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Irvine, CA Raving since 2017 active 1 day, 3 hours ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Irvine, CA Sep 8, 2018 2:21:11
5K Culver City, CA Mar 4, 2018 29:38

Future Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 10, 2018
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 3, 2019
Half Marathon Virgin, UT Feb 23, 2019
Half Marathon Asheville, NC TBD
Half Marathon Weott, CA TBD
5K San Diego, CA TBD
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH TBD
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT TBD
Half Marathon Atlanta, GA TBD
Half Marathon Louisville, KY TBD
Half Marathon St. Charles, MO TBD
Half Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Half Marathon Payson, UT TBD
5K Five Islands, Canada TBD

Past Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 7, 2018 2:30:09
Half Marathon Irvine, CA Sep 8, 2018 2:21:11
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK Aug 18, 2018 2:21:27
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 2, 2018 2:23:51
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2018 2:21:22
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Apr 14, 2018 2:22:24
Half Marathon Tustin, CA Mar 11, 2018 2:23:08
5K Culver City, CA Mar 4, 2018 29:38
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 4, 2018 2:33:33
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 14, 2018 2:46:44
Half Marathon Pomona, CA Dec 10, 2017 2:37:02
5K Irvine, CA Nov 23, 2017 32:47
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017 2:42:29
Half Marathon Cascais, Portugal Oct 15, 2017
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 8, 2017
Half Marathon Dundee, OR Jul 9, 2017
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 4, 2017
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 7, 2017
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 23, 2017
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Mar 26, 2017
Half Marathon Tustin, CA Mar 12, 2017 2:26:12
5K Culver City, CA Feb 26, 2017
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 5, 2017
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Jan 15, 2017 2:29:39

My Raves

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

This is my second year running the LB half. Compared to my prior experience here and at the other beach cities races, this race was disappointing. To start, the parking … MORE

This is my second year running the LB half. Compared to my prior experience here and at the other beach cities races, this race was disappointing.

To start, the parking situation was expensive. $15 for bib pick-up parking and another $15 for race day parking is very costly on top of an already expensive race registration.

The course felt crowded, even with the reduced attendance. Usually, races thin out by the 1-2 mile mark and people find their personal space. For this race, the entire 13-miles was spent dodging and weaving around groups of people.

It started off cool, but the humidity and temperature had an effect shortly after the sun showed up. Unfortunately, the aid stations were not placed frequently enough and were not manned well enough to keep up wth demand. On more than one occasion, I had to stand in a line of runners while waiting for the poor volunteers to fill cups.

Scenery-wise, this race has the least amount of beach-time compared with the other Beach cities races. Swag-wise, this medal disappointed. I always enjoyed the Queen Mary motif from previous years and the 2018 medal was rather generic with a silhouette of buildings and palm trees.

Overall, not my favorite race. I ran it to complete the beach cities challenge. I am still undecided if I will repeat this race a third time due to the production value and expense.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
2
SWAG
3

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Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County

Lexus LaceUp Running Series Orange County

This was my first Lexus Laceup run. I chose this race due to convenient location and the reviews of other Lexus Laceup runs. Overall, it was just a meh experience. … MORE

This was my first Lexus Laceup run. I chose this race due to convenient location and the reviews of other Lexus Laceup runs. Overall, it was just a meh experience. It met my expectations for convenience, but was otherwise a disappointing experience.

On the positive side:
1. Near my home so short morning commute
2. Ample parking
3. Very generous Porta Potty situation
4. Regular aide stations on the course with great volunteers
5. Cool, cloudy weather

The Negatives:
1. Lack of community support/ involvement (I have never been on such a quiet race course. With the exception of the aide station volunteers, traffic cops, and two women with a sign at mile 4, there were zero supporters/ cheerers on the entire route)

2. The finish line was not well managed (As I crossed the finish, I had to push spectators and other finishers out of my way just to cross the finish mat. The people handing out the medals just stood still with medals dangling from their arms. I walked by them the first time before I realized that they had my medal. When I asked “Is that for the half marathon finishers?”, I received a stare in return.)

3. Inadequate Food. (There were only 2 food trucks for all racers to redeem their free food. One of those trucks had smoothies. For those of us waiting for something more substantial, we had to stand in a long line in the sun before finding out that that the truck had run out of many of the food options. If free food is a perk of the race, then the organizers need more trucks.)

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
1
SWAG
4

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Anchorage RunFest (Humpy’s Marathon & Skinny Raven Half)

Anchorage RunFest (Humpy’s Marathon & Skinny Raven Half)

In a year of great races, the Anchorage RunFest has hit the top of the list on all counts. Visiting Alaska is a great perk, but the race was so … MORE

In a year of great races, the Anchorage RunFest has hit the top of the list on all counts. Visiting Alaska is a great perk, but the race was so well-produced that I would have had the same opinion no matter where it was held.

1. The race communications were frequent, helpful, and inspirational. There were stories of various race participants, enabling a sense of connection before the plane touched down. Logistics were also communicated on a regular basis.

2. The bib pick-up and expo furthered the sense of connection. Local merchants and organizations had donated a variety of prizes that filled multiple tables. By visiting each vendor, racers were able to enter into raffles for the prizes. The vendors (including Jeff Galloway himself) took the time to talk to each participant, making me feel welcome. It was the first expo that I truly enjoyed.

3. The spaghetti dinner included a talk by Jeff Galloway where he gave his insights, as well as answered questions from the audience. It was motivational and made me wish I had signed up for his clinic later that day.

4. The race itself was under rainy, cool conditions. The path took us past the water and under the cover of green trees and beautiful parks. The course was fairly easy with the only unpleasant part being the hill at the 13-mile mark, immediately before the finish line. There was even a report from a marathon runner of seeing a moose cross the path during the race! Support was generous with many locals showing up along the path to cheer us on. They even had a highly diverse musical selection to encourage us – bagpipers, guitar-player, a drum group and more.

5. The shirt and medal were beautiful and unique, featuring a color palette that resembled the northern lights.

6. My only negative comment was that the end of the race did not have many food options for the hungry runner. There were free grilled cheese sandwich halves (which tasted good on a rainy day). But as an out-of-towner, I would have liked a food truck or two so that I could purchase lunch before returning to my hotel. Having seen many food trucks in the area, I think this would be the perfect opportunity for them to make some money and allow runners to replenish their calories.

Overall, I would highly recommend this race to anyone wanting to enjoy a unique destination with local support and strong sense of inclusion for all runners. I can’t wait to return…maybe to run the marathon next time 🙂

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Grand Teton Half Marathon

Grand Teton Half Marathon

This was my first run with Vacation Races and I've already signed up for my next. They put on a top-notch production. Every detail was accounted for, from a uniquely … MORE

This was my first run with Vacation Races and I’ve already signed up for my next. They put on a top-notch production. Every detail was accounted for, from a uniquely designed race shirt and incredible finishers medal, to little extras like free s’mores at the race expo. The surroundings were absolutely stunning, even with the 33-degree starting temperature.

Most impressive was the level of communication from the event staff. Mother Nature took out the bridge a mile from our original finish line only 4-days before the race. The race staff made sure to keep us well informed as they rushed to re-route the race. I still enjoyed the course that we were able to run and I look forward to running future races with such a professional organization.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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OC Marathon & Half Marathon

OC Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my second year running the OC Half Marathon and I continue to enjoy this race. The course is relatively easy with only a few gentle uphill portions (although … MORE

This was my second year running the OC Half Marathon and I continue to enjoy this race. The course is relatively easy with only a few gentle uphill portions (although at mile 10/11, you feel it a bit). There was an over-abundance of aid stations and energetic supporters. Although I got a PR, I left the race thinking/ wishing I could have pushed myself even more. Next year, I will definitely look at this review and remind myself of that fact.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon

San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon

I loved, loved, loved this race. In the middle of mile 9, when I normally question my sanity for starting the run in the first place, I instead found myself … MORE

I loved, loved, loved this race. In the middle of mile 9, when I normally question my sanity for starting the run in the first place, I instead found myself deciding to sign up for the next year.

The course is flat and fast, starting with a sunrise across the placid bay filled with paddle boarders and followed by several miles of gorgeous views of crashing waves. This was a reasonably small race (<2000 runners) so crowding was not an issue. Course support was plentiful and well-manned. I most appreciated the icy cold towel in the back third of the race. The shirt and medal were good quality and worth collecting. Can't wait for next year's race!

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5K

Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5K

Despite rain and breezy weather, this race was worth repeating. It was a great opportunity to see the inside of the Tustin hangars (much bigger than you expect from the … MORE

Despite rain and breezy weather, this race was worth repeating. It was a great opportunity to see the inside of the Tustin hangars (much bigger than you expect from the outside). The course is mostly flat, with an occasional uphill/downhill trek for the freeway overpasses. Course support was plentiful, especially considering the weather. The medal was the same high quality as last year and one of my favorite features of running this race. I will definitely return for year 3.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Screenland 5K

Screenland 5K

You've gotta love a race through movie studios held on the morning of the Oscars. There were plenty of creative costumes that made for a fun environment. The course was … MORE

You’ve gotta love a race through movie studios held on the morning of the Oscars. There were plenty of creative costumes that made for a fun environment. The course was very flat and quick with plenty of room to break away. Love the finisher’s medal!

However, several aspects of the race struggled to match the previous year’s quality. For instance, last year’s shirt is still one of my favorites from any race I’ve run. This year’s shirt was much poorer quality with paper thin fabric and odd sizing/fit. More importantly, the race itself featured very few elements that made last year’s event so much fun. While last year involved running through multiple studio lots with a variety of character interactions/ photo ops, this year had a very short pass through a single studio lot with nothing special other than some live music. Last year’s finish had costumed actors from Gone with the Wind to energetically greet you on the red carpet finish line while this year had only the red carpet itself.

DIFFICULTY
1
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3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my second year running the Surf City half and I was glad I made this a repeat. Most of this flat course is along the beach, with only … MORE

This was my second year running the Surf City half and I was glad I made this a repeat. Most of this flat course is along the beach, with only a short section at mile 3-4 that winds inland before looping back to the ocean. The only thing preventing a PR on this race is the constant need to dodge other runners. As a warning, the starting waves are self-regulated meaning that even the earlier (faster) corrals are full of walker-talker groups. Despite the number of runners, the views of the surf and beautiful weather makes this a must-do (and a must repeat).

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

The course was along the ocean with a wonderful, refreshing breeze. The aid stations were plentiful and well staffed. My favorite part was the community support for the runners. Coming … MORE

The course was along the ocean with a wonderful, refreshing breeze. The aid stations were plentiful and well staffed. My favorite part was the community support for the runners. Coming off of the holidays, my time was not as good as I could have hoped. However, this race reminded me why I love running in Southern California.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Holiday Half Marathon & 5K (CA)

Holiday Half Marathon & 5K (CA)

Relatively fast course with a few hills thrown in. I enjoyed the run through the park and the aid stations were well staffed. I will definitely put this on my … MORE

Relatively fast course with a few hills thrown in. I enjoyed the run through the park and the aid stations were well staffed. I will definitely put this on my repeat list for 2018.

DIFFICULTY
2
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3
SCENERY
3
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4

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

This race has great energy that keeps you going, from start to finish. There is plenty of music from almost every genre throughout the entire course. Scenery-wise, it's hard to … MORE

This race has great energy that keeps you going, from start to finish. There is plenty of music from almost every genre throughout the entire course. Scenery-wise, it’s hard to beat running down the strip at night. The organizers also did a good job with (quickly) reconfiguring the race following the shooting tragedy and paying respect to the victims of that tragedy.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Lisbon Marathon

Lisbon Marathon

This was a poorly organized race, from start to finish. The race day weather and lack of course support lead to very dangerous running conditions. The Rock n Roll organization … MORE

This was a poorly organized race, from start to finish. The race day weather and lack of course support lead to very dangerous running conditions. The Rock n Roll organization should reconsider associating their name with this production.
1. To start, the pre-race expo was held in a location too small for the turnout. The line to get inside the building for bib pick-up was over 2-hours long and on an unshaded concrete terrace. On an 80+ degree day, this led to sunburn and heat issues for all even before the race started.
2. Bibs were handed out without safety pins. This made for an interesting opportunity to scour Lisbon stores for something to attach our bibs to our shirts.
3. Inside the expo, there were a few crowded (uninterested) vendors before I was pushed towards your t-shirt and exit. I luckily received one of the last few shirts available, although not in my size and unwearably small. They completely ran out of race shirts for participants later that afternoon.
4. On race day, we had to wait in another >1-hr line to board a bus for transport to the starting point on the bridge. Once there, we had to wait another hour for the race to start. There was no shade or water during any of these waits. Unfortunately, the staff only allowed racers to use toilets in their own tightly controlled corrals. I could see empty toilets in the corral behind me, but was prevented from using them by security. Despite waiting over an hour, I still had not gotten through the line for the toilet when the race began and my corral emptied out.
5. Water/aid stations were not located at the miles indicated at the expo. This meant that the first aid station did not happen until well-past the 3-mile mark. While this may not be a big deal normally, the long pre-race wait times, lack of shade, and late start time (10:30am) on a day that climbed near 90oF meant I was very thirsty and would have appreciated an earlier water break.
6. At the height of the race, when temperatures were at their worst, the aid stations ran out of water and liquids. By mile 8, the tables were empty and support staff were gone. Racers were digging through discarded water bottles on the ground for any drops they could get. A first aid station handed out some water, but had to reserve most of their supply for the health emergencies that began rolling in. I should mention that I finished well within the time constraints of this race and this lack of water/aid affected a large portion of the runners.
7. They ran out of post-race snacks/ drinks. On a large concrete, unshaded plaza, after miles of no course support in 90-degree weather, I was greeted by empty-handed staff. After begging, I was eventually provided a small carton of warm chocolate milk, but was denied a second by security.

After the race, the Lisbon staff took to social media to congratulate themselves on a record-number of runners. They seemed to overlook the fact that their poor management of the race put runners’ health at risk. If you have a race that runs through mid-day heat with no shade, then you need water. It’s that simple.

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1
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2
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1

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