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@johnmallonee

Palmyra, PA Raving since 2018 active 6 days, 19 hours ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    WDW Radio Running Team

  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:

    New York City Marathon (if I can get past the lottery)

  • I run because:

    I started running because I’m a Disney fan and heard from others about how much fun it was to run through the Disney parks.  With the assistance of a new runner program at work, I got started and completed a 5K in 2 months and a Half Marathon in 6 months.  Things snowballed from there, as is typical with many runners and I’ve come to enjoy the overall running experience and want to maintain some level of fitness as I approach senior citizenship:).

My races

Organize, track & review your races and personal bests here.

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Half Marathon

Marathon

Ultramarathon

(Marathon &/or Ultra) + Half

Marathon + Ultra

Other

Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ 2013 4:34:50
Half Marathon Atlantic City, NJ 2013 1:57:53
10K Allentown, PA Oct 4, 2015 1:22:19

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Norfolk, VA Nov 18, 2018

Past Races (40)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Harrisburg, PA Oct 28, 2018 2:04:43
Half Marathon Lake Orion, MI Sep 9, 2018 2:11:36
Half Marathon White Sulphur Springs, WV May 12, 2018 2:15:02
Half Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Apr 15, 2018 2:06:09
Marathon Asheville, NC Mar 18, 2018 5:17:50
Half Marathon Asheville, NC Mar 17, 2018 2:24:49
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 7, 2018 5:25:12
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 6, 2018 2:37:38
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 5, 2018 1:38:25
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Nov 12, 2017 2:20:56
10K Anaheim, CA Nov 11, 2017 1:36:42
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 15, 2017 2:21:31
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Sep 16, 2017 2:27:46
Half Marathon Fulton, MD May 13, 2017 2:15:15
Half Marathon Washington, district of columbia Mar 11, 2017 2:17:15
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 8, 2017 5:23:46
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 6, 2017 1:36:24
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 16, 2016 2:10:17
Half Marathon Allentown, PA Oct 2, 2016 2:06:39
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 10, 2016 2:40:46
Half Marathon New Holland, PA Apr 9, 2016 2:10:41
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2016 2:06:45
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 8, 2016 1:31:40
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 18, 2015 2:03:55
10K Allentown, PA Oct 4, 2015 1:22:19
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 12, 2015 2:14:06
Half Marathon Harrisburg, PA Jun 28, 2015 2:13:23
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 11, 2015 5:23:17
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 10, 2015 2:15:53
Half Marathon Kissimmee, FL Nov 8, 2014 2:13:40
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Oct 19, 2014 4:46:37
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 12, 2014 5:08:36
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 11, 2014 2:26:10
Half Marathon Atlantic City, NJ 2014 2:02:07
Half Marathon Hershey, PA 2013 1:59:27
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ 2013 4:34:50
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 2013 2:10:47
Half Marathon Atlantic City, NJ 2013 1:57:53
Half Marathon Harrisburg, PA 2013 2:04:00
Half Marathon Hershey, PA 2012 2:04:02

My Raves

US Road Running Harrisburg Haunted House Half & 5K

US Road Running Harrisburg Haunted House Half & 5K

This race was hampered by some unexpected complications (including the weather), but it had some strong, redeeming points. I signed up only about a week or so prior to the … MORE

This race was hampered by some unexpected complications (including the weather), but it had some strong, redeeming points.

I signed up only about a week or so prior to the race date. Signup was easy and the price was appealing, especially since my plan was to use it as a final long training run prior to a Half Marathon planned 3 weeks afterward.

I had participated in one previous US Road Running race a few years back, and like their local nature and smaller fields. The course was appealing because it’s mostly flat and runs along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg (more on that later). They are also known for a wide variety of themed medals and this one didn’t disappoint (Halloween themed).

A week before the race, there was a change to the course due to multiple construction difficulties in the city and changed to a .88 mile loop to be run 15 times. This was apparently unavoidable and disappointing, but I normally do a 1.3 mile loop at home. The race director was communicative so we knew ahead of time and they provided rubber bands to help us keep count.

The second difficulty came with an all day rain (light to moderate). The reassuring part was that the race team had volunteers at multiple points on the course to encourage the racers. These volunteers were much appreciated and helped make a positive experience under the race conditions.

I liked the small field and had my fastest race in 3 to 4 years. The registration and interaction with the race team was seamless and I’m glad that I ran the race. The runners seemed to respond very positively as well. I managed to place in my age group, and it was an added extra to receive a division placement plastic label for the back of the medal including exact finish time. This arrived within a week, so it was quite prompt and happened automatically.

They also provided free pictures of the racers as they lapped the finish line (multiple pictures per runner). The pictures weren’t super high fidelity, but they were a nice extra.

All in all, if you’re looking for a small local race with an interesting medal, I’d recommend you give it a try.

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Run Michigan Cheap – Lake Orion

Run Michigan Cheap – Lake Orion

This is a great option if you’re looking for a half marathon with a small price tag. You get what you pay for for around $30 - t-shirt, cheap medal, … MORE

This is a great option if you’re looking for a half marathon with a small price tag. You get what you pay for for around $30 – t-shirt, cheap medal, and a race experience with a small field. I was looking for an available race in Michigan when I was in town for another event, and this fit the bill. The course is pleasant in that it’s on a trail that is part crushed stone, part macadam. There are a few roads to cross, but traffic was very light on a Sunday morning. There was ample water placed along the course is the form of cases of water bottles. One thing to be careful about is that there are no restroom stops along the course – not even porta potties. All in all, if you just need a race, it was well worth the price.

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Greenbrier Half Marathon

Greenbrier Half Marathon

Race is on the grounds of the Greenbrier Resort which is an upscale, unique location in WV and part of Resort Races. Limited to 1000 participants total for 5K, 10K, … MORE

Race is on the grounds of the Greenbrier Resort which is an upscale, unique location in WV and part of Resort Races. Limited to 1000 participants total for 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. Races overlap at the start with 5-10 minutes between groups. Course is completely on property with nice scenery this time of year. Much is run on golf cart paths, but was well marked and had volunteers directing runners. Drink stops were adequate, but nothing special. Mile 8-9 of the Half loops past the main entrance of the iconic building. 2 tougher hills at miles 9 and 10, but lots of even ground overall. Champagne brunch (part continental, part hot food) served at the pool afterward and included with all registrations. The resort rooms can be pricey, but there was a substantial discount to runners. Highly recommend staying here for a splurge, but be aware that dining is on the expensive side. Overall, very glad to have done the race and things went very smoothly.

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Amerihealth NJ April Fools Half Marathon

Amerihealth NJ April Fools Half Marathon

The course is flat (since it’s at sea level you know), however you should be aware that you run about 8 total miles on the boardwalk. The scenery is nice … MORE

The course is flat (since it’s at sea level you know), however you should be aware that you run about 8 total miles on the boardwalk. The scenery is nice and there are generally people along the course (some cheering, some just going about their business). The boardwalk didn’t give me any causes for concern, but know that it can get wet and there could be the occasional loose board. Crowd control is good on the local roads that make up about 5 total miles. The course is out and back, so you’ll see the same surroundings on the return trip. I make a return run to achieve a faster time as proof of time for a future Walt Disney World race.

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Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate

Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate

The marathon has some great scenery, a fantastic run past the front of Biltmore House, and great race support. The first half is through the extremely picturesque grounds of Biltmore … MORE

The marathon has some great scenery, a fantastic run past the front of Biltmore House, and great race support. The first half is through the extremely picturesque grounds of Biltmore Estate with rolling hills and wonderfully wooded areas. The loop in front of the house is unique among all races and quite memorable. There are two steepish inclines in the first half, but there are also some rewarding downhills. The second half is on the west side of the estate which is generally inaccessible to visitors without embarking on certain paid tours. This second half of the marathon is primarily dirt and stone roads which combined with some hills makes it challenging. The scenery is more farmland, but still picturesque. A few spots are out and back stretches, so the paths are narrow with runner traffic going in both directions. If you don’t like stones on dirt roads, then you might consider going with the Half with is primarily paved.

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Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate

Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate

This course features some fantastic scenery with rolling hills, stone bridges over streams, sculpted woodlands, and the fabulous Biltmore House and Gardens. The first 8 miles are some of the … MORE

This course features some fantastic scenery with rolling hills, stone bridges over streams, sculpted woodlands, and the fabulous Biltmore House and Gardens. The first 8 miles are some of the best views I’ve seen in a Half Marathon and more than worth the experience. There are 2 inclines that will cause you to work for your award. In the last 5 miles there are some stretches of out and back on dirt paths with stones that can be a little narrow with two-way runner traffic. The race support is great with ample water stops that include a variety of snacks (oranges, bananas, gels, Gatorade, water, and more) with helpful volunteers. The medal is a cross-section of a wooden branch with external bark and the race insignia. It was accompanied by a Pilsner glass. Overall, the location is well worth the time although I could have done without the out and back stretches. I would have personally preferred some additional paved stretches, although I’m sure that logicsics with day guests can be a challenge. More importantly, I would run this race again.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Run through Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, well spaced characters, starts in the dark so need to be careful in some spots. One section is narrow with orange pylon cones. MORE

Run through Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, well spaced characters, starts in the dark so need to be careful in some spots. One section is narrow with orange pylon cones.

DIFFICULTY
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