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@Bettejh1

Playa Del Rey, CA Raving since 2016 Boston Marathon finisher active 4 hours, 12 minutes ago

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Ojai, CA May 24, 2015 4:02:14
Half Marathon San Luis Obispo, CA Oct 10, 2010 1:53:41
10K Irvine, CA 2010 52:34
4 Miler Porter, IN 2014 31:30
5K Lake Forest, CA Jul 4, 2016 25:28

Future Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Healdsburg, CA Oct 14, 2018
Half Marathon Ventura, CA Oct 21, 2018
Half Marathon Coronado, CA Nov 11, 2018
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 18, 2018
10K Santa Monica, CA Dec 15, 2018

Past Races (27)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 9, 2018 54:41
10K Los Angeles, CA Apr 29, 2018 54:44
Half Marathon Encinitas, CA Mar 4, 2018 2:04:00
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 4:29:33
5K Irvine, CA Jan 7, 2017 25:39
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 4, 2016 4:08:05
5K Lake Forest, CA Jul 4, 2016 25:28
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 18, 2016 4:27:39
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Nov 21, 2015 1:58:34
Marathon Ojai, CA May 24, 2015 4:02:14
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 12, 2014 2:07:52
Half Marathon Greenville, CA Aug 16, 2014 2:01:27
4 Miler Porter, IN 2014 31:30
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jun 30, 2013 2:10:49
Half Marathon Goleta, CA 2013 1:58:17
Half Marathon San Luis Obispo, CA 2013 1:56:50
200 Mile Relay Miami, FL 2011
200 Mile Relay Flintstone, MD 2011
200 Mile Relay Blaine, WA 2011
200 Mile Relay Wickenburgh, AZ 2011
200 Mile Relay Huntington Beach, CA 2011
5K Carlsbad, CA 2011 25:56
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA 2011 2:09:41
Half Marathon San Luis Obispo, CA Oct 10, 2010 1:53:41
Half Marathon Irvine, CA 2010 2:05:28
10K Irvine, CA 2010 52:34
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2010 2:00:41

My Raves

Santa Monica Classic

Santa Monica Classic

I should have read the RaceRaves reviews: I would have known earlier that it had a 3 mile incline! I registered for this race because it is local and I … MORE

I should have read the RaceRaves reviews: I would have known earlier that it had a 3 mile incline!
I registered for this race because it is local and I needed to get my race season started. I presumed since Santa Monica is flat, near the ocean and close to home, I would have a good test of where I am in shorter distances and test my finish kick after summer training.
Not until you receive the “final instructions” email do you read “there is a gradual incline from mile 1 to mile 4”. I would still have run this 10k, but my mind-set and race plan would have been a little different. Being a seasoned racer, I simply tweaked that plan and it was fine.
If you are new to 10k or avoid inclines, be advised. I say “incline” and not “hill” because it really isn’t much of a grade, but just enough to feel like a slog. The GREAT thing about it is the hard part is over at mile 4 and you can fly down the last 2 miles. Going down after 3 miles of up is amazingly enjoyable! I kept expecting it to flatten out, but really, it is slightly down “hill” to the finish. I ran the last 2 miles at 8:05 pace and would have gone a little harder if I’d felt confident of that continual decline. Next year I will know!
Park at the finish line area; cheaper and you don’t have to walk so far to your car afterward. Walking TO the start is a good warm up.
Pros: >Lots of communication from Conqur (organizers) via email, with reminders, parking info, the 3-race series the SMC is part of, your results afterward, etc.
>Bib pick up was easy at Reed Park, if a bit of a headache for parking (see cons).
>Well marked mileage signs
>You get your race shirt at the end of the race on the pier. It is quick.
>After the finish chute, you mosey down the pier to the “festival”, an area aside from the main pier businesses. There are booths there. (See cons)
>The timing/results are updated regularly. I was at first listed as 4th AG, but by the afternoon it was corrected and I finished 2nd AG. Seems a couple folks who ran 6:20 pace in my AG were actually quite a bit younger.
>They mail medals to AG winners. This is GREAT! If you have ever had to wait for AG winners to be called, you know it can add an hour or 3 to your total time at the race!
Cons:
>Parking, at the bib pick up and at the race. Go early to both and it is easy. Go any time after it actually opens, and it will be a chore. Don’t even bother driving all the way to Reed Park on Saturday. Find a spot a couple blocks away and save yourself some time. If you can have someone drop you off and drive around the block a few times, it really is that quick.
>The start. What a mess. I had no idea what was happening since I could barely hear the announcer and there were wave starts, not noted in the race info but there are no markers, lines, tape, etc to let you know who is going. I couldn’t tell if the 5k people were leaving or if it was time to get in the crowd for 10k start. I asked several people and finally heard that the 5k had started but the next wave was still waiting….the 5k started 20 minutes late. I ended up in the 2nd 10k wave. Just after you cross the start mat the course narrows GREATLY and you will have trouble getting around all the walkers who feel they should be that far up in the start….I am sure I would have finished at least 20 seconds faster if not for that. Ten seconds would have moved me from 2nd to 1st.
>Support: there are 3 water stations but they are very short, meaning very congested. I bring my own hand-held bottle for 10k or longer so I didn’t get in that mess. Not much spectator support until the last couple hundred meters.
>The Finish Festival has a lot of booths…most of which have things to promote or sell. I saw one clif bar booth with samples, and a very long line of people waiting to spin a wheel at the chance to win a pair of shoes. The rest were just there to market their services. I think there was a massage tent. It was pretty unexciting.
I would run this again because it is local and after my first go at it, I know the ways to make the experience quicker and more enjoyable. I think this race could be a stellar rather than average experience, but the goal of the organizers seems to be having a sold out race in Santa Monica with nice signs and nice shirts and medals for people who live here, get vendors to pay for booths at the finish and to promote the LA Marathon.

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Encinitas Half Marathon

Encinitas Half Marathon

Came off a bad cold, wasn't expecting to finish under 2:10 (slow for me). The "expo" was tiny, but friendly and quick. The start was walkable from motel, weather was … MORE

Came off a bad cold, wasn’t expecting to finish under 2:10 (slow for me). The “expo” was tiny, but friendly and quick. The start was walkable from motel, weather was great (pretty chilly) for a half. When I realized how many “rolling” hills there were, I was really prepared for an embarrassing finish time. The tiny/steep hill at the beginning was not the issue, but the long slight elevation changes were a surprise. Mile 11 was almost entirely uphill. However, what goes up, must come down, right? So, I ended up with a 2:04 finish; pretty good considering my speed work was in the toilet for a few weeks. Loved the mug, a nice touch. Medals just go in a box. I’ve already registered to run it in 2019. Recommend the Econolodge-you can walk to the start. Happy running.

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California International Marathon (CIM)

California International Marathon (CIM)

The expo, the buses, the portolets, the starting gun, the mile markers, fuel...everything was perfect. Note: not "downhill", rolling with overall drop. But still a good course. My second best … MORE

The expo, the buses, the portolets, the starting gun, the mile markers, fuel…everything was perfect. Note: not “downhill”, rolling with overall drop. But still a good course. My second best finish.

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Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

I first ran the full LB marathon way back in the day ('96) when it was early in the year, I think late Feb or early March. The 1996 race … MORE

I first ran the full LB marathon way back in the day (’96) when it was early in the year, I think late Feb or early March. The 1996 race was the last or next to last for a couple years and when it was restarted, it was moved to October. It has been so long that I don’t remember if the course was even the same as it is now as I have only run the half since it was moved to October.
The expo is really first rate, lots of vendors, good space to move around, and gives you a chance to scope out parking for race morning. You do pay for parking in the convention center lot.
The event is well organized, the start line corrals are defined, and you know what is going on, there are plenty of aid stations, all well marked, all good stuff. The good quality shirts usually have interesting art work that wraps around to the back; I see a lot of the LB shirts out on the trails.
The actual race is not very outstanding, much of it through the city and some out on the harbor/Pike area where you see the Queen Mary, Shoreline Village, etc. There is one long stretch right after the view of the QM that feels much longer than it is because you can see how far you have to go and by that time it is warm and it is on a beach-front, so no shade. The course is very flat most of the course; no hills but a few late rollers.
If you are looking for a flat, local marathon or half, this is the one for you. I would mention the cost, but all of the well-supported races are expensive now, so that is the price we pay, literally.

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Running with the Bears

Running with the Bears

This race is the most emotionally satisfying race I've ever attended. The race proceeds benefit foster kids in the northern part of CA. The organizers and the entire surrounding community … MORE

This race is the most emotionally satisfying race I’ve ever attended. The race proceeds benefit foster kids in the northern part of CA. The organizers and the entire surrounding community are involved, and it shows. Most of the events surrounding the race itself feel as if they are family gatherings. From the pre-race spaghetti dinner to the many decorated and heavily staffed aid stations (there is a competition for the best aid station and they are serious about this! Great fun!) to the after party pig roast, the folks from all the surrounding towns make you feel welcome.
The course is “in the country” and runs through a rural setting, starting out with cows to your left and leading into some back roads, a few busier areas (busier being relative here), and plenty of private space as this race is capped, the year I ran it at 300. (It may be larger now but is full for 2018.) There are undulating hills, nothing tough in the half.
The weather is a factor: it was a chilly 45 or so to start, but the sun came up strong and it was in the low 70s by the finish; humidity was very low.
At the end there was a huge trough of ice and water for your bare feet, beer, food. Your goodie bag includes bear bells, and while I did not see any bears, it is bear country. This was my first half marathon first-place age group win which made it more memorable.
The only difficulty is the logistics getting to Greenville, or Taylorsville. Lodging very near the race was scarce. My hotel had no AC and it was quite warm the night we stayed. There are campsites and while I do camp, I prefer not to rough it the night before a race, so book your lodging early. It is also a haul from anywhere. We flew into Sacramento and it was still a couple (3?) hours drive north; not an easy place to find, but once you are there it is a stunning place to spend a weekend.
Between the scenery, people, cause and course, this is high on my recommendation list. Oh, it is a Boston Qualifier as well.

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City to the Sea

City to the Sea

This race runs from SLO to Pismo, and once you are out of the town portion of SLO, the course is fairly rural. I've run in a couple times and … MORE

This race runs from SLO to Pismo, and once you are out of the town portion of SLO, the course is fairly rural. I’ve run in a couple times and both times finished with a respectable time, which surprised me as I was (at that time) struggling with rolling hills. I’ve come to embrace rollies, and use them to my advantage. The last mile is a little tough with constant small ups and downs, but the view of the ocean is a good way to distract yourself and push the pace. Well organized and the finish area is fun. They do shuttle you back to SLO if you do not have someone waiting for you at Pismo.

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