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@kellyh

Winchester, KY Raving since 2018 active 2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Sprint Hot Springs Village, AR Jun 9, 2018 1:32:00
8 hr Elizabethtown, KY Aug 17, 2019 42 mi
50K Cincinnati, OH Oct 29, 2017 6:21:23
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 28, 2018 3:51:08
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Mar 30, 2019 1:43:14

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
8 hr Elizabethtown, KY Aug 17, 2019 42 mi
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 27, 2019 4:02:00
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Mar 30, 2019 1:43:14
50K Cincinnati, OH Oct 28, 2018 6:23:44
Half Marathon Midway, KY Oct 14, 2018 1:46:50
Half Marathon Slade, KY Sep 29, 2018 2:42:06
Marathon Hamilton, OH Sep 1, 2018
Sprint Hot Springs Village, AR Jun 9, 2018 1:32:00
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 28, 2018 3:51:08
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Mar 31, 2018 1:43:49
50K Cincinnati, OH Oct 29, 2017 6:21:23
19 Miler Kanab, UT Oct 7, 2017
Half Marathon Slade, KY Sep 9, 2017
Half Marathon Lexington, KY May 20, 2017 1:49:01
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2013 4:19:09

My Raves

Backyard Classic

Backyard Classic

This is a 3.4 mile gently rolling loop with a nice mix of cross country and trails in the woods. There was one fully stocked aid station with a variety … MORE

This is a 3.4 mile gently rolling loop with a nice mix of cross country and trails in the woods. There was one fully stocked aid station with a variety of snacks at the start of each loop, with 3 additional aid stations out on the loop that provided water, Sword, and ice.
It was quite a hot day, but the race directors and volunteers made sure aid stations were stocked all day, helping runners deal with the heat. The volunteers went above and beyond, and the atmosphere had a pretty laid back and friendly feel to it.
Honestly, my only complaint was a timing error – they have some kinks to work out with the transition from the big loops to hot laps.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Stone Steps 50K and 27K Trail Run

Stone Steps 50K and 27K Trail Run

This is a small, local trail race consisting of repeating loops with a single, well stocked aid station that you pass by frequently where you can access drop bags and … MORE

This is a small, local trail race consisting of repeating loops with a single, well stocked aid station that you pass by frequently where you can access drop bags and restrooms as well. Mostly technical single-track trails through the woods with some stretches across fields. Generally runable, with two major climbs – The Stone Steps and Gummy Bear hill, both found on the big loop.

If this and the low entry fees were not enough of a selling point, the race director makes a point to congratulate all of the finishers as they cross the finish line to give them their medals. Additionally, they offer an early start for runners who think they need a little more time to finish. I’ve been to races where time cutoffs are strictly enforced, but this is not one of those races. They truly want to see everyone cross the finish line, even if it after the official close of the race.
The shirts are soft, the age group prizes are unique, and the post-race stretching/massage put this one over the top.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Iron Horse Half Marathon (KY)

Iron Horse Half Marathon (KY)

The Iron Horse is a really well-run race through horse country in the small town of Midway, KY. The course begins near downtown, and runs out-and- back on a country … MORE

The Iron Horse is a really well-run race through horse country in the small town of Midway, KY. The course begins near downtown, and runs out-and- back on a country road, coming back through town and running out-and-back in the other direction. The great thing about this is that you get to see all of the other runners twice. The course is pretty hilly, but the run to the finish line is downhill.
There were plenty of aid stations out there with water and some had Sword. And plenty of Port o potties along the course.
Medals are always great. Nice Brooks long sleeved tech shirts. Opportunity to purchase other race swag.
In some previous years, they have had burgers/barbecue at the finish area. I don’t know if this didn’t happen because it was cold and rainy and no one wanted to stick around. In any case, there was a good variety of post-race snacks.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon

Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon

Prior to the race, you load up on buses to be shuttled to the start. There was a lengthy delay in loading on the buses this year, as it was … MORE

Prior to the race, you load up on buses to be shuttled to the start. There was a lengthy delay in loading on the buses this year, as it was dark and foggy out. However, the restroom situation at the rest stop was greatly improved with brand new restrooms there.
Even though there was a great deal of rain in the weeks leading up to the race, and the race was very nearly cancelled, the trails were still muddy, but generally in better condition than I expected.
There were two aid stations on the course, which offered water and chocolate.
Spectators could cheer the runners in at the finish line. From the finish line, runners were bused back to the parking area, where there was a post-race barbecue. This year, they had burgers and chips and soda. Somehow there was no water at the post-race barbecue.
The medals were nice and the race t-shirts are super soft.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Hamilton NightGlow Marathon & Half Marathon

Hamilton NightGlow Marathon & Half Marathon

The course is very flat, but the weather conditions made it tough. It was hot and humid, but obviously no one can control that. The course was not marked well … MORE

The course is very flat, but the weather conditions made it tough. It was hot and humid, but obviously no one can control that.

The course was not marked well at all, and I talked to more than one runner who had gone off course. No signs or arrows or anything at turns. In addition to this, the course was not lit as well as we were led to believe it would be prior to registering. There was one section down by the water on the bike path in particular that was quite dark.

There were a good number of aid stations on course, especially given the heat. The volunteers did not know what they were serving though, and I was offered Gatorade at an aid station, and it was actually Sword. This sounds minor, but not everyone can handle different kinds of sports drinks on the run, and it is important to know what you are getting.

I had asked when I picked up my packed about port o potties out on the course, and I was assured they were out there, but no one was able to tell me where they would be. There were a couple in only one location near the 4 mile mark on the loop. There were also indoor bathrooms at the start/finish area, but you’d have to jump off the course a bit to get in there.

The post-race food/drink recovery area was average. The guy announcing at the finish line was excellent, interacting with and congratulating the runners as they came through. The burgers or chicken option post-race was a nice touch, but when I asked for mine without the bun, they told me there were no forks or anything. This is a very easy fix for the next time.

There was music at one location along the course, which was nice. It was extremely quiet on the rest of the course with only a handful of spectators outside of the aid stations and the larger groups around the start/finish area.

I thought that for the expense of the race, I feel like it needed to be a bit better organized, though it has potential.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
2
SCENERY
2
SWAG
2

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

The first 3/4 or so of this course is amazing. There were frequent aid stations. Running through Churchill Downs with the old Derby racecalls playing was awesome. Iroquois Park presented … MORE

The first 3/4 or so of this course is amazing. There were frequent aid stations. Running through Churchill Downs with the old Derby racecalls playing was awesome. Iroquois Park presented some moderate hills in the shade, but it was pretty up there, and the hills were not that bad. The big problem was somewhere after mile 20 or 21 , where it felt like the race directors forgot to put any aid stations and there was very little crowd support. (I think there was one aid station there towards the end, but they were much more frequent in the earlier stages of the race) Basically, it sucked for the part of the race where runners need the support the most. I understand that the half-marathon is much larger than the marathon here, but the support at the end would have been nice.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Run The Bluegrass

Run The Bluegrass

Very well organized race, no detail is overlooked. Quiet, hilly course through horse country. The best swag with options to upgrade. Awesome medals. Plenty of aid stations on course. MORE

Very well organized race, no detail is overlooked. Quiet, hilly course through horse country. The best swag with options to upgrade. Awesome medals. Plenty of aid stations on course.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Tri the Village Sprint Triathlon

Tri the Village Sprint Triathlon

Really pretty, small sprint triathlon with just over 100 runners. Relay option as well. Nice swim in a very clean lake followed by a VERY hilly 13 mile bike, and … MORE

Really pretty, small sprint triathlon with just over 100 runners. Relay option as well.
Nice swim in a very clean lake followed by a VERY hilly 13 mile bike, and a slightly hilly run that starts and finishes on the beach.
Tons of volunteers to help things run smoothly. Pizza, fruit and chocolate milk in pavilion for awards ceremony following race. Nice medals. Unisex, cotton t-shirts.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Stone Steps 50K and 27K Trail Run

Stone Steps 50K and 27K Trail Run

Very hilly 50K on the trails at Mount Airy Park in Cincinnati. Single aid station is extremely well stocked at the pavilion in the park, which you hit after each … MORE

Very hilly 50K on the trails at Mount Airy Park in Cincinnati. Single aid station is extremely well stocked at the pavilion in the park, which you hit after each loop. Course is alternating loops 5+ miles / 3+ miles. Trails were well maintained.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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Grand Circle Trailfest

Grand Circle Trailfest

Three days of trail races at Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Grand Canyon with the festival located in Kenab, UT. The views were incredible. The inclines at Bryce were … MORE

Three days of trail races at Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Grand Canyon with the festival located in Kenab, UT. The views were incredible. The inclines at Bryce were brutal, but worth it. Well-marked trails. No waste aid-stations were very well stocked with a variety, but bring your own water bottles. The festival included speakers, movie night, vendors, food trucks, and recovery options like massage and yoga.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon

Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon

The race and the course were incredible. The barbecue afterwards was really nice too. Medals for all finishers. Cool prizes for the top 3 male/female finishers, and little certificates to … MORE

The race and the course were incredible. The barbecue afterwards was really nice too. Medals for all finishers. Cool prizes for the top 3 male/female finishers, and little certificates to age group winners.
The port o potty situation where the buses shuttled runners to the start was one of the most horrific ones I’ve ever seen. I know there were some logistical problems due to the rest area being closed, but port o potties are pretty essential!
This race runs in waves, and I think a lot of people estimate a faster finishing time, just because they don’t know how much these trails will slow them down. This makes for runner traffic backing up on the trails, and it is difficult to pass.
Overall a good race, and will give it another go.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3

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Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon

Horse Capital Marathon & Half Marathon

Beautiful, quiet course through the rolling hills of horse country. Nice race swag and finisher's medals that double as bottle openers! Plenty of aid stations with water and Sword. Live … MORE

Beautiful, quiet course through the rolling hills of horse country. Nice race swag and finisher’s medals that double as bottle openers! Plenty of aid stations with water and Sword. Live music and plenty of snacks and beer at the finish line party.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Fairly hilly marathon with great crowd support in Cincinnati. There was one miserable stretch along the side of a highway, but it was a short stretch. MORE

Fairly hilly marathon with great crowd support in Cincinnati. There was one miserable stretch along the side of a highway, but it was a short stretch.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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