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@enigma20

Columbus, OH Raving since 2018 active 5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (2)

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Marathon Erie, PA Sep 9, 2018 3:04:47
Half Marathon Lahaina, HI Jan 19, 2020 1:26:20

Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Versailles, KY Oct 3, 2020
Half Marathon Shelburne, VT TBD
Half Marathon Quechee, VT TBD
Half Marathon Idaho Falls, ID TBD
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN TBD
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK TBD

Past Races (30)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Sep 14, 2020
Half Marathon Lahaina, HI Jan 19, 2020 1:26:20
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019 3:07:42
Half Marathon Santa Fe, NM Sep 15, 2019 1:27:13
Half Marathon Dublin, OH Aug 25, 2019 1:27:25
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 28, 2019 3:14:11
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 15, 2019 3:22:49
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Nov 10, 2018 1:29:20
Marathon St George, UT Oct 6, 2018 3:06:35
Half Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 15, 2018 1:35:33
Marathon Erie, PA Sep 9, 2018 3:04:47
Half Marathon Morgantown, WV Jun 2, 2018 1:32:42
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 6, 2018 1:33:09
Marathon Athens, OH Apr 15, 2018 3:35:53
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Mar 24, 2018 1:33:48
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Mar 4, 2018 1:32:43
Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 15, 2017 3:44:51
Marathon Eugene, OR May 7, 2017 3:21:29
Half Marathon Dearborn, MI Apr 22, 2017 1:30:05
Half Marathon Athens, OH Apr 9, 2017 1:30:22
Half Marathon Boulder City, NV Jan 14, 2017 1:35:37
Half Marathon Granville, OH Nov 5, 2016 1:33:09
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 16, 2016 1:32:06
Half Marathon Crazy Horse, SD Oct 9, 2016 1:32:26
Marathon Kennebunk, ME May 15, 2016 3:24:43
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Apr 30, 2016 1:35:24
Half Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 8, 2015 1:35:25
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 18, 2015 1:34:35
Half Marathon Columbus, OH May 2, 2015 1:37:46
Half Marathon Dublin, OH Aug 24, 2014 1:42:30

My Raves

This race should be on everyone's bucket list. Maui is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. It will be difficult to top this. The good: Beautiful area, … MORE

This race should be on everyone’s bucket list. Maui is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It will be difficult to top this.
The good:
Beautiful area, mostly along the coast
Best age group awards and trophies I’ve seen
Fresh pineapple at the end
Refreshing mister at the end
Fairly flat course and well marked
The not so good:
Hard to find parking in town for packet pick up (not a problem on race day)
After the turn-around, there was a lot of people coming on your left and cars on your right. I had to focus on the distractions and didn’t totally get to enjoy the views
The awards at the end was chaotic and took a while

Overall, very good. Ends next to a beach, so you can jump right in.

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Typical big city race which means very congested running in the early miles, but lots of crowd support. There are plenty of good places to cheer on your runner and … MORE

Typical big city race which means very congested running in the early miles, but lots of crowd support. There are plenty of good places to cheer on your runner and easy to find them at the end.
The course was mostly flat, with a hill near the end. The bridges have metal gratings, but are generally covered with large carpets. There are several turns on this course. My watch was messed up early due to all the buildings, so plan accordingly. The wind was strong and contributed to my second half demise.
On course support was great. Plenty of places and the water vs gatorade was clearly marked.
The convention center for the packet pickup was crazy to get around due to all the traffic. I would probably try to take public transportation next time.
Overall, it was a pretty good experience if you’re into running. 🙂

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If you can make it past the first 2-3 miles, you'll be OK. The first two miles are net uphill almost 300 feet. The 3rd mile is a steep downhill. … MORE

If you can make it past the first 2-3 miles, you’ll be OK. The first two miles are net uphill almost 300 feet. The 3rd mile is a steep downhill. After the first 3 miles, it is a much easier downhill. Course was tough on the legs and is over 7300′ altitude at it’s highest. Surprisingly, I didn’t seem to be affected by the altitude. There are a couple short, but steep hills near the end. There is prize money, so there is some strong competition.
The views overall are nice and you pass some of the local landmarks like camel rock. Not too many spectators, but there is plenty of on course support.
The awards ceremony at the end was a little chaotic, but the hand-made age group awards were unique. The shirts and metals were both very nice as well.

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This was the first half marathon that I ran 5 years ago. There are a few rolling hills, but overall a fairly easy course. If you're looking for crowd support, … MORE

This was the first half marathon that I ran 5 years ago. There are a few rolling hills, but overall a fairly easy course. If you’re looking for crowd support, you will not find it here. The course takes you through one of the local parks and overall has nice views (for Ohio). The medals are always top notch and the shirts are nice as well. The weather is hit or miss this time of the year. Luckily this year, it was in the mid 50’s at the start.

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Such a great course. Be prepared to get to the buses early and for a bit of a wait until the start. Time goes quickly though. The Taiko drummers and … MORE

Such a great course. Be prepared to get to the buses early and for a bit of a wait until the start. Time goes quickly though.
The Taiko drummers and pianist are at critical points early in the race and a nice distraction.
The late stages of the race get tough as the scenery changes and the hills keep coming.
Overall, a great experience. Worth the pain for the views. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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Since it's still fresh in my mind, this will be the best time to leave a review. The bad: A lot of waiting- I was in wave 1 and loaded … MORE

Since it’s still fresh in my mind, this will be the best time to leave a review.

The bad:
A lot of waiting- I was in wave 1 and loaded the bus to Hopkinton by 6:45. My wave didn’t start until 10:02. There is a tent for waiting and plenty of port-a-johns. Just be prepared and bring throw away clothes and something to sit on.
So many people- it was at least 5 or 6 miles before it thinned out a bit. I’ve never had that many people around me for so long and it made me a little anxious.
Not really a good place to warm up- everything was muddy and crowded in the athletes area. Be sure to use the march toward the corrals as your warm-up.
The Good:
It’s Boston
I’ve never seen crowd support like that before. There was hardly a stretch where there wasn’t a crowd cheering on all of the runners.
It was so loud most of the time, that I couldn’t hear my ipod.
The fly-over was so cool. It was a little foggy, but I was still able to see the jets pretty well. Gave me goosebumps.
Wellesley was amazing- other than the finish, it was my favorite spot. I see why it’s called the scream tunnel. I gave high-fives all along that area as well as Boston College. I loved it.
The atmosphere was second to none. I’d highly suggest running it as least once in your life.
It definitely shredded my legs and was a tough course, but there was water, bananas, orange slices, gatorade, medical assistance, vasoline and so many other forms of comfort all along the course.

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It was a good race overall. Starting temp was around 28 with 14 mph winds, but the sun was out. The toughest part of the race is early, between miles … MORE

It was a good race overall. Starting temp was around 28 with 14 mph winds, but the sun was out. The toughest part of the race is early, between miles 2 and 4. After that, it gets easier until around mile 12 when you climb a bridge. I went with the 1:30 pace group and they were really good, but I didn’t hear the same about some of the other pacers. Medals and shirts were really nice, but I didn’t see a lot of post race food options. Race support was rather sparse as well. The course was confusing at times and the turn around point was rather subtle and anti-climatic. I was glad I was with the pace group during those parts. The dead possum at mile 10 was rather amusing and gross at the same time. Overall, it was a good race and I enjoyed the parts of the course that go through the city.

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Overall, it was a beautiful course and well organized. Just because it's a net downhill course, does not mean it's easy. I enjoy some nice downhills, but it will take … MORE

Overall, it was a beautiful course and well organized. Just because it’s a net downhill course, does not mean it’s easy. I enjoy some nice downhills, but it will take a toll on your quads. There is a nasty uphill right after Veyo that seems to go on forever.
The only issues that I found were the long wait times at the race start. You have to catch a buss from the finish area to the start, which is about a 25 minute ride. You need to get there early. The race was then delayed by 30 minutes because we had to wait for the last bus to make it. It was rainy and in the mid to upper 40’s at the start. The other issue is people starting in a faster group than they should. By this point, people should know their starting pace and I shouldn’t have to dodge so many people in the beginning.
The good. Considering how there is not much civilization out there, there is decent crowd support. The aid stations were great as well, some of them offering ice packs, vaseline and icy hot rub downs. People at the finish were very helpful and offered lots of goodies and congratulations.
It was definitely a unique race.

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Not much to look at during the run and hardly any spectators. There were a lot of long stretches with just pavement. Weather was a big factor as well with … MORE

Not much to look at during the run and hardly any spectators. There were a lot of long stretches with just pavement. Weather was a big factor as well with temps starting in low 70’s with >90% humidity. Someone put an ugly hill around mile 8. There were a decent amount of water stations and a cool, wet sponge near the end which was much needed. Having a serviceman place the medal around my neck was cool and there was some decent treats at the end. Overall, good to support the military, but not one of my favorites.

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Nice flat course with water stops every mile and lots of pace groups. A little congested at the start, but it helped me from going out too fast. The only … MORE

Nice flat course with water stops every mile and lots of pace groups. A little congested at the start, but it helped me from going out too fast. The only issue is the traffic getting into and out of the park. Plan to get there early.

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The appeal is the mostly downhill course. However, the quads will take a beating. The first 10+ miles are on a crushed limestone trail and then becomes paved and open … MORE

The appeal is the mostly downhill course. However, the quads will take a beating. The first 10+ miles are on a crushed limestone trail and then becomes paved and open the last 2+ miles. Runners take buses up winding roads from the finish line to the start. The trees help shade the course, but in my case, it also kept the humidity in. Water stops every 2 miles and one of the best food spreads at the end that I’ve seen. A lot of local places donated food and was right around the WVU campus. Not a very big race with just over 500 finishers. Not many good places for people to watch either. Not a bad race though.

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It was a small race, but had 3 distances all starting at the same time. The course was an out-and-back and the turn-around for each distance was obvious. Only a … MORE

It was a small race, but had 3 distances all starting at the same time. The course was an out-and-back and the turn-around for each distance was obvious. Only a few small hills, but I think my issue was all of the curves. There was nothing straight about the course. Despite being a small race, the half was fairly competitive. I attribute that to being a tune-up for most people before Boston. The shirt was nice, but the metal wasn’t great. Of the price though, it was a decent value.

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The course was about as flat as I've ever seen. Well organized and lots of on-course entertainment and water. Which is good, because it was getting warm by the end. … MORE

The course was about as flat as I’ve ever seen. Well organized and lots of on-course entertainment and water. Which is good, because it was getting warm by the end. Not as scenic as I thought it might be, but still better than most. It was nice to run down a couple main streets without traffic. It was kind of expensive, but the experience and the swag make it worthwhile.

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The big Columbus races are generally well supported and this is no exception. It was very warm and humid. I struggled early in this one. They seemed to add additional … MORE

The big Columbus races are generally well supported and this is no exception. It was very warm and humid. I struggled early in this one. They seemed to add additional water stops due to the weather. At this time of the year, you never know what you might get. The second half of the course gets more difficult and a lot less spectators. Organization and start of the race is great. Swag is pretty good as well.

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