Chose this as my first marathon - glad I did! Packet pick up was a little bit of a let down - you needed to pay for parking (but I got dropped off). This was my first big race and I just had a more grand image in my head. They don't give out safety pins, which luckily I realized early on.
The half marathon is a nice, mostly downhill course & very pretty! There was a tough uphill stretch from maybe mile 10-12, but then the last mile is flat & right along the ocean! The finish area is iconic Southern California & could not be prettier!