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@grimeslaw

Lees Summit, MO Raving since 2019 active 1 week, 6 days ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 23, 2014 4:34:15
Half Marathon Independence, MO May 5, 2019 2:18:42

Future Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
8K Tampa, FL Feb 26, 2022
15K Tampa, FL Feb 26, 2022
5K Tampa, FL Feb 27, 2022
Half Marathon Tampa, FL Feb 27, 2022
Marathon Springfield, MO TBD
Marathon Gulf Shores, AL TBD
Marathon Cincinnati, OH TBD
Marathon Cleveland, OH TBD
Marathon Inverness, United Kingdom TBD
Marathon Nashville, TN TBD
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA TBD
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO TBD
Marathon Apache Junction, AZ TBD

Past Races (21)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 21, 2021 5:18:00
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 5, 2021 2:28:00
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 5, 2021
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 8, 2021
Marathon Cotter, AR Nov 21, 2020 4:53:57
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Mar 1, 2020 5:13:16
Half Marathon Independence, MO May 5, 2019 2:18:42
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 13, 2019 4:43:27
Marathon Little Rock, AR Dec 15, 2018 4:37:52
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 30, 2016
Marathon Northfield, MN Jan 10, 2016 4:55:23
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 18, 2015
Marathon New Orleans, LA Jan 25, 2015 4:49:02
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 23, 2014 4:34:15
Half Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 4, 2014
Marathon Kansas City, MO 2013 4:42:04
Marathon Columbus, GA 2013 4:46:24
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS 2012
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO 2012
Marathon Willard, MO 2012
Marathon Springfield, MO 2011

My Raves

All the reviews from prior years talked about how hilly the course is--and they weren't exaggerating. If there's a 1/2 mile of flat road in Tulsa, I don't think the … MORE

All the reviews from prior years talked about how hilly the course is–and they weren’t exaggerating. If there’s a 1/2 mile of flat road in Tulsa, I don’t think the marathon covered it. That being said, the people were fantastic. Leading up to the race, the expo was a disaster. It was moved from indoors to outside which apparently caused practically all of the vendors to disappear. In addition, trying to obtain my bibs and packet was a joke. I paid extra for the VIP package–which was supposed to result in a quick in-and-out trip to get the packet. After standing in line for 25 minutes while someone tried to find my packet, I was then told it was still back at an office and there was no clue as to when it would arrive. So, I would not recommend wasting your money on a VIP package. The marathon itself was well organized. The wind was tough at times and at times made it feel chillier than the reported temp. I liked running through all the neighborhoods with so many folks hanging out, partying, offering beer, donuts, Firebird, jello shots, and the more mundane water, oranges and bananas. I’ve run races where local folks complain about the music and the closed streets and it was great having a choir and bands and radios going throughout the course. I’m a slow runner and the fans were still there after 4+ hours. As people have mentioned, all the medals (including the Center of the Universe coin) are apparently still stuck on a ship somewhere, but they let us know as soon as it appeared they wouldn’t make it on time. Even though the course kicked my butt, it was a good race and I’d recommend it.

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This was the 1st live race in KC since Covid and the organizers did a nice job running the race. Packet pickup was outside and was as fast and as … MORE

This was the 1st live race in KC since Covid and the organizers did a nice job running the race. Packet pickup was outside and was as fast and as easy as any I have done anywhere else. I wish the race started earlier in the morning because June in KC is typically hot and humid-and this was no exception. The water/Gatorade stations were handled well. I thought they had 1 Gu station in past years; but there was nothing this year. They changed to course to eliminate the last nasty hill right before the finish, and I’m not sure if that improved the race. There was a very long uphill run for about 1 1/2 miles right near the end that was less than pleasant. Overall, they did a nice job and it’s a good half marathon if you’re looking for hills and heat.

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I applaud all that the race director did to adjust in the face of Covid and still keep these races live. There’s a 5K, 1/2 and full marathon. Total number … MORE

I applaud all that the race director did to adjust in the face of Covid and still keep these races live. There’s a 5K, 1/2 and full marathon. Total number of racers is capped at 750-with only about 271 in the marathon. The adjustments included temps being taken before the race; masks required at all times except while running; there was a switch to multiple corrals to spread people out; no post-race showers and changes with how the post-race food was handled. All of those changes were very smooth and handled very well. The course is along the White River and it’s and out-and-back race (once for the 1/2; twice for the full marathon). There aren’t many spectators, but that never bothers me. The volunteers at the aid stations and turn-around spots were great. They were very enthusiastic and supportive of everyone. The medal was great, and if you registered before September there was a hoodie for you. This was a small-town race where everyone was friendly. Also, there was plenty of food—even if you were not one of the earlier finishers. I also have to give a shout out to the Cotter Trout Lodge as a place to stay. It’s only about 1 mile from the start, and the folks in charge were extremely nice in allowing a late check-out. The room was everything I needed, and you weren’t far from a number of restaurants. I’d definitely return to do this race again.

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1st time to run The Cowtown, and I can’t say enough about how well it was handled and the dedicated fans. I did the Cowtown Challenge, which is a race … MORE

1st time to run The Cowtown, and I can’t say enough about how well it was handled and the dedicated fans. I did the Cowtown Challenge, which is a race on Saturday and another race on Sunday (I did 5K and Marathon). This gets you a shirt and medal for the 5K, a shirt and great medal (a metal cowboy hat this year) for the marathon, and another shirt and medal for completing the challenge. Great swag. You get plenty of info leading up to the race either through emails or on their Facebook page. The expo was well run and you could get your bibs and shirts very quickly. As other have said in the past, the corrals are very big and you have room to stretch. This year, the temps for the marathon were over 70 degrees (and my results weren’t pretty-but that doesn’t take anything away from the great people involved in putting on this race ). They even had water bottles in the corrals. They had a lot of porta potties as well as you could still access the expo center to hang out/do what you needed to do inside before the race. The course has some hills (everyone talks about mile 9!), but it’s a reasonable course. There are definitely more fans for the 1st 10 miles while you’re running with the half marathoners; but I applaud the fans who were out there from mile 10 to the end. You could get (if you wanted) fireballs, tequila, beer, oh and water and Gatorade. There were kids offering orange slices; a woman willing to spray you with her hose; very enthusiastic people cheering on complete strangers like me. The food was nothing spectacular at the end; but it was run incredibly well. All the volunteers were incredibly nice, friendly and supportive. I would highly recommend this race to anyone.

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First time running this half marathon. Not a lot of social media/other info ahead of the race. Only 5 porta potties at the start of the race. If you didn’t … MORE

First time running this half marathon. Not a lot of social media/other info ahead of the race. Only 5 porta potties at the start of the race. If you didn’t get there early, you had a very long wait. It was an out and back course with a very nasty hill at mile 12. It seemed to me and the pacer I was running with that the mile markers were off during the last 6 miles. The pacer was great. Really helped me. The aid stations were run by families for the most part, and I’ve never seen so many helpful kids. They were great. Huge medal.

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