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@jdhunt

Louisville, CO Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019 3:12:16
3-Way Challenge (22.4 Miles) Cincinnati, OH May 7, 2017 2:36:21
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 5, 2016 1:32:46
14K Cincinnati, OH Sep 16, 2017 59:58

Future Races (11)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 20, 2020
14.5 Miler Idaho Springs, CO Jun 14, 2020
Marathon Big Sur, CA TBD
Marathon Deadwood, SD TBD
Marathon Des Moines, IA TBD
Marathon Two Harbors, MN TBD
Marathon Kansas City, MO TBD
Marathon Gering, NE TBD
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Marathon Salt Lake City, UT TBD
Marathon Apache Junction, AZ TBD

Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 23, 2019
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019 3:12:16
Marathon Fort Collins, CO May 5, 2019 3:17:18
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 18, 2018 3:17:04
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 6, 2018 3:18:29
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 22, 2017 3:18:54
14K Cincinnati, OH Sep 16, 2017 59:58
3-Way Challenge (22.4 Miles) Cincinnati, OH May 7, 2017 2:36:21
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 5, 2016 1:32:46
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 1, 2016 3:24:18
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 3, 2015 3:19:35
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 19, 2014 1:36:09
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2014 1:39:51
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2013 1:45:14

My Raves

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Going into the Chicago Marathon, I was confident that this would be a quintessential "big city" marathon experience. And I was right, as the race went off exactly as I … MORE

Going into the Chicago Marathon, I was confident that this would be a quintessential “big city” marathon experience. And I was right, as the race went off exactly as I expected. It was very organized and polished – the race felt like it was very professionally done. Of course, being one of the “6 majors” where some of the best runners in the world compete for fame and fortune, one would expect that the organizers have all of their ducks in a row.

I’m going to finish this later.

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5
SCENERY
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SWAG
3

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Colorado Marathon

Colorado Marathon

You can almost say the Colorado Marathon is a story of two races. The first half is an incredibly beautiful downhill race through the gorgeous Poudre Canyon. It was shaded, … MORE

You can almost say the Colorado Marathon is a story of two races. The first half is an incredibly beautiful downhill race through the gorgeous Poudre Canyon. It was shaded, peaceful, and fairly easy going (of course, the downhills eventually get ya!). Constant glances of the national scenic Poudre River and the surrounding canyon will make those miles go by in a flash. Yes, it does start around 6000 feet – so if you aren’t used to the altitude it may affect you a bit. I live at 5400 so it didn’t affect me at all, but altitude adjustment is pretty personal. The second half, on the other hand, is when things get a bit more difficult. After a few more canyon miles, the course flattens out a bit and the sun shows up (most years, anyway – Colorado is a sunny state). By the time you get to mile 20 your legs are probably tired from the downhills, and the sun adds into the beat down that you so richly deserve for deciding to show-off and run a marathon. You do follow the Poudre River a lot of the way and run through a park on the Poudre Trail, but it was a bit odd since you were sharing the trail with recreational bikers and non-race runners. But again, by this point you could be running by yourself and there weren’t *that* many people on the trail, so I didn’t find it to be a big problem. And finally, you do end the race in Fort Collins, which is a very nice city in its own right.

This is not a race that thrives on crowd support. In the canyon the only non-runners you will see are pretty much course support and the people working the aid stations. Out of the canyon it doesn’t improve a great deal. There are a few groups of people once you get into Fort Collins, but even then this ain’t the Boston Marathon!

The logistics of the race seemed to go off without a hitch. Since this is a point-to-point race, we needed to take buses from Fort Collins to the start-line. The buses were lined up right outside of my hotel, so I just followed the line to the first one. They loaded the buses from 4:15 AM to 5:00 AM, which is ungodly early, but at least they were comfortable and convenient. There were no starting corrals, but it wasn’t needed with the size of this race. I just lined up close to one of the race pacers who was close to my target time, and I was able to go at my own comfortable pace without dodging and weaving people who were too far up. Communications leading up to the race were minimal, but they were enough (probably the race’s Facebook page was the best way to keep up to date). The expo was small but easy to navigate.

You don’t get a lot for completing the race – we got a very bright neon short-sleeved Brooks tech shirt (picked up at the expo), plus the medal. The shirt has a nice logo, and even though it is super bright I will have no problem wearing it on runs. There was only one shirt for all races (the 5k runners got the same shirt as the marathon), but whatever – still a pretty nice shirt. And of course we got the medal, which I really liked. It was a pretty nice view of mountains with the Colorado state flag on top. Plus, it has a bottle opener! So, not a lot of swag – but who runs this gorgeous race for the swag?

Overall, this was a fantastic race. Since I do travel for races, I really like a race to reflect where they are held. If it’s a big city race I like to get a feel for the city. In Colorado – you want scenic beauty, and the Colorado Marathon delivered!

DIFFICULTY
3
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3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
2

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Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

I really enjoyed the tour through the city of Philadelphia that this marathon offered. The best sites of the city are in the first half, but the second half did … MORE

I really enjoyed the tour through the city of Philadelphia that this marathon offered. The best sites of the city are in the first half, but the second half did have the serenity of running along the Schuylkill river corridor. Honestly, I would have preferred a bit more of the race to be around the city and other sites – the Schuylkill section could have been a training run as far as I am concerned. However, I do understand that sometimes races have to do what they have to do. I found that the course was built for speed. Yes, there were some rolling hills, but some would say that this may help performance more than a pancake flat course might.

The starting line / corrals were setup great. I was in maroon (right behind the “elite” corral), and I didn’t have to dodge and weave around slower runners who were misplaced. Everyone up there was going the right pace, and it just seemed like a really good starting line experience!

Crowd support was terrific, even though there were some “dead zones”, I found that when I needed a jolt of energy there was a lot of support. I definitely appreciated the big party atmosphere in Manayunk at the turnaround on Main Street!

Communication from the race wasn’t as good as I have had with other races (Flying Pig still is tops from races I have run), but it was adequate. It seems the race wanted you to focus on following them on social media or through their website.

The finishing area was fine – some decent selection of food and drinks at the end. The hot chicken broth was a very nice touch on a colder race day – I think I appreciated that more than anything else offered at the end! The pretzel was good, and I actually appreciated the apple juice that they offered as well.

The swag was terrific – the medal may very well be my favorite medal to date. The Liberty Bell on the medal is exactly what I would expect from a Philadelphia Race, and the shirt is a nice tech shirt with some iconic Philly scenes on the front (the Rocky statue – YES!).

Overall, I am thrilled with the Philadelphia Marathon! It was a fun race where I felt like I got to know the city a bit better plus get a PR. Thanks Philadelphia for a first-class event! I don’t know if it is the best race in Pennsylvania, but I am very happy I chose Philly for my Pennsylvania race!

DIFFICULTY
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4
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SWAG
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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

The Flying Pig puts on a first class event. 2018 was my 6th straight year of running a Flying Pig event (half marathon or full marathon), and I can honestly … MORE

The Flying Pig puts on a first class event. 2018 was my 6th straight year of running a Flying Pig event (half marathon or full marathon), and I can honestly say that this was the best yet. They take care to plan every detail, and the course support is top-notch. The Pig offers enough of a challenge for veteran racers, but it is also set up perfectly for first-timers. And as bonus, the new finish area at Smale Park was fantastic – I liked it much better than the previous finish area!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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