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@dbierness

Alexandria, VA Raving since 2019 active 4 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Blue Ridge Half

  • I run because:

    It’s mostly about the bling and the on-site social environment….but I like getting a little better, too.

My Races

Organize, track & review your races and personal bests here.

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Half Marathon

Marathon

Ultramarathon

(Marathon or Ultra) + Half

Marathon + Ultra

Other

Future Races

Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 8, 2015 6:46:22
Rival Run Challenge (19.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 7, 2019 4:40:27
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 2, 2019 2:54:47

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH TBD
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL TBD

Past Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX May 8, 2021 3:34:09
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Dec 1, 2019
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 2, 2019 2:54:47
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 27, 2019 3:03:56
Rival Run Challenge (19.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 7, 2019 4:40:27
Half Marathon Coral Springs, FL Mar 23, 2019 2:57:34
Marathon White Sands, NM Mar 17, 2019 7:45:45
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 9, 2019 3:07:04
Half Marathon Miami, FL Jan 27, 2019 3:02:55
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 25, 2018 3:12:00
Half Marathon Montreal, Canada Sep 23, 2018 3:07:30
Marathon New Orleans, LA Mar 4, 2018 7:09:32
Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 8, 2015 6:46:22

My Raves

The Cowtown did their absolute best to run a large race during Covid. The course had some rolling hills (though i hear previous years were worse). Going through the Stockyards … MORE

The Cowtown did their absolute best to run a large race during Covid. The course had some rolling hills (though i hear previous years were worse). Going through the Stockyards was great (though cobblestones do worry me), and the park towards the end was really sweet. The music and bands were good. And the bling was the best. My time sucked…but, Covid. Yeah, I’ll blame Covid.

Now, the downside. Due to covid, there were no shuttles or non car transportation to and from the event or packet pickup. I knew that going in, but the reality of walking about 4 extra miles each day in the heat wasn’t much fun. There was no GU in my box, and I ended up salvaging that and a warmup jacket from the side of the road about mile one into the event.

All in all, hillier-ish than I expected, but fun. Cooler would have been better.

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To sum: Expo was fine, easy to get to via public transportation. Start line a little tough to get to - pay for a shuttle. Weather was low to mid … MORE

To sum:
Expo was fine, easy to get to via public transportation.
Start line a little tough to get to – pay for a shuttle.
Weather was low to mid 60s – maybe a little humid, but not much for this Miamian. Blessedly overcast.
Course was quite nice – no industrial back lots on this half! Some hills, but in my perception, not as many as Nashville. My only course regret was that all the fun block parties were around miles 3-6. I prefer my party towards the end. 😉
Spectator support was outstanding. They were everywhere.
Finish line was nice – but the usual confusing scrum afterward. More signs earlier for the finish festival and activities, please. Us old timers know to keep walking for medal engraving, et al, but the new people get confused.
Snafu with T-Shirts meant that we got them after the race, and the women’s shirts were a violently lime green with pink accents. I and another woman tried to trade the men for their nice blue shirts, but no dice.
Hey, I PR’d on a nice day with outstanding crowd support. Liked it a lot.

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Ok, bands were uniformly great, support is well spaced, neighborhood block parties were amazing (just wish they were closer to the end), shuttles were smooth and easy, course had a … MORE

Ok, bands were uniformly great, support is well spaced, neighborhood block parties were amazing (just wish they were closer to the end), shuttles were smooth and easy, course had a minimum of early industrial decor 😂, weather was perfect.
Cons were very few. Course is hilly if you are a flatlander like me, and the finish area was just nuts to get through or to figure out where to go.

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With Disney, you get outstanding organization, good swag, lots of entertainment, great shuttles. You do pay for it. Only complaint is that the course gets way too crowded at many … MORE

With Disney, you get outstanding organization, good swag, lots of entertainment, great shuttles. You do pay for it.

Only complaint is that the course gets way too crowded at many points, with walkers or walk/joggers taking up the entire lane at a multitude of points, including the finish corral. Hint, people – if I’m passing you on the right, you may well be too far over on the left. Even as a walk/jogger, I don’t start walking until I’ve moved to the right.

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1. Shuttles run a little late, but they get there. 2. Expo is cool, but separated (like many) 3. Love the south half marathon course and public participation! Pluto's Orbit … MORE

1. Shuttles run a little late, but they get there.
2. Expo is cool, but separated (like many)
3. Love the south half marathon course and public participation! Pluto’s Orbit runs south along the Banana River (watch for the dolphins and the sunrise!), then through lovely neighborhoods where the residents come out, grill kleibasa, and hand out candy and drinks like there’s no tomorrow.
4. Finish line festival was fantastic! Pancakes AND Pizza, if you want it. Beer (and tasty beer at that), drinks. other food for purchase, entertainment.
5. Outstanding swag! Medals are huge, shirts are beyond good-looking and technical, AND the beach towel is actually a beach towel!.

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