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@Baroquen131

Catonsville, MD Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 3 months ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Virginia Beach, VA 2012 4:08:29

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Past Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 11, 2018 4:33:46
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 2, 2014 4:11:07
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 18, 2014 4:13:53
Marathon Virginia Beach, VA 2012 4:08:29

My Raves

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

While I've avoided Rock 'n' Roll Marathons thus far, I needed to cross off Nevada and was looking forward to a trip to Vegas. Overall, the race was fine. Expo: … MORE

While I’ve avoided Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons thus far, I needed to cross off Nevada and was looking forward to a trip to Vegas. Overall, the race was fine.
Expo: Was crowded at the convention center, but it was decently organized and had a large number of vendors. While merchandise options online were slim, there was a good selection onsite.
Starting “village”: This was kind of a mess. The Start/Finish lines were obviously convenient to the strip resorts, so that was good. But security was ‘hit or miss’ at the entry points, and from the parking lot to the corrals. There also seemed to be a good deal of confusion on the part of some runners about where they needed to be. Communication could have been better at spots.
I felt the starting corrals were fine. The weather was wonderful. Running on the strip was an experience. I do agree that port-a-pots were scarce, though I found a bank of them with little lines, after a couple miles. But this could definitely be improved. Water/”ade” stations were fine. The full course did take you through some dark run-down parts of town, and there were several locations with unusual switchbacks in parking lots and festival grounds. (I hadn’t seen that in many of my other races so it didn’t bother me that much). The course was very flat. Yay! There was a lot of music along the route, so that was cool. And there were lots of spectators along the strip.
Finish chute: This was pretty standard. I was in a hurry, as my wife and I had late dinner reservations, so I was hobbling through. But food offerings seemed typical. Heat sheets, IIRC. No problems there.
Swag: The shirt was fine, and I love the medal. It was metal cards (a 2, 6, and 2) that fan out over the logo. One of my favorites!
Overall: I don’t regret choosing to run it. While the event did have some shortcomings, I still enjoyed the race and running on the Vegas strip at night is an unforgettable experience!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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Baltimore Running Festival

Baltimore Running Festival

Ups and downs - literally. The course is tough, with a good number of hills, and the potential for windy, cold October weather. I've done the Running Festival numerous times … MORE

Ups and downs – literally. The course is tough, with a good number of hills, and the potential for windy, cold October weather.
I’ve done the Running Festival numerous times and at all distances. The expo is always solid. Between nice clever medals (usually crab themed) and Under Armor shirts (used to be REALLY soft tech shirts – more traditional now), the swag was a plus.
Back in 2014 – the course ended at the stadiums, now it ends at the harbor. Being a sports fan, I enjoyed running through Camden Yards more. The finish celebration back then, was in the stadium parking lots. Now, it’s at the park near the harbor. A nicer location, but a bit more crowded, from what I hear.
Overall – the race still has sentimental value to me as my hometown event. And even though the course is challenging, the festival is well-run and what I would pick for my Maryland race, even if I didn’t live here.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
2
SWAG
5

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