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@erin.johnstone

Rochester, NY Raving since 2020 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 1 week, 5 days ago

About Me

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  • Race that's calling my name:

    Lake Powell Half

  • I run because:

    It helps me keep my sanity! It keeps me healthy and gives me a reason to travel

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 12, 2014 3:48:26
Half Marathon Rochester, NY 2013 1:41:47

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Past Races (26)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Conway, NH May 5, 2024 1:48:40
Half Marathon Wells, ME May 4, 2024 1:52:36
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 29, 2023
Half Marathon Newport, RI Oct 8, 2023 1:51:26
Half Marathon Bath, NY Oct 1, 2023 1:46:37
Half Marathon South Pomfret, VT Jun 4, 2023 1:47:24
Half Marathon Russellville, AR Apr 22, 2023 1:48:14
Half Marathon Page, AZ Oct 8, 2022
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT Jun 25, 2022 1:55:55
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 7, 2022 1:50:48
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 1, 2022 2:01:14
Half Marathon Hilton Head Island, SC Jan 15, 2022 1:52:57
Half Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE Dec 4, 2021 1:54:08
Half Marathon Hermosa, SD Sep 18, 2021 2:01:47
River Road Half Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 12, 2021 2:08:34
Half Marathon Springdale, UT Feb 27, 2021 2:11:01
Half Marathon Lahaina, HI Jan 19, 2020 1:54:11
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 17, 2019 2:03:56
Half Marathon Bath, NY Oct 6, 2019 1:51:55
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Apr 28, 2019 1:55:56
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Sep 17, 2017 1:53:15
Half Marathon Dayton, OR Jul 10, 2016 2:00:26
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Apr 26, 2015 1:45:35
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 26, 2014 1:45:59
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 12, 2014 3:48:26
Half Marathon Rochester, NY 2013 1:41:47

My Raves

Expo: Lots of items available to purchase. A few good other vendors. Decent size Swag: Love the medal! It is race specific. I like the dri-fit short sleeve shirt too. … MORE

Expo: Lots of items available to purchase. A few good other vendors. Decent size

Swag: Love the medal! It is race specific. I like the dri-fit short sleeve shirt too.

Start Line: shuttle system. Half marathon had to park at a different location than the marathon, which makes sense. Parking started at 3:45… which is very early, but traffic was backing up around 4:15. I got there early and thought things went smoothly. Bus took about 35-40 minutes to the start line. The start area was very small for the amount of runners there, but there probably wasn’t another option. There could have been more porta potties, but I don’t know where they would have gone. Luckily there were plenty of bathroom stops along the course which was nice. The race started on time, even though there were several people still in line for the porta potties. Bottom line: get there early. They provide bag drop so you can stay warm. They also give you a space blanket.

Course: very pretty! Run along the river in several spots. Limited crowd support, but the ones that were there were great. The mile markers were fairly accurate. Plenty of water stops and Gu provided.

Finish: water and goodie bag at the chute. Bag consisted of 2 mini granola bars and either mini bag of pretzels or goldfish. Kind of sparse in my opinion. Dunkin had Donuts outside the chute and there was a free beer by Tuckerman’s brewing. There was some food available to buy as well. The shuttle back to the parking lot was maybe .5 miles or less from the finish. All went smooth.

All in all, I think Revel was very organized and I would run this again if they bring it back.

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I think this is a fine local race, but not one I would travel to. I don’t think it’s logistically at the point where it can handle 2000 runners for … MORE

I think this is a fine local race, but not one I would travel to. I don’t think it’s logistically at the point where it can handle 2000 runners for the half.

The 5k and half were both on Saturday. They have different start lines. There were 4 different locations for runners to park at in the morning and get shuttled to the start. Traffic was a nightmare for the buses, and not all the bus drivers knew what start line was which. The bus I was on told us we were getting off at the half start and it ended up being the 5k. The race ended up starting 20 minutes late because buses were still dropping runners off at the start.

The course along the ocean was pretty. It was mostly flat, maybe 2 noticeable hills. The water stops seemed fairly random and weren’t as frequent as most other races. I don’t remember seeing nutrition at any of them, but I could have missed it. Porta potty stops seemed infrequent. I think most along the coast were meant for construction workers.

The mile markers seemed pretty accurate until mile 13. It was off by maybe .1 (not a big deal). But then from the mile marker to the finish was another quarter mile… wouldn’t have kicked so early if I had known!

I think the half and 5k got the same medal. Some differentiation would be nice. The race shirt was a hooded long sleeve shirt.

I didn’t stick around for anything at the finish due to the late start and having to be shuttled back to the parking lots. They did have a bag drop, however when you picked up the bag at the finish, they were all just randomly spread out on the lawn. No order, so you had to hope to come across your number with hundreds of other bags to sift through.

Most of the negatives are things that can be fixed, and hopefully they will be if the race director wants this to be a huge race. As of now I wouldn’t recommend this race to anyone that has to travel to it (50 staters), however it’s a fine, small local race.

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I love the concept of the race, running with the marines in Washington DC, but there’s far too many logistical issues that will prevent me from running this again. The … MORE

I love the concept of the race, running with the marines in Washington DC, but there’s far too many logistical issues that will prevent me from running this again.

The expo was a nightmare. I picked up my race packet on Saturday morning. It was at a large convention center, and yet they still herded us into a line that snaked around hallways and dead ends just to get into the expo. I have run other large marathons like this and have not experienced anything like that.

Just getting to the starting area is a disaster. I would say most people take the metro, which means you will be packed into a car like sardines, and then herded like cattle shoulder to shoulder with other runners for about 20 minutes until you can finally exit the metro station. Then you have to walk over a mile through security just to get to the runners village. The start is another quarter mile at least away.

The start is a disaster. Wheelchairs and hand bikes only started 2 minutes before elites, and 5 minutes before the main start. The hills are in the beginning, so runners were passing the bikes, then bikes had to yell at people to move out of the way on the downhill, which was nearly impossible because it was so congested.

There are no corrals. People were walking within the first mile that started at the front. You need to start this race like it’s a 5k if you don’t want to be stuck in a pattern of stop and go traffic with shoulder to shoulder runners. This is not a race you should be expecting a PR in. There needs to be a staggered start and corral accountability for the this race to be successful.

The water stops were frequent enough, but I’d still carry water. It was very difficult to avoid bumping into other runners while getting water, so you lose a lot of time.

The pros: it is awesome to be able to run through DC and see the monuments. The blue mile at mile 12 is very moving.

Issues that will keep me from doing this again:
-travel to start: I had 6k steps by the time I got to the runners village. I was standing/ walking for 2.5 hours before the race started. If there were shuttles that went directly to the village that would alleviate the problem.
-mass start: wayyy too congested and no corral accountability. Should give the wheelchairs and bikes more time before the runners.

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If you have done a vacation race before, the expo is the same as all the others. There's a lot of good race merchandise to buy. As far as race … MORE

If you have done a vacation race before, the expo is the same as all the others. There’s a lot of good race merchandise to buy.
As far as race morning goes, I was not a huge fan of how we had to get to the start line. They did not allow runner drop offs and you had to take a shuttle to the start. The last shuttle left an hour before race start. We arrived at the start line, which was at the side of a road. We were left sitting in the cold for too long in my opinion. They do have a bag drop off, so definitely overdress and utilize that. It was in the upper 30s-low 40s.
The course was beautiful. The hill was not as bad as I was anticipating. They advertised a 5 mile uphill, but the first mile was mostly flat- slightly downhill. The next 4 miles were all uphill so by mile 5 there was a very nice downhill. You can make up a lot of time on the downhill!
There were no spectators on the course other than people at the aid stations. I do love vacation races though and I would definitely do this again.

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If you're looking for a PR, this is the course for you! I loved this race and would definitely do it again. The expo was medium sized and packet pickup … MORE

If you’re looking for a PR, this is the course for you! I loved this race and would definitely do it again.

The expo was medium sized and packet pickup went smooth. Race location is very convenient to downtown hotels. The start was literally right in front of the Courtyard Mariott. They had start waves which went very well. The scenery was nothing special, but there were lots of bands along the course which was great! It was awesome being able to run on the speedway too. This was the flattest course I have run on. Highly recommended!

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Race expo was huge and had a good variety of vendors. Be ready to pay for parking wherever you go. Race morning was in corrals which was nice, however I … MORE

Race expo was huge and had a good variety of vendors. Be ready to pay for parking wherever you go. Race morning was in corrals which was nice, however I don’t think anyone was checking bibs to confirm corrals. My one big complaint was that the 2 hour pacer for the half went out way too fast. I made the decision to try to start slower knowing that the hills were coming in the middle of the race, but the pacer went out at 8:30 pace for the first 3 miles. Needless to say I completely died during the hills. I do love the pig theme and would do this race again so I can improve on this course. Cincinnati is a really nice city!

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I ran the half for my state #13 South Carolina. Packet pick-up went smooth. They had nice zip up sweatshirts as the race shirt. The race takes place on a … MORE

I ran the half for my state #13 South Carolina. Packet pick-up went smooth. They had nice zip up sweatshirts as the race shirt. The race takes place on a small island, so you need to get a ferry ticket ($35 per person there and back) or arrange a private boat. Ferry tickets are purchased online.

I believe they needed more ferries to efficiently transport everyone to the island. They did a nice job of making sure runners got on the ferry in time for the start, but spectators were not allowed on the ferry until all the runners got on, even if they got there at 6:30. I arrived at 7 am for the 7:30 ferry. I did not get on a boat until 8:30 since I did not want to leave my spectator behind. I got on the island with about 20 minutes to spare. There were about 6 porta-potties off the boat, and only 2 had toilet paper… so bring your own!

The half was a small field and there was not much race support on course, but this did not bother me. There were enough other runners in the marathon and the ultra that it seemed like there were always people around. I would recommend bringing your own water/ fuel because it was sporadic on the course. I don’t remember seeing any porta-potties on course either. The course is pancake flat and is beautiful. The temperature was perfect (low to mid 50s). There were 4 stretches on the course that was packed sand instead of pavement. They only lasted about 2 miles at a time and I thought it was doable.

The medal was awesome and they offered free engraving at the end. All runners get a post race meal and free michelob ultra beer or seltzers. Spectators could purchase meal and beer tickets at a reasonable price.

I would recommend this race even with the few hiccups. As long as you’re prepared, this race will not disappoint. I would run this again.

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All in all, I thought this was a good race. I deferred my registration from 2020 when it was canceled. There was not a whole lot of communication from the … MORE

All in all, I thought this was a good race. I deferred my registration from 2020 when it was canceled. There was not a whole lot of communication from the race director prior to the race. I found myself checking the facebook page and the website constantly just to make sure it was still on. I liked that they gave you options for what color shirt/ size you wanted when you signed up, however the women’s shirts were very small and they did not have enough of the women’s long sleeves to exchange. Packet pickup went smooth and they had quality race apparel to purchase. I would advise getting there 45 min-an hour early to find parking on Rehoboth Ave. It was fairly chilly before the race, but I just kept my layers on until 10 minutes before the start and I was fine. It was a perfect race temperature (45-50). I was surprised at how narrow the start area was for the amount of people racing. I think if they had started the half and full 5 minutes apart, it would have helped this issue. I did enjoy the course. It is very flat and I was pleasantly surprised with the crowd support. There is about 4-5 miles worth of gravel/ dirt trail between miles 7-12. I didn’t care for it, but that’s mostly because I don’t train a lot on trails. It was still flat and tolerable. I really liked the medal at the finish and I like that the ribbon is different for the half and full. The food was excellent at the end and there were plenty of options. You get 3 free beers after the race as well. All in all, I think this was a good race and I would run it again.

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This is my second Vacation Race and they continue to put on amazing races! Hopefully they bring this one back. The first nearly 8 miles are uphill, but the views … MORE

This is my second Vacation Race and they continue to put on amazing races! Hopefully they bring this one back. The first nearly 8 miles are uphill, but the views make it worth it! I think the short hill at mile 11.5 was the worst, which wouldn’t even be considered a hill if it was at the beginning! Such a challenge and accomplishment for anyone that completes this race.

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*packet pickup was smooth. Very small expo. Pasta dinner included *race morning was cloudy and maybe in the 70s, but super humid. It may as well have been raining. Luckily … MORE

*packet pickup was smooth. Very small expo. Pasta dinner included
*race morning was cloudy and maybe in the 70s, but super humid. It may as well have been raining. Luckily the sun didn’t come out!
*took a bus to the start line. Takes about 30 min. Only 5 porta potties at the start. Lucky it was a small race
*lots of aid stations along the way! Lots of short hills, one huge hill just after mile 10. The river road course goes along the river and you cross over a suspended bridge, which was pretty cool.
*almost no cheering along the course. Still a good race theme throughout the weekend
*Medal is pretty cool. Shirt was ok, soft cotton. Not much for post-race food- they had Gatorades and cold towels at the finish and fruit in another tent.
*For as small as the race was, I think they did a good job and would recommend it. Hopefully this race gets more popular and they can fix some of the minor hiccups. I would run this again.

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