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@donknox

Wichita Falls, TX Raving since 2018 active 1 week, 1 day ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50 Miler Waxahachie, TX May 5, 2018 9:59:52
50K Fort Worth, TX Feb 25, 2018 4:53:01
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 20, 2019 3:47:07
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 28, 2018 1:43:57

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Past Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 13, 2020 4:39:11
Half Marathon Possum Kingdom Lake, TX Nov 7, 2020 2:01:03
Half Marathon Muenster, TX Oct 3, 2020 1:58:54
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Sep 14, 2020
50K Fort Worth, TX Mar 1, 2020 5:22:17
5K Fort Worth, TX Feb 29, 2020
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 19, 2020 4:23:25
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 24, 2019 4:11:47
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 20, 2019 3:47:07
Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 9, 2018 3:48:00
50 Miler Waxahachie, TX May 5, 2018 9:59:52
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 28, 2018 1:43:57
50K Fort Worth, TX Feb 25, 2018 4:53:01
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 14, 2018 3:51:18
Half Marathon Shiner, TX Nov 18, 2017 1:54:30
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 24, 2017 4:17:36
Half Marathon Marble Falls, TX Nov 13, 2016 2:03:09
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 22, 2015 4:08:06
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 23, 2014 1:53:20
Half Marathon Battle Ground, WA Jul 20, 2014 1:48:38
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK 2006 2:06:31
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 1998 4:15:48
Marathon Albuquerque, NM 1996 3:52:11
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM 1993 1:54:13

My Raves

This was a tale of three runs - it was the best of times, the worst of times. I ran the half in 2018 - great race and effort. That … MORE

This was a tale of three runs – it was the best of times, the worst of times. I ran the half in 2018 – great race and effort. That was the first race. The second race was the first 14.7 miles of this run. Anyone that thinks Mt Charleston is an easy qualifier is wrong. Give me Houston any day. The first 13.1 went right to plan. The biggest issue was 8500 feet of elevation. I starved my calfs of oxygen and they let me know it. Especially the left one and I have had issues with it in the past. I was breathing much harder than usual and it showed. After the 4th uphill on the first half of the course (they are short but still uphill), my calfs cramped up. I walked/ran (mostly walked) the last 12ish miles (the third race). I was ready for the hills but I was not ready for the elevation and the snow (only at the top and not on the road)! I was happy with my effort and I really was on course for about a 3:40 (my goal) but it was not to be on this day. The people at REVEL do a fantastic job and I am thrilled that they were able to pull this off. The SWAG was good considering the amount of time between the sign up of the race and the day of the race.

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Nice little run and a plus for 2020 - it was a real run. Relatively flat course, it is near a lake so there are some rolling hills but not … MORE

Nice little run and a plus for 2020 – it was a real run. Relatively flat course, it is near a lake so there are some rolling hills but not enough to challenge a good race time. Scenery is really picturesque North Texas – horse and cattle ranches and you run through a neighborhood on the lake. That was probably the only minus in this race as it is not clearly marked when you go through the neighborhood BUT the race director, Jim Mckenzie, gives a very good pre-race briefing and details the turns.

The most exceptional thing about this run is Jim Mckenzie. By far, one of the most passionate race directors I have ever met and he pours his heart into this race and the cause it supports (changes every race but always for veterans).

The race SWAG is good – lots of local sponsors that put things in the participant bags. The door prizes are amazing – somewhere between $25 – 35 each and he gives out many of them for both races. Cash money prizes to the overall 5k winners (male and female) same with the Half. If you are looking for a small race for a good cause and want to go to the lake afterwards – this is your race!

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This is a very nice little race. Muenster is a relatively older (Texas) German community in North Texas. They have a few runs up there and they are hilly. This … MORE

This is a very nice little race. Muenster is a relatively older (Texas) German community in North Texas. They have a few runs up there and they are hilly. This one no exception – the hills go up and down from mile 5 to mile 11. The after party is nice. The Spring version is better attended but the Fall version has the Oktoberfest vibe going for it. If you like good German bier then the Fall race is better than the Spring – if it is American beer you like then the Spring version is better. If you just like beer – both are great. The Fall version has 4 really good German bier taps including Weihanstephaner Premium – one of my favorites. The race itself is well marked and the aid stations are right where you need them. Swag is good and do remember that this is a fund raiser so the money goes to the group it is sponsoring and not in the SWAG but there are plenty of goodies in the bag. A plus is that this is 2020 and it was a real, live RUN!!! Not a “virtual, same as reality, training run”.

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Virtual is not reality and "Boston Strong" is a myth. Nothing about the 2020 event was good. Constant postponements to the eventual cancellation. I am 61 and this was probably … MORE

Virtual is not reality and “Boston Strong” is a myth. Nothing about the 2020 event was good. Constant postponements to the eventual cancellation. I am 61 and this was probably my one and only chance. I get the COVID restrictions and I am even in the age range that puts me at risk BUT the race could have gone on with precautions or at least allow everyone that got in a GUARANTEED deferred entry to the next Boston Marathon (that has already been postponed).

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This was my 13th weekend of running the Cowtown - started in 1992. This was my third time running the Ultra. This is one of my favorite events and all … MORE

This was my 13th weekend of running the Cowtown – started in 1992. This was my third time running the Ultra. This is one of my favorite events and all the positives I have stated before are still positives. On the downside – the Expo was much smaller than last year and this seems to be a trend. The Expo at Houston was also smaller. The only concerning issue was the traffic at Colonial Park. They completely disregarded the police officers and almost hit a few of us leaving church and/or the country club. The worst was a driver in a white Range Rover. It was about 10 cars and they all got stopped about a half a mile down the road. I hope they all got tickets. Another motorist near the detour before 9 mile hill gave an officer a piece of his mind about roads being closed to traffic. Usually the people of Ft Worth are little more neighborly.

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This was my third time running this even. Last year I ran a BQ. This year, with no pressure, I ran this as a long training run and just enjoyed … MORE

This was my third time running this even. Last year I ran a BQ. This year, with no pressure, I ran this as a long training run and just enjoyed it. This is a relatively flat course. The course did change slightly from the first two times I ran it (2018 and 2019) . The people of Houston put on a fantastic event. The people at FleetFeet gave out beanies at Mile 7 – nice surprise at that water station! The neighborhood near Rice University is awesome. The residents there are out in full force and it is a long unofficial aid station and it was greatly appreciated. Will probably run it again. Love the finishers’ mugs but would like a long sleeved finishers’ shirt since it is a winter event. On the plus side – the organizers did change the finisher area and it was a lot less confusing!!!

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This is just a fantastic run. We ran the 5k on Saturday and had a really nice quiet day at the Duck Pond (the Memory Tree) and then dinner at … MORE

This is just a fantastic run. We ran the 5k on Saturday and had a really nice quiet day at the Duck Pond (the Memory Tree) and then dinner at the Silver Fox. This is the first time I have run the marathon on this course (it used to start at the Stockyards) but I have run the Half many times and the Ultra twice so I knew what I was getting into. This was my Plan “C” for a Boston Qualifying time. I have tremendous respect for this course and any runner that can qualify for Boston here. I had run BQ times at Dallas and Houston earlier (December and January) so the pressure was off and after 8 mile hill (Mt Main Street) – I packed it in and just ran to enjoy a really nice day in my running shoes.
As always – the Law Enforcement support was great. The officer that is usually on North Main as you get out of the Stockyards (~mile 7) was not there this year – I missed him! He always had a smile and cheered us on.
The only areas that seemed “sparse” of spectators were the South Main Street segments but the rest stop crews made up for that and it is early Sunday morning. The guitar players on South Main were also very talented and broke up the monotony a bit.
The TCU/Colonial/Forest Park neighborhoods are fantastic. Those unofficial water stations are amazing and this year they were handing out Mardi Gras beads as well. The homes are beautiful and the people are really loud and full of cheer. They make those segments fun.
I know others may not think Cowtown as hilly. It is for me and I have run a few races and everyone has an opinion. If you are trying to qualify for Boston or one of the other Big 6 races and using Cowtown as part of that plan – do your hill training (or use it as a supported training run)! I run hills as often as I can and I felt very good after the run. It is a technical course for me. You have to choose carefully when to push and not push because there is another short but steep hill ahead. 8 mile hill is the easiest of the hills (for me) it just looks daunting as you run on North Main and see the Courthouse in the distance.
I absolutely love this race. The 10k back in 1992 was my first organized run and I love coming back to it. The only race that I have been to that has a better Expo is Berlin. The Expo for Cowtown is on par with the Expo for the Houston Marathon. Given the relative size of the races that is saying something good. The Dallas Marathon Expo was nowhere near as nice as Cowtown (opinions abound).

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The Houston Marathon is just a really good and heavily participated run. You will never run very far alone during this event. I had planned for this to be my … MORE

The Houston Marathon is just a really good and heavily participated run. You will never run very far alone during this event. I had planned for this to be my big BQ 2020 attempt and the course did NOT disappoint. While I bettered my time from the Dallas Marathon 6 weeks prior – I honestly believe I would have run about 3 to 4 minutes faster had I not run Dallas as hard as I ran it.
There is one hill around Mile 5.5 that is really a bridge. The only other hill of note on the course is around 25 and that is running up the underpass coming into Downtown Houston. Relative flat is a good and fair statement for course technical difficulty. I gave the race 3 shoes for difficulty because of the distance. Any marathon should rate at least 3 shoes for difficulty because you are on your feet for such a long time.

Crowd support and aid stations are fantastic. Houston really shows off and it is impressive. Will run again next year! Only negative (personal opinion only) are the finishers’ shirts – I would prefer a long-sleeved shirt.

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I would really like to rate this event higher but there are things preventing a higher rating. I would actually rate it lower had I not gotten the VIP package … MORE

I would really like to rate this event higher but there are things preventing a higher rating. I would actually rate it lower had I not gotten the VIP package – well worth the money. There are things outside the control of the race director – traffic and construction. The Metromess is a disaster most of the time traffic-wise but it was even worse this year. Downtown has so much construction, road closures, one way streets – almost impossible for someone from out of town to navigate. Worse Expo by far of any large event I have attended. Parking is expensive and while the city needs money – why gouge people for 10 minutes worth of parking after they just endured one hour or more of stop and go traffic downtown for packet pick up. I got the wrong size t-shirt at packet pick up and could not exchange it.

VIP – package – AWESOME!!! SWAG Awesome (even my oversized tshirt)!

Course – difficult is an understatement – and it was long (both the 5k and the marathon courses were long – not a Garmin error) 24.46 – .53 by most finishers. The hill at mile 6 (Beverly in Highland Park) was interesting and expected. Hill at mile 20 (Lakewood Blvd) was a monster hill. The Garmin hill challenge was only the first half of the hill. The worst part was the second half of the hill to the top of the street. I get hills but that one needs to be gone or at least half of it. I did set a PR and more importantly, got a BQ time but I honestly thought I would have run it about 5 to 6 minutes faster. The Lakewood hill took it all out of me. UCan bars are great for people that have tender stomachs but the rest of the world needs something that does not taste like compressed sawdust. My wife swears by UCan but I will swear at UCan. I needed something so I took what the race provided.

Overall, some improvements can be made but I am just one runner and this is the 48th time this event has been held so they may not be too interested in changing much.

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The race production is excellent. From the event organizers through the many volunteers - great race/run. I ran as part of a relay last year (2017) and decided to complete … MORE

The race production is excellent. From the event organizers through the many volunteers – great race/run. I ran as part of a relay last year (2017) and decided to complete the 50 miler this year. 5 10-mile loops are just enough for a good change of pace versus smaller loops for the same 50 miles and it is relatively flat. The first loop 50 mile starts at 5 AM and when you head back in the sounds of nature are amazing. It does get hot and since there was a heavy rain the day before it was a very humid run as well but that is just race weather in Texas. The swag for the 50 mile endurance run is excellent. The trophies were awesome, the finishers’ medal is a buckle and you get your own camping chair with the event name embossed on it. First rate. This is a small event and I hope that while it is growing that it does not get too large. It does sell out so if you want a Spring 50 mile/50k/26.2 event – this one might be the ticket. Be aware that the Scarborough Renaissance Festival is also going on so reserve your hotel early if you need one.

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Absolutely loved this race. Well organized and gave me something to do while in Vegas for a friend's wedding. The Bally's shuttle was excellent. Race was downhill at an easy … MORE

Absolutely loved this race. Well organized and gave me something to do while in Vegas for a friend’s wedding. The Bally’s shuttle was excellent. Race was downhill at an easy decline for 10 miles. Mile 10 (Mile 23 for the marathon) is a very slight uphill then flattens out at Mile 11 (Mile 24) and even starts to decline in elevation again but just slightly. Rest stops were plentiful and volunteers were great. Only able to run the half because of the lateness of my registration/vacation plans but I will run the marathon next year as a BQ attempt. If the half is any measure it will not be a problem. Set a PR at the age of 58 and this was my 53rd half marathon. Scenery rating is my preference – it is a desert but beautiful – not all will agree!

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I first ran Cowtown in 1992 and was my first organized race. I have been there for 11 weekends and crossed the finish line 13 times (2 challenges) and have … MORE

I first ran Cowtown in 1992 and was my first organized race. I have been there for 11 weekends and crossed the finish line 13 times (2 challenges) and have run all of the distances including the Kid’s 5k. This event gets better every year. I have run the Ultra twice and that 4.8 mile loop is lonely but I have no suggestions for improvement other than keep the cyclists off the path for that short part of the one day every year this event takes place. I ride as well and know that riding in February is great when it can happen but some of the cyclists were just rude with their riding habits. Overall, the volunteers are great and the Police support is beyond fantastic. We will continue to run Cowtown as often as we can – it is great to get to the big city. Looking forward to the marathon distance next year (my BQ 2020 attempt).

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I ran this race to see if it really was flat. Having just run Berlin a few months prior - it is not completely flat like Berlin but it'll do … MORE

I ran this race to see if it really was flat. Having just run Berlin a few months prior – it is not completely flat like Berlin but it’ll do and it is way less crowded than Berlin. The only downside was the finish and post-race area. Extremely crowded and somewhat confusing. All in all it is a “do again” and if I duplicate my 2018 time in 2019 then I BQ for 2020 which is the goal. The finisher’s mug is awesome.

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Nice race but hilly. Swag is average but the post race celebration/party is amazingly awesome. The people of Shiner are very friendly and welcoming and you run through neighborhoods, the … MORE

Nice race but hilly. Swag is average but the post race celebration/party is amazingly awesome. The people of Shiner are very friendly and welcoming and you run through neighborhoods, the back country, the city park and then NIRVANA – the Shiner Brewing Company. Just a great day in the sun. Live bands, BBQ, sausage and the age group awards for the half marathon are bier steins that hold 30 ounces of liquid. Yes, I measured using 12 oz beverage cans – holds 2 1/2 cans.

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This is a fantastic race. For an event to handle 35k+ participants running the same distance over the same course and most speaking different languages, it is simply amazing. The … MORE

This is a fantastic race. For an event to handle 35k+ participants running the same distance over the same course and most speaking different languages, it is simply amazing. The scenery is unsurpassed. It really is a flat course but it is hard to run a PB or fast if you are not in one of the first two or three corrals. There are just that many people but it was the most fun I have ever had running 26.2 miles (and I have run Disney). Bands, people, music, drums, more people, and just a beautiful city. I especially liked getting all of my finisher’s gear ahead of time saving a ton of time after the run was over. My wife and I started out in different corrals and yet we were able to find each other quickly because of the way the finish line was set up. This is a must do and the lottery system makes it possible for average joe runners like me to run one of the Big 6.

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My performance was not what I expected and that is a tribute to how tough this course is set up. I typically run a 1:50 - 1:55 half and I … MORE

My performance was not what I expected and that is a tribute to how tough this course is set up. I typically run a 1:50 – 1:55 half and I was just happy to cross the finish line still running. The course is tough. It felt more like a trail run but on asphalt. Hilly and scenic. The Hill Country lives up to its name with this one. The weather was great and the race went off a little late but no big deal there. The water stops are placed at locations where you will hit them twice. While I did not earn an award – they were beautiful pieces of art. I hope that tradition continues and I will try to run faster next time to earn one. I would definitely run it again. I have three half marathons in Waco that are billed as the hilliest in Texas. I ran them faster than this one. I would put this ahead of the Waco halfs in terms of hilliness.

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