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Urbana, IL Raving since 2021 50 States hopeful/finisher active 5 days, 22 hours ago

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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Portland, ME Oct 3, 2021 3:39:01
30K Winston-Salem, NC Sep 29, 2018 2:49:24
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Aug 29, 2021 1:34:33
7 Miler Winston-Salem, NC Sep 30, 2017 52:46
10K Winston-Salem, NC Mar 18, 2017 47:14
5K High Point, NC Sep 8, 2018 22:02

Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 11, 2021
Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 15, 2022
Marathon Jackson, MS Feb 19, 2022
Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 3, 2022
Marathon Minneapolis, MN Oct 1, 2022
Marathon Little Rock, AR 2022

Past Races (29)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 21, 2021 3:43:27
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 6, 2021 3:39:41
Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 17, 2021 3:46:51
Marathon Portland, ME Oct 3, 2021 3:39:01
Marathon Menasha, WI Sep 19, 2021 3:47:42
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Aug 29, 2021 1:34:33
Marathon Lincoln, NE May 2, 2021 4:17:48
Half Marathon Greensboro, NC Apr 27, 2019 2:01:16
Half Marathon Winston-Salem, NC Dec 1, 2018 1:54:13
Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 11, 2018 3:52:48
30K Winston-Salem, NC Sep 29, 2018 2:49:24
5K High Point, NC Sep 8, 2018 22:02
Half Marathon Winston-Salem, NC Dec 2, 2017 1:47:21
7 Miler Winston-Salem, NC Sep 30, 2017 52:46
5K St Paul, MN Jul 15, 2017
Half Marathon Cary, NC Apr 23, 2017 1:44:02
10K Winston-Salem, NC Mar 18, 2017 47:14
Half Marathon Winston-Salem, NC Dec 5, 2015 1:57:54
5K Greensboro, NC Oct 31, 2015 49:57
Half Marathon Charlotte, NC Mar 7, 2015 1:58:47
5K Cornelius, NC Sep 27, 2014 25:13
5K Davidson, NC Sep 20, 2014 25:53
5K Huntersville, NC Jul 5, 2014 24:43
5K Huntersville, NC Mar 15, 2014 26:40
5K Davidson, NC Sep 21, 2013 25:57
5K Huntersville, NC May 11, 2013 25:05
5K Huntersville, NC Mar 16, 2013 26:58
5K Cornelius, NC Oct 13, 2012 25:17
5K Davidson, NC Sep 15, 2012 26:55

My Raves

I am from central Illinois. I train on pancake-flat roads. The Route 66 Marathon course is almost constant hills. I would say an average of 1 to 1.5 uphill/downhill combos … MORE

I am from central Illinois. I train on pancake-flat roads. The Route 66 Marathon course is almost constant hills. I would say an average of 1 to 1.5 uphill/downhill combos every mile. If you are afraid of hills, I can confirm that an entire marathon of them will wreck your legs. But here is some good running and good life advice: “For every uphill, there is a downhill”. I compared my mile splits for hilly miles to flat miles, and the difference was only about 15 seconds. Trust your training, and know that you can make up much of the time you lost uphill, on the downhill.

The race starts with confetti cannons, which is cool. It is a good tour of Tulsa, as we hit the Philbrook Art Museum, run past the Gathering Place park, and through downtown a couple times to see all the Art Deco skyscrapers and the Mediterranean-style architecture all over the city. There are clocks at every mile, which is a nice touch. We ran onto the University of Tulsa at mile 19, which was also beautiful. Kudos to the race organizers for showing us all the best this city has to offer.

Four stands throughout the course offered shots of Fireball whiskey. Including one after just 1.5 miles.

The least swag I’ve ever gotten at a marathon. Just a quarter zip long sleeve shirt, some knit gloves, a few coupons, and a pack of tissues (?)

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I woke up at my home in east Illinois and drove to Indy the morning of. Very bad idea. I forgot the time change, so instead of an hour to … MORE

I woke up at my home in east Illinois and drove to Indy the morning of. Very bad idea. I forgot the time change, so instead of an hour to spare, I had 3-5 minutes before the race started. Thank goodness for the parking right next door to the race! There is a parking garage at 220 North Senate Avenue that is 3 stories and free all day, and there were still multiple spots minutes before race time. Park here if you’re from out of town!!!

We hit all the Indy landmarks either at the start of the race (Colts Stadium, Monument Square) or the end (State Capitol). In between, we mostly ran through nice neighborhoods and along roads with moderate traffic. It was indeed very flat, like other reviews say. 2 or 3 hills around the 10-15 mile stretch, but that’s it. Since there are 4000+ marathoners, be prepared to weave constantly for the first 7-8 miles. I missed my PR by 40 seconds and that might be why.

The coolest part of the race was miles 17-18, where we ran through a gate and into a sculpture park that turned into a business park. Everyone was saying “Boiler Up!” which annoyed me because I’m a University of Illinois grad student. I said “Go Illini” back to one of them, and he burst out laughing. What’s so funny?!?

Crowd support here was decent, but I think it was better in Fox Cities, WI and Portland, ME. We ran past Butler University on mile 17, and feeling lonely, I yelled “Go Bulldogs” at some guys wearing Butler shirts. THAT got them cheering for me like I was one of them 🙂

Hoosier trivia from miles 19-21 was cool. Signs with fun facts about famous Indianans definitely took my mind off the pain for a few miles.

Overall a solid race, and it dwarfs every other marathon in Indiana in size, location, and importance, so put this one on your 50 state bucket list. This was marathon #6 for me, and it was great, but nothing really special. My one complaint is the roads. Pretty much every road in Indianapolis is cracked and spitting out pieces of asphalt and ugly. I wish they would fix the roads, but that’s Indy’s problem, not this marathon’s. We ran past the Governor’s mansion around mile 15, and I yelled, “Mr. Governor, please fix the roads!” I hope he heard me.

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I traveled from central Illinois for this race. Thanks to covid, we weren't able to run into Windsor, Ontario like all the other years. I kept hearing how much we … MORE

I traveled from central Illinois for this race. Thanks to covid, we weren’t able to run into Windsor, Ontario like all the other years. I kept hearing how much we were missing out on this year.
We started and ended downtown, which was cool to run down streets with 30-story buildings. We ran up the northwest corridor of neighborhoods for the first half, went downtown at 13 miles to drop the half marathoners off, and then ran up the northeast side for the back end. Some marathoners say it’s tough mentally to run past the half marathon finish line. If this is you, prepare yourself mentally for that.
Belle Isle was both the highlight and lowlight of the race for me.
We ran onto it from miles 19-22, and while it was very pretty, you’d better prepare for 20-mph winds and goose droppings everywhere.
There were about 2000 marathoners this year, down from 4000+ a few years ago. Production and fan support were great, and the roar of the crowd echoing off the skyscrapers down the home stretch gave me chills, so it was a solid Michigan race.

*I heard “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen played on loudspeakers FOUR times.
*I’ve run past tables offering beer at races before, but here, one table (mile 15?) offered Bloody Marys, and some dude at mile 24 was even handing out shots of Fireball to runners. Y’all crazy, Detroit.

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I traveled from central Illinois to run this race. This is the only marathon in Maine that's accessible by public transportation. Everything else, you'd have to rent a car to … MORE

I traveled from central Illinois to run this race. This is the only marathon in Maine that’s accessible by public transportation. Everything else, you’d have to rent a car to get there.
If you’re a low-budget travel runner like me, fly to Boston-Logan airport first, then take a bus up to Portland ($25 or so each way). There is only one affordable place to stay within 5 miles of the start line, and that’s the Black Elephant Hostel, about 1.2 miles away. Everywhere else on the Portland peninsula is like $300/night for some reason. Since the Black Elephant was the only cheap place in town, there were 3 other marathoners also staying in my room!
If staying at the Black Elephant, book EARLY! Reserve a spot in June or July. They were sold out when I called on August 18th. Luckily, one bed opened up a few weeks later.
If you do have a car, there is tons of free parking at the Hannaford supermarket right next to the start line.
It was drizzling and ~55-60 F almost all race. You start and finish at the Back Cove park on the north side of Portland, and you run north for 6.5 miles if doing the half, 13 miles for the full. Running within a few hundred feet of the coast the whole time, with plenty of trees on either side of you. It was beautiful. Some minor hills, but nothing crazy. And for every uphill, there’s a downhill.
There was a minor sideways gradient on some of the road for a few miles around 7-10 and 15-18. Take this into account for your stride, so you don’t hurt your ankles/knee ligaments by running unevenly. But it’s not that steep. Just a small consideration.
Overall, I loved this course! You run past so many houses, and everyone comes out to cheer you on. Considering Maine is a small state, the crowd support here was awesome, and it feels soooo good to transition to gravel/dirt paths for the last mile into the Back Cove, which takes stress off your knees.

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I traveled from central Illinois to run this race. -Race expo had tons of goodies. Stock up on all the free swag and coupons you want. -The start line is … MORE

I traveled from central Illinois to run this race.

-Race expo had tons of goodies. Stock up on all the free swag and coupons you want.
-The start line is at the UW-Fox Cities campus, but don’t expect to be able to just drive up to the same building you picked up your packet at. If the parking lots are full, people will park at whatever businesses they want, a half mile down the road from the start line (Midway Road in Menasha). And I guess that was allowable. I parked at some auto repair shop, and nobody towed me away or complained.
-It was warmer than I had hoped. It got up to 79 degrees by the end of my marathon, probably a freak occurrence for mid-Sept in central Wisconsin. The entire rest of this week has been highs of 64-65.
-The best thing about this marathon is that they put your name on the bib, and EVERYONE cheers you on by name! I probably heard total stranger spectators cheer me on by name over a hundred times this race!
-Watch out for the straight stretch of road from miles 18-22. I am a runner who loves turns every half-mile or so. And I hate running on concrete roads in the 75 degree sun. I also broke my sunglasses at mile 15. There was ~4 miles of straight concrete road between 18-22, zero shade, that I really struggled with.
-There was a bridge over 3/4 mile of inlet from Lake Winnebago just before mile 23. Maybe the prettiest part of the race.
-Gu was provided at miles 14 and 21. Water and Gatorade roughly every mile.
-It was nice finishing in downtown Neenah, and there were tons of small snacks to pick up post race!
-Since the finish was 5 miles from the start, you have to take a bus back to the start. My uncle picked me up, so I can’t speak to how good the bus was.
-May not have been as scenic as Milwaukee Lakefront or Madison supposedly are, but if you’re a 50 stater like me, consider this one because there aren’t too many other good mid-September races out there (and the Fox Cities are pretty cool too).

Thanks Fox Cities!

*note: at mile 22, you cross two bridges. One is short, like 500 feet, and then suddenly there was a fork in the road and no cones or volunteers to tell you which way to go. I yelled for help, and someone suggested the correct way to go was right, across another bridge for 3/4 mile. Thank goodness he was correct. Fox Cities, if you see this, please mark that turn more clearly next year. If not for this, I would give race production 5 stars.

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I drove 9.5 hours from eastern Illinois to run this marathon. The night before the race, there were record floods, and the morning of the race, they cancelled the full … MORE

I drove 9.5 hours from eastern Illinois to run this marathon. The night before the race, there were record floods, and the morning of the race, they cancelled the full marathon because many parts of the back end of the course were flooded. I was devastated and I felt sick. 625 miles of driving alone, for this.
They still ran the half marathon, though. I shrugged and decided to run that. I took all the energy I’d been saving for my marathon, and ran a 12 minute PR for the half. Oh well.
The half course was pretty good, though. You run through downtown a few times, and loop past Falls Park, which is Sioux Falls’ pride and joy. Great crowd support and the finish line was on a track, with the announcer yelling your name. Most of the course was parks and downtown, so you don’t really run through neighborhoods at all.

*a month later, I wondered, why did they have to cancel the marathon? Why couldn’t they have just run the half marathon course twice over?

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I traveled from eastern Illinois to run this race, my first post-covid race and first marathon in 2.5 years. The race expo was great, held in a hotel a few … MORE

I traveled from eastern Illinois to run this race, my first post-covid race and first marathon in 2.5 years. The race expo was great, held in a hotel a few blocks from the capitol building. Production was fantastic for the most part, except we couldn’t finish in the football stadium this year because the Huskers decided to hold their stupid spring game the day before and they couldn’t clean up the field in time for us. I got to hear all about how “it ain’t the same this year”. We finished on the adjacent track instead. Oh well.
Lincoln may not be the prettiest city, but this course milked what it had to offer, from the downtown to some nice neighborhoods to some quality parks. This is by far the biggest, oldest, and most reputable marathon in Nebraska, so it’s a good choice for you 50 staters looking to run in Nebraska.
Plenty of parking about a half mile away in some parking garages downtown.
The crowd support was amazing here. The city really showed up to cheer us on and plenty of spectators handed out water or beans or oranges as well as the official water tables. As other reviews say, they hand out cups with straws at the water tables here. Makes it easier to drink between steps.
I smoked the first half in about 1:48, but died on the back end (2:28). Mostly because I didn’t train enough, but also because the back half was a lot of black tar roads with little/no shade and it was sunny and low 70s by 10am. It got up to 89 that afternoon and I really struggled here, 25 minutes worse than any other marathon I’ve run (4 others so far). Be prepared for those tar roads, few turns, little shade on the back half if you run this one. I would still recommend this as a good Nebraska race!

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This was the final race of my career with HPU club running (and my last race for two years). I did the half marathon, and somersaulted over the finish because … MORE

This was the final race of my career with HPU club running (and my last race for two years). I did the half marathon, and somersaulted over the finish because it was grassy. It was a trail marathon, with some very narrow dirt trails here and there. I think they could have used another water station or two (there might have been three total?) and definitely one more near the end. I was pretty gassed because the bumpy trails do a number on the knees. But this is a general trail run gripe, nothing specific to Owls Roost. Maybe I just hit a wall, but I SWEAR the last two miles was more like three miles. I was running FOREVER before I finally got to the finish. And my time showed it. I usually run like low 1:50’s for half marathons. Oh well. Nice trail run, but no extraordinary scenery. Just classic NC forests.

*TONS of free canned beer at the end though. A lot of rarer craft beers too. I grabbed four or five different brands on my way out 😉

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This was my 3rd time running this race in 4 years. Once again, we ran through neighborhoods for the first 5 miles, then onto the campus of Wake Forest, down … MORE

This was my 3rd time running this race in 4 years. Once again, we ran through neighborhoods for the first 5 miles, then onto the campus of Wake Forest, down a massive hill, back up that huge hill at mile 8, and start/finished near a local YMCA. It was cool and cloudy today, perfect running weather. So much free food in the YMCA parking lot after the race, from oranges and bananas and bagels to chocolate milk and powerade, and a concert stand with some live music made this a great post-race party. See my 2017 report for more analysis.

I was dealing with severe mental health problems the night before this race :/ so I didn’t run my best. I hadn’t even smiled for 16 hours at that point, and severe depression will suck the life out of your legs. Thankfully, I recovered after the race, and my mental health is so much better now. This was a great race as always, and I’m thankful to everyone who volunteered and organized and cheered me on today! I still chuckle when I think about that I ran a half marathon while s**cidal. Lol.

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This was my first marathon, and I had never run more than 18 miles. I rode 4 hours here with my running club team from High Point, NC, and we … MORE

This was my first marathon, and I had never run more than 18 miles. I rode 4 hours here with my running club team from High Point, NC, and we rented a vacation home on the beach and hung out all weekend. Race expo was in a local middle school, and had plenty of vendors and merchandise.
As the title mentions, I did a floss dance before the start of the race for good luck, and miraculously I finished. My IT band in my hip was so tight for a few miles, but I ate a Gu for the first time at mile 7 and everything healed like magic. Also, someone gave me Mountain Dew when I was struggling at mile 21 and the pure sugar was another magic energy boost. The crowd support along the course was average, but we finished in downtown Manteo and there was definitely a party going on there.
Scenery included running past the Wright Brothers Memorial around mile 8, a forest from miles 10-13, some nice coastal neighborhoods from miles 16-20, and a two-mile bridge from miles 22-23. Everyone said it was a steep heartbreak bridge that forced you to walk, but maybe that Mountain Dew kicked in because I crushed it. On the bridge, I saw pelicans diving headfirst into the water below to catch fish, a pretty scene that still brings a smile to my face. The last mile was suspiciously long (seemed more like 1.2 or 1.3), but otherwise it was such a beautiful, emotional experience.

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The most difficult race I have run in my nine year career. Maybe I am soft because I don't run trail races much, but water stops were every 3 miles … MORE

The most difficult race I have run in my nine year career. Maybe I am soft because I don’t run trail races much, but water stops were every 3 miles which was NOT enough for a September race in North Carolina. I actually finished the first 8 miles in an hour flat, but totally ran out of gas for the last six miles. I’ll never forget how hard the last mile or two was, just a nightmare. I’m grateful to the Winston Salem State track team for handing out water, but I really needed more aid stations, every 1.5 miles or 2 miles maximum. I could hardly stand after I crossed the finish.

The course looped around Salem Lake, and a little ways out into the forest. Definitely a scenic run, although parts of the trail were low-lying and one area was flooded by a foot of water. Some tough hills around miles 9-11, and dirt trails around the 7-mile lake which should be easy on the knees.

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Starts and ends in downtown High Point, and since it's the second Saturday of September in North Carolina, expect a cooker. Other than downtown, you get some nondescript 30-40 mph … MORE

Starts and ends in downtown High Point, and since it’s the second Saturday of September in North Carolina, expect a cooker. Other than downtown, you get some nondescript 30-40 mph roads to run on, and a few decent hills. Not too memorable. I just remember that I was in an all-out sprint with my running club teammate (and roommate) to the finish, and I beat him by two seconds. You can pick up your packet on race day, and free parking is just a short walk away. Probably some Gatorade and chocolate milk at the finish line, I can’t remember.

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One of my favorite and best half marathons! This race starts and finishes at the White Family YMCA in Winston-Salem. The first 4-5 miles are around some neighborhoods, and at … MORE

One of my favorite and best half marathons! This race starts and finishes at the White Family YMCA in Winston-Salem. The first 4-5 miles are around some neighborhoods, and at mile 5 you run onto the Wake Forest campus. At mile 6 there is a HUGE downhill so steep that you have to hold yourself back. Briefly run through a wooded area at mile 6 before a mile or two of residential streets, then you return the way you came. There is a clock at the 6.5 mile mark to show you how you’re doing. I think you dip onto the WFU campus again around mile 8, and some of the Demon Deacon track team will cheer you on. Try saying “Go Demon Deacons!”, and they will explode with cheering. You have to climb that monster hill again at mile 9, pass through the Wake campus one more time, then it’s just 2 miles to the finish. I ran this one 3 times, and it’s always great weather, slightly chilly, but a great Triad atmosphere. Great after-race party with lots of granola bars and bananas and hot water for oatmeal/hot chocolate, and oranges and chocolate milk and Gatorade. Almost a full lunch right there! Well organized race, good weather, good city. Nice pre-holiday race to burn off the turkey.

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This race was both a 7 miler and a 30K. Salem Lake has a 7 mile loop, so the 7 mile race=1 lap. It's a strange distance. Most of the … MORE

This race was both a 7 miler and a 30K. Salem Lake has a 7 mile loop, so the 7 mile race=1 lap. It’s a strange distance. Most of the first 6 miles is packed dirt trail near the lake, and then there is a MASSIVE hill in the last half mile that many people walk up. But if you survive that, the downhill will cannonball you to the finish line. It’s so satisfying to finish in an all-out sprint, and I overtook one woman in the last hundred meters when I ran this in 2017. In the heat of competition, I growled, “I’mma hunt you down” right before I passed her. Afterward, I cringed at my monstrous muttering. Adrenaline will make you say weird things.

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This was a pretty run in mid-July near Lake Phalen to raise money for refugees. The DJing and pre-race food were solid, and looking back, it was a nice course … MORE

This was a pretty run in mid-July near Lake Phalen to raise money for refugees. The DJing and pre-race food were solid, and looking back, it was a nice course that ran next to the lake for pretty much all course. Sadly, it was the worst time I have ever gotten in a 5k despite having run since 2012, because I didn’t run all summer AND I overstretched. Add that to a nice sunny mid-July day and lake-effect wind. But don’t let that stop you! Objectively, it was a nice lake race. I just nearly died because I didn’t train all summer.

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Beautiful trails, but not a whole lot of markings showing which path to take. Not a whole lot of race production (the only time I've ever had to stop at … MORE

Beautiful trails, but not a whole lot of markings showing which path to take. Not a whole lot of race production (the only time I’ve ever had to stop at a stoplight during a race, because traffic was not blocked off.)
It was pouring rain the last two miles, and I don’t recall very clear markings on which way to run. I just guessed at a trail or two in the last few miles.
And this is a 20k, not a half marathon. The race website says 20k, which is 12.2 miles. I thought it was a half marathon when I ran it, and was confused when I saw my time, which was 5-10 minutes faster than I knew I was capable of running in April 2017.

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It was rainy and gloomy today, and we started and ended right next to an old church in Winston-Salem, I think. This was St. Patrick's Day weekend so everyone was … MORE

It was rainy and gloomy today, and we started and ended right next to an old church in Winston-Salem, I think. This was St. Patrick’s Day weekend so everyone was wearing green shirts and beads. Tons of kids running this 5K here and plenty of casual runners. I did it with my running club from High Point University. I seem to remember winning an age group award, but that didn’t matter because I was beaten by someone running in the full Chick-fil-A cow costume. He/she beat me by a minute in the 10K (46 minutes!!), and it remains one of the most incredible things I’ve seen in 9 years of running. Those costumes are a heat stroke waiting to happen. This guy’s costume shoes were falling apart on the home stretch and he still kept grinding. Mad props to this mad cow.

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How did I even run this race? Still waiting for the ESPN documentary on my comeback... I pulled my quad muscle in my right thigh BAD, a week before the … MORE

How did I even run this race? Still waiting for the ESPN documentary on my comeback…

I pulled my quad muscle in my right thigh BAD, a week before the race. I was part of High Point University club running, and I consulted the team physical therapist 2 days before the race, who said I had a pulled quadriceps but didn’t ban me from running it. I went for a run that evening, and I was pretty much crying from pain and gave up at mile 4. My gait was so uneven, I limped like a rocking horse just 48 hours before race time. And yet, I got up, ran the race, and everything was perfectly fine. Whatever lol

Enough about me. Early December race, and it was right around freezing. My 2017 review has better detail, but we ran in neighborhoods for 4 miles, crossed into Wake Forest at mile 5, went down a huge hill at mile 6, went back up it at mile 8, Wake Forest again from 8-10, wound past a school and some houses before finishing next to the YMCA. I only got 1hr57min, but I was stunned that I even finished.

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Not important details: -I ran the 10k, not 5k (but 5k is the only thing listed here) -Start/finish line was in a parking lot, right next to a government office … MORE

Not important details:
-I ran the 10k, not 5k (but 5k is the only thing listed here)
-Start/finish line was in a parking lot, right next to a government office or something. You can wait inside that building before the race starts if you’re cold, or if you need water or need to pee
-I think you could park on the side of the road a little ways from the start. We took a bus.
-Pretty good race production, and I ran this on Halloween 2015, so plenty of Halloween spirit. Many runners decided to dress up as costumes
-I just remember running through a lot of neighborhoods, and a decent amount of hills
-A solid black long sleeve shirt with a skull on it that I still wear
IMPORTANT DETAILS!!!
-I watched 3 people wearing Rock, Paper, and Scissors costumes finish together in ’15. Props to them for running 6 miles looking like B-level mascots XD

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My first half marathon. I was 18 when I ran this, and actually I started a minute or two late. My back left knee ligament hurt all race because I … MORE

My first half marathon. I was 18 when I ran this, and actually I started a minute or two late. My back left knee ligament hurt all race because I undertrained. But it checked all the boxes of a big city race. Starts and finishes downtown, runs through a few scenic neighborhoods, plenty of water stations and music on speakers, cars rushing past you on a half-closed road. I think we ran around Uptown for the first five miles, then ventured into Myers Park between 5-10, before heading into the city the last three miles. Myers Park is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Charlotte, so enjoy. Back in my day (2015) it was called the BB&T Corporate Cup. Only two finishers in my age group (about 1200 finishers total), so I stood on a podium at a postrace ceremony with some kid who had beat me by 40 minutes.
*My ears were more sensitive back then, and my funniest memory is that some dude was CRANKING “Pour Some Sugar On Me” on a speaker at mile 11, so loud that I could feel it vibrating my ear drum. I actually ran faster, to get away from the deafeningly loud music!

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I can't remember too much about this one, except that it runs through Jetton Park in Cornelius, which is beautiful. I ran this in 2013 and took a wrong turn … MORE

I can’t remember too much about this one, except that it runs through Jetton Park in Cornelius, which is beautiful. I ran this in 2013 and took a wrong turn 0.3 miles from the finish, because a volunteer waving a flag at an intersection shrugged when I asked her for directions. But I think ’14 was better.

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3rd year in a row running this in 2014. A lot of my memories for this one blur with 2012 and 2013, but once again a nice day, great turnout, … MORE

3rd year in a row running this in 2014. A lot of my memories for this one blur with 2012 and 2013, but once again a nice day, great turnout, start and finish in downtown Davidson, run through a greenway and a few neighborhoods. I think Run for Green has been around since 2006, so one of the classic LKN 5k races.

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If you signed up for a 5k in early July in North Carolina, you know what you're getting into. This race starts and ends next to the Huntersville Family Fitness … MORE

If you signed up for a 5k in early July in North Carolina, you know what you’re getting into. This race starts and ends next to the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics center. You go downhill to Statesville Road, then take the exit ramp down to Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road. Since it was all downhill, my first mile was 6:40 (still my fastest mile split in a race ever), but miles 2 and 3 were about 9 minutes each. From Mt. Holly-Huntersville, you go to Old Statesville Road, then onto Verhoeff Drive where you finish up at the HFFA. Not much beauty, just 45 mph roads. I think you get a blue shirt as swag.

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I ran this again in 2014. Got a disappointing time again. Oh well. The charity was a great cause, and the production was great, with a block party feel in … MORE

I ran this again in 2014. Got a disappointing time again. Oh well. The charity was a great cause, and the production was great, with a block party feel in the parking lot of North Meck High School. IIRC, you start on Alexandriana Road and cross the I-77 bridge almost immediately, then run on Mt. Holly-Huntersville to Old Statesville, and finish up on Hambright Road by sneaking in the back entrance of NMHS.

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My second year running this. If I recall correctly, I started out way too fast, and I think I was 3rd place half a mile in, before dropping like a … MORE

My second year running this. If I recall correctly, I started out way too fast, and I think I was 3rd place half a mile in, before dropping like a hundred places. But I took one minute off last year’s time. Again, it starts downtown near the fork in the road by the Flatiron Kitchen & Taphouse. Huge downhill at mile 1, winds into a greenway and then goes into neighborhoods for the last 1.5 miles before finishing downtown again, near beautiful Davidson College. I think the DC women’s lacrosse team ran it this year, and I beat most of them, including 2 or 3 I was neck and neck with down the final stretch. Not much of a flex, but I was proud of myself then.

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Probably the simplest 5k I've run so far. All it was, was a there-and-back run entirely on Devonshire Drive, in a neighborhood near Birkdale Village. We started near the Birkdale … MORE

Probably the simplest 5k I’ve run so far. All it was, was a there-and-back run entirely on Devonshire Drive, in a neighborhood near Birkdale Village. We started near the Birkdale Swim & Tennis clubhouse and ran to Northcross Drive, then turned around and came back. Tar roads, super hilly, and it was mid-May so one of the hotter 5ks I’ve ever run. I was gassed.

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This race starts and ends at North Meck High School. Not as pretty as some 5ks in Davidson or Cornelius. Since it ran mostly on 45 mph roads around the … MORE

This race starts and ends at North Meck High School. Not as pretty as some 5ks in Davidson or Cornelius. Since it ran mostly on 45 mph roads around the outskirts of Huntersville, I did terribly the two years I ran it (I liked park runs more back then). But it was definitely for a good cause, commemorating all the local high schoolers who have lost their lives since 1997. The production and DJing was great, but the course was meh.

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This was my second 5k, and it was maybe 45 degrees outside, which was cold for me at the time. If I recall correctly, it starts near the Harris Teeter … MORE

This was my second 5k, and it was maybe 45 degrees outside, which was cold for me at the time. If I recall correctly, it starts near the Harris Teeter in Cornelius at the corner of Jetton Road and Catawba Avenue, and runs up Jetton for a mile, into some neighborhoods for a mile, then back. The run benefits lung cancer awareness/research. I got a light blue long-sleeve shirt I still wear on occasion, 9 years later. Naturally, plenty of free parking because it starts/ends in a shopping center. Running on Jetton Road, you have to stay on the right side because cars are driving on the left side. There are 2 races, 5k and 15k, and the year I ran it (2012), some legend ran the 15k in 49 minutes. Must’ve been a DI cross country runner. Hahaha.

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This was my first 5k. I battled a lot of side stitches around mile 2 and doubted I could finish, but I kept running. It starts and ends in downtown … MORE

This was my first 5k. I battled a lot of side stitches around mile 2 and doubted I could finish, but I kept running. It starts and ends in downtown Davidson, which is scenic. I think there was a mister or two around mile 1.5 this year, as September 15 can still be hot in NC.

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