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@Bluebird46360

Michigan City, IN Raving since 2018 Marathon Maniacs #14478 active 2 months, 3 weeks ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Marathon Maniacs, Calumet Regional Strides

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  • I run because:

    It not only gives me freedom from the daily grind, it helps me overcome many mental barriers. As a Type 1  Diabetic, I not only have to focus on my next race and training, but I have to constantly work to manage my sugar before, during and after each run. After being misdiagnosed for several years, I am very thankful for running, as without this I may not be here today! I run because I believe I can, and I will!

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Future Races

Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Milwaukee, WI Oct 7, 2018 4:48:28

Future Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Erie, PA Sep 13, 2020
Marathon Manchester, NH Nov 8, 2020
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 12, 2020

Past Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Denver, CO May 17, 2020
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 18, 2020
Marathon Asheville, NC Mar 22, 2020
Marathon Melbourne, FL Feb 2, 2020 5:17:24
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 8, 2019 5:59:47
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 24, 2019 5:31:10
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 20, 2019 5:38:06
Half Marathon Elroy, WI Sep 7, 2019
Marathon Lexington, KY May 18, 2019 6:15:49
Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 27, 2019 5:46:20
Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Mar 17, 2019 5:30:05
Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 2, 2018 5:33:05
Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 4, 2018 5:33:39
Marathon Milwaukee, WI Oct 7, 2018 4:48:28
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jul 15, 2018 6:20:02
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 16, 2018 5:20:00
Marathon Kalamazoo, MI May 6, 2018 5:29:28
Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 8, 2018 5:13:33
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 4, 2018 5:43:45
Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 14, 2018 5:42:57
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 4, 2017 5:04:28
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 5:10:22
Marathon Cleveland, OH May 21, 2017 5:18:49
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2016 4:59:29

My Raves

Expo was small but nice! Easy in and out! With packet pickup available the day of the race as well. Parking was very easy (even for out of towner’s) -short … MORE

Expo was small but nice! Easy in and out! With packet pickup available the day of the race as well. Parking was very easy (even for out of towner’s) -short walk to race start. Plenty of bathrooms at race start/finish, as well positioned along the course. Aid stations were perfectly placed. Highly recommend a throw off for the cool start. The bridges allowed to stretch out with up/down hill while the rest of the course was (pancake) flat. Traffic control was great, as well as the musical diversity! Volunteers A+…swag was good including a wicking long sleeved shirts, avocados, tons of free beer, cute medal (although I honestly was not a fan). Race director was very friendly, and humble! I especially enjoyed the scenery (saw dolphins feeding off the back of a boat). Very cute town!

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For me this was an okay marathon, not my favorite (besides the vacation area) by all means. The major sponsor is the Japanese Airlines, so they do cater to the … MORE

For me this was an okay marathon, not my favorite (besides the vacation area) by all means. The major sponsor is the Japanese Airlines, so they do cater to the more multi cultural groups a little more. Of which, the majority of the people on course and at the expo did not speak English. The course itself was great, with beautiful views, loved running at night with all the grand Christmas displays in the city. Course had a few hills, but more of just steady inclines, to me this was not too bad. It was a very hot & humid race, but no body can control the weather. The water stops were good, and always had water & Gatorade ready, as well as cold sponges later in the race (also Honey Stingers). Again the after race party was just okay, with large tents set up for Japanese Airlines groups. I really liked the gold finishers medals, on a rainbow ribbon. Also, enjoyed the short walk after the marathon into Waikiki for lunch and a quick dip in the ocean.

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The expo was nice size (not too big not too small), the post card in the mail added a nice personal touch. Race start was easy to get to! (Tons … MORE

The expo was nice size (not too big not too small), the post card in the mail added a nice personal touch. Race start was easy to get to! (Tons of marathon maniacs) The first part of the course had quite a few long inclines winding through beautiful neighborhoods. Mile 12 was race on the blue track of Drake University. The second half began in a nature trail (paved) leading to Waterworks Park then circling around Grays Lake crossing the bridge leading us back in town to the finish.

Aid stations were plentiful, and really like the mobile aid stations on bikes with everything from biofreeze, Kleenex, to Vaseline.

Medals were pretty heavy and had a nice design/color. We also got a nice zip up finishers jacket. Post race party was good with free massages and 2 free beers (however, closes down about the 5 1/2 hour mark, not great for slower runners).

Overall, great race, great production with very friendly people!

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This is a small hometown race with nice perks especially for the price (wicking shirts, fresh apple dumplings (at the finish), and more. The race director made the race very … MORE

This is a small hometown race with nice perks especially for the price (wicking shirts, fresh apple dumplings (at the finish), and more. The race director made the race very personalized and was extremely nice and accommodating. Race start/finish was at a park, which include a small camping area. The aide stations we laid out nicely, with very friendly volunteers. The course was nicely groomed trail run, as runners passed over several bridges, and through a lantern lite tunnel with was historical (not to mention a few degrees cooler than outside, which felt great). The medals were okay (again this is a small race, with minimal race entry fees). I would certainly run this race again.

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The expo is nice but very small, great to get in and out! The race start was smooth, bathroom lines and parking were not too bad at all. The course … MORE

The expo is nice but very small, great to get in and out! The race start was smooth, bathroom lines and parking were not too bad at all. The course had rolling hills with several house farms surrounding, very beautiful! Got to see a few baby colts. Water stops were great with water, sword and ice, very friendly volunteers. Again, never a line for the porta potties. The temperature made it difficult for me hitting 90 degrees, the week before in the 50s (you never know what you are gonna get). Only improvement I would suggest would be timing mats, especially at the out and back. Overall great race, great views and, great people!

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When they tell you this course is hilly, you better believe it. I went to this race with a group of 8 runners, all of which times were certainly not … MORE

When they tell you this course is hilly, you better believe it. I went to this race with a group of 8 runners, all of which times were certainly not their best, but we finished and that what counts. I am not a big fan of RNR races, as I feel the race swag is cheap (small medal), and not as much crowd support, a lot of out and backs. The NFL draft was the same weekend, the city was more geared towards them than runners. But, there was a lot of money which was raised for St. Jude Hospital, so this is certainly a plus.

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I think that this was overall a great race! The course was very flat with a repeat hill about mile 16/22 (bridge) which I felt gave me a chance to … MORE

I think that this was overall a great race! The course was very flat with a repeat hill about mile 16/22 (bridge) which I felt gave me a chance to stretch out my legs/hips. I was a very windy race (off the ocean), but who can control the weather. J&A Race did an awesome job of production, as this was very well organized race with tons of extra swag (blanket, hat, and a beautiful medal). The after party was great with tons of beer (4 free), and stew. The bands were great, we had a lot of fun doing this race, and will certainly be back again! Considering I was sick all weekend, my time was not too bad…

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I really enjoyed this course, while it had a few minor hills, it have some beautiful views. This year was warm, and course offered minimal shade. For me I think … MORE

I really enjoyed this course, while it had a few minor hills, it have some beautiful views. This year was warm, and course offered minimal shade. For me I think it was one of the better RNR courses that I have done. The metal was nice, but not TEXAS sized as one would think. Expo was just okay. I feel it had great community support, and a fun after party.

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I really enjoyed the first half of the marathon running through the Historic Savannah streets, greeted by several spectators. However, I would have ran the first half twice rather than … MORE

I really enjoyed the first half of the marathon running through the Historic Savannah streets, greeted by several spectators. However, I would have ran the first half twice rather than the second half which was a lot of out and backs…the highway really threw my mental game off. Aid stations and finishers medals were good, but the T-shirt’s design just didn’t cut it (a giant peach with a headband).

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This was truly a great race! Nice course that was not too hard...pretty flat, with nice down hills. Perfect amount of participants, as I never felt over crowded, nor did … MORE

This was truly a great race! Nice course that was not too hard…pretty flat, with nice down hills. Perfect amount of participants, as I never felt over crowded, nor did I feel alone. Happy to have PR’d on this race!

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For me this was a very difficult course, between the heat and the hills...however, the views along this course were breathe taking! Travel is a bit difficult, and rooms are … MORE

For me this was a very difficult course, between the heat and the hills…however, the views along this course were breathe taking! Travel is a bit difficult, and rooms are expensive…I found a cheap room, but will never advise anyone to go here (America’s Best Value Inn); not air conditioning, no coffee, the floors were nasty, I have absolutely nothing good to say about this place. The expo was kinda cute (outside), with a farmers market right next to it. Medals were pretty cool!!! It was a lot of fun tubing, as there is not much else to do, got tube at Ace Hardware $16, and took free city bus to drop point, floated back…very relaxing, fun and inexpensive. Volunteers were awesome!

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Great Swag & Beautiful Medals! The course was a little confusing...had some hills, but were not that bad. Loved popsicle hill, was much needed after a long trudge up hill … MORE

Great Swag & Beautiful Medals! The course was a little confusing…had some hills, but were not that bad. Loved popsicle hill, was much needed after a long trudge up hill towards the end of the race.

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