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@abbjmc

Washington, DC Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 4 months ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Oceanport, NJ Apr 28, 2019 3:24:20

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 20, 2020
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 26, 2020

Past Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Grand Rapids, MI Oct 20, 2019 3:43:15
Marathon Oceanport, NJ Apr 28, 2019 3:24:20
Marathon Carmel, IN Mar 30, 2019 3:31:27
Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 8, 2018 3:28:44
Marathon Newport, RI Oct 7, 2018 3:29:14
Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 9, 2018 4:05:00
Marathon Cary, NC Mar 18, 2018 3:43:05
Marathon Austin, TX Feb 18, 2018 3:45:22
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 22, 2017 4:01:38
Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV Sep 30, 2017 3:57:43
Marathon West Haven, CT Apr 1, 2017 3:51:06
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 15, 2016 3:57:59
Marathon Burlington, VT May 29, 2016 4:46:28
Marathon Forest City, PA Oct 11, 2015 4:24:17
Marathon Reston, VA Mar 29, 2015 4:01:49
Marathon Dover, DE Oct 18, 2014 4:25:30

My Raves

The race director, Don Kern, is what makes this race so great. He is extremely dedicated and makes sure this race is perfect. You'll get fun weekly emails from him … MORE

The race director, Don Kern, is what makes this race so great. He is extremely dedicated and makes sure this race is perfect. You’ll get fun weekly emails from him leading up to race day and he makes sure to stand at the finish and shake each finisher’s hand.

The logistics are smooth. Packet pickup was a breeze. You get to wait inside the YMCA before the race (and use its bathrooms, or the plentiful port-a-potties). All the aid stations were well-run, with volunteers clearly denoting the water vs. Gatorade. Miles are all clearly marked. The pacers seemed on point (although I didn’t use them). Easy spectator spots are clearly marked.

There are some mentally tough parts of the course (the quiet of Millennium Park, a long out and back on Indian Mounds Road), but in all, the course is fun with a good go around the city followed by a scenic tour of fall colors.

Overall, a very fun race race in a great city.

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The course was flat and easy, and we lucked out with perfect weather this year. The sea breeze was nice and refreshing, but not overpowering. Great views along the boardwalk … MORE

The course was flat and easy, and we lucked out with perfect weather this year. The sea breeze was nice and refreshing, but not overpowering. Great views along the boardwalk at the finish as well as in Asbury Park and on the road on the way down. The neighborhoods at the start of the race were also great, with lots of spectators out in front of their houses. The pace teams were amazing, and I LOVED the medal.

The logistics of this race were slightly lacking. I didn’t get a single email or piece of communication about the race leading up to it; I honestly was scared I wasn’t actually registered. Getting to the race start was also extremely stressful. I got dropped off and there was specific dropoff instructions that made it seem like we would be going in a different way than those looking to park. That was not the case at all and we got stuck in the total back up on the highway that everyone else was in. It was a mess.

Some of the later water stops on the course were also lacking. I ran with the 3:25 pacers and we ended up being a big group. It was a struggle getting water at many of the later stops. I missed water at two when I wanted to take it, and at one of stop, on a narrow sidewalk, we came to a complete standstill as we bottlenecked.

Overall, I ran a PR/BQ that I’m really happy with and had a awesome time, but I think the race could be improved with a few logistical fixes.

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This race was very well run. All the water stops were great with Gatorade and water well demarcated. I loved the pancakes at the finish. A rather dull course overall … MORE

This race was very well run. All the water stops were great with Gatorade and water well demarcated. I loved the pancakes at the finish. A rather dull course overall but it did the job. Be ready for lots of traffic circles.

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The weather on race day was miserable, but that's not the race directors' fault! They did an amazing job putting on the Rocket City Marathon and went above and beyond … MORE

The weather on race day was miserable, but that’s not the race directors’ fault! They did an amazing job putting on the Rocket City Marathon and went above and beyond in communicating with runners. The pacers and volunteers were all great, and the start and finish INSIDE was clutch.

The race course is a bit more boring than I was expecting, but the mile through the Space Center is great! The hills are minimal.

Overall, this was a super-organized production and a great place to run a PR or have a good, easy race.

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I had a great time at the Newport Marathon. The race was well-run, with smooth packet pickup and gear check, ample water stops, and a great start/finish location. The scenery, … MORE

I had a great time at the Newport Marathon. The race was well-run, with smooth packet pickup and gear check, ample water stops, and a great start/finish location.
The scenery, especially along the first half of the course, is stunning. Waves were crashing up along the seawall as we cruised by and the jaw-dropping mansions loomed over us.
I didn’t love the number of sharp turns the course incorporated and, like others have said, the second half becomes a bit of a slog as the best parts of the scenery drop away and the rolling hills add up, but it was overall a worthy course and I was able to meet my goal time.
Hotels in the area are unfortunately pricy, but it was worth it for me. I would definitely recommend.

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Be prepared for heat (there's not a lot of shade on the back half of the course, either) and for the solid climb through Miles 6 and 7, but with … MORE

Be prepared for heat (there’s not a lot of shade on the back half of the course, either) and for the solid climb through Miles 6 and 7, but with that in mind, this is a great race to run. Water stops every mile, spectators out on their front porches, mountain and riverside views. The website was a bit lacking, but know that the organization is all put into the race.

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This race is well run but low key. Don't expect a ton of spectators, and the course on the rail trail is a bit boring. But it's flat and fast … MORE

This race is well run but low key. Don’t expect a ton of spectators, and the course on the rail trail is a bit boring. But it’s flat and fast and you might just PR or BQ.

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This was a well-organized midsize city race. You get a good loop around Austin, though it's not always terribly scenic. Great crowd support, though, and a fun run all around. … MORE

This was a well-organized midsize city race. You get a good loop around Austin, though it’s not always terribly scenic. Great crowd support, though, and a fun run all around. A bit hilly in the first half but nothing too terrible.

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