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@iank

CANADA Raving since 2018 http://Www.donvalemassage.com active 1 day, 16 hours ago

About Me

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    Monument Valley AZ/UT

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  • I run because:

    there’s a bear chasing me.

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Boulder City, NV Dec 10, 2016 1:49:35

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Past Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Reykjavik, Iceland Aug 18, 2018 1:57:22
Half Marathon Ennis, MT Jul 22, 2018 2:08:30
Half Marathon Aspen, CO Jul 14, 2018 1:58:26
Half Marathon Hamilton, Bermuda Jan 14, 2018 2:07:24
Half Marathon Monument Valley, AZ Mar 25, 2017 2:21:16
Half Marathon Boulder City, NV Dec 10, 2016 1:49:35
Half Marathon Page, AZ Feb 20, 2016 2:12:57

My Raves

Reykjavik Marathon

Reykjavik Marathon

It's in Iceland so it's a relatively cheap and easy flight for most North Americans and Europeans, but ridiculously expensive to spend time in the vicinity. I honestly don't know … MORE

It’s in Iceland so it’s a relatively cheap and easy flight for most North Americans and Europeans, but ridiculously expensive to spend time in the vicinity. I honestly don’t know why Iceland has anything smaller than the equivalent of a $5 bill in their currency. Ok but the race is flat until about 15km and then only one slow, mild up hill which you then come back down. I saw a multiple limb amputee making good time on a skateboard up that hill and promised myself never to complain about hills ever again. Weather was perfect for my run. Iceland never gets hot, so it’s great for running. Lots of music along the route and my fav was definitely the Icelandic folk music group. Not your average race grooves!
Something to note for North Americans: they sort the results on gun time. You’ll be given your chip time, but you’re on your own to re-sort the results based on chip time assuming you didn’t elbow your way to the start line, which you probably didn’t with 4000 runners. Oh and they screwed up the distance this year and accidentally made the course too short. Bummer.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Big Sky Marathon

Big Sky Marathon

This race really met all of the things I look for in a destination run. A small field, easy to get to (an hour's drive from an airport) and beautiful … MORE

This race really met all of the things I look for in a destination run. A small field, easy to get to (an hour’s drive from an airport) and beautiful scenery. Let’s be clear, it’s not a city run. There is an additional hour of travel in an old school bus on a bumpy road to get to the start line. But the mountain views make all of that worthwhile. It’s a bit of a tough start for those of us who don’t live at elevation but the race just flew by because of the scenery. I worried I might be hallucinating when a cowboy rode up on a horse to check his cattle, but others saw it too. Perhaps an extra portapotty at the start line? Perhaps more staff at each water station to minimize the cars leap frogging past runners on the narrow dirt road. But these are minor issues. The race director Sam really knows what he is doing and is a really decent guy with his promotion of public land in Montana. High elevation start of 8500ft with approx a third of that lost in miles 7 to 11. Well worth the effort and travel if you’re sick of the usual scenery back home.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3
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Aspen Valley Marathon

Aspen Valley Marathon

This is a fast downhill race in the beautiful Aspen Valley. Although the full marathon starts in Aspen, the half starts about 6 miles down the valley in the middle … MORE

This is a fast downhill race in the beautiful Aspen Valley. Although the full marathon starts in Aspen, the half starts about 6 miles down the valley in the middle of a field (shuttle buses run from a parking lot off the main road, so you either need to drive or take a local bus to that parking lot. The race is 99% paved on the Rio Grande recreation trail with lots of river (Roaring Fork) and mountain views and ends in the town of Basalt, CO.
There’s literally only one hill, at the 10 mile mark. It’s not that big a hill, but you want to be mentally prepared for it because it kicks your butt at that altitude after nothing but downhill.
Starting altitude is close to 8,000ft and you drop approx 1,400ft over the 13 miles. Provided you’re okay with that elevation and a long gentle downhill you’ll post a good time. Soak in the hot springs in Glenwood afterwards if you want to avoid an angry conversation with your quads the next day.
Amazing post-race lunch buffet of very fresh salad. I highly recommend this race.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Bermuda Marathon Weekend

Bermuda Marathon Weekend

This race is very popular with Canadians (and Americans from northern states) looking for somewhere warm and sunny to run in January. Some years it might almost be too warm … MORE

This race is very popular with Canadians (and Americans from northern states) looking for somewhere warm and sunny to run in January. Some years it might almost be too warm (especially for the marathoners) because the temp doesn’t really drop overnight in Bermuda so you’re starting out around 20degC even early in the morning. I strongly recommend you carry water even though there are many water stations. You’ll dehydrate quickly if the sun is out.
Beautiful ocean views through much of the second half. A few rolling hills give a bit of a challenge, but not too much. Very friendly local crowds who come out to cheer you along and will often greet you by name because the bibs have your first name printed quite large!
As a half marathoner I really appreciate races like this where we get to run the whole course rather than some consolation prize version. It’s the marathoners who get the booby prize here because they have to run two laps, and it gets really hot by the second time around.
One request to the Race Director: to make the distance official there’s a last minute 100 metre deke up a side street. I understand the need for it, but it happens just as the finish line comes into view. Talk about soul-destroying. Please put it at the start of the race, not minutes before the end!
Great t-shirts, especially if you do all three races in the Bermuda Triangle weekend challenge (1 mile on Fri, 10km on Sat, Half or Full on Sunday).

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5
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Monument Valley Ultras

Monument Valley Ultras

This is a very tough, entirely off-road trail run in some of the most stunning desert scenery you'll ever get to run in. This is Navajo land on the AZ/UT … MORE

This is a very tough, entirely off-road trail run in some of the most stunning desert scenery you’ll ever get to run in. This is Navajo land on the AZ/UT border with scenery most of us are familiar with from countless movies, not least Forrest Gump.
Aside from a wee little problem with signage to the last water station (who needs water in the desert?, but seriously, carry your own) it’s hard to fault this race. Not least because you’re too busy going gaga over the stunning scenery.
It’s a lot of driving to get here from. About 6-7 hours drive from Salt Lake, Vegas and Phoenix so just plan for sightseeing as part of longer vacation. Drive north on highway 163 to get the iconic Gump road shot.
And plan to stay at the View Motel because it’s right beside the start/finish and the only thing for miles around.
Totally worth the effort.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5
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Hoover Dam Marathon

Hoover Dam Marathon

How often do you get to run in the desert with views of a lake and mountains in the background? Oh, and you run through re-purposed railway tunnels. All on … MORE

How often do you get to run in the desert with views of a lake and mountains in the background? Oh, and you run through re-purposed railway tunnels. All on recreation trail, about half paved and half well groomed gravel. Starting at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead, running up and down a few hills (to make sure you’re awake) to Hoover Dam, and then back again. All with wonderful views of the lake and the Muddy Mountains less than an hour from Vegas. Between the hills and the gravel it’s not the fastest race you’ll do, but it is some of the best scenery so close to a major airport and far from traffic fumes.
December is a great time to run in southern Nevada.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Antelope Canyon Ultras

Antelope Canyon Ultras

Three miles of sand followed by 10 miles of rocky off-road trail. That's sand, like dunes that you sink into. This is not typically somewhere to go running, but what … MORE

Three miles of sand followed by 10 miles of rocky off-road trail. That’s sand, like dunes that you sink into. This is not typically somewhere to go running, but what the heck.
Located around the town of Page, Arizona with really lovely views of Glen Canyon and the Colorado River. I’d give it higher marks for scenery but the area is non-stop amazing scenery so you need to put time aside to sightsee afterwards. For example you’re going to want to make time to see Antelope Canyon itself (not included in the Half, and the Ultra runners go through it too fast to do it justice) and Horseshoe Bend.
Did I mention the first three miles of sand dunes? Wear gaiters over your shoes or be prepared to throw them away at the finish line.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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