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Steamboat Springs, CO Raving since 2014 active 2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon St. George, UT Nov 2, 2019

Past Races (18)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Keene, NH Sep 29, 2019
16 Miler Steamboat Springs, CO Aug 24, 2019
Marathon Jackson Hole, WY Sep 1, 2018
Half Marathon Valencia, Spain Oct 22, 2017
Marathon Portland, OR Oct 8, 2017
50 Miler Steamboat Springs, CO Sep 8, 2017
50K Steamboat Springs, CO Aug 26, 2017
Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO Aug 13, 2017
Half Marathon Swansea, Wales Jun 25, 2017
Half Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO Jun 4, 2017
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Nov 6, 2016
Half Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO Jun 5, 2016
Half Marathon San Sebastian, Spain Nov 29, 2015
17.1 Miler Ouray, CO Sep 12, 2015
15.5 Miler Steamboat Springs, CO Aug 22, 2015
9 Miler Steamboat Springs, CO Jul 25, 2015
Half Marathon Vail, CO Jul 19, 2015
Marathon San Sebastian, Spain Nov 30, 2014

My Raves

Clarence DeMar Marathon & Half Marathon

Clarence DeMar Marathon & Half Marathon

I can't add much more to previous reviews about how scenic the run is through the classic fall colors of New Hampshire, especially the first half of the course. I'd … MORE

I can’t add much more to previous reviews about how scenic the run is through the classic fall colors of New Hampshire, especially the first half of the course. I’d add a couple of thoughts:
– The race directors and the town of Keene do an amazing job supporting this race. Roughly 500 volunteers were involved in 2019, for a field size of ~400 marathoners and ~450 half-marathoners. The overall support is exemplary.
– The final third of the course runs around and through the town of Keene. This is local race and the town comes out and supports runners. There is plenty of well wishers and locals cheering you on.
– I attended the pre-race pasta dinner and can’t recommend it enough. The speakers the race directors get for the event (Dick Beardsley in 2019) are alone worth the price of admission. And then you get all you can eat pasta and dessert too.
– One note is that Keene lodging does fill up quick, so if you’re planning on running good to find a place to stay early.
– Learning about the history and life of Clarence DeMar is inspirational. I read his autobiography pre-race and recommend it.
– The medals are big and cool. On the back was a quote from Clarence DeMar: “Not only in running but much of life is a sense of balance and proportion necessary.”
– Heading up to Keene for this run makes for a rewarding and fulfilling weekend. Good luck if you run CDM (you won’t be disappointed!).

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Continental Divide Trail Run

Continental Divide Trail Run

The ski mountain gondola being down with an upgrade this year switched things up, but race directors Alex and Todd came up with another great course. Very well organized. Up … MORE

The ski mountain gondola being down with an upgrade this year switched things up, but race directors Alex and Todd came up with another great course. Very well organized. Up the ski mountain from base to summit (~7,000′ to ~10,500′) on mostly singletrack trails and then down a different route back to the base again mostly on singletrack trails. Tough course at altitude but rewarding views of the town of Steamboat and surrounding valley. Fun prizes and raffle at the finish. This also a good option to train for the local Run Rabbit Run ultra if you ever plan on doing that.
The local paper has a good write up too with more details:
https://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/continental-divide-run-serves-as-training-for-imogene-pass/

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Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon

Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon

Entiendo ahora porque Valencia es la ciudad del running. Este medio maratón era el super más organizado y agradable de todos para mi. Trece mil participantes en un recorrido rápido … MORE

Entiendo ahora porque Valencia es la ciudad del running. Este medio maratón era el super más organizado y agradable de todos para mi. Trece mil participantes en un recorrido rápido y hermoso. El recorrido pasa por el centro de la ciudad y termina en el puerto de Americas Cup. Un medio maratón divertido, bella gente y hermosa ciudad. Yo lo recomiendo. Y la música que tocan durante del maratón es maravillosa.

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Portland Marathon (1972-2017)

Portland Marathon (1972-2017)

For future runners, be aware about whether the run will even happen. Race directors kind of can't get the permits together and/or are lining their pockets with the race fees. … MORE

For future runners, be aware about whether the run will even happen. Race directors kind of can’t get the permits together and/or are lining their pockets with the race fees. Made me think they would get canceled by the city. Almost happened in ’16 too. Weird.

As for run, everything is binary weird:
– 19 plentiful rest stops on course, but only fuel is pretzels and gummy bears
– course is horrendous but volunteers and ~25 solid gold bands on the route get a big thumbs up for the positive music. They made up for the route. Course was so painful that I didn’t even notice while running that it was out and back which I don’t like.
– no bag drop, but great swag – unique I guess
– they gave me a tree seedling at the finish line, I planted it on the Oregon coast. I hope it grows big and strong, unlike my next Portland Marathon finish as I won’t be repeating

*** Update for 2019 *** Just wanted to pass along that a new set of race directors has recently taken over this run, so I would expect past performance to be no guarantee of future results. Best of luck to the new version of the run ***

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Run Rabbit Run

Run Rabbit Run

Oh my, now this is a race! 1. The race directors (who are great) include a "Runners Beware" section on the race homepage, perhaps worth reading but wow is the … MORE

Oh my, now this is a race!
1. The race directors (who are great) include a “Runners Beware” section on the race homepage, perhaps worth reading but wow is the course unbelievably beautiful.
2. After climbing up 6.4 miles from the base of the ski mountain, the majority of the race is spent at 9,500′ to 10,500′ elevation with regular rolling uphill and downhill sections. Garmin says it was 50.62 miles, max elevation 10,575′ and total elevation gain of 7,963′
3. The mountain landscape has nonstop breathtaking views. The initial climb and return descent on the front side of the ski mountain pass through massive aspen groves, then single track trail up top through evergreen forest and alpine lakes (four of them I counted), and one final climb on forest service road to the high point atop Rabbit Ears for panoramic views.
4. Most of the run in national forest land along the Continental Divide. Pleasant surprise was how much shade and time out of direct sun that the forest provided for the run
5. Footing has some sections to watch out for but overall good: first 6.4 miles is mostly graded service road and is the easiest section to run on, then 12 miles of single track trails (packed dirt with varying degrees of rock and tree roots that need some regular, ongoing attention), then a mix of service road and single track for 6.8 miles to the high point which is the halfway point. Then you turn around and return the same route. Final 1/4 mile is a brutal scramble up to the turnaround point.
6. The online race manual is great and all I needed. Race directors and super local volunteers are out in force and make the logistics and support a breeze. All the aid stations are stocked with fuel and enthusiastic happy people there supporting you. Pre-race meeting has some impressive raffle swag too.
7. Not something, ahem, I need to concern myself with but the prize money for a podium finish is large.

I highly recommend and one to add to the list.

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JCP Swansea Half Marathon

JCP Swansea Half Marathon

First off a big congrats to the pacers, each one hit their target time pretty much spot on to the second. Course is out and back from Swansea city centre … MORE

First off a big congrats to the pacers, each one hit their target time pretty much spot on to the second.
Course is out and back from Swansea city centre to Mumbles along the bay, out on closed road, back on walking/bike path. 99.8% of the course completely flat so good one for a personal best. Nice finisher’s medal and crowd support especially at finish and in Mumbles. Thumbs up for the water/gel stations too with one each exactly at miles 3, 6, 9 and 12.
Highly recommend, and will hopefully return soon for a repeat.

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Steamboat Marathon & Half Marathon

Steamboat Marathon & Half Marathon

Race starts out super scenic after bus ride north of town. Both marathon and half follow the Elk River and surrounding mountains (and "cheering" cows) back to town. Last three … MORE

Race starts out super scenic after bus ride north of town. Both marathon and half follow the Elk River and surrounding mountains (and “cheering” cows) back to town. Last three miles into town we lose the shade and exposed to the sun, but 2016 weather was fortunately accommodating so no issues. Recommend the run – biggest race in Steamboat and views/organizers/volunteers make it great.

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Donostia – San Sebastian Marathon

Donostia – San Sebastian Marathon

Muy buen camino. Los más importante, 2014 (el año pasado) el 68% de los participantes consiguieron mejorar su marca personal. Las tres carreras, maratón y medio maratón y 10K, son … MORE

Muy buen camino.
Los más importante, 2014 (el año pasado) el 68% de los participantes consiguieron mejorar su marca personal. Las tres carreras, maratón y medio maratón y 10K, son ideales para la marca personal y este año es el mismo, los más de 6.800 atletas inscritos son muy rápidos. La gente de San Sebastián son amables, la ciudad es bonita y los atletas son una inspiración. Sólo es… venga atletas. Ojalá volver por muchos años más.

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Imogene Pass Run

Imogene Pass Run

I think everyone runner on the planet should run this race at least once. It's (1) the most beautiful run I've ever done, up and over Imogene Pass from Ouray … MORE

I think everyone runner on the planet should run this race at least once. It’s (1) the most beautiful run I’ve ever done, up and over Imogene Pass from Ouray to Telluride, running on dirt and rocky forest service 4×4 road for most of it with a smidgen of singletrack trail at top of the pass – scenery is simply breathtaking and (2) it’s really, really hard, while only 17.1 miles your marathon time is a good comp for what you’ll run the imogene in. Run it and be awestruck in the San Juan Mountains!

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Continental Divide Trail Run

Continental Divide Trail Run

First off, Alex and Todd are the best race directors ever. Race is capped at 120 runners (93 did it in '15) and the director duo made post-race ice cream … MORE

First off, Alex and Todd are the best race directors ever. Race is capped at 120 runners (93 did it in ’15) and the director duo made post-race ice cream sandwiches for all. Fruit, trail mix, snacks and a strong showing of beer (much appreciated boys) added to the post-race party at top of the gondola. Solid raffle post-race great too. Two aid stations at Long Lake and Storm Peak well stocked too, great volunteers. Must do run for anyone interested in trail running, conveniently located in Steamboat. Start at Fish Creek Falls trailhead (7,440′), climb up six miles past the lower and upper falls to Long Lake at 9,880′ – steep, rocky but beautiful trail. Then turn on Mountain View trail and smoother but rolling trail (still beautiful and scenic) to top of Mt Werner and the Steamboat ski mountain (peak out at Storm Peak at 10,420′) at mile 12.4 mile and then descend the 2.5 miles to top of the gondola. Take free gondola down and back to base of mountain and parking – they organize a shuttle to get you from gondola base to fish creek pre-race. Highly recommend! Great time of year to be in Steamboat, great trail and super well-organized and magical run.

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Spring Creek Memorial Trail Run

Spring Creek Memorial Trail Run

Loop course, starting from town up to Buffalo Pass (you do get to climb a lot before coming back down, about 2,500' until little past mile 4), then a right … MORE

Loop course, starting from town up to Buffalo Pass (you do get to climb a lot before coming back down, about 2,500′ until little past mile 4), then a right turn on Buffalo Pass and then descend back to town on one of the best trails in Steamboat: Spring Creek, popular with hikers and mtn bikers. More importantly, the run is a tribute to Patty Brenner Hagberg, who was struck and killed by a truck while jogging on the lower Spring Creek gravel trail in July 1991. Vehicles are no longer allowed on the lower trail but the memorial is a reminder of safely sharing and enjoying multi-purpose trails.

Scenery as you climb looking down and across Yampa Valley is amazing, run is well organized, volunteers are spirited and wonderful, it’s a no waste event with no cups so bring a water bottle for a refill at the water station (more races should do this especially trail runs), post-race lunch is a feast of tasty treats. While there is no real swag the run has the best post-race raffle/lottery ever – lots and lots of running gear/attire given out to participants from local running store Twisted Trails on Lincoln St.

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La Sportiva Camp Hale Half Marathon

La Sportiva Camp Hale Half Marathon

It's an incredible but super tough trail run straight up Vail mountain! Starts on the east side of Vail at the base of the mountain (8,250' elevation) and heads straight … MORE

It’s an incredible but super tough trail run straight up Vail mountain! Starts on the east side of Vail at the base of the mountain (8,250′ elevation) and heads straight up the mtn for 4.7 miles to around 10,000′ elevation when you “get” a break to run a circular mid-level mountain bike trail for 1.7 miles. Then the real fun starts, you get back to work running uphill, another 2.4 miles of climbing at steeper grades than earlier to where you peak out at around 11,230′. Then you traverse the unbelievable back bowl of Vail Mtn, finishing at the top of the gondola.

Pros: amazing views, stunning wildflowers, a true work out for the quads, great volunteers, 5 great aid stations, well kept trails (forest service road at start to let runners space out, then single track bike trails), cool back bowl traverse across the black diamond Vail ski runs, minimal downhill running – you get to ride the gondola back down to Vail instead and enjoy more views!

Cons: the course changes subtly every year, this year the run was actually 14 miles. A bit painful to almost reach the finish line at the gondola then turn right to add in one extra mile loop. Back in the day, the run was up to Piney Lake on the north side of Vail, then it went to Vail Mtn where it traversed the top of the mtn, then it traversed lower down along the back bowl instead and this year it added in one extra mile. So expect something but no matter what all routes are unbelievable scenery. Oh, and while oxygen is overrated, there’s none on this run anyway.

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Donostia – San Sebastian Marathon

Donostia – San Sebastian Marathon

Well, after running the San Sebastian marathon, you're stuck in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain filled with culinary delights. The town has 185,000 inhabitants, 17 Michelin-rated restaurants … MORE

Well, after running the San Sebastian marathon, you’re stuck in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain filled with culinary delights. The town has 185,000 inhabitants, 17 Michelin-rated restaurants and 600 pintxo (tapas) bars. Bilbao is 1 hour away. France is 20 minutes away. La Rioja wine region is 2 hours away. And beautiful coastline stretches out in all directions. So make a vacation out of it and enjoy a wonderful place!

As for the race, it’s about as ideal as I can imagine. Will definitely repeat. It is flat, very flat. It is at sea level. The weather in northern Spain can be more like Ireland/Scotland so expect 55F and drizzle. That is what we had and it was lovely to run in. Not heavy rain, light drizzle. It is a very fast field with lots of top runners; Spain’s best competes here. In 2013, 91% of runners finished <4h; 63% finished 3:30h. Marathon cut-off is 5 hours. Course is a not ideal double loop but scenery of course more than make up for that. You run through the picturesque old parts of town and then out and back twice along the most beautiful and world famous La Concha beach. Best part about the race is in spite of its population, the city comes out to support the run. Absent a few stretches at the end of La Concha beach, it feels as if the entire town is out cheering you on and screaming "Vale! Vamos! Andimo!" to motivate and support you. Pace groups every 15 minutes from 2h 30 to 4h is nice. Logistics are easy given small, quaint size of the city. We took a 10 min free-for-runners city bus to the start the morning of, and it is I must say so civilized starting a marathon at 9am with minimal logistics/travel to organize. The extra sleep was nice. Marathon is capped at 3,200 runners so easy to get in to a pace from the get go. Volunteers are wonderful. Aid stations every 3km to 5km throughout the course, well-stocked. They do plastic water bottles, not paper cups if that matters to you. You can pre-position your own fluids, gels if you prefer to roll that way. Start, finish and mid-point at the Anoeta Stadium where the city's La Liga team plays. Go Real Sociedad! Finish line is on the track in the 32,000 seat stadium.

Highly recommend and we will repeat in a heartbeat. Not the easiest place to get to from the U.S. but worth it in every way for a PR and for a lovely part of the world to visit.

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