The course was very scenic and perfect temperature, overcast and 60's (that's why they start so early, to beat the heat). It was humid though! All along the ocean, beautiful views of the Bay and ridiculous houses. There were not a lot of spectators but the ones out there were great! The two complaints I would have is the flat advertisement is not true. There are two big hills and some additional rollers which I was not prepared for. Also, there were quite a few spots where the course went onto bike trails that were very narrow and there were tons of people so you just kind of got stuck when those turns came around - not that I minded having to slow down:) The support was good with water stations every 2 miles or so and then at 10.5 there was a huge Cliff Bar station. Running through that was one of my favorite parts since the Lulu Team was out cheering with some great signage and I got a huge shout out for my outfit (head to toe Lulu of course - I am sorry I am addicted)!
The last 3.5 miles you turn away from the ocean and head towards the fair grounds so those were the least scenic part and of course worst part mentally. The finish line was good though and I thought the post race food was decent. The only other issue was getting a shuttle back Fashion Island. They claimed there were going to be shuttles back to the start line but we waited for 40-50 min before some other bus line took pity on the group and had one of their charter buses come over and shuttle us back. There was a shuttle directly to our hotel but it was $25 a person...come on!!! Besides that I would definitely recommend staying at the Marriott at Fashion Island because it was very convenient for morning of. All in all a pretty cool race that I would consider doing again but probably wouldn't be my first choice. However, the medal may change my mind:
|In love with this one!|