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@anawoj

San Diego, CA Raving since 2014 Marathon Maniacs, Boston Marathon finisher, Seven Continents Club member http://www.sharemyrunapp.com active 3 years, 5 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Boston and NYC Marathons

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Easter Island Marathon

  • I run because:

    it’s a way of life… not only is it a great way to stay in shape, but it’s a great way to explore the world and meet some awesome people along the way!

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2008 2:52:27
Half Marathon Boston, MA 2007 1:20:32
15K Utica, NY 2003 53:38

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Past Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
15K Utica, NY Jul 10, 2016
Half Marathon Del Mar, CA Apr 24, 2016 1:36:44
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Apr 2, 2016 1:33:58
15K Utica, NY Jul 12, 2015
Marathon Canberra, Australia 2014
Marathon Marrakech, Morocco 2014 3:03:47
Marathon King George Island, Antarctica Mar 30, 2013 3:29:56
Marathon Providence, RI 2013 3:02:39
Marathon Auckland, New Zealand 2010
Marathon Rio, Brazil 2010
Marathon Hopkinton, MA 2008 2:53:51
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2008 2:52:27
Half Marathon Boston, MA 2007 1:20:32
Marathon Singapore, Singapore 2007
Marathon Paris, France 2006 3:01:37
15K Utica, NY 2003 53:38

My Raves

La Jolla Half Marathon

La Jolla Half Marathon

The La Jolla Half Marathon is probably the most scenic yet most difficult half marathon I've ever done. The course is very hilly... especially the massive 1+ mile uphill section … MORE

The La Jolla Half Marathon is probably the most scenic yet most difficult half marathon I’ve ever done. The course is very hilly… especially the massive 1+ mile uphill section around mile 5-7 where you gain over 400 feet in elevation… but large stretches of the course have sweeping views of the ocean and cliffs that characterize Del Mar and La Jolla. The Expo at the Del Mar Hilton was much better than I was expecting and lots of vendors were present. The parking lot near the horse track was large enough to accommodate the thousands of runners, but there was about a 1 mile backup on the I-5 northbound of people waiting to get off at the Del Mar exit… so give yourself enough time to reach the start. The weather was perfect (50’s and sunny) for running, and the finish line party was awesome… music, vendors, and free beer for the 21+ year old runners. The ribbon and medal were very nice too. My time was much slower than I was hoping, but the hills were a major factor in that. Overall, I’d definitely do it again, though, and I recommend it to anyone else looking for a memorable half marathon in the San Diego area!

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Peace Love Run Half Marathon – San Diego

Peace Love Run Half Marathon – San Diego

This was my first time running the Peace-Love-Run Half Marathon in San Diego, and overall it was a good experience. The weather for race day was perfect (typical sunny San … MORE

This was my first time running the Peace-Love-Run Half Marathon in San Diego, and overall it was a good experience. The weather for race day was perfect (typical sunny San Diego weather) and the winding course had some great scenery along the way… it’s all within the park at Mission Bay and most of the course goes along the water. Although it’s a pretty flat course, the limited shade made it a bit more challenging as the sun started to beat down. There is also a 5K and 10K run at the same time, and these two races share part of the same course as the half marathon, so I needed to dodge around many of these runners during the second loop on the island. The markings/guidance at some key turns could have been better marked since I started going the wrong way twice but got the attention of a volunteer to steer me in the right direction (and a friend of mine ended up running 2 extra miles!). Although the spectator support was limited during much of the race, the finish line area was very nice and the volunteers were great. There was a live band at the finish, and the race medals were really nice… more impressive than most marathon medals I’ve received. Overall, a good race and a fun morning… I’d do it again.

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Australian Running Festival – Canberra Marathon

Australian Running Festival – Canberra Marathon

Looking for a fun marathon in Australia? Look no further than Australia's capital city of Canberra. The Canberra Marathon's course was recently revamped and now takes runners along a scenic … MORE

Looking for a fun marathon in Australia? Look no further than Australia’s capital city of Canberra. The Canberra Marathon’s course was recently revamped and now takes runners along a scenic journey around the lake at the center of the city (Lake Burley Griffin). You start and finish in a park in front of Australia’s Parliament building, and it’s a well-organized event. The year I ran it (2014) was perfect weather for running… sunny, no wind, and temps in the 50’s F. Despite being mostly along the lake, there are quite a few rolling hills that can really take a toll on your legs. Ideally, there would be a few more aid stations along the course, too, but overall it’s a great race and a nice chance to see the nation’s capital.

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Marrakech International Marathon & Half Marathon

Marrakech International Marathon & Half Marathon

If you're looking for a fast course, Marrakech is a good option... although be prepared for the temps to rise as the race goes on... since it's a desert-like climate, … MORE

If you’re looking for a fast course, Marrakech is a good option… although be prepared for the temps to rise as the race goes on… since it’s a desert-like climate, Marrakech tends to heat up quickly. Temps were in the 50’s when I started and in the 70’s by the time I finished. Not much in terms of any pre-race activities or expo, but the exotic old city with its winding narrow passageways and markets more than makes up for it. Overall, it’s a good race, but one area where they could improve is to have a professional photography company taking photos of runners along the course.

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Providence Marathon

Providence Marathon

If you're looking for a nice springtime marathon to run in New England that's a good Boston qualifier option, definitely give Providence a try. The course is relatively flat, organization … MORE

If you’re looking for a nice springtime marathon to run in New England that’s a good Boston qualifier option, definitely give Providence a try. The course is relatively flat, organization is very good, and it’s quite easy to get to and from the start/finish area with ample parking at the nearby Providence Place Mall. There were a few minor rain showers the year I ran it, but the temps were comfortable for a marathon. The start and finish area is at a small park in the center of the city, and from there you will meander south and east through various neighborhoods along the Providence River. Crowd support is spotty at times, but the spectators who are out there were very enthusiastic… and there were ample water stops along the way. Overall, definitely a race I would consider doing again!

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Auckland Marathon

Auckland Marathon

I ran the Auckland Marathon with my wife in 2010 and found it to be a great race. On the morning of the race, you can take the ferry ride … MORE

I ran the Auckland Marathon with my wife in 2010 and found it to be a great race. On the morning of the race, you can take the ferry ride across Auckland Harbor to get to the starting line… it’s a fun way to meet other runners and get a nice view of the city skyline before the sun comes up. You then get another great view of the city when you run back to Auckland over the famous Auckland Harbor Bridge. There are many scenic miles along the waterways of Auckland in the latter half of the marathon, and you get to finish in a nice big park in the city center. Weather was perfect the year we ran it, and there were plenty of aid stations along the course. Auckland is a beautiful city and a great home base to start exploring other parts of New Zealand, which we did after the marathon. Overall, I’d definitely recommend it to other runners.

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Rio de Janeiro City Marathon

Rio de Janeiro City Marathon

If you're looking for a South American marathon to run, give Rio a try... the course is very scenic and Rio is a great place to relax after it's over. … MORE

If you’re looking for a South American marathon to run, give Rio a try… the course is very scenic and Rio is a great place to relax after it’s over. You’ll be bussed out to the starting line in a beachside community that’s a little west of Rio… then you’ll run along the coastline the entire way back to Rio… with great views of the ocean, waves, and surfers almost the entire way. There’s one decent sized hill around Mile 17 that can catch you off guard, since most of the course is flat… but otherwise, it’s a good opportunity to turn out a pretty quick time. Even though the race takes place during the winter in Brazil, it can still end up being warm and humid on race, so be sure to take plenty of liquids along the way.

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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

As the marathon banners hanging around the city read, "there's nothing quite like Boston" pretty much sums it up. The history and enthusiasm amongst runners for the Boston Marathon extends … MORE

As the marathon banners hanging around the city read, “there’s nothing quite like Boston” pretty much sums it up. The history and enthusiasm amongst runners for the Boston Marathon extends around the globe, and the event seems to get more popular each year. The energy in the city is palpable at the pre-race Marathon Expo and Pasta Party, and it all becomes real when you make the long bus ride from Boston Common out to the small town of Hopkinton on Patriots’ Day morning… your one-way ticket to the starting line. Held on a Monday in the middle of April (aka “Marathon Monday”), the weather runners experience during the Boston Marathon can vary widely… from cold, windy, and raining to hot and humid. I’ve experienced both, and it’s the one variable you can’t easily account for in your training. The relentless hills will give your quads a good workout, but the crowd support is among the best (if not the best) you’ll experience in any marathon… Boston Marathon spectators love this event and turn out in droves regardless of the weather conditions. They are especially boisterous at Wellesley College, Boston College, Boston University, and pretty much the entire last mile leading up to the Finish Line at Copley Square… enough to give you a boost of adrenaline if your body is starting to hurt. Making the final turn from Hereford Street onto Boylston Street with the Finish Line in sight is a very uplifting moment, and it makes the months or years of preparation all worth it. The B.A.A. also puts on a great post-race party, so the fun is not over when you cross the finish line!

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Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

The Singapore Marathon is a well organized event in a clean and easy to navigate city. The pasta party takes place outside on a nice park in the middle of … MORE

The Singapore Marathon is a well organized event in a clean and easy to navigate city. The pasta party takes place outside on a nice park in the middle of the city the night before the race, with great views of the Singapore skyline. Then, due to Singapore’s location near the Equator, the marathon starts very early in the morning before sunrise so you can get in several miles before the temperature really starts to rise. There are some good stretches in the second half of the course along the ocean, and it’s a pretty cool sight to be running a marathon when the sun actually comes up. Great amenities at the finish line for hydration and post-marathon massages. Very friendly and helpful race staff. Overall, a great marathon in a great location… with plenty of opportunity to visit some great locations that are all within a one to two hour flight (e.g. Malaysia, Thailand).

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Paris Marathon

Paris Marathon

If you're looking for a marathon to run in Europe, Paris is an awesome place to start. The race takes place in the springtime, which is when the flowers are … MORE

If you’re looking for a marathon to run in Europe, Paris is an awesome place to start. The race takes place in the springtime, which is when the flowers are blooming in Paris and the weather is generally pretty nice. You’ll feel the energy of this big city marathon at the Expo and Pasta Dinner, where runners from around the world congregate and fuel up for the big day.

It’s an impressive sight with 30,000+ runners lining up on the famous Champs Elysees on the morning of the marathon with the Arc de Triomphe prominently displayed in the background. The Paris Marathon has a relatively flat course that takes you through the heart of the city and past several of its most well-known landmarks, including the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe… with a good amount of time running right along the banks of the River Seine. The crowd support was quite good the year I ran it, and you’ll hear the chant “Allez! Allez!” many times as you weave through the city streets.

Paris is definitely a marathon I’d do again… and the best part is indulging on the Nutella covered crepes after the race is over, which can be found all around the city 🙂

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Boilermaker Road Race

Boilermaker Road Race

Having run the Utica Boilermaker 15k many times, I keep coming back every year because it's such a fun race. The highlights would be the crowd support and the post-race … MORE

Having run the Utica Boilermaker 15k many times, I keep coming back every year because it’s such a fun race. The highlights would be the crowd support and the post-race party at the Saranac Brewery. For a non-marathon race, the Boilermaker 15k has some of the best crowd support I have seen… lots of bands, spectators, and aid stations line the 9.3 mile course (most of the local community comes out to watch). There’s a pretty big hill between miles 3 and 4 but also some good downhill stretches along the way. Crowds are five people deep for the last quarter mile leading up to the finish line… then you get directed to a huge parking lot behind the Saranac Brewery where they serve unlimited beer to runners wearing a bib and have several live bands and entertainment. They use to have an F-16 flyover while they sung the national anthem at the post-race party, but unfortunately, that has been cancelled… they did so a small plane flyover in 2014, though. The “swag” for this race is really the Boilermaker beer glass and the finisher’s pin at the end… not a ton compared to what you get in a marathon, but it’s a 15k after all.

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