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Birmingham, AL Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher active 2 months, 1 week ago

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    St Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

  • Race that's calling my name:

    TCS New York City Marathon

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Future Races

Future Races (21)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
8.25 Miler Pelham, AL Jul 4, 2020
Half Marathon Asheville, NC Aug 29, 2020
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 11, 2020
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Sep 27, 2020
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Oct 4, 2020
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 1, 2020
10K Birmingham, AL Nov 7, 2020
Half Marathon Hermosa, SD 2021
Half Marathon Boise, ID 2021
13.5 Miler Birmingham, AL TBD
3-Way Challenge (22.4 Miles) Cincinnati, OH TBD
Marathon Eugene, OR TBD
Marathon Two Harbors, MN TBD
Half Marathon Gulf Beach, CT TBD
Half Marathon Hartford, CT TBD
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC TBD
Marathon Little Rock, AR TBD
Half Marathon Montgomery, AL TBD
Half Marathon Huntsville, AL TBD
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL TBD
Half Marathon Tuscaloosa, AL TBD

Past Races (30)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Chicago, IL May 17, 2020
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 2, 2020
15K Birmingham, AL Apr 4, 2020
Half Marathon Tuscaloosa, AL Mar 28, 2020
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Mar 8, 2020
Half Marathon Decatur, AL Feb 22, 2020
Half Marathon Decatur, AL Feb 22, 2020
5K Birmingham, AL Feb 16, 2020
Half Marathon Birmingham, AL Feb 16, 2020
10K Pelham, AL Jan 25, 2020
5K Birmingham, AL Dec 28, 2019
Half Marathon Natchez, MS Dec 21, 2019
Half Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 7, 2019
5K Bluffton, SC Nov 28, 2019
Half Marathon Birmingham, AL Nov 24, 2019
10K Birmingham, AL Nov 2, 2019
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Apr 7, 2018
Half Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 2, 2017
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Apr 8, 2017
10 Miler Viera, FL Mar 19, 2017
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Feb 25, 2017
Half Marathon Cocoa Beach, FL Oct 23, 2016
Half Marathon Evergreen, CO Jun 12, 2016
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 16, 2016
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Feb 21, 2016
Half Marathon Pensacola, FL Mar 21, 2015
10K Winter Park, FL Mar 14, 2015
15K Tampa, FL Feb 22, 2015
8K Tampa, FL Feb 22, 2015
Half Marathon Jensen Beach, FL 2015

My Raves

I chose this race to check Louisiana off of my 50 in 50 list. We had a great weekend but this race had a few hiccups. They didn’t send out … MORE

I chose this race to check Louisiana off of my 50 in 50 list. We had a great weekend but this race had a few hiccups.

They didn’t send out any email communication, updates were only posted on Facebook. Some of the information on the website and the Facebook pages were contradictory… ex start time and packet pick up times and locations. There were a lot of comments online about the lack of communication and many people were getting upset… repeatedly you could see where the organizers would say they “never got the emails.” (In my experience people are a lot more forgiving when you own up to your mistakes)

While everyone was lining up to start the race they announced that we were no longer running the course we signed up for but instead doing two loops. Personally, I would’ve never signed up for a looped course and would’ve really appreciated them letting us know before hand. They also said the course has been changed earlier in the week but nobody in the crowd knew and it wasn’t posted anywhere. I had friends planning on cheering during the race and this goofed up their morning too.

I did really like that it was a women’s race on international women’s day plus they had plenty of restrooms and water stops

Overall, this race could grow into something much better but they have a lot of work to do.

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Great small town race with a Mardi Gras theme! There were about 300 participants so it was small but you weren’t alone. They had a race day pick up option … MORE

Great small town race with a Mardi Gras theme! There were about 300 participants so it was small but you weren’t alone.

They had a race day pick up option and an 8am start time making it easy for people to come in from surrounding areas. It also let the day warm up a bit!

There were water stops and restrooms about every 1.5 miles – I wish they didn’t use styrofoam cups 🙁

We got to run along the river for part of the race and most of the race was on a bike trail

None of the regular post race snacks but they had grits and a beignet food truck to keep w the theme

The medal was fun but they rest of the swag bag didn’t offer much. There was a visor (cotton, not athletic material), a Budweiser koozie, a knob creek coffee mug, and a chip clip. Personally, I’d rather have one good thing than a bunch of junk. I love a good medal, a shirt (when it’s done right) or an athletic hat. Stickers are great too!

I plan to come back next year and stay for the parade

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

💛💜💚💛💜💚💛💜💚

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Great race! The first half was super hilly but the second half was pretty flat. I ran with Jacks Pack and had the best time! Definitely will run this race … MORE

Great race!

The first half was super hilly but the second half was pretty flat. I ran with Jacks Pack and had the best time! Definitely will run this race again

I love that they gave stickers in the swag bag

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Initially I was planning to run the 10 miler but a trip to Vegas and a bunch of blisters had me drop down to the 10k. The race was pretty … MORE

Initially I was planning to run the 10 miler but a trip to Vegas and a bunch of blisters had me drop down to the 10k.

The race was pretty much all hills so buyer beware

The weather was perfect and we had a great time

The finisher item was a pint glass and the shirts were soft, cotton long sleeves

If you make it out to this race be sure to bring $5 cash per person for park entry (the race is in the park) and if you have time definitely go see the birds of prey, the eagle, and the little farm! Oak Mountain has a ton to offer and is worth spending the day

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This was my first time trail running. It was well organized and everyone seemed to have a great time. There was a 5k and a 10k option (I chose the … MORE

This was my first time trail running. It was well organized and everyone seemed to have a great time. There was a 5k and a 10k option (I chose the 5k). The 10k started 30 min before the 5k and seemed to have the majority of the participants. The trail wasn’t overly difficult but was a nice challenge for me. I don’t see many trail runs in my future but we had a really great time and met some nice people – I could definitely be talked into it again next year

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I ran this to check Mississippi off my 50 in 50 list. Leading up to the race I was nervous about the lack of communication and how little information was … MORE

I ran this to check Mississippi off my 50 in 50 list. Leading up to the race I was nervous about the lack of communication and how little information was available online… they didn’t announce packet pick up until about 5 o’clock the day before – even then they only announced it on Facebook (no email and no update to the website).

The morning of the race I got there about 45 min early and no one could say exactly where the race was going to start. We asked about water stops and bathrooms and they said there were no official water stops but some would be put on by locals and if we really need to use the restroom to ask somebody if we could use theirs. Yes. You read that right. They told us to ask a stranger to go in their home to use the restroom. NO WAY.

While I waited for the start I got to know some of the other runners and we hung out in a hotel lobby close by to stay warm.
When it was about time for the start a boy came and told us there was a line spray-painted down the street for us to gather around. We were told there would be arrows on the ground for us to follow for the race course and then they blew an air horn and we were off. There were only about 60 or so people running the half and the roads were not closed to cars. At first it wasn’t too scary because we were all together but as we all spaced out it got pretty nerve-racking being on the roads. You really had to pay a lot of attention to the course and to the cars. I was taking it really slow to be careful of cars but at some point I got off course. As I was running the area around me was seeming less and less safe (collapsed buildings, boarded up homes, bars over windows and doors). I paused to gain my bearings and saw another runner just ahead of me. He and I started making our way back together and two police officers stopped to help us find our way.

I knocked out about 15.5 miles but I finished.

I do not recommend this race.

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This year the St Jude marathon weekend was a little different with the convention center being under construction. Notable changes.... the expo was about 20 miles away and the pasta … MORE

This year the St Jude marathon weekend was a little different with the convention center being under construction. Notable changes…. the expo was about 20 miles away and the pasta party was moved to the Peabody. The temporary expo location was much smaller and not as elaborate as normal but it was okay – fingers crossed it doesn’t deter people from coming back. It being so far away made for a tight window to make our hospital tour that afternoon. I hope if they’re there again next year they open earlier.

Friday afternoon we were lucky enough to have a tour of St Jude. Highly recommend!! The hospital was such a happy place filled with hope and love. The thought and detail that’s gone into every little thing will stick with you way past race day. We were already thinking we’d come back for 2020 but the tour solidified our plans.

Race day was great! The weather was overcast and gloomy but not too cold and it never really rained. The crowd support was incredible and running through the St Jude campus was unlike anything else. The families will pull out so many of your emotions and push you to keep going.
Each mile has a sponsor and spectators line almost the entire race. If your ever feeling low there’s someone around to pump you up!

The race was very crowded so I would not recommend for a pr race (if you’re a slower runner like me you’ll be weaving through people most of the time) but it’s definitely one of my favorite weekends of the year. It’s great being a part of something so special!

“When your legs are tired, run with your heart”

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My husband and I got married in April and definitely want a turkey trot to be an ongoing tradition for us. This race is really close to his parents house … MORE

My husband and I got married in April and definitely want a turkey trot to be an ongoing tradition for us. This race is really close to his parents house so we all signed up and had some neighbors join us too. This race was small, flat, and very family friendly. I feel like I would’ve had a fast race if I hadn’t had food poisoning the day before…

I would love if they would have an athletic shirt rather than a cotton one and a longer distance option would be great too. Overall we enjoyed this race and plan to be back next year

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We had a lot of fun at this race. The weather was wonderful, the medal was great, and finishing in the baseball stadium was fun! Packet pick up was pretty … MORE

We had a lot of fun at this race. The weather was wonderful, the medal was great, and finishing in the baseball stadium was fun!
Packet pick up was pretty sloppy but other than that this was a great experience. There’s a good chance we’ll do this race again

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This race came highly recommended but definitely fell short of our expectations. Our biggest gripe is that there were only four bathrooms at the start line with a line a … MORE

This race came highly recommended but definitely fell short of our expectations. Our biggest gripe is that there were only four bathrooms at the start line with a line a mile long and there were zero during the course. With it only being a 10K I can understand not having restrooms during the race but there should’ve been more at the beginning…. 3/5

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My friend and I had such a great time in 2017 we came back again! The course, expo, and swag were all still great but the host hotel was a … MORE

My friend and I had such a great time in 2017 we came back again! The course, expo, and swag were all still great but the host hotel was a complete disaster. I was already in town for work so we were able to get a room in a relatively reasonable amount of time (we had a room about three hours after check in) but there were people in the lobby waiting on their rooms past 11pm when they’d arrived around 4. The hotel did not keep runners grouped together but instead mixed us in with bachelor and bachelorette parties. Our room was connected to/shared a door with a bachelor party where they had a dozen guys staying in a room meant for two people…. They were screaming, yelling, then vomiting all night. I’m all for people having a good time but that ruined ours. Not planning on coming back for a third race

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The St Jude Memphis marathon weekend is top notch and leaves you feeling so grateful The course is challenging but you have great crowd support An added bonus with this … MORE

The St Jude Memphis marathon weekend is top notch and leaves you feeling so grateful

The course is challenging but you have great crowd support

An added bonus with this race is it is on Saturday so you can go out and explore afterwards.

I love a Saturday race!

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I did not prepare for this race but I had a blast! The course was beautiful (and flat), the event staff was great, and we had such a wonderful trip … MORE

I did not prepare for this race but I had a blast! The course was beautiful (and flat), the event staff was great, and we had such a wonderful trip to Savannah!! We were so excited we signed up to come back

Course bonus: the trees offered wonderful shade the majority of the time

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I loved this race so much and can’t wait to do another revel race in the future. The altitude was a challenge for me (I was living in Florida at … MORE

I loved this race so much and can’t wait to do another revel race in the future. The altitude was a challenge for me (I was living in Florida at the time) but the beautiful scenery was a perfect distraction. I took several pictures – one of my favorite memories was stopping for a few seconds to let a family of deer cross the road.

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This race was really cool! The heat was difficult but the Blue Angel flyover and the themed water stops more than made up for it. The course was super flat … MORE

This race was really cool! The heat was difficult but the Blue Angel flyover and the themed water stops more than made up for it. The course was super flat and the medal was cute. I had a great time!

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Writing this about four years after the fact.... what I remember is the after party and the medal were both great (the medal was a really big peacock suncatcher) but … MORE

Writing this about four years after the fact…. what I remember is the after party and the medal were both great (the medal was a really big peacock suncatcher) but the course was over crowded and a lot of people fell on the cobblestones. I remember people bleeding and crying….

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I ran this about four years ago and only have positive memories. I remember great crowd support, a beautiful course, awesome swag (I still wear the shirts), a top notch … MORE

I ran this about four years ago and only have positive memories. I remember great crowd support, a beautiful course, awesome swag (I still wear the shirts), a top notch expo, plus cool medals. I hope to run this again one day

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