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@alaskey

Salt Lake City, UT Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club active 1 week, 3 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 (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Oct 19, 2019
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Oct 26, 2019
Half Marathon St. George, UT Nov 2, 2019

Past Races (11)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Empire, MI Oct 5, 2019 1:47:23
Half Marathon Washington, DC Sep 29, 2019 1:55:40
Half Marathon Moline, IL Sep 22, 2019 1:56:00
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Sep 14, 2019 1:35:40
Half Marathon Alta, UT Aug 17, 2019 1:36:00
Half Marathon Bountiful, UT Jul 20, 2019 1:46:00
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 Lexington, KY Mar 30, 2019 1:52:43
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Oct 14, 2017 1:35:22

My Raves

Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

We used to come up to Sleeping Bear Dunes in the summer because it's a wonderful little lake town in Northern Michigan and was cool at night, beautiful dark skies … MORE

We used to come up to Sleeping Bear Dunes in the summer because it’s a wonderful little lake town in Northern Michigan and was cool at night, beautiful dark skies to see the Milky Way and Big and Little Glen Lakes are amazing, crystal clear lakes that are wonderful to play in. We’ve never been in the fall so I wanted to give this race a try. This is a small production, <500 runners for the half. Packet Pick Up is small and only a couple of hours on Friday night and pre-race Saturday morning. Empire is a village so there is no problem finding it or finding parking. The shirt was nice, cool emblem on it. They were selling previous year's shirts but they are smart and don't put the year on it so it isn't obnoxious to buy them. $5 a shirt couldn't be beat. Temp at the start this year was low 40s and overcast. The race starts out for the first 1.5mi on the road and quickly jumps over to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. This is a wide paved trail that runs for miles and miles through the forest. It was beautiful and quiet. Be smart and run the tangents! I can't believe the number of people that follow curves like lemmings, adding distance to their race. There are some challenging grades (7-11%, marked for cyclists) with a brutal hill at mile 4-5 and 8-9. But remember, what goes down, also goes up. You can bank a little if you're smart on your downhills. The return on that steep part was a challenge because it's long and steep but keep at it and once on the other side you can lay down some speed miles to the finish. There were plenty of water stops and porta potties along the way. Spectators can find you in several places, and with it being an out and back they don't have to move too much if they don't want. The half turns at the Dune Climb and returns to Empire. The start time is an hour after the marathon so you aren't sharing the trail with them. The 5K is after the half so again, good course management. The medals were really nice, and age group awards this year were coasters with the emblem on it. The post-race food was little skimpy, but there was beer so that was a plus. I would definitely come back and do this one again, I love Glen Arbor and I loved this race.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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C&O Canal Towpath Marathon & Half Marathon

C&O Canal Towpath Marathon & Half Marathon

This is a low budget production that let me get a DC race. Not a lot of $ so wasn't expecting too much. The packet pick up is only morning … MORE

This is a low budget production that let me get a DC race. Not a lot of $ so wasn’t expecting too much. The packet pick up is only morning of (hint, stay at the Key Bridge Marriott and you are directly across the river from the start, 0.5mi to walk there). Start is in waves since there is a lot going on on the tow path. Surface is crushed gravel so hard to make land speed records for sure and you have to watch divots and large rocks to not turn an ankle. It was hotter than hell this year–74 at the start with humidity in the 80s and climbing to 80 degrees by the finish. Water stations were used for dousing oneself for survival. Run with a hydration pack–there aren’t a lot of stops and there are no porta potties. It’s a simple out and back. The finish is nothing remarkable, Costco snacks. Swag was a challenge coin since it supported a military organization.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
1
SCENERY
2
SWAG
1

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Quad Cities Marathon & Half Marathon

Quad Cities Marathon & Half Marathon

Ran this as part of the 50 State Half Marathon Annual Meet Up. Wouldn't have gone otherwise since it's somewhat hard to get to (you can fly to MLI which … MORE

Ran this as part of the 50 State Half Marathon Annual Meet Up. Wouldn’t have gone otherwise since it’s somewhat hard to get to (you can fly to MLI which is minutes from anywhere in the Quad Cities, but not a lot of flights. You could instead fly to Chicago but the drive is stressful and it’s about 2.5h). There are plenty of places to stay near by in any of the cities that make up the QC (Moline, Rock Island, Davenport, Bettendorf). Be aware that this year the construction to replace the I-84 bridge seriously jacked everything up. The expo isn’t a big one but there is a really fun Pump n’ Run option. You weigh in, based on your weight you are assigned a set amount to bench press and a different amount to curl. You do as many reps as you can without resting and with good form and this goes towards a reduction in your time from the race. There are separate prizes for this. The course is generally late with the exception of getting up and down on some of the bridges. The bridge to Rock Island is metal and since it was raining cats and dogs this year was scary slippery. The shirt was nice this year, the bridges on the shirt were highly reflective. There is a race poster you can collect for free. The medal was a nice size and quality. The post race had tons of food to choose from. It’s a loop course so spectators can see you in more than one place. The last 0.2mi is off a bridge and a down hill with a turn and then a straightaway for a quick finish.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
2
SWAG
4

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REVEL Big Cottonwood

REVEL Big Cottonwood

This was my first Revel race. It was outstanding! The expo is really well organized--you start upstairs getting your bib and then going down through the expo. There is an … MORE

This was my first Revel race. It was outstanding! The expo is really well organized–you start upstairs getting your bib and then going down through the expo. There is an app you can download to collect codes and earn points towards a drawing for various prizes. The shirt was a nice shirt, with several upgrade choices ranging from tanks to long sleeves to hoodies. The bag for pick up is your drop bag and includes gloves and a mylar blanket–very welcome given how cold it can be at the start. As in most canyon races in UT, you need to be at the bus well before the sun comes up. There are lots and lots of buses with more than enough parking (don’t be a lemming and follow the line, realize there is parking every which direction and it’s all about the same distance to walk to the buses!). The buses leave by 5:30A and take you up the canyon. I promise, it will be COLD at the start. Plan accordingly!! You are going to be standing around for no less than 45 minutes (and possibly much longer) and the sun isn’t up until just as you start. There are lots of porta potties at the start. It’s self seeding. You start off running up hill for a short bit before u-turning and tearing down the canyon. There is nothing more beautiful than running down a canyon as the sun comes up. If you’ve run Run Elevated Little Cottonwood, the difference here is the grades are less steep but you run longer in the canyon. As you run down, pay attention to the tangents. Every year I see people hugging the curves. You can easily add several tenths of a mile doing this. There are lots of support stops and the canyon is mostly closed to traffic so it’s a great run down. As you exit the canyon, you continue straight to the finish line on the roads through the city. Around mile 11 there is a bit of a challenge up hill but you will be rewarded by a wonderful, fast down hill to the finish line. Lots of food and well organized gear check at the finish. Awesome medal and you have a very short walk to your car from the finish. Love, love, love this one.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Run Elevated Half Marathon

Run Elevated Half Marathon

If you're from Utah, you know the Cottonwood Canyons are beautiful no matter what you're doing in them. Run Elevated doesn't really have an "expo", you pick up your packet … MORE

If you’re from Utah, you know the Cottonwood Canyons are beautiful no matter what you’re doing in them. Run Elevated doesn’t really have an “expo”, you pick up your packet at the local running store. Shirt is ok. You have to be on the bus god awful early to avoid the heat at the finish. The start will be COLD. It doesn’t matter how hot it will be during the day, it will be freezing at the top–you will be at nearly 9000 feet elevation. This makes it beautiful and dark. There is nowhere to get warm so plan accordingly with your clothes or your drop bag. There are plenty of porta potties. The start is just as the sun is coming up but it doesn’t really come into the canyon till you’re nearly down. The first 8 miles are in the canyon and the grades are super steep. As you leave the canyon, gravity feels like it is turned up to 11. Your legs will be rubbery, even if you train here in these conditions. The 5 miles outside of the canyon are some of the hardest I’ve ever run because of the thrashing your legs take coming down (but your heart doesn’t have to do anything then!). There is a “short” hill in the neighborhood that is beyond brutal. It is staggeringly steep and your legs will be screaming. I have yet to be able to run up this. They call it the elevator. The very last 0.5mi is also super hard. As you come towards the finish and round the bend and have to cross the road, it’s an uphill that feels surprisingly hard. Good food at the finish and well organized gear check. Medal is ok.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Handcart Days Races

Handcart Days Races

Running in the middle of summer in Utah is a challenge due to heat. This was an excellent find. The course is FLAT which is surprising in this area. The … MORE

Running in the middle of summer in Utah is a challenge due to heat. This was an excellent find. The course is FLAT which is surprising in this area. The “expo” was a challenge because the email was not clear about where to go. It said the gym associated with the Middle School. If you’re not from the community and you search google for the Middle School, you get there and walk around the entire campus trying to get into the school only to discover the gym associated with the Middle School is in the rec center next door. Once you figure that out…that’s where the start is the next morning. Great thing about the race is it starts so early, the sun didn’t break over the mountains till nearly mile 8. This kept the temperature desert cool which was wonderful. Course is a loop, some of it on a rail trail which means pancake flat. Small climbs in second half. Good medal and since I won my division I got a cool belt buckle. Full pancake + egg breakfast along with ice cream and all the other regular post race food. This was an excellent find and very affordable.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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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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