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@CheriRichardson

Salt Lake City, UT Raving since 2016 Ready to Retire Really active 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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    There is nothing like running! I love it for the exercise, the challenge, and the scenery. Even running through familiar areas there is always something new to look at and smile about.

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017 5:07:49
Half Marathon Bryce Canyon, UT Jul 8, 2017 2:00:24

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Past Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017 5:07:49
Half Marathon Bryce Canyon, UT Jul 8, 2017 2:00:24
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA May 13, 2017 2:06:41
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 11, 2016 2:22:14
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Apr 16, 2016 2:02:52
Half Marathon Page, AZ Oct 17, 2015 2:13:00
Half Marathon Ashton, ID 2013 2:05:39

My Raves

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

When I signed up for the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon as my first ever marathon, I did so because it was relatively low elevation and a relatively flat … MORE

When I signed up for the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon as my first ever marathon, I did so because it was relatively low elevation and a relatively flat course – not to mention the fact that it’s an evening run on the world famous Las Vegas Strip! The run is touted as a party that happens to involve running, and my experience with the Half Marathon in 2014 proved that to be true.
Then came October 1. In the wake of the mass shooting that left 59 dead and over 500 injured, the race was in jeopardy. But the city of Las Vegas and the race organizers pulled together and made a plan to keep the race on and keep the runners safe.
The Goo Goo Dolls concert was moved from the concert venue where the tragic shooting had occurred to the 5K location, and was moved from just before the race to the night before the race. The first two miles of the course was intended as a memorial to the shooting victims. Large sections of posters, featuring the signatures and well-wishes of the racers in glow-in-the-dark marker, lined this part of the course, and the only music was a string quartet at the turn-around point. I get teary-eyed remembering the sounds of their poignant music.
The marathon course was tightened up considerably. There were several back and forth loops near the World Market Center, and a seemingly endless maze through the SLS concert venue before we finally found our way back to the Strip. There was a security presence on every corner. Not only were there armed police officers, but most of the intersections were also blocked completely by very large vehicles.
Even with these few adjustments, the festive atmosphere was unaltered. There were bands. There were lights. There were costumed runners – Elvis had not left the strip! There were cheering sections all along the strip. Even in the off-strip section of the marathon, there were bands, lights and spectators.
I was thrilled to see that the running community had banded together to support Las Vegas – much as we did in Boston in 2013. I spoke to a local couple who thanked me for helping to bring normalcy back to their city.
Next year they may change the course again, or change the concert venue. But what won’t change is the spirit of the race, the festival environment, and the fun low elevation, flat-terrain course at night under the lights. I recommend this race!

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Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

Every year, on the second Saturday in July, runners from all over the country converge on the small towns of Bryce Canyon City, Tropic, and Cannonville to run the Bryce … MORE

Every year, on the second Saturday in July, runners from all over the country converge on the small towns of Bryce Canyon City, Tropic, and Cannonville to run the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon.

The race runs from Ruby’s Inn down Scenic Highway 12. The first mile is pretty flat, miles 2 – 7 are mostly downhill, and the race finishes out in rolling hills, the steepest being at mile 11 just as you’re coming into Cannonville and the finish line.

The race starts at 6:00 A.M. – for good reason. Yes, it’s a bit chilly at the start line. Suck it up. Once you start running, you’ll feel great, and once the sun comes up, you’ll be a bit on the warm side. Besides, if you’re really cold waiting for the start, you can always gather around one of the many fire pits along the side of the road.

With six downhill miles, the race is definitely conducive to faster times. But beware – the section where you can run the fastest is also the section where you’ll want to stop and take photos, or at least take in the spectacular scenery. This section runs just outside the national park boundaries, and the sun peeking over the red rock spires (they call them “hoodoos”) will take your breath away.

This race has a small town feel, well, because the towns you run through are truly small. The residents gather along the race route, bringing signs, water guns, and the Bryce Canyon Coffee Company even offers espresso shots to the runners. The aid stations are staffed by locals and even the kids get into the action. I almost felt bad not taking water from some of the little children who were so eager to help. At the finish line, the local Lions Club hosts its annual breakfast.

The Bryce Canyon Half Marathon is operated by the Bryce Community Foundation, a non-profit that disperses the earnings from the annual race to projects benefitting the local communities. The race fee is on the cheaper side of reasonable, although accommodations are a bit pricier as the race is held in prime tourist season. The race is well organized, from packet pick-up to shuttling runners to the start line and back from the finish line, to the classy awards ceremony.

If you’re coming to the race, plan on staying a few days. Bryce Canyon National Park is absolutely spectacular. There are several other state and national parks within a day’s drive. The area features many locally-owned restaurants and shops, dinner shows, and even a rodeo.

The Bryce Canyon Half has been added to my short list of races I’ll run again. Oh, and yes – I set a new PR!

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Yosemite Half Marathon

Yosemite Half Marathon

The race was run in two heats to accommodate the large number of runners and cars. Since the start line was in a remote area outside of the park, every … MORE

The race was run in two heats to accommodate the large number of runners and cars. Since the start line was in a remote area outside of the park, every runner had to be bussed to the start line. No exceptions. The first heat began at 6:00 AM, so the first heat’s runners departed their assigned parking lot at 4:30 AM. I have no idea how many busses it took – but doing the math: 1500 runners per heat divided by 50 seats per bus = 30 busses. That looked about right.

About that 4:30 AM departure – our hotel was only five minutes from the parking lot, so we left at 4:20. Big mistake. So did every other carload of runners, and the two lane highway with a single stoplight at the turn to the parking lot was backed up for a couple of miles. It took 20 minutes to make that 5 minute drive. Thankfully, there were plenty of volunteers to direct the cars to the overflow parking, and plenty of busses to get us to the start line – with about 10 minutes to spare. Not enough time for the porta-potty line. Thank goodness for the bathroom on the bus!

The first five miles of the race were on a decent dirt road with only a few muddy spots. The race staff had roped off a couple of significant trip hazards. Then it was downhill most of the way, with miles 5 – 10 being quite fast but not so steep that you needed to brake.

At about mile 10, beautiful Bass Lake came into view, and rolling hills past beach houses and shore-side businesses dotted the course. The race finished at the site of the race expo, on the shores of Bass Lake.

Vacation Races is the most environmentally friendly racing company that I’ve run with (hopefully there are others I don’t know about). Their races are always cup-free, but they provide a hydro-pouch as part of registration. It clips to your belt so you can carry it with you and fill as needed. There were trash and recycling receptacles at the start and finish lines and at all the aid stations.

Vacation Races also makes a big deal of the awards – complete with a podium honoring the five places overall and in the age divisions. The only downside was that those of us in the first heat had to wait for the second heat’s results before they could start the awards – cutting into our time at the park. But that was OK – standing on the podium is the very best!!!

A couple of tips: 1) my GPS couldn’t find the Race Expo, resulting in an unexpected tour of Bass Lake. Be sure you get accurate directions, and 2) Yosemite National Park was very crowded on race day. Plan to stay an extra day or two so you can really see the park.

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Yellowstone Half Marathon

Yellowstone Half Marathon

First, this is a trail run. The trail, which followed a snowmobile trail, was about half groomed dirt roads and half two-track trail. The two track trail was challenging in … MORE

First, this is a trail run. The trail, which followed a snowmobile trail, was about half groomed dirt roads and half two-track trail. The two track trail was challenging in sections, particularly with the volume of racers. Between the elevation of about 6500 feet and the significant climb midway through the race, there were a number of opportunities to pass slower runners in the grassy middle track.

The trail was mostly through pine forest – lodgepoles with an occasional aspen poking through. We ran through a couple of meadows and along a short stretch by a river. Not that I could pay much attention to the scenery – my focus was on the ground ahead.

We were in bear country. The Yellowstone area is home to both black bears and grizzly bears. Were there bears in the race area? More than likely. But I didn’t encounter them. I was ever alone on the trail, and I know I heard the sounds of bells and clapping throughout the run. The Forest Service? Volunteers? I don’t know for sure, but whoever they were, I thank them.

Second, this is a Vacation Race. I absolutely love Vacation Races philosophy. Like all Vacation Races, this one was near a national park. Like all Vacation Races, this was a cup-free race. They give you a hydro pouch as part of your race entry and you use it at the water stations. There was no litter anywhere along the trail.

And like all Vacation Races, the finish line is a festive place with water and sports drink, bananas and chocolate milk, their almost famous race food boxes, and the Olympic style podium where they present the awards. I finished fourth in my age division, which I was really proud of since it was my first trail half.

If you’re in to trail running, this was a great race. Since it was my first trail half I have nothing to compare it with, but as I first timer I enjoyed the race tremendously and will definitely consider future trail races.

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Salt Lake City Marathon

Salt Lake City Marathon

The Salt Lake Half Marathon course is truly beautiful. It begins at the University of Utah, climbs into the Avenues where it runs through some historic neighborhoods and past an … MORE

The Salt Lake Half Marathon course is truly beautiful. It begins at the University of Utah, climbs into the Avenues where it runs through some historic neighborhoods and past an old cemetery, then descends through Memory Grove and into the city. It runs up South Temple to 9th East, up 8th South to 11th east and into the Sugarhouse area. At 21st South the marathon runners turn east; the half runners go west to 6th east, then through Liberty Park, then down to 2nd east with the finish line at Library Square. If you’re not familiar with Salt Lake City, you’ll have to trust me that this is a really nice tour of the city. I think they might take foreign tour buses along part of this route.

There are two fairly major hill climbs in the middle of the race, but the majority of the race was either rolling hills or fairly flat with a downhill slope.

There were aid stations every two miles with water and Gatorade. The finish line was both runner- and family-friendly. Beware of the lines to visit Captain America and the Disney Princesses on the way to the beer tent.

The best way to get to the start line is to use the light rail (Trax). Your race bib gets you a free ride on the train, and then you don’t have to deal with the limited parking.

The race has become large enough that the start line is now divided into corrals, but the corrals aren’t specifically called to start, and it appeared to me that being in your assigned corral was merely a suggestion. Since the race is chip timed the biggest issue with starting at the back of the pack is picking your way through the slower runners.

The weather in April is always a crap shoot. We were prepared for rain, but the sun decided to surprise us. There was actually more wind after the race than during the race – but that’s just this year.

A confession: Salt Lake City is my home town, and I’m proud to call the Salt Lake City Marathon my hometown race. See you next year in SLC!

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Lake Powell Half Marathon

Lake Powell Half Marathon

Beautiful course - a perfect mix of road and trail through spectacular country. Well organized - kudos to Vacation Races. One of the coolest things about Vacation Races is their … MORE

Beautiful course – a perfect mix of road and trail through spectacular country. Well organized – kudos to Vacation Races. One of the coolest things about Vacation Races is their commitment to the environment. While the course had ample aid stations along the way, there was not a paper cup to be found. The company actually provided reusable hydra pouches to the racers. These are lightweight, easy to fill and use, and easy to store on your race belt. There were plenty of trash cans at the aid stations and at the finish line. Their goal is no trash on the course – ever – and according to their web site they come very close to meeting it on every race.

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Mesa Falls Marathon & Half Marathon

Mesa Falls Marathon & Half Marathon

The Mesa Falls Half Marathon was my first half marathon. Ever. I chose it because it ran through the campground I was managing in 2013. The race is run by … MORE

The Mesa Falls Half Marathon was my first half marathon. Ever. I chose it because it ran through the campground I was managing in 2013. The race is run by a local grocery store owner in Ashton, Idaho. It takes you through an area worthy of Vacation Races fame – the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway.
Marathon runners start on trails above the highway and actually run past the Lower Mesa Falls.

The Half Marathon started in the parking lot at Lower Mesa Falls and started on a three mile trail down to Warm River Campground. The trail is quite narrow but otherwise not difficult. As we exited the campground we ran past potato fields and farmhouses, finishing in Ashton City Park to a crowd of cheering fans.

The race was extremely well organized. We picked up our race packets near the finish line, so we knew exactly where to meet the bus that would take us to the start line. Personal race results were available immediately, and since the race was gun timed only we also knew immediately if we had placed in our age divisions. I placed 2nd in mine. Not bad for a first race!

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