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Murphysboro, IL Raving since 2022 Active 1 month, 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (2)

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Half Marathon Saint Louis, MO Nov 6, 2022 2:08:00
10K Herrin, IL May 29, 2023 1:01:30

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Past Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Oct 14, 2023 2:24:53
10K Herrin, IL May 29, 2023 1:01:30
Half Marathon Cape Girardeau, MO Apr 29, 2023 2:15:00
Half Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 2, 2023 2:15:09
Half Marathon New Smyrna Beach, FL Jan 15, 2023 2:09:00
Half Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 3, 2022 2:18:00
Half Marathon Saint Louis, MO Nov 6, 2022 2:08:00
Half Marathon Whittington, IL Mar 26, 2022 2:33:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Aug 16, 2015

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This was a good race. Well programmed and started on time. There was a large queue for porto-john before the race and then at the first couple of aid stations. … MORE

This was a good race. Well programmed and started on time. There was a large queue for porto-john before the race and then at the first couple of aid stations. Not a lot of people out cheering and volunteer levels were a bit light.
If Bourbon is your thing, you can have your fill, after the race (and even during the race!) at the amazing post-race. I was surprised at the hills in the middle/end of the race, so I was too whipped to go grab multiple shots of bourbon — but if you’re prepared for a hilly track and don’t completely feel exhausted — the post-race would be amazing. So I don’t recommend you go for a PR on this course. Take it easy and leave some in the tank for the party…and check out the vertical profile and train accordingly.

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As part of the Herrin Festa, this race happens on Memorial Day. Usually quite warm. Don’t expect a full production or great swag…just a nice run on a generally flat … MORE

As part of the Herrin Festa, this race happens on Memorial Day. Usually quite warm. Don’t expect a full production or great swag…just a nice run on a generally flat rectangle course. 4 aid stations for a 10k. Not a ton of people out, but you are on roads that are coned.

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There are so many more people here than in the November race. Starts in Forest Park and this year it took us through Washington University/University City, Midtown, Downtown, and then … MORE

There are so many more people here than in the November race. Starts in Forest Park and this year it took us through Washington University/University City, Midtown, Downtown, and then around the park around the Arch.
Other folks are correct about the last half mile hill being a surprise. I mean, you’re finishing at the Arch, right? At the river, right? Uh, no, you have to go up hill after winding around the Arch. My finish kick didn’t have the speed I was hoping for.
The pre-race packet pickup was outside at Tower Grove Park, and this year it was cold and windy on Saturday. The forced march through the non running related booths was pretty annoying. “Are you interested in white water rafting?” “Uh, no.” I understand why they do it, but this is a runner’s review.
There was a line at every port-o-lette throughout the course, so they could add more. The aid stations were frequent and well provisioned for the most part.
I enjoyed touring my birthplace city in a way I have never done. I spend a lot of time in Forest Park, but jogging though it and some of the nicer neighborhoods is really neat. Unfortunately, it’s St Louis, so there are sketchier areas in Mid-town and approaching downtown, but I felt safe and enjoyed the run.
I hope you join me at the biggest running event in St Louis. It’s Spring, so you never know what weather you get, but this year the race day weather was phenomenal.

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This was my first time running Sharkbite, a nice Central Florida half marathon weekend that isn't as glitzy as the RunDisney productions but still a nice time produced well. Parking … MORE

This was my first time running Sharkbite, a nice Central Florida half marathon weekend that isn’t as glitzy as the RunDisney productions but still a nice time produced well.
Parking in NSB is always a bit of a pain, but we found a spot less than a mile from the start. Approaching the start/finish area, there were plenty of portopotties, but the true bonus was super clean beach bathrooms. The highlight of the race for me, as each was an individual bathroom with locking door and the wait wasn’t too bad. You’re not in South Florida here, so the weather can be weird. Last year was rain and cold, this year was wind and cold. We started the race at 36 degrees and a 10+ mph North wind. I did dump a cheap jacket at mile 2 and it was gone by the time I got back to that spot post race. The last 2 miles were straight into the wind along a major road. While these were the ocean view miles, most of us were keeping our heads down to minimize wind resistance. I sported some terrible splits on miles 11/12.
The bling was nice — huge medals and a pint glass (a few people dropped them in unfortunate places). Pizza at the end tasted yum and a free drink was included for those that are inclined to drink bubbly alcohol after running 13 miles.
This will likely be on my rotation for years. If you don’t need fireworks, Disney characters waving at you, want to spend half as much…do this one in lieu of the famous one the week before just down the road.

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The most inspiring 3rd mile in running — tracking through st Jude. Tons of aid throughout. No negatives other than a couple of miles on a severely crowned street which … MORE

The most inspiring 3rd mile in running — tracking through st Jude. Tons of aid throughout. No negatives other than a couple of miles on a severely crowned street which isn’t fun in distance running.
Porto potties throughout the course and at the start. A bit of a trudge to get through all of the free beer folk to get a slice of pizza, but the hot soup was great.
A tremendous cause and very well run race.

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As other reviewers mention, run this one for the course, not the "experience". Spectacular route through the best part of St. Louis. You'll run past the world-famous zoo, the Muny … MORE

As other reviewers mention, run this one for the course, not the “experience”. Spectacular route through the best part of St. Louis. You’ll run past the world-famous zoo, the Muny theater, and multiple passes of the amazing Art Museum. The view of the art museum past shimmering fountains on a lovely fall day is worth the price of admission. This is a rolling hill course, so probably not a PR course. I enjoyed this one as a measuring stick on my path to getting back into running shape.
A HUGE thank you to the volunteers that showed up. This isn’t a big race, so you could tell the outreach to find people willing to do water for runners is difficult. I brought my own water/snacks so I didn’t get disappointed as others might. There are no photogs on the course, so if you want a picture of yourself running with a bib through Forest Park, you’ll need to bring a spectator. I tried to take mind pictures of some of the scenes — the aforementioned Art Museum view was one I’ll never forget. Perfect.
This is a small race organized by a small organization. If you have expectations set correctly, you’ll enjoy this. The April race (GO St Louis) is larger and better “experience”, but this wasn’t bad by any measure.

I did the Veterans Day 5K the day before in downtown StL. I intended it as a shake-out, but ran it a wee bit too fast, thus my lackluster HM pace. The support/experience of the 5k on Saturday was much bigger than the HM on Sunday. They weren’t a combined event, just a nice happenstance that I could do a combo weekend. I don’t regret anything from a wonderful weekend running in StL.

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Everything was amazing from the weather to the people I interacted with. It’ll probably be a while before I can run this myself, but the volunteer experience was amazing. MORE

Everything was amazing from the weather to the people I interacted with. It’ll probably be a while before I can run this myself, but the volunteer experience was amazing.

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Ran the half; first in 5+ years. Check-in was easy, great venue. Beautiful area is a great location for a marathon. Awesome views of one of Southern Illinois' best lakes … MORE

Ran the half; first in 5+ years. Check-in was easy, great venue. Beautiful area is a great location for a marathon. Awesome views of one of Southern Illinois’ best lakes along most of the full route. I only did the half, so didn’t get to run across the causeway.
March in Illinois is hit or miss with the weather and 2022 was cold and WINDY. The beginning of the half was a bitter cold headwind that sapped a lot of energy.
A couple of things could be improved: better/more frequent aid stations, especially in the 3rd quarter when people tend to hit the wall. Also, there’s a low water crossing that isn’t dangerous at all, but getting your feet wet 2/3 of the way through a BQM (or any endurance run) is a bad idea.

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