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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 8, 2019 6:21:22
20 Miler Carmichael, CA Nov 4, 2018 4:40:54
Half Marathon Carmichael, CA Apr 28, 2018 2:18:01
10K Davis, CA Mar 24, 2018 1:05:12
5 Miler Davis, CA Oct 13, 2018 1:02:14
5K Folsom, CA Dec 7, 2019 31:50

Future Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Sacramento, CA Oct 4, 2020
Half Marathon Folsom, CA Oct 18, 2020
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 5, 2020
5K Sacramento, CA 2020
5 Miler Fair Oaks, CA 2020

Past Races (39)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Alameda, CA Sep 13, 2020
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Aug 1, 2020
Half Marathon Davis, CA Jul 11, 2020
Half Marathon Carmichael, CA Apr 25, 2020
5K West Sacramento, CA Apr 11, 2020
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Apr 5, 2020
10K Davis, CA Mar 21, 2020
5K West Sacramento, CA Mar 15, 2020
Half Marathon West Sacramento, CA Mar 15, 2020
Half Marathon Davis, CA Feb 23, 2020 2:41:56
5K Sacramento, CA Feb 2, 2020 32:57
10K Sacramento, CA Feb 2, 2020 1:15:51
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 8, 2019 6:21:22
5K Folsom, CA Dec 7, 2019 31:50
Half Marathon Folsom, CA Oct 20, 2019 2:43:23
Half Marathon Sacramento, CA Oct 6, 2019 2:44:47
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Sep 8, 2019 2:58:39
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Aug 3, 2019 3:00:53
Half Marathon Davis, CA Jul 13, 2019 3:14:14
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Jun 29, 2019 3:00:16
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 4, 2019 3:05:41
Half Marathon Carmichael, CA Apr 27, 2019 2:37:23
5K West Sacramento, CA Mar 30, 2019 33:30
10K Davis, CA Mar 23, 2019 1:11:54
Half Marathon West Sacramento, CA Mar 17, 2019 2:39:40
Half Marathon Davis, CA Feb 24, 2019 2:36:07
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Jan 26, 2019 3:10:55
Half Marathon Davis, CA Dec 8, 2018 2:36:54
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 2, 2018 6:24:46
5K Folsom, CA Dec 1, 2018 33:52
20 Miler Carmichael, CA Nov 4, 2018 4:40:54
Half Marathon Folsom, CA Oct 21, 2018 2:56:16
5K Vacaville, CA Oct 20, 2018 46:30
5 Miler Davis, CA Oct 13, 2018 1:02:14
Half Marathon Sacramento, CA Oct 7, 2018 3:27:37
10K Davis, CA Jul 7, 2018 1:21:59
Half Marathon Carmichael, CA Apr 28, 2018 2:18:01
10K Davis, CA Mar 24, 2018 1:05:12
5K Davis, CA Nov 18, 2017 33:22

My Raves

(This portion pasted from last year's review.) There were a number of tunnels and an overpass that you run on in each direction. They were not very steep, though runners … MORE

(This portion pasted from last year’s review.)
There were a number of tunnels and an overpass that you run on in each direction. They were not very steep, though runners who live in a flat city and don’t do any hill training may not like them too much.

The course is mostly paved roads, but there is a section (about 1.5 miles) that is gravel . A good portion of it also goes through parks, so the scenery is often more interesting than watching cars go by.

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This race starts near the football stadium, goes through the campus,onto the Guy West bridge, and leaves before returning to end on the football field. The 10K is not as … MORE

This race starts near the football stadium, goes through the campus,onto the Guy West bridge, and leaves before returning to end on the football field. The 10K is not as flat as the 5K race, but it was not very hilly.

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This is an easy (i.e. flat) race through the Sac State campus (The funny thing is that even though I had done my master's degree at Sac State, I had … MORE

This is an easy (i.e. flat) race through the Sac State campus (The funny thing is that even though I had done my master’s degree at Sac State, I had never seen this part of the campus before.

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(i copied most of this review from last year's review .) The weather forecasts said it was going to rain, with a possibility of lightning. Fortunately it did not do … MORE

(i copied most of this review from last year’s review .) The weather forecasts said it was going to rain, with a possibility of lightning. Fortunately it did not do so, and the temperature at the start ended up being much better than last year (about 54 degrees vs 36 degrees.)

The course starts downhill, and then there are multiple rolling hills, none of which are too bad in itself, but the sheer number of them was annoying. (Note: I live in a very flat city, so I don’t get a chance to do any hill training.) The course is fairly flat after about mile 19 or 20.

There were tons of aid stations, and they did not run out of water even of back-of-the-pack people like me.

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(copied from my review of last year's race.) The middle 7-ish miles of this race are relatively flat; the first few miles are downhill and the last few miles have … MORE

(copied from my review of last year’s race.)

The middle 7-ish miles of this race are relatively flat; the first few miles are downhill and the last few miles have their ups and downs (with more climbing than descending.)

The medal and the shirt were nice, but the “beer garden” was simply a can of cheap beer. Also, the bus from Dick’s Sporting Goods to the start line was supposed to leave at 6, but didn’t leave until close to 6:30. In my opinion, they should have said that we had to show up at Dick’s before 6:30, since we still got to the start line about 45 minutes early.

Update for 2019: The beer was better this year. it was still canned beer, but it was an IPA. I still think the bus coiuld have left later.

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There were a lot of vendors to visit before the race (last year I barely made it on time so I missed the vendors.) The race was very well organized … MORE

There were a lot of vendors to visit before the race (last year I barely made it on time so I missed the vendors.)

The race was very well organized with lots of aid stations and people cheering you on. The post- race food (burrito, cookie and strawberries) were good and so was the beer.

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This race starts just outside Oracle Park, and continues near the ocean until you reach Crissy Field, where you have a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then you … MORE

This race starts just outside Oracle Park, and continues near the ocean until you reach Crissy Field, where you have a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then you head back to Oracle Park, getting a nice view of the Bay Bridge. The race ends inside Oracle Park.

This race advertises itself as the flattest race in San Francisco, and I believe it. I didn’t think that the hills (mile 4 and 9) were bad at all (and I hate hills.)

There were lots of volunteers manning the aid stations (and they had plenty of drinks even for the slower runners).

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The temperature was really good (considering this is in the summer), the aid stations were very well stocked, the scenery was pretty nice, and (most importantly!) the course was pretty … MORE

The temperature was really good (considering this is in the summer), the aid stations were very well stocked, the scenery was pretty nice, and (most importantly!) the course was pretty flat.

As usual with Brazen Racing races, the medal and the p;ost-race snacks were awesome.

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This race is not that difficult. The most difficult "hill" is the overpass. Even though I was really slow (because I cramped up at mile 4 and did a lot … MORE

This race is not that difficult. The most difficult “hill” is the overpass.

Even though I was really slow (because I cramped up at mile 4 and did a lot of walking), I did not have problems with the aid stations (like some of the other reviewers reported.

i think there should have been more volunteers, as it was difficult at some points to figure out which way to go.

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The website says that this course is 64% crushed rock and 36% paved road. I think the portion of crushed rock is less than 50%, but I wasn't really paying … MORE

The website says that this course is 64% crushed rock and 36% paved road. I think the portion of crushed rock is less than 50%, but I wasn’t really paying attention. In any case, the course is pretty easy, except for several underpasses.

The aid stations were excellent, They don’t have paper cups, so you have to pour drinks into your own container. They were well stocked with water, electrolytes, soft drinks, and various snacks. None of the stations ran out of anything, even for slow runners like me.

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This race has so many participants (about 20,000) that they have multiple corrals, each with several waves. This worked out very well. The race is very flat, and unfortunately, the … MORE

This race has so many participants (about 20,000) that they have multiple corrals, each with several waves. This worked out very well. The race is very flat, and unfortunately, the scenery is not very interesting except for the one lap (2.5 miles) around the Indianopolis Motor Speedway.

There were lots of volunteers (standing in the rain) cheering us on, and handing out water and electrolytes and the many aid stations.

The swag included a medal (which had a map of the course on the back), a long sleeve tech shirt and a tech hat. Very nice!

If I lived within driving distance, I would definitely run this every year; even though I live in California, I plan on running it again someday (and hopefully it won’t rain!)

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(The race is the same as last year, so I am copying my review from last year.) This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. … MORE

(The race is the same as last year, so I am copying my review from last year.)
This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. It is mostly on paved roads, with something like 1/2 a mile on a dirt path.

The tech shirt was a nice design, the personalized medal was awesome, and the post-race snacks were delicious.
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The live bands were fun and there were lots of volunteers cheering you on (the same thing was true last year as well.)

The one new negative (I deducted a star) is that there were no timing mats this year, (I was looking for them because I missed the halfway point mat last year and wanted to make sure I stepped on it this year,)

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The course is a fairly flat course, which goes about halfway over the Tower Bridge (before making a U-turn), a short selection along the Sacramento River, and ends on the … MORE

The course is a fairly flat course, which goes about halfway over the Tower Bridge (before making a U-turn), a short selection along the Sacramento River, and ends on the warning track of Raley Field.

If you start near the back, beware of all the walkers.On other races I have run, the congestion clears up before mile 1, but I was not able to get free of the pack until about mile 2.5.

The t-shirt and medal were pretty cool, and they provided lots of post-race snacks/

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The planned course was the same as last year, so I am copying my review from 2018. ----- "Similar to the Davis Turkey Trot. this is an easy course. The … MORE

The planned course was the same as last year, so I am copying my review from 2018.
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“Similar to the Davis Turkey Trot. this is an easy course. The only climbing is one overpass. There are a lot of trees on the route, which is enjoyable.

It is mostly on paved roads, but there is a section on an easy-to-run dirt trail.”
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(2019): it had rained recently and there were huge puddles in the dirt trail,so they changed the route slightly.

This year they also served pancakes after the race.

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The race starts just outside Raley Field, goes over the Tower Bridge(twice), and a long stretch south along the Sacramento River, ending near William Land Park before heading back north … MORE

The race starts just outside Raley Field, goes over the Tower Bridge(twice), and a long stretch south along the Sacramento River, ending near William Land Park before heading back north through the city and ending up inside Raley Field.(The course is very similar to that of the Urban Cow Half, except in the reverse order.)

I gave the course a difficulty of 3. If you practice on hills, it would be a 2 (or possibly a 1.) Going through old Sacramento, part of the road is cobblestone, which was a little annoying (but fortunately it was less than half a mile.)

I really liked the shirt and the medal. However, it wasn’t clear where you were supposed to go to pick up your free burrito and the race goodies (a bag of Doritos and a bag of Blue Diamond almonds.) I also appreciated the free beer; I suppose a higher quality beer than Budweiser would be too much to ask for 🙂

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There were a number of tunnels and an overpass that you run on in each direction. They were not very steep, though runners who live in a flat city and … MORE

There were a number of tunnels and an overpass that you run on in each direction. They were not very steep, though runners who live in a flat city and don’t do any hill training may not like them too much.

The course is mostly paved roads, but there is a section (about 1.5 miles) that is gravel . A good portion of it also goes through parks, so the scenery is often more interesting than watching cars go by.

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There is no onsite parking, so you have to park offsite and take a shuttle in. (Ton't know if this was an issue in previous years, but they shuttle you … MORE

There is no onsite parking, so you have to park offsite and take a shuttle in. (Ton’t know if this was an issue in previous years, but they shuttle you in using school busses, but the returning shuttles are private cars, so I missed all the shuttles going back to the offsite parking.)

It was perfect weather — about 45 degrees and sunny, so there were no muddy trails. The trails were generally easy even for people who don’t hike or do trail running, except for one rocky steep downhill section near the end.

I thought the hills were pretty challenging, but that is because I live in a very flat city and have not done any hill training. I don’t think the hills are that difficult if you have done hill training.

The scenery was pretty nice, and the aid stations were well stocked with water, electrolytes, and snacks.

The only complaint I have is that the forks (where half marathoners go one direction and 5K or 10K runners in another) weren’t as clearly marked as they could have been. I would have liked to have seen bigger signs at the forks; I ended up running an extra 0.71 miles because I took the wrong fork and had to double back. (I do realize that it is my responsibility to know the course, and I should have paid closer attention to the course map.)

The medal was alright, but the tech shirt was fantastic.

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(Note: This is the first time I have run the half marathon. I ran the 5K last year.) This race is usually held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but was moved … MORE

(Note: This is the first time I have run the half marathon. I ran the 5K last year.)

This race is usually held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but was moved this year due to the poor air quality (due to the devastating fire in Paradise, CA.)

The course is fairly flat. There were two overpasses that we had to climb. The problem was that the city was doing reconstruction of the bike/ped portion and one of the car lanes on the first overpass, so we had to run that portion with cars whizzing by.

The scenery was okay, but the 2.5 mile out and back portion of County Road 100A was somewhat boring.

The course is mostly paved road, with about one mile of dirt trail.

My only complaint is that the post-race food was almost all gone by the time I finished — some of the tents had already been dismantled. I realize that 2:37 is not fast, but it is not that slow, especially since there was no time limit posted on the website.

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(This was my first marathon, so I can't compare it with other marathons.) It was rather cold (high 30s), so if you tend to be cold, you really need a … MORE

(This was my first marathon, so I can’t compare it with other marathons.)

It was rather cold (high 30s), so if you tend to be cold, you really need a throwaway sweatshirt at the start.

The course starts downhill, and then there are multiple rolling hills, none of which are too bad in itself, but the sheer number of them was annoying. (Note: I live in a very flat city, so I don’t get a chance to do any hill training.) The course is fairly flat after about mile 22.

There were plenty of aid stations offering water and Nuun, and a good number offering bananas, oranges. and Clif bars.

The medal is really nice and qualifies as “heavy metal”; it is the heaviest medal I have. My only complaint is that many of the volunteers had their hands inside of the cups that they were offering.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I will definitely run it again.

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Many people run this as a shakedown run before the next day's CIM. This race is run near downtown Sacramento,, ending right in front of the state Capitol. The course … MORE

Many people run this as a shakedown run before the next day’s CIM. This race is run near downtown Sacramento,, ending right in front of the state Capitol. The course is very flat.

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The first 13.1 miles is the same course as the American River Parkway Half Marathon. It is not quite as flat as I remember from reviewing the American River Parkway … MORE

The first 13.1 miles is the same course as the American River Parkway Half Marathon. It is not quite as flat as I remember from reviewing the American River Parkway Half Marathon, but it wasn’t too bad even for me (I live in a very flat city, so I never do hills.) The scenery was pretty nice.

At the 13.1 mile mark, the half marathoners go through their finish line, while the 20 milers keep on going.

There was a little bit more climbing on the last 6.9 miles, but it wasn’t too bad either. The scenery wasn’t as good as on the first 13.1 miles.

The weather was nice — it started in the low 50s. For slow runners like me, it was fairly hot at the end.

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The middle 7-ish miles of this race are relatively flat; the first few miles are downhill and the last few miles have their ups and downs (with more climbing than … MORE

The middle 7-ish miles of this race are relatively flat; the first few miles are downhill and the last few miles have their ups and downs (with more climbing than descending.)

The medal and the shirt were nice, but the “beer garden” was simply a can of cheap beer. Also, the bus from Dick’s Sporting Goods to the start line was supposed to leave at 6, but didn’t leave until close to 6:30. In my opinion, they should have said that we had to show up at Dick’s before 6:30, since we still got to the start line about 45 minutes early.

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This was my first trail run ever. I was coming off a 6-week layoff, so I decided to take it easy. The first 2+ miles were mostly on paved surfaces … MORE

This was my first trail run ever. I was coming off a 6-week layoff, so I decided to take it easy. The first 2+ miles were mostly on paved surfaces and was fairly flat. There was a large hill during the 3rd mile that killed me (disclaimer: I live in a very flat city and never do any hill training); also, since I never do any hiking, I was very cautious going downhill (though I think experienced people could easily run it.)

I was pleased by the selection of food after the race.

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This is a fairly flat race which is all on paved surfaces (I think.) The only elevation changes are going down and up some underpasses. Part of it goes through … MORE

This is a fairly flat race which is all on paved surfaces (I think.) The only elevation changes are going down and up some underpasses. Part of it goes through 2 different parks, so there is some decent scenery.

The signs were clearly marked, so there was little chance of going the wrong way (the 5-milers turned one way, the 5K-ers the other way.) There was a decent amount of cheering from the volunteers and people along the streets we were running on.

The swag included a finishers’ medal and an optional tech t-shirt (which I paid $6 for.) We also got to enjoy a glass of IPA beer after the race. (This was a 5 pm race, so the beer definitely hit the spot.)

Overall, I enjoyed the race and will probably do it again.

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The course is very flat. The course starts at William Land Park and goes northwards until you get to Sacramento just east of the Tower Bridge, and then you head … MORE

The course is very flat. The course starts at William Land Park and goes northwards until you get to Sacramento just east of the Tower Bridge, and then you head back to William Land Park through Old Sacramento and along the Sacramento River. (I got to really enjoy the river view while doing a lot of walking because I was unable to do much training for the previous 6 weeks.)

The swag was fantastic — an Urban Cow pint glass, a cowbell medal, and the usual tech t-shirt.

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This course is not very difficult, but is more difficult than the Davis Turkey Trot and the Davis Lucky Run in that there are more short climbs (going down and … MORE

This course is not very difficult, but is more difficult than the Davis Turkey Trot and the Davis Lucky Run in that there are more short climbs (going down and up the underpasses) and that you may be running for quite some time in the dark.

I believe this is the first year that they started the 10K at 8:15 pm instead of 7 pm, which made the heat much more bearable. However, this meant that it would be dark for much of the race; I fell down somewhere around mile 4, and waited about 5 minutes before resuming while the police officer on duty called in the accident. (It was a lousy run anyway — I think my blood sugar crashed because I ate too many sugary food samples right before the race…)

Overall, I really liked it, but I need to be more careful running in the dark next year…

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This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. It is mostly on paved roads, with something like 1/2 a mile on a dirt path. The … MORE

This course is fairly flat, and the climbing involved is not very steep. It is mostly on paved roads, with something like 1/2 a mile on a dirt path.

The tech shirt was a nice design, the personalized medal was awesome, and the post-race snacks were delicious.

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Similar to the Davis Turkey Trot. this is an easy course. The only climbing is one overpass. There are a lot of trees on the route, which is enjoyable. It … MORE

Similar to the Davis Turkey Trot. this is an easy course. The only climbing is one overpass. There are a lot of trees on the route, which is enjoyable.

It is mostly on paved roads, but there is a section on an easy-to-run dirt trail.

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This was my first race, so I just tried to enjoy it (though I did pick up the pace during the last mile.) It was not difficult at all -- … MORE

This was my first race, so I just tried to enjoy it (though I did pick up the pace during the last mile.)

It was not difficult at all — the only climbing involved was one overpass. Part of the course went through a greenbelt area, so there were some trees, which definitely beats looking at cars.

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