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@alaskey

Salt Lake City, UT Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club active 1 week, 5 days ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Oct 14, 2017 1:35:22

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Sep 14, 2019
Half Marathon Moline, IL Sep 22, 2019
Half Marathon Washington, DC Sep 29, 2019
Half Marathon St. George, UT Nov 2, 2019

Past Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Lubec, ME Jun 23, 2019 1:59:22
Half Marathon Portland, ME Jun 22, 2019 1:48:22
Half Marathon White Sulphur Springs, WV May 11, 2019 2:02:35
Half Marathon Naperville, IL Apr 28, 2019
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Mar 30, 2019 1:52:43
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Oct 14, 2017 1:35:22

My Raves

Bay of Fundy International Marathon

Bay of Fundy International Marathon

I ran this one as a back to back with Portland, ME because I wanted to get New Brunswick. It is definitely off the beaten path and if you choose … MORE

I ran this one as a back to back with Portland, ME because I wanted to get New Brunswick. It is definitely off the beaten path and if you choose to do this one, PLAN AHEAD for housing! Look at VRBOs all over (we stayed in Whiting) or look on Campobello Island. Don’t wait, there is nothing in this area at all. You MUST do packet pickup by a deadline on Saturday night since you have to cross over to Canada to get your bib, then check in with US Border Patrol on the way back in for a sticker. Without this, you aren’t allowed to cross the next day. We had the lobster dinner (on the Canada side) for $22 you get a whole lobster, spaghetti, potato salad, cole slaw and dessert. Super good food CHEAP, and there isn’t really a lot of choices around anyway! Expo is very, very small but the volunteers are locals and so friendly. Next AM, buses leave 5:30A-7A (Eastern Time, be aware, Canada is on Atlantic time and your phone can randomly switch towers so figure out how to turn that off before you go), from Lubec. At the border, the Canadian Border patrol takes your customs declaration and you go to the start. It’s beautiful—and chilly. The race starts old fashioned (no starting mat, time is gun time for start, chip for finish). You run out to the point and then turn back and run the coast. Apparently some years they have seen whales and eagles. The people along the course are super friendly (Santa is at mile 3ish—not kidding), and everyone waves and if they can see your bib name, they call you by it. The course is HILLY. And I mean HILLY. Be prepared. I was running a back to back so had no extra to give but it was worth it, the scenery was nice to look at. You flip mile 12 before the visitor center where you got your bib and then brace for the final hill climb to the bridge and then up and over. You go through Canadian customs where they will give you high fives, then power over the bridge (wind whips through there) and then through US Customs where they too give high fives. Round the corner and turn on the burners for the finish under the lobster traps. Results are posted on paper and there are custom, hand made medals and hand made prizes by the same artist for AG. Age groups are 10 years, not 5. Excellent food—Dunkin Donuts, chocolate milk, Greek yogurt with Maine Blueberries, ice cream, bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter…the volunteers were awesome. Really great people. Totally worth it, would do it again.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3

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Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

This was my 50th state (66th half) so I have a lot to compare it too. The expo left a lot to be desired, we got there right before 2 … MORE

This was my 50th state (66th half) so I have a lot to compare it too. The expo left a lot to be desired, we got there right before 2 when it opened and thank goodness since they only had 4 or 5 people working the table and they were assigning numbers as you came up which added a lot of time. You needed to show an ID to get a beer bracelet which was also confusing making people stand in line that weren’t even old enough to drink. By 4P the line was down the stairs, out the door and curving up the block. There was no expo to speak of with only one retailer and some freebies for locals. The tank instead of a shirt was nice and high quality. The start line was easy to get to but was self seeding which of course is a nightmare since people aren’t honest and put themselves where they really shouldn’t be. The first mile was crushingly slow due to massive crowd and inability to spread out. There were a few hard hills but very, very short, no climbs. Overall, was generally flat. On the back bay you are running on crushed gravel which was nice but it had been raining for 2 days so there was a lot of jumping of puddles. At the end, there was a brutal uphill that dumped you onto a cobblestone street for the last 0.2 miles which sucked because you cannot sprint on cobblestone without breaking your neck. The medal was nice, you get 2 beers, a pizza slice and an ice cream. Water stations were plentiful and they had wet towels after mile 9 I think at about every mile which were appreciated. We got lucky on the weather, there was a wind that kept the humidity at bay and it was slightly overcast which was also nice.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
2
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Greenbrier Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

Greenbrier Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

I'm running all 50 and chose this one for WV because I had heard that Harper's Ferry is brutally hard and humid, Hatfield and McCoy is hilly and hard and … MORE

I’m running all 50 and chose this one for WV because I had heard that Harper’s Ferry is brutally hard and humid, Hatfield and McCoy is hilly and hard and I wasn’t looking for a crazy hard one. Top it off with the fact I was coming off of an injury that had hobbled me badly enough I couldn’t run at all for the 4 weeks leading up to this. That explains my time but the good news is, I finished.

First off, the Greenbrier is an interesting resort–very old and sprawling. It is also expensive so helpful money saving hint is stay in one of the nearby towns at a vacation rental. We had a wonderful VRBO in Lewiston, a 20-ish minute drive to the start but totally worth it. Packet pick-up was easy and not terribly crowded. The shirt was a nice quality shirt (I wouldn’t run in it because there is a large screen printing on the back that would make it horribly non-breathable). I paid for an extra breakfast buffet for my husband ($55), don’t forget to get the bracelet at packet pick up. There is a night before dinner you can buy and a morning of breakfast, we didn’t do either.

You park at the train depot and there is a frequent shuttle to the start. You can walk easily if you want for a warm up if you aren’t running late. It was a humid, overcast day. The start was supposed to be a self regulating seeding. People are very bad at this. This is a course that is super convoluted through a golf course and there is a 10K and a 5K that is also running on the course at the same time (staggered start). You will need to pay attention to signs and course marshals to know when you turn. You will see people all over and it’s hard to tell who is in front and who is behind. There as some wicked hills but they are short. The last few miles of the course are on the other side of the road, you go under the street by tunnel and then have to keep running on the course on the other side before crossing back. There is a hill up to the finish.

After the race, you can use the pool (OMG this was a bonus, being able to soak your feet felt so good). You get a champagne flute and then the brunch. I will tell you if you are paying for an extra, you will be disappointed. It is a nicer spread than a regular race but it is not worth $55. You can eat outside or inside. The medal is nice and is the same image as the back of the shirt.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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