What Runners Are Saying
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.
Fleet Feet Sports, Fresno
I liked it so much last year that I came back again. It’s a full-on marathon with a small-town feel, and the community is so friendly.
Editor-in-Chief, Women’s Running
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!
From the amazing volunteers to the wonderful guy riding with a speaker (seriously, he was my lifesaver), I love this race.
Always well organized with nice swag and beautiful and creative medals each year. Love that it’s a flat course, easy to follow, and the supportive crowds cheering! Good job Modesto!
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.
This is always a great run. the best parts are the people at the aid stations and the free photos. The course is solid.
The course is beautiful and pretty flat. There’s plenty of food and hydration stations and of course lots of volunteers to cheer the runners!
It’s a great event. I always bring friends to it. This year’s swag was amazing.
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
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!!
I loved that there was cheering for every single person who ran/walked to the finish line! Having music close to the finish line and other runners cheering/running others in was very encouraging to finish the race. The team that put this event on is just incredible!!! A very BIG thank you!
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.
Such a Fun Race!! Well organized, and the course was so pretty , and peaceful , running among the Orchards:)) I plan on (Lord Willing) running it in 2019❤
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.
Another excellent and well organized event! Communication via e-mail easily kept participants up to date without being too cumbersome; Expo was well organized with a variety of vendors. Bib and packet pick-up also well organized. Thank you again and looking forward to 2019’s event!
Denise Miyake Garcia
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.
I was so impressed with the Modesto Marathon!! This was the 17th marathon for me personally and found Modesto to hit all the stars – great course, supportive spectators, and great support on the course. One of the best – shirts for people who BQ’d for Boston!!!! Modesto, you ROCKED IT!!!!!
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.
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!
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 Ornum
I have run the Modesto Half Marathon many times and I have always had a good experience. Everything about the event is well organized and professional, but very personal and friendly. The course is flat and fast, well marked, and well separated from traffic. Overall a very friendly, low-stress event that I highly recommend.
Anne Myers Kelley
2018 was my 4th year running this Marathon. Great course, great volunteers, aid stations, jacket, medals and swag.