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@AnnieParn

Orinda, CA Raving since 2017 active 3 years, 5 months ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2018 3:08:00
10K Danville, CA Oct 1, 2017 1:12:38
5K Pacific Grove, CA Nov 11, 2017 33:10

Future Races (18)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
5K Alameda, CA TBD
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA TBD
Marathon Folsom, CA TBD
Shell Yeah Challenge (16.2 Miles) Hampton, VA TBD
Half Marathon Geyserville, CA TBD
5K Geyserville, CA TBD
10K Sebastopol, CA TBD
Half Marathon Kelowna, Canada TBD
5K San Francisco, CA TBD
Olympic/International San Rafael, CA TBD
Marathon Arlington, VA TBD
5K Calistoga, CA TBD
10K Yountville, CA TBD
Marathon Paris, France TBD
10K Orinda, CA TBD
10K Saratoga, CA TBD
5K Sacramento, CA TBD
12K Sonoma, CA TBD

Past Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2019
Half Marathon Newport, RI Apr 13, 2019
Half Marathon Pebble Beach, CA Jan 26, 2019
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 11, 2018
5K Monterey, CA Nov 10, 2018
Half Marathon Healdsburg, CA Oct 14, 2018
5K Berkeley, CA Oct 14, 2018
Half Marathon Newport, RI Oct 7, 2018
Olympic/International Capitola, CA Oct 6, 2018
10K Tiburon, CA Sep 30, 2018
Half Marathon Napa, CA Sep 30, 2018
Half Marathon Jamestown, RI Sep 22, 2018
5K Petaluma, CA Sep 16, 2018
Half Marathon Westerly, RI Sep 9, 2018
5K San Francisco, CA Sep 9, 2018
10K San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2018
Half Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 26, 2018
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2018 3:08:00
5K San Francisco, CA Jan 7, 2018 35:54
5K Orinda, CA Dec 16, 2017 35:13
5K Pacific Grove, CA Nov 11, 2017 33:10
10K Danville, CA Oct 1, 2017 1:12:38
5K Oakland, CA Sep 17, 2017 34:41
5K Woodbridge, CT Sep 22, 2013 41:18

My Raves

This was my first half marathon race - I did the 1st half marathon. The full marathon starts/ends at the Ferry Building and makes a full loop around the city. … MORE

This was my first half marathon race – I did the 1st half marathon. The full marathon starts/ends at the Ferry Building and makes a full loop around the city. Something unique about this race is that it has two half marathon courses – the first half (which I ran) starts at the Ferry Building with the Full Marathon and 5k, running along the bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio and ending in Golden Gate Park. There are shuttles located at the end of the 1st Half that take finishers back the Ferry Building to participate in the after run festivities. The 2nd Half starts in Golden Gate Park and ends at the Ferry Building (essentially the other half of the Full Marathon). I loved the scenery of the 1st half but by the time I finished the race, walked to the shuttle area and took the shuttle back to the Ferry Bldg, I was too tired/stiff to stay and went home. I missed being able to go to the after party, but the scenery for the 1st Half route was great!
The race was well organized with clear communication in the months and days leading up to the event. The scenery is hard to beat. Course was fairly flat until about the 4th mile, then the steady inclines started. Lots of race support, cheering crowds and my favorite sign “you’re running better than the government”. Between the supportive crowds and beautiful scenery, you (almost) didn’t notice the inclines. I’ve already signed up for next year’s Full Marathon!

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I had mixed feelings about this event... the pros were the location and how well it was organized. It was probably the best organized running event I'd completed. The only … MORE

I had mixed feelings about this event… the pros were the location and how well it was organized. It was probably the best organized running event I’d completed. The only negative for me was the “chocolate” theme. I run to feel healthy and fit, but something about the chocolate theme seemed contradictory to the health benefits of running for me.

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Nice day - sunny, about 50 degrees but pretty windy. Very small race with a lot of holiday spirit! Water and gatorade at the turnaround for the 5k - water, … MORE

Nice day – sunny, about 50 degrees but pretty windy. Very small race with a lot of holiday spirit! Water and gatorade at the turnaround for the 5k – water, hot chocolate, snacks at the end (bananas, cookies, halos, candy, etc). Race t-shirts provided in cute holiday stockings, along with jingle bells for runners’ shoes (loved hearing the bells while I ran!) Previous post for 2016 mentioned the velcro timing for the ankle, but this year’s version was on the back of the bib. Since it’s such a small race, chances are greater of earning a medal (though I didn’t 🙂

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Easy and fast out and back course along the ocean – couldn’t have been more scenic. We had a long drive to the race and were happy to see how … MORE

Easy and fast out and back course along the ocean – couldn’t have been more scenic. We had a long drive to the race and were happy to see how easy the parking was at the start-about ½ block from the check-in. We weren’t able to attend the expo on the prior day, so picked up our bibs the morning of the race – super easy. The energy from participants and race organizers was great. The 5k on Saturday had two corrals-five minutes apart (1st corral was those running under 10 min mle-2nd corral was those over 10 min mile). Beautiful run with view of the ocean the entire way. I know the race organizers didn’t have control of the weather, but it happened to be a perfect day-sunny, cool temp and no wind!
Nice finisher’s medal and cotton shirt. The race was smaller (about 1500 I think) – for me, the perfect size. Next year I’ll probably run the half marathon distance on Sunday. Highly recommend this one – oh….and did I mention Deena Kastor was there?!?!?

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This race had 3 categories – 10k, 5k times and 5k family run (untimed). I ran the 10k and my husband ran the 5k timed. I like races where there … MORE

This race had 3 categories – 10k, 5k times and 5k family run (untimed). I ran the 10k and my husband ran the 5k timed.
I like races where there is a family aspect – not because I’m bringing children to the race myself, but because it’s fun to see families sharing healthy and wholesome activities together.

Unique: the 10k started in a different location from the two 5k races – but all 3 races finished at the same location.

Pros: good cause (education), beautiful morning, great participant energy (happy families), efficient shuttles from the main location to the 10k start in Danville.

Cons (ugh, where to start): Truly the most disorganized race I’ve participated in, which was a surprise since this was the 34th year of the event. I should have expected the disorganization when 1) received blast email day before race they desperately needed volunteers (about 40!) and 2) had no idea where to pick up bibs for the race. Bib pickup usually easy enough to figure out, but it was an important detail for this race because the two starting points were miles from each other. We took a guess that bibs would be at the 5k race, but if my husband hadn’t been with me and I was only attending the 10k race, I would have been out of luck for a bib.
Course: Course itself was fine – flat. The problem was the congestion which was only made worse by disorganization. No corrals so everyone jammed in at same time. Was frustrated for a full mile at start because it took that long to spread out – middle miles were nice. The last 1-3 miles were awful. They had originally staggered the start of the 3 races, but the 10k started 20 min late and they didn’t hold the 5k races so everyone ended at the same time – huge cluster! The last 1-3 miles of the 10k overlapped with the 5ks so it was jammed at the end. Also, families with strollers (double strollers!) in the 10k lane – unbelievably frustrating.
Swag (all about the swag): The first 500 10k entrants were supposed to get a beanie and a tech shirt. When I got there, I was in that category (yay) and was given the beanie, but when I got the shirt, it was the regular cotton shirt. I asked about the tech shirt, but the volunteer didn’t know what I was talking about. The 10k racers got a swag bag at the end (nothing special, but something), but the 5k runners didn’t get anything, and I mean anything….no medal, no bag, nada (other than the shirt at start).
Many other examples (parking, pictures, etc.), but you get the idea. Great cause, great healthy day for families, but a disaster for people who really wanted to run a real race.

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I’m training for a 10k that I’m doing in a couple of weeks and haven’t run in a race environment for a couple of years. I wanted to ease into … MORE

I’m training for a 10k that I’m doing in a couple of weeks and haven’t run in a race environment for a couple of years. I wanted to ease into racing again by doing this 5k close to home. My husband also did the 5k (but walked because he’s had back surgery). After all the races he’s attended with me over the years, this was the first he’d ever participated in. I got a PR, but didn’t medal (didn’t expect it) – husband walked the 5k and came in 3rd for his age group! Later in the day, he said now he understands how people get hooked on running races! Now he only wants me to sign up for races that have a 5k that he can race too!
Aid stations: I saw one aid station on the route with water. I believe the 10k had a few more water stations, but for a 5k the one station was fine for me.
Swag: nice medal-people who had done the two prior races (that are part of this 3 part series) received the connector medal pieces along with this medal that connected the 3 together. Nice tech shirt (super soft!)
Nice straight-forward route, not hilly. Nice volunteer support. Only issue was at the end – because of the way the race ends and essentially runners were led through a chute out to the expo part after the finish line, it didn’t encourage runners who’d already finished to stay close to the finish and cheer the next finishing runners. I stayed in the “chute” so I could cheer on the next finishers, but it would have been fun to have more people waiting at the end to cheer people as they crossed the finish line.

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This was a fun community race - mostly flat with a few rolling hills - lots of community enthusiasm. Best parts: 1) awards were mini bagels painted gold, silver, bronze … MORE

This was a fun community race – mostly flat with a few rolling hills – lots of community enthusiasm. Best parts: 1) awards were mini bagels painted gold, silver, bronze (I was crazy slow so didn’t get one, but my friend did!) and 2) the life-size bagel mascot that ran the race!

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