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@amylavender

Albuquerque, NM Raving since 2014 Boston Marathon finisher http://www.LavenderParking.com Active 6 years, 4 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    The Chicago Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    New York City Marathon

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Chicago, IL 2012 3:33:55
17.1 Miler Ouray, CO Sep 7, 2013 4:08:09
14 Miler White Sands, NM 2013 2:05:33
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2012 1:44:054

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Past Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Jan 15, 2015 2:00:21
Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 24, 2014 3:34:21
17.1 Miler Ouray, CO Sep 7, 2013 4:08:09
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 15, 2013 3:39:52
14 Miler White Sands, NM 2013 2:05:33
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2012 1:44:054
Marathon Chicago, IL 2012 3:33:55
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Nov 6, 2011 1:47:25
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM 2011 1:45:38

My Raves

Last summer, Run Disney made the momentous announcement that they were adding a Star Wars race to their line-up. As Disney and Star Wars fans, this race was a no-brainer … MORE

Last summer, Run Disney made the momentous announcement that they were adding a Star Wars race to their line-up. As Disney and Star Wars fans, this race was a no-brainer for my entire family.

This is easily one of the more expensive races you’ll do (about $200 for the half marathon), but after experiencing the magic, I wouldn’t say that I feel cheated about the price. Everything is well organized, there is plenty of course support, and you get the run through the Disneyland parks and take photos with your favorite Star Wars characters which is a neat experience. Run Disney does medals like no other, and you have the potential to get up to four during the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend if you participate in every event. We all had a great time dressing in costume (most runners do), taking photos with Stormtroopers, and experiencing the many little details that Disney provides along the course. We even had celebrity sightings of Sean Astin (THE Rudy, and Sam from Lord of the Rings) and Joey Fatone from N’Sync. They are both ambassadors for Run Disney, and are almost guaranteed to be at every race.

More serious runners will appreciate the fact that there is a corralled start with time verification reducing the amount of weaving, especially in Corral A. Also, the course is very flat and wide with spectators, cheerleaders, and bands lining the whole way, so this can easily be a PR course if you aren’t stopping for character photos. I would say that the majority of runners (including ourselves) didn’t use this race as a PR race, so if you are looking for a competitive field, you won’t find it here. At this price, why not slow down and enjoy?

These races are notoriously hard to get in to, however. Prepare to be at your computer at the moment registration opens (NOTE: you can only register one person per Active account which is a new policy that only applies to Disney races). The price of the race DOES NOT include park entry, but park tickets are available at a discounted rate through GET Travel. And hotels fill up quickly, so I recommend making hotel reservations shortly after registration.

Overall, if you enjoy Disney and/or Star Wars, I would recommend running this race for fun. Escaping to Southern California in January is an added benefit.

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This little (in terms of field size) race has gained a lot of attention recently for being a good "last chance" Boston qualifier. Held in late August, the weather is … MORE

This little (in terms of field size) race has gained a lot of attention recently for being a good “last chance” Boston qualifier. Held in late August, the weather is usually cool and overcast, creating perfect running conditions. The course winds through vineyards and farm land and is generally beautiful, though not quite as flat as advertised. There are definitely rolling hills throughout, including a series of small buggers at the very end of the race. The race swag is great with each runner receiving a bottle of wine among other goodies. And for all those medal junkies out there, the medal is the largest I’ve seen, and it has spinners!

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This well-organized hometown race takes you from Ouray, Colorado to Telluride via a 13,000+ climb. The course is beautiful enough to distract from the difficulty (and by beautiful enough, I … MORE

This well-organized hometown race takes you from Ouray, Colorado to Telluride via a 13,000+ climb. The course is beautiful enough to distract from the difficulty (and by beautiful enough, I mean completely breathtaking), and the aid stations are among the best offering everything from cookies to chicken broth. While the course follows an unpaved road made for vehicle transport, the trail can be technical in spots, so trail shoes are recommended, and the downhill section is quite steep at the top.

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The Bataan Memorial Death March is a great, well-organized race honoring our military. The course runs entirely on a military base in Southern New Mexico. The majority of participants are … MORE

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a great, well-organized race honoring our military. The course runs entirely on a military base in Southern New Mexico. The majority of participants are military, and many run in full gear with a rucksack which makes for a very inspiring field. Civilian runners start the race last, behind military participants, so this isn’t the best race for personal bests. However, surviving veterans of the Battle of Bataan during WWII greet runners with a handshake before the race starts, making this one of the most memorable race experiences available. Most of the course is on loose sand, and hot, dry temperatures and afternoon winds are almost guaranteed in this part of the desert, so stay hydrated and be prepared for sun and dust. Hotel rooms sell out fast in the nearest town of Las Cruces, so make reservations early.

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