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@jhemond

Clearwater, FL Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher, Marathon Maniacs #14360, Half Fanatics #3587 active 1 year, 7 months ago

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Personal Bests (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 30, 2014 5:50:55
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL 2013 2:10:43
10 Miler Lake Buena Vista, FL 2013 2:32:57
15K Tampa, FL Dec 16, 2018 1:39:08
10K Clearwater, FL 2012 1:02:08
5 Miler Tampa, FL Oct 21, 2017 56:01
3.8 Miler Saint Petersburg, FL Jan 16, 2016 1:03:55
5K Ozona, FL 2012 28:45
1 Miler Savannah, GA Nov 5, 2017 11:24

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Past Races (96)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon May 15, 2021
Half Marathon Ft. Lauderdale, FL Jan 26, 2020
Goofy Challenge (39.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 12, 2020
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Dec 1, 2019
Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge (19.3 Miles) Kissimmee, FL Nov 3, 2019
Half Marathon St Petersburg, FL Oct 27, 2019 3:22:40
Half Marathon Clearwater, FL Oct 26, 2019 2:50:35
15K St. Petersburg, FL Sep 29, 2019
Half Marathon Moline, IL Sep 22, 2019 2:44:13
5K Safety Harbor, FL Jun 1, 2019 29:36
Half Marathon Mobile, AL Jan 13, 2019 2:24:19
15K Tampa, FL Dec 16, 2018 1:39:08
Half Marathon South Pomfret, VT Jun 3, 2018
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Apr 8, 2018 3:01:18
5K Raleigh, NC Apr 7, 2018 34:16
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Mar 4, 2018
5K New Orleans, LA Mar 3, 2018
Half Marathon Naples, FL Feb 18, 2018
Marathon Clearwater, FL Jan 21, 2018
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 7, 2018 6:40:27
15K Tampa, FL Dec 17, 2017 1:45:13
Half Marathon Madeira Beach, FL Dec 10, 2017 2:50:04
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 26, 2017 2:34:22
Half Marathon St. Petersburg, FL Nov 19, 2017 2:48:54
5K St. Petersburg, FL Nov 19, 2017 50:55
Half Marathon Clearwater, FL Nov 11, 2017 2:59:02
1 Miler Savannah, GA Nov 5, 2017 11:24
5K Savannah, GA Nov 5, 2017 34:12
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 5, 2017 2:37:09
5 Miler Tampa, FL Oct 21, 2017 56:01
15K St. Petersburg, FL Oct 1, 2017 1:53:01
5K Clearwater, FL Sep 23, 2017 34:15
10K Clearwater, FL Sep 23, 2017 1:22:16
5K Safety Harbor, FL Sep 16, 2017 34:49
5K Safety Harbor, FL Jun 3, 2017 35:01
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 29, 2017 3:08:19
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 23, 2017 2:54:03
Half Marathon St. Petersburg, FL Mar 12, 2017 2:52:08
Half Marathon DeBary, FL Mar 5, 2017 2:53:33
Half Marathon Orlando, FL Mar 4, 2017 2:42:44
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 5, 2017 2:39:36
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 8, 2017 6:08:29
15K Tampa, FL Dec 18, 2016 2:05:46
Half Marathon Madeira Beach, FL Dec 11, 2016 2:36:30
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 27, 2016 2:43:45
Half Marathon St Petersburg, FL Oct 30, 2016 2:51:18
15K St. Petersburg, FL Oct 2, 2016 2:09:46
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH Aug 14, 2016 3:19:32
Half Marathon Cocoa Beach, FL May 1, 2016 3:34:58
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 17, 2016 3:38:33
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 16, 2016 1:41:21
Half Marathon St. Petersburg, FL Mar 6, 2016 3:08:39
Half Marathon Melbourne, FL Feb 7, 2016 3:17:10
Half Marathon Saint Petersburg, FL Jan 17, 2016 3:34:13
10K Saint Petersburg, FL Jan 16, 2016 1:24:32
5K Saint Petersburg, FL Jan 16, 2016 47:48
3.8 Miler Saint Petersburg, FL Jan 16, 2016 1:03:55
5 Miler Tampa, FL 2016 1:06:49
5K Safety Harbor, FL 2016 42:45
10K St. Petersburg, FL 2016 1:25:08
10K Clearwater, FL Dec 5, 2015 1:28:18
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 29, 2015 2:56:45
Half Marathon Dunedin, FL Nov 7, 2015 3:37:16
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 25, 2015 6:58:52
Half Marathon Portland, ME Jul 11, 2015 2:56:18
Half Marathon Cocoa Beach, FL May 10, 2015 3:00:54
Half Marathon St. Petersburg, FL Mar 22, 2015 3:06:39
Half Marathon Sarasota, FL Mar 15, 2015 3:15:13
Half Marathon Orlando, FL Feb 28, 2015 2:48:11
Half Marathon Safety Harbor, FL Feb 7, 2015
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 11, 2015 7:19:15
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 10, 2015 3:33:11
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2015 1:35:48
15K St. Petersburg, FL 2015 2:01:32
Half Marathon Cape Coral, FL Dec 14, 2014 2:21:33
Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 30, 2014 5:50:55
Half Marathon Kissimmee, FL Nov 8, 2014 3:20:08
5K Port Richey, FL Oct 26, 2014 31:21
Half Marathon Port Richey, FL Oct 26, 2014 2:27:56
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 19, 2014
10K Clearwater, FL Dec 8, 2013 1:02:15
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA 2013 3:30:17
10K Anaheim, CA 2013 1:42:46
Half Marathon Clermont, FL 2013 2:26:17
Half Marathon Safety Harbor, FL 2013 2:11:48
Half Marathon Kissimmee, FL 2013 3:06:12
5K Port Richey, FL 2013 29:28
Half Marathon Port Richey, FL 2013 2:18:11
10 Miler Lake Buena Vista, FL 2013 2:32:57
5K Dunedin, FL 2013 30:13
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL 2013 2:10:43
Half Marathon Clearwater, FL 2013 2:22:22
Half Marathon St. Petersburg, FL 2013 2:17:18
10K Clearwater, FL 2012 1:02:08
5K Ozona, FL 2012 28:45
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL 2012 2:16:53

My Raves

First, let me say that I have run at least 15 races put on by this Race Director for the last 6 years so I have plenty of experience with … MORE

First, let me say that I have run at least 15 races put on by this Race Director for the last 6 years so I have plenty of experience with them.
Over the last couple of years I have seen the quality of these races drop noticeably.
1. The races always start at least 10 minutes late. When its 80+ degrees on the race course, those 10 minutes before the sun comes up can be very beneficial.
2. The race could use another water stop. The course is run where there is very little shade and for slower runners it gets very hot. The race has as many water stops as advertised but could use at least one more.
3. Timing issues seem to be a theme on these races. I haven’t experienced it so much for the Half Marathon but the 5k and 10k have numerous timing issues where finishers who should get AG awards don’t even know if they actually qualified.
4. I have witnessed several times the RD yelling at race participants before the race. One time he was yelling at people at the port-a-potties to hurry up because they are too slow and antoehr he yelled at the runners to get in the starting corral, even though there was 20 minutes until the start of the race.

Even though I want to like these races like I have in the past, I cannot overlook all of the issues they seemto experience and I cannot encourage people to register for them at this time. I hope these issues get resolved and this can go back to being the best race series in Pinellas County, FL.

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The race is a challenging course for Florida with 3 large bridges to cross. There is noticeable elevation on the course. An added challenge is that it is generally still … MORE

The race is a challenging course for Florida with 3 large bridges to cross. There is noticeable elevation on the course. An added challenge is that it is generally still quite hot during this time of year.
The medals and shirt are nice and the post-race festivities are enjoyable.

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I ran this race this year. It was ok. Not one I’d travel to again but glad I finished it. My one complaint is that the course was supposed to … MORE

I ran this race this year. It was ok. Not one I’d travel to again but glad I finished it. My one complaint is that the course was supposed to be open for 4 hours and it closed earlier than that for the later finishers. The cops just drove off with runners in the road. Very unsafe and should fall back on the RD for poor planning.

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This race was well organized. Fast flat course and good post race party. I use a pacer for a while and he was on the money the entire time. May … MORE

This race was well organized. Fast flat course and good post race party. I use a pacer for a while and he was on the money the entire time.
May run it again in the future.

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As someone who has been running the Florida Road Races events for 5 years, I was highly disappointed with the way that the Clearwater Distance Classic was executed. There was … MORE

As someone who has been running the Florida Road Races events for 5 years, I was highly disappointed with the way that the Clearwater Distance Classic was executed.
There was a new race director that took over FRR starting with this race. He has been an RD for many other races, but they were all in New England. The course itself was essentially the same as in past races, however, that is the only thing that is equal to past events.

-The Shirts were too small
-As a back of the pack runner, I found that all of the food and drinks were gone when I finished and nearly all of the post race area was torn down already.
-There was minimal water stops on the first half of the race even though it was a warm day.
-The 5 mile runners only had a single water stop
-Water Stops were out of Gatorade and some were very low on water.
-Medals were not available for the Half Marathon finishers and not enough medals were there for the 5 milers.
-The race course was being taken apart even before the cut off times, even though there were runners on the course.

All in all, I was quite disappointed because after running 15 FRR races this didn’t meet the standards that were already established. If these do not improve I would highly recommend to skip these races.

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Disney races are expensive, but they know how to put on a good race. This was the 25th anniversary of the Disney World Marathon and they did a great job … MORE

Disney races are expensive, but they know how to put on a good race. This was the 25th anniversary of the Disney World Marathon and they did a great job with the medals.

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For the first running of this race, it was pretty smoothly run and shows good potential. I will consider running this again in the future. Well done. MORE

For the first running of this race, it was pretty smoothly run and shows good potential. I will consider running this again in the future. Well done.

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As a long time runner in the Florida Road Races, this race again showed why they are so good and successful. Even though the weather was warm, there was plenty … MORE

As a long time runner in the Florida Road Races, this race again showed why they are so good and successful. Even though the weather was warm, there was plenty of water on the course and plenty of food and drinks at the finish.

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