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@jsspinner

Algonquin, IL Raving since 2019 Active 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Milwaukee, WI Oct 15, 2017 2:09:53

Future Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 16, 2022
Half Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 11, 2022
Half Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Half Marathon Olathe, KS TBD
Half Marathon Baton Rouge, LA TBD
Half Marathon Mankato, MN TBD
Half Marathon Rochester, MN TBD
Half Marathon Pass Christian, MS TBD
Half Marathon Crazy Horse, SD TBD

Past Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 23, 2022 2:28:19
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 20, 2021 2:18:29
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 6, 2021 2:16:21
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE Nov 3, 2019 2:17:52
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Oct 19, 2019 2:19:42
Half Marathon Gladstone, MI Jun 16, 2018 2:12:47
Half Marathon Toledo, OH Apr 22, 2018 2:11:56
Half Marathon Milwaukee, WI Oct 15, 2017 2:09:53
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 2, 2015 2:25:48
Half Marathon Naperville, IL Nov 9, 2014 2:33:45
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Nov 17, 2013 2:46:03
Half Marathon St. Louis, MO 2013 2:26:32
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 2013 2:24:24

My Raves

Pre race communication was adequate. Expo was a decent size and easy to navigate. For a race of this size, I thought the pre-race port-o-toilet availability was really inadequate. The … MORE

Pre race communication was adequate.
Expo was a decent size and easy to navigate.
For a race of this size, I thought the pre-race port-o-toilet availability was really inadequate. The lines were really long for the few that they had.
Crowd support was AWESOME!
The St. Jude section was amazing to see.
The course was a constant downhill or uphill with a lot of turns and no real flat sections. There were multiple places where runners stacked up.
Don’t run this race looking for a PR.
Overall, I would recommend the race.

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This year's expo was outside which worked, but didn't feel like much. The course was definitely not flat. A lot of ups and downs throughout the course. A lot of … MORE

This year’s expo was outside which worked, but didn’t feel like much. The course was definitely not flat. A lot of ups and downs throughout the course. A lot of crowd support. After leaving the race I was shocked by how little was going on in downtown Tulsa. I found 2 restaurants open. Don’t do this race if you are looking for a party atmosphere in the town. Do this race if you are looking for a well executed race in Oklahoma.

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The course is perfect for a PR (fast and relatively flat) if the conditions cooperate. This year the conditions did not cooperate - heavy rain, wind and wind chills below … MORE

The course is perfect for a PR (fast and relatively flat) if the conditions cooperate. This year the conditions did not cooperate – heavy rain, wind and wind chills below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The race communication and production from Rock n’ Roll has not been good over the last few years. The expo parking was unorganized and lacked signage. The expo preached social distancing, but had you stand in a line to get your vaccination card checked. Race day parking had no signage and had I not seen the trolleys that were to transport us to the start, I would not have known, I was in the correct spot. On race day because it was raining heavily, there was little signage or communication. Unfortunately, for full marathon runners, their race was cancelled while most of us were heading to the start because course conditions were just that bad. Despite the bad weather, on course support was EXCELLENT. Much better than races I’ve done in perfect weather conditions. The finish area (not the same as the start) lacked signage clearly directing you to busses or gear pick up. I still think RnR has a long way to get back to where they used to be from a production standpoint. The medal was okay. Not really that unique. The race shirts were definitely lackluster and will probably become yet another race shirt I wear under other shirts. I really wish the weather would have cooperated because this would have been a great race to PR at especially after not being able to race in person for so long.

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Pre-race communication was on point. The expo was well organized and packet pick up was a breeze. The race start was very well organized and the atmosphere was fun. The … MORE

Pre-race communication was on point.
The expo was well organized and packet pick up was a breeze.
The race start was very well organized and the atmosphere was fun.
The course is downhill for the most part until mile 9. The rolling hills start at this point that could do you in. The pedestrian bridge at the end was not to fun to go up, but it made for a fun finishing straight. The cheer tunnel that was created definitely helps push you across the line.
The city of Lincoln definitely turns out to support runners which I can’t say for all of the races I’ve run.
The post race party was very well organized.
Post race communication has been great too.
A great race that deserves a run.

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I went in to this race with high expectations based on reviews of previous years' races. The packet pickup was very basic. They needed more signage directing you where to … MORE

I went in to this race with high expectations based on reviews of previous years’ races. The packet pickup was very basic. They needed more signage directing you where to go. The race start was typical. There wasn’t much for on course entertainment. On a personal note, I wasn’t ready for the hill that comes between mile 6 and 7. Everyone needs to be ready for that. There weren’t too many people out on course cheering which I could have used after that hill. The post race party wasn’t really going when I finished so I left and headed back to my hotel. I left the race wondering if a lot of the positive reviews are fueled by bourbon. I just want a well run race with great communication (it was okay), a great course (it was okay) and large community involvement (it was just okay).

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Adequate pre-race communication. No pre-race expo. The race shirt, while a tech tee, could have been better. Nice medal. Starts and finishes at a small resort. Great scenery as a … MORE

Adequate pre-race communication.
No pre-race expo.
The race shirt, while a tech tee, could have been better.
Nice medal.
Starts and finishes at a small resort.
Great scenery as a large portion of the course is on a paved trail at the top of Lake Michigan.
Ran a large portion of the race in a downpour that included hail and lightning so I don’t know that I got the full scenic experience.
The course is super flat for those looking for a PR. If I wasn’t dodging puddles, I may have had it.

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Adequate communication Decent pre-race expo. Rolling little hills, but nothing horrible. Fun to finish in the football stadium and see yourself on the big screen. The post-race bus situation seemed … MORE

Adequate communication
Decent pre-race expo.
Rolling little hills, but nothing horrible.
Fun to finish in the football stadium and see yourself on the big screen.
The post-race bus situation seemed to be a source of confusion for bus drivers and runners.

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Communication pre-race was not the best. Day of race set up was poorly planned. It rained and they set everything up in muddy patches of grass. The organization seemed like … MORE

Communication pre-race was not the best.
Day of race set up was poorly planned. It rained and they set everything up in muddy patches of grass.
The organization seemed like they didn’t care about the participants. I’m glad the race has changed management. Hopefully, things will get better.

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A well organized race like most Rock N Roll Races. They have since moved the race date in to December because it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit by 9am in November. … MORE

A well organized race like most Rock N Roll Races.
They have since moved the race date in to December because it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit by 9am in November.
The first 6 miles were relatively easy, but as runners made the turn at the San Antonio Zoo to run up the hill by the University of Incarnate Word the course got much tougher and the heat really set in. The remainder was just an exercise it pushing through.
Without the heat, the course is actually really nice, but in San Antonio, heat is a normal thing.
The post race concert was very nice, again like most Rock N Roll Races, but with the heat, I just wanted to head home.

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Disney knows how to coordinate events. This was my first half marathon and still my favorite. Pre-race communications were ideal. The expo was the perfect size. Getting to the start … MORE

Disney knows how to coordinate events.
This was my first half marathon and still my favorite.
Pre-race communications were ideal.
The expo was the perfect size.
Getting to the start line was easy because I was staying at one of the Disney hotels.
The course took you through the parks and in some cases behind the scenes.
The only hills came when we went on over passes or under under passes.
The best part was definitely turning on to Main Street USA and seeing Cinderella’s Castle lit up in the background.
On-course entertainment was fun and kept you going.
I encourage everyone to try at least one Disney race to see just how well done they are.

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