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@BrianYowler

Beaver Falls, PA Raving since 2019 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 2 weeks, 5 days ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Boston Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Denali 100K

  • I run because:

    I feel most alive when I’m running!

My Races

Organize, track & review your races and personal bests here.

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
55K Ivins, UT Mar 5, 2022 8:29:48
50K Fort McDowell, AZ Feb 13, 2021 5:21:04
Marathon Pocono Summit, PA 2007 3:03:30
20 Miler Hookstown, PA Mar 19, 2022 4:26:01

Future Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Morehead, KY Oct 15, 2022
Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 10, 2022
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 15, 2023
Marathon Wilmington, DE 2023
100K Cantwell, AK 2023

Past Races (54)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Cokeville, WY Jun 10, 2022 4:50:07
Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 9, 2022 4:11:49
Marathon Deadwood, SD Jun 5, 2022 4:08:01
Marathon Castro Valley, CA Apr 16, 2022 5:11:55
20 Miler Hookstown, PA Mar 19, 2022 4:26:01
55K Ivins, UT Mar 5, 2022 8:29:48
Marathon Sugar Land, TX Jan 30, 2022 3:57:48
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 21, 2021 4:44:56
Marathon Cotter, AR Nov 20, 2021 3:55:54
Marathon Huntsville, AL Oct 17, 2021 6:20:52
Marathon Leadville, CO Jun 19, 2021 7:31:38
Marathon Lincoln, NE May 2, 2021 4:27:41
Marathon Abilene, KS May 1, 2021 3:53:02
50K Fort McDowell, AZ Feb 13, 2021 5:21:04
Marathon Columbia, CT Nov 8, 2020 3:53:36
Marathon Atlanta, GA Mar 1, 2020 3:57:39
Marathon Boulder City, NV Jan 11, 2020 3:57:34
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 20, 2019 3:58:13
Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 19, 2019 3:52:03
Marathon Rhododendron, OR Jun 15, 2019 4:06:49
Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 9, 2019 3:52:31
Marathon Milwaukee, WI Apr 6, 2019 3:40:58
Marathon Jacksonville, FL Dec 15, 2018 3:46:49
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 3, 2018 3:37:47
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 16, 2018 3:31:10
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 3, 2018 3:37:49
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 3:44:17
Marathon Newport, RI Apr 15, 2017 3:46:39
Marathon Erie, PA Sep 11, 2016 3:25:23
Marathon Orono, ME Jun 5, 2016 3:40:36
Marathon Sparks Glencoe, MD Nov 28, 2015 3:31:07
Marathon Livingston, TN Jul 18, 2015 3:49:40
Marathon Traverse City, MI May 23, 2015 3:22:49
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 12, 2014 3:07:09
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 21, 2014 3:27:45
Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 10, 2013 3:32:51
Marathon Erie, PA Sep 15, 2013 3:08:22
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 15, 2013 3:16:32
Marathon Ada, OH 2012 3:25:10
Marathon Cleveland, OH 2011 3:18:29
Marathon Elyria, OH 2011 3:09:34
Marathon Huntington, WV 2010 3:06:51
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA 2009 3:11:58
Marathon Philadelphia, PA 2009 3:09:12
Marathon Danville, PA 2008 3:38:57
Marathon Pocono Summit, PA 2007 3:03:30
Marathon Pocono Summit, PA 2006 3:07:10
Marathon Hopkinton, MA 2005 3:16:51
Marathon Harrisburg, PA 2004 3:07:54
Marathon Buffalo, NY 2004 3:25:50
Marathon Oceanport, NJ 2004 3:15:50
Marathon Sparks Glencoe, MD 2003 3:26:40
Marathon Arlington, VA 2002 3:48:45
Marathon Harrisburg, PA 2001 3:54:06

My Raves

Location: Bear Lake is a beautiful area to spend a few days! Course: The Wyoming course is an out-and-back on a paved road through the cattle ranches of Wyoming with … MORE

Location: Bear Lake is a beautiful area to spend a few days!
Course: The Wyoming course is an out-and-back on a paved road through the cattle ranches of Wyoming with snow-capped mountains looming in the distance. Spectacular! There were even some ranchers moving their cattle down the road, so I had the incredibly unique experience of running through the herd! (twice due to out/back) The course has several uphills during the first half with a few that are challenging. Aid stations are plentiful and well-stocked. I don’t need crowd support, but if you do, you’ll need to bring your own! There’s little to no support out on the course (although the volunteers at the aid stations are awesome!).
Logistics: These are small races, so it’s easy to show up, park, and get started within a few minutes.
Swag: Although this is a 3-day series, there are unique shirts and awesome unique medals for each day/state!
Race Directors: Tricia and her sister are amazing people! They are great with communication and are clearly passionate about these races. Their enthusiasm is contagious! I loved these races!

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Location: Bear Lake is a beautiful area to spend a few days! Course: The Idaho course is an out-and-back on a paved road right beside the lake. The views are … MORE

Location: Bear Lake is a beautiful area to spend a few days!
Course: The Idaho course is an out-and-back on a paved road right beside the lake. The views are spectacular! There are some small, rolling hills, but nothing too difficult. Aid stations are plentiful and well-stocked. I don’t need crowd support, but if you do, you’ll need to bring your own! There’s little to no support out on the course.
Logistics: These are small races (only 42 in full marathon), so it’s easy to show up, park, and get started within a few minutes.
Swag: Although this is a 3-day series, there are unique shirts and awesome unique medals for each day/state!
Race Director: Tricia and her sister are amazing people! They are great with communication and are clearly passionate about these races. Their enthusiasm is contagious! I loved these races!

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Logistics: Deadwood is a cool little town. Parking at the rodeo grounds to catch the shuttle buses was easy. However, there are a few hotels directly across the street from … MORE

Logistics: Deadwood is a cool little town. Parking at the rodeo grounds to catch the shuttle buses was easy. However, there are a few hotels directly across the street from marathon parking (rodeo grounds), so it would be easy to walk to the shuttle buses, if you prefer.
Races: Except for the first 1.5 miles of the full marathon (on the roads), the entire course is point-to-point on a crushed gravel rail-trail. The Half marathon is WAY more popular than the full marathon. The biggest benefit of the half is that it’s the downhill half of the course! The marathon goes uphill for the first 14 miles, then goes down for the remaining 12. As expected, I had a significant negative split (about 10 minutes). However, even being conservative, the first 14 miles definitely took a lot out of me. This is a beautiful course, but it’s not a place to set a PR.
Swag: Medals and short-sleeve t-shirts are very nice. Free race photos are also a nice bonus. If it’s important to you, the shirts and medals are not race specific (even the 5K runners got the same shirt)
Finish line: Having the race director in a tuxedo to high-five you is an awesome touch! I also enjoyed the chocolate milk and beef jerky. Shuttle buses back to the parking lot were prompt and efficient. Overall, a very well organized event.

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Course: Small race around a lake at a park. First few miles and last few miles of the loop are paved path. The rest of the loop is a relatively … MORE

Course: Small race around a lake at a park. First few miles and last few miles of the loop are paved path. The rest of the loop is a relatively wide non-technical dirt path. Heavy morning and overnight rain created lots of mud, which made the uphill very difficult. However, on a dry day, the entire course would be easily run in road shoes. There are some legitimate climbs (3400 ft of gain for marathon), so be prepared.
Logistics: Easy and stress-free. Plenty of parking, same start/finish line, 2 identical loops for marathon. Well-organized.
Swag: nice short-sleeve technical shirt and medal. Shirts and medals are not race-specific, but a small race with an 8K, Half, 30K, Full, and 50K, it’s to be expected. Post-race Anchor beer was awesome!

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The Wolf Creek Race Management team always put on well-organized races, and this was no exception. This was the first year for this race, but you wouldn't know it. The … MORE

The Wolf Creek Race Management team always put on well-organized races, and this was no exception. This was the first year for this race, but you wouldn’t know it. The 100 mile, 100K, and 20 mile races start 30 minutes apart, so the course is never crowded.
Course: The first mile is uphill on pavement and the last 2 miles are also on pavement, but the rest of the 20 mile loop is single track, Pennsylvania woods with several stream crossings (only ankle deep, though). Much of the course is very “runable” and would be relatively fast when dry. Due to rain before and during the race, most of the course was very muddy this year, but that just added to the fun!
Aid stations: Furthermore, with 5 aid stations per loop, I could race without a vest or carrying any additional nutrition/hydration.
Swag: The long-sleeve tech shirt is awesome and the finisher medal is well-designed. Perhaps the best part of the day was the fresh-grilled burgers post-race! After 4.5 hours, it sure hit the spot!

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Very well organized race! Amazing views! Start/Finish: Parked 100 feet from finish line, picked up my packet, and was bused to the start. Finished the race, walked to my car, … MORE

Very well organized race! Amazing views!
Start/Finish: Parked 100 feet from finish line, picked up my packet, and was bused to the start. Finished the race, walked to my car, and I was off…super easy!
Aid station: There is only 1 aid station on the course, but you pass it 4 times (at the end of each loop). Therefore, you can drop a gear bag at the start and it’s transported to/from the aid station for you! The aid station was super well-stocked with awesome volunteers. The warm chicken broth at mile 28 was magical!
Course: The course consists of 5 loops of mostly single-track trails, but they are all DIFFERENT! The trails are rocky, but the rock is not loose, so it’s very “runable”. Each loop generally begins with a climb and finishes with a nice descent back to the aid station. Each one has it’s own magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and canyons. I can’t imagine a more scenic course in Utah.
Swag: Trail races don’t typically offer much swag, but this one had a nice finishers medal, so I was pleased (it’s really the only thing I want for marathon/ultras). Otherwise, the shirt was short-sleeve cotton (which is OK for me). I finished 30 minutes under the 9 hour cut-off time, but there were still some pancakes and cheese quesadillas left, so I was content.
Weather: craziest weather I’ve experienced. Over the course of the day, we had rain, hail, and sunshine on an almost rotational basis. The wind was really strong at the top of the vistas, but that’s to be expected.
Overall, this is an amazing trail ultra. Highly recommended!

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This race checked the "Texas" box for me for my 50 states, and I really loved it! The positives: -Flat course that's well supported with aid stations and volunteers -Plenty … MORE

This race checked the “Texas” box for me for my 50 states, and I really loved it!
The positives:
-Flat course that’s well supported with aid stations and volunteers
-Plenty of free parking at the start (U of Houston-Sugar Land)
-Medals are nice
-1/4 zips are great!
-Plenty of portos near the start
-Well organized
-Easy for spectators (my wife parked at 1 spot and saw me 4 times)

The negatives (for some folks):
-No race day packet pick-up was frustrating. This race is small enough that race morning pick-up shouldn’t be a problem. Plus…packet pick-up ended at 3PM on Saturday.
-The course is an out-back on a 4-lane road (median in the middle) with 1 lane blocked off for runners in each direction. I felt safe the entire race, but some folks may not like the cars coming toward you in the other lane.
-It’s a fairly “boring” area. There’s just not much to look at. It’s mostly residential. This isn’t the race director’s fault…it’s just a rather dull area.
-Little/no crowd support. This doesn’t bother me, but if you are looking for a race with crowds/cheering, this isn’t for you.
-Few runners in the marathon (91 finishers), so you are running alone.
-Out/back course. You literally run the half marathon, then make a U-turn just prior to the finish line and repeat for the full marathon.
Overall: if you are looking for a simple, well-organized race, on a flat/fast course, this is for you. However, if you are looking for something with big crowds, lots of frills, etc, this may not be your race.

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As a 50-states Club member (or Maniacs), there were tons of extra "VIP" perks provided that were amazing! If you are in either of these clubs, do this race! -Lots … MORE

As a 50-states Club member (or Maniacs), there were tons of extra “VIP” perks provided that were amazing! If you are in either of these clubs, do this race!
-Lots of free on-street parking in downtown Tulsa on race day.
-The course itself is hilly and not interesting. It simply winds through the neighborhoods of Tulsa. From this standpoint, it’s like any other small city race.
-However, what makes Tulsa stand out is the CROWD support! SO many folks are having parties at their homes, and they are happy to share!
-I lost track of how many jello shots, fireball shots, and beer samples I took along the way! Even some of the official aid stations had BEER!
-If you are looking for a lightning fast course, this isn’t for you. There are SO many turns and small climbs on this course.
-If you aren’t super concerned about the clock and want to have a great time running a marathon…RUN ROUTE 66!

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Relatively small race that is VERY well organized and doesn't skimp on the extras! Every detail is considered! -Plenty of parking at the school where the race starts -Coffee and … MORE

Relatively small race that is VERY well organized and doesn’t skimp on the extras! Every detail is considered!
-Plenty of parking at the school where the race starts
-Coffee and pre-race snacks
-Can hang out pre-race inside the cafeteria
-All-time best race shirt! (super soft hooded long-sleeve T)
-Course is out/back and out/back again for full marathon.
-Flat/Fast course
-Plentiful aid stations that were well-stocked with water, sports drink, gels
-Super enthusiastic volunteers!
-Easy and available shuttle vans back to the start for runners (and from the start to the finish for spectators!)
-5-year age group awards 3 deep!
-Great selection of post-race food at the cafeteria.
-Couldn’t ask for a better race!

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Everything about this race was simple, but well-organized. I highly recommend! The race is small, so parking and logistics are all very easy. I arrived about 45 minutes before gun … MORE

Everything about this race was simple, but well-organized. I highly recommend!
The race is small, so parking and logistics are all very easy. I arrived about 45 minutes before gun and was directed to park just beside the trailhead.
Course: 2 identical loops of nearly all single-track and fairly technical (rocks and roots) trail. However, the first mile is an out-and-back on the paved road to spread out the field of runners (great idea!). There are also a few places where the trail is flat and wide, and although technical, most of the course is “runable”. There is over 3,000 feet of elevation gain over the entire race, which is expected for a mountain trail marathon, but each climb is manageable. Overall, a great trail race!
Swag: Very nice, quality hoodies instead of shirts! Love it! Thanks for something different! “Medals” are large and wooden, which is appropriate for the race. A cold beer and a delicious grilled burger post-race certainly hit the spot before my flight home.
I traveled alone to this race, so it wasn’t a big deal for me…but the only real “negative” would be that spectating is almost impossible (therefore, there are NONE on the course). The trail is not easily accessible (to my knowledge) from anywhere but the trailhead. Therefore, spectators only see runners at the start, halfway, and then the finish.

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After almost 50 marathons in 30 different states, this was by far the most unique and most difficult race I've ever completed. I can't say "run", because I ran very … MORE

After almost 50 marathons in 30 different states, this was by far the most unique and most difficult race I’ve ever completed. I can’t say “run”, because I ran very little. Unless you are a mountain goat, or an elite trail runner, be prepared to do lots and lots of hiking/walking. The course overall has 6000 feet of elevation gain, which is packed into basically 3 never-ending climbs. Even when you get to come down those climbs, they were often either too steep or too rocky for me to run. I’ve only run 1 road marathon that was over 4 hours, and that was the 2nd race of a weekend “double”. Therefore, completing this one in 7.5 hours should give you an idea of how difficult it really is!
Now…the climbs are rewarded with some of the most amazing snow-capped mountain views I’ve ever seen, so I’d suggest that the torture is worth it. Furthermore, although it’s not the 100 miler that Leadville is famous for (and the course is completely different), it’s still put on by the same folks in the same cool Colorado town. Therefore, it’s incredibly well-organized, and you feel well-supported. The aid stations are manned with awesome volunteers and stocked beyond belief!…tons of GU products, waffles, chips, pop, water, GU drinks, fruit, etc. Anything you could possibly want!
Following a few miles of much-needed downhill to the finish, you are rewarded with a red carpet-lined finish, a nice medal, a “finishers” coffee mug, a few cold beers, and a BBQ pork sandwich. You also get emailed FREE race photos, which you will definitely want from this one!

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Overall, this is a very well-organized, solid marathon. There's nothing terribly unique that sets it apart, but it's a good race. Pre-race: Parking was free and readily available beside the … MORE

Overall, this is a very well-organized, solid marathon. There’s nothing terribly unique that sets it apart, but it’s a good race.
Pre-race: Parking was free and readily available beside the finish area. The indoor football field was a nice area to relax prior to the start. Perhaps most importantly, porto-o’s were PLENTIFUL!! Corrals were also well-organized, and the start times were accurate. I appreciated the attention to detail.
Race: The first half is a loop around Lincoln, while the 2nd half is an out-back to a park. It’s all relatively flat with some rolling hills. There’s only one significant hill in mile 19. We did run past the capitol building in the first mile or so of the race. Otherwise, it’s mostly residential and paved bike paths. I’m not a Huskers fan, but finishing on the track was cool.
Spectators/Aid stations: This was by far the best part of the race! The spectators were plentiful and the number of aid stations (especially in the 2nd half) were fantastic…especially on a hot/humid day. Lincoln comes out to support their race!
Swag: Shirts are nice, medal design is cool, and I appreciated the ability to do an shirt exchange at the expo. They also emailed a link to your clip of finish line video, which is a nice touch.

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Theme: This was a wonderful race in a small, Kansas town. Furthermore, with it being the hometown of Eisenhower, there's a great theme of "Ike" that "runs" through the shirts, … MORE

Theme: This was a wonderful race in a small, Kansas town. Furthermore, with it being the hometown of Eisenhower, there’s a great theme of “Ike” that “runs” through the shirts, medals, etc. The “I like Ike” finisher medals are easily one of my favorites! In addition, the race starts/finishes at the Eisenhower library/museum/home! Unfortunately, due to COVID, they were all closed in 2021, but in future years, it would be a great experience to enjoy post-race.
Course: As expected, the course is relatively flat. There are a few hills, but nothing major. I actually appreciated running OUT of town to enjoy the beauty of the fields of Kansas. Looping through the park was also a nice addition, especially to get some shade on a sunny day. I only have 2 “areas for improvement”: 1. There were no mile markers. In the days of GPS, it’s likely not necessary, but it’s nice to confirm where you are on the course. 2. Coming out of the park, there needs to be someone directing folks in the correct direction. (I saw a few folks turn to go back toward the start after their first loop…which was wrong) Otherwise, I really liked the course, as well as the timing mats at all of the turn arounds.
Overall, for his first year as RD, Steve Cathey did a great job! He was present at packet pick-up and made sure to go over the map with us. He also was very present on race day, which is a great sign. I saw him repeatedly go out on the course and run toward the finish with many of the last finishers. He clearly loves this race and has a passion for his community.
I highly recommend this Kansas race!

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Beautiful 2-loop race through the Arizona desert! Watching the sunrise as you run the first loop was simply breathtaking. The first half of the 15-mile loop is a slow, but … MORE

Beautiful 2-loop race through the Arizona desert! Watching the sunrise as you run the first loop was simply breathtaking. The first half of the 15-mile loop is a slow, but steady climb with a few rocky parts. However, the 2nd half is a nice gradual downhill, which was especially wonderful finishing the race! The entire trail is perfectly “runable”, although I walked a few of the short hills to save energy. There’s only about 1000 feet of elevation gain per loop, so by ultra trail standards, it’s relatively flat. The race was small and the organization was great! As a first-time ultra runner, I got a great little cactus trophy at the finish! The only negative is that there were no finisher medals.

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Super small, inaugural race with only 20 marathoners, but excellent organization! Race started on time, just after the RD gave a full description of the course. There were volunteers at … MORE

Super small, inaugural race with only 20 marathoners, but excellent organization! Race started on time, just after the RD gave a full description of the course. There were volunteers at all road crossings and turns, so it was easy to navigate the course. Runner tracking, wooden medals, and nice, soft tech shirts were all nice touches, especially for such a small race.
There are a few hills in the first 6 miles, but after that, it’s all on a rail trail. Therefore, there are slight inclines/declines, but overall, a very pleasant run through the woods of CT.
Due to CoVID, there was no transportation available from the finish back to the start, but Uber was readily available. I would highly recommend this race for anyone looking for a fall marathon in the Northeast.

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This race was well-organized, but there's not much to be excited about here. Pre-race: The expo was small and disappointing with very few vendors. It seemed like only the major … MORE

This race was well-organized, but there’s not much to be excited about here. Pre-race: The expo was small and disappointing with very few vendors. It seemed like only the major race sponsors had a booth. The race shirts were soft, but sizing was small. When I asked about an exchange, I was given a firm “no”.
Race day: The number of porto-johns was embarrassingly few. If I actually waited in line, I would’ve missed the start of the race. So, I waited for a few miles and stopped mid-race. The course rolled the entire way. My garmin indicated over 1400 feet of elevation gain! There’s no avoiding this in Atlanta, so forget the PR or BQ. There were very, very few spectators and no on-course entertainment (if you are looking for that in a city race). The medals are fine, but nothing special. The post-race food selection was small and typical.
Overall: I was already in town for the Olympic Trials and I needed to check off Georgia for my 50 states goal, so this race worked out well. However, I certainly would NOT make a special trip for this race otherwise. With the huge number of marathon options out there, Atlanta doesn’t offer anything that makes it stand out from the rest. My advice…move on…there’s “nothing to see here”

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Very small race on a combination of paved and gravel paths. The half-marathon course consists of 2 out-and-backs. Full marathoners repeat that course twice. There is a very long 2-mile … MORE

Very small race on a combination of paved and gravel paths. The half-marathon course consists of 2 out-and-backs. Full marathoners repeat that course twice. There is a very long 2-mile hill on the course, so this isn’t a PR race. However, the views of Lake Mead are incredible, as well as the 4 tunnels that you run through. Furthermore, the small size of this race make logistics, parking, bathrooms, etc. super easy. I HIGHLY recommend this race, especially if you are looking for a Nevada marathon.

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This is NOT the race for a BQ or a big PR, but it's worth doing. The first 8 miles are brutal, including several long uphills and downhills. However, the … MORE

This is NOT the race for a BQ or a big PR, but it’s worth doing. The first 8 miles are brutal, including several long uphills and downhills. However, the 2nd half is flat with a big downhill section before mile 18. So, if you are patient, you can run a big negative split (mine was 10 minutes). There was also really GREAT crowd support (for a mid-sized race) and on-course support from volunteers. As part of the I-35 challenge, this was overall a great experience!

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Did I mention the hills? Being from Pittsburgh, I'm no stranger to hills, but I didn't expect so many in the Midwest. This course is tough. My garmin said over … MORE

Did I mention the hills? Being from Pittsburgh, I’m no stranger to hills, but I didn’t expect so many in the Midwest. This course is tough. My garmin said over 1200 feet of elevation gain! You do get some nice downills coming back into the city, but then miles 22-25 are filled with uphills. The last mile is a relatively steep downhill, but at that point, you’ve given up lots of time climbing in the previous miles.
However, if you’re not looking to PR, it’s a nice race. The swag is great (soft cotton T, Goodr sunglasses, beer/BBQ at the finish, etc) and the race is well organized.

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I've run over 30 marathons, but have never run one on a trail. This one was amazing! It's really small, but well organized. The course is mostly single-track trail, but … MORE

I’ve run over 30 marathons, but have never run one on a trail. This one was amazing! It’s really small, but well organized. The course is mostly single-track trail, but very “runnable”. The full marathon is 2 loops around Timothy Lake with very rewarding views of Mt. Hood! There are 2 significant hills on the course, but it’s mostly flat. If you want a great Oregon experience, I’d highly recommend this race!

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I've run over 30 marathons, and this was the hilliest (and 2nd slowest) race I've run. There are 3 hills that are almost a mile long and several steep ones … MORE

I’ve run over 30 marathons, and this was the hilliest (and 2nd slowest) race I’ve run. There are 3 hills that are almost a mile long and several steep ones in the last few miles that are clearly added intentionally. It’s a tough race. The reward is that there are amazing views of the city and the mountains in a few places.

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Packet pick-up was among the quickest I've experienced. The swag was awesome...short-sleeved tech-shirt PLUS a nice fleece quarter-zip! Overall, the marathon was well-organized and very easy to navigate. I stayed … MORE

Packet pick-up was among the quickest I’ve experienced. The swag was awesome…short-sleeved tech-shirt PLUS a nice fleece quarter-zip! Overall, the marathon was well-organized and very easy to navigate. I stayed at an AirBnB less than a mile from the start/finish. It was an easy walk to/from the race, so no transportation needed. Pre-race bag check, restrooms, corrals, were all very nicely organized. The weather was absolutely perfect…40’s and overcast. The course was solid, with a few miles along the lakefront (although with the fog/clouds, there wasn’t much to see). The rest is mostly through residential areas. The uphills after mile 10 are slight, but provide a challenge. However, you get to come back down those hills during the last few miles, which is amazing! The only 2 negatives of the course are the out-and-backs, especially the last one, and nearly a complete lack of spectators. I’m fine without big cheering sections, but the out-and-back takes a real toll mentally after mile 20. Overall…a solid race. Recommended.

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This race is flat and would make a good PR course. However, as a northerner, this is not the "Florida" that I imagined. None of the course goes through the … MORE

This race is flat and would make a good PR course. However, as a northerner, this is not the “Florida” that I imagined. None of the course goes through the city of Jacksonville or near the water. It’s all residential. It was also really humid, which made for a very difficult race.

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Monumental is a nice race that's relatively flat and potentially fast. The course is not all that interesting. It's simply a loop through the neighborhoods of Indy. It's well organized … MORE

Monumental is a nice race that’s relatively flat and potentially fast. The course is not all that interesting. It’s simply a loop through the neighborhoods of Indy. It’s well organized and worth running. However, it’s not a destination race, unless you are doing 50 states.

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So many things to love here: Point-to-point race Take the train to the start! Giant balloons as mile markers (so motivating to see a balloon!) Beautiful scenery next to the … MORE

So many things to love here:
Point-to-point race
Take the train to the start!
Giant balloons as mile markers (so motivating to see a balloon!)
Beautiful scenery next to the lake
Fun, beautiful area!

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There is plenty of free parking near the start/finish at Broadway at the Beach. The "yeti-like" coffee mug has become my favorite piece of swag! The course is obviously pancake … MORE

There is plenty of free parking near the start/finish at Broadway at the Beach.
The “yeti-like” coffee mug has become my favorite piece of swag!
The course is obviously pancake flat, but since a large portion (miles 8-16) is in 1 direction, a headwind can kill you. That was the case this year. A really strong headwind killed my time. Without the wind, this course could be fast.

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Logistically, it can be a challenge. To make things cheaper, I stayed at an AirBnB in Queens, so my trip on race morning involved a train, a boat, and a … MORE

Logistically, it can be a challenge. To make things cheaper, I stayed at an AirBnB in Queens, so my trip on race morning involved a train, a boat, and a bus. But…it’s all part of the experience, right? Overall, I loved the course, and didn’t find it too difficult…until the climb at mile 23 to get into Central Park. That hill put a fork in me. The worst part is the WALK after the finish to get your poncho and food bag! I had to stop several times along the way. My legs had 26.2 in them and not another step more. But…it’s an incredible race with spectators lining the streets the entire way! What a thrill!

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2 loop course around Presque Isle park. Shaded and flat! Plus...you can hang out on the beach and take a dip after your race. If you are looking to PR … MORE

2 loop course around Presque Isle park. Shaded and flat!
Plus…you can hang out on the beach and take a dip after your race. If you are looking to PR and get a last minute BQ, this is the race for you.

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I ran this one because I needed a Maine marathon for 50 states, and this fit into our summer vacation schedule. Otherwise, I'd pick a more scenic race for Maine. … MORE

I ran this one because I needed a Maine marathon for 50 states, and this fit into our summer vacation schedule. Otherwise, I’d pick a more scenic race for Maine. Overall, this race was fine. It’s 2-loops of a very rolling course. On a warm day, I was toast after the 1st loop. It’s not a PR/BQ kind of course.
Pros: The singlet instead of a shirt was nice! Anything different is always welcome! Having the indoor space to relax pre-race was nice as well. In addition, the post-race massage was fantastic.

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I love this race! It's a pancake flat, 2-loop course that's spectator friendly. It's shaded almost the entire way, and temps are always nice. Presque Isle is also an awesome … MORE

I love this race! It’s a pancake flat, 2-loop course that’s spectator friendly. It’s shaded almost the entire way, and temps are always nice. Presque Isle is also an awesome location for a race! You can take a dip in the lake post-race and hang out on the beach. Also, stop by Sara’s on the way out of the park for a chili dog and some ice cream. Erie is a great place for a short family vacation, too! If you are looking for a new PR/BQ, this is THE race to do.

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