Last Saturday we loaded our go dog Winston in the car, and headed out for the 6 hour drive from Orange County to Santa Cruz. Although our half marathon training was limited for this round, we were feeling good about the run.
The Santa Cruz Half Marathon, by First Wave Events, is put on the perfect time of the year. Our race day weather was overcast and a bit chilly, and the sun did not break through until I (in the back of the pack) was about a half mile to the finish. Beautiful weather.
This ranks as one of the most scenic races I have done; the Venice Italy marathon is hands down the most scenic event I’ve participated in. The Santa Cruz half starts near the boardwalk amusement park, then through beautiful neighborhoods overlooking the ocean bluffs. The route then drops you on to a park trail surrounded by towering trees and horse pastures. A couple miles later you transition to dirt trails through a farm, and my favorite part, the cliffs over looking the ocean.
Jerry ran with the 2 hour pace group, and me, I moseyed to the back of the pack. Even with all the hills, Jerry pulled out a 2:08 PR, and a (mostly) painless run. This is the second time I’ve done the Santa Cruz half, and I would definitely sign up for this one again.
The Santa Cruz Half Good:
- There is a lot of good to this event, the scenery is amazing
- This is a small event – one start for all
- Event is in April – perfect running weather
- Good bling (medal & shirts)
- Lots to see and do after the run
The Santa Cruz Half Bad:
- This is a hilly course, if you’re out to break a PR, this may not be the event to target
- Not enough water stops