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@jhfenton

Cincinnati, OH Raving since 2019 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher active 1 month ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50 Miler Boonsboro, MD 2012 8:55:46
Marathon Athens, OH 2011 2:51:03

Future Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Atlanta, GA Mar 1, 2020
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 20, 2020
Marathon Grand Forks, ND Sep 26, 2020

Past Races (39)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Seattle, WA Dec 1, 2019 3:08:46
Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Sep 8, 2019 3:18:48
Marathon Ada, OH Jan 31, 2016 3:43:51
Marathon Green River, WY Aug 15, 2015 3:43:48
Marathon Burlington, VT May 24, 2015 3:20:58
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 15, 2014 2:56:28
Marathon Apache Junction, AZ 2013 3:41:16
Marathon Gallatin Gateway, MT 2012 3:27:00
Marathon Tendoy, ID 2012 2:55:51
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2012 3:14:40
Marathon Houston, TX 2012 2:58:24
50 Miler Boonsboro, MD 2012 8:55:46
Marathon Indianapolis, IN 2012 3:14:00
Marathon St Louis, MO 2012 2:55:50
Marathon Athens, OH 2011 2:51:03
Marathon Tupelo, MS 2011 3:08:57
Marathon Las Vegas, NV 2011 3:09:52
Marathon Wynne, AR 2011 3:12:02
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2011 3:14:39
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC 2011 3:13:09
Marathon Dublin, OH 2010 3:19:10
Marathon Eugene, OR 2010 3:18:21
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2009 2:57:07
Marathon Hopkinton, MA 2008 3:03:34
Marathon Huntsville, AL 2008 3:11:24
Marathon Hopkinton, MA 2007 3:12:37
Marathon South Williamson, KY 2007 3:43:00
Marathon Abingdon, VA 2006 4:19:33
Marathon Huntington, WV 2006 3:15:54
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 2006 3:37:07
Marathon Knoxville, TN 2005 4:16:57
Marathon Chicago, IL 2005 4:04:44
Marathon Indianapolis, IN 2004 5:17:00
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2004 5:18:03
Marathon Menasha, WI 2001 5:23:24
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2001 5:46:08
Marathon Dearborn, MI 2001 5:26:12
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 2001 5:07:34
Marathon Columbus, OH 2000 4:43:58

My Raves

Course: The course is about as flat as one could ask for in Seattle. There are some long gradual declines/inclines on the bike trail that you can feel more than … MORE

Course: The course is about as flat as one could ask for in Seattle. There are some long gradual declines/inclines on the bike trail that you can feel more than see, but the only real hills are in miles 23 and 24.

Expo: The expo was modest, but you can buy gels or any last minute race necessities.

Race morning: The pre-race bag check was quick and easy. The starting area lacked any organization. There were no signs guiding runners where to line up based on pace. The pacers even had trouble getting from the starting line back into reasonable positions. Coming from the bag check, I had to enter from pretty far back and gradually make my way forward to where I should be. (I finished #95 overall.)

Race: Water stops were sufficient in number, but many were small and haphazardly organized, with no consistent placement of water vs Gatorade. One early stop on the highway was placed on the far right side of the road on a long sweeping left turn. I skipped the water stop rather than run the significant extra distance.

Post-race: The stadium finish was a nice feature, with easy access to the indoor recovery area–until you realize that your checked bag is at the top level of the stadium. Runners had to walk up long and very steep bleacher steps, retrieve their bags, and then walk back down the steps before continuing into the recovery area.

Swag: I loved the 50th anniversary shirt, a long-sleeved black tech tee with a gold design. The 50th anniversary finisher’s medal was equally impressive.

Overall: I’d give the Seattle Marathon a solid B that could be made an A with a few runner-focused tweaks.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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The Sioux Falls Marathon is an outstanding small marathon that feels like a medium-sized marathon. The expo is small, but well-stocked by competing running stores to sell you all the … MORE

The Sioux Falls Marathon is an outstanding small marathon that feels like a medium-sized marathon. The expo is small, but well-stocked by competing running stores to sell you all the last minute running gear that you forgot at home. The race starts and ends inside a modern arena, so you are completely sheltered and comfortable before and after the race. The course is scenic and gently rolling with miles 15-25 on trails along the river. (If I had a complaint about the course, I’d say that it had a few too many turns.) Aid stations were plentiful and well-stocked with water and sports drink, and three stations offered Gu sport gels. Volunteers were plentiful and enthusiastic despite the pouring rain for the first half hour and rainy conditions all day. (If I had a second complaint about the race, it would be that the mile markers could best have been taken as approximations.)

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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