MOUNTAINS 2 BEACH HALF MARATHON
This race starts in Ojai and finishes near the Ventura Pier and is known as a great place to qualify for The Boston Marathon. I, however, ran the half marathon. At first, I was a little bummed that we had to shuttle to the start line 2 hours before the start because that meant a 2:30 a.m. alarm. Happily, the minute the race started, any and all bummedness (not a real word?) dissipated. This half marathon course is now one of my favorites. It was a gradual downhill with only a few upgrades for most of the first 9 miles. The last 4 miles run right next to the beach and are beautiful! I finished in 2:00. I was shooting for my usual goal of under 2:00 but that was close enough for me!After my race, I cheered on my Full Marathon Running friends including @marathonpitstop who also really enjoyed the course and did, in fact, re-qualify for Boston! The racing weather was perfect. The sun did not emerge until right after many of the runners had crossed the finish line. The beach was the perfect setting for our post-race party!