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@kasemanb1

Springboro, OH Raving since 2019 active 6 days, 5 hours ago

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    Ohio River Road Runners Club, Potterhead Running Club (Hufflepuff)

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Personal Bests (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon St. Charles, MO Oct 6, 2019 3:56:20
Half Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 21, 2019 1:53:09
10 Mile Yellow Springs, OH 2019 2:00:02
10K Xenia, OH Nov 3, 2019 48:30
5 Miler Dayton, OH 2019 58:02
8K Germantown, OH Aug 7, 2021 39:12
5K Dayton, OH 2018 22:02

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
10K Minster, OH 2021
Marathon Clearwater, FL TBD
Ironman Louisville, KY TBD
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA TBD

Past Races (27)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 18, 2021
8K Germantown, OH Aug 7, 2021 39:12
10K Wapakoneta, OH Jul 17, 2021
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH Oct 10, 2020
15K Dayton, OH Oct 10, 2020
10K Bellbrook, OH Aug 22, 2020
8K Germantown, OH Aug 1, 2020
5K Dayton, OH Jul 11, 2020
Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 13, 2020
4 Miler Dayton, OH Mar 15, 2020
10K Xenia, OH Nov 3, 2019 48:30
15K Dayton, OH Oct 12, 2019
Marathon St. Charles, MO Oct 6, 2019 3:56:20
Half Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 21, 2019 1:53:09
10K Bellbrook, OH Sep 14, 2019
8K Germantown, OH Aug 3, 2019
5K Dayton, OH Jul 20, 2019 44:40
5K Muncie, IN Jun 22, 2019
5K Dayton, OH Jun 8, 2019
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 5, 2019 5:11:04
5K Waynesville, OH Apr 13, 2019 27:27
5 Miler Dayton, OH 2019 58:02
10 Mile Yellow Springs, OH 2019 2:00:02
5K Dayton, OH Nov 25, 2018 22:40
10K Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 15, 2018 50:36
5K Dayton, OH 2018 22:02
5K Dayton, OH 2018 23:08

My Raves

As with all races in the Miami Valley Race Series, Packet pick-up is located at New Balance Dayton with a 15% discount in the store. Small race and there is … MORE

As with all races in the Miami Valley Race Series, Packet pick-up is located at New Balance Dayton with a 15% discount in the store.
Small race and there is PLENTY of nearby parking on the streets nearby. There is a men’s and woman’s restroom in the shelter house at the park and there was no line to wait.
VERY FLAT course through time! Start at Veteran’s Memorial Park containing an old railroad depot and caboose. You’ll run through the one-of-a-kind covered bridge and past the 2nd oldest inn in Ohio, Florentine Restaurant.
Afterwards, eat ample bananas, fruit snacks, Cliff bars, and of course, water and while listening to the DJ!
The Miami Valley Race Series has the BEST apparel (tee’s, tanks, hoodies, etc) and a great collection of medals!

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Packet Pickup-We got into town at noon Friday and immediately picked up our packets at the St Charles Community College. Many signs for directions and then even displayed pictures on … MORE

Packet Pickup-We got into town at noon Friday and immediately picked up our packets at the St Charles Community College. Many signs for directions and then even displayed pictures on Facebook. We picked our cowbell, sticker, race instructions, and bibs within 5 minutes; the line doubled as we walked past. Then we zig-zagged through the expo to get our quarter-zip tech shirts.
Parking-It is suggested to arrive at 6AM so everyone has time to park. Waze circled us around from 5th street to avoid heavy traffic. We arrived at 6:30 and immediately decided to park on the side street. The boathouse parking just filled up as we walked by.
Start-Line-St Charles has its own bathrooms around Main Street but only one area around the start line had port-a-potty’s. The lines were less than 5 minutes. Yet, bag check had a single long line so we had to return to the car. An Email and the hard-copy race instructions suggested to bring the cowbell from packet pickup for everyone to play to Don’t Fear the Reaper at 7:20. There would be bins to drop them in when the race starts and we could pick them up at the BJC tent afterwards. They did not play the song. There were no bins and people were just dropping them on the side after the start line. A volunteer at the BJC tent said they did not collect cowbells. I would not advise taking your cowbell to the start line.
I have now been in two races with corrals and I was excited this had one too. The race instructions say to enter through the sidewalk on Riverside to your goal pace (mine was 9:00 min/mile). However, it became jammed and I was stuck farther back at the 12:00 min/mile. The sidewalk was also packed with spectators and I think they should open the side from the Katy Trail as well.
Course-This course was perfect for a PR. At first, I disliked the thought of returning to the start line with the half marathoners. Returning to the cheering crowd and the party was just the boost I need to start my second half. The Katy trail begins at mile 12 which felt a lot smooth on my sore hips. The cheering at New Town in the first half was also a big boost. I think this area has the potential to be the same block party like Mariemont at the Flying Pig Marathon. Unfortunately, you must cross a grated bridge (twice) which sadly someone was injured on. The second half of the marathon was mainly on the Katy Trail and I loved the new footing. Near the turn around, you cross the Missouri River which was a nice view (I only thought about jumping in once) and run on paved path for a few miles.
Nearly the last mile, people were cheering and ringing bells. It definitely helped me push harder even though I was in pain. Thank you to the crowd for that boost!
The weather was in the 60s with overcast with a light breeze. It felt perfect outside.
Volunteers-Volunteers were great! Clearly said where I needed to go and told you whether they had water or gatorade. Although the map said there are only two stations with gels, even the next stations might have someone handing them out. The announce was also collecting information on approaching runners from family or friends in the crowd (…his/her #th marathon; plans on running the Iron Man; etc) which brought more interest.
Finish Line-I was given my connector medal. Although it is was the same as the 5k and half marathon, I displayed my blue Marathon ribbon with pride. I was also quickly given a bottle of water. My snacks waited for me outside the finish line area. There were halved bananas, a chocolate chip Chewy Bar, chips, and chocolate milk (including a towel). I’m not sure what brand the beer was but it was a light beer. Finally, I got to ring the BIG PR cowbell and it was felt good!
I haven’t run many halfs or full, but first one someone wasn’t handing out beer on the course! (Not that I would have partaken).

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Expo: Due to my schedule, I was only able to pick up my race packet at the Nutter Center shortly before the 5k and Tailwind Trot race (not a participant) … MORE

Expo: Due to my schedule, I was only able to pick up my race packet at the Nutter Center shortly before the 5k and Tailwind Trot race (not a participant) started. Traffic was backed up and I left the expo two minutes before they were going to close the roads for the race. Recommend not waiting until Friday evening to get your packet.
Saturday Parking: Too many people were trying to enter through the Woodman entrance when there were two other entry points (clearly mentioned on the website). My friends waited an hour in line to get through this entrance. I drove to the Spinning Rd entrance and drove right in. Know the other entrances if you don’t want to wait.
Weather: It poured rain just beforehand and lightning delayed the race almost an hour. It was a humid 71F and I had overcast through my whole run; the sun finally came out after I crossed the finish line.
Start Line: Started with the Marathon runners and the corral system went off without a hitch. Corrals were A: Attack, B: Bombers, and C: Cargo. Firework were a cool addition! I didn’t feel it was too cramped out of the start line. It’s a bit full for the first 3 miles until the full and half marathon group split.
Course: Obviously, part of the race takes place on base which is fun and interesting. There is a hill in the first mile but plenty of energy to pass it. Running through the Blue Mile honors fallen service members and was extremely touching. The half marathon returns to the hills at about mile 8. There was a hill-plateau-hill-plateau and finally the long downhill on Loop Rd. I lost my stamina on the uphills but was at least able to give one last push on the downhill. Then it is a flat mile and you can hear the announcer which gives you hope of finishing. The course map on the website marks gel stations but somehow I had missed these.
Volunteers: They were amazing! Every station was cheering and calling out my name from the Bib; especially in the hills when I really needed the pep. The course marshals did were very clear on where to go. The event was seamless and those working in the background did a great job!
Crowd: Obviously, the crowd at the finish line is the greatest and was the most supportive for those finally coming to the end. I have read previous reviews that the course lacks crowd support. Although the course map only marks two crowd zones and maybe its because the course changed from last year, but I saw more than several groups cheering for runners along the way.
Finish Line: I received my medium size medal that featured the KC-46 Pegasus aircraft. I was surprised with the finisher’s running hat! A volunteer quickly approached me with bottled water. I was given a bag to collect my snacks; water, gatorade, banana, fruit cup, chips, and a bagel. I used my thermal blanket to lay in the grass in shock for 15 minutes. After eating, I collected my free beer from a choice of Miller Lite and Miller High Life.

Overall, I plan on running the full marathon next year.

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Don't be afraid of the hills! After telling people I signed up for the Flying Pig for my first marathon, they sighed and said "Hilly." With time, more people started … MORE

Don’t be afraid of the hills! After telling people I signed up for the Flying Pig for my first marathon, they sighed and said “Hilly.” With time, more people started saying the support you receive from crowd will help you through. The latter was right but they forgot to mention the support from other runners. You are given a bib that says ‘First time Marathoner’ and other runners cheer along the way.

The snacking. There is so much snacking along the way that the mile 20 wall didn’t exist. There were orange slices, bacon, pretzels, crackers, sweedish fish, icicle pops, etc. The turn around in Mariemont was like a block party. It was like it was fun to run even though it was Mile 15. Not to mention the beer, mimosas and tequila shots.

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Before: I chose to pick up my packet same day. We arrived and all parking spaces were taken and was forced to park in the grass. Only the the park … MORE

Before: I chose to pick up my packet same day. We arrived and all parking spaces were taken and was forced to park in the grass. Only the the park restrooms were available but the lines moved quickly. No line for same day packet pick up. Pre-race meeting describes the course and where you should watch your step.

The Race: This was my favorite start of all the races I have been in so far. There are waves by race distance starting with the half marathon and 5k is last to run. The start line lays across a field instead of causing a bottleneck through a corral. Within 100 yards, you are already running down a STEEP hill so watch your step. Then you loop around a flat shale area before hitting the trails. It was dry so we there wasn’t much mud to worry about. Roots, cut stems, and rocks protruded from the ground so you are continuously watching your step. I fell down running down a slight hill with roots across the trail. There are points where the path narrows into stairs where there is a holdup; good sportsmanship and cheering each other on keeps everyone moving. Afterwards, everyone is telling their tales of the swinging bridge and how they handled it. The course is out and back so you are crossing paths with runners and see the same area.

Post Race: The crowd cheers runners on as they come in. Medals are collected at the shelter next to the finish line. The race was originally advertised to have a barbecue but switched to snacks instead (water, sports gummies, cookies, banana, etc). Ceremonious awards are held for the top 3 overall runners for men and women. Top age group awards collect their winnings at the shelter. They had posted the overall results but I did not see results for age group standings. When the online results were posted two days later, we found out my girlfriend was top 3 in her age group. She Emailed asking if she could have her prize mailed and they did not message back. We were happy with our medals. I got Mjolnir and she got the mace. Both heavy and the mace was surprisingly large.

Overall, we were happy and signed up for the National Championship in Muncie, Indiana!

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