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Carlisle, PA Raving since 2018 active 2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Jun 3, 2018 1:57:33

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Oct 21, 2018

Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 7, 2018 2:07:29
Half Marathon Annapolis, MD Aug 4, 2018 2:16:08
Half Marathon Munising, MI Jul 21, 2018 3:08:21
Half Marathon Dayton, OH Jun 23, 2018 2:08:07
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Jun 3, 2018 1:57:33
Half Marathon York, PA May 20, 2018 2:04:55
Half Marathon York, PA Apr 29, 2018 1:59:27
Half Marathon Gettysburg, PA Apr 22, 2018 1:59:10
Half Marathon Lakeland, FL Apr 14, 2018 2:14:41
Half Marathon Connellsville, PA Apr 1, 2018 2:05:43
Half Marathon Richfield, PA Mar 24, 2018 2:03:36
Half Marathon Chambersburg, PA Mar 10, 2018 2:06:40
Half Marathon Summit Point, WV Mar 3, 2018 2:15:15
Half Marathon Waterfall, PA Oct 29, 2017 2:07:16
Half Marathon Chambersburg, PA Mar 11, 2017 2:12:25

My Raves

Bird in Hand Half Marathon & 5K

Bird in Hand Half Marathon & 5K

Bird in Hand PA is located in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster County. The proceeds of this race go to support the local volunteer fire department, is limited … MORE

Bird in Hand PA is located in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster County.
The proceeds of this race go to support the local volunteer fire department, is limited to 1500 runners and is always sold out. Packet pickup is the day before so you have to plan to be there a day early or have someone pick it up for you.
There is also a Hot Air Balloon festival going on at the same time and they do a night glow Friday night when the 5K is run.
Race day was rainy but most of the race is on country roads so the footing was good. Rolling hills, farms and Amish buggies dot the landscape during this race and honestly I would have stopped to take pictures if I had brought my phone.
Water stops are plentiful and have both water and powerade. The volunteers are the local Amish so their kids line up and hand out the cups. At one water stop they even had Ritas Italian Ice!
The hills were plentiful but not too steep. It did feel like we were climbing all of the time although they did not wear me out like big hills in other races I have done.
Crowd support was at a minimum because of the rural nature of the race, but, where there were crowds, the enthusiasm was high.
Race Swag includes a real horshoe medal handcrafetd from a used shoe worn by an Amish horse. It is by far the favorite medal I have ever received.
Post race food included water, bagels, granola bars and pretzels. At 11:00 they hold a free barbecue for participants and anyone else who wants to eat. It included barbecued Chicken, Sausage, potato salad, chips and fresh vegetables. For dessert there was Cake and Ice Cream!
All in all this is the best supported and organized race I have done thus far. I will be signing up again for next year!

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Ben Moore Memorial Races

Ben Moore Memorial Races

This race was the second in a series of two Half Marathons. I signed up for the series so I would get the advertised double medal. The original race literature … MORE

This race was the second in a series of two Half Marathons. I signed up for the series so I would get the advertised double medal. The original race literature advertised a 7:30 am start time, and I live 2.5 hours away so I planned on getting a 4:30 am start and arriving at 7:00.
Two days before the race I received a pre race email that had the start time set at 7:00. So, I left my house at 4:00 am and arrived at 6:15 am Registration was not set up, there were no start line area or timing mats up yet and runners were milling around waiting to get their bibs.
I used one of the 4 porta potties available and then went to wait in line while the organizers set up the registration tent. I had my Bib by 6:35 and stood around talking to other runners. At about 7:05 the RD gave instructions for 10K and Half Marathon Route, We finally got started at about 7:10 am Both the 10K and the Half started together.
The first four mildes are some pretty good fills all run against traffic on occupied roadways.
Miles 5-10 were smaller hills, and 10-13.1 were challenging hills.
The route went through neighborhoods and there were four cul de sacs we raced down. It was confusing and at times I wondered if I had gone the correct way.
There were police officers and volunteers along the route for safety. Water stops were at 2.5, 4,5. 6.5, 8.5 and 10.5. The humidity was 95% and 77 degrees at race time, but thankfully there was some cloud cover.
This is a challenging route and the weather made it even tougher. Don’t expect a PR on this one.
At the finish line, they ran out of bottled water before all of the runners came in. They also ran out of bananas and watermelon. There were some pretzels and cookies plus water in cups still available.
I will not be doing this race again next year.

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Grand Island Trail Run

Grand Island Trail Run

The Great Lakes Endurance races hold several events on Grand Island every year. This year they held a 50K, a Marathon and a Half Marathon. I was a first timer … MORE

The Great Lakes Endurance races hold several events on Grand Island every year. This year they held a 50K, a Marathon and a Half Marathon. I was a first timer and ran the Half Marathon portion of the event. The races are limited to 500 entries and it appeared to be a full event.
The 50K started at 6:00 AM, the Marathon at 7:00 and the Half at 8:00. All runners were picked up by shuttle at various locations in town. Then we were brought to a dock and ferried by water taxi to the Island in groups. The entry fee covered cost of the shuttle and the ferry.
At the Island we waited in a building for the race to start. It was raining pretty hard so most people stayed in as long as they could. There was a bag storage area in the building but it was billed as not supervised.
At the gun there was still light rain but ut cleared up wthin the first mile. The course is stunning. It was well marked with flags indicating direction for each of the races. The Island is on Lake Superior and at about mile 5 you run a mile on the beach! The views are truly spectacular throughout the course. The Island is a federally protected area so the water stops did not have cups. You must carry at least a 20 ounce bottle to start the race and have the bottle when you cross the finish line. There are several outhouses on the course but the only water stops are at mile 4 and 9.
There is about 800 feet of elevation gain and it is primarily one long hill. The rest is flat and there is a long down hill on the back half or the course. It was not my fastest race because i ran with a partner who needed encouragement, and coaching along the way, so we took our time.
The medal for the half is made of wood and is very nice. The food consisted of bananas, home made fig newtons and some other fruit.
I would highly recommend this race, but get your hotel reservations early because it is a small town and the rooms fill up fast.

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Glo Run Night Race Dayton

Glo Run Night Race Dayton

I ran this race because a friend signed up for it and it looked like fun. I had never done a night Half Marathin before so I thought it would … MORE

I ran this race because a friend signed up for it and it looked like fun. I had never done a night Half Marathin before so I thought it would be interesting. The race for the Half Marathoners started at 8:30pm and the course was scheduled to close in Two Hours and 50 Minutes. At 9:30 a 10K and 5K started along the same route.
The course started and finished in Welcome Stadium which was nice but there were very few spectators. We started on a paved road, crossed a bridge then ran a paved river trail. The course is relatively flat and runs adjacent to a river and some marsh areas. The water stops were sparse for the high humidity on race day. They were at mile 1.5, 3.8, 6.55, 9.2 and 11.6. One f the 10K runners told me the only water stop they had was at 4.7.
This was an out and back race so in the way back I began to encounter 10K and 5K runners and walkers. It was hard to navigate due to the number of runners going in opposite directions on the path. Many of the 5K participants had children and strollers etc so I had to weave my way around them the last three miles of the race.
At the finish line we had to wait in a long line to receive finisher medals. I don’t know why they did not pass them out at the finish line becasue the medal was the same for all three races.
There was no medical tent but I did spot an ambulance parked in the parking lot. I saw several runners in obvious distress with cramping and hydration issues, but no staff was assisting them. Fortunately they had friends to help.
Overall I was disappointed and will not be running this race again.

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Philly Run Fest

Philly Run Fest

The Bib pick up was the day before so if you cam expecting to pick up your bib on race day you were out of luck. Parking was adequate and … MORE

The Bib pick up was the day before so if you cam expecting to pick up your bib on race day you were out of luck. Parking was adequate and MegaBus provided free shuttles from a point in the downtown area.
The course was gorgeous and was in the Fairmont Park area of Philly. Parts of it ran along the river and the roads were open to runners only,
Pacers were provided and all of them were friendly as well as good at what they did.
The water stops were placed about every 1.25 miles. Weather was humid so it was important to keep hydrated. There were a couple significant but manageable hills and the finsh was on a nice flat stretch.
Plus category- Well organized, plenty of food, beer garden and vendors at the finish.
Minuses- Cheesy hand written certificates for AG finishers. Poor sound system for the start line and the longest porta potty lines I have ever seen. I included a photo of the Porta Potty lines…ridiculous.

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York Marathon and Half Marathon

York Marathon and Half Marathon

I live about an hour from this race site so I did the race day packet pickup which began at 4:45 am. The race started at 6:00 for the Marathon … MORE

I live about an hour from this race site so I did the race day packet pickup which began at 4:45 am. The race started at 6:00 for the Marathon and 6:15 am for the Half. Bathrooms were located in the YMCA and the only criticism I have is there were not nearly enough of them to handle the racers.
The starting line was in front of the YMCA and we traveled on city streets for under a mile before we entered the groomed rail trail. There were water stops at least every two miles and they also had gatorade at several.
The humidity was 100% so most runners were slowing it down to cope with the amount of fluid they were losing. I stopped at every water stop and still didn’t feel adeqautely hydrated. Next year I will bring hydration with me if the humidity is high.
The swag was good. They gave a nice shirt, a bag and a beautiful medal. I was fortunate enough to place first in my AG so I got a nice plaque too. I highly recommend this race. It is a fast course and a BQ!

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Spartan Half (PA)

Spartan Half (PA)

This is the first time I have run this course and was happy it was not full of surprises. The course starts at York College and meanders through some city … MORE

This is the first time I have run this course and was happy it was not full of surprises. The course starts at York College and meanders through some city streets before merging with the York Heritage Rail trail.
There were water and gatorade stops every two miles on this out and back course. The out portion was approximately 7 miles, because they cut some of the city streets on the return trip which ended in the college stadium in front of the grandstands.
There were groups of students stationed throughout the course to hand out fluids and to cheer the runners. They had a lot of enthusiasm which kept me smiling and looking forward to the next group.
Although the weather was cold and windy, I didn’t notice it too much on most of the run because of the trees lining the route.
They gave out a nice medal and finishers got an additional medal in a velvety drawstring bag. The overall top three gender winners received cash prizes.
There were vendors, and plenty of food including sandwiches, cookies, fruit and gatorade at the finish. Two massage therapists were also on site to help with aches and pains.
I will run this race again.

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Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon

Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon

Packet pickup was a breeze the day before and was held at the Gateway Movie Theater complex. The same complex is used for starting line bathrooms on race day and … MORE

Packet pickup was a breeze the day before and was held at the Gateway Movie Theater complex. The same complex is used for starting line bathrooms on race day and start and finish are right outside of the theater.
There were just shy of 500 starters for the Half Marathon and a smaller number who ran the full. Both Half and Full start at the same time and then split up later on the course.
About 5 minutes prior to the start of the race, the diasabled racers began. The only criticism I have of this race is that they were coming back through the course as runners were outbound and there was not much room for them to navigate on the narrow country roads. Runners had to move over for them to avoid colliding as they doubled back toward the finish line.
The support on the course was good and offered Gatorade and Water. There were also porta potties at Mile 2 and 4. Since this was a double back route, they were also available at mile 9 and 11.
The race shirt and medal were nice, and the bib had tickets for 2 free beers as well as a commemorative glass. This was a PR for me so I was happy with the race and the sunny but cool conditions. i was an AG winner so I also got a great little Apple Pie.

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The Florida Run at Colt Creek State Park

The Florida Run at Colt Creek State Park

This was my first time running in Florida. The race was well organized and the volunteers were interspersed all over the course. The water stops were set at 2.5, 5.0,7.5,10.0 … MORE

This was my first time running in Florida. The race was well organized and the volunteers were interspersed all over the course. The water stops were set at 2.5, 5.0,7.5,10.0 and 11.5. A very flat course on a trail through the state park which was about 50 percent shaded.
The medal was awesome and they had drawings as well as age category medals. All in all one of the best run races i have participated in.
The weather was VERY humid so times were affected. Thankfully they had plenty of fluids on the course and a shady screened in area to sit at picnic tables after the race.

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Chambersburg Half Marathon

Chambersburg Half Marathon

This was my second year running Chambersburg. It is not a very big race, but has a lot of support on the route and great volunteers. Rolling and callenging hills … MORE

This was my second year running Chambersburg. It is not a very big race, but has a lot of support on the route and great volunteers. Rolling and callenging hills on a road open to traffic.
No headphones, or animals allowed in this race due to the narrow roadways.
I already registered for next year…the cost is $25.00 if you sign up on race weekend.

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