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@erbVanZan

Marquette, MI Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 1 week, 1 day ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    50 States Club

  • Rave race:

    Maui Oceanfront Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Revel Mt Charleston

  • I run because:

    It makes travel all the 50 States. I use to say, so I could eat whatever I want…That’s still a little true. Because I pathetically like getting my entire Sunday sucked up by a long training run. LOL!

My Races

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

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Future Races

Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Omaha, NE Sep 27, 2020 4:43:52

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 2, 2022

Past Races (43)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Olathe, KS Nov 6, 2021
Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 9, 2021 5:17:00
Marathon Beulah, WY Sep 12, 2021 5:03:00
Marathon Wallsburg, UT Jun 5, 2021
Marathon Omaha, NE Sep 27, 2020 4:43:52
Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 26, 2020 5:10:00
Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 7, 2019 5:00:08
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 20, 2019 4:48:00
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jun 30, 2019
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 27, 2019
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 18, 2018
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Oct 14, 2018
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 3, 2018
Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV Sep 30, 2017
Marathon Fargo, ND May 20, 2017
Marathon Lahaina, HI Jan 15, 2017
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 5, 2016
Marathon Sunriver, OR Sep 4, 2016
Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 28, 2016
Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 8, 2015
Half Marathon Mackinac Island, MI Oct 24, 2015
Marathon Bristol, NH Oct 4, 2014
Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 21, 2014
Marathon Savannah, GA 2013
Half Marathon Chambersburg, PA 2013
Marathon St Louis, MO 2013
Marathon Colorado Springs, CO 2013
Marathon San Antonio, TX 2012
Marathon Burlington, VT 2012
Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID 2011
Marathon Baltimore, MD 2011
Marathon Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 2010
Marathon Rochester, NY 2010
Marathon Oracle, AZ 2010
Marathon Charlevoix, MI 2009
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 2009
Marathon Two Harbors, MN 2008
Marathon Philadelphia, PA 2008
Marathon Arlington, VA 2007
Half Marathon Green Bay, WI 2006
Marathon Chicago, IL 2006
Marathon Menasha, WI 2005
Half Marathon Menasha, WI 2004

My Raves

Expo was normal for the covid era we are in, yet not impressed being slightly badgered by the water filter guy. I don’t want someone selling me something for my … MORE

Expo was normal for the covid era we are in, yet not impressed being slightly badgered by the water filter guy. I don’t want someone selling me something for my home at a sporting event expo. I wish he actually had water to pass out. Course was actually prettier than I expected although more rolling hills than I expected on the paved trail between mile 8-15 out and back. All the aid stations were well placed and great volunteers. I dressed up in a Dorothy costume so I got great fellow runner feedback and race volunteer motivation. I was pretty slow, but I did have Toto in a basket in tow. Due to covid this was postponed from April and I don’t know what the Emerald City celebration was suppose to be like as they felt they needed to cancel the after party. The finish was lack luster with minimal post race food and NO chocolate milk. I compared this to a very successful after party recently at Hartford CT with prepared food bags, beer tent, live music in a very spread out environment. I was a little more hopeful there would be a little more “hoopla” at the finish. It is a solid race for my 50 state endeavor. Oh and a helpful man at the expo entrance names Kelly suggested I go to the ymca for a shower, since I needed to check out of my hotel. It was perfect!!!

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Although I didn’t have the time I would’ve hoped considering it was not a difficult course, I enjoyed the entire race. I had recently come off a completely downhill course … MORE

Although I didn’t have the time I would’ve hoped considering it was not a difficult course, I enjoyed the entire race. I had recently come off a completely downhill course and I think my muscle memory made me start out slower than I usually do and I then continued to run slower(I’ve never been able to do negative splits.lol) But this race was so enjoyable. Great swag, fun but (covid) small expo, organized start, top notch volunteers, great water stops, road closures, and the finish is epic! They had a spread out finish area, and a nice drawstring bag for our post race food so you weren’t grabbing things off tables. And the post race band was really good, (I did come in early enough to catch their last few songs). They had an alternative to beer which always makes me happy. One other surprise I figured out while running through the residential section 18-24 was that mailboxes had a bag with a cowbell so residents could cheer us on! I figured it out that those who weren’t home the bells were still hanging (and filled with rain water). What a cool idea! The community embraces this race. And of course the medal is beautiful too.

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Although this course was to be downhill and fast and for most of the runners that was the case. I’m a slower runner to begin with and the downhill on … MORE

Although this course was to be downhill and fast and for most of the runners that was the case. I’m a slower runner to begin with and the downhill on the 2nd half caught up to me. But it was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed the support of the Race director, and his volunteers were wonderful! Well organized small town race!!! We had perfect weather and even the post race chocolate milk and grilled cheese sandwiches!! (And a lot more!) you’ll love this race and it can count as either Wyoming or South Dakota if you are a 50 state hopeful!

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Although many would not consider this course difficult due to its downhill nature, if you are not from the area and live at sea level, the altitude will impact your … MORE

Although many would not consider this course difficult due to its downhill nature, if you are not from the area and live at sea level, the altitude will impact your performance. Yes it was also unprecedented heat,but that did not seem bad as the majority was in the shade for me or it seemed that way. Yes my legs were tired but I felt panicky every time I would exert myself so I walked the last 1/5th. The race was organized, expo was nice (nice to finally attend one post covid), and the water stops were appropriate. The views were beautiful. Many complained about the late start, but I didn’t notice. The busing to the start was very organized and they had plenty of port a potties!!💩 if you are a post race party lover type, beware there is not a drop of alcohol to be found, which would be expected to where the race was.
Overall this is a great race, just not that great for me

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Very well organized! Clever marathon mask in swag. Did well with safety measures. Had to adapt the course to 2 loops of out and backs but they did great with … MORE

Very well organized! Clever marathon mask in swag. Did well with safety measures. Had to adapt the course to 2 loops of out and backs but they did great with bottled water & Gatorade. Great local people supportive and just all around excited to actually hold a race!!!

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Course is a calm stroll through a beautiful park. Of course I was hoping for slightly warmer and no rain, (I seem to bring the north cold weather wherever I … MORE

Course is a calm stroll through a beautiful park. Of course I was hoping for slightly warmer and no rain, (I seem to bring the north cold weather wherever I travel to), but it wasn’t disturbing and I think many PR’d. The hangout party post race was really fun!! The animals from gulf shores zoo were so cool at the expo

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So glad I choose this for my Tennessee, I became a hero and raised money. The organization was top notch!! Expo was nice and everyone is friendly! The entire city … MORE

So glad I choose this for my Tennessee, I became a hero and raised money. The organization was top notch!! Expo was nice and everyone is friendly! The entire city embraces this race. So many even who were not volunteers would thank us for running.
My only complaint, is they ran out of things at the post race party (how can you run out of chocolate milk, and there were still many runners coming in) and offered only beer.
The course is not all that pretty. The riverfront is not very clean and many areas looked run down.😞 Beale Street was suppose to be a cool place to go, but we were very uncomfortable when we went on a Friday, approached by homeless, and beggars following us for an entire block. It was sad but have us a bad taste of Memphis.

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I was expecting corn fields, but the course wound around some beautiful neighborhoods with great crowd support. The park area was also very pretty. This is a top notch marathon … MORE

I was expecting corn fields, but the course wound around some beautiful neighborhoods with great crowd support. The park area was also very pretty. This is a top notch marathon for how easy it was to attend the expo, very organized start and finish. I loved having the Truly option post race, rather than just beer. Tons of food! Lots of law enforcement making the traffic safe. Hills were a surprise at mile 5-7, but at least out of the way early.

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We were lucky with the weather, early start helped. Volunteers at all water stations were awesome! Nice medal! Tech shirt is a little heavy. Post party was awesome. I was … MORE

We were lucky with the weather, early start helped. Volunteers at all water stations were awesome! Nice medal! Tech shirt is a little heavy. Post party was awesome. I was not thrilled with the expo however. Not that there was not enough there, but it was too small of a venue! No parking! People were angry with each other trying to get to the event. I was going to do the beer run, but it was so congested, I about had it. Caras park was fine for the post race, but I think an inside with large parking lot would’ve been better for the expo.

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Louisville is a pretty, clean and safe city (or so it seemed). Enjoyed running through Churchill downs. Nice people! had a fun time with my sister, enjoyed the Jim beam … MORE

Louisville is a pretty, clean and safe city (or so it seemed). Enjoyed running through Churchill downs. Nice people! had a fun time with my sister, enjoyed the Jim beam at the expo. The fun through the park was pretty.

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Well run course! The multitude of community spectator beer stop..WOW! I don’t drink beer but there were a few Fireball stops.❤️ 2018 was very cold, I thought traveling 1100 miles … MORE

Well run course! The multitude of community spectator beer stop..WOW! I don’t drink beer but there were a few Fireball stops.❤️ 2018 was very cold, I thought traveling 1100 miles south it would be warm, but no! The extra bling for the shortest ultra was fun and with Jell-O shots! I did not like the post race. They made very regimented, could not return to the finish line, shuttled you out like cattle and then I couldn’t find the special tents or certain food they said would be there. Everything was so far apart.

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Nicely run! Pretty course! Take the hills seriously. I knew there were hills but I really wasn’t prepared. I ended up walking a lot. Of course my photo on the … MORE

Nicely run! Pretty course! Take the hills seriously. I knew there were hills but I really wasn’t prepared. I ended up walking a lot. Of course my photo on the course in front of the iconic tree that represents the MDI, I was walking and texting my sister to complain😜😂.

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This would've been a great race for me. I'm a slow runner & would've appreciated the flat course. But that wind got me. I was exhausted & very frustrated with … MORE

This would’ve been a great race for me. I’m a slow runner & would’ve appreciated the flat course. But that wind got me. I was exhausted & very frustrated with the wind. It almost blew me over twice. I didn’t look around at scenery because I had to keep my head down. I did not have my usual pains (back, hip or feet), but my upper back was so tired from pushing myself. Ha Ha.
The organization was great, expo small but good things happening. Swag was nice. The after party was very good with plenty of food even for us slow marathoners. Best: Finally options at an Expo & post race other than beer for us non beer drinkers. Yum!

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Pretty through the tow trail and along the river. 2nd half tough, but the battlefields were nice. I was slow so there was no one at the finish line. Showers … MORE

Pretty through the tow trail and along the river. 2nd half tough, but the battlefields were nice. I was slow so there was no one at the finish line. Showers on campus were nice, yet felt like miles away! After party not too bad, but no options for non beer drinkers.

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It wasn’t an exciting course, but for some reason I enjoyed it. Not much to do in Fargo, but I was able to concentrate on the race. The organization was … MORE

It wasn’t an exciting course, but for some reason I enjoyed it. Not much to do in Fargo, but I was able to concentrate on the race. The organization was superb!!! The swag bag was awesome!

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How can you not like see whales as you run? The second half of course was harder but also more beautiful because it was light. First 10 miles for me … MORE

How can you not like see whales as you run? The second half of course was harder but also more beautiful because it was light. First 10 miles for me was before sunrise, so can’t see scenery that way. Special all weekend for marathoners, like the dinner cruise! Love the shirt designs from the local artist unique each year!

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