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Fresno, CA Raving since 2018 Half Fanatics #17090 active 3 days, 14 hours ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 10, 2021 5:53:53
Clovis Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 4, 2018 2:29:03

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 7, 2021
Marathon Ojai, CA May 29, 2022

Past Races (33)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 10, 2021 5:53:53
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Sep 11, 2021 2:41:35
Half Marathon Exeter, CA Aug 7, 2021 2:53:25
Half Marathon Bakersfield, CA May 23, 2021 2:54:00
Half Marathon Visalia, CA Mar 1, 2020 2:44:17
Clovis Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 3, 2019 2:30:46
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Oct 20, 2019 2:49:13
Half Marathon Madera, CA Oct 6, 2019 3:01:13
Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 25, 2019 6:15:22
Half Marathon Government Camp, OR Jun 29, 2019 2:37:32
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2019 2:53:21
Half Marathon Fresno, CA Apr 7, 2019 2:29:38
Half Marathon Auberry, CA Mar 17, 2019 2:35:47
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 11, 2018 2:42:19
Clovis Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 4, 2018 2:29:03
Half Marathon Bakersfield, CA Oct 14, 2018 2:35:31
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 7, 2018 2:36:44
Half Marathon Exeter, CA Aug 18, 2018 2:54:43
Half Marathon Morro Bay, CA Jul 14, 2018 2:42:52
Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 3, 2018 6:25:45
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2018 2:44:38
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA Apr 8, 2018
Half Marathon Auberry, CA Mar 18, 2018 2:37:01
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 4, 2018 2:45:51
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017 2:47:18
Clovis Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 5, 2017 2:33:20
Half Marathon Bakersfield, CA Oct 15, 2017 2:48:55
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Sep 3, 2017 3:00:40
Half Marathon Exeter, CA Aug 12, 2017 2:54:57
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 6, 2017 2:48:46
Half Marathon Auberry, CA Mar 12, 2017 2:37:01
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 22, 2017 2:58:54
Fresno Half Marathon Fresno, CA Nov 6, 2016 2:29:38

My Raves

This was everything I expected an Abbott World Marathon Major race to be! Being the first year back after Covid, things were a bit different than I am sure they … MORE

This was everything I expected an Abbott World Marathon Major race to be! Being the first year back after Covid, things were a bit different than I am sure they were in past years (expo had a HUGE line to get in as we were required to show proof of vaccination or negative test), but everything seemed to run very smoothly. The course is basically flat as can be (just a few up and over bridges) through all of Chicago’s neighborhoods. There were literally spectators the entire race and aid stations (with medical) every 1-2 miles. Although the weather was a bit nasty (humid) which created possibly dangerous running conditions (according to the race officials), runners were kept informed and sponge stations and water sprayers were added. This was a once in a lifetime experience! I would absolutely recommend this race. The only, and I mean only, thing I was not pleased with was race gear available for purchase. The sponsor, Nike, had very few items, very boring designs and nothing was available for immediate purchase at the Expo. It was website purchasing only and sold out almost immediately. I was able to snag a finisher’s jacket (in a size too large because my size was gone), but only because I saw a Facebook post.

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This is a hard race! First of all, the race is held in the central valley of California in August. That means its HOT. Even at the start of the … MORE

This is a hard race! First of all, the race is held in the central valley of California in August. That means its HOT. Even at the start of the race. By the end, you can feel the heat from the pavement through the soles of your shoes. The first 4 miles or so or more or less flat, but after that, forget it. You start up a huge hill that seems never ending, it levels out for a bit, then there’s a wonderful short downhill. Tiny bit more flat, and then another huge hill. Final downhill, which feels great, then flat for the last 2 miles. Of course, by the time you hit the last 2 miles your legs are so shaky you can barely run! One thing fantastic about this race is the course support. 10 (!) aid stations, supplied with Gatorade, water and GU, along with volunteers with sponges full of cool water to rinse you down if you need it (you will). Right before the last big hill, there is a fantastic aid station with salty and sweet food items, and plenty of fluids. Still, be sure to carry your own hydration. The heat and hills are brutal. What’s funny is that there are tons of repeat runners. This is the third time I’ve run this race, and I’m sure I’ll be back again. If you want something challenging, come join us in Exeter in August!

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If you are looking for a PR, this is the race! This course is FLAT the entire way. But...back to the beginning. The expo was held at the Visalia Convention … MORE

If you are looking for a PR, this is the race! This course is FLAT the entire way. But…back to the beginning. The expo was held at the Visalia Convention Center and was a decent size for a small local race. The swag was also top notch for a small race – good quality long sleeve tech shirt, fleece blanket and a knit beanie (which I wore for the race). If you couldn’t make the expo, packet pick-up was also held before the start of the race. Plenty of parking race morning in a large structure just steps from the start/finish lines. Good organization pre-race. Just be aware that both the 10k and the half start together, so if you are aiming for a fast start, position yourself at the front. On-course support was plentiful with water and electrolytes at each aid station. No on-course gels are provided, so be sure to bring your own if you need them. Several musicians lined the course, some of which seemed to have been organized by the race and others just out to give support. Automobile traffic was heavy with cars backing up at intersections, but the police were out in force and were directing traffic smoothly. Well organized finish line with HUGE medal and lots of food, including a breakfast burrito, chocolate milk and fruit. Free beer for those over 21. Live band with tables set up so that runners could eat, relax and enjoy. I am definitely running this next year!

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This is a very fast out and back course. Be warned, Albuquerque is above 5000 feet, so if you’re not used to racing at this altitude, it’s a bit of … MORE

This is a very fast out and back course. Be warned, Albuquerque is above 5000 feet, so if you’re not used to racing at this altitude, it’s a bit of a challenge. Indoor bathrooms at the start of the race at the convention center, which was fantastic. Not a huge amount of course support, but what was available was well-managed and well stocked. The race swag was nice in that there were several colors of shirts to choose from. Overall, I have no real complaints. Not my favorite race, but maybe that’s just me. A big plus is that Alburquerque is a beautiful city and the people are friendly.

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Much more difficult than I expected. No map until packet pick up and no elevation guide that I could find. Paved at the start with continuous minor incline. Then we … MORE

Much more difficult than I expected. No map until packet pick up and no elevation guide that I could find. Paved at the start with continuous minor incline. Then we hit dirt (fine powder mixed with hard pitted / rocky). I’m thinking these were the fire access roads. Lots of hills. I literally felt like there was never a down, just up! Aid stations were plentiful and had porta potties (big plus for basically a trail run). One station ran out of water, but had electrolytes. No gels that I could find even though they were advertised as being available. Good medal, band, beer and cinnamon roll at the finish. Overall, it was well organized. I definitely prefer paved , so I will not run again, but would say “go for it” if you are a trail runner.

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I was so very very pleased with this race! I had heard very good things about it and decided to make this my second marathon. I am not a fast … MORE

I was so very very pleased with this race! I had heard very good things about it and decided to make this my second marathon. I am not a fast runner as you can tell by my race results. However, the aid stations were well supplied and there was plenty of support for those of us toward the back of the pack. The swag was great, the beer festival after it was a lot of fun. The only thing I didn’t particularly like was that at the end of the race, water was quite a distance away from a large truck. No bottles. Plus, by the time I finished, pancake breakfast was basically over and the post race snacks were nonexistent.. There were quite a few people after me, however, so I would suggest they have a larger supply next year. With regard to scenery, this race was beautiful! A large portion was down a running path that had a beautiful stream flowing parallel. The section through the vineyards was lovely. A few rolling hills, but nothing major by any means. Running through the DeLoach winery was really fun! And the little glass of Chardonnay at the aid station was delicious. Overall, I would say this was a great race! I had a fantastic time, and would definitely consider running it again.

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This was a fast, easy, downhill race. The road was level, more or less, so not hard on your ankles. Less than 1000 foot drop from start to finish, so … MORE

This was a fast, easy, downhill race. The road was level, more or less, so not hard on your ankles. Less than 1000 foot drop from start to finish, so not that difficult on your legs. Gorgeous scenery throughout the race. Course support at the aid stations was fantastic. Electrolytes and water at all aid stations and two aid stations had honey stinger gels. Pizza, donuts and beer at the finish line in addition to the requisite banana and bagel. Big, heavy medal and well made race shirt in addition to unexpected Goodr glasses. The expo was tiny and a few more vendors would have been appreciated, especially the race sponsors. I paid for bus transportation from the Double Tree hotel to the start, which was on comfortable busses. I expected the same for the trip back to the hotel after the race, but ended up making the 1 hour trip on a school bus. That was not appreciated. I would strongly suggest just driving to Sandy and taking the Revel provided buses for the 15 minute trip to the start line. Overall, I was very impressed with Revel and the race organization. I’m looking into some of the other Revel races in other states. I would strongly suggest this half marathon if you are looking for gorgeous scenery, or a PR.

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It was my second year running this race (after I swore last year I wouldn’t run it again). The medal is sparkly and has moving parts, which makes it one … MORE

It was my second year running this race (after I swore last year I wouldn’t run it again). The medal is sparkly and has moving parts, which makes it one of the best in my collection. Tech shirt is well designed and good quality. The expo is large with convenient monorail access and runs for several days. Where this race has issues is start line organization and course support. I am used to feeling like cattle in the starting corrals, but this race really packs you in. There are 3 different groups with separate corrals within each group to stagger the start. This is all great in principle, but you are literally squished for a minimum of 20 minutes from when you are required to be in your group to when the first corral in your group starts. Heaven help you if you need to use a porta pottie! Speaking of porta potties…we were promised porta potties at each aid station. Even the small half marathons I have participated in have 2 at aid stations and are regularly spaced. I did not see facilities at most of the aid stations and when I finally couldn’t hold it any longer, I waited 10 minutes in line at the 2 porta potties available! Thank goodness I was running the half with a 4 hour time limit – the runners in line with me were running the full and had only 5 hours to finish. One of the hardest parts of this race is that it is at night, in the dark on rather sketchy asphalt. Watch your step. The finish line food and beverages are good. The best thing about this race is the location. The atmosphere in Las Vegas is fantastic, the spectators are loud and supportive, and everywhere around you all weekend are runners talking about the race. Even though I said I wouldn’t run it again, I just couldn’t pass up the lure of running the strip at night under the lights to cheering crowds.

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This race boasts a full marathon through 2 cities (thus the name) and 2 separate half marathons, one through each city. I ran the Clovis half for the second year … MORE

This race boasts a full marathon through 2 cities (thus the name) and 2 separate half marathons, one through each city. I ran the Clovis half for the second year in a row and earned a PR. The Clovis half is basically flat (you do run under some overpasses on the paved trail) and the course is lined with enthusiastic spectators. The swag is fantastic- tech shirt, medal and hooded sweatshirt at the finish. Plentiful course support with water, electrolytes and 2 gel stations on the half. Full breakfast and free beer at the finish. I would absolutely recommend this race if you are anywhere near Fresno the first weekend of November!

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This race is put on by Sole2Soul, a wonderful store with 3 locations in California’s Central Valley. This is the third and final race in the Soul Series (all half … MORE

This race is put on by Sole2Soul, a wonderful store with 3 locations in California’s Central Valley. This is the third and final race in the Soul Series (all half marathons), and my overall favorite. It runs through some beautiful areas of Bakersfield, which aren’t as pretty as the beach, or as the mountains, but for the central valley, they are pretty decent. The course support is plentiful and the aid stations are managed by fantastic people. This is a small race, with under 1000 runners. I do love a huge race with thousands of people around me, but sometimes it is really nice to be able to hear the birds and feel the wind in your hair, and just be out there with a group of people who love what they’re doing. The race swag is pretty decent, too. Tech shirt, head buff, carry bag, and a hoodie at the finish. If you run the series, you get a special medal at the end, and a backpack. Full breakfast at the finish – eggs, bacon, fruit, pancakes, and chocolate milk. If you ever think you might find yourself in the California Central Valley in October, I would highly recommend this race! Just be prepared for a couple of large hills in the middle! (But the local high school drum line is on scene to help you make it to the top!)

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Everything ran so smoothly from the minute I purchased my parking pass online prior to the race to when I viewed my pictures online afterward! Well organized expo and start … MORE

Everything ran so smoothly from the minute I purchased my parking pass online prior to the race to when I viewed my pictures online afterward! Well organized expo and start line. Plenty of porta potties at the start (so no huge lines). Excellent announcer and smooth corral movement. The course was beautiful and mostly flat – perfect for a first time 1/2 marathon runner. On course support was plentiful and the spectators were amazing (loved the donut hold people at about mile 10)! Finishers area was organized and easy to navigate and post race goodies (though not so plentiful) came in an easy to carry disposable bag. Overall, I would definitely recommend this race!

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This was my first marathon, and I couldn’t have chosen a better company to produce it than Rock ‘n’ Roll run! Tons of aid stations, great bands, and generally fantastic … MORE

This was my first marathon, and I couldn’t have chosen a better company to produce it than Rock ‘n’ Roll run! Tons of aid stations, great bands, and generally fantastic support! The course was difficult, with lots of rolling hills and a nasty section of freeway, but overall it was fun. My only complaint is that finishers jackets could be purchased before the race, but when I chose to wait to make sure I finished, none were available at the finish festival, where they were supposed to have been. I was told I would be able to purchase one online, which was not true! So, I never got to buy the finishers jacket for my first marathon. Other than that, this was a fantastic experience

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This is the second time I have run this half marathon, and I just love it! It is challenging in that there are some minor hills, but the scenery is … MORE

This is the second time I have run this half marathon, and I just love it! It is challenging in that there are some minor hills, but the scenery is so fantastic, that you forget about the difficult parts! Aid stations were manned by happy welcoming people, and there were medical support staff running in the race, so they could stop and help fellow runners if there were issues. This is the first time I have ever seen medical support like this. The medals are big and heavy and the post-race refreshmentswere plentiful! The band playing after was fantastic, and even though I was tired, I danced for quite a long time! I would definitely recommend this half marathon.

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I found this race to be well organized from sign up to after party. Expo was easy to get to and parking was a breeze. Good vendors. Race day arrival … MORE

I found this race to be well organized from sign up to after party. Expo was easy to get to and parking was a breeze. Good vendors. Race day arrival was a bit scary because there really is only one entrance to the parking, but it was smoothly handled. Shuttles were available, but I got there early for a good spot (6 am for a 7:45 start). Plenty of beach bathrooms that were clean and stocked, plus additional porta potties at the start. Voluntary corrals moved quickly. Well supported throughout the course with plenty of hydration and lots of volunteers. Easy finish line with goodie bag and plenty of water and medical assistance. My only complaint is that the course was extremely narrow through a fairly long section and it was very claustrophobic. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this race!

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Gorgeous downhill race made very challenging by black ice, snow and curvy roads with extreme camber. I had a fabulous time, even though it was difficult to keep a decent … MORE

Gorgeous downhill race made very challenging by black ice, snow and curvy roads with extreme camber. I had a fabulous time, even though it was difficult to keep a decent pace while avoiding slipping on the ice! Swag was the best, as always with a Sole to Soul race. Race started late, which is also common for Sole to Soul, but no big deal. I would absolutely recommend this race!

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