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OC Marathon Reviews

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  • runnergirl209 Rookie 2 posts since
    Feb 20, 2009
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    1. Aug 7, 2009 10:43 AM (in response to Guest )
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    I ran the Half this past May and will not run it again. The course isn't laid out very well. In the first 3 miles or so there are a few turns through a residential neighborhood. Too many turns, in my opinion, slows down your time. But the worst part about this race was going under the bride. HUGE bottleneck! A race with 8,000  runners is a pretty big race. The trail going under the bridge is about 6 feet wide. That's A LOT of runners trying to get through. HORRIBLE!

    If you're racing just to have fun, it's a good race. If you're racing for time, I wouldn't recommend it.

  • carney, carlos Rookie 2 posts since
    Sep 30, 2008
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    2. Aug 19, 2009 10:26 AM (in response to Guest )
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    Runnergirl is correct about lots of turns thru Corona del Mar.  But hey, this is one of the prettiest stretches of the Pacific Ocean.  It's worth it.  Net decline in elevation for halfers more than make up for turns or tight trail under bridge.  Anyone that wants to run a serious time should love this course.  Just line up in front and fly. Make sure you don't start from back and have to weave thru half marathon walkers.  I ran the full marathon and can say the new layout was much better than before.

  • Wbaugh123 Rookie 2 posts since
    May 22, 2008
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    3. Aug 20, 2009 12:06 PM (in response to Guest )
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    I ran the full marathon this year and had a great time x2 (I had fun and PR'd). I love the fact that the course runs through the beautiful beach community of Corona del Mar.  And, since it's at the beginning of the race, you can actually enjoy the ocean view!  Running through the back bay has a very calming effect on the soul which is important when you are trying to settle into your race pace.  I haven't decided whether to run the full or half next year but I will definitively be back!

  • dynamictouch Rookie 1 posts since
    Mar 5, 2008
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    4. Sep 11, 2009 1:59 PM (in response to Guest )
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    Loved the Half, but I have to admit I was running just to finish, not to set a PR.  There was a bottleneck at the bridge, but I didn't get upset over it.  Support was good, they had water for everyone.

  • CJ42 Rookie 1 posts since
    Sep 11, 2009
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    5. Sep 11, 2009 4:23 PM (in response to Guest )
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    May is much better than Jan weather wise but I miss the old course.  It's much more of a challenge.

  • 0304026701 Rookie 4 posts since
    Nov 5, 2007
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    6. Sep 15, 2009 11:41 AM (in response to Guest )
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    I think January is better than May (much cooler for running although the weather was fine this year). The bottleneck at the bridge is a bummer, especially if you are going for a PR however I really liked the course and besides the bridge and the short, steep hill towards the end of the back bay, I loved the course.  Hope they keep everything the same in the future except for the bridge!

  • hbgal Rookie 1 posts since
    Oct 14, 2009
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    7. Oct 14, 2009 6:01 PM (in response to Guest )
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    I absolutely LOVE the new course! Ocean views, the back bay, what a beautiful route!  I also prefer May versus January so I don't have to train during the holidays!  Well done OC Marathon!  I'll be back.

  • Gary Kut Rookie 1 posts since
    Oct 22, 2007
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    8. Nov 30, 2009 10:08 AM (in response to Guest )
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    The course will be pretty much the same with a couple minor and better changes and with a wave start, there will not be any bottlenecks at the 8' wide path that goes under Pacific Coast Highway at the Bay Bridge 5.25 mile mark.

  • HP1 Rookie 1 posts since
    Dec 26, 2007
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    9. Nov 30, 2009 2:22 PM (in response to Guest )
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    I've run the "big" LA, NY and even SD Rock n Roll marathons and I have to say that the OC Marathon is an exciting race with an exceptional course.  You just can't beat the ocean views and scenic back bay run with optimum Spring morning temperatures.  With a net downhill first half and a super fast flat second half, one small bridge "bottleneck" is no big deal.  I love the new finish at the OC Fairgrounds which makes the race more enjoyable for both runners and spectators to celebrate!  The cost for either the full or the half is remarkably reasonble for the tech t shirt, finisher's medal and course support.  Signed up again for the full!  Woo-hoo 26.2!

  • Jp1008 Rookie 1 posts since
    Sep 12, 2008
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    10. Mar 21, 2010 7:08 PM (in response to Guest )
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    I did not think the bottleneck was that bad.  I enjoyed this course, especially through the neighborhoods.  I just hope they have the bathroom situation figured out this year...last year was RIDICULOUS.

  • Ninerman72 Amateur 12 posts since
    Apr 6, 2009
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    11. Mar 25, 2010 9:26 AM (in response to Guest )
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    I like the fact that there will be a wave start this year. I had to wait forever for a shuttle and by the time i got to the start, it took me about the first three miles or so before i could feel comfortable in my pace. I just ran a half in Long Beach last October and the wave start makes a big difference. Surprised OC didn't already have that in place.

  • se1active Rookie 1 posts since
    Apr 19, 2010
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    12. Apr 19, 2010 10:10 AM (in response to Guest )
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    I'm sorry to be negative but this event just hasn't been well run.  I've done it and I've done the race "across town" - the Cinco de Mayo Half (they're on the same day again this year) and the other guys just have it down so well.  Maybe it is the size or the venue but there isn't reallly a comparison in the enjoyment of the experience between the two.

    The other one is genuinely for charity, too. 

  • Russ Hill Rookie 1 posts since
    Aug 15, 2009
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    13. Apr 23, 2010 2:50 PM (in response to Guest )
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    The event website is not working well. I still don't have a map of the course.  Anyone have one that they can post or direct me to?

  • STEVE103061 Rookie 1 posts since
    Feb 20, 2008
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    14. Apr 26, 2010 1:08 AM (in response to Guest )
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