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@basier.florian

Houston, TX Raving since 2023 Active 3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Personal Bests (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 14, 2024 4:29:47
30K Smithville, TX Aug 12, 2023 5:28:50
Half Marathon Surfside Beach, TX Feb 22, 2020 2:00:28
10 Miler Cypress, TX Oct 1, 2023 1:42:32
15K Houston, TX Feb 1, 2020 1:27:08
12K Houston, TX Dec 21, 2019 1:11:12
10K Houston, TX 2020 53:04
5K Houston, TX Jan 18, 2020 26:01

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Newport, RI Oct 13, 2024
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 9, 2024
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 19, 2025
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 8, 2025

Past Races (23)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Clermont, FL Mar 24, 2024 2:03:40
Half Marathon San Felipe, TX Mar 2, 2024 2:16:16
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 14, 2024 4:29:47
Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 2, 2023 4:37:10
5K Greensboro, NC Nov 23, 2023 27:38
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 15, 2023 4:44:35
10 Miler Cypress, TX Oct 1, 2023 1:42:32
30K Smithville, TX Aug 12, 2023 5:28:50
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 15, 2023 5:27:04
Marathon Needville, TX Dec 3, 2022 6:30:35
Half Marathon Houston, TX Oct 30, 2022 2:13:52
10K Houston, TX Apr 2, 2022 1:13:10
Half Marathon Surfside Beach, TX Feb 5, 2022 2:22:34
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 16, 2022 5:37:47
Half Marathon Galveston, TX Dec 19, 2021 2:15:34
Half Marathon Needville, TX Dec 4, 2021 2:50:40
Half Marathon Houston, TX Oct 31, 2021 2:10:35
Half Marathon Surfside Beach, TX Feb 22, 2020 2:00:28
15K Houston, TX Feb 1, 2020 1:27:08
5K Houston, TX Jan 18, 2020 26:01
10K Houston, TX 2020 53:04
12K Houston, TX Dec 21, 2019 1:11:12
10K Houston, TX Oct 27, 2019 1:04:54

My Raves

Very well-organized race on a scenic, flat course. Lots of races claim to be flat, this one definitively is. Only issue is with the aid stations: there are very few … MORE

Very well-organized race on a scenic, flat course. Lots of races claim to be flat, this one definitively is.
Only issue is with the aid stations: there are very few of them, under-staffed, and the cups are filled all the way making it hard to “pinch and drink”. Very nice otherwise!

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Some ups and downs, lots of turns, unpaved but not too technical trails, but a mental component as you are doing 4 loops (7 if doing the Triple) on narrow … MORE

Some ups and downs, lots of turns, unpaved but not too technical trails, but a mental component as you are doing 4 loops (7 if doing the Triple) on narrow trails so it can be tough on the mind. The loop is 8-shaped so you are closed to the starting line every ~1.6mi which allows spectators for nearly constant cheering.

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You have to be ready for these rolling hills: there are three in the first half, and only one in the second, but it is at the worst place: a … MORE

You have to be ready for these rolling hills: there are three in the first half, and only one in the second, but it is at the worst place: a 4.5mi continuous climb with up to 11% gradient between miles 20 and 25.

Well marked course with a lot of animation, either official ones (rock bands on scenes, faces of the fallen) or just random mariachi bands and cheering spectators (a lot of them!).

My main concerns are with the distribution and location of porta potties, which had only 2-3 at a time before the half/full split, creating long lines. Sometimes they had groups of them close to each other, sometimes they were miles apart, with no indication, creating useless lines as there were empty ones 200-300yds further. Sometimes the porta potties were very close to the course (so the lines were blocking the runners), other times (on Fort Sam Houston), they were 200 yards off course !

Another issue was the non-enforcement of corrals. There were at least 16 corrals which is great, but there were a lot of people in corrals 12+ who snuck into 1-7 corrals, leading to 1-overcrowded porta-potties in the corrals and 2- out of pace runners crowding the first 5-6 miles. It’s really disappointing that such an easy-to-do enforcement of corrals was not done.

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As my first marathon outside of Texas I had a lot of expectations (too many) and running Long Beach seamed a good way to check them. Scenerie is just 6-7 … MORE

As my first marathon outside of Texas I had a lot of expectations (too many) and running Long Beach seamed a good way to check them. Scenerie is just 6-7 of the 26 miles, otherwise running in a ghost town with no ambiance. bare minimum swag. Medal somehow focused on some skyscrappers instead of the beach, the lighthouse, queen mary… anything recognizable. Course itself has a lot a u-turns and few port-a-potties making for a frustrating experience. Aid stations were OK but very cluttered on the first 10 miles (these 2-3 stations should have been doubled in size)

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Quick, 2-loops race. What you'd expect from a 10 miler in the burbs. Nothing more, nothing less. Pretty large spread of levels, from sub-50 10 milers to very slow 5 … MORE

Quick, 2-loops race. What you’d expect from a 10 miler in the burbs. Nothing more, nothing less.
Pretty large spread of levels, from sub-50 10 milers to very slow 5 milers, which on a two-loops course means some slaloming on loop 2 but nothing too critical either.
I was only running it as a gear test before an upcoming marathon and got exactly what I was expecting from it!

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The heat is no joke, you know it beforehand and prepare for it. But the terrain isn't either. The trails are used for horse riding so are mostly loose white … MORE

The heat is no joke, you know it beforehand and prepare for it. But the terrain isn’t either. The trails are used for horse riding so are mostly loose white sands, which adds to the difficulty.
Don’t sign here for a PR or even to race it. It is a race against yourself, knowing, listening to, and pushing your body to its limits.
As always with TROT, great volunteers, you’ll get cheers and ice (lot of both) at each aid station.
This year had major pre-race issues with hours of waiting to retrieve your bib (race day only!) but looking forward for them to be resolved next year.

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A very well organized race (World Athletics Gold Label). Lots of animation along the course, from the giant American flag mile 2 to the multiple bands and of course lots … MORE

A very well organized race (World Athletics Gold Label).
Lots of animation along the course, from the giant American flag mile 2 to the multiple bands and of course lots of supporters cheering.
It is a flat, fast course with only two obstacles: the Westpark bridge at mile 13 and the Allen parkway underpasses towards the end.
Corrals are checked so there is limited slaloming needed in the first miles even if the half marathoners crowd the road as the pace groups are consistent.

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Sure, it's a flat race on easy terrain. But the 120% humidity just means you cannot sweat. TROT race means a lot of nice volunteers though so you are taken … MORE

Sure, it’s a flat race on easy terrain. But the 120% humidity just means you cannot sweat. TROT race means a lot of nice volunteers though so you are taken care of at each aid station.

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