Here you can read my various reviews of races… because some races are pricey, some courses are boring, and some races simply aren’t worth the time or money.
Others are so awesome you want to run them year after year. My goal is to let you know which of those two categories a race falls into.
I try to give some helpful tips for each specific race so you can be as prepared as possible, have a great time running, and beat my time.
Note: I don’t run many 10k races; if given the choice, I’d rather run more miles for the entry fee. And I never run 5k races… unless they’re giving out free diamonds. You just have to run too fast in 5k races. And I don’t do fast. But I do do costumed runs…
The races are listed in order of the time of the year when they occur. Please also note the year that they were reviewed; some races I ran in 2010 so they might have changed slightly for the better since then.
Southern California Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon (no pictures)
A well-run race with good logistics but BORING course. First week of January.
Carlsbad Half Marathon (no pictures)
Very scenic, gorgeous course but register early! Third week of January.
Middle of January, beautiful, tough hilly course, sells out
An expensive but very fun race at Disneyland, flat, fun to dress up for, mostly women
On Super Bowl Sunday, flat and fast near the beach
Very small race in Western Washington, gorgeous course, no frills race.
Middle of February in Phoenix, very flat and fast, great weather for fast running
Very small, low key beach races that are affordable with friendly people.
Flat, fast race for women, great weather.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon (no pictures)
Fabulous race, one of my favorites. Great weather, good course. Mid March.
Red Rock Marathon (no pictures)
March, outside of Vegas, very beautiful and hilly course in the mountains. 4 mile climb!
LA Marathon (no pictures)
Big race from Dodgers Stadium to Santa Monica. Very poor logistics, wouldn’t recommend it at all. Middle of March.
LA Marathon 2011 (no pics)
Improvements made the race much better than 2010, still very expensive.
Such a better race than the previous years!
Very fun trail race, awesome after-party. Definitely recommend this race. End of March.
A pricey but fun, hilly race where you get chocolate afterwards!
Camp Pendleton Hard Corps Marathon (no pictures)
Small, rolling hills race on the base. Lots of friendly marines but no frills, ran on boring fire roads. Middle of April.
Gansett Marathon (no pics)
Very small, qualifying only race in Rhode Island, pretty and scenic but windy.
Boston Marathon (no pics)
It’s Boston, need I say more?
A great, small town race with big time amenities.
Eugene Marathon (no pics)
A smaller, scenic race that’s flat and fast, finishes in Track Town. Beginning of May.
PCRF Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon (no pictures)
Mostly flat course, nice weather, family-focused event. Beginning of May.
Palos Verdes Marathon (no pictures)
Very hilly but beautiful, scenic course. Mid May.
An okay race, can be hot, lots of half marathoners.
The original RnR race, mostly flat, decent race, boring course.
Not a great course honestly.
Nice, small local race, I enjoyed it!
Pasadena Say No to Drugs Half Marathon (no pictures)
At the Rose Bowl, warm weather. Part road, part trail, small race.
Maui Marathon (no pics)
A great destination race but hot and humid. Middle of September.
Huge race, flat course, very fast, fun race. First week of Oct.
Small race through farm roads, kinda boring, wouldn’t recommend it. Beginning of October.
Portland Marathon (no pics)
Larger race in October, great support but be prepared for rain!
The Nike Women’s Half Marathon (no pictures)
HUGE race in San Francisco; crappy corral system and logistics. Middle of October. I reviewed the half.
A large, girl power race in the Bay area. Mid October.
A small, friendly womens race in Wisconsin.
A small race through vineyards with great volunteers, rolling hills. Mid October.
Downtown LA, right before Halloween, dress up!
New York City Marathon (no pics)
Largest marathon in the world, amazing experience but hard to get into through the lottery.
The inaugural year, first week of November, not that great of a race.
Smaller, great race, couple large hills, in mid November.
Malibu Marathon (no pics)
Smaller, windy and hilly race along the coast. Not enough aid stations but beautiful views. Mid November.
Amica Seattle Marathon (no pictures)
Right after Thanksgiving. Smaller race, awesome course. Be prepared for any sort of weather!
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon 2010 (no pictures)
Big, fun race but cold weather. First weekend of December.
Horribly executed race, wouldn’t pay for an entry, absolutely miserable!
LA County Holiday Half Marathon (no pics)
A fun, holiday run in Pomona, middle of December.
A flat, fast course in Ventura.