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@Chinanow

Indianapolis, IN Raving since 2021 50 States hopeful/finisher active 2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 7, 2015 4:52:53
Double Half Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 12, 2021 5:33:44
Half Marathon Naperville, IL 2017 2:11:57

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Past Races (27)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 26, 2021 5:40:05
Double Half Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 12, 2021 5:33:44
River Road Half Marathon Matewon, WV Jun 12, 2021 3:28:07
Half Marathon Montgomery, AL Mar 13, 2021 2:25:32
Half Marathon Jackson, MS Feb 29, 2020 2:18:03
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 8, 2019 2:27:32
Half Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 9, 2019 2:40:40
Half Marathon Kenosha, WI May 4, 2019 2:13:48
Half Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 6, 2019 2:13:10
Half Marathon Hillsboro, OR Jun 9, 2018 2:20:33
Half Marathon Oak Bluffs, MA May 19, 2018 2:15:12
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 9, 2017 5:20:36
Half Marathon Laketown, UT Jun 17, 2017 2:15:17
Half Marathon Cokeville, WY Jun 16, 2017 2:12:34
Half Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 15, 2017 2:20:17
Marathon Atlanta, GA Mar 19, 2017 5:27:16
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 5, 2017 5:34:17
Half Marathon Naperville, IL 2017 2:11:57
Half Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 16, 2016 2:14:57
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2016 5:07:32
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 2, 2016 2:15:22
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 30, 2016 2:17:30
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 28, 2016 2:16:29
Half Marathon Niagara Falls, Canada 2016 2:17:14
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 15, 2015 2:20:04
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 7, 2015 4:52:53
Half Marathon Carmel, IN Apr 18, 2015 2:26:52

My Raves

There's so much to say about this race.. This was a tough race. First...us city folks take high speed internet for granted...WV/KY..these parts high speed internet or phone signal is … MORE

There’s so much to say about this race..
This was a tough race. First…us city folks take high speed internet for granted…WV/KY..these parts high speed internet or phone signal is not guaranteed…my friend found out the hard way trying to find the start of the river road half and I learned as my music stopped mid race due to no connection.
The first half of the race or the Blackberry Half was tough. Downhill for the first 3 miles..runners are suddenly hit with a huge incline..it was super steep for those of us who do not live in mountainous or hilly areas…the downhill was just as steep and hard on a runners knees. Road were sometimes flat but more often curved following the curve of the mountain so be aware that footing though on a road can be uneven and hard on the knees as well.
Mother nature gets points for being humid yet cloudy with a light mist…I was expecting worse. Many parts are shaded..make sure to wave to the miniature ponies/horses…they were so cute and wave to the people watching the lamest parade of the county…they get such a kick watching us run. Best part of the race…hands down the water stations…omg..they had everything… watermelon (the sweetest), oranges , banana, water and Gatorade then after mile 5, cold wet nice smelling towels.
You finish in Mana(something KY) but there’s little break and you start race two which is River Road…like it’s name, it does follow the river, but honestly runners should call it the Muddy half..slip and slide half….on thee positive the scenery was beautiful….but it was one of the muddiest and hardest courses I’ve ever ran. Then that hill on mile 23..Jesus that hill…that hill makes you say words that would make bread go sour…and for my race if you are not careful the sun comes out and roasts you as you struggle to finish…
However, did I mention the most award winning aid & water stations??!! Omg best water/aid stations ever.
The end of the race was anti-clamatic…I think I was expecting like the aid stations tons of food and at least some hot dogs and tons of water..but instead it was your medal and someone handed me a small bottle of water and that’s it…no excitement…no picnic… nothing.
Even though this was a double half and organizers made sure the ROUTE was approved for those running 50 states, double half participants do not get a medal for each state..a huge let down for me.

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The River Road Half Marathon starts in Matewon, WV. It is set up like that so that runners can get West Virginia as a state. The race is run in … MORE

The River Road Half Marathon starts in Matewon, WV. It is set up like that so that runners can get West Virginia as a state. The race is run in Pike County. Its is run on a trail that starts off paved, then transitions to a very rocky then to straight muddy trail…The mud lasts for about two and a half miles. Then you run across this crazy bridge. The water stops are plentiful and the people are Sooo nice….I can’t express how nice the people in the town and the water stops are. Definitely a challenging race

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