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Richardson, TX Raving since 2023 Boston Marathon finisher Active 5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Sugar Land, TX Jan 29, 2023 4:00
Half Marathon Austin, TX 2012 1:50
10K The Woodlands, TX Mar 4, 2023 46:00
5K Sugar Land, TX Nov 18, 2023 21:00

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Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 10, 2023
5K Sugar Land, TX Nov 18, 2023 21:00
5K Garland, TX Aug 5, 2023 22:00
Half Marathon Murphy, TX Jun 24, 2023
10K Austin, TX Apr 16, 2023 46:00
10K The Woodlands, TX Mar 4, 2023 46:00
Marathon The Woodlands, TX Mar 4, 2023
Marathon Sugar Land, TX Jan 29, 2023 4:00
Marathon The Woodlands, TX Mar 6, 2021 4:00:00
10K Terra Ceia, FL Feb 28, 2021
Half Marathon Irving, TX Nov 17, 2019
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 25, 2018
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Jan 28, 2018
Half Marathon Austin, TX 2012 1:50

My Raves

Not the first time the race promotion, the course and more were far less than stated. Having lived in Big D beginning in 1985, I've seen the race grow (good … MORE

Not the first time the race promotion, the course and more were far less than stated. Having lived in Big D beginning in 1985, I’ve seen the race grow (good news), yet, the quality has gone way down (bad news), the cost gone through the roof (thanks to having a Disney guy, an RD and more making 100K+ year). and the course….well, one year no White Rock Lake. Other years, including this one, no Swiss Ave. The race is in Dallas. It is a far cry for the wonderful and nationally respected Dallas White Rock Marathon. Suspect the founders and the former RD are rolling over in their graves. No, I will never come back which is sad as this was a go to race in Texas. Now, Cowtown and Woodlands!

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Plenty of volunteers make everything easy and fun. Course is nice and also certified. Local charity is very worthy and well run by Ms. Strong Will be back time and … MORE

Plenty of volunteers make everything easy and fun. Course is nice and also certified. Local charity is very worthy and well run by Ms. Strong Will be back time and again.

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Where will the course be this year? Wherever they can find a low cost location! Usually, a public park. Will the course be USATF Certified? Do not bet on it … MORE

Where will the course be this year? Wherever they can find a low cost location! Usually, a public park.
Will the course be USATF Certified? Do not bet on it as this costs $. They state, “Garmin Certify”. LOL.
Suggest patronizing a local race or charity run!

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We went as a group that included club runners, a ranked elite, a ranked masters elite, and a couple of professionally certified coaches. Some ran the 5K, 10K and the … MORE

We went as a group that included club runners, a ranked elite, a ranked masters elite, and a couple of professionally certified coaches. Some ran the 5K, 10K and the half. Some won their age groups. Two won Overall. And, their feedback:

The 5K had far too many turns. A slow, not well-marked and somewhat dangerous course that was complicated by bystanders standing on the course at some corners. If you like lots of turns and running in a parking lot, this might be for you. If not, consider Parkrun as it is better and free.

The 10K had a better course. Not much to see.

Half marathon course was okay. One section was a nice, shaded country road, BUT tons of potholes. Dangerous. Some tripped. Likely, some turned their ankles. Quick pass of the “Dallas” ranch which was under renovation and nothing to see. The ranch is center to the race brand, featured in the race picture. Yet, this fact was known and never publicized!

We asked the runners if they wanted to return based on the following: Would you like to return next year? All respondents said, “no”.
If entry was comp’d (free) would you go? All respondents said, “no”.

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This is one of the largest and most historic 10K races in the U.S. Course goes uphill for the first half as it goes around the Texas Capitol Building. As … MORE

This is one of the largest and most historic 10K races in the U.S. Course goes uphill for the first half as it goes around the Texas Capitol Building. As one finishes the first downhill (MOPAC underpass) they are greeted by a drum corp which provides a nice uplift for the final stretch. The finish is a fast downhill grade over a bridge and into the amphitheater grounds. One of the best races in the U.S. for many more reasons. Worth the trip!

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The Woodlands is a very well run and directed race in every way. Course is well-marked and mostly tree-lined which mitigates any wind. 10K runners are provided a non-congested course … MORE

The Woodlands is a very well run and directed race in every way. Course is well-marked and mostly tree-lined which mitigates any wind. 10K runners are provided a non-congested course as they run separately from the half and marathon. Awards and swag are first rate. The VIP tent is right above the finish line and provides GREAT food and beverage! Worth the price.

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Ran every event over the past decade with the exception of the 5K which is run the prior weekend. Very competitive race across age groups. Many runners skip the Houston … MORE

Ran every event over the past decade with the exception of the 5K which is run the prior weekend. Very competitive race across age groups. Many runners skip the Houston Marathon to run The Woodlands as it is a better run race, easier to park, a faster course, costs less and the post race festivities, food and entertainment are really, really good. The half marathon is has the largest field.

The course tree lined for the most part which shields runners from the wind. The course is about as flat as can be. Flatter than Houston (Woodlands’ is flat, downhill at the end vs 3 underpasses and an uphill grade in downtown), Indy, Columbus. And, The course has the right number of runners vs being clogged. Corrals are based on time. A charity or VIP entry does not place slow runners and walkers in front of faster runners which Houston, Indy and other races sadly do. This causes congestion that has faster runners having to weave around the pay-for-position runners, which increase stress, distance run and risk of injury. Thus, I have not run Houston or Indy a 2nd time.

Twice there have been issues with runners following the course. Why? Runners follow others and ignore the signs. The police lead is responsible for knowing the course. A replacement did not and short coursed the runners, which killed BQ’s for many. In spite of the waiver, the Race Director, Willie Fowlkes, provided refunds which is unheard. This is one of many reasons Mr. Fowlkes has more respect than most race directors. Cycle leads and ALL runners should know the course, pay attention to the signs. If one fails to follow a well-marked course it is due to their not paying attention (e.g., music, conversation, following the crowd = not being in the moment and the race). The responsibility is the runner’s!

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By the time the elites and the rest hit the pavement, early start walkers are already on course with many walking 2, 3, 4 abreast or lost in their headphones. … MORE

By the time the elites and the rest hit the pavement, early start walkers are already on course with many walking 2, 3, 4 abreast or lost in their headphones. Heard the reason for the race was to make a place for many USA Fit run-walkers and walkers who are paying for training to complete a race (half and marathon) since Houston, Woodlands and others in the area provide the common 6 hrs. limit. After running this race, there is no doubt that in the future I’ll wait 4-6 weeks for The Woodlands.

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Unusually warm for this race. Usually, in the 40s. The Woodlands is a very well run and directed race in every way. Course is well-marked and mostly tree-lined which mitigates … MORE

Unusually warm for this race. Usually, in the 40s. The Woodlands is a very well run and directed race in every way. Course is well-marked and mostly tree-lined which mitigates any wind. Awards and swag are first rate. The VIP tent is right above the finish line and provides GREAT food and beverage! Worth the price.

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The Skyway Bridge has history and personal significance. The race is for a fine charity. It still does not justify a half marathon/marathon price $135 (VIP $300!. The race itself … MORE

The Skyway Bridge has history and personal significance. The race is for a fine charity. It still does not justify a half marathon/marathon price $135 (VIP $300!.

The race itself has issues. It is nice to have multiple waves as this provides convenient start times. The problem is that there are no corrals and worse…runners and walkers do not follow standard protocol AND there were no course Marshals to help, guide or correct issues such as walkers walking 4 across in the middle. as well as on the right and left. I was unable to make the first wave, thus, ran in a later wave. As an elite, was placed in the front. Shortly after reaching the Skyway, we caught the group in front. Walkers to the right, left and center. Cannot tell you how many times I called out “on your left” or “on your right”. Most chose to ignore. One or two that were in the middle told me to runaround them.

Post race party is a good one if you like the heavy food and beer.

One of the more inconsequential, yet, amusing items were Age Group Awards. Wonderful Red, White or Blue Medallions. Blue for first (correct), Red for second (incorrect), White for third (incorrect). Given most everyone has participated in a Science, County or other Fare where ribbons are given, one would think they would know the hierarchy: Blue, White and Red.

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I run multiple half marathons in Irving and Las Colinas. This race is the worst of them. Course is okay if you like broken concrete and a narrow running path … MORE

I run multiple half marathons in Irving and Las Colinas. This race is the worst of them. Course is okay if you like broken concrete and a narrow running path that needs serious maintenance. Area hotels are not cheap. Some area hotels are more accommodating to other races such as Military Miles (formerly Wounded Warrior).

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Heidi (Race Director) and her team have built one of the finest events in the world. Historic, scenic, very well run! Starting corrals are organized and well-managed. Course is challenging … MORE

Heidi (Race Director) and her team have built one of the finest events in the world. Historic, scenic, very well run!

Starting corrals are organized and well-managed. Course is challenging and scenic as it winds through a myriad of neighborhoods, the famous Stockyards (beware of the cobbles), and some nice areas including TCU when running the marathon. There are two challenging grades. The Main St. bridge is .9 mile with a false flat before going uphill and around the beautiful courthouse. Then it’s downhill again. Fast until the final stretch when one turns slightly uphill towards the chute. Best to ignore anyone saying, “You’re almost there!” as there is a 1/2 mile to go.

Sadly, there is no awards ceremony for the Age Groupers. Shame for such a major and historic event. Of all the Podium Awards received, this was one of the least attractive. Candidly, I cared about this award because the event was memorable for me, the event is a major party of road race history in the US. Thus, the award should be memorable, stand-out as well, should it not?/! Yes, I come back as it is the best, the greatest race in the state of Texas.

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White Rock Lake is a common venue for Dallas races. It is a fine venue with the only issue being an OPEN course...some cyclists, people walking their dogs, etc. can … MORE

White Rock Lake is a common venue for Dallas races. It is a fine venue with the only issue being an OPEN course…some cyclists, people walking their dogs, etc. can be found…but not often in the early, chilly morning!

The shirt was cheap. The award was a Bell Jar wrapped in a leather coozy w/ race logo. No Date. No 1st Place. Nothing. There was more beer than snacks. No. Not going back in spite of the fast time.

After running several Run Project Races, not a Run Project Fan

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Nice party. First 4 miles is a boring run down Congress and on the freeway access road before turning towards of the nice part of the course. uphill finish. Lots … MORE

Nice party. First 4 miles is a boring run down Congress and on the freeway access road before turning towards of the nice part of the course. uphill finish. Lots of food options. Dopers welcome including the hometown hero.

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