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Long Beach Marathon Beginner Q and A
Frank Hong of Southern California skated the Long Beach Marathon in 2003, only 4 months after he put on his first pair of skates. Before the race he had a few questions for race director Dan Joyce:

Frank Hong: Are there any hills on the course?

Dan Joyce: You can see the actual coursemap by accessing the Long Beach Marathon Website at RunLongBeach.com). Most of the course is run on the city streets with a couple miles on the bike path. If you follow the map, you can see there are a few bridges you must cross which can generate some speed on the downhill side.

Frank Hong: What is the Road Surface Like?

Dan Joyce: The streets are generally in pretty good shape, however, there were a few rough areas, especially where some of the streets intersect around the Marine Stadium area.

Frank Hong: Should I Bring Water?

Dan Joyce: There are plenty of water stations available every mile, but if you are skating quickly, it can be difficult to accomplish a smooth handoff without spill everything. You might want to bring one bottle of water.

Frank Hong: How Early Should I Arrive?

Dan Joyce: Get to the race 30 minutes early so you have plenty of time to park, get to the starting area, and work off your last minute jitters.

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