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@ConcreteShoes

Ballwin, MO Raving since 2020 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 3 weeks, 2 days ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Missoula Marathon

  • I run because:

    It gets me out of the house and gives me an excuse to road trip to places I otherwise would probably not visit.

My Races

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Future Races

Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 18, 2015 4:02:00
Half Marathon Dayton, OH Oct 9, 2016 1:49:02

Future Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Clearwater, FL Jan 29, 2023
Marathon Hartford, CT TBD
Half Marathon Midway, KY TBD
Marathon Idaho Falls, ID TBD
Marathon Bath, NY TBD

Past Races (23)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Lincoln, NE May 1, 2022 4:36:12
Marathon Elroy, WI Sep 11, 2021 4:53:39
Marathon Manitou Springs, CO Aug 22, 2021 9:08:55
Marathon Deadwood, SD Jun 3, 2018 4:25:28
Half Marathon Springfield, IL Apr 7, 2018 2:16:36
Marathon Hilton Head, SC Feb 10, 2018 4:55:14
Half Marathon Dayton, OH Oct 9, 2016 1:49:02
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 1, 2016 4:40:00
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 18, 2015 4:02:00
Half Marathon St. Charles, MO Oct 4, 2015 2:19:45
Marathon Austin, TX Feb 15, 2015 4:48:52
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 18, 2014 4:42:03
Marathon Louisville, KY 2013 4:15:00
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME 2013 5:01:33
Marathon Fort Oglethorpe, GA 2012 4:33:05
Marathon Huntington, WV 2011 4:35:10
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN 2011 2:17:55
Marathon Tulsa, OK 2010 4:38:06
Marathon Big Sur, CA 2008 4:32:41
Marathon St Louis, MO 2007 4:07:34
Marathon Memphis, TN 2006 4:41:43
Marathon Chicago, IL 2004 4:30:31
Marathon Columbus, OH 1996 4:42:00

My Raves

This marathon exceeded expectations. Course was a well-planned small/mid-sized city urban run. Lots of neighborhoods, a bike path a turnaround (into the wind) at a park, then finishing on the … MORE

This marathon exceeded expectations. Course was a well-planned small/mid-sized city urban run. Lots of neighborhoods, a bike path a turnaround (into the wind) at a park, then finishing on the University of Nebraska’s campus. The second half had few turns after dropping off the half-marathoners at UN’s Memorial Stadium by hitting the bike path. While the path was concrete, just having to go straight was appreciated as I was nursing a bum ankle. Finish area was well spread out making it easy to move around and find the rest of my party.
– Kudos to the Lincoln Track Club for putting together a top-notch event. They put together a good track from start (being able to hang out in a Cornhusker facility out of the elements) to finish. But I really want to know how you managed to wedge a perfect day (sun, cool but not cold, only slight wind) for running between multiple days of wind and rain.
– Nice swag.
– Well organized pasta dinner (pick your time).
– Lincoln also provides lots of dining options in the Haymarket District.
– Parking is also relatively easy to find in the area.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
2
SWAG
5

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This is a small race that should be a destination race for those seeking a PR. If that is your jam you will probably love this one. This race is … MORE

This is a small race that should be a destination race for those seeking a PR. If that is your jam you will probably love this one. This race is highly supported by the community. Participants receive several coupons from local businesses ranging from a free drink to a movie pass….along with an apple dumpling and beer for post-race. The shirt was also extremely nice.
Pros:
– Great course provided you like it flat and straight. Once out of town the course is out and back on an old railroad line. No turns and I felt like I was running downhill both directions.
– 90% of course is under tree cover so it kept it cool
– Very cool running through the old tunnel
– God bless the volunteers! They were all extremely friendly and supportive. Thank you to all – and there were many and all very supportive.
– Plenty of waterstops. Easy to stay hydrated with the number of stops that were approximately 1.5 miles apart.
– Small field made it easy to run your race and not have to dodge people.
Cons:
– Scenery was a tree-lined trail and an occasional rock outcropping or body of water. I enjoyed it, others may not.
– Maybe getting there? There wasn’t much in options of places to stay other than 10 minutes away in Mauston. The Wisconsin Dells are maybe 45 minutes away.
– The medals are the only ding on ‘swag’ as they were generic with a sticker designating the “Big Apple” Marathon. This is nitpicking as they are nice but small and kept the price of admission for the race low. I will gladly trade off the medal for the awesome shirt.
Overall enjoyed the race as it was well organized and had a good vibe to it. Thank you, Elroy!

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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This truly is a great race. Going in I knew there would be altitude issues, narrow course (it is, afterall, a trail up a mountain), and the uncertainty of having … MORE

This truly is a great race. Going in I knew there would be altitude issues, narrow course (it is, afterall, a trail up a mountain), and the uncertainty of having not run a marathon in over two years due to the Covid experience. When all was said in done I had finished my slowest marathon ever (not unexpected) but also felt like I had a lot left in the tank versus other marathons (totally unexpected). When speaking with someone that had completed the race before they described it as a ‘brisk hike’. That is what it was. The trail is so narrow there were only a few places to pass on the path and at switchbacks you could sneak around people. Was I gassed at the summit? Absolutely. But not near a dizzy or pass-out level. Could I have been faster with better shoes (ie trail shoes) for the downhill? Absolutely. I was also suprised how easy going downhill was regarding oxygen. I just couldn’t get decent footing going downhill on the loose gravel, sand and boulder hopping. The terrain ranged from asphalt to gravel, sand, pine needles and boulders. I knew it was a trail run going in but the need to stop so those going downhill could climb a narrow section of boulders became frustrating to me. Yes, it helped me catch my breath but it also slowed down those slow pokes, finger pointed at me, trying to meeting the cutoff time. Medal and zip-shirt (too thin to be a jacket) were okay. Expo was small but to be expected with limited participants.

Overall, I would recommend as it is a pretty cool feeling getting to the top of Pikes Peak on your own power. Manitou Springs was also a cool town to visit. But it may be better to just do the Ascent so you don’t have to hassle with crossing paths on the way down with other runners.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3

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Good logistics with shuttles from hotels to buses that took everybody to start of race. Absolutely loved running this course: point to point on gentle incline first half followed by … MORE

Good logistics with shuttles from hotels to buses that took everybody to start of race. Absolutely loved running this course: point to point on gentle incline first half followed by gentle decline second. All I heard the first half of the run was my feet on the trail and a babbling creek in the distance. Scenery is amazing and this is among most scenic courses I have run. Plenty or tourist stuff to do in and around Deadwood as well with Badlands and Wind Cave NP, Crazy Horse Monument, Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park nearby. Did rock climbing in Custer State Park with my kids as a bonus. Amazing beauty, amazing race.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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