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@jamer133

Loveland, OH Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher active 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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(Marathon or Ultra) + Half

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 2, 2018 3:44:09

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Atlanta, GA Mar 1, 2020

Past Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Grand Rapids, MI Sep 7, 2019
Marathon Anchorage, AK Jun 22, 2019 4:00:32
Marathon Oceanport, NJ Apr 27, 2019
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 2, 2018 3:44:09
Marathon Burlington, VT May 27, 2018 4:17:57

My Raves

This was a "just for fun" marathon for me, and I have to say, it ended up being one of my favorites! The expo was small, but everyone was friendly … MORE

This was a “just for fun” marathon for me, and I have to say, it ended up being one of my favorites! The expo was small, but everyone was friendly and they did have several booths handing out things. On race morning, I got there over an hour early. This is a smaller race (less than 600 marathon participants) so I feel I could have been dropped off even later. While waiting, everyone was friendly and the DJ was playing music and having people come up and say where they were from or giving shoutouts. The hour went by quickly.

Race started on time and the first few miles were a bit congested, but that is normal. Around mile 4-5 we started running on gravel. I knew we would be doing this, but it took some getting used to. At mile 6.5 I saw a BEAR! He was merely crossing a side road, but what a rush! Race officials were there so I felt safe. The gravel continued for a long time until we reached the 2 miles of trail running. It was a single track, but no one was trying to get by and everyone was relaxed. I think around mile 15 we ended up back on the roads. There were plenty of water stops throughout and I felt that the amount of shade kept us cool as the sun was in full force so kudos to the race director for the route. The last 6 miles had the most crowd support as it was on a paved bike trail. Lots of friendly faces giving support. The last .3 miles are up hill and I’m not talking about a little hill. It was pretty steep so it took a good push to get up it. The final stretch to the finish is on grass, which I didn’t like as it was very uneven. Post race was amazing. So much food! They even had gluten free bread which meant a lot to me! Watermelon, oranges, grilled cheese, cinnamon bread with butter, and cookies! And everyone could eat it! Way to go! You also collected your shirt at this time and I really like the long sleeve.

I highly recommend this race. Organized and a beautiful route!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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The good: I liked the long sleeve, thin shirt. The expo was smaller, but in a really cool building. There were plenty of water stops on the course and I … MORE

The good: I liked the long sleeve, thin shirt. The expo was smaller, but in a really cool building. There were plenty of water stops on the course and I enjoyed running on the boardwalk.

The not so good: Parking was a nightmare. They had all of use enter through one entrance. What GPS said would be an 8 minute drive turned into an hour drive and I had to do some fancy driving to do that. Barely made it to the start because of parking and port a potty stop and then the race started 10-15 minutes late. Nerves were a little on edge at the start.

Overall though I enjoyed the race. I ran my 2nd best time and was able to immerse myself in the surroundings.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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The expo was a good size and easy enough to pick up my bib. Race morning was a bit hectic as I took a shuttle bus to the start; however, … MORE

The expo was a good size and easy enough to pick up my bib. Race morning was a bit hectic as I took a shuttle bus to the start; however, the driver took us to the wrong place. Luckily the mistake was caught early enough so off to the real start we went. They allowed us to stay on the bus for as long as we wanted as it was really cold outside to just stand.
The actual race was just ok. Plenty of fluid stations and good crowd support; however, this race is advertised as net downhill. That may be the case, but be prepared for hills. It was constant up and down the entire race and my calves were on fire by the end. The course itself was pretty boring. I just remember seeing a lot of dogs dressed up for Christmas which made me smile. 🙂 After race was nice…enough food and gear pickup was easy. I did PR which was amazing and the weather was spot on; however, this isn’t a race I would choose to repeat.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
2
SWAG
3

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