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@alkathryn

Burlingame, CA Raving since 2022 50 States hopeful/finisher, Half Fanatics, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Seven Continents Club Active 4 days, 14 hours ago

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50K Thurmond, WV May 22, 2022 5:55:20
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 16, 2022 3:44:17
Half Marathon Big Bear, CA Nov 12, 2022 1:38:13
10 Miler The Woodlands, TX Oct 12, 2019 1:27:10
5K Savannah, GA Nov 7, 2021 22:59

Future Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID May 26, 2024
Half Marathon Issaquah, WA Jun 29, 2024
Half Marathon Newburyport, MA Oct 27, 2024
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2024
Marathon Chicago, IL TBD
Half Marathon Death Valley, CA TBD
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT TBD
Half Marathon Wilson, WY TBD
Half Marathon North Bend, WA TBD
Half Marathon Manitou Springs, CO TBD
Half Marathon Carson City, NV TBD
Marathon Spearfish, SD TBD
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT TBD

Past Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada May 5, 2024
Half Marathon Eugene, OR Apr 28, 2024 1:59:00
Half Marathon Everett, WA Mar 24, 2024 1:54:59
Half Marathon Marion, IA May 20, 2023 2:06:00
Half Marathon Cambridge, OH May 13, 2023 2:04:00
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 30, 2023 4:27:00
Half Marathon Portersville, PA Apr 16, 2023 2:03:00
Half Marathon Newark, DE Mar 25, 2023 1:55:53
Half Marathon Big Bear, CA Nov 12, 2022 1:38:13
Half Marathon Gilsum, NH Sep 25, 2022 1:41:00
50K Thurmond, WV May 22, 2022 5:55:20
Half Marathon Olive Hill, KY Apr 30, 2022 3:13:00
Half Marathon Severna Park, MD Mar 27, 2022 1:44:20
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 26, 2022 1:42:59
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 20, 2022 1:42:00
Half Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 5, 2022 1:41:47
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 16, 2022 3:44:17
5K Savannah, GA Nov 7, 2021 22:59
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 6, 2021 1:44:55
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Sep 4, 2021 1:47:45
Half Marathon Wilmington, NC Apr 17, 2021 1:47:59
Half Marathon Austin, TX Jan 19, 2020 1:55:48
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 7, 2019 2:00:24
10 Miler The Woodlands, TX Oct 12, 2019 1:27:10

My Raves

Just wow. Wow. They say Big Sur is ranked one of the most difficult yet most beautiful races in the country. How accurate this is. We had a gale warning … MORE

Just wow. Wow. They say Big Sur is ranked one of the most difficult yet most beautiful races in the country. How accurate this is. We had a gale warning the morning of the race. 50-70mph HEADwinds. One blow knocked me to the ground. The course was extremely hilly, and then you add on the intense winds, it made it difficult to walk much less run. I went into this with the goal of enjoying it, not racing it. I’m trained for a 3:30 and ran this in 4:27 just to soak it all in. My advice: TAKE PHOTOS. Stop. Take it all in. Enjoy it. Time does not matter on this one. Drive the course the following day – it’s just as emotional in a different way. Eat the strawberries. Dance with the bands. Take a selfie with the piano man. And don’t give up even though it’s tough. The scenery, my gosh. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I cried tears of joy (or maybe that was the wind?). This is an absolute must do race. Bravo!

A few tips: I stayed at an Airbnb in Monterey. Go to Plume for the jasmine green tea latte. Wander around Carmel. Drive the coast. Get to the bus early because the line is long. Bring throw away clothes. If it’s windy, huddle inside others as wind breakers. And just enjoy!

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I used this as a training race since it was so close to home and a very affordable price. The race itself is beautiful, circling around Lake Moraine. Though, it's … MORE

I used this as a training race since it was so close to home and a very affordable price. The race itself is beautiful, circling around Lake Moraine. Though, it’s much hillier than I anticipated, and the course ran short from what my watch said (12.9). Hopefully this counts toward my 50 states. The first and last mile are gravel trail which I wasn’t expecting. The rest is paved greenway type trail. It’s a very small race. Cheap (but cute) medals, low key everything. The snow cones at the end were nice, and the shirts were cute. Beautiful scenery around the lake to sit at after the race.

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Very cute little race! Did this as an easy training run to grab Delaware on my 50 states. Such an adorable little town with very friendly people. The course itself … MORE

Very cute little race! Did this as an easy training run to grab Delaware on my 50 states. Such an adorable little town with very friendly people. The course itself was very lovely. Quaint and inviting. Not too difficult, just right. A nice enjoyable run.

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Beautiful course!!! I went out WAY too fast, it being my first Revel, and paid for it in the later miles. Still a PR by 4 minutes, but hopefully next … MORE

Beautiful course!!! I went out WAY too fast, it being my first Revel, and paid for it in the later miles. Still a PR by 4 minutes, but hopefully next time I can figure this out. Gorgeous scenery!

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Such a sweet race. The commeradery is just impeccable. You can tell that everyone from this town absolutely LOVES their town. It's very evident in this race. This is one … MORE

Such a sweet race. The commeradery is just impeccable. You can tell that everyone from this town absolutely LOVES their town. It’s very evident in this race. This is one that is full of 50 staters, and the locals are so excited to welcome everyone to their hometown race. Absolutely loved the spirit here. Not my best performance — went out for a PR and the hills just got me that day. But still a good experience. The town of Keene is precious. I stayed in Gilsum at the cutest eco friendly house. Definitely recommend!

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This race, and all of the Trivium races for that matter, has the absolute best communication I have ever experienced with any race. They sent daily emails about weather updates, … MORE

This race, and all of the Trivium races for that matter, has the absolute best communication I have ever experienced with any race. They sent daily emails about weather updates, course conditions, suggestions on road or trail shoes (wow!). They checked on the course multiple times throughout the upcoming week and constantly sent updates. The athlete guide packet was so detailed — it described the course segments to a tee, every mile, the terrain, the elevation, what to expect.
This was my first ultra, and I felt so calm and prepared largely thanks to all of the communication they offered. There were NO unknowns.
As far as the course, it was absolutely beautiful. There was a lot more road than I expected. The giant hill between 9.5-11, I think most people walked. It was massive, but so fun to fly back down. The rest ten miles were easy peasy. Flat or downhill with road and smooth trail. The middle 10 miles were more technical and exhausting. (It was a 15 mile out and back). My plan was to floor it on the last 10, but the technical bit took a lot out of me. It was a little warm at the top of the mountain, and humid from the rain storms the night before, and the last aid stations were toooooo far apart. I ran out of water before one and another didn’t really have very good fuel so I ended up running out of fuel too. That sucked, but otherwise, amazing race. The swag was beautiful. The volunteers were so kind. I can’t speak highly enough about this race. I will definitely be back and be recommending it to everyone. It’s a relatively flat, smooth entry into ultra running and through the most beautiful national park.

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This race was absolutely stunning!! I did this one as my KY race for all 50 states. Who knew this gem existed? It was a small race but had wonderful … MORE

This race was absolutely stunning!! I did this one as my KY race for all 50 states. Who knew this gem existed? It was a small race but had wonderful swag (t-shirt is so soft, loved the cup and the plaque), the race directors were amazing and so kind. They announced each person as they crossed the finish line. Snacks and aid stations were GREAT – so many options from candy to kind bars to electrolyte packets, you name it they had it. Super well supported course. Also very well marked! It rained the night before the race so the course was a soppy mess but still absolutely gorgeous. My road half time is a 1:40, and this took me 3:13 if that doesn’t say how challenging It was. About 2000 ft elevation gain, but you go through caverns, over boulders, up ladders, through rivers, over swinging bridges, up and down hills, and through a lot of super muddy horse trails (I sunk knee deep into a lot of them). If you take the time to take in your scenery, it’s just incredible. I placed 2nd female, and the girl who beat me did a 2:20. I did take a lot of photos though. It was just phenomenal. I cannot recommend this race enough. Wish I could insert photos of the beauty!

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This race was great! It's a rails to trails, low frills, hometown feel kind of race. The course itself is almost entirely on a rails to trails path (B&A Trail), … MORE

This race was great! It’s a rails to trails, low frills, hometown feel kind of race. The course itself is almost entirely on a rails to trails path (B&A Trail), and this time of year had beautiful cherry blossoms and dogwoods littering the course. Gorgeous views. The weather was perfect – low 40s. The race swag was BY FAR THE BEST I have ever received. A super cute running hat with the Maryland flag and GOODRS in Maryland colors! Holy cow! Everyone was very kind. It was nice to be able to wait inside the school gym before the race start, and the food afterwards had great variety. My only iffy bit was that I got lost at the 12.3 mile marker. The half marathoners were supposed to turn left to the finish line, but the gentleman directing people must have stepped away and I was running solo, so I continued on straight where I saw other runners ahead of me. Those were marathoners, apparently. I stepped over the most lackluster timing pad at 13.1 miles and thought, “This can’t be the finish.” So I back tracked and found my way to the turn I missed, finishing in about 15 total miles. The RD was kind and said he would adjust my results but not in time for the rankings to come out. It’s all good though; I was running this as a fifty stater, in the middle of marathon training, not trying to place. So that’s my only issue – needing better signage for the half finish. Otherwise, superb race and well organized! Love this part of the country and love the swag.

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Top notch. All the way around. I can't believe I did this. A bucket list race, for sure. From start to finish, there is nothing to complain about. It was … MORE

Top notch. All the way around. I can’t believe I did this. A bucket list race, for sure. From start to finish, there is nothing to complain about. It was simply amazing. Shutting down times square for us…. wow! I felt like a celebrity.

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For such a pricey race, the production was very poor. Very few volunteers bunched together at the aid stations made it impossible to get hydration which was very much needed … MORE

For such a pricey race, the production was very poor. Very few volunteers bunched together at the aid stations made it impossible to get hydration which was very much needed in the 90% humidity and heat. Some mile markers were missing. Pedestrians cut me off. The last mile and a half of the half marathon combined with walkers from the 5K so you spent the end dodging people. There was only one split timer at the 10K mark. No corrals at the start, just clusters. Very boring course that just went out and back down some roads that had a considerable amount of camber to them. The camber was pretty significant in some portions of the race to where you had to jump to the other side of the road or you were running sideways. The “expo” was just a tent outside of Fleet Feet. Medal was a nice size. Overall, I’m really disappointed in the execution of this race for the cost of it. I did PR but missed my goal by quite a bit due to the heat and humidity. Will not be returning to this race.
EDIT: I’m still having issues with my left leg and alignment after running on the slanted road for this course. I would have DNF’ed if I knew it would irritate my body this long! NOT a fan of this course.

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Houston is amazing. I am biased because this is my hometown, and I flew home to run this as my very first full. As expected I was not disappointed. I've … MORE

Houston is amazing. I am biased because this is my hometown, and I flew home to run this as my very first full. As expected I was not disappointed. I’ve always heard “if you run Houston as your first full, prepared to be disappointed by all others.” It was amazing. The crowd is simply incredible, even though it was in the 30s (which is very cold for most Texans), there was still enormous crowd support. Everything was organized perfectly from expo to race day to after party. The course is about as flat as it gets at sea level, with one little overpass at mile 12. Great volunteers and aid stations. The course went through some of the more beautiful parts of Houston. It is held on Martin Luther King weekend most years, and the entire downtown literally shuts down in support of the race. Make sure to get some Texas BBQ and texmex while you’re in town and enjoy the city. I can’t speak highly enough about it!

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Always love Rock n Roll, and Savannah was beautiful. The course map ended up looking like a giraffe which was kind of neat. Lots of turns but they were all … MORE

Always love Rock n Roll, and Savannah was beautiful. The course map ended up looking like a giraffe which was kind of neat. Lots of turns but they were all gentle. I won my AG and was a little sad that they didn’t offer any AG awards, but otherwise it was a great production as always. TONS of photos for a 5K, too!

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As others have said, it's difficult to give this a fair review. For the 2021 race, weather conditions were just absolutely miserable. 40 degrees, 20mph winds, heavy heavy incessant downpours. … MORE

As others have said, it’s difficult to give this a fair review. For the 2021 race, weather conditions were just absolutely miserable. 40 degrees, 20mph winds, heavy heavy incessant downpours. They cancelled the full marathon ONE HOUR before the start. The half marathon was delayed by at least 30 minutes, so we stood in the miserable rain getting soaked to the bone. I couldn’t feel my body when we finally did start. Somehow, I still managed to pull off a PR by some miracle. I like to imagine that Savannah is a charming city, because even in the rain, it was absolutely gorgeous with it’s giant southern oaks and Spanish moss lining most major streets. It was very beautiful, just unfortunate timing. The decision to cancel the full, I’m sure, was difficult for the race directors, but as you can imagine, completely unfair for those who travelled for the race. ONE HOUR before the start. I ran the 5K the day after the half, and that was fine. I have always loved the Rock n Roll race series, and hopefully this was just an exceptionally unfortunate circumstance.

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Beautiful course, and as always Rock N Roll delivered. Even being somewhat covid-ridden, it was a great production. I will say, the last couple of miles down the boardwalk were … MORE

Beautiful course, and as always Rock N Roll delivered. Even being somewhat covid-ridden, it was a great production. I will say, the last couple of miles down the boardwalk were killer… directly into the sun, no shade, just pure heat. Other than that, it was great! Virginia Beach is kind of a weird town.. but it was still nice enough. Sad to see this one discontinued.

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