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Portland, OR Raving since 2016 Boston Marathon finisher active 3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Personal Bests (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result
100K Mayer, AZ Feb 17, 2018 11:31:27
50 Miler Estacada, OR Jul 9, 2017 7:39:07
50K Madison, WI Apr 13, 2019 3:53:42
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 7, 2018 2:58:54
20 Miler Toutle, WA Sep 1, 2018 3:27:10
25K Gaston, OR Feb 13, 2016 2:10:17
15 Miler Terrebonne, OR May 7, 2016 2:19:41
15K Portland, OR Mar 18, 2018 1:01:37

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
50K Portland, OR May 27, 2019
100K Mt Hood, OR Jul 27, 2019
100 Miler Olallie Lake, OR Sep 21, 2019
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2019

Past Races (18)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
50K Madison, WI Apr 13, 2019 3:53:42
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 7, 2018 2:58:54
20 Miler Toutle, WA Sep 1, 2018 3:27:10
Marathon Zermatt, Switzerland Jul 7, 2018 4:37:55
50K Mt Hood, OR Jun 16, 2018 4:40:02
15K Portland, OR Mar 18, 2018 1:01:37
100K Mayer, AZ Feb 17, 2018 11:31:27
Marathon Toulouse, France Oct 22, 2017 2:59:03
50 Miler Estacada, OR Jul 9, 2017 7:39:07
50K Portland, OR May 29, 2017 4:19:30
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 17, 2017 3:16:16
50K Yachats, OR Oct 8, 2016 4:44:10
Marathon Newport, OR Jun 4, 2016 3:15:43
15 Miler Terrebonne, OR May 7, 2016 2:19:41
50K Bellingham, WA Mar 19, 2016 4:59:44
25K Gaston, OR Feb 13, 2016 2:10:17
Marathon Victoria, Canada Oct 11, 2015 3:24:47
Marathon Vancouver, Canada May 3, 2015 3:24:52

My Raves

Mad City Ultras

Mad City Ultras

MadCity Ultras is a long standing host of the USATF 100k road national championship. There is also a 50K individual and 50K relay. Timo Yanacheck, race director, and his team, … MORE

MadCity Ultras is a long standing host of the USATF 100k road national championship. There is also a 50K individual and 50K relay. Timo Yanacheck, race director, and his team, give this event a very personal touch. From pre race emails to bib pickup there is great communication about any important details one would need for a successful event experience. Pre and post race swag is extra (pre-race socks and shirt, box of chocolate truffles, reusable cup if you want be cup-less during race). Medals and lots of opportunities for award swag post race for top finishers. Course highlights UW Arboretum and Wingra Lake. You will pass lakeside residential neighborhoods, marshes, prairie, duck pond, golf course and woods as you make your 10K loop around the lake. Weather can be variable in Madison in April so be prepared.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Convenient to be in the Downtown Hilton right near the start and finish lines and they had arranged shuttles to the Expo and that was helpful. Being the official Marathon … MORE

Convenient to be in the Downtown Hilton right near the start and finish lines and they had arranged shuttles to the Expo and that was helpful. Being the official Marathon hotel though I thought they could have rolled out the carpet more to the runners given the prices of the rooms. Expo was large as expected and efficient in terms of getting the bibs although I thought the long walk through the vendors to get a mediocre quality shirt was unnecessary. The Nike made Chicago marathon running garb featured at the expo and the online store after the race including the finisher shirts seemed to be significantly better quality and more fashionable. I suppose it would be too much to ask and $$ lost to expect those shirts for an event with 45,000 runners. It would be nice if they stepped up their game for the basic participant free shirt nonetheless (at least the design and color). The morning of the race was well organized with many volunteers to help guide you through the chain linked fence maze of Grant Park. Despite the early morning drizzle there was palpable excitement at the start with the announcement of the elites, signing of the national anthem by a soprano from the Lyric Opera followed by the countdown. Better than that though was crossing the starting line to the loudspeakers blasting “Sweet Home Chicago” the Blues Brothers version-nice homage to the host city. My advice is to get in your desired pace zone early and park it there for the first 13 miles trying not to better you preordained first split. It’s easy to go out fast here and end up with the first 10K a PR rather than an eventual marathon PR. We had a little wind coming at us at times heading west out of the downtown after the 1/2 marathon mark and there seemed to be a general slow down for 5k after that by the masses so it was important to stay on one’s own pace. This seemed to be a race that if you didn’t waste your reserves early you could really benefit by the flat profile at the end put the hammer down for the last 5k and psychologically get that boost of passing the struggling stragglers (unfortunately I only had enough in the tank to put a small hammer down for the last mile). The course is great for spectators and even my 70+ year old country mice parents managed to see me at 3 different points along the course so there is no excuse for your crew not to be out there cheering you on to a PR(although access to last bit of course to finish line is restricted). 2018 was unusual in terms of precipitation as this race historically has had dry weather since 2006 although for this Pacific NW based runner it was not a deterrent. What was a deterrent was the viral syndrome and low grade fever in the 48 hours before the race. Not a fan of vitamin ibu before or during races given potential kidney issues but 400mg ibuprofen at 4am given my malaise prior to the race probably salvaged my race. Added note: the Chicago Art Museum is super close to Grant Park and worth your while to visit and if you used a bank of america debit or credit card the day of race we received a free entrance ticket with purchase of another. I’m not sure though if the marathon tired me more or walking on those museum marble floors for 2 hours that afternoon.

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4
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3
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3

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Backcountry Rise

Backcountry Rise

Beautiful course showcasing excellent single track on northside of Mt St Helens. Views of surrounding iconic volcanic mountains from ridgelines to picturesque scenes of mountain lakes below, lots of comments … MORE

Beautiful course showcasing excellent single track on northside of Mt St Helens. Views of surrounding iconic volcanic mountains from ridgelines to picturesque scenes of mountain lakes below, lots of comments from fellow runners about the beauty of the course and the 50k is even better scenery wise. However to get to that beauty means lots of vert (4800 feet of ascent for the 20 mile loop and 8000 feet for the 50k). Having the start/finish at the Mt. St. Helens Science & Learning Center perched on the slopes above Coldwater Lake one gets a sense of the power and scope of the 1980 eruption if you haven’t been here before. The start/finish is great for logistics/crew with plenty of parking and even pre race night camping and pasta feed. I had a great race personally but would definitely due the 50k course next time given the scenery.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
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4

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Zermatt Marathon

Zermatt Marathon

The Zermatt Marathon starts from the bottom of the valley below Zermatt in the town of St. Nicklaus at 1116m and gradually goes up along a very scenic mountain valley … MORE

The Zermatt Marathon starts from the bottom of the valley below Zermatt in the town of St. Nicklaus at 1116m and gradually goes up along a very scenic mountain valley to Zermatt at the half marathon point. You’ve gained 500m at this half way mark. Zermatt is approximately at 1616m(5300ft) of elevation. The first half of the marathon is mostly on gravel roads or paved roads with short sections of single track trails. You’ll go through a couple of small villages on your way to Zermatt and there are a fair amount of locals cheering you on with the ubiquitous “toi-toi-toi” and “hopp-hopp-hopp” that essentially mean “good luck/break a leg” and “go go go”. Hopefully you have saved your climbing legs for the next half as you will begin to really ascend after a brief 4km tour out and back through the town of Zermatt. Unless you are a very strong mountain runner expect lots of power hiking up to Sunnegga just above the forrest about 7km after leaving Zermatt and about 500m of ascent. If you’ve dialled in your nutrition and having done your altitude training and not too jet lagged(none of those applied to me and my struggle bus) the next 7-8 km is actually runnable and where you should pass other runners or be passed at times. You should be aware the marathon and ultramarathon starts from St.Nicklaus around 8:30am but the half marathon starts from Zermatt at 10:15am approximately following the second half of the marathon course. Depending on your timing you will be mixed in with large contingents of half marathoners leading to some conga lines on some of the single track. Anyway, if you’ve made it to the 39km mark at Riffelap you’ve got a 3km power hike ahead of you with about 350m ascent to Riffelberg and the finish (42.2km). Finish line is at 2585m(approx 8500ft of elevation) for marathon. There’s an “ultra distance” option of 45.6km all the way to the Gornergrat but that’s another 500m up from the marathon finish (can you say “yes, I’d love to power hike another 3km straight up”). Finish line elevation for the ultra is 3089m(approx 10,100ft). There is a ski station and restaurant at Riffelberg and there is a band playing Swiss mountain versions of both traditional and contemporary songs(amusing) below the finish line. Lots of spectators at Riffelberg and there is a convivial atmosphere. Hey you can get a tallboy Heineken or two in the finish line aid station. Thumbs up to that!
Aid station food in general was more marathon than trail/ultra marathon scene meaning less variety. There were 10 aid stations over the marathon course all had “power bar” gels/shots/bars/drinks, water, bananas, riegel (local high protein and low carb bar–literal translation means the bedrock under a glacial valley–tastes about as appetising as that translation). Later in the course there was coke, tea and starting at Sunnegga and higher in the course there was a salty broth (boy, did I need that, wish it was at the earlier aid stations).
The expo or bib pick up was a little disappointing unless you’re shopping for Salomon products or want to buy special race related swag. You get your finishers t-shirt and medal at the finish, so don’t DNF. The cut off for the marathon is 7hrs 15min. Both the technical shirt and medal were top shelf. Each year the medal has a representation of one of the high summits (4000m + mountains) around Zermatt. This started with the 2012 version of the marathon.
It should be noted that transportation to and from finish line for family, crew, well wishers is to be done on the local train system. Zermatt itself is reachable by car but the town is pedestrian only and you’ll need to park in the designated areas outside the city. The race offers a free train pass for runners for the weekend (you’ll take the train back from the finish line to either Zermatt or St. Nicklaus depending where you are staying). There is a day pass for train that is discounted for crew/family for the day of the race. It was about 77CHF and right now the swiss franc is essentially 1:1 with the US dollar. Things are not cheap in this part of Switzerland/Zermatt area. Be aware. If you don’t have local connections you’ll likely want to stay in Zermatt and take the train to the starting line. You should arrange accommodations early as Zermatt gets busy marathon weekend. Even if you don’t sign up for the “ultra distance” you’ll want to take the train up to the Gornergrat (end of the line) to not only cheer on the “ultra” stragglers as they cross the finish line there but to see the spectacular views of the numerous 4000m+ peaks and the associated glaciers. Don’t forget that picture of you and your medal with the Matterhorn in the background.
Toi toi toi!

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PRODUCTION
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SCENERY
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SWAG
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Wy’east Wonder

Wy’east Wonder

Inaugural events for 50k and 50 miles from Go Beyond Racing starting at Bennet Park Snow Pass near Mt Hood Meadows and up to Gunsite Ridge and Surveyors Ridge trails … MORE

Inaugural events for 50k and 50 miles from Go Beyond Racing starting at Bennet Park Snow Pass near Mt Hood Meadows and up to Gunsite Ridge and Surveyors Ridge trails heading north to finish in Parkdale. All along the course you are provided wonderful views of the southeast and east sides of the Wy’east (Mt. Hood) along ridge lines. 50 k/50mile course follow the same 20 miles before the 50mile course loops east for an extra 20miles only to rejoin the 50k course for the last 10 miles. The first 10 miles of the course is slightly up hill with highest elevation point around 6000ft. From there the remaining 20 miles of the 50k course is net downhill with the last 2.5mile section diving down the oak ridge trail loosing over 2000ft of elevation in the process to the finish line. The elevation profile of 3700ft of gain and 6600 ft of loss for the 50k course on paper looks runnable and fast but frequent rolling sections on the ridge lines and the steep descent before the finish make it much harder than it would seem. Be careful on last steep decent on tired legs. A number of runners biffed it on the decent including yours truly. Vast majority of course on excellent single track with minimal technical sections. Production value and aid station fare were solid as with any Go Beyond Racing event although the finish line location gave little warning to crew/family when the runner was approaching the finish. Nice pre and post race location in Parkdale to get ready for and relax after the race. Runners were bused up from Parkdale to starting line. Crew access limited to mile 20 aid station. Short shuttle for runners and crew from finish line to post race festivities.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Shamrock Run Portland

Shamrock Run Portland

Large field. Relatively hilly course with almost 700 ft of vertical mostly in the first 8km through the Terwilliger curves with a sneaky last climb a couple of miles from … MORE

Large field. Relatively hilly course with almost 700 ft of vertical mostly in the first 8km through the Terwilliger curves with a sneaky last climb a couple of miles from the end. Can make up time on the downhills on the backside if you haven’t gone out too fast. Bottle opener metal is a plus. Free 12 ounce Hefeweizen from Widmer Bros at end of race was just the right thirst quencher even at 10 in the morning.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
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3
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Black Canyon Ultras

Black Canyon Ultras

Well organized, good aid stations and course markings, Aravaipa race crew very approachable and nice, helped with last minute distance switch. Nice way to spend day in Sonoran desert. Second … MORE

Well organized, good aid stations and course markings, Aravaipa race crew very approachable and nice, helped with last minute distance switch. Nice way to spend day in Sonoran desert. Second half of 100K race much harder after Black Canyon aid station. Trail more technical than I thought. Shoe/sock change at Black Canyon key. Parking at finish was crowded-get there early for your runner.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
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4

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Marathon de Toulouse Metropole

Marathon de Toulouse Metropole

A great way to see the major sites of Toulouse. The last half of the race winds through the city center along the Garrone river and Le Canal du Midi … MORE

A great way to see the major sites of Toulouse. The last half of the race winds through the city center along the Garrone river and Le Canal du Midi ending at the beautiful Place Capitole. Late October usually in 50’s make for great running weather. Shuttles to the start well organized. Only snafu this year was the slow security checkpoint to the starting area the runners had to pass.

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2
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3
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Mt Hood 50 Races

Mt Hood 50 Races

Again another Go Beyond Racing production. Good aid stations with plenty of good vibes and appreciated the cold water sponge baths on an unusual hot day. Nice views of Wy'east. … MORE

Again another Go Beyond Racing production. Good aid stations with plenty of good vibes and appreciated the cold water sponge baths on an unusual hot day. Nice views of Wy’east. Good post race grub.

DIFFICULTY
3
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4
SCENERY
4
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4

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Stumptown Trail Runs

Stumptown Trail Runs

Go Beyond Running does small ultra events around Oregon very well. Trail Factor 50k is no exception. Showcases sections of Wildwood trail in Forest Park and manages to find some … MORE

Go Beyond Running does small ultra events around Oregon very well. Trail Factor 50k is no exception. Showcases sections of Wildwood trail in Forest Park and manages to find some decent vert.

DIFFICULTY
3
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4
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3
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4

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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

The crowds and support are unbelievable. Lots of energy from the start to end. Prep for those hills later in the race. Great to share the experience with family. MORE

The crowds and support are unbelievable. Lots of energy from the start to end. Prep for those hills later in the race. Great to share the experience with family.

DIFFICULTY
4
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5
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Oregon Coast 50K & 30K

Oregon Coast 50K & 30K

Beach, coastal forests, beautiful viewpoints and mellow pre and post race atmosphere with beer and great wood fire pizza. Likely to become a classic. MORE

Beach, coastal forests, beautiful viewpoints and mellow pre and post race atmosphere with beer and great wood fire pizza. Likely to become a classic.

DIFFICULTY
4
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4
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5
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3

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Newport Marathon & Half Marathon (OR)

Newport Marathon & Half Marathon (OR)

Smaller race with out and back course that's flat and decent opportunity for PR. Good feel atmosphere. Finisher medal great. Not a race for great swag. MORE

Smaller race with out and back course that’s flat and decent opportunity for PR. Good feel atmosphere. Finisher medal great. Not a race for great swag.

DIFFICULTY
1
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4
SCENERY
4
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2

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Smith Rock Ascent

Smith Rock Ascent

15 mile race with challenging climbs and amazing scenery. Great post race. Mixed 50k and 15 milers share parts of course. Beast climb on 15 mile course not 50k. Good … MORE

15 mile race with challenging climbs and amazing scenery. Great post race. Mixed 50k and 15 milers share parts of course. Beast climb on 15 mile course not 50k. Good feel post race environment/festivities.

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Chuckanut 50K

Chuckanut 50K

Race organizers rock and Krissy Moehl brings in great sponsors- course is lollipop with good mix of flat/fast and some tough technical sections MORE

Race organizers rock and Krissy Moehl brings in great sponsors- course is lollipop with good mix of flat/fast and some tough technical sections

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3
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5
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3
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Hagg Lake Mud Run

Hagg Lake Mud Run

Mud filled (fun?) run. Expect a slip or two and a race harder than the distance or elevation suggests if it's been a wet winter which it almost always is. … MORE

Mud filled (fun?) run. Expect a slip or two and a race harder than the distance or elevation suggests if it’s been a wet winter which it almost always is. Great swag socks for finishers.

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3
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2
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Victoria Marathon

Victoria Marathon

Get to sing Canadian national anthem, laid back atmosphere, great course for partial out and back and the swag. Beautiful place to visit. What more could you want. MORE

Get to sing Canadian national anthem, laid back atmosphere, great course for partial out and back and the swag. Beautiful place to visit. What more could you want.

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4
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4
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BMO Vancouver Marathon

BMO Vancouver Marathon

A nice tour of a great city featuring many of the must go to destinations. Hilly in and around UBC. Marathon wise save legs for last 10K to enjoy tour … MORE

A nice tour of a great city featuring many of the must go to destinations. Hilly in and around UBC. Marathon wise save legs for last 10K to enjoy tour around Stanley Park–not like I did. (Don’t forget to visit the Museum of Anthropology (MOA)) at UBC when in Vancouver to see its amazing collection of Pacific NW First Nation art).

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3
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3
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4
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