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Murfreesboro, TN Raving since 2021 50 States hopeful/finisher active 2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Savannah, GA 2012 1:56:27
15K Nashville, TN Feb 16, 2019 1:52:38
10K Atlanta, GA 2012 50:56

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 5, 2021
Half Marathon Portland, OR Dec 12, 2021
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Feb 27, 2022
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA May 7, 2022

Past Races (44)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Washington, DC Nov 13, 2021
Half Marathon Kailua-Kona, HI Nov 6, 2021
Half Marathon Peoria, IL Oct 10, 2021
Half Marathon Harpers Ferry, IA Oct 9, 2021
Half Marathon Fargo, ND Sep 25, 2021
Half Marathon Keystone , SD Sep 18, 2021
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 11, 2021
Half Marathon North Bend, WA Aug 22, 2021
Half Marathon Saint Paul, MN Aug 7, 2021
Half Marathon Portersville, PA Jul 17, 2021
Half Marathon Brighton, MI Jul 4, 2021
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 12, 2021
Half Marathon Cokeville, WY Jun 11, 2021
Half Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 10, 2021
Half Marathon Lewes, DE May 15, 2021
Half Marathon Kenosha, WI May 1, 2021 2:07:09
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 25, 2021 2:08:28
Half Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 11, 2021 2:06:08
Half Marathon Hampton Beach, NH Mar 28, 2021 2:07:23
Half Marathon Asheville, NC Mar 20, 2021 2:10:42
Half Marathon Greenville, SC Feb 27, 2021 2:00:21
Half Marathon Lakewood, CO Feb 6, 2021 2:22:30
Half Marathon Starkville, MS Jan 30, 2021 1:56:29
Half Marathon Fairmont, WV Jan 9, 2021 2:02:29
Half Marathon Peoria, AZ Dec 6, 2020 2:03:11
Half Marathon Columbia City, IN Nov 14, 2020 2:05:45
Half Marathon Manhattan, KS Oct 31, 2020 2:02:22
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Oct 24, 2020 2:04:31
Half Marathon Omaha, NE Oct 11, 2020 2:24:02
Half Marathon Soldotna, AK Sep 27, 2020 2:09:06
14.2 Miler Tupelo, MS Sep 6, 2020
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Sep 14, 2019 2:29:02
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Aug 31, 2019 2:55:23
Half Marathon Bryce Canyon, UT Jul 13, 2019 2:41:42
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 27, 2019 2:34:47
Half Marathon Knoxville, TN Mar 31, 2019 2:19:42
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH Mar 10, 2019 2:45:01
15K Nashville, TN Feb 16, 2019 1:52:38
Half Marathon Birmingham, AL 2013 2:13:35
Half Marathon Knoxville, TN 2013 2:22:45
Half Marathon Saint Augustine, FL 2012 1:59:05
Half Marathon Savannah, GA 2012 1:56:27
15K San Francisco, CA 2012
10K Atlanta, GA 2012 50:56

My Raves

Given the number of runners, the expo was much smaller than what you would have seen from the rock ‘n’ roll series in the past. The start corrals were organize … MORE

Given the number of runners, the expo was much smaller than what you would have seen from the rock ‘n’ roll series in the past. The start corrals were organize well and moved fairly smoothly.

The race was going to point and started on Constitution Avenue. The Washington monument, Smithsonian, White House and Lincoln Memorial we’re all passed within the 1st mile. From there the course largely ran through a rolling park and ran through neighborhoods near Georgetown and Howard universities. There was a long sustained hill right at mile six. Otherwise, I would consider this course as rolling. The aid stations rotated between water and Gatorade. There were energy packs provided at around mile eight. The turn from the hype on the race did include a significant downhill run where are you face the capital for roughly a mile before taking a left turn towards the DC armory.

The race volunteers were friendly, but the aid station workers were struggling to keep enough Gatorade/water on the table. I had to stop and wait for a couple minutes at 2 aid stations before someone was ready to give me a drink as none were poured waiting on the tables.

Given the number of runners, the finishing area was very crowded. The race shirt and finish your metal were decent. I did not stand in the long line to wait, but I heard that they were only offering nonalcoholic beer at the beer tent.

The departure from the racer it was a little rough. As this was a point to point race, The metro seemed to be everyone’s means of getting back to their parking or hotels. The trains were on a limited schedule and the crowds were huge. I had to wait 40 minutes before I could board the train. The ride to the to my station took another 35 minutes and I was not able to leave my hotel until 1 PM this afternoon. I understand this is not an issue for the race organizers, but I wanted to post this as it could cause issues for folks that they do not pack their vehicles for heading to the start line the morning of the race, as they could be charged an additional nights room and board if they’re staying in a hotel.

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The start and finish line for this out and back race was along the shoreline in downtown Kailua near all the restaurants. The temperatures at the start were in the … MORE

The start and finish line for this out and back race was along the shoreline in downtown Kailua near all the restaurants. The temperatures at the start were in the low 70s and eventually climbed to the mid 80s by the finish.
The race started in waves beginning at 5:45 AM. Sunrise was a little bit before 6:30, so that made for a cool start. The first few miles were gently rolling. However, the 2 miles on either side of the turnaround involved significant elevation gain (I believe the race organizer said the climb was 200 m). The course past several small beaches, some nice residential areas along the shore and a resort golf course community. The final half mile before the turnaround was a dissent/climb to “the pit at end of the world”, which is composed of lava flow field along the shoreline.
Aid stations were placed approximately every 1.5 miles with both water and Gatorade available. There were no Goo type energy products at any stations. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The last 3 miles after the descent were relatively warm and there was very little shade.
Finishers are received a tank running shirt and a mug commemorating the event.
Overall this race had beautiful scenery and the race production was high-quality considering the size of the event. If anyone is looking for a race in Hawaii, I would recommend giving this one a try!

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The race weather was in the high 60s, which with a gentle breeze, was very nice for the run. The course headed almost immediately on an uphill climb to a … MORE

The race weather was in the high 60s, which with a gentle breeze, was very nice for the run.

The course headed almost immediately on an uphill climb to a bluff overlooking the river. From there it meandered through historic neighborhoods in the city on generally flat terrain. There was a steady downhill and a turn left out to the cemetery at around mile eight. The trails around the cemetery area were gently rolling but nothing too severe. The last half mile was downhill which provided for a nice kick to the finish line.

This race provided pace groups and frequent eight stations with water and Gatorade.

The race medal was a miniature flask replica. The race shirt was a quarter zip pullover.

This was a well produced race with friendly staff and volunteers.

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The race was point to point. Shuttles ran smoothly to get all the participants to the start line. It was extremely foggy at the start, but the fog lifted a … MORE

The race was point to point. Shuttles ran smoothly to get all the participants to the start line. It was extremely foggy at the start, but the fog lifted a few miles into the run. It was a crisp morning in the low sixties at the start. It got a little warm near the finish. It might’ve been nice if the race started at 7 instead of 7:30.

The course did have some hills and rolling terrain. The was one long climb near the halfway point— the incline was never steep, but I’d guess the climb was half a mile in distance.
The terrain was a mix of hard packed trail and road. The finish followed the Mississippi River into downtown Lansing which is a pleasant small town.

The aid stations had water and Gatorade but were self serve and unmanned.

The bling features a River theme and was on par with most other small races I have ran.

The race volunteers and officials were friendly and pleasant.

This was an enjoyable way to experience northern Iowa on a fall weekend!

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The race started inside the Fargo Dome. A few runners complained about the transition into the colder weather outside bothering them, but I appreciated the ability to stretch and warm … MORE

The race started inside the Fargo Dome. A few runners complained about the transition into the colder weather outside bothering them, but I appreciated the ability to stretch and warm up at room temperature before the run. The music, video screens and general atmosphere helped set up a nice mindset for the run.
The race was advertised as flat and fast. There were a few elevation changes, but nothing major to speak of; however, this was not flash like a coastal race.
There was a shipping issue so no one received their race swag the day of the event. The pull overs look nice but I did not read the swag higher because we have still not received it.
The race highlighted downtown Fargo along with several of us knew her in Victorian homes. There was also a small section through some of the local trails. The bands were a nice touch and the volunteers were great along the course.
If someone is looking for a race in North Dakota, I would definitely recommend running the Fargo half marathon.

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I knew this course had a lot of elevation gain, but I wasn’t prepared for how much of a grind the first 7.5 miles would be. Fortunately the last 5.6 … MORE

I knew this course had a lot of elevation gain, but I wasn’t prepared for how much of a grind the first 7.5 miles would be. Fortunately the last 5.6 was mostly downhill. The course was spectacular- it transverse tunnels, switchbacks & pigtail brides through the Black Hills with several s Enoch views of Mt. Rushmore.
The Vacation Races organization did another outstanding job of producing this race. There was a wait for shuttle buses but everyone arrived at the start line before the race. The free race photos are always appreciated. Water, Gnarly Mox and Honey Stinger Gel Packs were offered and every aid station.
This races was tough but I’m sure the memories will outlast my current level
of soreness from the run.

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Gently rolling course. It was listed as an uphill run, but the elevation gain was gradual. The Vacation Races organization did another outstanding job of producing this race. The free … MORE

Gently rolling course. It was listed as an uphill run, but the elevation gain was gradual. The Vacation Races organization did another outstanding job of producing this race. The free race photos are always appreciated. Water, Gnarly Mix and Honey Stinger Gel Packs were offered and every aid station. This event is held at the perfect time of year in East Tennessee for a morning run.

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The course was a point to point race on a former railroad route. As a result the entire race was either a gentle decline or flat. Race day temperatures were … MORE

The course was a point to point race on a former railroad route. As a result the entire race was either a gentle decline or flat. Race day temperatures were in the 50s which made for a nice run. I was coming off of an injury so I didn’t push hard, but this course is conducive to running a fast time.

The scenery was outstanding. I saw a herd of over 100 elk as I approached the shuttles . The course had dense evergreen stands, several bridges, and views of the surrounding mountains. It was cloudy bu that didn’t spoil the views.

The water stations were stocked with water, electrolyte drinks and gel packs. The race was cup-less, but a handheld water bottle proved more than adequate for me given the number of aid stations on the course. The support staff was very friendly and helpful.

The swag was OK. Soft T-shirt and a wooden finisher medal.

There was a coffee truck, beer garden and tension release massage available for purchase in the finishing area.

Overall this was a great experience. I would recommend the race and Orca for anyone looking of a race in this area.

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I’ve reviewed many races and if you check my history, I’ve always been fair and positive in my reviews. However, I feel the obligation to leave an honest review for … MORE

I’ve reviewed many races and if you check my history, I’ve always been fair and positive in my reviews. However, I feel the obligation to leave an honest review for the Race Rave community.

The race organizers abruptly reduced the distance for all races to 5K at the start line. First of all, I understand that weather was uncontrollable. In my opinion, however, the decision to reduce the distance was VERY SOFT, last-minute and an overreaction.

There was a thunderstorm system that rolled through the area between 3-7 am. The race was delayed until 8:15 with no mention of reduced distances. There was a very light rain troughout the race with no lightning. The race was ran on paved streets which had no standing water or flooding issues. These conditions continued through 11 am.

The race organizers have a no refund- no deferral policy. The PA announcer was very tone-deaf to the circumstances. He commented to the gathered runners , “You should be happy you get to run a 5K and that you don’t have to run further today”. There were several individuals like myself, who traveled (many flew) in from out of state to participate in today’s race. All of those that I spoke to were pretty upset by the abrupt cancellation of the half marathon. Due to the handling of this event, I recommend avoiding this series in the future to anyone who is not a local participant.

There were some positives : Watching the in-line skater start was very cool. The race medal was decent as was the tech shirt. There were several nice hotel and food/drink options within walking distance of the start/ finish lines. If the event was held and produced properly, this could be an outstanding location for a race.

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The race was a mix between very hilly technical trails ( 1000 feet of elevation gain) and bike paths. There was a good walk from the packet pick up area … MORE

The race was a mix between very hilly technical trails ( 1000 feet of elevation gain) and bike paths. There was a good walk from the packet pick up area to the start line. The course started on a bike path and turned onto a narrow wooded trail. The turns on the course were marked by very small blue plastic flags, and I missed the turn from the bike Path onto the trail. Let’s just say I did some bonus miles. After that initial mishap, I was paranoid about saying on the course for the rest of the race.
It had rained the evening before and the trail was slick and muddy. There were very technical areas about the the inclines and declines were somewhat slick. This is definitely a race to run in trail shoes. The path or somewhat narrow, but the trails very enjoyable if you enjoy off road running.
At about the halfway point, the race transitioned from the trail to a shaded bike path which ran along the shoreline of Lake Arthur. Despite the extra distance, I really enjoyed the scenery on this course. The finisher medal for the race was simple, but I really liked the gear bag that was included for participants.
The volunteers and staff on the course were very friendly and helpful. Bottled waters and Gatorade’s were provided every 2 miles or so. They were also occasional snacks at some aid stations as well.
If you are adventurous and enjoy off-road hiking/running, I would highly recommend this course if you can get the western Pennsylvania.

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The course started downtown but the majority of the course was on rolling county roads. There were no major climbs but the rolling hills were consistent throughout the course. The … MORE

The course started downtown but the majority of the course was on rolling county roads. There were no major climbs but the rolling hills were consistent throughout the course. The course did pass by a few small
lakes.

This race was very affordable and, as expected, the bling was modest. The race staff, local law enforcement officers, and volunteers we extremely friendly and very helpful. Despite the low entry fee, the production was very good for this race.

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The course had one major climb. There was one area that was very technical and uneven. Other than that, the majority of the course was rolling on hard packed trail. … MORE

The course had one major climb. There was one area that was very technical and uneven. Other than that, the majority of the course was rolling on hard packed trail.

Vacation races does a great job with production and race swag. There was considerable tree cover and not as much landscape to admire during the run as some other vacation races.

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This way Day 2 of the 3 day trifecta. I attempted to take this one easy and to treat this races as an easy run although my time was similar … MORE

This way Day 2 of the 3 day trifecta. I attempted to take this one easy and to treat this races as an easy run although my time was similar to day 1. A few a the hills were long but never had a steep grade. The production staff was fantastic and the rest stops were staged every 1.5 miles or so. The events was small but led to great interaction with the other runners– many of whom were also repeat runners from the day before. I would recommend the Trifecta for those looking for small, well organized event.

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Great out and back course with quiet views of Bear Lake. The extremely friendly race staff made everyone feel welcome. I really enjoyed interacting with other participants --many of whom … MORE

Great out and back course with quiet views of Bear Lake. The extremely friendly race staff made everyone feel welcome. I really enjoyed interacting with other participants –many of whom were completing the trifecta.

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Great volunteers. The sand was very soft and dry and really slowed those sections down. The trails were very scenic through the wetlands. The finishing award was a military challenge … MORE

Great volunteers. The sand was very soft and dry and really slowed those sections down. The trails were very scenic through the wetlands.

The finishing award was a military challenge coin rather than a traditional medal.

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The course followed close to the shoreline of Lake Michigan for a good portion of the race. There was a small portion of the race on a packed gravel trail. … MORE

The course followed close to the shoreline of Lake Michigan for a good portion of the race. There was a small portion of the race on a packed gravel trail. The headwind was pretty strong close to mile 12 and just so happened to coincide with the only real elevation gain on the course.
Downtown Kenosha had some nice Victorian home and the outlying residential areas were charming. The finish running towards the lighthouse was very cool.

The effort to produce a live event during the pandemic was appreciated. everyone did a good job of staying socially distanced and adhering to the city’s guidelines.

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Socially distanced due to COVID. The course was an out and back and had a fantastic view crossing the Ohio river on the long foot bridge. Fairly flat, the majority … MORE

Socially distanced due to COVID. The course was an out and back and had a fantastic view crossing the Ohio river on the long foot bridge. Fairly flat, the majority of the course followed a greenway along a levee on the river.

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The course was a flat, paved, point to point run along a greenway on the Mississippi. Parts of the greenway were enjoyable, although we did cross through a few industrial … MORE

The course was a flat, paved, point to point run along a greenway on the Mississippi. Parts of the greenway were enjoyable, although we did cross through a few industrial sites. The last 3 miles were excellent. We ran under the St. Louis Arch twice along the river before finishing downtown.

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The race day weather was cool and windy. Heavy rain was in the forecast but did not start until after the race. The race pullover was a nice touch. The … MORE

The race day weather was cool and windy. Heavy rain was in the forecast but did not start until after the race.
The race pullover was a nice touch. The course has a few gently rolling uphills near the midpoint, but nothing too severe.
The finish followed the sea wall and provide nice view of the waves crashing in as we approached the finish line.
The race staff and volunteers were friendly and very helpful.

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The course had a fast, downhill start. Realizing that this was an out back course, I was dreading the return leg almost immediately. I didn't expect the course to be … MORE

The course had a fast, downhill start. Realizing that this was an out back course, I was dreading the return leg almost immediately. I didn’t expect the course to be as rolling as it was. I wouldn’t call the course grueling but it was a little tougher than I expected.

The scenery was nice running through the Mississippi State campus and past the Football stadium. Once the course left campus the remainder of the run to the turnaround point consisted of rolling farm/pastureland. There was very little traffic, the weather was in the low 40’s and it was easy to relax, settle in, and enjoy the run.
The run back to the finish line did include a gradual uphill climb until the last 1/4 or so which provided a level home stretch.

The staff was very kind and the effort to put on a live event during the pandemic was greatly appreciated! The medal was nice but not overly unique. I really like the design of the long sleeve tech shirt and the fairly large waterproof bag was an awesome, unexpected surprise.

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Sandia Crest is an awesome location. If you have time before or after the race, take the Tram to the top! The race itself was a point to point race … MORE

Sandia Crest is an awesome location. If you have time before or after the race, take the Tram to the top!
The race itself was a point to point race that started at elevation. It was chilly in the staging area before the race began. This is definitely a layering race. The first several miles were a steady decline. Around midrace the sun had risen a bit further in the sky, it began warming up, and a few rolling hills were encountered on the course.
The last third of the race provided a nice view of the downtown Albuquerque. The final stretch after a left turn provided a view of Old Town Albuquerque (recommended if your a first timer like me). It was pretty toasty by the end of the race and I would guess that point to point the temperature increased by 40 degrees.
The gear was nice (Big Medal Shaped like NM), although it appeared to be standard gear for all races produced by the series owners and not unique to this particular race.

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