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@gretchenbolson

Lithia, FL Raving since 2020 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Seven Continents Club active 4 days, 12 hours ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 8, 2020 3:32:05

Future Races (12)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Mar 6, 2021
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 24, 2021
Marathon Lincoln, NE May 2, 2021
Marathon Los Angeles, CA May 23, 2021
Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 12, 2021
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jul 24, 2021
Marathon Waitsfield, VT Sep 12, 2021
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 26, 2021
Marathon London, United Kingdom Oct 3, 2021
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 9, 2021
Marathon Little Rock, AR Nov 20, 2021
Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE 2021

Past Races (17)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Oak Island, NC Feb 13, 2021 4:45:14
Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 31, 2021 4:35:20
Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 13, 2020 4:06:50
Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 29, 2020 4:20:25
Marathon Jackson Hole, WY Sep 26, 2020 4:32:10
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Sep 19, 2020 4:40:39
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 8, 2020 3:32:05
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 24, 2019 3:58:16
Marathon Woodruff, UT Sep 21, 2019 3:36:56
Marathon Charlottesville, VA Apr 7, 2018 4:13:37
Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 13, 2018 3:55:48
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 3:55:42
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 12, 2016 4:12:05
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 2008 6:36:17
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2007 4:52:59
Marathon Chicago, IL 2006 4:10:39
Marathon Logan, UT 2003 5:12:32

My Raves

I ran this race during COVID, so my experience was likely different than in other years. The weather made things particularly difficult--it rained the entire time, and it was chilly … MORE

I ran this race during COVID, so my experience was likely different than in other years. The weather made things particularly difficult–it rained the entire time, and it was chilly and windy. I was soaked through within the first mile. My flight there the night before was delayed 2.5 hours so I missed packet pickup, but the race director was extremely kind and told me it would be okay to pick it up on race morning (even though they had repeatedly said this would not be an option).

We were told this would be a cupless race and we would need to provide our own hydration–volunteers would only fill up our bottles. I brought a backpack for my water, but they ended up having cups/bottles on the course anyway. At the finish line, there was delicious pork BBQ. I received the best medal I have ever earned–an enormous sea turtle that opens up locket-style. They are known for awesome medals, and they certainly did not disappoint. They also gave us a thin finisher’s jacket (only to marathoners). I had to purchase a t-shirt separately when I registered (it is not a tech shirt, just a regular cotton t-shirt). They were also supposed to give us fleece blankets, but they didn’t arrive in time due to COVID. Overall, I would say the swag was excellent! They also provided free photos as you cross the finish line (look for them on Facebook).

The course was relatively flat except for a bridge at the end (out and back, so you get the hill on both sides). The view of the beach was blocked by dunes and buildings. I might have enjoyed my stay more had it been a sunnier day!

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This was my third marathon during COVID-19, but by far the largest, with about 3,000 runners between the marathon and two half marathons. COVID-19 protocols were in place. Runners were … MORE

This was my third marathon during COVID-19, but by far the largest, with about 3,000 runners between the marathon and two half marathons. COVID-19 protocols were in place. Runners were masked at the start and finish. We were placed in corrals based on expected finish times. There were supposed to be staggered starts, but it ended up just being a crowd to the start.

The course was gorgeous; I loved seeing the sunrise over the water (even though it was behind me so I kept craning my neck for the view!). Normally I can’t stand out-and-back courses, but this one is great! Perhaps because the scenery is so beautiful–you run along the water the entire time. The weather was hot and humid, but I live in FL so am used to that. Otherwise, dress appropriately for the heat. Aid stations were plentiful with bottled water and Powerade.

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I am extremely glad I chose the Jackson Hole Marathon as my race for Wyoming. The course was absolutely gorgeous and unforgettable. That said, we had the bad weather trifecta … MORE

I am extremely glad I chose the Jackson Hole Marathon as my race for Wyoming. The course was absolutely gorgeous and unforgettable. That said, we had the bad weather trifecta of cold, wind and rain. Throw in the altitude, and this was a challenging race. Because of COVID-19 (I assume??), there were no shuttles to return us to our cars at the starting line. The race director had indicated in an email that we could take Uber, Lyft or the local bus. I assumed Uber/Lyft would work well. Unfortunately, this was not a viable option–there were no drivers in the area. But because of the infrequent bus schedule, that left me waiting for an HOUR for a bus back to the start. I was completely chilled to the bone by the time I returned to my car nearly two hours after the finish. If I were running this again, I would secure post-race transportation in advance. Medal was great and distinctive to Jackson Hole.

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This was the first race I had the privilege to run since COVID-19 caused so many races to go virtual. Kudos to the race director for making it work! There … MORE

This was the first race I had the privilege to run since COVID-19 caused so many races to go virtual. Kudos to the race director for making it work! There were only 11 of us running the marathon. We started at about 4500 feet and climbed 2000 feet of elevation. The course was definitely the most challenging marathon course I have run. Aside from the altitude and the hills, I underestimated the psychological impact of running alone in complete darkness . . . for hours! The race began about an hour before sunset–the canyon was beautiful. I have always wanted to run a marathon at night, and now I can check this off my list!

DIFFICULTY
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SCENERY
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