scenic course, great organization, few spectators (about: 2000)|
A Runner from San Diego, Ca (1/2/01)
I ran this, my 1st marathon, in January 2000 and had a great time. I trained with SD Fit, which the race organizer (In motion) sponsors every fall. This is a great 1st time race, the organization is awesome the whole way, and you have a chance for a PR. It is simple to come and go at the start, and the scenery is nice with an ocean view over half the way. You are never far from the coast and the cooling ocean breeze!
If you need massive crowd support, this might not be your race, however I was surprised by the number of spectators that came out in the rain to cheer the runners. In motion does a top notch job, support at every mile and occasional bands. Particularly memorable are the Scottish bag Pipers at mile 18, right when you need the inspiration!