This was my 4th Modesto in a row and I love it for: accurate mile markers, easy race-day bib pick-up, cheerful volunteers, positive crowds, course flatness, chocolate milk & good food at the finish, and “tasty” drink options in the beer garden
I have been to several of these races, and the Modesto Half Marathon is definitely my favorite by far. The course is fast, fast enough that I ran my 3-minute PR here. It must have also been the energetic atmosphere; everyone, including the runners, was very encouraging!
Shellin ChuongHalf Marathon
The overall feel of the race is great, there is so much support from the local running community and the excitement for the race is contagious.
Nate MooreFleet Feet Sports, Fresno
Organizers did a fabulous job. Registration through finding start line was simple. Everyone was pleasant. Had a great time. Hope to fulfill my bucket list of running a Marathon at a future Modesto event. Thank you.
Had a great experience. Love the start time at 7am. Coarse well marked and all the volunteers were fabulous. Looking forward to next year’s half. Awesome swag!!
Krissy VickermanHalf Marathon
My favorite marathon of the 36 I’ve run so far. I’ve run Modesto 5 times now, and each year, there’s been excellent race management from the top-down. Easy packet pick-up, no surprises. Good race start and on-course support access. Well-designed course, flat, made for predictable splits and fast finishing times. Aid stations placed exactly where you’d want them. Happy, enthusiastic, encouraging volunteers. Great swag for the entry fee. This race really makes Modesto shine, and we love coming over from San Jose every March. Our young son has been running the 5k the last 2 years as well (and race management has even gone to the effort of USATF-certifying the 5k). A moderately-sized marathon field, but much more attention to detail and racer experience than with the big guys.
The pacer was awesome and very encouraging to all that would run near him. He made it easier for me to finish! All the volunteers throughout the course were great! Thank you!
The spectators are supportive and the aid stations are awesome. I love that we can walk to the start line from our hotel. The expo is amazing with great vendors. And of course you can’t go wrong with beer and wine at the finish.
Margaret ErvinHalf Marathon
2018 was my 4th year running this Marathon. Great course, great volunteers, aid stations, jacket, medals and swag.
Thank you so much for a great run. The course was clean and easy to run not to mention beautiful! This is my fourth year doing the 5k but won’t be my last.
Cindee D Ellenbarger 5K
Modesto Marathon had a great small town community feeling as you ran through the country roads. It was a flat course which many people love. The weather was perfect. The roads were wide and not crowded. The aid stations had great people and everyone was very friendly. They were placed a great distance apart and there was plenty of them. It was very well organized and all the volunteers were great.
Michele Van OrnumMarathon
I enjoyed this early spring race tremendously. Its got a casual small-race feel, the volunteers were helpful, there were plenty of porta potties at the start, and then they sent us out on a flat course through blossoming almond trees- very nice! I like the way the 13.1 course went out through neighborhoods but came back into town straight to the finish.