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@johnmallonee

Palmyra, PA Raving since 2018 active 1 week 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:).

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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 Hershey, PA Apr 13, 2014 55:08

Future Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Ohiopyle, PA Apr 19, 2020
Half Marathon Atlantic City, NJ May 16, 2020
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 12, 2020

Past Races (51)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Dec 1, 2019 2:09:03
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 2, 2019 2:04:30
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 20, 2019 2:04:18
Half Marathon Seattle, WA Sep 22, 2019 2:10:16
Half Marathon Wellsville, PA Aug 17, 2019 2:20:54
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 7, 2019 2:35:13
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 6, 2019
Half Marathon Wilmington, DE Mar 24, 2019 2:07:52
Half Marathon Norfolk, VA Nov 18, 2018 2:06:37
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, DC 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
Half Marathon Gardners, PA Apr 22, 2015 3:05:42
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
10K Hershey, PA Apr 13, 2014 55:08
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 Atlantic City, NJ 2013 1:57:53
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 2013 2:10:47
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ 2013 4:34:50
Half Marathon Hershey, PA 2013 1:59:27
Half Marathon Harrisburg, PA 2013 2:04:00
Half Marathon Hershey, PA 2012 2:04:02

My Raves

Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

Heard good things about this race and had to try it. There were many positives with a few glitches in the experience. Expo was good - be careful to watch … MORE

Heard good things about this race and had to try it. There were many positives with a few glitches in the experience.

Expo was good – be careful to watch for volunteers directing traffic to parking across the street. This was challenging for a first timer. There are no real choices for hotels near course start, but many hotels are locations with shuttle service. It is an early race so shuttles are earlier. Be prepared and set expectations accordingly.

There are two options for the Half, and I chose the South course. Route is mostly flat through quaint homes along the River with decent support from locals for our and back course. Watch for faster runners in left lane on their return. Some runner bunching can occur as a result. Gatorade and water stations every mile to mile and a half which was welcome. Temps warmed as the sun came up, but December can be variable.

The medal was heavy and unique with space theme which is big part of the draw. Finishers also got space themed beach towel. Appreciated the post race food including bananas and hot pizza!

Path back to buses was not very clear and it was hard to find them for me. When I did find them, runners were waiting for about a half an hour until several showed up to return to the host hotels. Still not sure what happened there.

Overall was a fun race with great bling and support, but had logistical challenges with transportation. I know some folks who love the race, so I’ll temper my opinion on those challenges. The race shirt, finisher medal, and beach towel are all great mementos of the race.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

Overall, this was an enjoyable race with nice scenery around a beautiful city. There are some things to know before racing to set expectations and help plan. The course is … MORE

Overall, this was an enjoyable race with nice scenery around a beautiful city. There are some things to know before racing to set expectations and help plan.

The course is basically flat with the smallest of inclines, although I heard some Floridians says they noticed those small grades:). You get to see a lot of the city and there are the typical Rock n Roll event bands around the course. Spanish moss and old live oaks were everywhere and the route was wide almost everywhere for lots of personal space.

One thing I learned the hard way is to be careful of the uneven footing. The streets in town are cracked in spots and have some bumps in the macadam. For the first time in almost 50 distance races I took a tumble when not paying close enough attention resulting in a bloody knee. It was my fault, but I recommend extra caution on some downtown streets.

The other aspect that needs consideration is parking. There are a number of garages downtown, but I chose the convention center parking lot. That facility was the site of the expo and was across a narrow river from the race start. I hoped to exit the city easily after the race with many downtown streets closed. The exit to Hilton Head to the north where I was staying was easy. The challenge is that he finish line was a 30 minute walk so I took a trolley ride from the finish. The trolley was $10 and was per-purchased. There is a public ferry between the downtown start area and the convention center, but be aware that the ferry only runs every half hour. So it took quite a while after ending the race to get in my car – roughly 1:15.

Finally, instructions are to be in parking garages 1:30 before the start of the race. This means early rising and finding something to do until the start. I’m the weather was perfect for a race – 49 degrees , but chilly for standing. I chose to go to a McDonalds a few blocks away to keep warm and have a seat and breakfast.

The race media and t-shirt we’re fine and themed to Savannah, but were not first rate. Overall, I’m glad I did the race, was able to adapt, but could have been better prepared.

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Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon

Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my first time running this race - the Half Marathon. I enthusiastically recommend it to others who are looking for an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Large expo held … MORE

This was my first time running this race – the Half Marathon. I enthusiastically recommend it to others who are looking for an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Large expo held the day before – be prepared to walk through the expo to get to registration. Registration ran smoothly as did the race itself.
Course is very flat with just some graded inclines. Be prepared for large crowds when walking to the corrals as there are around 17,000 runners as the Half and Full Marathon start together using the same corrals. There were A thru E corrals, but they went off fairly quickly – maybe 5 minutes between each with some fireworks.
On course support was very good with lots of hydration stands and huge trash cans to catch the cups of both Gatorade and water. The Half Marathon course managed to stay within the confines of the city of Columbus with lots of spectators.
The end of the race featured lots of food and drink options (water, banana, protein bar, goldfish, chocolate milk, apples, chips, Doritos, and bagel). Heavy colorful medal was worthy as race bling.
One caution after the race is the crowds leaving the city. If you’re running the Half, there will still be hours of marathon runners still blocking streets. I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott on Spring Street which was surrounded by runners and it took about 30 minutes to get out of the city through clogged streets. You might consider parking in a lot that is outside of the race routes, but you will have lots of company for a number of hours after the Half.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed the race experience and achieved a time I haven’t had in 5 years.

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Orca Half Marathon

Orca Half Marathon

I was excited to run this race and it seems popular. However, there are some challenges. The race is broken into waves which is good, but you do have to … MORE

I was excited to run this race and it seems popular. However, there are some challenges. The race is broken into waves which is good, but you do have to be aware you may not start for up to an hour or more based on your expected finish. My biggest challenge was that the race is run entirely on narrow trails, sidewalks, and paths. On the sidewalk, it is very close with hedges and trees and streetlights to watch along with runners. At mile 5 or 6 it opens to a path, but you still have to watch for non-race runners, walkers, bikes, and other residents. I appreciate it that the runners are guests of the neighborhoods, but it’s something to consider. When you get out to the bay, the sights do improve if it’s Not raining in Seattle (which it was today). There are also a few out and backs which narrow the course, but at least these weren’t on sidewalks. The port-a-potties were missing today (missed delivery) due to some snafu, and that was a major issue for many. I like the cause of supporting the Orca population and the shirt and medal to go along with it. I didn’t have time to participate in the post race party, but it seemed well-organized. My overall reaction is mixed. Mostly flat after mile 3.

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Pinchot Park Conewago Day Use Area 13.1 Relay and 13.1

Pinchot Park Conewago Day Use Area 13.1 Relay and 13.1

I had no plans to run a half marathon this day and never registered until the day before. However, when I saw that this was close to home and my … MORE

I had no plans to run a half marathon this day and never registered until the day before. However, when I saw that this was close to home and my training plan called for 10 miles, I decided to get another race under my belt.

US Road Running organizes countless virtual runs, but also holds a number of physical runs in my region. They have a wide variety of unique medals and their race fees are small. This race cost just $35.00 which included a finisher hat, a quality medal, hydration on course, and snacks.

The conditions for the race (beyond control of the race directors) were terrible – 74 degrees at race start to 84 degrees when I finished and high humidity. The course was an out and back loop that was run 8 times along the shore of the lake and on a narrow trail through the woods. The field of runners was very small, so the width of the path was more than adequate. It was technically a trial race, but relatively flat with only minor obstacles (wooden bridge, drainage pipe, occasional rock or root).

Runners were given 8 rubber bands to track each lap and the race team was very helpful with refilling water bottles at the start/finish line for each lap. Even though I had registered the day before, the crew had my info when I checked in before the race.

Overall, while I hated the heat and humidity, the availability of a local race and race support was a good value for the small price. As I said earlier, the bling, while not customized with the date, was unique and appealing. Oh, and with a small runner field, I will receive an award for placing in the top 3 of my age group in the form of a time sticker to place on the back of the medal.

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Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

If you can’t get your fill of Star Wars in this race, you’re not trying. That being said, I see more opportunity for more Star Wars characters on the course. … MORE

If you can’t get your fill of Star Wars in this race, you’re not trying. That being said, I see more opportunity for more Star Wars characters on the course.

Like all Disney World races, the course winds through the Disney parks. Having run at Marathon Weekend, it was a nice change of pace to start at the Magic Kingdom parking lot and run through three other parks (Animal Kingdom, Disney Studios, and Epcot) in a Half Marathon course. There were the inevitable stretches outside of parks and sections where the course narrowed. With roughly 12,000 runners, those sections are the most frustrating.

There were Star Wars characters before the race and along the course. There were also a number of large screens showing Star Wars movie clips and Star Wars music coming from the sides of the course. There were also numerous amateur characters from the 501st organization. I just would like to have seen more “official” Star Wars characters and photo opportunities directly Disney.

Florida can be a challenging location for a race, whether in April like this race or January or February or November. The weather was warm and humid unfortunately which made the miles wear a little. However, Disney races are more about the experience, so there’s lots to see if you’re not trying for a PR. As it was, with stopping for some character photos and the humidity, this was one of my worst times for a Half.

Overall though, I enjoyed the race and hope to do this race again. Star Wars makes for a unique theme and the shirts and medals are fun reminders. The shirts were interesting, but not my favorites. Of the medals, the challenge medals were my favorites. I hope for improvement here as well, especially with some of those that have been awarded at Marathon Weekend lately.

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Caesar Rodney Half Marathon & 5K

Caesar Rodney Half Marathon & 5K

I’m glad that I included the Caesar Rodney Half in my quest to get to as many states as I can. Course: The first 6 miles of the course are … MORE

I’m glad that I included the Caesar Rodney Half in my quest to get to as many states as I can.

Course: The first 6 miles of the course are flat and the route through town was scenic and enjoyable. The tough part was miles 7 to 9 which was a gradual incline for about 250 feet of elevation. However, there is a payoff at mile 9 as the course works back downhill. There is an interesting park and tower at the top and overall there is plenty of room to run in the size of the field of runners. Do be prepared for the final .2 miles which is a fairly steep hill to the finish. There was an out and back between miles 2 and 4 that got tight with two-way running traffic as the elite runners came back. This is my only gripe about the overall course.

Experience: I liked the fact that the race didn’t start until 9:30am which gave the temperatures time to rise from a low of 32 to around 40 at race time. Caesar Rodney Square was a nice location for the event start and finish. The challenge with the time is completing the race and getting checked out of a local hotel as a traveler. I stayed at the Doubletree downtown and although they had no availability for late checkout, they did allow me an extra half hour from 12 noon to 12:30 to cleanup and depart.

The race shirt and medal are both nice, although nothing special. However, they are a good balance to keep race costs reasonable. They had extra perks for drinks and food afterward, but I wasn’t staying long enough to partake.

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Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon

Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon

This was a very enjoyable race for me as I was looking for a destination race that was relatively easy and enjoyable. The course was interesting and scenic passing through … MORE

This was a very enjoyable race for me as I was looking for a destination race that was relatively easy and enjoyable. The course was interesting and scenic passing through the downtown, clean neighborhoods, a short park trail (packed, crushed stone), and ultimately the harbor area. It was flat (with just a short dip down and up through an underpass which was refreshing after some hilly races earlier this year. The signup and packet pickup were easy for me, although I was staying at the Hilton downtown. I can’t speak for locals, but I did enjoy the ease of staying nearby for the expo, race start, and race finish. I recommend the Hilton as it is a nice new property and the race team arranged for a very affordable ($139/night) rate. Oh, and I’m no beer drinker, but I did enjoy half of a Blue Moon beer at the end (and the pie tartlet near mile 9). Overall, this was a very enjoyable race which I’d consider again (after I knock off a few more states:).

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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, 10K and 5K

Greenbrier Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

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.

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