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@42kStraley

Shell Knob, MO Raving since 2017 Marathon Maniacs #15011 active 1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50K Winslow, AR Feb 3, 2018 6:29:30
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 22, 2017 3:21:35
25K Carthage, MO Feb 14, 2015 2:12:19
Half Marathon Fayetteville, AR Nov 11, 2017 1:41:23

Future Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Grand Island, NE Aug 24, 2019
Marathon Kenosha, WI 2020
Marathon Kalamazoo, MI 2020

Past Races (22)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
50K Rogers, AR Jun 1, 2019
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 13, 2019 4:28:34
Half Marathon Fort Smith, AR Feb 10, 2019 1:59:57
Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 27, 2019 4:49:29
Marathon Jackson, MS Jan 26, 2019 4:44:37
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 19, 2019 3:57:52
Marathon Shawnee, KS Nov 18, 2018 4:17:38
Half Marathon Fayetteville, AR Nov 3, 2018 2:23:12
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 21, 2018 3:41:44
25K Carthage, MO Apr 29, 2018 2:19:17
Marathon Springdale, AR Apr 14, 2018 5:00:00
50K Winslow, AR Feb 3, 2018 6:29:30
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 14, 2018 3:58:58
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 19, 2017 3:22:11
Half Marathon Fayetteville, AR Nov 11, 2017 1:41:23
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 22, 2017 3:21:35
Marathon Cotter, AR Nov 19, 2016 3:31:23
Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 15, 2016 3:44:42
Marathon Cotter, AR Nov 21, 2015 4:00:45
Marathon Springdale, AR Mar 29, 2015 4:17:05
25K Carthage, MO Feb 14, 2015 2:12:19
25K Carthage, MO Feb 15, 2014 2:31:40

My Raves

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

I don’t have one negative criticism for this marathon. First class all the way. The expo was awesome. Vendor participation and freebies were improved greatly over 2017. There was plenty … MORE

I don’t have one negative criticism for this marathon. First class all the way. The expo was awesome. Vendor participation and freebies were improved greatly over 2017. There was plenty of parking at Garmin HQ. The course was challenging with plenty of volunteers. Runners lanes were marked well and there was no danger of traffic that I could perceive. Great pace teams and growth in spectators and supporters made this race enjoyable and compensates for the lack of scenery. I loved running on the greenway trails because the BNSF trains were regularly passing by.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Fort Smith Marathon

Fort Smith Marathon

This is a very nice small race; fairly new. Cool medals and cool race shirts. For a newer race, Ft Smith offers the nicest volunteers you'll find anywhere. There was … MORE

This is a very nice small race; fairly new. Cool medals and cool race shirts. For a newer race, Ft Smith offers the nicest volunteers you’ll find anywhere. There was plenty of support on the course from volunteers to police directing traffic. The course was pretty interesting. It ran through town and the half marathon took is through their golf course. That reminded me of my days in high school cross country which I totally appreciated. The only thing I can mention to beware of is the uncertainty of weather this time of year. Last year they said it was 17 degrees with ice on the course. It was twice as warm this year (lol) but it rained the whole time. I appreciate the good challenge that comes through this tough course during a tough time of year. I’ll be racing this more in years to come.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Big Beach Marathon

Big Beach Marathon

This is a pretty awesome race. Lots of hotel rooms and a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The race is run on hiking & biking trails through a … MORE

This is a pretty awesome race. Lots of hotel rooms and a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The race is run on hiking & biking trails through a nature preserve so it naturally makes it difficult for supporters to get to. There are a lot of turns and the course could be confusing if there would happen to be a shortage of volunteers. Two points of advice. 1, run with a group and 2, bring your own hydration to make up for the limited number of aid stations. There was high quality food and beer for runners via the race bib coupons. I would recommend this race for sure.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Mississippi Blues Marathon & Half Marathon

Mississippi Blues Marathon & Half Marathon

This is a good race to run in Mississippi. The downtown area is easy to negotiate with plenty of parking. The city waives parking at all metered slots. I really … MORE

This is a good race to run in Mississippi. The downtown area is easy to negotiate with plenty of parking. The city waives parking at all metered slots. I really enjoyed the Hilton Garden Hotel known to locals as The King George. The Blues Marathon offers a unique medal and nice runner’s shirts. The course is very hilly and you really have to watch your step for potholes, cracks, uneven surfaces and all kinds of things to trip over. A man behind me skuffed the ground and fell. I wore bright colors because the course occasionally went through traffic.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Louisiana Marathon

Louisiana Marathon

This was the 9th marathon I've run (not counting repeat races) and it is by far heads and shoulders above all other races. Why, you might ask? Easy course, marvelous … MORE

This was the 9th marathon I’ve run (not counting repeat races) and it is by far heads and shoulders above all other races. Why, you might ask? Easy course, marvelous scenery, most aid and gel stations I’ve ever seen (I came out of the race 1 gel more than what I brought), and get ready for this! I ate so much gumbo and jumbalaya that I didn’t have to eat again till dinner. The race is still on the hometown marathon scale so hotels and race organizers still treat you as a valuable commodity. I loved it! Easy town to navigate too, when the race is still going. I will definitely run this race again.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Pilgrim Pacer

Pilgrim Pacer

This race is organized by the Trail Nerds of Kansas City, and those folks know how to produce a race! The location is very easy to get too, plentiful parking … MORE

This race is organized by the Trail Nerds of Kansas City, and those folks know how to produce a race! The location is very easy to get too, plentiful parking and lots of Pumpkin Pie at the finish! The scenery is awesome to take in with the beautiful glimpses of nature giving you a taste of what KC looked like before the city moved in. I really enjoyed the BNSF trains that regularly passed by. The course is a challenging course so you’ll have something to be proud of upon finishing. This is a small race but very well done.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Fayetteville Half Marathon

Fayetteville Half Marathon

This race is great. It's great if you want to run it with friends and it's great if you're after a PR. It's not flat, but all of my PRs … MORE

This race is great. It’s great if you want to run it with friends and it’s great if you’re after a PR. It’s not flat, but all of my PRs are on hilly courses. There’s plenty of scenery to look at. You’ll see the typical campus scenery and the natural beauty of the Arkansas hills and the color change of the trees. The organization and production is top notch. I’ll be back for sure.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Des Moines Marathon

Des Moines Marathon

The ImT DesM full marathon was spectacular. They had the most aid stations I've ever seen. A lot of crowd support considering the size of DesM. The race was well … MORE

The ImT DesM full marathon was spectacular. They had the most aid stations I’ve ever seen. A lot of crowd support considering the size of DesM. The race was well organized and we loved how friendly everyone was. The city was very easy to navigate. The Resistance Inn was only two blocks from the start/finish and the rooms were super cool. This is the race to sign up for in Iowa!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Run with the Wind 25K

Run with the Wind 25K

Bummed out because Mother Nature iced us out. The race directors made a good call to cancel the race and gave ample notice for travelers. A replacement race on a … MORE

Bummed out because Mother Nature iced us out. The race directors made a good call to cancel the race and gave ample notice for travelers. A replacement race on a different course is set for Apr 29.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
2
SWAG
2

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Hogeye Marathon & Relays

Hogeye Marathon & Relays

This was a very cool course. I was skeptical of moving the race of Fayetteville, but the city of Springdale really works hard to provide support and security for the … MORE

This was a very cool course. I was skeptical of moving the race of Fayetteville, but the city of Springdale really works hard to provide support and security for the runners. The race displays the trails and the streets via this course so there was a lot to take in. We even ran inside of the Arkansas Naturals AA baseball stadium. Post race swag and food was the best I’ve ever seen.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

I loved this race but i was unfortunately stricken by the flu so I didn't get to see how fast this flat course is. I got to see big city … MORE

I loved this race but i was unfortunately stricken by the flu so I didn’t get to see how fast this flat course is. I got to see big city skyline and quaint southern landscapes. It was a beautiful course. There was a ton of supporters throughout the whole course and I laughed many times at some of the signs and antics of the crowd.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Williams Route 66 Marathon & Half Marathon

Williams Route 66 Marathon & Half Marathon

Tulsa was a nice town. It was easy getting into downtown and I loved how close The Aloft hotel was to the start. Parking at the hotel was secure. The … MORE

Tulsa was a nice town. It was easy getting into downtown and I loved how close The Aloft hotel was to the start. Parking at the hotel was secure. The expo was top notch. The course was the most difficult I’ve done so far, but I only missed my PR by 40 seconds. This is a great course to prepare you mentally. The course was fun with a lot of community support. The industrial scenery was not as good as KC but the residential neighborhoods were awesome. One thing I didn’t like was all of the concrete. This is a great race. Oh ya, Bart Yasso said my name at the finish! 🤓

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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Fayetteville Half Marathon

Fayetteville Half Marathon

I was pleasantly surprised with the Fayetteville Half Marathon. Great organization, production and support. Beautiful course with a lot of variety to look at. College campus, cityscapes, country scenes and … MORE

I was pleasantly surprised with the Fayetteville Half Marathon. Great organization, production and support. Beautiful course with a lot of variety to look at. College campus, cityscapes, country scenes and nature. This is a great course to run fast on, except for the last two miles: watch your steps.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

The Garmin Marathon is a race that has had many changes to its course. I'm glad I ran it because I'm a loyal supporter of Garmin running watches and they … MORE

The Garmin Marathon is a race that has had many changes to its course. I’m glad I ran it because I’m a loyal supporter of Garmin running watches and they develop unique race swag. The scenery was a bit boring, but the elevation changes were not that hard to handle. I set my PR for 2017 here and the pacers I ran with were expert level.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Kansas City Marathon

Kansas City Marathon

This is a great race. There is plenty of cool city-scapes to look at and great community support and live music. This race had strong, knowledge and diverse pacing which … MORE

This is a great race. There is plenty of cool city-scapes to look at and great community support and live music. This race had strong, knowledge and diverse pacing which was very helpful for a moderately difficult course. The Plaza was among the coolest places to run and the neighborhoods and parks were cool too.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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White River Marathon

White River Marathon

This is a low key race with a lot of perks. It's an out and back course where the out and back is run two times (once for the half) … MORE

This is a low key race with a lot of perks. It’s an out and back course where the out and back is run two times (once for the half) along the White River. The scenery of the river is beautiful, but the wind can really circle around in the valley. After the race, showers are available and a truly awesome all you can eat pot luck is put on for the runners by the locals at no charge. Plus, they give you the best running shirts I’ve ever seen and the medals are classy.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Hogeye Marathon & Relays

Hogeye Marathon & Relays

NWA has a fun running community. The organization at The Hogeye has a long history and is set to continue well into the future. The 2015 course was the 2nd … MORE

NWA has a fun running community. The organization at The Hogeye has a long history and is set to continue well into the future. The 2015 course was the 2nd of 3 major route changes. This course took you through downtown Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas and utilized the Razorback Greenway trail system with a nice loop around Lake Fayetteville. Now the race has moved a wee bit north into Springdale, but the course looks very promising. I can’t wait to run the new course on my birthday in a few more years.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Run with the Wind 25K

Run with the Wind 25K

There is a shuttle bus to take you to the start line; you park at the finish line. Score a unique distance with this race. The mullet of races; rock … MORE

There is a shuttle bus to take you to the start line; you park at the finish line. Score a unique distance with this race. The mullet of races; rock on!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
2
SWAG
3

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Run with the Wind 25K

Run with the Wind 25K

This is a cool point to point 25K race in Missouri between Carthage and Sarcoxie. The direction of the race is determined by which direction the wind blows with the … MORE

This is a cool point to point 25K race in Missouri between Carthage and Sarcoxie. The direction of the race is determined by which direction the wind blows with the intention of giving the runners as much benefit as possible by having the wind at your back as much as possible. The race is chip timed and swag ranges from above average to super excellent. The race directors are passionate about running and the race is a long standing tradition. The course has gently rolling hills and is well supported.

DIFFICULTY
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5
SCENERY
2
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