This is going to be the shortest race review known to SkinnyRunnerdom because all my racing pictures I took are on my other broken down, yet to be fixed laptop. Oh, and I’m in Alaska and supposed to be working right now… not blogging.
So let’s get to the facts: Palos Verdes Marathon, half marathon on May 15, 2010. 7am start. $60 for the full. even if you sign up race morning. That is a cheap marathon race!
This is a small race, about 350 marathoners, so there’s no need to get there early or even sign up in advance.
*Beautiful course ran all along the ocean. You pass Trump National Golf Course and sone other really nice neighborhoods.
*Great course support for how small it is: water or gatorade every mile and probably about 5 different areas where they gave out (nasty) Powerbar energy gels.
*Very friendly volunteers.
*It was ran efficiently, no problems with parking, starting, bib pickup, etc. Easy logistics.
*Plently of free parking around the start at a park along the water.
*Fabulous overcast, 60 degree running weather. It was perfect for running.
Not so Good Stuff:
*If you’re not into hills, this race will tear your butt up. IT IS HILLY. the whole thing. Be prepared.
*Parts of the race are run in a bike lane with the road next to it still open. Hello dangerous. I actually would look for oncoming cars before passing someone at these parts. Definitely needs to change in the future. lawsuit waiting to happen…
*Not a whole lot of spectators.
*The website kinda bites, it actually really bites. It’s old and information-less.
*No chip timing.
Small, no frills race. You get a little medal and cotton t shirt but not much else. But I’d recommend doing it because its HARD and SCENIC. Although I love big city, exciting, huge races, I really enjoyed this smaller, more “natural”, outdoorsy race. I’d give it a 8.94 out of 10. Try it next year.