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Future Races (22)

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Half Marathon San Antonio, TX TBD
Half Marathon Cascade Locks, OR TBD
Half Marathon Minneapolis, MN TBD
Half Marathon Clinton, IA TBD
Half Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID TBD
Half Marathon King George, VA TBD
Half Marathon Rachel, NV TBD
Half Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Half Marathon Townsend, TN TBD
Half Marathon Hot Springs National Park, AR TBD
Half Marathon Osawatomie, KS TBD
Half Marathon New London, CT TBD
Half Marathon Laramie, WY TBD
Half Marathon Natural Bridge Caverns, TX TBD
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN TBD
Half Marathon Chattanooga, TN TBD
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN TBD
Half Marathon Savannah, GA TBD
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
Half Marathon Thayne, WY TBD
Half Marathon Nashville, IN TBD
Half Marathon (AM) Las Vegas, NV TBD

Past Races (30)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Asheville, NC Jun 9, 2024
Half Marathon Suwanee, GA Feb 18, 2024
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Nov 5, 2023
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Oct 14, 2023
Half Marathon Newport, RI Oct 8, 2023
Half Marathon Montour Falls, NY Sep 23, 2023 2:17:00
Half Marathon Manchester Center, VT Sep 9, 2023 2:36:00
Half Marathon Newburyport, MA Jun 11, 2023
Half Marathon Deadwood, SD Jun 4, 2023
Half Marathon White Sulphur Springs, WV May 13, 2023
Half Marathon Dover, NH Apr 22, 2023 2:27:00
Half Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE Apr 16, 2023 2:27:33
Half Marathon Severna Park, MD Mar 26, 2023 2:23:33
Half Marathon Grosse Ile, MI Mar 19, 2023
Half Marathon Ft. Lauderdale, FL Feb 19, 2023
Half Marathon North Charleston, SC Jan 14, 2023 2:21:36
Half Marathon Four Corners, NM Dec 4, 2022 2:45:00
Half Marathon Four Corners, CO Dec 3, 2022 3:30:00
Half Marathon Four Corners, UT Dec 2, 2022 3:00:00
Half Marathon Teec Nos Pos, AZ Dec 1, 2022
Half Marathon Corning, NY Nov 6, 2022 2:24:41
Half Marathon Seaside Park, NJ Oct 23, 2022 2:16:58
Half Marathon Gering, NE Sep 24, 2022 2:48:13
Half Marathon Luray, VA Sep 11, 2022 2:30:04
Half Marathon St George, ME Aug 28, 2022 2:28:11
5K Savannah, NY Jun 26, 2022 36:52
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH Apr 10, 2022 2:13:00
Half Marathon Ithaca, NY 2017 2:45:00
Half Marathon Gering, NE Sep 27, 2014 3:00:00
Half Marathon Allentown, PA Apr 28, 2013 2:34:00

My Raves

I ran this race April 22, 2023. This is a very small, local race organized by the UCC church in Dover: there were only about 40 runners. It was well-organized … MORE

I ran this race April 22, 2023. This is a very small, local race organized by the UCC church in Dover: there were only about 40 runners. It was well-organized with minimal, but clear, instructions via email and on the website ahead of race day, and easy packet pick up on the morning of the race. I love the tshirt (I’m wearing right now, in fact); it’s one of my favorite race shirts in my adventures so far. Neither the tshirt or the medal have the date or year on them, I figure that it is because it’s such a small race, this saves some production costs (no big deal for me; I record in sharpie the race details on the back of my medals anyway). The post-race snacks were lovely: homemade chili, cookies, local pizza, and more, all hosted by church members. I got to meet Lorraine, who made the chili. 🙂 My only complaint with this race was the course: the route had runners running **with traffic** on the right-hand side of the road, on roads that were totally open to vehicles. If I were running in my neighborhood at home, I would have worn bright colors and been running safely on the left side, facing traffic. By contrast, this course felt unsafe. Trucks passed by us with barely an elbow’s length of space, and our backs were to oncoming traffic. Because the race was so small, runners were spread out and cars probably didn’t even know a race was taking place. The course was a major concern, and I’ll email the race director to let them know. Things would have been so much safer if they had directed runners to run against traffic on the left side (and giving us a heads up to wear brightly colored running gear would have been a good idea, too), but aid stations and volunteers were all located on the right-hand side, directing runners to stay to that side. Yikes. Other than this issue, the route was fine; nothing gorgeous or exciting, but a generally nice route through some town and country roads, crossing the Cochecho River twice. The course was mostly flat or rolling hills on paved roads, with the exception of a short trail section leading to a footbridge and one long hill at mile 8. We stayed in nearby Portsmouth, NH for the weekend, which I recommend. Overall, I probably wouldn’t run this race again, but did enjoy the overall low-key and friendly nature of the event.

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I ran this race April 16, 2023, in perfect spring weather. It was state #16 for me in my quest towards 50 halves in 50 states. The course was one … MORE

I ran this race April 16, 2023, in perfect spring weather. It was state #16 for me in my quest towards 50 halves in 50 states. The course was one of my favorites: begins along the boardwalk in Rehoboth, follows a couple of town streets past beautiful homes, and into Cape Henlopen State Park. The path here is light cinder (tiny rocks), fairly flat, and mostly shaded. There were a couple spots where it gets narrow, and because it’s an out-and-back, runners were single file going both directions for a bit. This was fine with me, and didn’t mess with my flow or anything, but I know for some runners this can mess with their PR. Scenery was beautiful, coastal, and quiet (despite this being a pretty big race, and lots of normal running chatter, music, etc). At roughly mile 7 or so, a tidal pool overflowed into the path, and a race volunteer directed runners to go through the middle of it, because I guess it got nearly waist deep just off the trail. Glad he was there. Though I hadn’t planned for wet shoes in this race (though I’ve run plenty of trail races, this was my first with a portion through ankle-deep water), but it actually wasn’t as bad as I had feared. I do wish I’d stopped to empty my shoes of the tiny rocks that had crept in, because I ended up with my first race blister — but now I know to take those seriously! 🙂 The timing of this race is prior to busy beach season in Delaware, so it was a pretty perfect season IMO. We stayed at a small Air BnB in nearby Dewey Beach, (Swedes Beach is dog-friendly, but you need to buy a $5 permit online). Everywhere was very family and dog friendly. We brought our bikes, which made travel around the area fun and easy (And, street parking is FREE until May 15, so this makes things even easier). Our rental in Dewey ended up being super close to the running festival’s 5k which took place on Saturday. Completing both the 5k and half earned a medal for each, plus a third medal for the “Fort Miles Challenge.” All the medals were attractive. While the race tshirts ended up being pretty run-of-the-mill cotton and busy with sponsors’ names, etc, the other swag included a pint glass and my FAVORITE new hat of all time: it’s a trucker-style hat with Coastal Delaware Running Festival, Rehoboth Beach on the front in a subtle rectangle. I love the fit and style, and I wear it almost every day. (Nice job, race directors!) Overall the organization and communication on the race was well done and helpful. The emails do get repetitive and pointless after a while (I don’t need an email every week telling me to sign up for a race I’ve already signed up for…), so that was the only minor organization critique I have. All other details were smooth. Post-race celebration was gate-checked, so if you know you definitely want to celebrate with non-running family or friends, you will absolutely want to purchase tickets for them ahead of time. They kept a tight lid on entering and exiting at Grotto Pizza. But, it’s worth it. The beer, drinks, pizza, salad, and wings were plentiful and delicious. If I find myself with available to travel to Delaware in the spring, I would absolutely run this race again.

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I ran this race March 26, 2023. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the course was smooth sailing on a paved rail-trail. There was a hill at mile 7 or … MORE

I ran this race March 26, 2023. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the course was smooth sailing on a paved rail-trail. There was a hill at mile 7 or so, but it wasn’t too bad; the rest was pancake flat and mostly shaded. Race spectators were fun: there was a group giving tequila shots calling themselves “South of the Border,” including music and signs mimicking those retro billboards all the way to Florida. Very funny. The timing of the race this year coincided with DC’s cherry blossom festival, so you can imagine all the gorgeous flowering trees along this race route. Swag this year included a small medal and a pretty cool trucker-style running hat. Post race snacks were good and pretty typical (I think bananas and bagels) and there was a physical therapy tent available for treatment, which is always nice. The race was medium-sized, which was perfect for me (I don’t love the huge races), parking was easy, and communication ahead of time was simple and smooth. I highly recommend this race if you are aiming to PR. I wasn’t really trying for a PR, and got within a couple of minutes of mine. The timing of this race in the spring and the simplicity of the course make it one I would definitely run again.

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I ran this race on Dec. 4, 2022. It was Day #4 in the Four Corners Quad Keyah. The final day followed much the same trails as Day #1 (Arizona), … MORE

I ran this race on Dec. 4, 2022. It was Day #4 in the Four Corners Quad Keyah. The final day followed much the same trails as Day #1 (Arizona), but we are told the race director changes the route a little bit each year. On this day the trails weren’t as windy as Day #1, but at certain points the wind was substantial. As this race was the final in the series, there was more of a celebratory vibe, with a full meal available for runners (it was Navajo tacos, with meat and veggie option). Yum! See my review for Day #1 – Arizona for more details on the whole race series.

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This was Day #3, Colorado, in the four day race series. The trail changes a little from year to year, we are told. This year, the Colorado day was a … MORE

This was Day #3, Colorado, in the four day race series. The trail changes a little from year to year, we are told. This year, the Colorado day was a beautiful couple of miles down towards the San Juan River, which included two miles (four total) of deep sand. It was the most challenging day by far. A great deal of fun, but definitely difficult. The trails also included narrow cliff-side areas, rough rocks, etc, like Day #2 Utah did. See my review for Day #1 for more details on the whole race.

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I ran this race on Dec. 2, 2022. It was the second in the four-race series. The trail changes a little bit each year, we were told. But this year, … MORE

I ran this race on Dec. 2, 2022. It was the second in the four-race series. The trail changes a little bit each year, we were told. But this year, the Utah race consisted of challenging trails on rocks, steep inclines, a small amount of bouldering, and some narrow cliff-side trails. All doable, but challenging. It was fun and difficult trail on this day. As with each of the four races – the community is awesome. See reviews for other days/states for more complete picture.

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I ran this race November, 2022. The weather was an unusual 70 degrees with slight breeze, and it rained for about 20 minutes late in the race (just when I … MORE

I ran this race November, 2022. The weather was an unusual 70 degrees with slight breeze, and it rained for about 20 minutes late in the race (just when I needed it). This was not typical weather for the Finger Lakes this time of year. So that was lucky, and if you do this race, be prepared for chillier weather. This is a well-produced, organized race, with good swag (nice jacket and medal), and no frills.

This race is put on by Southern Tier Running Club (STRC). The course starts at SUNY Corning Community College, runs two loops around the campus buildings and parking lots, then proceeds through some lovely mountaintop neighborhoods with distant views of hills and foliage. Miles 1-4 are easy for spectators to get to. The last several miles are on country roads with some traffic, including the last two and a half miles along West Caton Road, which was pretty busy.

This course is hilly. Mile 7-8, along Spencer Hill Road, is the most significant hill, with a mile-long, steep incline. Some runners call it “religion hill,” I heard, because it is so challenging that “runners will find religion,” I guess, lol. Before mile 7, there are also lots of shorter, tough hills as well. After mile 8, it is almost (but not all) downhill. While the official description on the race website minimizes the hills, “The course has rolling hills with an overall elevation loss of 701 feet,” this belies the fact that so many hills makes for a challenging race, even if there are lots of accompanying downhills.

For a smaller race, there was solid on-course support and aid stations with water, Gatorade, and gels. Packet pick up (once we found it) was easy, indoor bathrooms at the start and finish were convenient, and race officials did a good job directing runners and holding off traffic.

Other than the nice swag, this is a no-frills race. The start line consisted of two orange cones with a starting chip pad, and there is not a pre-race expo, or music. It is a smallish local race that is well organized by STRC. A post-event celebration inside the American Legion adjacent to the race finish had food, which was mostly gone pretty quick. Family and guests of the runners were welcome to the celebration, too, which was nice. Afterwards, we went to the Corning Museum of Glass which was phenomenal. I highly recommend going there if you are in the area.

Overall, I wouldn’t run this race again, but probably would do another produced by Southern Tier Running Club (with fewer hills, lol).

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I ran this race in Oct. 2022. It was a chilly, windy day, not unusual for NJ in late autumn. The course was 2 loops along the boardwalk, leading to … MORE

I ran this race in Oct. 2022. It was a chilly, windy day, not unusual for NJ in late autumn. The course was 2 loops along the boardwalk, leading to some neighborhood streets on the bay side, and back to the ocean side boardwalk and finish line. The course has a 3-hour time limit. Being the Jersey Shore off season, there was not a lot of car traffic or non-race-affiliated tourists, which was nice. My family enjoyed the weekend and rode our bikes to Island Beach State Park on Saturday. Though some folx don’t like running on boardwalks, the boardwalk Seaside Heights was in good condition and enjoyable. The course is very flat; I came close to a PR. Overall race production was decent — there was some confusion about packet pick up times in emails, and a mistake in the distances for the 1-mile kids’ race for instance, but things all worked out and these snafus are pretty minor. The accompanying kids’ races and 5k also included medals and a tshirt, which my kids loved earning! For lodging we stayed at the Charlroy Hotel, which was affordable, right across from the beach and the race start/finish, but not very nice at all, TBH (I definitely wouldn’t stay there again). This part of the Jersey Shore has a lot of smaller family owned motels, some in need of repair.

Aid stations had water and Gatorade, and were well-located (3 total, on a double-loop course, so 6 opportunities in all). Some local groups came out to cheer, which always adds a positive boost. There was a guy telling dad jokes as he helped direct runners, which was enjoyable. Race swag was great! Large shark-themed medals, and a light blue athletic long-sleeved race tshirt. Packet pick up also included a Squirrel’s Nut Butter sample (perfect for carrying in my running belt). Dance music provided by a DJ. Post-race celebrations were held at The Sawmill, a restaurant/pub, but we didn’t go.

Overall, this is was a well-produced race for a small localish event that benefits the local running club. I would absolutely run it again if schedule/travel permits.

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I ran this race April 10, 2022, and got a PR. It is a flat, paved course through the towpath and near the nature center, with only a couple tiny … MORE

I ran this race April 10, 2022, and got a PR. It is a flat, paved course through the towpath and near the nature center, with only a couple tiny hills over the bridges (as other reviewers have noted). The weather the day I ran it was in the 30’s at start, but good for racing and it warmed up by the end. Race communication was minimal; I would have liked more info on details and at least a little bit of “yay, the race is next weekend” kind of hype, but there was none. In fact, there was so little communication I was worried I got the race date wrong…but this kind of thing may be fine for others. lol. The medal was sweet: a good size, not huge, with images of the canal and towpath, and the date. The shirt was unremarkable. Others have mentioned post-race beer and celebration, but maybe this was a pre-covid thing? When I ran it in 2022, there was an inflatable arch at the finish, an announcer, and music, but no real post-race celebrations, and not a lot of people. A couple of vendors and nonprofits had tables, which was nice, but there wasn’t a celebration to speak of. We stayed at the Drury Plaza Hotel downtown, which had great rates for the weekend, and spent several hours at the Cleveland Zoo during our time there. Overall, I would recommend this race for someone who lives in the Cleveland area, but it is not a very travel-worthy race (unless you’re aiming for 50 states, and it fits your schedule, like it did mine).

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This is one of the best-produced races I have run. I did this race first in September 2014, and again in September 2022. I'm from Western Nebraska and if I … MORE

This is one of the best-produced races I have run. I did this race first in September 2014, and again in September 2022. I’m from Western Nebraska and if I find myself back home at race time again, I will definitely run this race again. There is SO MUCH COMMUNITY SUPPORT, it’s unrivaled from other races I’ve done, small or large. This is a small town race with BIG support. In 2014 the course was full of cheering spectators with hilarious signs (“Is something chasing you?” and “Worst parade ever!” were some of my favorites). There were fewer spectators in 2022, but still more than a lot of races. There was even spectator support in the more remote sections of the race at mile 8 or so along sandy ditch roads, both times I ran. Aid stations were well staffed, and at useful places.

Race swag from the expo the night before demonstrated the plethora of community involvement. There were lots of freebies, a physical therapist student available for assessment and taping, tables for other regional upcoming races, local food samples, small business info, and coupons for complimentary beer and food at local restaurants. We even received a bag of Kelly Beans, lol.

More importantly, the race course is amazing. The half starts at Roubidoux RV park (which is prettier than it sounds), adjacent to Five Rocks Amphitheater and concert area (which is also where the race finishes). From there it goes along Old Oregon Trail Road, which is a small two-lane highway with traffic redirected for the race, towards Scotts Bluff National Monument. This is a wide open road with gorgeous views, going slightly uphill, with views for 20 miles at the top, then down a bit towards dirt and gravel ditch roads along irrigation canals behind the Monument. These roads are a bit technical, but not too rough compared with more rugged races: road runners may want to train on some gravel beforehand. The route then heads north behind the Monument through Scottsbluff’s Badlands, rounding out through town sidewalks and a paved trail on the east side of the Monument. After some roads through neighborhoods, the course zigs along the entrance to West Lawn Cemetery, rejoining another gravel and sand ditch road, and back to Five Rocks Amphitheater. There were wild plumbs along this last part of the route, which we stopped to eat, of course.

Folx from the eastern part of the state, or elsewhere outside the Western Nebraska region, usually have no idea how beautiful this place can be. I recommend this race to anyone, even if it means traveling up from Colorado, east from Wyoming, or west from Omaha/Lincoln. Just do it. You won’t regret it.

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I ran this as my first ever half marathon in April 2013. The course is a gorgeous combination of Allentown's Little Lehigh Parkway, some roads, through paved paths in Cedar … MORE

I ran this as my first ever half marathon in April 2013. The course is a gorgeous combination of Allentown’s Little Lehigh Parkway, some roads, through paved paths in Cedar Beach park, and a finish in the Allen High School track and football stadium. One of the best features of the race was having bands play music throughout the course. Local rock bands, blues, funk, marching bands, and more were staged along the route — a totally enjoyable and unique experience. Some parts of the race are along the parkway, which is made up of tightly packed small gravel (I’ve heard it called cinder), and not very technical, but road runners should be aware that the race is not entirely on paved roadway. There are a couple of old bridges across the Little Lehigh Creek, including the beautiful covered Bogart’s Bridge. The finish line is in a stadium where you have to run slightly uphill, which sounds awful, but it actually was very fun with more great music and crowds which all had a good view of entering runners. Overall lots of community support. The race expo the day before was large and full of fun swag. Race day weather was absolutely perfect – mid 50’s and sunny. If I found myself back in town on race day, I would definitely run this well-produced race again.

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