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@coleramirez

Colleyville, TX Raving since 2023 Active 1 week, 6 days ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 25, 2024 3:29:59
Half Marathon Keller, TX Jun 2, 2024 1:35:08
5K Fort Worth, TX Apr 14, 2024 20:56

Future Races (11)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
5K Dallas, TX Jul 20, 2024
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Aug 17, 2024
Half Marathon Arlington, TX Oct 13, 2024
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX Nov 23, 2024
Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 15, 2024
5K Fort Worth, TX 2024
Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 26, 2025
Marathon Fort Worth, TX TBD
10K Fort Worth, TX TBD
30K Grapevine, TX TBD
Half Marathon Dallas, TX TBD

Past Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Keller, TX Jun 2, 2024 1:35:08
5K Fort Worth, TX Apr 14, 2024 20:56
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 25, 2024 3:29:59
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 10, 2023 1:39:56
5K Fort Worth, TX Sep 16, 2023 22:20
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX May 20, 2023 1:49:30
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 26, 2023 4:17:16

My Raves

There's a lot to love about this race. It's a great size - enough runners to be FUN but not enough to make parking or the portapotty line an issue. … MORE

There’s a lot to love about this race. It’s a great size – enough runners to be FUN but not enough to make parking or the portapotty line an issue. The swag was great. Love the socks! Loved the participation from our armed forces, and loved supporting causes that support our military. Much hillier course than I anticipated! Half marathon included two loops of rolling hills. Maintaining pace on the trail portion was also difficult…. both because of the windy trail and the weaving around slower 5k/10k participants.

Water stations felt plentiful. No gu/nutrition on the course, just water and gatorade or whatever. Water and some kind of sports drink at the finish, but no snacks.

The main reason for the three star rating is the poor directional signage. Around mile 10.5, there was a blue arrow pointing to the right that drove MANY half marathoners off course and onto the 10k loop. There needed to be a half marathon sign in that same spot directing the half marathoners to run straight. Taking the 10k loop portion cut somewhere around 0.17 miles off the length of the course. Obviously this is not a cheating situation… none of the runners meant to cut their race short! But I do think it should have been mentioned or taken into account in the awards. Comparing race times is meaningless if people are running different distances. Even before this, there were multiple points along the course where I was confused about whether I was supposed to turn or go straight. Signage needs to be CLEARLY marked HALF MARATHON or 10K instead of just being color coded. They need double the signs, too.

Also, as the race grows, I would suggest keeping it off the bear creek trail. It’s challenging for half marathoners to weave through the 10k walkers… the trail is just too narrow for the number of runners. I think the race has outgrown the trail.

Overall, a fun race. Hopefully the race directors get lots of feedback about the signage issue and correct it for next year.

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This is a tiny race, which comes with its benefits and drawbacks. The benefits include the opportunity for an average runner to podium, easy parking, easy bathrooms, and limited crowds … MORE

This is a tiny race, which comes with its benefits and drawbacks. The benefits include the opportunity for an average runner to podium, easy parking, easy bathrooms, and limited crowds to maneuver around. The drawbacks are mostly the nonexistent spectators and the disorganization of the race. I think there were basically two people running the whole show, so naturally there were hiccups in terms of timing, the biggest of which was that there was no water at the finish. I think they were probably stressed and hurried moving the start mat to the finish and with two people just didn’t have time to also open the packages of water and food. Food was chips and bananas btw, which is obviously more than adequate for a 5k but might be disappointing to the 3hr half marathoners.

The scenery was gorgeous in spring and the race took place on a less crowded section of the Trinity trail, which was nice. The route did not match up with the race route posted on their website, but it was still lovely!

In summation, I think they should lose the tshirts and medals and charge $15 a person for a time-trial race. There’s not enough there to make it worth $30-$40.

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The shirts are good. I actually like the participator shirt better than the finisher shirt. The neck hole on the finisher shirt is bizarrely small. I'm a normal sized woman. … MORE

The shirts are good. I actually like the participator shirt better than the finisher shirt. The neck hole on the finisher shirt is bizarrely small. I’m a normal sized woman. It should not be hard to get this shirt over my head and around my neck. But I digress – I don’t run for the shirts.

The course is ok. I only ran the half, so I didn’t get to experience the part around the lake, which I know is beautiful because I’ve run other races around it. The half is mostly in downtown with part through the bordering neighborhoods. Dallas is pretty ugly so I liked the neighborhood stretches the best. There are some hills throughout but I wouldn’t personally call this a hilly course.

There is water/gatorade every other mile but I think the nutrition could definitely be offered more frequently. For the half, the only gels are on mile 8. Apparently there was supposed to be gels at the start, but I never saw any.

The spectator support is great in the neighborhoods (a contributing factor to why I liked those stretches best), but there’s not a lot in the way of race entertainment otherwise. I’m comparing it to Cowtown I guess, where there is entertainment almost every mile for the entire half.

The big issue, and the reason I would hesitate to run Dallas BMW again, is the corral organization. There are only 4 corrals, and corral A contains people running 5:00 pace to 10:00+ pace. There is no organization by time within the corral. I spent the first two miles dodging runners going 12 minutes per mile. I did so much weaving in the first two miles that my half marathon race actually ended up being 13.5 miles! Dallas needs to figure out a better way to do this. Corral A should be separated into 5-6 different corrals with tighter pace ranges.

Lastly, this race is EXPENSIVE. It’s the most expensive race I’ve ever run (including my fulls!) and I just don’t think it was worth the premium cost. Next fall I’ll probably go back to running DRCs the half and stick with the Cowtown full (which I do highly recommend!! A great course!!).

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This is an easy, flat run. I'm not sure I'd categorize it as a "trail run" myself... some parts of the course are DG or something slightly natural, but a … MORE

This is an easy, flat run. I’m not sure I’d categorize it as a “trail run” myself… some parts of the course are DG or something slightly natural, but a good amount of it is a large concrete sidewalk. There is no shade, but the Trinity River is pretty to look at. And good thing, because it’s an out and back x2, meaning you run past the exact same things four times before you’re finished. This is not ideal, but I knew it was the case when I signed up, so who am I to complain.

There is limited food/water along the course (BYO bottle) and there were close to zero spectators/cheerleaders.

I like the size of the race – not too crowded – and I feel they did a good job of spacing out the starts so I was never struggling to get around slower runners, or people running a different distance. The after party could have been structured better. I ended up giving my beer and taco tickets to someone else because the line was like 200 people long and moving VERY SLOWLY.

Overall, not a bad choice if you’re looking to cram in one more race before the Texas summer heat kicks in. I wish it were cheaper, but isn’t that always the case?

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This is an exciting route through the Stockyards, downtown, and beautiful Fort Worth neighborhoods. There are a couple of small hills, but nothing excessive. Texas is pretty flat, remember. For … MORE

This is an exciting route through the Stockyards, downtown, and beautiful Fort Worth neighborhoods. There are a couple of small hills, but nothing excessive. Texas is pretty flat, remember.

For the first half, the race entertainment was ON POINT. They had music every half mile or so and the roads were lined with cheering spectators. How motivating! This all came to a grinding halt when the half marathon folks split off and start making their way back to the finish. From that point on, there were a few neighborhoods who organized block parties to cheer us on and offer refreshments (fruit, candy, fireball) and there was a water/gatorade stand every mile, but other than that, nuthin. It felt so sad, after those first 10 miles of noise, distraction, and encouragement! There may have been 1-2 musicians on the second half, but no big bands like there were for the half marathon. I guess most people run with headphones anyway, but I wasn’t, and I’ll admit to losing some steam without the musical pick me up every few minutes.

The water and gatorade stations were plentiful, as were the bathrooms. I thought they could have had more stations with food, and I would have preferred an alternative to the gooey stuff (like mini cliff bars?). Thankfully multiple neighborhoods had their own refreshment tables set up and offered bananas, oranges, etc. How thoughtful of them!

The other thing I really appreciated was the memorial to fallen heroes on the bridge to downtown. There were hundreds of people holding flags and probably an entire mile lined with the faces of those who’d been lost. It gave me the chills! One of my favorite parts of the run, for sure.

Overall, a really fun race. This was my first Cowtown and I hope to return next year to run it again!

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This is SUCH a fun event. Race at 8:30, beers at 9:00am, back home for a nap at noon. What more could you ask for? It’s a fun group of … MORE

This is SUCH a fun event. Race at 8:30, beers at 9:00am, back home for a nap at noon. What more could you ask for? It’s a fun group of people – some in costume, some not, some young, some old, some runners, some people just there for the party. I’ve run it two years now and hope to never miss another Rahr Oktoberfest race in the future.

BONUS, this is a group of social run/walkers, so it’s quite easy for regular, otherwise unremarkable runners like me to place in their age group. Everyone needs a little pat on the back now and again and this race gives you a good shot at one.

Shirts and pint glasses were better in 2022 than 2023, but I’m proud to wear and use either. Don’t miss this race!

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