Overview: A small, friendly 5K sponsored by Pepperdine University'sWhen: January 23. 2016
Where: Dockweiler State Beach near LAX.
Course access: Dockweiler is one of those places that seems as though it should be very easy to access, but is not. There's no direct bus to the beach, and the nearest mass transit stops several miles away. Rideshares, bikes or cars rule the day here.
Why: The race races money for Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology's initiatives to help foster care youth in Los Angeles County.
Number of Participants: I cannot find results anywhere, but this seemed to be a smaller race. I'd estimate it at 500 participants or less.
Pre-race: Painless packet pickup on race morning.
Course: An out and back along the flat, fast Vista del Mar. The course ran parallel to the Pacific Ocean, so runners and walkers were treated to wonderful ocean views and breezes for the entire race. There were ample water stops and the course was clearly delineated, with no problems crossing the parking lot. However, I did not notice mile markers or clocks along the route.
Chip timing: This is going to sound awful, but I honestly don't recall.
Shirt: Cotton t-shirt with the race name.
Swag: A great medal.
Expo: They had a small but mighty expo, with some really interesting booths from disparate companies, like Equinox gyms and US Bank.
Would I Run this Race Again: Yes! This small, friendly race was a great way to start 2016.