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@jllarsen

Rochester, MI Raving since 2016 active 1 year, 8 months ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Grand Rapids, MI Apr 23, 2017 2:08:17
10 Miler Flint, MI Aug 22, 2014 1:34:38
10K Rochester, MI 2014 55:30
5K Royal Oak, MI Aug 20, 2016 26:42

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Detroit, MI TBD

Past Races (12)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Traverse City, MI May 26, 2018
10K Port Huron, MI Jan 27, 2018 59:00
Half Marathon Empire, MI Oct 7, 2017 2:12:58
Half Marathon Grand Rapids, MI Apr 23, 2017 2:08:17
Half Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 16, 2016 2:13:00
10K Rochester, MI Sep 25, 2016 1:00:26
5K Royal Oak, MI Aug 20, 2016 26:42
5K Traverse City, MI Jul 9, 2016 29:26
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 30, 2016 2:12:36
10K Rochester, MI Sep 28, 2014 57:46
10 Miler Flint, MI Aug 22, 2014 1:34:38
10K Rochester, MI 2014 55:30

My Raves

PoHo Hot Cocoa

PoHo Hot Cocoa

This race was fantastic. Along the water for much of the way, fairly flat with only small down hill on way out and uphill on way back (5K and 10K … MORE

This race was fantastic. Along the water for much of the way, fairly flat with only small down hill on way out and uphill on way back (5K and 10K were out and back courses). Packet pickup was easy and organized in a field house, meaning runners could wait in the field house and walk the short distance to start line just before the start since it was pretty windy. At the end of the race, runners returned to the field house and got a cup of hot chocolate and a tray of goodies to dip into chocolate fondu which was delicious. Age group places 1, 2, and 3 all got mugs. Shirt was a long sleeve brooks quarter zip. We will definitely be doing this one again!!!

DIFFICULTY
2
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5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

A super hilly out and back course on the heritage trail up in Empire, MI. Very pretty but if you get bored of just trees and wood scenery then this … MORE

A super hilly out and back course on the heritage trail up in Empire, MI. Very pretty but if you get bored of just trees and wood scenery then this may not be for you. Unfortunately it rained and was 20 mph winds the entire race, but still able to appreciate the fall colors. The shirt was nice and they give you a cosi too but the expo is SUPER small, literally just a tent with check in and one rack of sweatshirts and cups you can buy. If you’re looking for a challenging course in the fall that shows off Michigan’s best fall colors, this is a good choice. If you choose your race based on swag and weather, look elsewhere.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
1
SCENERY
4
SWAG
2

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Gazelle Girl Half Marathon

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon

What a fun run! A women-only half with the most beautiful course I've ever ran. Pretty flat, no wind, and perfect weather. It's a smaller race, so they didn't release … MORE

What a fun run! A women-only half with the most beautiful course I’ve ever ran. Pretty flat, no wind, and perfect weather. It’s a smaller race, so they didn’t release in corrals which was fine. I wish they would have had more water stations and while I didn’t need one I did not notice very many bathroom stops along the way either. Only other complaint was at the end medals were not handed to you, you kind of hand to hunt them down at a tent at the end. Would definitely do this one again.

DIFFICULTY
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4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon

Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon

The course was very cool, loved running along the water in Canada. The tunnel was very hot and stuffy (the weather was already humid and very warm), and the bridge, … MORE

The course was very cool, loved running along the water in Canada. The tunnel was very hot and stuffy (the weather was already humid and very warm), and the bridge, while AWESOME views, was a lot hillier than I expected! The course also never thinned out like I’ve seen on other races, it was crowded the whole time. This had a cool community feel to it – we were all getting really tired together! They had some problems with the shirts this year, and I still haven’t received mine in the mail yet, but other than that, this race went off without a hitch. Missed a PR by 20 seconds but I’ll definitely be doing this one again!

DIFFICULTY
3
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4
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3
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2

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Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

This race is getting bigger and bigger every year. I've only ever done the 10K, which is on OU's campus. Very beautiful, but pretty hilly. A lot of fun! MORE

This race is getting bigger and bigger every year. I’ve only ever done the 10K, which is on OU’s campus. Very beautiful, but pretty hilly. A lot of fun!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
1

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Cruise in Shoes

Cruise in Shoes

A fun course starting down woodward and then back into subdivisions in the area. Fairly flat with small gently rolling hills. Subdivision provided a lot of shade which was nice … MORE

A fun course starting down woodward and then back into subdivisions in the area. Fairly flat with small gently rolling hills. Subdivision provided a lot of shade which was nice as it was hot and humid. Shirts were cotton and pretty masculine but pretty cool medal. Nice easy course and cool way to see part of woodward on dream cruise weekend!

DIFFICULTY
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4
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4
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3

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Meijer Festival of Races (Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon)

Meijer Festival of Races (Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon)

Ran the 5K this year with someone a touch slower than me, so was definitely just in it for fun and not the race. T-shirts were super cute, unless you … MORE

Ran the 5K this year with someone a touch slower than me, so was definitely just in it for fun and not the race. T-shirts were super cute, unless you were a guy, and then they were way too feminine (my fiancĂ© complained about this). The scenery for the 5K was pretty, through some subs and ending on main street on the bay. I’ve heard the Half is gorgeous. Only parts I took issue with: parking and packet pickup were not that well organized, but they did have shuttles at the end of the race to take you back to your car. And the 5K finishers only got a pin and not a medal! I truly don’t like when races do that. Other than that, really fun to get fresh cherries at the end and hang out at the cherry festival for a while after.

DIFFICULTY
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3
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

This was my first half marathon, and it was the perfect choice. A super flat course with very few turns. It rained for most of the race, but was still … MORE

This was my first half marathon, and it was the perfect choice. A super flat course with very few turns. It rained for most of the race, but was still very enjoyable and not cold at all. Runs right through Churchill Downs, and a lot of the KY Derby horses were out doing their workouts, which was very cool. Plenty of bathrooms and water stations. Only complaint was that the shirts ran really small.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

The 10K and half marathon course are both very hilly, but beautiful! I've ran the 10K twice and trained on the half-marathon course all summer. It's very hilly, but scenic, … MORE

The 10K and half marathon course are both very hilly, but beautiful! I’ve ran the 10K twice and trained on the half-marathon course all summer. It’s very hilly, but scenic, and they have live music every mile, which is really nice. The 10K is completely on Oakland University’s campus. GREAT Expo.

DIFFICULTY
4
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4
SCENERY
4
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4

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Crim Festival of Races

Crim Festival of Races

Fun course, pretty hilly and definitely watch out for the Brandon hills, but a lot of spectator support throughout and very scenic. Shirts run very small but there are POPSICLES … MORE

Fun course, pretty hilly and definitely watch out for the Brandon hills, but a lot of spectator support throughout and very scenic. Shirts run very small but there are POPSICLES at the finish line which is awesome. Lots of live music.

DIFFICULTY
4
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4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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AdvoKate Charity Run & Walk for St. Jude

AdvoKate Charity Run & Walk for St. Jude

Beautiful, relatively flat course through downtown Rochester and onto the paint creek trail. T-shirts were not tech and I don't recall medals, the race is relatively small and laid back. … MORE

Beautiful, relatively flat course through downtown Rochester and onto the paint creek trail. T-shirts were not tech and I don’t recall medals, the race is relatively small and laid back. A good race for a first-timer at any distance, but don’t expect huge crowds or expos.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
2
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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