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@fotogmike

Lake Forest, CA Raving since 2020 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher active 1 week, 4 days ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    A Snail's Pace Running Club

  • Rave race:

    Boston Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Berlin Marathon

  • I run because:

    I want to maintain my youthfulness, mobility, and overall health.

    I want to travel and see the world through the variety of races available to us.

    I want to race against the clock, against others, but especially to be with friends at these races and in training.

My Races

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

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Half Marathon

Marathon

Ultramarathon

(Marathon or Ultra) + Half

Marathon + Ultra

Other

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Past Races (69)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Omaha, NE Oct 11, 2020
Marathon Galveston, TX Feb 9, 2020
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 2, 2020
Marathon Bakersfield, CA Nov 17, 2019
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Oct 20, 2019
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2019
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 15, 2019
Marathon Waimea, HI Mar 9, 2019
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 3, 2019
Marathon Homewood, CA Oct 14, 2018
Marathon South Lake Tahoe, CA Oct 13, 2018
Marathon Incline Village, NV Oct 12, 2018
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 7, 2018
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 6, 2018
Marathon Eugene, OR Apr 29, 2018
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017
Marathon Iron River, WI Oct 14, 2017
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 8, 2017
Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 4, 2017
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 7, 2017
Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Apr 22, 2017
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 17, 2017
Marathon Santa Clarita, CA Nov 6, 2016
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 9, 2016
Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 28, 2016
Marathon Vancouver, WA Jun 19, 2016
Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 18, 2016
Marathon Las Vegas, NV May 7, 2016
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 1, 2016
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Feb 14, 2016
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 7, 2016
Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 17, 2016
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 3, 2015
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 1, 2015
Marathon Carlsbad, CA 2014
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2014
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2013
Marathon Calistoga, CA 2013
Marathon Newport Beach, CA 2013
Marathon Homewood, CA 2013
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2013
Marathon Avalon, CA Nov 10, 2012
Marathon Boulder City, NV Nov 3, 2012
Marathon Houston, TX 2012
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2012
Marathon Los Angeles, CA 2012
Marathon Newport Beach, CA 2012
Marathon Avalon, CA Nov 12, 2011
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2011
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2011
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 25, 2010
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 19, 2010
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2010
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2010
Marathon Pasadena, CA 2009
Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2009
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2009
Marathon San Diego, CA 2009
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2009
Marathon Newport Beach, CA 2008
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2008
Marathon Big Sur, CA 2008
Marathon San Francisco, CA 2008
Marathon Carlsbad, CA 2007
Marathon Los Angeles, CA 2007
Marathon Carlsbad, CA 2006
Marathon Los Angeles, CA 2006
Marathon San Francisco, CA 2006

My Raves

The 2020 course was different from the one in previous years, so I'll just say that they should use it again, despite the uphill finish. Most of the miles were … MORE

The 2020 course was different from the one in previous years, so I’ll just say that they should use it again, despite the uphill finish. Most of the miles were on paved trails along two creeks in Papillion, southwest of Omaha. Construction in downtown Omaha forced the course change and the Covid pandemic forced other changes, but the race went on and the organizers showed that it can be done. Face coverings were required until you got to the start line, three runners started every ten seconds, and water stations had 10 ounce bottles of water or Gatorade instead of cups.
The course markings were the best I’ve ever seen. Every turn or trail intersection had multiple signs with big arrows to make it nearly impossible to go the wrong way. Most of these locations also had a volunteer stationed there. Not many spectators, but all were enthusiastic and supportive. Same energy from the volunteers. Nom-nom bag at the finish had some tasty goodies inside, but no protein bar or other source of good post-race protein, so bring your own. Maybe they can get a sponsor for that in the future.
Everything from packet pick-up to the finish line was very well-organized. This group does a great job.

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If you like running at or near the ocean, you'll like this one. The ocean here is actually the Gulf of Mexico, but it has the same effect. Nice breeze … MORE

If you like running at or near the ocean, you’ll like this one. The ocean here is actually the Gulf of Mexico, but it has the same effect. Nice breeze and relaxing scenery. The marathon is two loops of the course, so once you get halfway done, you know the rest. You also run through a couple of beachfront communities with their unique houses, a small nature preserve, and down to the pier with its rides and attractions. The course does have a couple of small uphill sections and a couple of small downhill sections. The elevation change at each is about 7 or 8 feet. Yeah, that’s all. It’s a flat course. Since it’s a small race, they give you the option of picking up your bib and stuff race morning, but expect to stand in line for a while. Parking is on a big beach with hard-packed sand, it’s free, and it’s right next to the start/finish area. Post-race food was great because a couple of local restaurants provided it. Yummm, keep those sponsors. Aid stations had the basics and volunteers were friendly, welcoming, and supportive. Top-notch announcer, too.

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If you think Bakersfield sounds boring, think again. The course runs through a variety of different neighborhoods and sections of the city while offering a few surprises along the way. … MORE

If you think Bakersfield sounds boring, think again. The course runs through a variety of different neighborhoods and sections of the city while offering a few surprises along the way. The start and finish are at the Cal State Bakersfield campus with plenty of free parking. Going through different sections of the downtown area, even the seedy part with its dive bars seems strangely scenic when it’s quiet and deserted in the early morning hours. My favorite part was running through the grounds of the Kern County Museum. If you enjoy learning about local history, go here after the race. Many people envision Bakersfield as being flat, but there’s a hill you’ll climb in the second half of the marathon that will challenge you a bit. The half marathon is totally flat, but the marathon’s climb to Bakersfield College lasts for 3 miles. It’s gradual, so nothing too difficult, but you need to be ready for it. Once you run through the campus, you’re rewarded with a great view of the the valley and a huge oil field. From there, the last 10 miles are downhill on a paved trail that follows the Kern River. Spectator support in the residential areas was great. Even the police doing traffic control cheered for the runners and were very friendly. In addition to the usual shirt and medal, runners got a very nice hat suitable for running. Although the race has been cancelled for 2020 because of the annoying little virus issue, 2021 should be a great time to go.

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Known for the great scenery, this race never disappoints. Mount Desert Island is one of many islands along Maine's coast, but also home to Acadia National Park. Part of the … MORE

Known for the great scenery, this race never disappoints. Mount Desert Island is one of many islands along Maine’s coast, but also home to Acadia National Park. Part of the course goes through the park, but even the other sections, especially along the coast, will keep you wide-eyed and smiling at the beauty of the area. Plus, the fall colors will impress, the cheering from some very small towns along the way will lift your mood, and the enthusiastic aid station volunteers give your energy level a little boost. The course is fairly hilly, but the hills are small. Lots of them, but lots of downhill parts as well. Finish line food was excellent, the announcer does a great job of calling out first-time marathoners (you get a different bib), and the medal is uniquely Maine.
One drawback to the race is the shortage of port-a-potties on the course. Very few and far between. You can’t always hide behind a tree or bush.
This is one of few races that I recommend running at least once in your lifetime.

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