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@cdefonso

Loveland, OH Raving since 2016 active 6 days, 16 hours ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Woodinville, WA Sep 17, 2016 2:40:00
4 Miler Carmel, IN Mar 11, 2017 44:00

Future Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
15K Columbus, OH Nov 18, 2018
Half Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 6, 2019
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 1, 2019
Half Marathon Dayton, OR Jul 7, 2019
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Oct 20, 2019
Half Marathon Boothbay Harbor, ME 2019
Half Marathon Geyserville, CA TBD
Half Marathon Hampton, NH TBD
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT TBD

Past Races (37)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Lahaina, HI Oct 14, 2018 3:07:43
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 8, 2018 3:27:00
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 5, 2018 2:57:57
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Apr 8, 2018 2:49:32
Half Marathon Key West, FL Jan 14, 2018 2:46:08
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH Oct 7, 2017 2:55:51
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Sep 16, 2017 2:52:53
10K Miamisburg, OH Jul 22, 2017
4 Miler Cincinnati, OH Jun 24, 2017
4 Miler Carmel, IN Mar 11, 2017 44:00
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 15, 2017 3:00:58
5K Phoenix, AZ Jan 15, 2017
10K Cincinnati, OH Nov 24, 2016
15K Columbus, OH Nov 13, 2016
Half Marathon Woodinville, WA Sep 17, 2016 2:40:00
15K Columbus, OH Nov 15, 2015
Half Marathon Bath, NY Oct 4, 2015
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 2, 2015
14K Cincinnati, OH 2015
15K Columbus, OH Nov 16, 2014
Half Marathon Dayton, OR Aug 31, 2014
14K Cincinnati, OH 2014
15K Columbus, OH 2013
14K Cincinnati, OH 2013
Half Marathon Napa, CA 2013
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA 2011
10K Cincinnati, OH 2009
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2008
Half Marathon Chicago, IL 2007
Half Marathon Memphis, TN 2007
Marathon Arlington, VA 2005
Marathon Big Sur, CA 2004
Marathon Minneapolis, MN 2003
Half Marathon Louisville, KY 2003
Marathon Chicago, IL 2002
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 2002
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2002

My Raves

Maui Marathon

Maui Marathon

You're in Maui... I mean, it doesn't get any better than that! The half marathon course starts and finishes in Ka'anapali (not sure where the full starts; all I know … MORE

You’re in Maui… I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that! The half marathon course starts and finishes in Ka’anapali (not sure where the full starts; all I know is you have to be bused there and I didn’t do it!) it’s a little dark when you start at 5:30am, but once the sun comes up, you are treated to amazing ocean views and volcanic mountains. The half marathon course runs through the town of Lahaina, and then after 6.5 miles, it turns around so you run back the same way you came. At some point the full marathoners merge in with you. The course is entirely flat, no hills at all. Very minimal spectators on the streets to cheer you on, but MANY aid stations, practically every mile I think, with water and Gatorade to choose from. The finish line is nice, and they call out your name as you cross. There are virtually no post-race goodies, save for some sliced up bananas and pineapple, so you’ll have to rely on your own post-race refueling. The medal was cool! The Expo the day before was in a small banquet hall of the Westin. Get there early when it opens up at 9:00am if you want to purchase some Maui Marathon swag, because after about an hour, most sizes are gone. The shirts that come with the registration are not technical, but they are nicely designed and durable. I’d highly recommend this race, because I mean, you’re in Maui! While your other friends are bundled up for their fall marathons, you can send back pics of you with your medal in front of the ocean. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

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Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon

Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon

This was my first Vacation Races event in a National Park, and I was really impressed with the production. They did a fantastic job! I did the Black Bear Double … MORE

This was my first Vacation Races event in a National Park, and I was really impressed with the production. They did a fantastic job! I did the Black Bear Double (5K on Friday evening, Half on Saturday morning), but was really disappointed with the 5K course. It was terrible! You run for a mile on this very narrow bike path, barely 5 ft wide, and then run another mile in a field, before turning around and heading back for the last mile to the Tally Ho Inn. It made it very challenging to pass anyone. I’m not sure the VR folks can do anything about it, since it really makes sense to start and finish from the Tally Ho Inn, but just know that going in if you decide to do the 5K.

The half marathon was an A to B course so you had to take a shuttle bus in the morning from the Tally Ho Inn (finish) to the local high school where the start was. That was a very smooth process. Plenty of room at the high school parking lot to start. The half marathon course runs along a paved back road along a river. Vacation Races promotes cupless water stops, so you either need to bring your own container or get a free hydra-pouch at the Expo. I think it’s a great system and found it easy to fill up on water and power aid. I wish more races did this! I didn’t really feel like the course was Great Smoky Mts scenic, but it was pleasant and not at all hilly. There are virtually no spectators along the course. Once you hit mile 9 or 10 (?), you run along a bike path along the very busy Lamar Alexander Parkway back to the Tally Ho Inn. The finish line is sort of crowded, but they call out your name as you cross and they have some nice goodies as refreshments. The medals and technical shirt are awesome! I look forward to more Vacation Races in my future!

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Kudos to all who participated as marathoners for the 20th anniversary! I only did the half marathon, but it was still quite an event. The expo was filled with tons … MORE

Kudos to all who participated as marathoners for the 20th anniversary! I only did the half marathon, but it was still quite an event. The expo was filled with tons of vendors, but I didn’t stand in line for 30 mins to get my free P&G samples. (Why don’t they put free samples in your goody bag anymore?) The technical shirts were nice. It took me almost 30 mins to get to the starting line because of my corral placement, but the course was good. Water and aid stops were frequent and plentiful. Finish “Swine” was a little tight, but overall, I was really glad to be a part of the 20th anniversary celebration!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh 1/2 Marathon

I enjoyed running the downtown streets of Raleigh. There were rolling hills, but nothing too strenuous. As always, Rock and Roll races had bands and music playing at every mile … MORE

I enjoyed running the downtown streets of Raleigh. There were rolling hills, but nothing too strenuous. As always, Rock and Roll races had bands and music playing at every mile so that it always motivating! We ran down a major street through NC State campus that was nice, as well as some parks. The design on the t-shirts was a little unoriginal, but they were technical shirts so you can always use them. My friend and I did the Remix challenge, so we did the 5K race as well as the half marathon, and got a special guitar medal for doing both. We were notified that this was the last year for doing Rock n Roll Raleigh! But no one seems to know why they are discontinuing it. Maybe participation is weak? Or we had heard Raleigh wanted to limit the number of races in downtown for some reason? Anyway, it’s too bad the race is being discontinued. It was a nice course!

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Key West Half Marathon

Key West Half Marathon

The half marathon was so much fun! It was sort of a windy, chilly day when we ran, but that didn't take away the enjoyment. The course starts off running … MORE

The half marathon was so much fun! It was sort of a windy, chilly day when we ran, but that didn’t take away the enjoyment. The course starts off running down Duval street then takes a detour past the southernmost point (where all the tourists are!) and then runs along the ocean for the majority of time. It’s an out and back course, so you run the same portion of the course again, but it’s very scenic and very flat. Key West as a destination is a challenge to get to, but well worth the effort. The swag is fantastic! A long sleeve, technical shirt with Key West-inspired design, and the medal had the lighthouse on it which actually blinked. Would highly recommend this race as a destination race!

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Queen Bee Half Marathon

Queen Bee Half Marathon

This was my first time running the Queen Bee, and I'm so glad I did it! The race was very well organized, and the swag was great. Nice long sleeve … MORE

This was my first time running the Queen Bee, and I’m so glad I did it! The race was very well organized, and the swag was great. Nice long sleeve ASICS technical shirt and a cool medal. The course was uphill for a good portion of the first half, but that is to be expected living in Cincinnati! The volunteers (“worker bees”) were enthusiastic and helpful, loudly cheering and working water/Gatorade and energy stops. There was a water/Gatorade stop practically every mile and the energy stops ranged from grapes and orange slices to gummy bears, cookies, crackers, and Hershey kisses. Finish line was a little anticlimactic, and the after party location was just OK in Lytle Park. But the finisher’s gift included a bottle of wine and a mimosa drink. I would highly recommend this race to any first-timer or experienced half marathoner. Something for everyone!

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Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Half Marathon and Fall 5K

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Half Marathon and Fall 5K

While certainly not as well know as the other MDI race that starts in Bar Harbor and runs along the coast, the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust YMCA half marathon … MORE

While certainly not as well know as the other MDI race that starts in Bar Harbor and runs along the coast, the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust YMCA half marathon was very well run and included some nice running on the carriage paths through Acadia National Park, along Eagle Lake. Unfortunately it was pretty foggy that day (it’s foggy in Maine a lot!) so we couldn’t see the lake as we were running around it, but the terrain was good. There was a very big hill coming out of the park as you head towards a finish line, along some busy roads, but most of the course goes through the Park. If you are a slow runner (like me!) or walker, they let you start an hour before everyone else, so you all sort of finish around the same time. The technical shirts weren’t anything extraordinary, but the medal was made of wood in the shape of Mount Desert Island, which was really cool and unique. This was our first trip to Maine and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and hiking through Acadia. You get an individual hiker pass included as part of your swag (worth $12), so if you and another person are staying extra days around Acadia, you can exchange your 2 passes for a single car pass (worth $25). Great race! Would definitely recommend.

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1/2 Way to Christmas Half

1/2 Way to Christmas Half

I participated in the Beast challenge - doing the 1 mile race, the 5K, and the 10K. All of the races run along the same river trail, down and back, … MORE

I participated in the Beast challenge – doing the 1 mile race, the 5K, and the 10K. All of the races run along the same river trail, down and back, at various distances. It can get crowded at times, especially when you are trying to pass people and other participants have already done the turnaround and are coming the other way! Luckily, they limit the number of participants to around 500. The swag is great – nice technical shirt, a pint glass, medal, beer, Christmas cookies and a great breakfast at the post-race party. They had Christmas music playing and Christmas decorations on the course, which adds to the fun of celebrating Christmas in July! Organizers did a great job for this inaugural event. Will be back next year!

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Hyde Park Blast

Hyde Park Blast

Now in its 17th year of running, the Hyde Park Blast is a favorite of many for the 4-mile course through the neighborhood of Hyde Park. In years past, they … MORE

Now in its 17th year of running, the Hyde Park Blast is a favorite of many for the 4-mile course through the neighborhood of Hyde Park. In years past, they gave out high quality Brooks technical running shirts, but for the past 2 years, they have given out the cotton fleecy shirts, which is a disappointment. The course is nice and fairly flat, but you have to be on the lookout for people running with strollers at every step. The Stroller Brigade weaves in and out of narrow but crowded streets, which I found to be a huge pain. I’ve never seen so many strollers in a race! The Kids Fun run is a great opportunity for the young ones to participate. Last year, they gave out medals to just the kids, but this year they only gave out a cookie and milk. Disappointing to my 6-year old daughter who was really looking forward to getting a medal!

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Lucky Clover Run

Lucky Clover Run

Medal was very cool! A coaster and a bottle opener included. Hooded t-shirts were unique. Though it was very cold at the start, the race was fine once you got … MORE

Medal was very cool! A coaster and a bottle opener included. Hooded t-shirts were unique. Though it was very cold at the start, the race was fine once you got started. Very well marked and flat, running through residential/business district. Green beer and donuts at the end. Yummy!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

This was my first time running the Arizona RnR half marathon, and it was a great experience! The course was pretty flat, not many inclines or hills. Mostly ran through … MORE

This was my first time running the Arizona RnR half marathon, and it was a great experience! The course was pretty flat, not many inclines or hills. Mostly ran through the streets of Tempe and Scottsdale. There was a little bit of scenery the last half of the race. Weather was unseasonably cool – in the mid 50’s and overcast/cloudy. Ideal running conditions! I ran the 5K the day before so in addition to the 5K medal, I got a Remix medal for running both the 5K and the half. Shirts were just average, no thought put into the design. But they were Brooks technical shirts, so I’ll wear the shirts for weekly workouts. I’d recommend this race to anyone!

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Redmond Running Festival (fka Woodinville Wine Country Half)

Redmond Running Festival (fka Woodinville Wine Country Half)

I've done 2 other Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathons (Napa to Sonoma, Oregon) and these courses were very scenic, running by many vineyards. While the Woodinville race started on … MORE

I’ve done 2 other Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathons (Napa to Sonoma, Oregon) and these courses were very scenic, running by many vineyards. While the Woodinville race started on one of the more well known wineries in the area (Chateau St. Michele), the course itself was not all that great, even though it was pretty easy. Most of the course is a paved trail running along the Sammamish River. Nice and easy, but you would never know you were in wine country. There were not as many perks with this race as there were with the other races, i.e. free or 2 for 1 wine tastings at the local wineries. Many of the local wineries were unaware the race was being held. But there were a ton of tasting rooms in the area, along with a handful of actual wineries. The proximity to Seattle made this a great destination race for me and my travel companions, but if you are looking for a scenic wine country race, I’d pick a different race.

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