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Visalia, CA Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Marathon Maniacs #5441 Blazing a path active 1 month, 2 weeks ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Visalia Runners, 50 States Marathon Club

  • Rave race:

    New River Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Helsinki Marathon

  • I run because:

    It keeps me from choking people and keeps me sane and fit.

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 27, 2019 4:31:24
Half Marathon Kailua-Kona, HI 2009 1:55:15

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 11, 2020
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 13, 2020

Past Races (68)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Modesto, CA Mar 29, 2020
Half Marathon Visalia, CA Mar 1, 2020
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 2, 2020 2:18:17
Half Marathon Bakersfield, CA Nov 17, 2019 2:10:00
Clovis Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 3, 2019 2:08:18
Half Marathon Eureka, CA Aug 11, 2019 2:14:25
Marathon Waitsfield, VT Jul 7, 2019 5:17:56
Marathon Boone, NC Jun 8, 2019
Marathon Erwin, TN Jun 6, 2019 5:44:44
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 5, 2019
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 27, 2019
Marathon Salisbury, MA Apr 7, 2019
Marathon West Haven, CT Mar 23, 2019
Half Marathon Calistoga, CA Mar 3, 2019 2:13:31
Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 27, 2019 4:31:24
Half Marathon Bakersfield, CA Nov 18, 2018 2:09:12
Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 4, 2018 2:09:28
Marathon Belleville, IL Sep 29, 2018
Half Marathon Eureka, CA Aug 12, 2018 2:14:45
Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 9, 2018 5:52:30
Marathon Fort Collins, CO May 6, 2018
Marathon Springdale, AR Apr 14, 2018
Marathon Carmel, IN Mar 31, 2018
Half Marathon Modesto, CA Mar 11, 2018 2:09:26
Marathon Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Feb 11, 2018
Marathon Hilton Head, SC Feb 10, 2018
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 14, 2018
Marathon Rehoboth, DE Dec 2, 2017
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Oct 22, 2017
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 21, 2017
Marathon Belleville, IL Sep 30, 2017
Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Sep 10, 2017
Marathon Grand Island, NE Aug 26, 2017
Marathon Buffalo, NY May 28, 2017
Marathon Fargo, ND May 20, 2017
Marathon Newport, RI Apr 15, 2017
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 20, 2016
Marathon Portland, ME Oct 2, 2016
Marathon Bristol, NH Oct 1, 2016
Marathon Shiprock, NM May 7, 2016
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 16, 2016
Marathon Reston, VA Apr 10, 2016
Marathon New Holland, PA Apr 9, 2016
Marathon Chattanooga, TN Mar 6, 2016
Marathon Albany, GA Mar 5, 2016
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 18, 2015
Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 17, 2015
Marathon Eureka, CA Aug 9, 2015
Marathon Anchorage, AK Jun 20, 2015
Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 13, 2015
Marathon Eugene, OR May 10, 2015
Marathon Tacoma, WA May 3, 2015
Marathon Sugar Land, TX Feb 1, 2015
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 14, 2014
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jul 13, 2014
Marathon Manitowoc, WI Jun 22, 2014
Marathon Charlevoix, MI Jun 21, 2014
Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 14, 2014
Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 14, 2014 4:59:30
Marathon Nisswa, MN Apr 26, 2014
Marathon Mobile, AL Jan 12, 2014
Marathon Jackson, MS Jan 11, 2014
Marathon Cokeville, WY 2014
Marathon Oracle, AZ 2013
Marathon Hyrum, UT 2013
Marathon Huntington, WV 2012
Marathon Rachel, NV 2012
Half Marathon Kailua-Kona, HI 2009 1:55:15

My Raves

This is the third time running Surf City. It is very popular with over 10,000 runners. Three-fourths of the course can be boring to some with long out and backs … MORE

This is the third time running Surf City. It is very popular with over 10,000 runners. Three-fourths of the course can be boring to some with long out and backs on PCH and beach. There is no shade when sunny and can get hot. Course is flat with a small hill at Mile 3. Great food and entertainment. Expo is organized with quick packet pick-up. Parking is easy at various lots with convenient shuttle service.

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“How many of you that sit and judge me ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?” - Buck Owens About as far west from Nashville as one can get, masses of … MORE

“How many of you that sit and judge me ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?” – Buck Owens
About as far west from Nashville as one can get, masses of runners congregate on the coast of Bakersfield for its annual November marathon giving me the opportunity to run the streets of Bakersfield and reflect upon the Bakersfield Sound.
This race in the southern San Joaquin Valley is becoming a November tradition. I’ve run Bakersfield in each of the four years of its existence. The half marathon is flat, but the hills of the full marathon can make this a difficult course. My overall impression of Bakersfield is positive. The wonderful and energetic volunteers certainly add to its charm and I recommend this marathon to anyone in, or visiting, California.
In sum:
• Very well-organized event from packet pick-up, immediate online results, the well-stocked aid stations along the course.
• Nicely organized expo and lots of merchandise.
• Very cool weather in November.
• Flat course and Boston qualifier.
• Attractive finisher’s medal, personalized bibs, post-race breakfast burritos, bags of pistachio nuts, halos, free beer at the beer garden, live post-race entertainment, hot-fudge sundaes, long-sleeve event tech shirt.
• Super friendly volunteer support.
• Great spectator support.
• Great traffic control and course monitors.
• Easy and ample parking race morning.
• Race-day packet pick-up.
• An all-around great experience!

Read my race recap at: https://blazingapath.blogspot.com/2019/12/bakersfield-half-marathon.html

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On a scale of good, bad, and meh, the Two Cities Marathon and Half ranks as a mostly good with just a small essence of meh. Are there areas where, … MORE

On a scale of good, bad, and meh, the Two Cities Marathon and Half ranks as a mostly good with just a small essence of meh.

Are there areas where, at least in my opinion, the race could be a bit better? Of course! Every race has areas where they can improve. I don’t care ff you’re talking about Disney, Boston, or Flying Pig, no race is perfect. That said, the Two Cities Marathon and Half (2CM) definitely gets it mostly right in my book of reviews. Let me break it down a bit.

Travel Logistics:

Traveling to and from 2CM isn’t particularly complicated. Woodward Park is located just off State Highway 41 (the road to Yosemite) on the north side of Fresno. Ample lodging is available. If you’re flying in, the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is close. Obviously, FYI is not a major hub, so depending on where you are flying in from you will likely have to connect through a bigger airport, although there are connections to major hubs like ORD, SLC, DEN, LAX, or SFO.

That said, if you’re thinking of making a trip from out of town to Fresno, the travel logistics really shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Course Details:

The 2CM event comprises a full marathon, two half marathon courses (Fresno Half and Clovis Half), a relay and a 5K run/walk. The full marathon incorporates both the Fresno and Clovis half courses. The course for 2CM is pretty much as advertised – flat and fast!

The course gets its name from the two cities runners pass through – Fresno and Clovis. The Fresno Half utilizes city streets and roads; whereas, the Clovis Half utilizes mostly a paved pedestrian/bike pathway, but also city streets.

The start of the race begins in front of Woodward Park and the finish line is inside the park. Each of the features races begins with staggered start times as a way to spread out the number of runners competing.

Pre/post-Race:

Fresno’s New Covenant Community Church plays host to the event expo and packet pick-up. Numerous vendors and other purveyors of merchandise pack themselves onto the church’s sanctuary floor. Visitors and participants weave their way around the serpentine-like pathway before runners procure their goody bag, tech shirt and personalized bib number before exiting.

Holding an expo in a church building is somewhat unusual, but seems to work well with the size of 2CM. Upon entering the sanctuary, the room was dark, lit with rather poor inefficient spotlighting. In my opinion, whoever the light designer was, he/she needs to go back to school.

That said, the expo was well organized and they definitely had a wide selection of items available (fuel, clothes, etc.) in case you forgot something and needed to grab a last-minute replacement.

The organizers provide for a ton of porta-potties. If you wait for the last minute, long lines form, but if used earlier, it’s a quick in and out.
As for post-race entertainment, there was a local band on the stage (playing mostly covers) and runners are treated with a breakfast of champions – pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. The food is usually cold, but after a day of running, it does taste good. Also, the Michelob Ultra beer garden offers free ice-cold beer.

All in all, I have no complaints about the pre/post-race amenities.

Bling:

I don’t know how you could complain about the bling from 2CM. Up until 2019, the finisher’s medal commemorates the autumn season, but the current medal incorporated features of Clovis and Fresno. Not as fashionable as years past.

Volunteers:

Seriously, the volunteers are always awesome! The folks running the aid stations/water stops were awesome, and definitely did whatever they could to support us on the course. Even those private citizens not affiliated with the event coming to help out with their own aid stations – even cold beer and whiskey.

Miscellaneous:

There is ample public parking in a business development adjacent to the park. There is a little walk to the start and finish areas, but it isn’t bad at all.

Overall impression:

Over the past twelve years of 2CM’s existence, I’ve run the full 2CM thrice, the Fresno Half once and the Clovis Half five times, but my preference lies with the Clovis Half chiefly for the flatter topography and the spectator support along the pedestrian/bike trail. Will I run 2CM in the future? With the number of times I’ve run this race, it speaks for itself.

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The Humboldt Bay Marathon and Half may not be as reputable or picturesque as The Avenue of the Giants or Big Sur marathons, but the cool summer weather, fresh unpolluted … MORE

The Humboldt Bay Marathon and Half may not be as reputable or picturesque as The Avenue of the Giants or Big Sur marathons, but the cool summer weather, fresh unpolluted air, easy access, small field, and the BQ-friendly course makes this event a must-do on California’s northwest coast. The marathon has been around for only five years and for anyone looking for a summertime marathon or half, this is it. I recommend this event to any runner wishing to visit a different part of California.
I’ve run this race four of its five years of existence serving as a pace leader – once as a full marathon pacer during its inaugural run and thrice as a half marathon pacer. Unfortunately, the course route changed since its inaugural year, which tends to be somewhat less scenic in my estimation.
Far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities of central and southern California, the state’s north coast offers a diverse assortment of birds, wildlife, hiking, fishing, Victorian architecture and many other outdoor activities in the coastal redwoods – and don’t forget the famous Samoa Cookhouse for hearty meals of comfort food after your run.
The USATF sanctioned marathon begins in the city of Eureka and completes a counter-clockwise loop around Humboldt Bay through the agricultural lands of Arcata Bottoms and across the signature part of the course, the Samoa Bridge, returning to Eureka’s maritime-themed boardwalk for a memorable finish. The bridge segments can be tough, but with proper pace management, the crossing can become less torturous.
The half marathon portion of the course begins at Klopp Lake at the city of Arcata’s marsh and wildlife refuge two hours after the marathon start and completes a half loop of the bay, across the bridge and to the finish on the boardwalk. Runners are shuttled from the marathon start area in Eureka to the wildlife refuge located on the north side of Humboldt Bay.
Participant swag bags include a tech shirt with unique designs by a local artisan, only found in Humboldt County, hemp seed protein bars and a packet of hemp seeds to drizzle on food. Hey, it’s Humboldt County.
PROS: A small field of runners; cool summer temperatures, cool ocean breezes, and pleasant weather; easy parking and logistics; inimitable atmosphere; friendly people and unique finisher’s medal and awards.
CONS: Getting to Eureka can take some time (six hours north of San Francisco) but there is an airport with direct flights from DEN, LAX and SFO; some of the course may be boring to some; the challenge of the Samoa Bridge; and minimal entertainment and finish line merriments.

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If anyone is looking for an amazing race experience, run the Mad Marathon – or the half. I really cannot say enough great things about this marathon. Is it hilly? … MORE

If anyone is looking for an amazing race experience, run the Mad Marathon – or the half. I really cannot say enough great things about this marathon. Is it hilly? YES! It is beautiful? Absolutely! It’s the laid back and relaxed feeling of this smaller marathon tucked away in central Vermont that I enjoyed so much, and everyone was so friendly and helpful. The old covered bridges, gems of the engineering past and iconic symbols of Vermont, provide a unique and distinctive touch to this event.

A huge thank you to the race director Dori and all her staff and volunteers for making all the runners feel so welcome. She really knows how to throw a party.

If you have never visited the Mad River Valley, I highly recommend it. While there, visit the Mad Taco for some succulent tacos, burritos, locally produced ciders or craft beers, but beware, some of the hot sauces can set your mouth on fire. Lastly, if you have the legs for it, sign up for the Mad Marathon and hope that, like me, you manage to wake up on race morning with an autumnal chill so that hills are the only wrenches thrown into your running gears.

This is a place where one can kick back, relax and digest the hills of the Green Mountain State. While some runners may see serial marathoning as a fool’s errand, there’s no mistaking a race’s ability to bring people together, runners and non-runners alike. As long as there are marathons I have yet to run, there’s still the potential of returning for yet another round of food, laughter, and of course, many long miles.

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What a way to bring finality to my 50-state quest. Even with the day's heavy rains, an early morning run in the shadows of the New River tucked away in … MORE

What a way to bring finality to my 50-state quest. Even with the day’s heavy rains, an early morning run in the shadows of the New River tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is a relaxing way to escape the mental overload of the superfluities of life. The course begins in the small hamlet of Fleetwood located north northeast of Boone. The day began with periods of heavy rain showers in the midst of Christmas tree farms, and green rolling pasture lands. The rain and unpleasant weather were not enough to dampen my spirits or enjoy my run. Hills abound, and the final three miles include a cross-country trek through a wooded area complete with a half-mile steep hill ascent that tests runner’s fitness levels as they conclude their race. The New River Marathon course is amazing and is undoubtedly one of my top three marathons in my repertoire. I highly recommend this marathon. It may field a small number of runners, but its huge in hospitality.

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For those who detest out-and-back courses, this one's not for you. This inaugural event is sponsored by the Road to 50 Club and is one piece of the Blue Ridge … MORE

For those who detest out-and-back courses, this one’s not for you. This inaugural event is sponsored by the Road to 50 Club and is one piece of the Blue Ridge Series that takes runners out 1.1 mi along the Erwin Linear Trail and return back to the start – for twelve complete laps. Fantastic race directors go out of their way to provide water, refreshments, and food. Even though it’s a small race, but it’s huge in fun and camaraderie. Give it a try. The best races sometimes come in places where you would least expect it.

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One of the best marathons I've run. The spectators are simply amazing and the logistics to set up such a weekend festival is top notch. The medal is one to … MORE

One of the best marathons I’ve run. The spectators are simply amazing and the logistics to set up such a weekend festival is top notch. The medal is one to behold and hang with pride on your medal rack. The swag at the expo is like no other. The course is hilly, but with the spectators and multiple aid stations having your back, their energy is enough to propel you when the going gets tough.

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I love visiting God’s Country and the Williamson area. I can argue that this race is still one of the best races ever and I’ve run some spectacular marathons. Of … MORE

I love visiting God’s Country and the Williamson area. I can argue that this race is still one of the best races ever and I’ve run some spectacular marathons. Of all the marathons under my belt, there is literally no competition in my mind. I’m glad I came back again this year because it firmly cemented my feelings that this is undeniably one my favorite marathons by far. There are a lot of good races out there, but in my personal view, this is probably the most fun you’ll have running 26.2 miles – putting aside those extreme meteorological conditions.
It is evident there’s history between the two families, and that alone is enough to lure history fans interested in seeing the places the feud made famous. Running this marathon is a great way to do just that since the course leads runners into regions where some of the feuding incidences happened. For history fans like myself, this is an unrivaled quality because you’re getting a personal look at the setting where some of the most famous Kentucky/West Virginia events transpired. I think of this marathon as a quick-paced history tour.
The H&M Marathon is a small low-key “hidden treasure” and is a spot-on description the race director Alexis and his dedicated team of volunteers do in the heart of Hatfield-McCoy feud country – except that no feuding takes place, just running. I am blown away by generosity of all the people who came out to cheer or volunteer to hand out course-side treats like watermelon, grapes, oranges, bananas, candy, sponges and rags dipped in ice water, ice water/chips, pickles and even fried chicken. Don’t forget to stop and pet the miniature horses along the way! That’s another tradition that makes this race a special event.
I don’t know what it is about the course, but you’re just surrounded by mountains, and everything is so green, and at the start, there’s typically this kind of early morning fog that appears like it’s shrouding the mountains in a clandestine manner.
Usually, June weather in the Tug Valley is hot and humid – this year no exception. With the area’s unrelenting hills, there are water stops every mile either to cool or nourish your inner self. Even though my finish time certainly reflected the heat related struggles I had throughout the second half of the marathon, somehow, I savored each and every mile. There is no time limit to complete the marathon and the course remains open until the final runner high-fives “Devil Anse” Hatfield or Ran’l McCoy.
Yes, getting to Williamson does take some effort, but once you arrive, you’ll be in for a treat – a diamond in the rough, so to speak. The race organizers and all the volunteers are incredible and the Hatfield and McCoy actors are amazing men – out there each and every year.
The course is both beautiful and interesting, and you get a lot of really unique special touches that you just don’t get at the bigger marathon events. Whether you’re a Maniac, Fanatic or a Fifty-Stater or just want to do something different, run this race. It’s worth the trip and see how far you can run with a stolen pig.
I think hillbillies are actually pretty smart, because they live in a setting way more scenic than I do. Just saying.
One must remember, be in by dark and if you see a pig, look the other way.

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