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@bobbybengal79

Spring Hill, KS Raving since 2020 50 States hopeful/finisher, Marathon Maniacs #15610 Active 1 week, 6 days ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jun 11, 2023 3:20:22
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 11, 2019 1:30:38

Future Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Casper, WY Jun 2, 2024
Marathon Portland, ME Oct 6, 2024
Marathon White Sands, NM TBD
Marathon Charlevoix, MI TBD
Marathon Cincinnati, OH TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Marathon Hartford, CT TBD
Marathon Jersey City, NJ TBD
Marathon Las Vegas, NV TBD
Marathon Manchester, NH TBD
Marathon Huntington, WV TBD
Marathon Grand Haven, MI TBD
Marathon Huntsville, AL TBD
Marathon Memphis, TN TBD
Marathon Wallsburg, UT TBD

Past Races (39)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE Dec 2, 2023 3:34:29
Marathon Louisville, KY Nov 5, 2023 3:31:40
Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 21, 2023 3:40:47
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jun 11, 2023 3:20:22
Marathon La Crosse, WI May 6, 2023 3:39:37
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 22, 2023 3:33:19
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 15, 2023 4:00:58
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 5, 2022 4:08:38
Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 15, 2022 3:34:38
Marathon Moline, IL Sep 25, 2022 3:36:24
Marathon Anchorage, AK Jun 18, 2022 3:42:13
Marathon Rochester, MN May 29, 2022 4:35:05
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 23, 2022 4:06:22
Marathon St. Louis, MO Apr 3, 2022 3:46:46
Marathon San Antonio, TX Mar 5, 2022 4:05:18
Half Marathon Daytona Beach, FL Jan 1, 2022 1:47:52
Marathon Cotter, AR Nov 20, 2021 3:31:01
Marathon Olathe, KS Nov 6, 2021 3:41:18
Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 16, 2021 3:45:03
Marathon Tupelo, MS Sep 5, 2021 3:52:09
Half Marathon Pleasant Hill, MO Jul 11, 2021 1:36:32
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 5, 2021 1:43:00
Marathon Brookings, SD May 15, 2021 3:44:45
Marathon Tulsa, OK Apr 17, 2021 3:41:57
Marathon Ocala, FL Jan 2, 2021 4:08:28
Marathon Overland Park, KS Nov 1, 2020 3:53:13
Marathon Wichita, KS Oct 11, 2020 4:08:00
Marathon Malvern, IA Sep 12, 2020 3:38:00
Half Marathon Pretty Praire, KS Jul 18, 2020 1:41:00
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Feb 1, 2020 1:34:35
Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 19, 2019 3:31:58
Marathon Omaha, NE Sep 15, 2019 4:28:00
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 1, 2019 1:36:30
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 11, 2019 1:30:38
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 13, 2019 3:28:59
Half Marathon Liberty, MO Mar 2, 2019 1:38:20
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Feb 2, 2019 1:36:35
Marathon Shawnee, KS Nov 18, 2018 3:44:00
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 20, 2018 1:34:45

My Raves

this was my 29th marathon in 19th state...I flew into DC and drove to Rehoboth....packet pickup was in a large tent near the running company...very easy and quick, no expo. … MORE

this was my 29th marathon in 19th state…I flew into DC and drove to Rehoboth….packet pickup was in a large tent near the running company…very easy and quick, no expo. very flat course that started a finished close to the beach near the boardwalk…the course was on paved trails, residential area, and a few miles on the boardwalk with a beach view. plenty of toilets and enough aid stations….the only real big negative was the bag drop was confusing a disorganized. Medal and shirt were nice (no real other swag). The after party was awesome, lots of music, food, and drinks it was a party atmosphere… Rehoboth was a cute fun town that my family had a fun time exploring (beach, boardwalks, and shops downtown)

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This was my 28th marathon in 18th state. I utilizing the option of having the race packet mailed to me so I did not attend packet pickup. The race was … MORE

This was my 28th marathon in 18th state. I utilizing the option of having the race packet mailed to me so I did not attend packet pickup. The race was almost entirely on a paved trail within a pretty nice park, making it pretty scenic. However there was no real landmarks or scenery of the town. There was a choice between a long sleeve shirt and 1/4 quarter zip. These and the medal were decent. Good overall production. Well marked course and enough aid stations. Almost perfect weather. This course was really hilly, especially the first and last 7 miles. Crowd support was slim as this was almost entirely on a paved trail out and back. Finish line included a few snack, derby pie, and local beer. Logistics was easy and the half marathoners started an hour later providing less congestion at the start and plenty of portapotties. There were about 300 marathoners. I went to the Louisville slugger factory museum the day before the race and there was a lot of other things to do in town.

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This was my 26th Marathon and 17th State....This was my most expensive race entry around170$ and I registered when it opened....great and very scenic gradual downhill course....My family made a … MORE

This was my 26th Marathon and 17th State….This was my most expensive race entry around170$ and I registered when it opened….great and very scenic gradual downhill course….My family made a vacation of this visiting Seattle, Olympic NP, and Mount Rainer…The first couple miles were through a tunnel, requiring a head lamp….great course and support…the medal and shirt were okay…not alot of locations for crowd support on the course, but an awesome course if you want to PR/BQ….easy logistics and communication….alot of snacks, fresh fruit, desserts, drinks at the finish line…the shuttle to the parking area didn’t seem to be frequent enough as my family didn’t make it to the finish in time and we had to wait 30 minutes after the race….I would recommend this race due to the scenery, vacation aspect, and ability to PR/BQ

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This was my 25th marathon in 16th state....about 10 days before the race there was flooding near the Mississippi River that affected the finishing area of the race...despite this, the … MORE

This was my 25th marathon in 16th state….about 10 days before the race there was flooding near the Mississippi River that affected the finishing area of the race…despite this, the race director was able to change the last 3 miles of the course to avoid this potential flooding…there were plenty of email/social media updates in the weeks prior to the race….this race occurred in La Crosse which is a college town near Minnesota and the Mississippi River….There was about 150 in the marathon and 400 or so in the half…This was a point to point along a rails to trails path that started in Sparta, Wi and ended near downtown La Crosse….there was enough busses from the finish to the start that meet at the convention center downtown…the last couple miles where on pavement in La Crosse…there was enough aid stations, enough porta potties at the start and finish….slight downhill course that was well marked….beer, brats, and some other snacks at the end….nice medal and t-shirt, but not alot of other swag…packet pickup was easy and apart of a small expo in the convention center…There where a lot of hotels, restaurants, and things to do near the finish….nice small race that is well ran, easy logistics

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23 marathon and 15th state for me on the journey....I was not able to make the expo and elected the mail option for the bid....stayed at hotel a few blocks … MORE

23 marathon and 15th state for me on the journey….I was not able to make the expo and elected the mail option for the bid….stayed at hotel a few blocks away from the start in downtown Baton Rouge which made for a easy morning…the start was near a park and the state capitol (which looked cool at night lit up), enough porta potties at the start and gear check was sufficient. The temperature was perfect at the start around 38 degrees no wind, warmed up to about the 50s by the end…the course took along many upscale residential area, lakes, LSU campus to include the football stadium…there were plenty of water stations, it seemed like almost every mile with enthusiastic volunteers and some good crowd support…..the only negative about the course was several of the residential roads were in solid need a repair…the hill was pretty flat with only a few small hills…..so a good PR course , though i was nursing a thigh injury so no luck for me….the finish festival was mostly a positive experience, nice live music, good gumbo, they did run out of Jambalaya… free local beer as well which you could have several….an additional plus is that they had a couple inflatables for children, which was great as my 4 and 7 year old support me during my races…the medal was a little small but unique…additional swag included a short sleave soft cotton shirt and a athletic bag…I would recommend this race highly…. a lot of restaurants and things to do in the area as well

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I was completing my 20 overall marathon in my 13th state. There was plenty of communication and social media posts prior to the race....I opted for to have my race … MORE

I was completing my 20 overall marathon in my 13th state. There was plenty of communication and social media posts prior to the race….I opted for to have my race packet delivered to my home and it arrived several days to prior….There was a expo the day prior to the race that included packet pickup, which i was not able to make it to…The swag consisted of a long sleeve t-shirt, gloves, hat, and socks (all with the Quad Cities logo on it)….race day parking was easy, plenty of porta potties…the race started and ended in downtown Moline, Illinois and went into Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa and Rock island, Illinois. The start and finish area was near an arena, which included plenty of restaurants, hotels, etc…. there was even some John Deere museum that had some tractors on the outside for kids to play on… The route was nice as it traveled over a few bridges on the Mississippi River, some bike paths, residential area, and commercial businesses…plenty of water stations that included Gatorade, gels and other snacks at some stations….The race was well marked with signage as the half marathoners went a different route…overall it was a well ran production….Medals were pretty nice and had a big 25 logo to symbolize the 25 year of the race….the after party was nice …this included a band, music, and Beer (Unlimitied I think). also there was hotdogs, mac and cheese, fried rice, and other tradition post race items (bananas, milk, granola bars, etc)…I would recommend the race and would run it again

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I planned this as part of a 9 day family vacation in Alaska (Marathon #19, State #12).... A very scenic course along a mostly paved trail system( a couple miles … MORE

I planned this as part of a 9 day family vacation in Alaska (Marathon #19, State #12)…. A very scenic course along a mostly paved trail system( a couple miles were on a dirt/gravel trail… The scenery towards the beginning included the ocean and mountain range in the cool Alaska Summer air…The race day is during the Summer Solstice so there was like 21 hours of light…I know some people saw moose along the course and other years included bears…However, the course was pretty hilly to include the last 1/4 to 1/2 mile to the finish…The expo was very small but inside a hug venue that was easy to get to… as part of the packet pickup they had a Kid Mile that was free and I was able to run it with my 6 year old Son and Niece….there was enough aid stations with water/energy drink, gels, etc….Not alot of crowd support along the course….Very nice medals and the t-shirt’s were okay…They handed out Finisher shirts as well….post race included cookies, bread, grilled cheese, music, beer (49th State Brewing), etc….Overall one of my favorite marathons along my journey and I had an awesome and very scenic vacation around Alaska with my family….If i had to nit pick on some of the negatives I would say that there wasn’t alot of pre race hype or information on Social Media and the only water at the end of the race they had was cups of water…. I would highly recommend this race…

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Memorial Day weekend in Rochester Minnesota. A little warmer than average temps. I was not able to make the expo the day prior to the race. a Point to Point … MORE

Memorial Day weekend in Rochester Minnesota. A little warmer than average temps. I was not able to make the expo the day prior to the race. a Point to Point race starting at the airport and ending downtown Rochester. packet pickup and parking at the start was easy…enough porta potties. The race was relatively flat with some smalls. Enough aid stations with water/Gatorade etc, the course seemed to be well marked….Unfortunately, around the half marathon mark…a unexpected thunderstorm with rain caused the RD to suspend the race and divert the marathons runners to the finish as they were passing the half way point. Not a lot of information was provided, as I believed at the time the race was over…However, a little while later we were allowed to finish the race, a lot of the marathoners did not receive the word that the race would continue….I ended up running around 27.8 with being diverted to the finish and back to the course…other than that the course wasn’t bad overall as we ran through park, residential areas, and downtown….
The shirt was a hooded long sleeve tech shirt…the finisher medal was kind of plain….Post race food included bananas, cookies, and an assortment of drinks to include a beer truck…..plus a live band playing near the finish….Overall not a bad race…the pre race social media and emails was great….It was nice that we were able to finish after the weather delay but it would of been better if there was a better communication flow on the evolving situation., though my time was severely hampered by the delay

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This was a deferral from 2020. They actually gave several options in 2021 and 2022 for this and other Go St Louis events to use the deferral. The packet pickup … MORE

This was a deferral from 2020. They actually gave several options in 2021 and 2022 for this and other Go St Louis events to use the deferral.
The packet pickup and expo were in downtown St Louis. Once I parked it was a little difficult to find the expo since there was no signs. The expo was not just a running expo but a outdoor expo that included biking, RV, etc. Surprisingly I found this different and interesting. This was a point to point race that started in Forest Park (seemed nice) and ended near the Arch. Plenty of porta potties at the beginning. The half marathoners and marathoners ran together until they reached the 13 mile mark. The marathoners then split off and did a out and back on a trail along the Mississippi river. The first half wasn’t bad and had some decent crowd support at times and some hills. The second half was boring with almost no crowd support. There was enough water stations with good volunteers. The final .2 of the race was basically straight up hill (sucked). The medal was small but had a neat design. I actually liked the soft t-shirt. post race included a caned beer. The food included a roll, some gooey cake, packaged snacks, and bananas. I am not sure if I would go out of my way to run this again (I only live 4 hours away). It was decent but not spectacular. If you are looking for a Missouri Marathon I preferred the Kansas City Marathon.

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This race was a deferral from 2021 for me. packet pickup was quick but parking was a process in the downtown San Antonio area to get there. Which is a … MORE

This race was a deferral from 2021 for me. packet pickup was quick but parking was a process in the downtown San Antonio area to get there. Which is a plus if you traveled in and wanted something to do. The swag included a cotton t-shirt and small bag. and included a finisher 1/4 zip at the finish. The finisher medal was large and neat….The day of the race was warmer than usual for the time of the year in San Antonio making a warm and humid day and a more difficult race…. believe it or not the next day would of been perfect weather…It seemed that there was plenty of porta potties at the start…Additionally the race was by the Hempshire park that had a lot of cool stuff for my kids to play on…The course was mostly flat and had more than enough aid stations…the negative part of the course that caused some confusion was the loops in the middle of the course ad well as some lack of markings…I had to yell at someone to turn around at one point and a few times myself and others were briefly confused on where to proceed to…The course was a little scenic while on the Riverwalk but lacked large crowds…..the post race included some good food and beer options…this included fresh fruit, rice and beans, and burritos…also some local beer that tasted good after a hot run…..I would recommend this race especially since San Antonio is a cool town to tour…

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Easy parking and packet pickup on race day which was at a elementary school...this allowed for a warm place to congregate and use the restroom before the race...The course was … MORE

Easy parking and packet pickup on race day which was at a elementary school…this allowed for a warm place to congregate and use the restroom before the race…The course was pancake flat along the white river…very scenic in spots…it was basically an out and back twice…plenty of aid stations….Not a whole lot of spots for family to support you during the race…great volunteers…nice medal….awesome shirt (hooded soft long sleeve shirt). Great food after the race to include Macaroni and Cheese, Chili, and pizza. ..would run this again good course for PR/BQ as weather was near perfect…

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This was the second time I have run this race. Due to postponement I got to run this race on my 42nd birthday. Small expo, but a quick and easy … MORE

This was the second time I have run this race. Due to postponement I got to run this race on my 42nd birthday. Small expo, but a quick and easy packet pickup. Driving into Garmin HQ made parking easy on the day of the race. plenty of porta-potties as well. The course was a mix of bike trails, neighborhoods, and downtown Olathe (nothing noteworthy). a little hilly, but it was well marked and the aid stations were great. The Olathe PD did a great job at traffic control and were very encouraging. Nice medal but it had the original date of the race….offered burritos and a few other snacks…didn’t see any beer….will run it again as it is only 10 minutes from my house and is a well organized event.

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Being this was going to be my 10th overall marathon I wanted the race to be nostalgic, So i choose Brooking, SD were i spent the first 8 years of … MORE

Being this was going to be my 10th overall marathon I wanted the race to be nostalgic, So i choose Brooking, SD were i spent the first 8 years of my life as that.

This race had the Full and Half Marathon as well as the relay. No 5k or 10k this year due to COVID. COVID restrictions temperature checks, wave starts, and masks at the start.

The course took you through Campus (South Dakota State), parks, residential area, and downtown. There seemed to be very little if any overlap. The course was marked well and aid stations seemed to be less than 2 miles apart. Very flat course which was mostly on pavement. (very small sections on grass.
For the size of the race and community there seemed to be great crowd support. Very enthusiastic volunteers. My family was able to easily cheer me on at several locations.
Finisher medal was nice and the swag included a bag and quarter zip long sleeve shirt. packaged drinks and some food at the end, which included hamburgers which you went the local shop down the road to get.

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I registered for this race after the Garmin Olathe Marathon scheduled for the same day was canceled. There was several COVID measures that were in place but compared to other … MORE

I registered for this race after the Garmin Olathe Marathon scheduled for the same day was canceled.

There was several COVID measures that were in place but compared to other races i have run during COVID, it appeared the most normal. Mask were “required” at the start and finish, race capacity, bottled water on aid stations, and wave started (including different start time for 10k/5k).

The Marathon was basically one 14 mile loop and a 6 mile out and back. The trail was along the river, which seemed to be well maintained and covered with a plethora of parks (including one that was voted best in the USA). So there was several locations were supporters could see you. There were plenty of bathrooms along the course to include enough at the start/finish. Aid stations had bottled water (8 ounces), sports drink, and gels at 1 or 2. The course wasn’t marked with any mile markers, but the turnaround points and course was marked clearly.

Swag included a TECH type t shirt and a nice big medal with the Golden Driller logo.

The finish line included BEER, Burritos, and fresh fruit.

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Overall a nicely ran race during a pandemic... a good solid alternative to Kansas city Marathon being canceled... Social media and email communication before the race was excellent. Course was … MORE

Overall a nicely ran race during a pandemic… a good solid alternative to Kansas city Marathon being canceled…
Social media and email communication before the race was excellent. Course was pretty flat but the full was 2 loops…which included running by the same areas just on the other side of the road during each loop…but you did get to run through some neat parts of Wichita. trickle start with masks seemed to work but there was still a gaggle at the start…aid stations were limited to water/Gatorade…no gel(not sure why)….crowd support was better than anticipated… course was well marked and I found mile 8 in support of the fallen military inspiring and emotional…The weather was not ideal for the beginning of October…very windy and it warmed up quick so my time wasn’t ideal…a lot of hotels and restaurants near the start…though some of the areas near there were run down to include shattered windows that my 2 year old almost got into

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