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@Kimbertson

Eugene, OR Raving since 2017 active 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Past Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Eugene, OR Nov 18, 2018
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 3, 2017
Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 27, 2017
Half Marathon Eugene, OR May 7, 2017
Half Marathon Westwood-Susanville, CA Oct 11, 2015

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This is a well-organized and popular race among locals, but it's welcoming for all levels, and is probably the second largest local Half marathon other than Eugene in the Spring. … MORE

This is a well-organized and popular race among locals, but it’s welcoming for all levels, and is probably the second largest local Half marathon other than Eugene in the Spring. Having run this race several times (between the half and 10k), most years it ends up being great race weather, which is a plus for November in Oregon! The entire race is on the river path along the Willamette in Eugene-Springfield, and if this weren’t my normal running route, I’d probably feel it were even more scenic and appealing, but it really is quite pretty and great for a fast time or PR. This is still a smaller race, pretty non-existent spectators, but there is adequate fuel on the course and it’s big enough that you won’t really be running alone, if for long. The long-sleeved race shirts are always one of my favorites, and it’s definitely a fun event overall. Also, convenient that it’s always the Sunday before Thanksgiving!

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CIM was a fantastic experience for my second full marathon! The weather was perfect, the course was great, organization excellent, all helping me to a PR. Pros: Organization - emails, … MORE

CIM was a fantastic experience for my second full marathon! The weather was perfect, the course was great, organization excellent, all helping me to a PR.

Pros:
Organization – emails, race expo, buses/shuttle to start, were all executed flawlessly. The bag check was a breeze (thank you, volunteers!). The bus to the start made things smooth for those out of town (like myself). Although departing at 5 a.m. sounded (and felt) early, it was great to get to the start and have time to relax and get the anxiety down a bit. You have the option to stay on the bus where it’s warm until 15 minutes to start, or get off to use one of the plentiful port-a-pottys, and then get back on – or stay out and watch the sunrise!
Weather – a perfect day, cool but crystal clear, staying between 45* and 55*.
Course – definitely does have rolling hills, but they are mostly done within the first 15 miles which is pretty ideal. I enjoyed the coast into the finish in downtown Sacramento, and the hills were never too much (but enough to feel on the knees if you don’t regularly train on hills). Minimal turns, good crowds and cheering, wide streets making it fairly easy to run with 9000 other marathoners, and enjoyable running through various little towns en route from Folsom to Sacramento.
Shirt and swag – I loved the race shirt, and the fact that the female fit was actually long enough for once (I’m not even that tall!). Also I enjoyed the other goodies that I’ll acutally use, including the socks, belt, and head/neck band.
Aid stations: consistently placed every 1-2 miles, well-stocked and organized, all with Nuun first, then water (except for one where I couldn’t find water!), some had food, and 4 had Cliff gels.

Cons:
My only area of constructive feedback would be the finish line area and that, in general, I prefer Gatorade to Nuun. At the finish, I would have loved to have some electrolyte/carb drink right there with the water (Nuun tent was hard to find in a far corner), as well as something like oranges or chocolate milk. The warm breakfast sandwich was tasty (and I loved that they had a vegetarian option!) but a bit hard to digest, not having first found the simple carbs I needed. The delicious canned coffee drinks were a great plus, which I enjoyed after my stomach stabilized a couple hours later! Overall, the finish area felt crowded and less well-signed / organized than the rest of the event and race. Still a cool finish spot at the Capitol, though. And I loved having the palm trees in background of photos.

Overall, CIM is really well done, a great course, with a good mix of elite, fast runners and BQers, but also plenty of average runners like myself trying to break the 4 hour mark or just finish. I definitely recommend this race and hope to run it again myself!

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Santa Rosa is an overall good event, although this year the record high temps were a curve ball for finishing my first full marathon! The best things about this race … MORE

Santa Rosa is an overall good event, although this year the record high temps were a curve ball for finishing my first full marathon! The best things about this race were the course, overall flat and fast (with a mix of small town and wine country), the expo and finish line area (loved the Lagunitas beer!), consistent and solid aid stations, and swag. I especially enjoyed the bottle of Runners Red wine to take home! The downsides / areas to improve would be organization at the start line (there was no clear direction / signage about where the corrals were and there was a giant clog of everyone trying to get to the right area for the start – which was late. Simple signage, and maybe a map of the start area at the expo, would have solved this issue! Also, the overall organization / communication could be much better. For example, multiple emails stated there would be NO on-site parking at the expo, but it was extremely difficult to track down the info on where we would be able to park / how to get to the expo. Obviously, this would be a non-issue for locals, but traveling out of state it was more confusing. The other downside was that, while the course is a beautiful route, I found it quite crowded during the first 5-6 miles on the bike path (for those around a 9:00 pace, at least). I also heard the the faster marthoners ran into the slow half walkers on their way back in, which sounds frustrating. Seems like the event might be out-growing the route…
Overall, this was a solid race and I had a great experience for my first full marathon! I would recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a late summer marathon.

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Eugene is my hometown, but as I run more races in other towns/cities, I am consistently reminded with how wonderful an event the Eugene Marathon is. I have run the … MORE

Eugene is my hometown, but as I run more races in other towns/cities, I am consistently reminded with how wonderful an event the Eugene Marathon is. I have run the half the last four years, but since I train here, I also regularly run much of the course for the full. Having now finished two fulls myself, I can say I definitely plan to run the Eugene full, and anticipate it being a fast and enjoyable race.
Pros:
Finishing on Hayward Field – let’s face it, other than a race like Boston, I think finishing on the track at Hayward is top notch. It feels amazing to hit that track for the last .15, and there are always lots of spectators to cheer you to the finish!
Course – the race follows a nice mixture of city / neighborhood streets, going through the University of Oregon campus, and past the football stadium, onto the river path that hugs the Willamette river. It is overall very flat, with a slight incline miles 2-4.5, a couple hills (not too big though) at mile 8.5, and 14ish, and then small rolling hills along the bike path the last few miles (for the full only). Again, overall very flat and fast, and once more runners discover this as a good BQ course, I can see the participation exploding!
Fans – people in Eugene love running, and if they don’t run, they still appreciate it as the legacy of this small city. The crowd support /spirit is great for an event this size. From a guy playing an electric guitar in a field by the river, to kids and families drinking coffee and eating donuts, offering “free hugs,” the crowd adds a fun element to this race.
Finish line – the finish area is excellent. Rather than a street curb, you are ushered onto the artificial turf soccer fields, where hot pancakes, live music, and usually plenty of sun greet you. The beer tent is great, though you do have to buy your beer (maybe one of these days they’ll change that!). Also, plenty of refillable water stations, and the last two years part of the finish line swag is a water bottle.
Organization – I feel this is a well-organized race, and at the same time, it is my hometown, so it’s more familiar to navigate.
Cons:
Shirts – the shirts could be better! They are fine, good quality Nike t-shirts, but I’ve been disappointed that 2 of the last 3 years were white. Also, I consistently feel that the shirts don’t fit quite right (no matter the size) – the female ones are just not long enough. I feel like the shirts could be better in order to match the overall quality of this event.

Highly recommend this event, to anyone from a first-timer, up to anyone trying for a PR or even a BQ, this is a great race!

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This is a really well done event for a small-town race, with an ideal course surface (slight downhill on fine gravel, on an old converted railroad track trail) through the … MORE

This is a really well done event for a small-town race, with an ideal course surface (slight downhill on fine gravel, on an old converted railroad track trail) through the foothills of Lassen National Park. They have several events to choose from: I ran the half marathon on Saturday (as opposed to the out and back option on Sunday), and I was really happy with that choice, since the first 6 miles are especially beautiful. It is a small race, which can either be awesome or boring, depending on what you’re looking for – but the natural beauty and fresh mountain air (it is at elevation) makes it super enjoyable. The weather was perfect both years I ran it (2014 and 15) – would do it again if scheduling allows! The slight downhill cancels out the elevation as far as impact on pace (in my experience), and the grade is very slight so you won’t destroy your quads – though I can’t speak to the first 13 miles of the full marathon. They do a great job at the finish line with post-run snacks too, especially for a small event – M & Ms, oranges, hot soup / chili, and a free Sierra Nevada beer. The shirts are all right, and the medal is lacking, but those should not be the reasons you choose this race anyhow! If you’re looking for a beautiful, mellow fall race on a great surface, this is a good choice.

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