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Columbus, OH Raving since 2022 Active 10 months, 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Apr 29, 2023 2:17:36
10K Columbus, OH Jun 5, 2022 1:05:36
5 Miler Canal Winchester, OH Aug 21, 2022 53:47
4 Miler Columbus, OH Apr 16, 2023 37:32
5K Gahanna, OH Mar 25, 2023 29:26
1 Miler Dublin, OH Jul 9, 2022 9:34

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Past Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Apr 29, 2023 2:17:36
4 Miler Columbus, OH Apr 16, 2023 37:32
5K Gahanna, OH Mar 25, 2023 29:26
5 Miler Canal Winchester, OH Aug 21, 2022 53:47
1 Miler Dublin, OH Jul 9, 2022 9:34
4 Miler Powell, OH Jul 3, 2022 45:14
10K Columbus, OH Jun 5, 2022 1:05:36
5K Dublin, OH May 19, 2022 34:05
4 Miler Columbus, OH Oct 24, 2021 52:50

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Really nice atmosphere and smooth production! Local pro runner Abby Steiner was an honorary race director this year, which was a cool touch. The race starts and finishes near Columbus … MORE

Really nice atmosphere and smooth production! Local pro runner Abby Steiner was an honorary race director this year, which was a cool touch. The race starts and finishes near Columbus Commons, which makes for surprisingly easy logistics for a downtown race. There is a public bathroom in the Commons, and there were plenty of port-a-pots both pre/post-race and on the course. The corral staggering seemed to be done just about perfectly. The back half of the race has some sneaky incline, but the overall atmosphere was great. The medals and shirts were both good quality, and they gave runners a cinch bag this year with a slot specifically for the bib. I’m sure I’ll be running this in the future and trying to improve on my time.

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I was upset when this race wasn't run in 2022, but they switched from a Fall date to now line up moving forward with Ohio State's spring game weekend. Luckily, … MORE

I was upset when this race wasn’t run in 2022, but they switched from a Fall date to now line up moving forward with Ohio State’s spring game weekend. Luckily, Sunday was much cooler than the weather for the actual spring game! The course was the same as previous years, but this year there was no on-site packet pickup. Pickup was at the DSW in Dublin and went fairly smoothly. Swag included a Nike tech shirt and a medal designed to look like the stadium. Technically, race entry also included a ticket to the game. The spring game tickets are pretty cheap ($10 with fees), which I can confirm because the ticket voucher didn’t work smoothly, and I ended up just buying a ticket separately.
On race day: the starting corrals are really packed, and a lot of people seemed out of place, but the waves went pretty smoothly. Quite a few football players and former football players were at the finish, which is a fun element. I love running onto the field and feeling like I’m doing a 40-yard (make that 50-yard!) dash. The course may be a bit short, or perhaps my watch needs some calibrating, but regardless, this was a huge PR for me – I’ve run a relatively high number of 4-milers. 😉 This was also my aunt’s first race ever, and she had a blast. This is the kind of event that hooks new runners, and it’s really family-friendly. At least if you’re a Buckeye family!

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This is my second year participating as the race has been part of the Run Columbus series the past two years. Sandra, the race director, is very kind, and I … MORE

This is my second year participating as the race has been part of the Run Columbus series the past two years. Sandra, the race director, is very kind, and I appreciate how hard she works to balance the fundraising mission with the runner experience. I played myself this year, though: evidently I won my age group and a cake (because more birthdays! get it?). It was a gray and windy day, and I am not the fastest by any means, so I didn’t think I would have won anything. I left, sans cake, which is my fault. What impresses me as a repeat runner is how well the race production adapted in response to some challenging conditions. Part of the route was flooded this year, and so the route was adapted on race day, and the inflatable arch was taken down on race morning to ensure runner safety. I appreciated the communication and the fact that everything went smoothly.

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The Blazin' 5 Miler is supposed to be all about running in the heat, but I was glad that temps stayed in the high 60s this year and that we … MORE

The Blazin’ 5 Miler is supposed to be all about running in the heat, but I was glad that temps stayed in the high 60s this year and that we avoided the rain that came later in the day! The event is at the YMCA, and the course goes along their pathed trail paths. The only thing I didn’t love about the course itself was that the bridges were a little slick from the rain the day before, which made for some unsure footing when crossing over them (I think there were 3 bridges that you crossed over twice each on the looped course). My other small gripe was that they ran out of shirts in my size; I probably could have gone up or down a size, but in the scheme of things, I have enough race shirts! The bibs and medals had a tie-dye design that I found oddly charming. All in all, the race production was very smooth and made race day easy.

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This is a great chance to do a timed mile, and the crowd support makes this a lot of fun. Columbus Running Company does this event annually to celebrate their … MORE

This is a great chance to do a timed mile, and the crowd support makes this a lot of fun. Columbus Running Company does this event annually to celebrate their anniversary, and the Dublin location had a significant sale going that you could check out before or after your mile. It was great watching the kids/”grasshoppers” race, and there were snacks plus a race tri-blend shirt included.

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I ran this in order to complete the RunColumbus series challenge, and it fit my schedule better than some of the races later this year. I wasn't super enthused going … MORE

I ran this in order to complete the RunColumbus series challenge, and it fit my schedule better than some of the races later this year. I wasn’t super enthused going in about the way the race was advertised going in, but gave it a shot. In my mind, RunColumbus salvaged this event. Communication was poor from the actual race organizers, and less than a week before the race, EndoMonkey announced* (which is to say, RunColumbus announced for its participants) that there would be no race-day packet pickup. EndoMonkey sent out this announcement to runners on Friday for a Sunday race. The event had just under 100 participants, so I don’t feel like this should’ve been an issue. Registration got you a cotton shirt, a medal—this part was cool, as it was designed like the Liberty Bell—and water, but no snacks or bananas, and Sierra Nevada beer that I didn’t go for because it was 9 am. 🤷‍♀️ I felt like there was at least an opportunity here to partner with Nocterra Brewing since their brewery is about a mile down the road from where the event was held. The course itself was nice and had a good amount of shade; there were no mile markers, but there were flags lining the route. RunColumbus again seemed to bail out poor planning and shared the new link where the results could be found. While not a huge deal, there was only a gun time and no chip time. All in all, I felt the registration was overpriced for what you got as far as execution.

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This was the 45th annual Columbus 10k. Based on how the race is marketed, this seems to be the oldest continuous road race we have here in Cbus. For me, … MORE

This was the 45th annual Columbus 10k. Based on how the race is marketed, this seems to be the oldest continuous road race we have here in Cbus. For me, the Columbus 10k was my first 10k (and a test for how I might feel about longer distances ;)).

I’m glad this was a rare case where I opted for early packet pickup. I think that race communications could have been far clearer about how to get to the parking in light of the road closures, as I only got parked about 10-15 minutes before the race. In spite of the rush to the start line, the weather was perfect in 2022: it seemed like a lot of big PBs were set! I ran somewhat conservatively but was still much faster on race day than on any of my training runs. The course starts and ends in a park downtown, and you run through parts of German Village. As a Columbus local, I was pleasantly surprised by the scenery! The finish line chute was well-organized, and runners were given a baggie of post-race snacks. I felt that (unless you only are interested in beer) the post-race party could have been better, but registration was pretty cheap, and you get a nice tech shirt. I’m looking forward to signing up next year, with the lesson learned to arrive much earlier on race day!

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The Run for Down Syndrome was one of the RunColumbus series races for the year. It's a night race, which I loved as someone who's not a morning person, but … MORE

The Run for Down Syndrome was one of the RunColumbus series races for the year. It’s a night race, which I loved as someone who’s not a morning person, but it was pushing 80 F during the race. I still managed to run a PR (perhaps the advantage of being a newer runner?).

Overall, the volunteers were very friendly, there were mini bundt cakes and slushies post-race, and there was a hefty medal at the end. Part of the course went through a residential part of Dublin and a park, and we happened to pass a few dogs on the route. 🙂

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I ran this race for the first time as a relatively new runner. I went to Ohio State for undergrad and grad school...as an undergrad, I had a few class … MORE

I ran this race for the first time as a relatively new runner. I went to Ohio State for undergrad and grad school…as an undergrad, I had a few class schedules that had me walk 5 miles a day from class-to-class, so it was funny for me to retrace those steps! If you’re a Buckeye fan, this race is great because 1) you get to finish on the 50 at Ohio Stadium, 2) there are a bunch of former OSU athletes down on the field, and 3) you get a pretty sweet medal. 2021’s was shaped like a jersey, with free engraving available at a local jewelry store. I didn’t stick around for long post-race with everything still going on with covid, but this was a fun, nostalgic trek through campus and a race I intend to run again!

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