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Arvada, CO Raving since 2017 50 States hopeful/finisher active 1 week, 1 day ago

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Personal Bests (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 11, 2018 3:43:19
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Aug 11, 2018 1:38:15
10 Miler Bethlehem, PA 2015 1:23:49
Quarter Marathon Doswell, VA 2016 45:50
10K Keenesburg, CO Jun 2, 2018 46:54
8K Richmond, VA Nov 12, 2016 37:56
5K Townsend, TN Sep 12, 2020 20:57

Future Races (22)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Versailles, KY Oct 3, 2020
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE Nov 1, 2020
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 17, 2021
Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
Half Marathon Hood River, OR TBD
Half Marathon Quechee, VT TBD
Half Marathon Relay Des Moines, IA TBD
Marathon Relay Detroit, MI TBD
Half Marathon Abilene, KS TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Half Marathon Wilson, WY TBD
2nd Half Marathon South Williamson, KY TBD
Half Marathon Teton Village, WY TBD
Marathon Mankato, MN TBD
Half Marathon Huntington, WV TBD
Half Marathon Idaho Falls, ID TBD
Half Marathon Gering, NE TBD
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN TBD
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO TBD
Half Marathon Fort Collins, CO TBD
Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO TBD
Marathon Minneapolis, MN TBD

Past Races (34)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5K Townsend, TN Sep 12, 2020 20:57
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 11, 2020 1:42:44
10K Boulder, CO Sep 7, 2020
Half Marathon Estes Park, CO Aug 1, 2020 1:44:58
5K Superior, CO Dec 15, 2019
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Oct 20, 2019 3:45:20
Half Marathon Moab, UT Jun 1, 2019 1:45:00
Marathon Lake Village, AR Feb 9, 2019 3:51:23
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 11, 2018 3:43:19
Half Marathon Crazy Horse, SD Oct 7, 2018 1:41:32
Half Marathon Colorado Springs, CO Sep 29, 2018 1:42:15
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Aug 11, 2018 1:38:15
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 9, 2018 1:52:12
5K West Yellowstone, MT Jun 8, 2018 22:43
10K Keenesburg, CO Jun 2, 2018 46:54
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 6, 2018 3:55:13
Half Marathon Greenwood Village, CO Mar 4, 2018 1:46:00
Half Marathon Littleton, CO Feb 24, 2018 1:52:00
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 4:02:00
Half Marathon Fredericksburg, VA May 21, 2017
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 11, 2017 1:48:00
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 14, 2017 1:56:00
Half Marathon Binghamton, NY 2017 1:43:05
Half Marathon Annandale, VA Dec 11, 2016
8K Richmond, VA Nov 12, 2016 37:56
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 30, 2016 4:26:00
Quarter Marathon Doswell, VA 2016 45:50
Half Marathon Fredericksburg, VA Dec 6, 2015 1:48:00
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Oct 25, 2015 1:56:06
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Sep 6, 2015
Half Marathon Annapolis, MD Aug 8, 2015
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 10, 2015 4:27:00
10 Miler Bethlehem, PA 2015 1:23:49
Half Marathon Hampton, NH Oct 5, 2014 1:52:00

My Raves

This new course that Vacation Races designed for 2020 is deceitful in its overall difficulty. The first mile is a smooth decent downhill, and then you gain the elevation back … MORE

This new course that Vacation Races designed for 2020 is deceitful in its overall difficulty. The first mile is a smooth decent downhill, and then you gain the elevation back in a series of small hills for the remainder of the race. As a current resident of Colorado, I also think the humidity added to the challenge for me. Great way to kick of the Black Bear Double weekend! So happy to have the opportunity to race again in 2020.

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Vacation Races has done it again!! So glad this was my first in-person race of 2020. They made me feel so comfortable with participating in this setting with their frequent … MORE

Vacation Races has done it again!! So glad this was my first in-person race of 2020. They made me feel so comfortable with participating in this setting with their frequent communication via email prior to the race, and adhering to social distancing precautions from start to finish on race day. The waves were small and spread out, so you never felt congested on the course. The drive thru packet pick-up was very efficient! I did miss the feel of the pre-race expo and post race celebration, but I completely understand why things had to change.
This course itself is breathtaking! Challenging, but beautiful. Makes the burn totally worth it! I am lucky enough to live in Colorado and I still found myself struggling for air at points, as there is a solid 3.5 mile hill at the beginning, so definitely train for hills. It’s a must for people who are from out of state and want to experience the best of RMNP. Also, the shirts and medals were on point this year.

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I am a native New Englander who moved to Colorado a little over 2 years ago. Since I started my marathon journey this race has been at the top of … MORE

I am a native New Englander who moved to Colorado a little over 2 years ago. Since I started my marathon journey this race has been at the top of my bucket list. The time of year (peak foliage season), location (just outside a national park and along the ocean), and the fact that it would bring me back to my root, what more could I have asked for of a race? Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
The hills are something to take seriously and to prepare yourself for. They aren’t joking when they say the last 6 miles are continuously uphill. However, the first half of the course provides you with downhills to reward you for your hard work running up. I only wish the rolling had carried through the second half of the course…regardless, it is very much worth the challenge! Just make sure you hill train and you’ll be fine. You are surround by the most beautiful landscape the entire 26.2 miles, which makes up for the lack of spectators throughout. This is a smaller marathon, but there were at least 4 designated spectator points, which I definitely looked forward to for motivation. They placed aid stations every 2 miles or so, but not enough bathrooms along the course. The first one I saw was at mile 5, which just won’t cut it on a bad tummy day. They also gave out GU’s at 2 different points along the course, which I appreciated.
Along with the 6 miles of uphill I mentioned earlier, it’s important to note that you are constantly running along the left side of the road, and on a slant (some points more steep than others). This took a toll on my left leg/hip for sure by the end. You told to run in the pull-off lane, which can vary in terms of width, making some points more difficult to pass than others, especially when these areas were not blocked off to oncoming traffic. The last 1 1/4 mile of the course is downhill. It feel soooooooo good!!!! Just beware that you will most likely be weaving in and out of spectators and oncoming traffic leaving the finish line.
These minor complaints didn’t take away from the overall experience for me. I did not PR at this race, but I left everything I had on the course, which left me feeling very accomplished and fulfilled with my performance that day. I finally earned my own coveted lobster claw medal, which I have wanted for so long! Hands down my all time favorite! If you are a runner and have yet to experience New England in the fall, make this race a top priority. Not going to lie, it made me want to move back.

Also, highly recommend booking your Airbnb/Vrbo ASAP! The good ones close to the starting line fill up quickly. We booked ours in January and it was so worth it! Can’t beat a 0.3 mile walk to the starting line.

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Ladies, this race is so worth coming out for! It was my first time ever running an all women's race, and it was such an empowering experience. Not to mention … MORE

Ladies, this race is so worth coming out for! It was my first time ever running an all women’s race, and it was such an empowering experience. Not to mention the course itself was breathtaking! This is an out and back course along the beautiful Colorado River, where you are surrounded by amazing red rock formations from start to finish. Don’t get too caught up in the moment and miss out on some of the landmarks along the route, such as the Jug Handle Arch. I have to admit that it was rough getting up for a 6am race; however, I understood why they did this, as the temperature in Moab at this time of year quickly rises with the sun. They do have plenty of water stops along the route, so no need to bring your own. There are tons of refreshments and goodies to eat the the finish line as well. That was quite a treat! I highly recommend this race for anyone looking for an excuse to visit the area and add on this once in a lifetime tour of the area.

Side note, I appreciated that they offered a choice of 2 different colored shirts at the race expo this year. They also gave you a choice of 2 different race themed crew cut socks. It was a nice touch!

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I chose this race because it’s one of the ONLY races I’ve found that would allow me to cross off 2 states on my 50 state half marathon journey. Super … MORE

I chose this race because it’s one of the ONLY races I’ve found that would allow me to cross off 2 states on my 50 state half marathon journey. Super cool! Can’t say enough about the race production. They were great with their communication, sending emails out on event details every day leading up to the race. The transportation they provided to the starting line was smooth, and they were timely with their start. The downfall was the unpredictability of the weather, which we can blame on Mother Nature. Woke up the morning of the race to rain and sleet. Luckily that didn’t last long, but the cold temp and gusty wind made for quite a challenging run, especially when you crossed over the bridge and into Mississippi. It was a brutal (mentally and physically) 5 mille stretch before you finally turn off the highway and onto a side road where houses and trees shielded you from the wind. Highly recommend downloading a really entertaining podcast or updating your playlist for this run. There’s not much to see along the route….long stretches of what feels like never ending roads. The large medals, nice finisher awards, and quarter zip top (with side pocket) made for a satisfying finish. I’d definitely recommend this race for locals.

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As a first-timer in Sin City, I had hoped this race would allow me to see all that Vegas had to offer along the course route, and boy did it … MORE

As a first-timer in Sin City, I had hoped this race would allow me to see all that Vegas had to offer along the course route, and boy did it ever! I’d say the first 11 miles of the route I was in awe of the sights and sounds of the strip. After that it was a different story…full marathoners were taken to the back side of the strip, which was dark and a little scary at times. They appeared desperate for mileage at certain points and brought you through two sections of the course that seemed to be part of a mirror maze or a cruel fun house. Your mind played tricks on you as you were made to double back several times around building or parking lots for 3-5 miles. It was like you’d never get out!
With that negativity out of the way, I will say that the strip, and also Welcome to Vegas sign, kept me very entertained when they were in view. Running a marathon in the evening is something I had to mentally prepare for, as I’m used to races kicking off bright and early. Take it easy the day leading up the race because you’ll want to be out and about once you’re done with all your fellow racers and showcase your achievement. I’d say this race worth running, but stick to the half distance.

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In the weeks leading up to this years race, we didn’t know what to expect in terms of weather?! Prior to committing to this event, I had read that the … MORE

In the weeks leading up to this years race, we didn’t know what to expect in terms of weather?! Prior to committing to this event, I had read that the weather could be quite unpredictable this time of year in SD, and that was no exaggeration! We came prepared for the worst, and luckily what we endured consisted of mist, which was refreshing at times, temps in the low-mid 30s, and only minor bouts of sleet.
The weather man’s predictions didn’t stop the runners from lacing up to enjoy this unique closeup view of the Crazy Horse monument. The daughter of the monument’s original sculptor spoke to the volunteers and participants, thanking us for taking part in the race, which I thought was such a special touch.
Those first 3 1/2 miles around the property were no joke…be prepared to climb steep inclines on loose gravel. From there, the full and half marathoners go on their separate ways along the Mickelson trail. It’s well maintained and provides runners with a much appreciated downgrade for the remainder of the course into Hill City. Even with the winter weather predictions, we treated to gorgeous foliage the entire time.
The medals given at the end are hands down the most unique I’ve ever seen. I’m so glad the weatherman didn’t scare me away from this one. I can’t imagine if I had missed out?!

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The marathon and half marathon were sent out together, and remained on the same track for about 12 miles. Even so, the course never felt crowded. Although the weather was … MORE

The marathon and half marathon were sent out together, and remained on the same track for about 12 miles. Even so, the course never felt crowded. Although the weather was quite chilly and foggy at the start, by the time I reached mile 3 it had cleared up enough so that I was able to see Pikes Peak for the reminder of the race. Absolutely breathtaking! My favorite part of the course ran by the Olympic training center and through America the Beautiful Park. The finishers medal is easily one of my favorites. I highly recommend this race!

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The race route between Georgetown and Idaho Springs puts Colorado’s natural beauty on display from start to finish. I’ve driven this route countless times traveling into the mountains, but after … MORE

The race route between Georgetown and Idaho Springs puts Colorado’s natural beauty on display from start to finish. I’ve driven this route countless times traveling into the mountains, but after running this race, I’ll never look at it the same way again (in a good way). The rock formations along the road and the beautiful creek are amazing to stare at as you fly downhill for the majority of the course. There are a few uphills sprinkles in their that can catch you off guard, but I’d say 75% is a downgrade slope. Also inorant to note is the start line transportation. Be prepared for an early morning! They offer a bus ride for participants to the start. I highly highly recommend you take them up of this offer. Get there as early as you can to secure your parking spot in Idaho Springs, as they’re not as plentiful as one might hope. I’d recommend this race to anyone who wants to embrace the outdoors of Colorado, and it doesn’t hurt that this course almost guarantees you a PR.

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First and foremost, I would HIGHLY recommend trail shoes for all participants. The terrain is rocky, uneven, and unforgiving. Also, hill training is a must! There is a 2 mile … MORE

First and foremost, I would HIGHLY recommend trail shoes for all participants. The terrain is rocky, uneven, and unforgiving. Also, hill training is a must! There is a 2 mile stretch starting at mile 5 that is not for the faint of heart. And another steretch around mile 9. But it is completely worth it!! It is an experience unlike any other. They do a fantastic job with the organization of the race. These races are “cup-less” and they offer refillable pouches to all participants. However, I’d recommend bringing your own hydration system to simply matters. You can’t put a price tag on the memories you’ll make while you’re surrounded by the wonders of Yellowstone National Park.

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This is such a unique venue to host a 5 and 10k race. The course is on gravel roads that wrap around the ground of the animal sanctuary. You get … MORE

This is such a unique venue to host a 5 and 10k race. The course is on gravel roads that wrap around the ground of the animal sanctuary. You get to run by lions, grizzly bears, tigers, wolves, and so many more amazing exotic creatures. No paved road race will ever be able to compare to this ambiance. Following the race there is an abundance of food offered to participants. What I appreciated more than anything was that they had a gluten free burrito as well as a vegitarian option and your standard meat lovers. I actually got to eat something delicious after a race!! Also, you cannot beat the swag they give out for this race. The t-shirts and running hats are fierce to say the least. You better believe I will be back to run it again next year!!

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The Flying Pig didn’t hold back in any aspect when it came to celebrating their 20th anniversary! The swag was above and beyond, giving half and full marathon participants not … MORE

The Flying Pig didn’t hold back in any aspect when it came to celebrating their 20th anniversary! The swag was above and beyond, giving half and full marathon participants not only a tech t-shirt, but a finishers jacket and an embroidered blanket! They did a great job with the organization of the corrals, which kept the course open for participants, especially when the half and full split off at mile 8. Be aware, they warn you about the hills for a reason. There are many of them, and they tend to be long and winding from mile 5 to 19. The “pig” theme is present throughout every aspect of this event. On the course you can look forward to samples of bacon, “pig” Newtons, and graHAM crackers just to name a few. I’d highly recommend this race to anyone looking to check off Ohio on this 50 state list.

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One of the local races put on by RunDenver Series that takes you out and back along the Cherry Creek Dam. The course provides you beautiful views of the Rocky … MORE

One of the local races put on by RunDenver Series that takes you out and back along the Cherry Creek Dam. The course provides you beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains and the reservoir. The “out” is very much downhill, so take advantage because it’s a steep climb back up the side of the dam that starts around mile 9. The one aspect that was very disheartening to me as a runner was the volunteers at the water station. The first station you come upon at the start to the race had people standing there talking to one another rather than handing out water to runners who needed it, and very few of the cups on the table were filled. On the way back that same table was packed up by the time I passed it and the volunteers were walking towards the finish line far sooner than the cut off time for the half if I might add. Other than that, they give out solid medals to all participants, which are unique to the distance you’ve run. They also change the swag through the series, so I’ll definitely give them another shot to collect a beanie, compression socks, long sleeve and short sleeve tech shirts at the different races within the series. Worth signing up if you’re local.

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It was a crisp cool day in February. The wind was strong, so I came prepared to bundle up waiting for the start. So glad I had layers! I was … MORE

It was a crisp cool day in February. The wind was strong, so I came prepared to bundle up waiting for the start. So glad I had layers! I was thoroughly disappointed in the lack of support throughout the course. There was not one portopotty for the entire 13.1 miles…not ideal at all. One highlight was the snowman tee shirt!

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If this is not already on your "must do marathons" list, you best add it towards the top! From the moment you enter the expo center you are swept up … MORE

If this is not already on your “must do marathons” list, you best add it towards the top! From the moment you enter the expo center you are swept up in excitement the of the event! If you’re not able to stay at a hotel close to downtown don’t fret, you are still able to easily access the start line using public transportation. They do an amazing job with organization in terms of the corrals. Be sure to submit your best half marathon or marathon time, as you will otherwise be placed in the very last corral and have awhile to wait to kick off your race. Regardless, there’s no better way to see the ins and out of this amazing city. The crowd embraces your from the very start to the very end of the race, which is the best motivation of all!

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Fredericksburg, VA was my adopted home, so this race will always be meaningful to me! It incorporated portions of my daily running route, but heighten the experience with great meaning … MORE

Fredericksburg, VA was my adopted home, so this race will always be meaningful to me! It incorporated portions of my daily running route, but heighten the experience with great meaning by representing those who protect our country throughout the course. You run along portions of the local canal trial and are swept through the street of downtown Freddy. You’ll forget how difficult it just was to ascend hospital hill, and instead are filled with an overwhelming feeling of pride for your country when you run under the massive American flag just before the finish line. I’d highly recommend this race!

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What I loved about this race was that you kick of your run next to the Washington monument. You proceed to run towards, maybe not directly in front of, a … MORE

What I loved about this race was that you kick of your run next to the Washington monument. You proceed to run towards, maybe not directly in front of, a variety of other very notable monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial. Running over the bridge towards Arlington cemetery was quite amazing as well. Be aware that this is a point-to-point course, not a loop, so have your uber/lyft app ready and be prepared to pay a MASSIVE surcharge to return to the start. Otherwise you’re stuck attempting to funnel into the metro, which has been severally backed up the 2 years I’ve run it. Kind of leaves you with a sour end of race day.

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One of those races that gives you a small town feel from start of finish. They take great pride in this event, and put on a nice "warm up" (expo) … MORE

One of those races that gives you a small town feel from start of finish. They take great pride in this event, and put on a nice “warm up” (expo) and “cool down” event for participants. One of the best features is that it starts and end at NYSEG stadium, meaning there are plenty of restrooms within the stadium for runners to access pre-race. Binghamton doesn’t have the greatest scenery when it comes to their downtown strip; however, you are able to cross 4 bridges throughout the course, which lives up to its namesake. They didn’t cut corners with their medal or their race shirts. Last year they gave runners a bright green and blue quarter-zips pullover, which is still one of my favorite pieces of racing attire I’ve collected thus far!

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This race is what made me fall in love with the marathon distance. I couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off my marathon career than in the … MORE

This race is what made me fall in love with the marathon distance. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off my marathon career than in the “happiest place on earth.” Disney puts on an expo like no other I’ve ever seen. I will cherish my Cinderella NB sneakers forever! This one calls for an early start, as they need to funnel everyone through the course before opening the parks, but the overall experience was so worth the 5:00AM start time. If you stay at one of the Disney resorts you have access to buses to transport you to Epcot for the start and then back home at the finish. So worth it! Be aware that the race does consist of what feels like long endless stretches of road between the parks; however, Disney strategically places characters and local bands along these portions to keep you entertained. I had been to Disney World 13 times prior to running this race, and I have to say, I now look at Disney completely differently having run through it. So many memories are made along this course. Nothing will ever top running through Cinderella’s castle with my brother by my side. This is a must-do marathon for all levels runners!

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