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@Hawksgirl2000

UNITED STATES Raving since 2022 Active 9 months, 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (1)

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Half Marathon Seattle, WA Nov 27, 2022 2:36:26

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Past Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Estes Park, CO Jul 29, 2023
Half Marathon Ashford, WA Jul 15, 2023 2:59:04
Half Marathon Seattle, WA Nov 27, 2022 2:36:26
8K Woodinville, WA Oct 30, 2022
Half Marathon Ashford, WA Jul 15, 2022 2:48:47

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I ran this last year at its inauguration. Frankly, it was more fun last year. Part of that was a nagging hip flexor pull this year that wasn't helped by … MORE

I ran this last year at its inauguration. Frankly, it was more fun last year. Part of that was a nagging hip flexor pull this year that wasn’t helped by the elevation gains and terrain of this challenging course, part of it was the walking took so long from parking to the race start that even though we arrived 30 minutes before the start (5:30 AM, which is pretty darn early in my world) I barely got to the start before my (later) wave went and my support person didn’t make it before I had to start so I had to run the half carrying my warming layer.

Pros: The course was still fun, the views were still amazing, the on-course congestion was better this year (maybe because I ran a different wave?), medals were ready to go (even for Sasquatch, which had to get mailed last year), communication was awesome, water stations were plentiful and not terribly crowded.

Cons: Parking was easily an extra mile of walking in addition to your racing to get from the back camping field where they were parking folks up to the race area, 5k didn’t have any kind of facilities within 50 yards of the start (last year the bathrooms were open and there were portajohns nearby), “beach hoodie” was really just a long sleeved t-shirt with a hood.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Pros: reasonable price, gorgeous course, a couple gnarly hills but mostly very run-able, packet pickup was smooth, schedule went basically as planned, pacers were great, volunteers were awesome, medals were … MORE

Pros: reasonable price, gorgeous course, a couple gnarly hills but mostly very run-able, packet pickup was smooth, schedule went basically as planned, pacers were great, volunteers were awesome, medals were cool, good food after.

Cons: Had to drive to Seattle twice in a row because hotel was so far from start line it wasn’t worth staying in the city (last time we ran this, we stayed in Seattle and walked to the start line)-once for packet pick up (where I had to pay $10 to park for 60 minutes to go in the hotel to get my number) and once (where I had to pay another $10-ish) to park on race day (payment was really hard to figure out and a lot of people were getting booted from the app or otherwise having trouble so were worried about cars getting towed), expo was tiny compared to previous years, dates got shifted which messed our schedule up (shortened expo by a day, had us driving to Seattle both on black Friday AND small business Saturday, overlapped my sister’s work schedule), course was pretty crowded all the way thru and no one was moving right if you were trying to pass so slowed the times down quite a bit because everyone ran abreast and there was no passing lane, only water at hydration stops (would’ve brought my own electrolytes if I’d known that), hotel was located nowhere near the start line or we would’ve just stayed in Seattle, race shirt had this weird seam right at the chest so it mushroomed out and made everyone look chunky (especially if you were busty), post race traffic home was awful made worse by construction detours.

Upshot: it’s not as much fun as it was when we first started doing it due to crowds and unfortunate logistics so we probably won’t go again.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
2

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This was one of the best organized races I've ever run and my first trail race. Quick List: Pros- communication, organization, check in speed/smoothness, parking, start, aid stations, course, finish … MORE

This was one of the best organized races I’ve ever run and my first trail race.

Quick List:
Pros- communication, organization, check in speed/smoothness, parking, start, aid stations, course, finish line, expo, speed of getting my results, gear check, and swag.

Cons- omg the hill at mile 6, pick the right starting wave (my own fault there), campsite was limited and I had to get up at 3:30AM to get to the race (my fault again), a bit pricey (imho #worthit)

The deets: The check in was super smooth and fast, the parking situation was a little chaotic but no one got hurt and my vehicle came away unscathed, gear check was cake (so was getting my stuff back at the end!), the start line was super pumped and well organized . . . I really don’t have any negatives here except I wasn’t crazy about the shirt color. Can we talk swag for a second? I’m not usually someone who is motivated by medals- I’ve been running awhile and medals just take up space at my house so I usually donate them to special needs kids. However. These were so cool!! The swag is definitely motivating for me in this case, I’m going to figure out how to display them with my national parks posters I collect when I visit (also hoping they have the Rainier one online because it was sold out at the event). Two suggestions- have a good idea of your time. I was a little frustrated starting in the wave I started in, but it was my own fault because I haven’t run a half in over a decade and never on a trail so I just went in the slowest group and then got frustrated with the slow pace a the beginning. There are places where the course is too narrow to pass and gets jammed up. Also, I had zero regrets about wearing my (heavier) trail running shoes as the terrain got pretty rough in a couple places. The Nathan reusable cup they provided combined with aid stations every 3-ish miles was sufficient so I didn’t carry any additional water. The views were amazing. The other runners were amazing. The staff was amazing. Everything was amazing. I did the Sasquatch Double, so 5k the night before and thought I would probably die but . . . the weather was amazing and it all worked out. They are pricey but they made it easy for me to do and enjoy my race so that and the location made it totally worthwhile. I will 100% absolutely do any race organized by this crew.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4
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