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@JCRinCO

Parker, CO Raving since 2017 active 3 years, 1 month ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Estes Park, CO Sep 25, 2016 4:31:58
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Aug 13, 2016 1:57:47
5 Miler Denver, CO Apr 24, 2016 45:07

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Past Races (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 3, 2017 2:26:57
Marathon Estes Park, CO Sep 25, 2016 4:31:58
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Aug 13, 2016 1:57:47
Half Marathon Estes Park, CO Jul 30, 2016 2:03:42
Half Marathon Tusayan, AZ May 7, 2016 2:25:39
5 Miler Denver, CO Apr 24, 2016 45:07
Half Marathon Greenwood Village, CO Mar 6, 2016 2:08:54
Half Marathon Westminster, CO Dec 5, 2015 2:39:59

My Raves

I just completed the Grand Teton Half Marathon for the first time after spending the prior week in Grand Teton/Yellowstone with the family. I had to drive back up from … MORE

I just completed the Grand Teton Half Marathon for the first time after spending the prior week in Grand Teton/Yellowstone with the family. I had to drive back up from Denver for the race but it was completely worth the drive.

The course is breathtaking as you have unobstructed views of the Grand Tetons for the last 7 miles of the course. There are a couple minor climbs in the first 6 miles, but nothing too steep or long. From mile 6 to the finish, it is a gradual uphill climb, but very doable. The challenge for many is running at elevation (over 6,200 ft.).

The race organization, Expo, swag and staff are fantastic. This was the 3rd race I’ve done with the group at vacationraces.com and they delivered a quality, fun event yet again. From the race expo to the recovery/food area after the finish, they put the runners as their priority and do all they can to make everyone comfortable and provide a safe and fun environment. Parker was available at the race start, but you had to arrive early as they closed the lot at a certain time to ensure safety of the runners preparing for the race. There were shuttles running from 2 other areas if you couldn’t make the main lot in time. I got there before it closed and had no problem with parking. The race is point-to-point, so shuttles were bringing people back to the parking areas after the race. About 30 minutes after finishing, I wound up standing in line for maybe 10 minutes before boarding a bus back to the finish. The buses were comfortable and running regularly.

Bib pick up was available at the Expo the day before. I volunteered and once again found a fun event, with a number of vendors and tons of volunteers working to streamline the process for those picking up bibs and gear. There were a few waits, but considering over 2,000 people participated in the event, those waits were understandable. I saw from behind the counter the effort and dedication of the vacationraces.com staff and volunteers.

The course is not the most challenging, unless you’re not used to running at higher elevation. My time wasn’t the best based on a back injury the month before. But I was happy with my performance, considering the injury.

Plan ahead so you can spend a couple days touring Grand Teton National Park before or after the race. You’ll be glad you did. There’s so much to see and do for the entire family.

I’ve included a pic from the course on race morning.

Enjoy,
Jay R.

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This was my first Full Marathon. The course is magnificent taking you from Estes Park, CO down to Loveland, CO along the Big Thompson River. Scenery is breath taking. The … MORE

This was my first Full Marathon. The course is magnificent taking you from Estes Park, CO down to Loveland, CO along the Big Thompson River. Scenery is breath taking. The course is mainly downhill except for the last 4 miles that become mainly uphill. Save strength for the uphill.

I was not impressed with race organization as they ran out of both race shirts before the race and then medals during the race. I had to wait 2 weeks for a race shirt and almost 2 months for my finisher medal.

If the run is all you’re interested in, this is a must-run for the scenery alone.

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This course is primarily downhill from Georgetown, CO to Idaho Springs, CO. It starts at about 8,500 ft. elevation and goes down to 7,500 ft. The course is mainly paved, … MORE

This course is primarily downhill from Georgetown, CO to Idaho Springs, CO. It starts at about 8,500 ft. elevation and goes down to 7,500 ft. The course is mainly paved, with a few short, dirt paths. The downhill pace offers a chance for a PR. Post race celebration and swag were probably the biggest at any race I’ve been to. This will hopefully be an annual race for me.

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This was my 2nd race with vacationraces.com. Some staff remembered me from my first race with them 4 months earlier. The organization and swag were great as were the people. … MORE

This was my 2nd race with vacationraces.com. Some staff remembered me from my first race with them 4 months earlier. The organization and swag were great as were the people.

The course is a challenge due to the hills, including a stretch of about 3 miles with a consistent climb. If you’re not used to running at altitude, it can be even more challenging. But it’s worth the effort. The scenery is amazing.

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The organization and implementation of a "vacationraces.com" is beyond any race I've done. This course is on a dirt, fire road for about 11 of the 13 miles. When I … MORE

The organization and implementation of a “vacationraces.com” is beyond any race I’ve done.

This course is on a dirt, fire road for about 11 of the 13 miles. When I ran it in May 2016, it had been raining all night and was 32 degrees with snow at race start. The fire road was a mud road. It was challenging beyond anything I had run to that point. Finishing it felt like an amazing success. I’ve already registered to run it in 2017 although the race date has moved from May to October.

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I had just started doing races and had heard of the Cherry Creek Sneak from a number of people. I entered the 5 mile race. It takes place on the … MORE

I had just started doing races and had heard of the Cherry Creek Sneak from a number of people. I entered the 5 mile race. It takes place on the streets around the Cherry Creek Mall.

This is a very popular race so the number of participants is high. It was a festive atmosphere with bands or individual musicians every few blocks. This was a big party for most of the participants. All that together really made for a race that I didn’t enjoy.

I want to race where I have a chance to have some open space to run at pace. I like a quiet enough atmosphere so I can hear my footsteps and focus on my breathing. This was not that race.

If you like the party atmosphere, the people and the social aspect of an event over a straight run, this could be a race for you. Each to their own.

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This was my second Half Marathon and I enjoyed the race. You start with a 2 1/2 mile run across the dam, enjoying the view of Cherry Creek Reservoir. The … MORE

This was my second Half Marathon and I enjoyed the race. You start with a 2 1/2 mile run across the dam, enjoying the view of Cherry Creek Reservoir. The trail (all paved) drops you down to a bike trail headed north. The quality of the trail was good and there were adequate aid stations all along the way. At mile 10, you make a pretty good climb back up to the top of the dam and then get to push the last 2 1/2 miles for time. It is a race I will likely do again.

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This was my first Half Marathon. As it's in December, the unpredictability of Colorado weather means it could be 10 degrees or 60 degrees. It was in the low 30's … MORE

This was my first Half Marathon. As it’s in December, the unpredictability of Colorado weather means it could be 10 degrees or 60 degrees. It was in the low 30’s for my race.

The course is 95% paved bike trail with only a few dirt spots. The scenery is nice as the course runs along the creek. Race support is good with ample aid stations. There is some elevation change, but it’s minor. Race organization was good.

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