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Alexandria, VA Raving since 2022 Active 10 months, 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 15, 2022 3:38:00
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 18, 2023 1:44:00
12K Anchorage, AK May 31, 2019 1:06:44

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Marathon Bristol, NH TBD

Past Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Providence, RI May 7, 2023 3:48:00
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 18, 2023 1:44:00
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 15, 2022 3:38:00
Half Marathon Washington, DC Sep 18, 2022 1:47:08
Half Marathon Huntsville, AL Apr 10, 2022 1:44:52
Half Marathon Charlottesville, VA Oct 10, 2021 1:52:23
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK Jul 21, 2019 1:55:49
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jun 9, 2019
12K Anchorage, AK May 31, 2019 1:06:44
Marathon Anchorage, AK Aug 19, 2018 3:50:12
Marathon Seoul, South Korea Mar 18, 2018 3:48:12
Marathon Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Japan Nov 26, 2017 3:59:59
Half Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 24, 2016 2:09:00
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX 2013
Marathon Tulsa, OK 2012 4:13:00
Half Marathon Bellvue, CO 2011 1:59:00

My Raves

The good: good race swag and end of race party The bad: everything else #1 complaint: the course is very dangerous - The start corral is wide (about 30 people … MORE

The good: good race swag and end of race party
The bad: everything else
#1 complaint: the course is very dangerous
– The start corral is wide (about 30 people wide) and within the first mile everyone is funneled into a single file line to shuffle through an underpass and then remains on the shoulder of a road (2-3 people wide max). Luckily no one around me was tripped, but if they were there would be a huge pile up
– The majority of the course is on an open road with two-way traffic. In the first 8 miles or so, you are running on the right side of the road with traffic coming behind you. The race cones were placed trying to keep the runners on the shoulder, again single file in some spots.
– Towards the end of the course, you are running along the highway and along the on-ramp as vehicles are preparing to merge onto the highway.
– As to be expected with a road race anywhere, there were many potholes but also construction hazards (barrels, rods, piles of dirt) to avoid, which was difficult (again, being on an open course with traffic)
– Because this race touts itself as being flat, many people were there to qualify for Boston. That meant huge pace groups that could not fit on the narrow course. This race is NOT flat. The total elevation gain was only about 780 feet, but there were rolling hills and it was not the “fast, flat course” the site said it was.
– Because the roads were open, emergency vehicles were battling the traffic to aid runners (more on this later)
– The aid stations were terrible, although plenty. Each aid station had two tables and not enough volunteers, causing everyone to stop and line up to get water. The cups were VERY SMALL — one sip, causing us to need two cups each, slowing the process even more and still not getting enough hydration.

Other notes:
– There were some areas with people cheering, but not much on race excitement
– It was unseasonably hot in 2023 (I heard it was hot in 2022 too, but not the 75 and sunny day we had), there is no shade on the course and with no clouds in the sky it was HOT (with inadequate aid stations to keep up)
– People were on the side of the road with heat stroke, it was a rough scene for the last 5 miles or so. Spectators were great and helped the fallen. I did see one ambulance taking someone off course, merging into backed-up traffic.
— A big applause is needed for the medical support at the finish line. They were handing out ice cold towels and checking on anyone staggering (myself included). Many runners were laying under bags of ice and getting taken into the shade on stretchers.

Bottom line: The course was dangerous and even going into the race perfectly hydrated and prepared, the aid stations (although plenty) were not adequately staffed or providing a reasonable amount of liquid to keep people safe. Would not recommend or ever return.

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I would recommend this race and consider running it again. The entertainment on course was as expected, fun and distracting. I really enjoyed the band playing at the top of … MORE

I would recommend this race and consider running it again.

The entertainment on course was as expected, fun and distracting. I really enjoyed the band playing at the top of the brutal hill at mile 7. The only complaint would be the DJ playing under the bridge, it was truly terrible running through a tunnel with 12 speakers blasting/echoing music and someone just yelling “wooo!” over the mic. To make it worse, it was at a turn around so you got blasted but this twice. I probably ran faster than intended during this section.

2023 was a new route, the event website could use more information about the course (like an elevation map) and day of logistics (road closures, etc.). Well organized start and corrals to space out the runners. It was somewhat chilly at the end, so sticking around for what would have been a pretty good afterparty wasn’t worth it.

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There are some HILLS in Baltimore. I do not live in a hilly area and even though I *tried* to train on the hills I could find, it was not … MORE

There are some HILLS in Baltimore. I do not live in a hilly area and even though I *tried* to train on the hills I could find, it was not enough to handle the long hill you hear everyone talking about.

The city comes out for this race, people are along the sidewalk or sitting on the porch to cheer for most of the race. None of the animals were out at the zoo in 2022, but usually the penguins are there.

The course is interesting, you run through many different parts of the city and it keeps it interesting. Zoo, neighborhoods, parks, downtown. You loop back at some point where the half marathon is starting, so it is a nice blast of energy going through the crowd again.

The course measured long, which is normal for zigzagging through crowds. I was hoping for a BQ and my measurement of 26.2 had me there, but my race time was 3 minutes short. Something to be aware of if that is your goal here!

The after party is fun and the medal was really cool, one of the coolest medals actually. The shirt is nothing special.

Bottomline: would recommend!

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This race is the typical DC route with views of the Potomac and monuments, and it is very flat! It is a smaller race so did not offer much in … MORE

This race is the typical DC route with views of the Potomac and monuments, and it is very flat! It is a smaller race so did not offer much in terms of spectators (Mr. Impossible was there of course) or afterparty. The race is on a closed road the whole time which allowed for plenty of space for the smaller field. If you are in PR shape, this would be a good race to set a big one.

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I was signed up for the Huntsville marathon that was cancelled due to weather in December, I signed up for this as a redemption and it was worth another visit … MORE

I was signed up for the Huntsville marathon that was cancelled due to weather in December, I signed up for this as a redemption and it was worth another visit to Huntsville. Fun city with a lot of good coffee and beer. The course was pretty flat, the last few miles are kind of weird running through a park and neighborhood. The first 10 miles you are on open roads and can really settle into a pace, but once you break into town more there are more turns (and more people cheering!). 2022 had abnormally cool temps.

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The good: the weather was delightful, the course starts out scenic on rolling hills (actually hillier than expected)... The bad: this race is really disorganized and does not offer much. … MORE

The good: the weather was delightful, the course starts out scenic on rolling hills (actually hillier than expected)…
The bad: this race is really disorganized and does not offer much. The start line was cramped, no one could hear the announcements, they only had 4 portapotties available, and the actual start was confusing. There are multiple u-turns on the course, the aid-stations were unevenly spaced (two within one mile and then a 5.5 mile gap to the next one) and set up off the road so you had to step up the curb to get water. The course was short, which others mentioned it was in previous years too. Finish line had nothing but bottled water and not enough snacks for everyone. Swag was a t-shirt and a medal. For a race that costs $70 and has sponsors (including the brewery you start and end at but isn’t open at the finish time) I would expect the course to certified or at least the right distance and a better finish line showing, maybe a free beer or more than snack packs of chipsahoy.

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I was going to give this race 5 stars across everything, but that was for the Hightail Half - the all women's race that was so special and fantastic. It … MORE

I was going to give this race 5 stars across everything, but that was for the Hightail Half – the all women’s race that was so special and fantastic. It is so very sad and disappointing that this race is no longer the Hightail, there was so much magic around the entire race and Skinny Raven made it that way from the pre-race party, the swag, and the finish line party. The community came out in force to cheer. So sad the magic won’t continue.

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I ran the August version this race (they had 3 a year). The weather was great, the tunnel was exciting, the field was small and there are no spectators. I … MORE

I ran the August version this race (they had 3 a year). The weather was great, the tunnel was exciting, the field was small and there are no spectators.

I went into this race recovering from an injury. It is a big BQ field since it is downhill for the first 22 miles, so I felt like I was pretty much running alone after the first five miles or so. The aid stations were mostly unattended (not sure if they had volunteers for the bigger pace groups that bounced or none at all) so it was self serve water.

Not much in terms of expo, after party, or swag.

Bottom line: If you are looking for a BQ and go into this race healthy, you would be in good company. If you want a fun race and spectators to help motivate you, this is not the course for you.

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Starting a race so late in the day, yet having the Alaskan "twilight" is really special. The course is great, running over the bridge with the view of the mountains … MORE

Starting a race so late in the day, yet having the Alaskan “twilight” is really special. The course is great, running over the bridge with the view of the mountains across the water is great (this was the original course, for 2021 there were modifications for COVID – hopefully it returns to the original format when it is safe to!). The afterparty cannot be beat.

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This is a great race. They do have an option early start for slower paces and there is some overlap on the course between the half and the full, which … MORE

This is a great race. They do have an option early start for slower paces and there is some overlap on the course between the half and the full, which means if you start in the main wave you end up passing walkers throughout the race – this is not really a big deal as it is a small race and it does not get too crowded, as long as the groups are not walking 3 across (which some do). The course is pretty quick, as long as you don’t get stopped by wildlife. Not much in the terms of fanfare, but family and friends can drive or bike to multiple viewing spots which is very nice. Be prepared for a pretty quiet race, since the runners spread out quickly and there is not much going on on the sidelines. They had grilled cheese at the finish in 2018 and that really hit the spot!

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This is a great marathon with lots of spectators. The course is pretty tough, running through the city with bridges and lots of turns. The finish line in the stadium … MORE

This is a great marathon with lots of spectators. The course is pretty tough, running through the city with bridges and lots of turns. The finish line in the stadium is really special. The locals cheer like they know you, and if your friends and family are up for it they can take the subway to multiple viewing points on the course.

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This course is spectacular! You get views of Mt Fuji throughout, and even when you don't see the mountains the Japanese countryside is breathtaking (as are the hills on this … MORE

This course is spectacular! You get views of Mt Fuji throughout, and even when you don’t see the mountains the Japanese countryside is breathtaking (as are the hills on this course!). This is a large race so you are never running alone, but there is plenty of space so it does not feel overcrowded. Would definitely recommend this race to everyone.

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I do recommend this race, just be prepared because A LOT of people do it. It does a level of fun, to never be running alone and the city fully … MORE

I do recommend this race, just be prepared because A LOT of people do it. It does a level of fun, to never be running alone and the city fully supports the runners with a lot of spectators the entire course.

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Very sad for Mellow Productions! They put on great races - including this one. The only downside was the heat, but as is expected in June in Texas. MORE

Very sad for Mellow Productions! They put on great races – including this one. The only downside was the heat, but as is expected in June in Texas.

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As a first timer, this race and the production blew me away! The expo was fantastic. They even put "my first marathon" on your bib, with your name, so people … MORE

As a first timer, this race and the production blew me away! The expo was fantastic. They even put “my first marathon” on your bib, with your name, so people could cheer just for you. The on-course entertainment was fantastic, bands and dancers every few miles. There are a couple of full uturns on the route, not great but not the worst case for route planning. It finishes downhill, which was sad for my knees but maybe better than uphill?

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This was my first half and it checked all the marks! For the half, the downhill is not extreme as the full. You get dropped off up the Poudre very … MORE

This was my first half and it checked all the marks! For the half, the downhill is not extreme as the full. You get dropped off up the Poudre very early and it is pretty cold, but they do not make you wait too long for the start. The finish line party is one of the best I’ve experienced.

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