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@cdmauger

Victorville, CA Raving since 2017 Half Fanatics #5316 active 2 years, 4 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Monterey Bay Half Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    NYC Marathon, Rock 'n' Roll Chicago, California International Marathon

  • I run because:

    I want to eat normal food again.

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Feb 14, 2016 4:47:36
Half Marathon Azusa, CA Nov 4, 2017 1:43:22
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 3, 2016 24:12

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 2, 2018 1:48:55
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Mar 25, 2018 1:55:45
Half Marathon Encinitas, CA Mar 4, 2018 1:54:38
Half Marathon Azusa, CA Nov 4, 2017 1:43:22
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 5, 2017 1:49:53
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 13, 2016 1:52:53
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 9, 2016 1:48:41
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 5, 2016 1:50:50
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 1, 2016 1:52:14
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 3, 2016 24:12
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 28, 2016 1:58:00
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Feb 14, 2016 4:47:36
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 17, 2016 1:55:03
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 18, 2015 1:56:41
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 16, 2014 1:53:49

My Raves

Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon is one of my favorite races, for several reasons. I'm a big fan of the RnR series in general, and the overall atmosphere … MORE

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon is one of my favorite races, for several reasons. I’m a big fan of the RnR series in general, and the overall atmosphere for the weekend was top-notch. My wife ran the 5K on Saturday and I ran the half on Sunday. Boston Marathon champions Meb Keflezighi and Des Linden were on hand both days, making appearances at the expo and the 5K, and serving as pacers for the half marathon. As far as the half marathon goes, it’s not a difficult course at all, with only a few short uphills, but long stretches of downhill (including most of the last four miles). The course includes a stretch through business and main roads, parts that go through quiet residential neighborhoods, a segment through the park, and finishes up in downtown. My only beef is with this year’s decision by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon folks to make every race’s medal and shirt the same design . . . the medal is ok, but in my opinion the shirt is terrible. However, the merch on sale at the expo is really nice. Which might be the whole plan, now that I think about it. Anyway, Rock ‘n’ Roll SD is a great race, particularly for out-of-towners. One of the best!

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I'm a big fan of the Rock 'n' Roll Series, as their organization, communication, and attention to detail are generally top-notch. Dallas does not seem to be one of the … MORE

I’m a big fan of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, as their organization, communication, and attention to detail are generally top-notch. Dallas does not seem to be one of the premier RnR events on the scale of Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, or San Diego, but all the amenities are still there. The expo was smaller than usual, but still had a lot of new RnR merchandise for sale.

The course has a couple of major hills, which combined with a humid day, made for a rough race. The highlight for me was getting to run through Dealey Plaza which, for you non-history buffs, is the site of the JFK assassination. It was interesting to get a runner’s perspective of this historic site.

My only “complaint” is that there could have been a few more water stations on the course . . . seemed a bit sparse.

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Let's get it out of the way, although the race website clearly says "mostly flat," this is at best an embellishment of the truth. While it's certainly not a brutal … MORE

Let’s get it out of the way, although the race website clearly says “mostly flat,” this is at best an embellishment of the truth. While it’s certainly not a brutal course, there are two very steep (but short) hills that you have to go up and down during the out and back portions of the race. The stretch along the coast is mostly rolling hills — nothing too dramatic, but not exactly “mostly flat” either. That being said, this is a very nice course, with exceptional swag — a high quality, well designed shirt, awesome medal, and a coffee mug. Parking is tricky, so give yourself plenty of time before the start to get yourself situated. All-in-all, a very worthwhile race, and heck, March in So Cal is always beautiful.

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The course is almost entirely downhill, so get ready to PR. For a smaller race, the organization and perks are top-notch. Great shirt, very nice medal, gloves, socks, lots of … MORE

The course is almost entirely downhill, so get ready to PR. For a smaller race, the organization and perks are top-notch. Great shirt, very nice medal, gloves, socks, lots of extras. Give yourself time, as you have to shuttle to the starting line. Revel puts on a great event, and this one is hard to beat.

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The Surf City Half Marathon is a great way to create a calorie deficit on Super Bowl Sunday, and one of Southern California's premier running events. It's part of the … MORE

The Surf City Half Marathon is a great way to create a calorie deficit on Super Bowl Sunday, and one of Southern California’s premier running events. It’s part of the Beach Cities Challenge Series (along with Long Beach and OC), and is all about the surfer attitude. The registration process and communication leading up to the race are spot-on and engaging. The expo is held in a large tent on the beach, and while not huge, has a good selection and variety of vendors and a decent amount of race merchandise. Parking for the expo and on race day is free, but be aware that you may end up with quite a walk from your car to the expo and start/finish line. The course is pretty flat, with only one minor hill at mile 4. Definitely a race where you can go for a PR. Course support during the race is fine, lots of water and sports drink available and also good crowd support especially the last two miles or so heading back down Pacific Coast Highway. Aside from miles 3-6, it’s all an out and back along the coast — so wind can be an issue. It wasn’t this year, thankfully, but also something to train for. Overall, Surf City is a top-notch event and a fine choice for a “destination race” for those looking to visit SoCal.

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The Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is a "must run" race for anyone who loves running and the running community. The scenery is breath-taking, the course is suitable … MORE

The Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is a “must run” race for anyone who loves running and the running community. The scenery is breath-taking, the course is suitable for all ability levels — rolling hills but nothing brutal at all, and impeccable organization. From the expo, to the race itself, to the community, the shirt and medal, and post-race festivities, there’s nothing not to love. As a matter of personal taste, they could do more with the shirt design, but that’s just me being picky. And as a bonus, they often have elite runners participating such as Kara Goucher, Jared Ward, and Caroline Rotich. Seriously, don’t pass this one by.

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I've run Long Beach four years in a row, and it never fails to be a great event. RunRacing is a top-notch race organization, and they make sure to cover … MORE

I’ve run Long Beach four years in a row, and it never fails to be a great event. RunRacing is a top-notch race organization, and they make sure to cover all bases. The expo always has a lot of big-name vendors and products and a large selection of Long Beach Marathon merchandise. The course itself hits all the local attractions including the Queen Mary, beachfront, and downtown area. Of the three Beach Cities Challenge races (LB, OC, and Surf City), this one is the best all-around — though they’re all great events. The Long Beach course is very friendly, only two hills of any consequence, both are small bridges/overpasses. Nothing to fret about. Fantastic fall race, and always a PR opportunity.

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For me, the highlight of the 2016 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon weekend was getting to meet our Olympic marathoners Meb Keflezighi, Amy Cragg, and Shalane Flanagan. There … MORE

For me, the highlight of the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon weekend was getting to meet our Olympic marathoners Meb Keflezighi, Amy Cragg, and Shalane Flanagan. There aren’t any other sports where you can actually compete against the best in the world. (Okay, “compete” is over-stating it. Shalane and Amy beat me by about 35 minutes . . . but you get the point). Rock ‘n’ Roll SD is one of my favorite events. The expo is always state of the art, with lots of vendors and usually an appearance by an elite marathoner or two. On race day, the parking and shuttles are convenient and hassle-free, with easy access to the starting area. The course is pretty fast for the half marathon, especially the last three or four miles. Definitely a PR opportunity. Nothing not to enjoy about this race, especially if you’re already a fan of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series.

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One of the Beach Cities Challenge trilogy of races, the OC Marathon/Half Marathon is a great event in all aspects. As with all of the BCC races, the signup process, … MORE

One of the Beach Cities Challenge trilogy of races, the OC Marathon/Half Marathon is a great event in all aspects. As with all of the BCC races, the signup process, pre-race communication, and social media information is all top-of-the-line. As with most races, the earlier you get on board, the cheaper it will be. The expo is held at the OC Fairgrounds, parking is $10 and it’s good for both days. It’s a point to point course for both the marathon and the half, so plan accordingly. The race starts at Fashion Island (mall) and winds through beachfront homes that are spectacular. The first few miles are pretty fast. The course in general is friendly, the only challenge is around mile 10 with a short uphill stretch. Nothing to lose sleep over. The course also goes through a nature preserve, and then another typical OC neighborhood. The finish is at the fairgrounds, where the post-race food and events are terrific. Usually an 80s cover band if that’s your thing. The swag is fairly standard, nice shirt and decent medal. All in all, a very nice SoCal race. One footnote . . . the half marathon course is beautiful. The back half of the marathon course, however, has a definite “now let’s add on 13. 1 more miles” feel to it. It winds through a mall parking lot, a high school campus, and along a riverbed. Of the three BCC races, the Long Beach marathon course is by far the best. Of the half courses, though, OC is right up there.

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The Carlsbad 5000 is one of my favorite events, and has something for everyone. It's part of the Rock 'n' Roll Series, so the organization is top-flight and the swag … MORE

The Carlsbad 5000 is one of my favorite events, and has something for everyone. It’s part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, so the organization is top-flight and the swag is better than you usually see at 5Ks. But it’s the unique nature of race day itself that makes it a cut above the rest. The Carlsbad 5000 is not one race . . . it’s several. There’s a Junior 5000 for kids on Saturday, and then on Sunday there are seven races divided by age group: Men 40+, Women 40+, All 30-39, All 29 and under (and walkers), Wheelchair Invitational, Elite Women, and Elite Men. It’s an awesome experience to run your race and then stake out a spot at the finish line to watch the other competitors . . . up to and including the elite races which often feature Olympic champions and World-Record holders. Deena Kastor and Bernard Lagat are two recent examples. It’s also a great PR opportunity (they don’t call it “The World’s Fastest 5K” for nothing. If you are part of a running club, large family, or just have a lot of friends, this is a great way to share a race experience and cheer each other on.

Other details to keep in mind:

– Carlbad Village is rather confined, so parking is tricky.
– The “expo” is outside and very small. Give yourself time for bib pickup.
– The finish area gets crowded as the day goes on, so if you want a prime spot to watch the elite races, plan ahead.

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Opinions always seem to vary when it comes to the Rock 'n' Roll Series, but I am a huge fan. Some are better than others, of course, but I've never … MORE

Opinions always seem to vary when it comes to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, but I am a huge fan. Some are better than others, of course, but I’ve never been disappointed with any of them. And so far, Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans is the best I’ve participated in. We traveled from Southern California for a four-day race weekend, and enjoyed the Big Easy on a number of levels. The race expo was par for the RnR course, meaning there were a ton of vendors and an overall fun experience. We stayed at a hotel near the start line, so getting to the race was only a matter of a three-block walk. The course itself is pancake flat, and starts with an out and back in a mostly residential area with a ton of crowd support — including folks handing out Mardi Gras beads to the runners. A very nice touch. Runners then tour the French Quarter for a couple miles, and finally end up in a nice, shady park. The medal and shirt were up to the RnR standards, with beads replacing the traditional ribbon. One area where I think RnR could step it up is in the design of the race shirts. Quality is good, but the artwork tends to be so-so. After the race, we were shuttled back to the starting area without any problem.

Bottom line, this is a fantastic event in a great city. You won’t be disappointed.

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The Stadium to the Sea course is amazing, starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at the Santa Monica Pier, and passing by many major L.A. landmarks. The course is tough … MORE

The Stadium to the Sea course is amazing, starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at the Santa Monica Pier, and passing by many major L.A. landmarks. The course is tough at the beginning, but flattens out and even ends on a gradual downhill. Since being taken over by the Conqur Endurance Group, the overall production, support, and perks are top of the line for sure. I participated in 2016, part of the Olympic Trials weekend so getting to watch that race was an added bonus. Definitely a bucket list race.

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Carlsbad is a deceptively challenging course, with only one significant hill to deal with (very early in the race) but lots of rolling hills along the coast. Rarely is it … MORE

Carlsbad is a deceptively challenging course, with only one significant hill to deal with (very early in the race) but lots of rolling hills along the coast. Rarely is it completely flat, and this takes a toll over 13.1 miles. The expo is nothing fancy but it gets the job done, the Carlsbad shirt and medal are always among the best, and this year they added a 1/4 zip jacket to the swag package. As far as logistics, it couldn’t be more convenient. Free parking at a mall, which is right at the start/finish line. Carlsbad Village is a wonderful area, so this makes a nice weekend getaway and “race-cation.”

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I'm a big fan of the Rock 'n' Roll Series, and Arizona is one of my favorites. Nice scenery, both the "college town" area of Tempe and then the nature … MORE

I’m a big fan of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, and Arizona is one of my favorites. Nice scenery, both the “college town” area of Tempe and then the nature preserve portion. Great crowd support and organization as well.

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You're running the Las Vegas Strip at night, so the race experience can't be more unique. It's a packed race, with a party atmosphere, and as a big fan of … MORE

You’re running the Las Vegas Strip at night, so the race experience can’t be more unique. It’s a packed race, with a party atmosphere, and as a big fan of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, this will go down as one of my favorite races. It’s a flat course, so once you get through the first mile or two of elbow-to-elbow jostling, you can get a fast time. There’s one sketchy area of the course around mile 8 or so, but then you’re right back on the strip. I’d call this a “must-do” for all runners.

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