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Charlottesville, VA Raving since 2021 active 4 days, 7 hours ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 21, 2021 3:50:53

Future Races (8)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 12, 2022
Marathon Carmel, IN Apr 9, 2022
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 18, 2022
Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Aug 28, 2022
Marathon Manchester, NH 2022
Marathon Madison, WI 2022
Marathon Huntsville, AL 2022
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA 2023

Past Races (19)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 21, 2021 3:50:53
Marathon Jackson Hole, WY Sep 25, 2021 3:52:07
Marathon South Williamson, WV Jun 12, 2021 4:10:23
Marathon Springdale, AR Apr 25, 2021 3:53:17
Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 13, 2020 3:57:39
Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 5, 2020 4:06:30
Marathon Charlotte, NC Nov 14, 2020 4:17:13
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jun 30, 2019 4:23:43
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 20, 2018 4:18:33
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 6, 2018 4:32:03
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 11, 2017 4:17:54
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 8, 2017 4:57:14
Marathon Evergreen, CO Jun 12, 2016 4:28:58
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 1, 2016 4:26:36
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 26, 2015 4:47:23
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 3, 2015 4:47:00
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 23, 2014 5:00:40
Marathon Forest City, PA Oct 12, 2014 4:50:28
Marathon Pocono Summit, PA May 18, 2014 4:35:37

My Raves

The Rt 66 Marathon is a great size marathon that has big city race amenities without the drawbacks of a large running field. I would highly recommend this as a … MORE

The Rt 66 Marathon is a great size marathon that has big city race amenities without the drawbacks of a large running field. I would highly recommend this as a first-time marathon course because you have the excitement of an excellent production: great start/finish line atmosphere, specific/helpful communications and website, great course support. The crowd support is consistent and energetic from start to finish. You will not be on the course alone because of the great block party atmosphere and enough runners make up the field so you are not our there alone in the later miles.

I would recommend preparing for the course that they describe as rolling hills. The total ascent from my watch was 702 ft, which is half the ascent I have on long runs in my hometown. However, this course felt like one ascent after another. This should not push you off from the course, though! Again, the crowd support through the many residential areas was a great distraction.

I would also suggest using the marathon lodging link to find your hotel etc. My reservation included the marathon rate and an automatic 3pm check-out for race day. I was able to walk to both the start and finish lines without issue. You have quite a few options that will allow you to do the same.

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The JH Marathon is a must-run event given the scenery of the course and the surrounding opportunities to explore two national parks! Overall the race directors did a fantastic job … MORE

The JH Marathon is a must-run event given the scenery of the course and the surrounding opportunities to explore two national parks!

Overall the race directors did a fantastic job communicating what to expect for the race weekend. My only complaint was that the packet pick-up was an unclear process that took longer than a race with thousands of participants. A few signs and a single line would for this size event would have sufficed.

Despite a confusing packet pick-up, this race was excellent. The course is at elevation, but I did not have any issues coming from a sea level altitude. The course is not challenging, but be prepared for a slow climb toward the finish that is barely perceivable.

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This marathon is a good choice to take West Virginia or Kentucky off your 50 States list, but it is not an easy course. In the first ten miles, a … MORE

This marathon is a good choice to take West Virginia or Kentucky off your 50 States list, but it is not an easy course. In the first ten miles, a mile long steep incline is the hardest challenge that was only outdone by the temperature and 90%+ humidity. The packet pickup was smooth and the volunteers were extremely helpful. The course was not overly scenic and at times I was the only runner in sight in front and behind. It made it difficult to know if I was still on the course as you run through the middle of the woods on trails and through a golf course.

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The communication about the race was excellent from registration to post-race photo links. The volunteers and fellow runners were all friendly and made up for the lack of on-course scenery. MORE

The communication about the race was excellent from registration to post-race photo links. The volunteers and fellow runners were all friendly and made up for the lack of on-course scenery.

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This was the first in-person race offered that I could attend during the pandemic. The race was well organized and the director communicated what to expect give the additional Covid … MORE

This was the first in-person race offered that I could attend during the pandemic. The race was well organized and the director communicated what to expect give the additional Covid precautions.
If you’re looking for 26.2 miles of beach, this is your race. If you are mentally prepare to see the miles you have ahead, the race is not challenging. The biggest hurdle was the out and back in the last two miles of the race that includes a highway on/off ramp that feels like a mountain at the end of a otherwise flat race.

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The course was more difficult than I anticipated with a lot of slow climbs that may go unnoticed if not running a marathon. The first 8-9 miles were through attractive … MORE

The course was more difficult than I anticipated with a lot of slow climbs that may go unnoticed if not running a marathon. The first 8-9 miles were through attractive residential areas, but following these initial miles I do not recall any scenery of note.

The race was well organized and easy to navigate the expo, start line, and finish line.

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Overall, I enjoyed this race. With Under Armor as the title sponsor, the tech shirts were great. The race directors clearly communicated the different starting line locations prior to and … MORE

Overall, I enjoyed this race. With Under Armor as the title sponsor, the tech shirts were great. The race directors clearly communicated the different starting line locations prior to and the day of the event. My one major issue was that I was stopped two times for traffic to pass in front of runners. It seems as if this was happening at regular intervals near the downtown finish. I was stopped for at least 20 seconds before the traffic officers stopped the traffic.

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I have run this marathon three times! I am originally from the southeastern PA, but I would highly recommend Pittsburgh's Marathon over the Philadelphia Marathon without reservation. The second half … MORE

I have run this marathon three times! I am originally from the southeastern PA, but I would highly recommend Pittsburgh’s Marathon over the Philadelphia Marathon without reservation.

The second half of the course is challenging with long, uphill climbs. The crowd support throughout the entire course is a great representation of the various neighborhoods that comprise the city. Many neighbors provide music and food in an all-out block-party atmosphere.

The finish areas is a great location at Pointe Park. The food for completers and swag are also top-notch.

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The WDW Marathon Weekend is great experience for any Disney fan who happens to run. I would suggest running this for the full experience of photo ops with characters and … MORE

The WDW Marathon Weekend is great experience for any Disney fan who happens to run. I would suggest running this for the full experience of photo ops with characters and theme park backgrounds, but avoid the race if you want to PR. You do get to run though all of the parks and see behind the scenes of many of them as well.

Much of the race is not in one of the parks, and a lot of mileage is covered running to and within the Wide World of Sports Complex. Although this is not the most exciting portion of the race, Disney does place key characters along the route to break up the monotony of those miles.

Be prepared for unexpected weather/temperatures. As a native of PA, I assumed/hoped my FL marathon would be a warm reprieve in January. However, I storm rolled through on Saturday before the marathon and them temperature was below freezing at the the start. Disney provided outdoor heaters at the start with many runners huddles together for as long as possible. In addition to the temps, the wind was aggressive that day making the finish line feel like the Artic. With that said, a friend ran the year prior in nearly opposite conditions of high heat and humidity.

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Revel runs a great race, and I would recommend any of there courses for a beautiful, downhill race. They provided throw-away gloves for the start line which was greatly needed … MORE

Revel runs a great race, and I would recommend any of there courses for a beautiful, downhill race. They provided throw-away gloves for the start line which was greatly needed and appreciated.

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My first trip to San Francisco was to run this marathon. This large race was very-well organized and easy to navigate given the many course/distance options for runners. Do not … MORE

My first trip to San Francisco was to run this marathon. This large race was very-well organized and easy to navigate given the many course/distance options for runners.

Do not let the hill climbs intimidate you from registering for this race. I am writing this review a few years since running it, and I recall only one hill being a memorable challenge. This challenge hill was in the first 8 miles when runners climb from the waterfront to the Golden Gate Bridge. Otherwise, the scenery of the city and water is a great distraction. Do be prepared for a mile or two before Giants’ stadium to be in the industrial section of the city.

I would run this marathon again after I see all the other states first.

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This was a hometown race for me, so I want to love it. In full disclosure, I ran a marathon six weeks prior to this one, and it showed! The … MORE

This was a hometown race for me, so I want to love it. In full disclosure, I ran a marathon six weeks prior to this one, and it showed!

The first half of the marathon is excellent. You get to run though downtown and see many of the historic landmarks. Since it is mid-November, be prepared for cold temps and/or wind. Although the temperature was between low 40s and 50s, the wind made the first half quite challenging.

The second half of the race is an out-and-back to Manyunk along the Schuylkill River. I knew the course, but I was not mentally prepared to see the 100s of runners finishing their race as I began the second half. Manyunk does provide great crowd support which is needed to return to the art museum, which is slow, subtle climb.

I highly recommend the half marathon distance for this race. I will return someday to run the full now that I have more training under my belt.

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Among PA marathoners, Steamtown Marathon is a must-do race. Although much of the course is down hill, be prepared for a climb to the finish line. Although much of the … MORE

Among PA marathoners, Steamtown Marathon is a must-do race. Although much of the course is down hill, be prepared for a climb to the finish line. Although much of the course is in rural areas, the locals come out in great support of runners!

For the many fans of The Office, there is plenty to anticipate at the finish in downtown Scranton – including the famous pizza that is not a hot circle of garbage.

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