I jumped on a plane and traveled to California for a race at the end of October.
And it WASN’T a runDisney event!? Gasp!
I know- I know.? But it was at the beach and offered a costume option and had cool bling.
Close enough for me!
I arrived a little late, actually, due to a sleepless night.?? My hotel was great (shout out to the Courtyard Marriot!) but my mind wouldn’t settle.? I had a lot going on that weekend and traveling out of town probably wasn’t the wisest option but I am SO glad I made the trip!
Since I was late, I watched the 10-Miler start without me.? I needed 10 miles on the books that day anyway and this was the way I planned to get them in for training.
Instead I decided to run a bit before and after the 10K in order to get a total of 10 miles in.? I had 45 minutes between the start of the races so plenty of time!
This is a GREAT location for a race.? The course was a flat (mostly- one small overpass type “hill”) and right by the ocean.? I had a gorgeous view the entire 6.2 miles and probably ran with a stupid grin on my face because of it!
Once we got started I settled in behind another runner in a Sparkle Skirt and decided she would be my “pacer”.? It worked out well.? At the end of the race I ran up next to her and we ran in together discovering we were both on the same Facebook runner/skirt related boards.
It’s a Small World, you know!
I believe this was the 10 Mile Woman’s winner blazing past me.? I was around mile 2 at this point.? Ahem.
The runners in So Cal:? fast.? And so fun to watch!
My only negative to this race was the entertainment.? The website mentioned surf music and bands at every mile.? We had a couple of speakers.? No bands.?? A little disappointing when I realized that but the race itself was fabulous so I managed with my own entertainment!
And there were the costumes.
This guy was my favorite.? I saw quite a few super heroes and many runDisney inspired costumes.
Me?? Yeah- I didn’t go there for this race.? Mentally I was just happy to show up and even though I packed Nemo, he didn’t make an appearance.
Sometimes it’s ok to just be a runner, you know?? But it made me smile to see all the costumes in a non-Disney event!? Go Surf City runners!
After the race I was handed my medal and a ton of food and drink.? The back of the pack was completely taken care of at this race!
I spent a few minutes walking around the finish expo eating and drinking.? The band was FABULOUS and I loved the runners who got up and danced together in front of the stage.? It was a very early but very fun party atmosphere at the beach!
All good things must end and I had a few miles left.? So I stashed my leftovers in the car and I headed back down the beach to get my final miles in for the day.
The beach location is awesome.? I spent a lot of time hanging out pre and post race (which I almost never do!)
The medal is brilliant.? Easily one of my top 3 favorites!
The race distances gave something for everyone.? 10-miles, 10K, and a 5K too!? Perfect for families.
The costumes.? LOVED the costumes!
The weather stayed perfect for me.? Overcast until the end and nice and cool in the low 60s.? Love So Cal!
Just the lack of entertainment.? But no big deal if you had headphones or a buddy to run with!
An out and back course.? Not my favorite.? But for a 10K at the beach it REALLY wasn’t worth complaining about.
I’ll be back next year!? It’s a great race and perfect time of year to head to Huntington Beach.?? Don’t forget about the half and full marathon happening in February!? There’s till plenty of time to sign up for those races!
Did you run the Surf City 10?? What costume did you like the most?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)