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@GoRunGolf

Bettendorf, IA Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Seven Continents Club active 3 days, 3 hours ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Cornbelt Running Club, NYRR

  • Rave race:

    NYC Marathon, Disney Dopey Challenge

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Las Vegas Strip At Night Marathon

  • I run because:

    I run because it is the best gift I can give to myself and to my family.  Running is my physical/heart healthy/mental/brain/spiritual/ way of connecting me to my body.  I am a runner in the rain.  I am a runner in the snow and wind.  I am a runner in the scorching heat.  I am a runner.

My races

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 13, 2019 4:26:14
Half Marathon Lake Ozark, MO Mar 30, 2019 2:01:16
7 Miler Davenport, IA Jul 28, 2018 1:08:00

Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Galesburg, IL Jun 2, 2019
Half Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 22, 2019
Half Marathon Indianola, IA Nov 2, 2019
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 16, 2019
Half Marathon Harpers Ferry, IA 2019
Half Marathon Lake Ozark, MO 2020

Past Races (43)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 13, 2019 4:26:14
Half Marathon Lake Ozark, MO Mar 30, 2019 2:01:16
Half Marathon Naples, FL Feb 17, 2019 2:02:47
Half Marathon Dubuque, IA Jan 19, 2019 2:45:00
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 4, 2018
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada Sep 22, 2018 2:14:00
Half Marathon Clinton, IA Sep 9, 2018 2:17:00
7 Miler Davenport, IA Jul 28, 2018 1:08:00
Half Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 16, 2018 2:16:43
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Jun 10, 2018
5K Galesburg, IL Jun 3, 2018
5K Rock Island, IL May 13, 2018
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA May 6, 2018 2:31:51
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 7, 2018
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 5:01:39
5K New York, NY Nov 4, 2017
Half Marathon Milwaukee, WI Oct 15, 2017
5K Milwaukee, WI Oct 15, 2017
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 5:13:00
5K Chicago, IL Oct 7, 2017
Half Marathon Clinton, IA Sep 10, 2017
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada Aug 12, 2017 2:08:18
Half Marathon Arnolds Park, IA Jul 15, 2017
Half Marathon Storm Lake, IA Jun 10, 2017
Half Marathon Galesburg, IL Jun 4, 2017
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Apr 2, 2017
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 19, 2017
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 8, 2017
Half Marathon Naperville, IL 2017
Half Marathon Rock Island, IL 2017
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2016 5:57:00
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 16, 2016
5K Clinton, IA Sep 11, 2016
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada Aug 13, 2016
Half Marathon Madison, WI Jun 26, 2016
Half Marathon Le Claire, IA May 21, 2016 2:20:00
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 10, 2016
Half Marathon Key West, FL Jan 17, 2016 2:53:00
Half Marathon Rock Island, IL 2016
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 7, 2015
Half Marathon Clinton, IA Sep 13, 2015
Half Marathon Moline, IL Sep 28, 2014
10K Clinton, IA 2014

My Raves

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

I loved this race! The expo was quaint and friendly. One unique aspect is a hot printing press at the expo, to customize your purchased race gear! I have never … MORE

I loved this race! The expo was quaint and friendly. One unique aspect is a hot printing press at the expo, to customize your purchased race gear! I have never seen that, through all of my travels. I bought a 1/2 zip, finisher muscle tank and a head band. The race itself started right on time, and parking was plentiful @ the Garmin Headquarters. The elevation aspect of the race could be challenging if you don’t train hills (900 feet total elevation gain- mostly on the back half of the marathon). The cheer stations were sparse at the end, but you’re running with your heart at that point. The finisher medals are top notch. There was also massage at the finish. One complaint is that by the time the marathoners finish, a lot of the post race amenities are gone. There were no pickles or margaritas. Next year, I will return to run the half marathon, and see what experience that is.

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Bridge and Dam Half Marathon

Bridge and Dam Half Marathon

Pack for everything and expect anything! This race was so much fun. Running in areas typically only traversed by vehicle was something special. 740+ feet of elevation gain, roaring winds … MORE

Pack for everything and expect anything! This race was so much fun. Running in areas typically only traversed by vehicle was something special. 740+ feet of elevation gain, roaring winds 40 mph+, gorgeous views and pelting rain. What a day and what a race! I am already registered for next year!
They provide the option of a tee or a ladies tank, which I LOVE- I will wear the tank again and again. There was a very nice finisher’s medal also. If you wanted a stocking cap- it was an extra $15, which I did purchase.

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Paradise Coast Half Marathon & 5K

Paradise Coast Half Marathon & 5K

The race was a lovely change of weather, compared to the Polar Vortex of the north. The race has to change the route due to a golf championship that was … MORE

The race was a lovely change of weather, compared to the Polar Vortex of the north. The race has to change the route due to a golf championship that was occurring in the same area. My question is – as a race director, how do you not know that a huge event is happening that will affect your race? The course was moved to a soccer complex, and we ran 3 loops around this complex to come up with a half marathon distance. The course had some shade, but a lot of it was in direct sunlight- which makes it intense anywhere, but even more so in S Florida. As I crossed the finish line, my husband was waiting for me with the results. Mine were nowhere to be found. Apparently the chip on my bib was never activated. The good news is that they had the time I crossed the start and the time I crossed the finish due to some good video work, so they were able to get my time – but how disappointing to think after I ran a 6+ minute PR – that it wouldn’t even be recorded. The finish had nice medals (no date on them, which is frustrating- I really like the date on the medal). The finish Lin water had no ice and was hot, they had bagels with peanut butter (allergic) and bananas. I could have really used a beer😆 So we left. The finish chute was neat with music and a long line to come down and have your family cheer you on. Good, ample parking. Plenty of restrooms for this size of race at the start. The shirt selection was nice- I chose a tank top and wore it after the race. They also included a drawstring athletic backpack, and it has zippered compartments which I like too. Packet pickup was easy, and at a local running store. The running store had really good sales on their apparel and I stocked up! All in all a good experience – not great- but I was so happy to run in heat without snow, and to PR my half so early in the year!

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Triple D Winter Race

Triple D Winter Race

Be prepared for anything. It was -5 degrees, 5.5” of snow and windy the day I ran this half marathon. The trail was not plowed, and there was no traction … MORE

Be prepared for anything. It was -5 degrees, 5.5” of snow and windy the day I ran this half marathon. The trail was not plowed, and there was no traction or footing. The race directors were all nice, this was laid back and fun. The one discrepancy I found, is that on their website they stated that the top 5 males and females would be awarded with placing medals(no age groups). Which is fine, but when I was the 5th overall woman (and worked hard to pass 6 women on the back half of the race into blowing snow and wind), I was quite upset when only the FIRST place finishers for each gender were awarded. I was really looking forward to placing in a half marathon, but they did not follow through on their awards ceremony.

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Grandma’s Marathon & Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Grandma’s Marathon & Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

The Garry Bjorklund Half was my first race in Minnesota. My husband flew me into Duluth, into the cleanest and smallest airport. We went directly to the race expo and … MORE

The Garry Bjorklund Half was my first race in Minnesota. My husband flew me into Duluth, into the cleanest and smallest airport. We went directly to the race expo and I was pleasantly surprised! There were several vendors and booths set up, along with a humongous pasta party. My family and I ate there, and it was really good! I went to the expo on Friday, and sadly the majority of all race branded Lululemon gear was sold out. When I return in 2019 to run, we are going to get to the expo on opening day. Side note: we are going to use the race camping area and take our Winnebago, which should be exciting! The race itself was wayyyyy better than I could have imagined. The race temps dropped so low, I could see my breath during the last several miles. Perfect for a June race! There was so much crowd support!! I have such fond memories of running into the downtown once over and through the Lemon Drop Hill (which If you train hills, you won’t notice this speed bump😉). I loved the huge yellow balloons for the mile markers, there were so lovely hanging there in the sky, beckoning you to begin a new journey on this new and fresh mile you are entering. The finishers shirt was nice, a pretty bright sky blue with gender specific cuts. The medal was very high quality and actually featured the beautiful trees of Duluth. My medal had the paint chipping off of it- but when I reached out to the race after the fact, without hesitation they replaced it with a fresh medal with an intact logo and paint. It was extremely foggy and there was severe flooding the weekend I was there, so I can’t comment much on the view of the lake (as I did not ever get to fully see it!!). I will be back in 2019 to try this race again!

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Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon

Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon

Packet pickup was neat with a huge mural that had every runner’s name on it. There was a limited amount of additional swag for purchase- but we did receive a … MORE

Packet pickup was neat with a huge mural that had every runner’s name on it. There was a limited amount of additional swag for purchase- but we did receive a high quality Shape-brand 3/4 zip top, and a nice stemless wine glass. The course itself was a little bland at times, and it did get super hot in direct sun for a few miles while running in a loop around a park. At the finish, there was music and one free alcoholic beverage. They had also catered in deli sandwiches, Coca Cola and chips/cookies. The music was so dang loud, I could not hear to speak to anyone, nor could I hear inside to order my drink. I left immediately after, so that sort of ruined the post race party for me. I received an Amazing finisher medal to add to my collection. All in all- I would do this one again!!

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New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

This marathon is the race of all races. You will traverse all 5 boroughs of NYC, with 50,000+ of your new best runner friends. The wait at the start village … MORE

This marathon is the race of all races. You will traverse all 5 boroughs of NYC, with 50,000+ of your new best runner friends.
The wait at the start village is really a long wait. Bring clothing/bath towel/bath robe/blanket you can discard to the Goodwill bins at the start. With a late start time and losing an hour for the time change, you will get chilly at the end. Select the poncho for your race exit. It is weatherproof, warm and you walk about a mile less to exit the finish area (1/2 mile is cut out in each direction). Overall this is a very difficult marathon – train hills, hills and hills during your long run. You won’t be sorry that you did!!

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The volunteers seemed clueless. The course was ‘ok.’ It was so hot, Runners were vomiting mid stride and passing out. I will say that the pre race tent was amazing … MORE

The volunteers seemed clueless. The course was ‘ok.’ It was so hot, Runners were vomiting mid stride and passing out.
I will say that the pre race tent was amazing and worth every penny.

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SeaWheeze Half Marathon

SeaWheeze Half Marathon

This is the best half marathon in North America! From the pre race activities, to the shopping, the town, to the race—- this is hands down my favorite race! MORE

This is the best half marathon in North America! From the pre race activities, to the shopping, the town, to the race—- this is hands down my favorite race!

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LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS Autoimmune Awareness Race

LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS Autoimmune Awareness Race

I live along this course, and run these routes all of the time. That being said, it’s super hot, on blacktop with no tree cover. Aid stations were sparse. You … MORE

I live along this course, and run these routes all of the time. That being said, it’s super hot, on blacktop with no tree cover. Aid stations were sparse. You will encounter a lot of headwinds. Start slow, you’re going to need the energy left in the tank. The course is long, the swag is next to none. You’re doing this race for the cause, because you’re local or for a good workout.

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