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Chicago, IL Raving since 2019 World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Active 3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 20, 2021 1:43:46

Future Races (30)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
10K Atlanta, GA TBD
Half Marathon Asheville, NC TBD
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
15K Asheville, NC TBD
Half Marathon Gallatin Gateway, MT TBD
Marathon Folsom, CA TBD
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA TBD
Marathon Cincinnati, OH TBD
Marathon Two Harbors, MN TBD
Half Marathon Bainbridge Island, WA TBD
Marathon Indianapolis, IN TBD
Half Marathon Koloa, HI TBD
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC TBD
Half Marathon Del Mar, CA TBD
Half Marathon Kirkland, WA TBD
Half Marathon Madison, WI TBD
Marathon Arlington, VA TBD
Half Marathon Oak Bluffs, MA TBD
Half Marathon Idaho Falls, ID TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Half Marathon New York City, NY TBD
Half Marathon Seattle, WA TBD
Half Marathon Seattle, WA TBD
Marathon Paris, France TBD
Marathon San Diego, CA TBD
Marathon Toronto, Canada TBD
Half Marathon Venice, Italy TBD
Marathon Venice, Italy TBD
Marathon Burlington, VT TBD

Past Races (17)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 16, 2024
10 Miler Washington, DC Oct 8, 2023
Half Marathon St. Louis, MO Apr 2, 2023
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 19, 2023
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 20, 2021 1:43:46
Half Marathon Charlottesville, VA Apr 10, 2021
Half Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 14, 2020
10 Miler Wailuku, HI Feb 1, 2020
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 19, 2020
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 10, 2019 1:49:03
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada Aug 17, 2019
Half Marathon Chicago, IL May 19, 2019
Half Marathon Washington, DC May 5, 2019
Half Marathon Austin, TX Feb 18, 2018
Half Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 18, 2017
Half Marathon Hartford, CT 2009

My Raves

The first ~6 miles you’re moving and grooving, then there’s a major hill in the 8th mile and from there some smaller rolling hills. The scenery at the beginning has … MORE

The first ~6 miles you’re moving and grooving, then there’s a major hill in the 8th mile and from there some smaller rolling hills. The scenery at the beginning has some of the most classic DC views, and in 2024, you finished with a nice view of the Capitol. Lots of port a potties at beginning and along course, ample water stops, and nice t-shirt aesthetic. The shirt was the only automatic swag besides a bio freeze packet. Packet pickup was convenient and quick moving, even on Friday evening. Metro access was easy for both packet pickup (convention center) and the race start and finish! Recommend race but plan time accordingly given the hill and how much you may slow around hill.

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This is a fun race to do, but I’ll caveat that it feels more like a fun run / training run with a lot of people as opposed to a … MORE

This is a fun race to do, but I’ll caveat that it feels more like a fun run / training run with a lot of people as opposed to a race. The corrals are not strict so you get a lot of paces, but the corrals were pretty spread out. Nice tour of the DC area!

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Pros: - Well organized expo at dodger stadium (with free parking) - Great transportation from century city to start at dodger stadium - no wait for a bus and tons … MORE

Pros:
– Well organized expo at dodger stadium (with free parking)
– Great transportation from century city to start at dodger stadium – no wait for a bus and tons of buses waiting
– second half of course had more people cheering than first half
– lots of aid stations

Cons:
– course after about mile 17-18 is dull with no landmarks / scenery, especially with going under overpass and to turnaround at 21/22. You’re running against people finishing starting at mile 18ish until you turnaround.
– there’s some sneaky hills! There’s some nice downhills but prepare for mile 20 hill and one at finish

If course goes back to finishing in Santa Monica, this is a no brainer and amazing race, including for out of towners. With current course, it’s fine overall but not a top race to travel to run

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I loved seeing 13.1 miles of Philadelphia - course had a few small inclines in the second half, but it wasn't bad at all. There were great crowds of folks … MORE

I loved seeing 13.1 miles of Philadelphia – course had a few small inclines in the second half, but it wasn’t bad at all. There were great crowds of folks cheering, and there was a fun medal at the finish!

There were a few snags with COVID – long lines at the expo and to get into the race on Saturday morning – but given the circumstances, understandable.

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Race registration was easy and great communication leading up to the race via email, social media, etc. Race kept website and social media up to date on wildfire status to … MORE

Race registration was easy and great communication leading up to the race via email, social media, etc. Race kept website and social media up to date on wildfire status to indicate not expected to impact race

Expo was well organized and good location near Marriott Monterey – race hotel partner.

Race day – very well organized. Gear check was located next to the corrals such that it would have been very easy and I wish I’d done it! Pick up was a few steps from the finish line!

Elite women started 10 mins before the rest of the corrals and elite men. I could have arrived much closer to start of the race as I got there about 30+ mins before the start!

Course had mile markers every mile that were comical. A few rolling hills for someone from the flat Midwest but nothing crazy.

Course was very scenic along the water. Only downside is that I saw the first elite female at mile 5 and from probably 6.5 til turnaround a little before 8, had a steady stream of folks from faster corrals. Just the mental challenge of an out and back.

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I can’t share enough good things about the marathon! I’ve done it 6 times, and I can’t wait for more! Packet pickup is great with shuttles from downtown to McCormick … MORE

I can’t share enough good things about the marathon! I’ve done it 6 times, and I can’t wait for more!

Packet pickup is great with shuttles from downtown to McCormick Center. There are tons of vendors at the expo, and the race shirt is generally a well designed shirt by Nike. There’s also lots of additional Nike race apparel for purchase.

The start is logistically friendly and very walkable from downtown hotels (just plan to pay a good amount for the hotel room), and the finish is close to the start, so an easy walk back to your hotel.

There are great crowds along the course, and there’s never a section where you don’t have crowd support! The first half is the more scenic part of the course, but you have a great last 3 miles running back downtown with the crowds really picking up as you get closer. There’s a tiny little incline at the end, which feels sizable since it’s in the last 0.2 miles of the race!

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