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@happyrunner46

Hudsonville, MI Raving since 2022 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 1 year, 5 months ago

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Past Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
50K Norman, OK Nov 12, 2022
Marathon Bismarck, ND Sep 17, 2022
Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Aug 28, 2022
Marathon Akron, OH Jul 16, 2022
6 hr Nashotah, WI Jun 25, 2022
50K Hermitage, TN Oct 9, 2021
Marathon Medora, ND Jul 25, 2020

My Raves

Positives: -Good communication pre race. -Solid “swag.” -Beautiful course. -Great aid stations and volunteers. Negatives: -One turn was unclear and sent many runners in the wrong direction. Unfortunately I was … MORE

Positives:
-Good communication pre race.
-Solid “swag.”
-Beautiful course.
-Great aid stations and volunteers.

Negatives:
-One turn was unclear and sent many runners in the wrong direction. Unfortunately I was one of them. Once lost for four miles I personally struggled to get my head in the game so to speak and was confused when told “oh you did this part twice turn around here as you already did it twice.” But wait I am confused I haven’t done this course “correctly yet.” How am I suppose to understand this turn? I did as I was told and missed the turn mentioned above yet again and was parred to the course. I got back on track, went back to the aid station until I was kindly shown the right way to go. Yay! More miles, back on track. Figured it out for next two loops and pushed myself to be top three overall only to have the award in my hands when the race director took it away for being off course.

In all respect I understand this if I had not been told to “just skip this part.” I did the whole course I was told to do as a nice accommodation and then some and went over the distance other runners did on Strava and my map was identical minus one mile being parrel however I went back to the beginning of where I was lost: meaning I did the whole course and then some that I was told to do

It’d be one thing if I was told at mile 17 (should have been 15) you can continue but you will not be an official finisher due to being off track because I was respectfully talked to about maybe just being done. I knew I could do this race. I’ve done many trail races and even won the last one I did I just needed help in one confusing part. It was a nice accommodation to “skip over a part” but runners should have been informed of the consequence before choosing their path.

Multiple runners got turned around there was clearly some confusing areas that needed some help. Also I’d like to point out how rules stated rulers will abide by directions given by race directors. No where did it state you get off course you can’t be eligible for awards. It needs to be stated in a rule because it makes sense. Also: it was the direction of race directors that were followed. Why give a finisher award but not overall? None of this makes sense however the rule number 9 states race management decisions are final. I’m not here to fit about someone’s race & get an award. It’s about taking the good of the race and hoping the negatives can be addressed to allow this race to reach its maximum potential as this race has great potential including its beauty and great aid stations and communication pre race.

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What a wonderful race! I’ve never seen so many aid stations! The course really was beautiful and had helpful people. Unfortunately there was a mess up with results which led … MORE

What a wonderful race! I’ve never seen so many aid stations! The course really was beautiful and had helpful people. Unfortunately there was a mess up with results which led me going from third in my age group, receiving the awesome award only to have results change on me. I still got the award and so did the other people and the heartbreak was made a little easier by the very kind and understanding race directors. Overall great event!

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No complaints here which I’m so glad for after it seems like this race has struggled since Covid with good things to say. This race was a very delightful surprised … MORE

No complaints here which I’m so glad for after it seems like this race has struggled since Covid with good things to say. This race was a very delightful surprised at how nice this course was for this side of South Dakota. The course followed a nice path and had a great variety of things to see along the way. The only thing I wish was different was having downtown and falls park near the end not beginning but I know that’s out of the races control likely and just wherever 26.2 miles takes one. The volunteers from the colleges were top of the line supportive and made the race come alive. 🙂

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At the halfway point when I asked about distance as my watch had me at 12.5 I was informed: yep! The race will be cut short. Unfortunately it was a … MORE

At the halfway point when I asked about distance as my watch had me at 12.5 I was informed: yep! The race will be cut short.

Unfortunately it was a whole mile short with people knowing.

The race was beautiful on a plus and volunteers were friendly. Race director wasn’t as friendly but it happens.

Hope the race can get that extra mile in. Great potential.

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This was really fun. I loved every idea this race had to offer and all the course had to offer. Friendly aid station workers, really nice fast and challenging trail. … MORE

This was really fun. I loved every idea this race had to offer and all the course had to offer. Friendly aid station workers, really nice fast and challenging trail. Accommodations were made as needed. Hope to be back for more fun!

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Really well pleased for a first time event. Race director cared immensely about each finisher and their story. Luckily I didn’t get lost but some people did and the director … MORE

Really well pleased for a first time event. Race director cared immensely about each finisher and their story. Luckily I didn’t get lost but some people did and the director got his way on the course that day to help and make it better. Huge huge props to that. The arrowhead award was also extra special and unique. Beautiful course. Great post race and during race food. Only issues was with being told I would get a shirt no problem and wasn’t able to get my size but it happens. Atleast I got one!

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What a beautiful well marked course. Easy to navigate, perfect level of challenging and fast. Unique awards that really remind you of where you were and great memories made. Hope … MORE

What a beautiful well marked course. Easy to navigate, perfect level of challenging and fast. Unique awards that really remind you of where you were and great memories made. Hope to be back again.

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