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Long Beach International Half Marathon

Posted Oct 13 2009 12:00am

Long Beach HalfOFFICIAL TIME: 02:42:42

I remember reading on the official website that 80% of the course had ocean views – boy were they right!

Really fun course! Fast and flat and a lot of variety (more than I expected) with the course itself. We’re talking running over bridges… on boardwalks… overpasses… piers – you name it!

This race is also part of the California Dreamin’ Racing Series so it came equipped with some cute local rock bands to serenade you with some “YOU ROCK” music for the run.

It’s a pretty popular race but I didn’t experience the kind of course traffic the way I did at the Disney Half Marathon. I actually started after the wave start, so that probably made a difference too.

My only issue with the entire experience was the PARKING. I had planned on getting there an hour before the race started (which I did) but found myself stuck on the exit for 40 minutes! If you do this race, plan on being there 2 hours before the race, take the metro or stay locally so you don’t have to drive. I made it to the starting line 2 minutes before the D-Tag cut off! Also they ran out of my shirt size at the Expo – how does that happen? Why even ask me for a shirt size if you won’t have it for me when I go to pick up my packet? They also ran out of GU when I got to Mile 9 and I *know* I wasn’t at the end of the pack!

Finish line = beer, CUPCAKES (!!!), medal + massages.

Would definitely recommend this course and look forward to doing it next year!

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