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@FearTheTurtle

Alexandria, VA Raving since 2021 active 1 month ago

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Personal Bests (1)

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Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 16, 2019 4:19:25

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Past Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Moline, IL Sep 26, 2021 4:26:31
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 16, 2019 4:19:25
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 27, 2019 4:34:16
Marathon Minneapolis, MN Oct 6, 2019 4:21:38

My Raves

This was my 17th marathon. Since I had run the Twin Cities Marathon, I decided it was time to run the Quad Cities Marathon. Nice small towns with very enthusiastic … MORE

This was my 17th marathon. Since I had run the Twin Cities Marathon, I decided it was time to run the Quad Cities Marathon. Nice small towns with very enthusiastic crowds. I have never run a race with so few marathoners (only 370 runners. it’s their half that draws many more runners), but you would never know it by the preparation, volunteers and whole atmosphere. Some beautiful scenery along the Mississippi. You also run by a military cemetery, which is always moving. Course is generally flat. The small hills are toward the first half of the race. One huge warning: there is NO shade. Even though I drank at every water stop (which there were ample) and took nutrition every 4-5 miles, it turned out that wasn’t enough for me. It was warm and the sun was shinning. I cramped up around mile 20 and found I was very dehydrated by the end of the race. Lastly, be prepared to bring your own stuff to refuel after the race. They have a very limited post-race event. By the time I finished (at under 4 1/2 hrs), I only saw some potato chips, water and soda. I heard there might have been other food, which means they ran out early – very bad form. I desperately needed some electrolytes so I didn’t stay long. Went back to my hotel where, from experience, I stash drinks and food to refuel. Would I run it again? Not sure. The actual race was well run and my getting dehydrated was not their fault. I just wish there was something more than water and chips at the finish for the runners.

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4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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I have run the Richmond Marathon 4 times and would highly recommend it. Since the course runs through multiple neighborhoods, you have great crowd support. Be on the lookout for … MORE

I have run the Richmond Marathon 4 times and would highly recommend it. Since the course runs through multiple neighborhoods, you have great crowd support. Be on the lookout for some people giving out beer and whiskey to the runners. They have used Nuun instead of Gatorade at water stops which instantly makes this a better race 🙂 My favorite part is the big downhill finish the last .5 miles! One warning: be prepared for a chilly start. Since the race takes place the 2nd week of November, it can be quite cold. I’ve run where I was in short sleeves and I’ve run where I still had a cap and gloves on at the finish. Great after party.

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The Marines know how to run a race. I have run 8 MCMs and 1 virtual (2020). There is a lot to like. Very enthusiastic crowds. Fantastic scenery. Run past … MORE

The Marines know how to run a race. I have run 8 MCMs and 1 virtual (2020). There is a lot to like. Very enthusiastic crowds. Fantastic scenery. Run past national monuments. The Blue Mile where you run past the pictures of fallen soldiers is very moving. I would highly recommend this race to anyone. It is a great first-timers event.

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3
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5
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5

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The race starts in Minneapolis and finishes in St. Paul. Don't stress about where to stay (near the start or near the finish) since they provide shuttles from St. Paul … MORE

The race starts in Minneapolis and finishes in St. Paul. Don’t stress about where to stay (near the start or near the finish) since they provide shuttles from St. Paul to the starting line. I stayed in St. Paul because I didn’t want to wait to get back to my hotel. St. Paul has a good light rail system.

I started out a bit too fast because my watch wouldn’t pick up my pace due to the tall buildings in downtown Minneapolis. About a mile or so in, my watch finally “clicked” and I saw that I was going about a minute/mile faster than I would have liked. My bad.

Nice scenery running past the lakes and the Mississippi River. Very well supported. Good entertainment along the course. Even though I knew about the big uphill from miles 20-23, it still was a bear getting through it. I walked more than I would like to admit. 🙂

Great finish at the state capital. One word of warning. If you do not carry your ID with you, you cannot get the free beer at the end of the race. I was 57 and they wouldn’t serve me.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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