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@jen4465

Midland, TX Raving since 2017 Active 5 years, 1 month ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 3, 2017 2:34:44

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
200 Mile Relay Gonzales, TX TBD

Past Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Midland, TX Mar 24, 2018
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 3, 2017 2:34:44
Half Marathon Midland, TX Mar 25, 2017 2:43:16

My Raves

This was my first RnR Series event. It’s definitely well-organized and fairly well supported along the course. The race was tough for me since it was a little warm (66 … MORE

This was my first RnR Series event. It’s definitely well-organized and fairly well supported along the course.

The race was tough for me since it was a little warm (66 degrees and 100% humidity). When it first started drizzling, I wasn’t hating it because it was somewhat cooling. But then it poured (at mile 1.7 for me), so I had to finish my race soaking wet. Of all the items being sold at the finish line, there was not a dry pair of socks to me found. Oh well. It was still a 9-minute PR for me.

All of the hills were in the last 3 miles of the half. There was also a very moving “run to remember” mile lined with volunteers with American flags and the pictures of fallen soldiers. Very nice.

Of course, the big draw for the RnR series is the on-course entertainment and finish line concerts. San Antonio doesn’t draw big-name concerts like other cities, but it’s still a nice feature.

The expo was well-organized and easy to navigate. The on-course support was certainly adequate. The finish line area was a bit tough for spectators, but RnR is adding bleachers in 2018, so that’s nice.

Price is a little high, but you get a lot for that if you value the entertainment. (Register early to save some serious dough.) The highlight for me was a high five from and a picture with Meb at the finish line. He ran his own event for fun, but stood out there for hours congratulating finishers. Such a gracious ambassador for the sport. Katherine was there also, but I didn’t run into her.

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This was my first half marathon (after only having run 2 5Ks in the previous 2 months before, so my third race overall), so I don't have anything to compare … MORE

This was my first half marathon (after only having run 2 5Ks in the previous 2 months before, so my third race overall), so I don’t have anything to compare it to. However, I loved the event. There are only a few hundred people in the half, so it was low-stress, even for a newbie. Midland is also very flat, so that makes it pretty doable for an inexperienced runner also. The roads aren’t completely closed to traffic, but they do block all traffic when runners are approaching. It’s completely safe for participants but doesn’t completely lock down everything on this side of town. The race director keeps everyone informed and also did the announcing at the start/finish line and was very supportive. I got a high-five after my finish! 🙂 One of my friends didn’t finish within the time limit but they kept the course open, cheered her across the finish line, and she still got a medal. The medal is my favorite part. West Texas is home to oil & gas (and it’s the industry in which I work) and the medal was oil & gas themed. I’m proud to display it on my wall at work. The weather was pretty perfect for a race. About 50 degrees to start, but my advice is to tough it out until the race starts and you’ll find you’re quite comfortable when you get going. Those who wore long sleeves, jackets, gloves, and other winter gear were shucking them a couple of miles into the race. Plenty of water and Gatorade on the course and a gel station (and they tell you exactly where they’ll be so you can plan in advance).

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