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@BrianYowler

Beaver Falls, PA Raving since 2019 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 3 days, 11 hours ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50K Fort McDowell, AZ Feb 13, 2021 5:21:04
Marathon Pocono Summit, PA 2007 3:03:30

Future Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Huntsville, AL Oct 17, 2021
Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 12, 2021
Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 9, 2022
Marathon Cokeville, WY Jun 10, 2022
Marathon Laketown, UT Jun 11, 2022
Marathon Kingwood, TX 2022
Marathon Sugar Land, TX 2022
50 Miler Falls of Rough, KY 2023
100 Miler Honolulu, HI 2025
Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
50K Avalon, CA TBD
50 Miler Sturgis, SD TBD
Marathon Gilsum, NH TBD
Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID TBD
Marathon St. George, UT TBD
Marathon Burlington, VT TBD

Past Races (44)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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 Elyria, OH 2011 3:09:34
Marathon Cleveland, OH 2011 3:18:29
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

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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