The Great Race of Agoura is made up of a bunch of different races: there’s the trail Chesebro half that I ran, the Pacific Half that’s on roads, a 10k, 5k, Kid’s Mile and a family fun run. So pretty much a race for everyone. Unless you’re Dean Karnazes and need to run 90 miles in a day.
It was held on March 27th and this year was the 25th annual race, and it has been consistently rated LA’s best running event and best post-race party. I forget how much it cost to enter, about $70 maybe.
I didn’t go to the expo; I had a friend pick my race packet up so I can’t really say much about it. But we did get a sweet nylon bag full of goodies from it: a frisbee, mini Clif bar, a portable water cup (at least that’s what I think it is) and some other things. The race tee was also nice, a long sleeve technical tee.
Most of the Chesebro half is on trails. The race starts at the top of the hill so you get a nice descent right off the bat. For about 3 miles you run on roads and then get to the trails. These are legit trails: you have to really watch where you step and jump, etc. There were a couple big hills and one long switchback. But, it is so beautiful out there. The weather was gorgeous, the trails were clean, it was just naturally beautiful.
This is NOT an easy course, but it is fun and very pretty. After about 8 miles of trails, you finish the race back on the roads. There are 2 small hills at the finish but nothing bad at all.
THE COURSE SUPPORT
There wasn’t much course support in terms of water because everything had to be biked in. I think there were maybe 4 water stations? At mile 10 they were handing out Clif shot bloks, but I think they should have been earlier on the course. just my opinion…
There were quite a few spectators on the road parts which was nice too. Obviously, there wasn’t anyone out on the trails.
This is what really makes this race: the after-party. Hands down, the best I’ve ever been to. There were 3 or 4 huge blow up bouncers for kids. or me.
There were tons of vendors there as well as food booths giving out free food! Whole Foods had a tent with crepes, although the line was really long so we didn’t bother. Rubio’s was handing out samples of their Mexican food; there was pizza as well as fresh bread from Great Harvest Bread Company. Don Francisco’s was giving out coffee.
Dole was the main sponsor of the race so there were tons of bananas, oranges, fruit cups and juice cans being handed out. All of the booths were really generous with their freebies. As well as the food and drink samples, we got bandaids, gum, a coffee mug, letter openers, chip clips, all sorts of crazy stuff!
Do this race! It’s fun and challenging. If you haven’t ran a trail race before, you have to try one. Be prepared to run a little slower; trail running is kinda difficult. I’d rate this race a 9.87 out of 10, the highest SR has ever rated a race!
~Train on hills; this is a hilly course with a few killer hills.
~Bring your own water. If I ran this again, I would bring my own hydration because there really isn’t enough on some parts of the course.
~Stay for the after-party and be ready to receive lots of samples and freebies!
~Bring your kids and run the Kids Mile or the family fun run; this is definitely an event geared towards families.