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@juleshamsa

Austin, TX Raving since 2019 Active 3 months ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50K Apple Valley, UT Apr 14, 2024 8:46:00
Half Marathon Deadwood, SD Jun 3, 2023 2:20:00

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Past Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
50K Apple Valley, UT Apr 14, 2024 8:46:00
Half Marathon Deadwood, SD Jun 3, 2023 2:20:00
Sprint San Antonio, TX May 13, 2023
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 12, 2020
120 Mile Relay Comfort, TX Oct 18, 2019
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT Jun 22, 2019

My Raves

Cons- the slick rock was more prevalent than I anticipated. There was many miles of runnable course, but between the slick rock the first loop and really technical parts in … MORE

Cons- the slick rock was more prevalent than I anticipated. There was many miles of runnable course, but between the slick rock the first loop and really technical parts in the parts on the last loop, (mile 28-30ish) I didn’t enjoy the course. Also, I feel the race directors have not really addressed the issues with getting lost on course. Other races I have done there were consistent markers every “X” distance. There didn’t seem to be any consistency in how far apart markers were set, so it was hard to know if you were lost of just in a long expanse without one. This complaint has gone back years, so it was frustrating it is still an issue. There are plenty of trees to put flags, it’s not just the rock sections.
I have done a lot of VRs, but I personally don’t care for the shirts. You can “buy” a cool design tshirt, but for the $ to register, I would like to receive a nicer tech shirt , a cotton shirt or lower the price of the race and ditch the giveaway shirt all together.
Post race area was kind of sad. There was food and a meal ticket but really not enough places for people to sit.

Pros- amazing aid stations and volunteers, lots of food options , and the views were gorgeous!
Easy parking!! That was great to park right at event- and good race communication. Nice bag drop options and Convenient drop bag mailing so you could leave prior to them getting back. Elevation was not a real issue, so not too difficult from that standpoint . The medals are very nice, pretty and unique

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Gorgeous course, and nice smooth gravel to run on. The staff and volunteers were great. This was my 6th half and I was killing it until about mile 11. The … MORE

Gorgeous course, and nice smooth gravel to run on. The staff and volunteers were great. This was my 6th half and I was killing it until about mile 11. The downhill really got to my knees and I limped across the finish line. I will definitely come back tho, with some more downhill training. Definitely recommend

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This race was cancelled at about 8am the morning of due to lightning, from a storm predicted to come in the week leading up to the event. While I understand … MORE

This race was cancelled at about 8am the morning of due to lightning, from a storm predicted to come in the week leading up to the event. While I understand you can’t predict the weather, I feel the race producers had a poor back up plan and poor communication regarding this race. They even said the night before at the race meeting, “if nothing else we’ll just have the after race party.”

They reported they could not possibly refund any money due to the costs associated with setting up this event, however I find that hard to believe. The majority of the course was on the JW Marriott grounds, and only a portion of the bike required outside vendor assistance. In addition therr were around 800 people signed up to race at ~$150 a head. If the cost to secure the Marriott is their biggest expense I suggest another venue.
I did run most of the course later that day- the swim, while clever in the lazy river, seems like it would get very congested. The run course through the grounds were pretty, although the transition area seemed quite far from the swim.

I will not attempt this again- participants were offered a $30 discount on a $150 race fee for lost pines or SA 2024, IF they signed up within the next 2 weeks . Really? That’s how you show your participants they are important? The whole weekend at JW cost about $700 with hotels , nickel and dime hotel fees, food, and race entry. Did I mention I didn’t get to actually race?

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I have done a few halfs and enjoy VR races the most due to their beautiful settings and organization. Other VR runners are open and friendly making it a fun … MORE

I have done a few halfs and enjoy VR races the most due to their beautiful settings and organization. Other VR runners are open and friendly making it a fun atmosphere to run. I liked the swag, race production and communication at this race, even with Covid. Personally I was a tad disappointed with the scenery- after a pretty start if just felt as if I were running through some neighborhoods. Lots of trees and many areas you run along the river, then ended the last few miles near the main highway thru town, but overall the race course was “meh.” It was a good excuse to visit the Great Smoky Mtn NP. Wouldn’t do this one again but overall was a decent half.

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Loved this race concept! There were movies and smores all through the night to keep runners awake and/ or fed, and the runners hand off tent was easy to maneuver. … MORE

Loved this race concept! There were movies and smores all through the night to keep runners awake and/ or fed, and the runners hand off tent was easy to maneuver. Not great sleeping/ facility accommodations, but i expected that. Race course was true Texas Hill Country-rocky with mild hills. Night time view was great! For the money I thought the swag was pretty pathetic- but overall would do again with the right group

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This race was so well organized for someone coming from out of town. I knew what to expect at all times. Course was perfect! Challenging first 5 miles ( just … MORE

This race was so well organized for someone coming from out of town. I knew what to expect at all times. Course was perfect! Challenging first 5 miles ( just run conservatively) , gentle miles 5-10 (all downhill and beautiful) and mentally rough last 3 miles as you come into town. So glad I signed up. I got to visit places all over the park too. I ran by myself but met lots of friendly runners. Will return for another race !

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