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@davethe10r

Cedar City, UT Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Author David Baker active 1 month, 1 week ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Cedar City Running Club

  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:

    Boston 2019!

  • I run because:

    I enjoy it, I need it, and I have a dog who loves to run.

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
197 Mile Relay Logan, UT Jun 14, 2019 27:58:36
Marathon St. George, UT Oct 6, 2018 3:14:00
Half Marathon Cedar City, UT Sep 8, 2018 1:27:19

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Bryce Canyon, UT Jul 13, 2019 1:44:27
Half Marathon Springville, UT Jul 6, 2019 1:31:17
197 Mile Relay Logan, UT Jun 14, 2019 27:58:36
Half Marathon Vernal, UT May 11, 2019 1:30:59
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 15, 2019 3:20:35
Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 20, 2019 3:28:58
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 11, 2018 3:34:32
Half Marathon Ivins, UT Nov 3, 2018 1:39:43
Marathon St. George, UT Oct 6, 2018 3:14:00
Half Marathon Cedar City, UT Sep 8, 2018 1:27:19
Half Marathon Washington, UT Apr 14, 2018 1:34:29
Half Marathon Hurricane, UT Feb 24, 2018 1:44:02
Half Marathon Hurricane, UT Dec 9, 2017 1:42:00
Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Apr 22, 2017 3:52:18
Half Marathon Hurricane, UT 2017 1:58:29

My Raves

Bryce Canyon Half Marathon & 5K

Bryce Canyon Half Marathon & 5K

Why wouldn't you want to run in scenic Bryce Canyon? This was the first half marathon I ever ran, WAAAAAAY back in 2016. This year (2019) I ran as a … MORE

Why wouldn’t you want to run in scenic Bryce Canyon? This was the first half marathon I ever ran, WAAAAAAY back in 2016. This year (2019) I ran as a pacer, carrying the 1:45 stick with my friend Susan.

It was just as beautiful as I remembered, though considerably easier (since I’ve run 25 half marathons and a dozen or so full marathons in between). This time around, I was able to pay a lot more attention to the scenery, which is spectacular in the first half of the race, though somewhat less so in the second half.

The course starts near Ruby’s Inn, at the gates of Bryce Canyon National Park. My Garmin put the starting line at about 7,640 feet in elevation. The first 1.6 miles are relatively flat, and then … it’s off to the races! From that point until you reach the town of Tropic around mile 7, you drop over 1,200 feet. The slope is much gentler in the second half of the race, though you still lose another 500 or so feet of elevation in the last 6 miles.

There are maybe three little “bumps”—uphill stretches that feel higher than they actually are. If you can run up a freeway overpass, you can run up these uphills. Also, if the day is warm (as it was this year), stay to the right as you approach Tropic and run through the misters for a quick cool-down.

The race ends up in the city park in the town of Cannonville. Post-race refreshments included the normal bananas and ice cream sandwiches, and even chocolate milk! The medals are kind of meh both years, but the shirts were tech shirts and looked great.

Finally, my GPS put the course at something like 12.97 miles. Others I talked to got similar results. It may be that canyon running affected GPS accuracy, or it might be that the course is a bit short. Hard to tell.

Overall, a beautiful race that’s well worth running. If you’re from outside of Utah, make it a runcation and spend a day or two in Bryce. It’s one of the most stunning landscapes in the world.

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Hobbler Half Marathon & 5K

Hobbler Half Marathon & 5K

This was my third year in a row running the Hobbler Half Marathon. This race is (usually) held the first Saturday in July, and winds its way down scenic Hobble … MORE

This was my third year in a row running the Hobbler Half Marathon. This race is (usually) held the first Saturday in July, and winds its way down scenic Hobble Creek Canyon. This year’s race felt like it was warmer than past years, but maybe I’m just getting crotchety in my old age.

The first nine miles are great, going from the road to a nice paved trail that follows Hobble Creak out of the canyon. Beautiful ranches (many with impressive, ostentatious homes) line the left-hand side of the road. The trail is well maintained and just as scenic, with bridges and some rolling hills thrown in to keep things interesting.

Once you leave the canyon, the course winds through hayfields and suburban neighborhoods. Though it feels like the course flattens out at this point, my Strava record of the race shows that the gentle downhill continues pretty much all the way to the finish line. My Garmin pegged the starting line at 5,700 and the finish line at 4,670, with a total net loss of just over 1,000 feet. Total climb: 117 feet. (Your mileage may vary, void where prohibited.)

The race volunteers are friendly, the hydration tables well stocked. The finish line featured Fat Boy ice cream bars and made-to-order French toast (though no chocolate milk). Medals and shirts are both high quality and well designed. This year’s “THOU SHALT RUN” medal was almost a work of art. Overall, the Hobbler is an enjoyable, well organized race. The downhill has PR potential without jacking up your quads for the next three days. I’d highly recommend it.

Second in my age group, two years in a row! w00t!

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Ragnar Road Wasatch Back

Ragnar Road Wasatch Back

I got asked to do this at the last minute, and I'm glad I joined in. The course follows some of the prettiest roads in northern Utah, from Logan all … MORE

I got asked to do this at the last minute, and I’m glad I joined in. The course follows some of the prettiest roads in northern Utah, from Logan all the way to Kamas. I was runner 12, so I got to run the “Ragnar leg,” a 7.4-mile slog from Pineview Reservoir up to Snow Basin that climbed over 1,900 feet. The race was pretty well organized, though a few of the exchanges got really congested and confusing during the dark hours. The weather was perfect and the scenery priceless. If you have any interest in running the “original” Ragnar Relay, this it.

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Dino Half Marathon

Dino Half Marathon

No real "race expo" -- just bib and bag pickup. Not a lot of swag. The starting area was cold, but they had space blankets and fire pits to help … MORE

No real “race expo” — just bib and bag pickup. Not a lot of swag. The starting area was cold, but they had space blankets and fire pits to help us keep warm. The starting line was very narrow, and the blacktop in the first several miles was pretty pitted and potholey. After that, it got better. Most of the course is a nice gentle downhill — not so steep that it hurts, but enough to kind of pull you along. The Sprintasaurus challenge was kind of fun, though I wonder if running that half mile stretch so fast might’ve hurt my overall result. The last few miles flatten out some, and you turn a couple of corners and suddenly the finish line is there. Great finish line, great organization, very friendly volunteers. Overall a great race to run in May!

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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

What can I say about the Boston Marathon? It's the race everybody wants to run. I was lucky enough to qualify in my second marathon, so I signed up and … MORE

What can I say about the Boston Marathon? It’s the race everybody wants to run. I was lucky enough to qualify in my second marathon, so I signed up and ran it. I loved everything about the experience (even the Newton hills!) except the pre-race stuff. An hour and a half on the bus was way too long, and the Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton was downright awful. But once my wave was called, everything after that was amazing. It was the highlight of my year.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon

It was awesome to go from running icy streets and snow-covered trails to a warm run through one of my favorite cities. I don't live in Phoenix anymore, but this … MORE

It was awesome to go from running icy streets and snow-covered trails to a warm run through one of my favorite cities. I don’t live in Phoenix anymore, but this race took me back to my years in Phoenix. The course isn’t “easy” (the first 12 miles are a gradual uphill climb), but the weather is great and the spectators are generous. The light rail system makes it a cinch to get to the starting line and back from the finish line. That bridge at the end, though … that’s just mean. Maybe rethink the design of the finish area to cut down on crowd bottlenecks?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

Running the strip was great. Running in circles around a parking lot ... not so much. The sections of the course that were great were truly amazing. But the parts … MORE

Running the strip was great. Running in circles around a parking lot … not so much. The sections of the course that were great were truly amazing. But the parts where they diverted us out into the hinterlands to run around in circles were the very epitome of meh. I’ll almost always choose the full over the half if there’s a choice, but in this case, all the best parts were during the half course and the worst parts were only in the full. Might need to rethink my strategy on this one.

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Snow Canyon Half Marathon & 5K

Snow Canyon Half Marathon & 5K

This fast downhill half goes through the gorgeous Snow Canyon State Park outside Santa Clara, UT (near St. George). Miles 4-7 are FAST! The total drop over the 13.1 mile … MORE

This fast downhill half goes through the gorgeous Snow Canyon State Park outside Santa Clara, UT (near St. George). Miles 4-7 are FAST! The total drop over the 13.1 mile course is over 1,800 feet, with only about 175 feet of total climb. Save a little strength for the mile rolling hills at the end. Overall, this should be on everyone’s half marathon bucket list.

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St. George Marathon

St. George Marathon

I've run this race twice under very different conditions. Both times it's been a very satisfying experience. The course is beautiful all the way, and the support is incredible. The … MORE

I’ve run this race twice under very different conditions. Both times it’s been a very satisfying experience. The course is beautiful all the way, and the support is incredible. The course is fast, though it’s not entirely downhill, but the Veyo Hill climb comes early enough that most runners should be able to attack it with vigor. I especially like the miles near the entrance to Snow Canyon State Park. Those are some of the prettiest miles you’ll ever run. Stay warm (and dry) at the starting line and you should have a great race!

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Cedar City Half Marathon

Cedar City Half Marathon

This is my hometown race and I honestly feel sorry for people who never get to run it. It's a relatively small race, but one of the prettiest courses I've … MORE

This is my hometown race and I honestly feel sorry for people who never get to run it. It’s a relatively small race, but one of the prettiest courses I’ve ever run. In 2019 they added some fun “extras,” like a band at mile 12 and bagpipers in full regalia serenading us as we came around a bend. My only criticism is that I wish they would do more than hastily scribbled paper certificates for the age group awards. AG medals might add a few bucks to the registration fee, but they’re a nice touch to an otherwise professionally run race.

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Southern Utah Half Marathon

Southern Utah Half Marathon

The first three miles of the course drop pretty quickly, with one 40- to 50-foot climb. From there, the course winds gently down the Virgin River Trail to Bloomington Park. … MORE

The first three miles of the course drop pretty quickly, with one 40- to 50-foot climb. From there, the course winds gently down the Virgin River Trail to Bloomington Park. The total drop on the course is about 650 total feet, with only 185 feet of uphill. This should be a nice, low-impact race for anyone wanting to run a downhill without ending up with jelly legs.

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Washington City Half (fka Dogtown Half)

Washington City Half (fka Dogtown Half)

I've run this one twice, and will run it again in about a week. The middle part is the best, when you're going through the mountain preserve. It's good that … MORE

I’ve run this one twice, and will run it again in about a week. The middle part is the best, when you’re going through the mountain preserve. It’s good that they’ve moved the starting time up an hour, because those trails in the mountains can get pretty icy before things warm up.

I’ve enjoyed doing the Double Dare. If you haven’t heard of this, it means you get to the finish line early and run from the finish line to the starting line, then turn around and run from the starting line back to the finish line (a 26.2-mile total distance). Since this is a mostly downhill course, that means your first 13.1 is mostly uphill, which is great training. Last year I even managed to take second in my age group even though I’d run a full marathon distance while everybody else had only run a half.

I’m sad they’ve changed the name, though. I liked the “Dogtown” medals and the “Double-Dog Dare” swag. I loved their T-shirt designs. Last year I even took my dog with me on the final mile, so she could run across the finish line with me. I guess we’ll see how this year’s race shapes up.

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Baker’s Dozen Half Marathon

Baker’s Dozen Half Marathon

First of all, this "race" is untimed. You get a bib, but there's no chip in it, and no official results. It's purely a social event, which exactly what lots … MORE

First of all, this “race” is untimed. You get a bib, but there’s no chip in it, and no official results. It’s purely a social event, which exactly what lots of us need in early December after a hard season of races. You’ll have a chance to socialize with friends, see all the wacky costumes, and eat doughnuts along the way. (And by the way, they don’t actually make you eat a WHOLE doughnut on each loop. You can, of course, but they only require you to eat the equivalent of a doughnut hole-sized pastry.) The medals are big and gaudy! Do yourself a favor and join the fun!

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Salt Lake City Marathon

Salt Lake City Marathon

This was my first full marathon, and it was a memorable experience. Everything about it went really smoothly. The expo was awesome, and the starting line was well organized and … MORE

This was my first full marathon, and it was a memorable experience. Everything about it went really smoothly. The expo was awesome, and the starting line was well organized and comfortable. Running through the streets of Salt Lake City was great, and the crowd support was pretty good for a race of this size. I especially liked seeing the young spectators—kids with card tables giving out water to whoever wanted it, little ones getting “low fives” from everyone who passed. The finish line experience was very well run. The course itself can be a challenge, with its ups and downs. Overall, though this was a great experience both times I ran it.

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Hurricane Half Marathon & 5K

Hurricane Half Marathon & 5K

You'll run around a golf course, around a reservoir, and through some neighborhoods. It's a loop course, so any climbing you do you'll get back as downhill. The race is … MORE

You’ll run around a golf course, around a reservoir, and through some neighborhoods. It’s a loop course, so any climbing you do you’ll get back as downhill. The race is pretty small, but relatively well organized. Great volunteers and good support. I raced it my first year, then ran it the next year as part of a 20-mile training run to get ready for the St. George Marathon.

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