enough Vitalyte electrolyte stations. Lots of portapotties on the route and good volunteers, but could definitely use some entertainment along the bolsa chica area. The entertainment along PCH was awesome and definitely helped with the last 3-4 miles along PCH.

Overall, I had fun and the race was great.. of course the bling is always a super plus. Would I run this again? Sure, why not? 🙂 Looking forward to the OC Half and Long Beach Half to complete my Beach Cities Challenge!