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@abirdsong

Kelseyville, CA Raving since 2018 active 2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 13, 2019 4:18:51
Goofy Challenge (39.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 12, 2020 5:10:49
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 8, 2019 4:00:24
Half Marathon Weott, CA May 5, 2019 1:48:35
10 Miler Washington, DC Apr 8, 2018 1:28:40
10K Omaha, NE Sep 18, 2011 57:44

Future Races (37)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 12, 2021
Half Marathon Hilton Head Island, SC Feb 27, 2022
Marathon Indianapolis, IN 2022
Marathon Olathe, KS 2022
Marathon Newport, RI TBD
Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
Marathon Atlanta, GA TBD
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ TBD
21 Miler Big Sur, CA TBD
10K Avalon, CA TBD
Marathon Charlevoix, MI TBD
Marathon Gilsum, NH TBD
Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID TBD
Marathon Detroit, MI TBD
Marathon Eau Claire, WI TBD
Half Marathon Eugene, OR TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV TBD
Marathon Two Harbors, MN TBD
Marathon Hartford, CT TBD
Marathon South Williamson, KY TBD
Marathon Louisville, KY TBD
Marathon Little Rock, AR TBD
Marathon Pauillac, France TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Marathon Ojai, CA TBD
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC TBD
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY TBD
Marathon Oceanport, NJ TBD
Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE TBD
Marathon Richmond, VA TBD
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV TBD
Marathon Savannah, GA TBD
Marathon Nashville, TN TBD
Marathon Burlington, VT TBD
Marathon Bath, NY TBD

Past Races (30)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 10, 2021
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jun 27, 2021 4:45:16
Marathon Ventura, CA Oct 25, 2020 4:05:31
Goofy Challenge (39.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 12, 2020 5:10:49
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 8, 2019 4:00:24
Half Marathon Petaluma, CA Sep 15, 2019 2:02:54
Half Marathon Weott, CA May 5, 2019 1:48:35
Half Marathon Severna Park, MD Mar 31, 2019 1:55:09
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 13, 2019 4:18:51
10 Miler Washington, DC Apr 8, 2018 1:28:40
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 22, 2017 4:12:52
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM May 7, 2017 2:05:42
Half Marathon Cottonwood, AZ Apr 8, 2017 2:07:00
Half Marathon Moab, UT Mar 18, 2017 2:11:00
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 20, 2016 4:21:54
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 17, 2016 4:35:21
Half Marathon Grand Island, NE Aug 27, 2016 1:55:11
Marathon Schaumburg, IL May 15, 2016 4:14:22
10 Miler Montgomery City, MO Oct 11, 2015
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 19, 2015 4:25:52
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 11, 2015 4:32:12
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Sep 7, 2014 2:52:35
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 17, 2013 1:58:15
10 Miler Philadelphia, PA May 5, 2013 1:30:52
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 18, 2012 2:00:13
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE May 6, 2012 2:03:30
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 20, 2011 4:40:31
10K Omaha, NE Sep 18, 2011 57:44
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE May 1, 2011 2:19:49
10K Omaha, NE Sep 19, 2010 1:04:22

My Raves

I participated in this event as pandemic restrictions were lifting and in a record-breaking hot weekend (100+ degrees). The race organizers kept us appraised of key information with regular emails, … MORE

I participated in this event as pandemic restrictions were lifting and in a record-breaking hot weekend (100+ degrees). The race organizers kept us appraised of key information with regular emails, and updates on race logistics on race morning. They were able to move the start time back by an hour (thank you!) and provided additional water stops along the way. This group of organizers is passionate about running and providing the best and safest experience for runners.

Packet pick-up is the morning of race day, so allow a bit of extra time for that. I recommend parking in the Hyak Trailhead lot ($10) for convenience and to avoid a potentially long walk. You will thank yourself. 🙂

Concerning the course itself, it is a lovely gentle downhill [crushed gravel] trail, with views of ravines, mountains, and rivers along the way. There is quite a bit of intermittent shade contrasted with patches in the sun. If this would not have been such a hot day, I likely would have PR’d. You can feel the course pulling you the entire way and it is a great feeling! There was sparse cheering/crowd support along the way, and this usually correlated with water stops, so be prepared to soak in 26.2 quiet and scenic miles. The tunnel was pretty cool–literally– and is a few miles long. Definitely have a strong lighting source and try to run with others if you can. My pace slowed in the tunnel due to it being a bit wet and I could not see that far ahead of me, but it was a fun and unique experience. (I used the One80 headlamp around my waist and that worked well to see the ground a few yards in front of me.) Bathrooms consisted of typical state park outhouses approx. 2-3 miles apart. The swag was a t-shirt and water-bottle (and medal), and the finish line party was a bit muted due to pandemic-related restrictions (e.g., only pre-packaged food), but historically it looks like they have more amenities.

All in all, I was pleased with the course itself, the organizers–who had to adapt the race post-pandemic and in extreme heat, and the proximity to Seattle for some fun sightseeing and delicious food options to celebrate!

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- CIM was well-organized and provided excellent pre-race communication and tutorial videos from race directors and pace team leaders. This organization strives to ensure each runner is prepared and can … MORE

– CIM was well-organized and provided excellent pre-race communication and tutorial videos from race directors and pace team leaders. This organization strives to ensure each runner is prepared and can have a great race.
– Race morning transportation/logistics were smooth and while the portalet-to-runner ratio is the best in the nation, still get in line early. The start line was a well-oiled machine, with runners self-seeded and pacers easy to find. Some signage was a bit vague, though, and I ended up hopping a gate to the correct corral.
– The course is mostly rolling hills until the last few miles. This is the underwhelmed part of my review…it was pretty much a divided four-lane road through suburban Sacramento until the last handful of miles. It got a bit boring at times, but the predictability of the course helps sustain rhythm and pace.
– Crowds were intermittent and somewhat thin, but frequent enough that you kept the motivation going. Lots of cowbells and some very funny and creative signs. This is also where I was underwhelmed, particularly since this feature of the course (ie., crowds) had been raved about by prior CIM runners and I didn’t feel like it lived up to the hype. I’ve run races with more ambitious crowds, I guess. All in all, though, Sacramento does come out for this race and you feel like the whole City is rooting for you!
– Aid stations were frequent but only on the right side after mile 4ish. This created some bottlenecking and logistically was difficult given the number of runners.
– The race field was a good size for going for a PR and had a substantial amount of pacers, many of them BQ-oriented.
– The post-race area lacked places to sit but had good amount of nutrition and fluids, including an environmentally-friendly reusable water bottle. The shuttles back to the CIM partner hotels were easy to find but waited quite awhile before leaving and then our driver appeared to get lost enroute.

This is a solid race in many aspects and I had a good run, finishing with a PR. While I don’t plan to run CIM again, I think everyone should consider it, as there are many repeat CIM racers and it just might be your new favorite–I just didn’t have that experience.

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5
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This is a smallish race that is well-organized and has a fun finisher medal, the cow bell. The course is mostly hills with decent grades and almost entirely rural roads, … MORE

This is a smallish race that is well-organized and has a fun finisher medal, the cow bell. The course is mostly hills with decent grades and almost entirely rural roads, with little crowd support. There are sufficient water stops and these are staffed with enthusiastic volunteers; no port-a-pots on course. Personally, this was my least favorite half marathon I have done to date. If you like constant hills, quiet and rural scenery, little to no crowd support, the smell of manure as you run, and unique swag, then this is a race for you. I most appreciated the easy logistics (e.g., parking), fun swag, and ample post-race amenities (i.e., food, stretching/foam rolling stations, free massages) that accompanied this relatively small race. All in all not bad, and plan to soak in some California countryside and don’t be concerned with time/pace.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
2
SWAG
5

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