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@cjs909

Chicago, IL Raving since 2022 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher, IRONMAN, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Active 1 week, 3 days ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Ironman Louisville, KY Oct 15, 2017 13:28:17
Marathon Geneva, IL Apr 17, 2021 3:17:59

Future Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
50K Arlington, VA Oct 30, 2022
Marathon Two Harbors, MN TBD
100 Miler Key West, FL TBD

Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Ironman Lake Placid, NY Jul 24, 2022
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 24, 2022 4:09:55
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 18, 2022 3:49:11
Marathon Geneva, IL Apr 17, 2021 3:17:59
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 9, 2019 3:32:55
Marathon Champaign, IL Apr 27, 2019 3:56:05
Marathon Milwaukee, WI Apr 6, 2019 3:38:42
Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 10, 2019 3:44:42
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 4, 2018 3:49:42
Ironman Penticton, Canada Jul 29, 2018 15:39:30
Marathon Austin, TX Feb 18, 2018 3:56:49
Ironman Louisville, KY Oct 15, 2017 13:28:17
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2016 3:40:07
Marathon Nashville, TN Nov 14, 2015 3:41:02

My Raves

Just a gorgeous course overall. Swim was fine, although it was quite crowded. Everyone tries to stay "on the cable" and so there was no break from swimming into people. … MORE

Just a gorgeous course overall. Swim was fine, although it was quite crowded. Everyone tries to stay “on the cable” and so there was no break from swimming into people. The bike was tough. Started out great with a steady climb then an awesome downhill, but last 30 miles of the loop seemed like all up. I went in undertrained and cocky and met my match here. Finished the first 54mi loop and had to call it a day because my legs were just no longer functioning. Went out on the run just to see how my legs would feel. Confirmed suspicions that there was no way I was running 26.2 even if I was able to suffer through that second bike loop. Did a 6 mile run of shame and called it a day. Several lessons learned here. Although this would have been my 3rd Ironman, I failed to respect the distance. I thought I could suffer through the bike just to get to the run and then pull this one out but zero bike training and only run training got me exactly what I deserved, a DNF. I know I’m in the minority here of people who would attempt an Ironman on little to no training but if you’re even considering it, don’t. At least not this race. This bike course is unforgiving and I underestimated the elevation I would have to cover. For all other sane, disciplined triathletes, you’ll love this race. It’s picturesque and the logistics are great. Organization was a little lacking in my opinion. Run and Bike Special Needs bag drop-offs were not located at convenient places and poorly (in some cases incorrectly) communicated. But despite some small organization gripes, this was a great race and I’m deeply disappointed in myself for not finishing. I’ll likely be back in a year or two to redeem myself.

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I participated in the 2022 BSIM as part of the Boston 2 Big Sur challenge and have to say I absolutely loved this race. As soon as I first heard … MORE

I participated in the 2022 BSIM as part of the Boston 2 Big Sur challenge and have to say I absolutely loved this race. As soon as I first heard about Big Sur I knew it was a race I had to do in my lifetime. After getting into Boston for the first time, a friend convinced me to enter the B2B challenge and while I was nervous about it at the time I could not be happier that I signed up! This race course is absolutely stunning. In my opinion, you don’t do this race for a time (at least not on your first time). I just went easy and enjoyed the jaw dropping views at every turn. I met and talked to many runners on the course and the miles just flew by; I almost didn’t want the race to end. It is hilly, but not awful (I’m from Chicago where we have almost no hills and I did exactly zero hill training) and if you’re just out to enjoy yourself you will barely notice them. And this is from someone who ran Boston just 6 days earlier. Honestly, I felt like Boston was tougher with regard to hills than this and it’s less than half the total elevation gain. Only drawbacks to the race that I see is the crazy early bus ride and the wait before the start but they’re both totally worth it in the end, you’ll truly only remember that this was an amazing race. If you’re considering this race, just sign up, I promise you won’t regret it!

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No race report needed on this, the oldest Marathon in the world! It took me more than 3 years of trying to finally qualify for this race and it was … MORE

No race report needed on this, the oldest Marathon in the world! It took me more than 3 years of trying to finally qualify for this race and it was worth every minute of work, pain and frustration. I was just so grateful to be there that I really didn’t even race it… I just took it all in the entire 26 miles and 385 yards 🙂 Very well run race, top to bottom. If you have the opportunity and are actually debating it (for some unknown reason) stop it and sign up at the next available time!

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I'm writing this review a little over a year later but my feelings for the race have not changed. I tried for 3 years to qualify for Boston running a … MORE

I’m writing this review a little over a year later but my feelings for the race have not changed. I tried for 3 years to qualify for Boston running a few marathons a year to no avail. I had heard of this race but the idea of running loops seemed crazy and boring to me. I have to say I was wrong, this race is literally designed specifically to get you the best possible time and not works. As with any race, you need the stars to align to have your best performance but this race removes many of the obstacles for you. The crowd is small so you’re not fighting other runners for position. The course is flat and manageable and breaking it into 8 smaller chunks made it easy to mentally handle. The weather on the day of my race was perfect and so for me, the stars all aligned and I got my BQ time. And here I am just over a year later and I’m now a Boston Marathon finisher (2022)! If you want that BQ, give this race a try, it’s well run and to me, the best option for trying to run a PR especially if you’re going to be close to your BQ time. Highly recommend!

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