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@kalyke

Maitland, FL Raving since 2023 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Active 1 week, 3 days ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 30, 2023 4:00:31

Future Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
56K Cape Town, South Africa Apr 13, 2024
Marathon Bristol, NH Oct 5, 2024
Marathon Portland, ME 2024
Marathon Tokyo, Japan 2025
Marathon Kansas City, MO 2025
Marathon Des Moines, IA 2026
Marathon Bismarck, ND 2026

Past Races (10)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 10, 2024
Marathon Tupelo, MS Sep 3, 2023
Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 30, 2023 4:00:31
Marathon Savannah, GA Feb 25, 2023
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 15, 2023
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 18, 2022
Marathon Ormond Beach, FL Apr 3, 2021
Marathon Holland, MI Sep 9, 2018
Marathon Milwaukee, WI Oct 2, 2016

My Raves

Very organized race in terms of the communication leading up to race day and the expo. The start time for the marathon was delayed by about 30 min, however there … MORE

Very organized race in terms of the communication leading up to race day and the expo. The start time for the marathon was delayed by about 30 min, however there were heat lamps and lots of portable toilets. The first half of the course was quite scenic, passed by nice neighborhoods and landscapes, and the second half was mostly cityscape. It was rainy and cold which made it tough, but I was impressed with the positivity and enthusiastic support from the volunteers (13 water stops!) and hardcore spectators who stood in the rain for hours! Good race for AZ if you’re trying to do 50 states, hopefully the weather is better in the future!

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This race is very easy to navigate - packet pickup was simple and could be done the day before the race or the morning of the race from 4-4:45 am … MORE

This race is very easy to navigate – packet pickup was simple and could be done the day before the race or the morning of the race from 4-4:45 am and the race started at 5 am. The long-sleeve tie dye t-shirt with the skull is great. Pick up was located at the finisher’s area, which was also near the start area, and plenty of parking in a large lot nearby! No need for bag check. The race capped at 150 for the marathon and 300 for the 14.2 mile race, and after the first couple of miles the course really thinned out. There were aid stations about every 2-3 miles and the volunteers were amazing – very encouraging with ample water, Powerade, and some snacks (pretzels, watermelon, bananas, oranges, etc) at different stops. There were few spectators and the course is in a rural country area, fairly serene most of the time, however there were a couple of stray dogs on the course as well (thankfully all friendly).
The marathon followed an out and back open course, and one downside was on the way back runners had to be cautious to avoid cars. There were no sidewalks. This was especially true for me in the last mile of the race, which was tiring, and some runners resorted to jogging in the grass. The course itself has rolling hills, however this year it was cloudy so not too hot (71 – 80 deg F while I was running) and the humidity was bearable. Overall, I am definitely glad I did it and would recommend this to fellow 50 staters who need a race in Mississippi! Bonus points – it is on the Sunday before Labor Day, so if you travel there on Saturday you can leave Sunday after the race like I did and still have a day to recuperate before going back to life as normal on Tuesday. 😉 Also – there are no photographers on the race course, but they film the finish line and have it on YouTube, with a link to each person crossing the finish line on that runner’s result page.

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This race is really powerful - done in honor of all those affected by the OKC bombing on 4/19/1995 and raises money for the Memorial Museum. Runners get free admission … MORE

This race is really powerful – done in honor of all those affected by the OKC bombing on 4/19/1995 and raises money for the Memorial Museum. Runners get free admission to the museum and I went after the race – very touching.

The race itself was well organized, from the podcast in the months leading up to the event, to the large expo, sunrise service at the survivor tree before the race, and the many wonderful volunteers. Water stops were placed at almost every mile which was fantastic, and lots of spectators in the various neighborhoods had unofficial water stops/other treats. The weather this year was great, mostly in the 50s and sunny, but from what I hear the weather in Oklahoma is quite unpredictable so I understand how different conditions could really affect one’s run time. I thoroughly enjoyed this race and recommend it as the OK race if you’re trying to do the 50 states!

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This race takes place on a private island approximately 25 min drive away from Savannah. It was incredibly well-organized, with lots of emails about what to expect and how to … MORE

This race takes place on a private island approximately 25 min drive away from Savannah. It was incredibly well-organized, with lots of emails about what to expect and how to prepare since it’s an open course.

The pacers were great, water stops were about every 2 miles with Gatorade at about every other water stop, two stops had caffeinated Huma gel, and the course was quite serene with lots of views of nature on a mostly shaded, paved path. I even saw an adolescent gator by one of the ponds! The marathon course was two laps, and there was a table where runners could put fuel/drinks to get at the halfway point.

This was a small race (138 marathoners, 387 half marathoners, 156 5k runners) and there were some stretches when I could not see anyone ahead of me or behind me. The spectators were friendly but not plentiful, and since most of the course is through a gated community the runners’ friends or family were not allowed there. There is no real-time tracking app or website. It was nice to see people cheering us on from their front lawns or golf carts. The course was well-marked and easy to follow. The gnats were present in hoards, but didn’t bother me during the actual race, they were non-biting but quite annoying prior to the race start and after the finish line when I was standing around – guess I was too fast for them to catch me when running! Finish line prize included a nice metal (same one given to all finishers of 5k/half/full), Tifosi sunglasses for marathoners, and Girl Scout cookies were among the post-race fuel options.
In summary, I was impressed with this race and I recommend it.

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What a fun race weekend! I came in from out of town and visited the expo on Saturday. I arrived about an hour before packet pick up closed. The expo … MORE

What a fun race weekend! I came in from out of town and visited the expo on Saturday. I arrived about an hour before packet pick up closed. The expo was in a huge room but only had a couple of vendors, nothing too exciting, so I was in and out in a few minutes. The bib number was assigned at packet pick up. The race T-shirt is quite soft and comfy, a blend of polyester and rayon.
The next morning, I had a very easy 0.3 mile walk from my hotel to the gear check area, which was located between the start/finish and the after party area. Plenty of porto potties were also nearby. There were no major lines and it was very well organized so it was very easy to see where to go. The Capitol building looked really cool, lit up and located just beyond the finish line. The corrals opened on time and everything was just quite smooth.
The half and full marathoners started at the same time. This race had great pacers – I stayed with the 4 hour pace group for much of the race. The course itself is flat, with plenty of aid stations and we run through neighborhoods where families set up unofficial aid stations as well. Crowd support was pretty good throughout most of the course.
Afterwards, I went to the finishers fest where I enjoyed vegetarian gumbo, mango fruit cups, and water. Overall, it was a fun time and I recommend this race.

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