We ran the Reggae Run Half Marathon in Santa Cruz this past Sunday.
The start and finish lines were at the new Depot Park, near the Boardwalk. Approximately 300 people ran the half. Based on the fact that the race started 25 minutes late, I would bet this was the inagural event. Luckily, the weather cooperated and temperatures remained cool until about Mile 10.
The race course was very scenic - we ran past the Lighthouse and Steamers and then north on West Cliff Drive. The course wound through Natural Bridges, which was short, but beautiful. We then went along a County road, out to Wilder Ranch and back.
Overall, here's how the run rates in my book:
Organization - The race was not put together well (missing Mile markers and a very late start); however, it was clearly marked/staffed. Grade: D
Course - About as scenic as it gets. Grade: A
Aid-stations - Located as billed - each had water and Gatorade. The Gatorade was waaaaaaaaaaayy too strong - it had to be diluted with water. No Gu/gel available. Grade: B
Swag - Great short-sleeve shirt, nice Finisher's medal. Grade: A