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@hbr245b

New York, NY Raving since 2020 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Active 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon York, PA May 16, 2021 3:14:01
10K King of Prussia, PA Sep 24, 2022 40:31

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Past Races (19)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2023
Marathon Tokyo, Japan Mar 5, 2023 3:21:54
10K King of Prussia, PA Sep 24, 2022 40:31
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 11, 2022 44:40
10K New York, NY Aug 27, 2022 45:39
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 18, 2022 3:48:18
50 Miler Page, AZ Mar 12, 2022
Marathon London, United Kingdom Oct 3, 2021 3:33:00
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 26, 2021 3:29:00
Marathon York, PA May 16, 2021 3:14:01
Marathon York, PA Oct 11, 2020 3:23:22
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2019 3:36:52
Marathon Rhinebeck, NY May 11, 2019 3:57:59
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 4, 2018 4:19:53
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 4:21:55
Marathon Paris, France Apr 9, 2017 4:56:12
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2011 4:18:50
Marathon Oceanport, NJ 2010 5:08:20
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2009 3:56:53

My Raves

As someone else said in a review of 2023 race, the bib pickup was sub-optimal. Almost all foreign runners had to pickup their bibs from a limited number of booths, … MORE

As someone else said in a review of 2023 race, the bib pickup was sub-optimal. Almost all foreign runners had to pickup their bibs from a limited number of booths, while the majority of booths were empty. This lead to long waits on a concrete floor so my hips were killing me after 2+ hours. Another long queue to get into the Asics store at the expo too (I didn’t bother) as I just wanted to get out of there!
The race itself was excellent.
Easy to get to the start (I stayed in Ginza close to the finish line) via the free metro ticket which was valid for 24 hours (I used it the day before too to get maximum usage).
A little tricky to find my starting corral as I had missed a sign held by a volunteer but I asked one of many volunteers who pointed me in the right direction.
Long queues for the bathrooms too in the starting area so I opted to use one on course to avoid the stress of missing the gun.
The course is extremely flat with barely any up/down except for a downhill around kilometer 4 (I think).
Lots of our & back legs on the course are not my favourite feature but probably a necessary evil of course management and limiting the number of roads closed in a very busy city.
My fifth world major, a BQ for me and definitely an experience not to be missed!

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I signed up for this race as I needed a 10K race as part of my training plan for the Chicago Marathon and I was in Villanova for the weekend … MORE

I signed up for this race as I needed a 10K race as part of my training plan for the Chicago Marathon and I was in Villanova for the weekend for personal reasons.
This is a small race (fewer than 50 in the 10K) with friendly organisers.
There’s a 5K too and a 1 mile family walk all in aid of combatting childhood cancers.
I received a medal for first in my age group!
I think the course may have been a little short as my garmin only recorded a shade over 6 miles (rather than 6.21 for a 10K).

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Easy parking in Santa Monica on day of race (free in fact as we left about an hour after finishing as no restaurants yet open for brunch). Easy bib pickup … MORE

Easy parking in Santa Monica on day of race (free in fact as we left about an hour after finishing as no restaurants yet open for brunch).
Easy bib pickup at start line.
10K racers were in 2 waves with about 2 minutes between the waves (I was at front of 2nd wave). Not sure if the age awards were based on chip or gun time.
Some 5K walkers (5K started first) still on course as 10K racers passed the 5K turn-around but not enough of them to cause an issue.
Tough long up-hill miles 2-3 but downhill all the way to the finish after that.
Cotton finisher t-shirt was a bit of a turn-off but nice medal for the collection.
PR for me despite it being a somewhat humid day.

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First time qualifying & running Boston. Spring marathons are usually my favourite as I prefer training over the cold of the winter than the heat & humidity of the summer … MORE

First time qualifying & running Boston. Spring marathons are usually my favourite as I prefer training over the cold of the winter than the heat & humidity of the summer but I wasn’t as well prepared for this as I should have been. I blame it on running an ultra earlier in the year. Hope to be back in the near future and better prepared!

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After many years of entering the lottery for the London Marathon, I bit the bullet and opted for a charity spot. Originally scheduled for April 2020, postponed to October 2020 … MORE

After many years of entering the lottery for the London Marathon, I bit the bullet and opted for a charity spot. Originally scheduled for April 2020, postponed to October 2020 and finally run in October 2021, it’s easy to see why it’s next to impossible to get in the lottery at almost every runner was wearing a shirt from a charity!
Easy to get to the start (oddly they advise times to arrive at Blackheath etc but not the time the train would depart from Charing Cross / Victoria / London Bridge). Male (& female!) urinals at the start as well as flushing port-a-potties where the lines were well organised.
Due to covid, there was a rolling start which I did not expect and I had to walk slowly toward the starting line waiting for my garmin to sync!
Mostly flat (long downhill in mile 3) but some narrow streets (including the aptly named Narrow St in Docklands) mean that this is not a fast race if you are “in the pack”.
Tremendous crowd support along almost the entire route (marked contrast to the somewhat thin crowds in Berlin the prior Sunday) but especially around Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Docklands and the last few miles along Embankment, Parliament Square etc.
A random stranger saw me on tv in the UK & made a donation to my charity (JDRF) – I read this in an email while having a pint in the pub after the race and it brought a tear to my eye.

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Easy to see why this is a fast race - flat & mostly wide open roads so no unexpected bunching of runners to slow you down. Forgot that I didn't … MORE

Easy to see why this is a fast race – flat & mostly wide open roads so no unexpected bunching of runners to slow you down.
Forgot that I didn’t pay for a finisher shirt at registration so a little perplexed at bib pickup not to receive one. Bought a different shirt in the end as the finisher was nothing special (black).
Won’t be back in 2022 but maybe in 2023 if I’m chasing a sub 3!

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With most marathons in the US cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus, it was a joy to get out & race! Kudos to the race director for getting this … MORE

With most marathons in the US cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus, it was a joy to get out & race! Kudos to the race director for getting this one run.

Easy bib pickup at the Y, social distancing at the start, flat course, great for those attempting a BQ!

Hope to run again next time I need a BQ.

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