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Alexandria, VA Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 1 day, 13 hours ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 26, 2014 3:42:43
Half Marathon Marietta, PA May 2, 2021 1:40:37

Future Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 11, 2021
Half Marathon Key West, FL Jan 16, 2022
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 30, 2022
Marathon Idaho Springs, CO Jun 4, 2022
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022

Past Races (46)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Cincinnati, OH Oct 31, 2021 4:11:51
Marathon Fargo, ND Sep 25, 2021 3:58:19
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 11, 2021 2:08:55
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Sep 5, 2021 1:47:41
Half Marathon East Providence, RI Jun 6, 2021 2:07:38
Half Marathon Simsbury, CT Jun 5, 2021 1:49:54
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA May 8, 2021 1:42:14
Half Marathon Marietta, PA May 2, 2021 1:40:37
Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 13, 2020 3:59:36
Marathon Narragansett, RI Oct 25, 2020 3:58:34
Half Marathon Estes Park, CO Aug 1, 2020 2:09:31
Marathon Jekyll Island, GA Jan 19, 2020 4:02:05
Half Marathon New York, NY Dec 8, 2019 1:48:32
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 16, 2019
Half Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 10, 2019
Half Marathon St. Michael's, MD Nov 2, 2019
Marathon Hood River, OR Oct 20, 2019 4:42:28
Half Marathon Page, AZ Oct 12, 2019 1:59:15
Marathon Waitsfield, VT Jul 7, 2019 4:40:29
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Jun 8, 2019 1:55:00
Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 27, 2019 4:17:13
Half Marathon Piscataway, NJ Apr 14, 2019 1:55:47
Half Marathon Roanoke Rapids, NC Mar 30, 2019 1:58:31
Half Marathon King George, VA Feb 23, 2019
Half Marathon Washington, DC Feb 3, 2019 1:53:15
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 8, 2018 4:14:59
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH Nov 24, 2018 1:59:03
Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 11, 2018 4:30:42
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Oct 21, 2018 3:56:02
Half Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV Oct 6, 2018 2:08:00
Half Marathon Westminster, MD Sep 30, 2018 1:50:47
Half Marathon Bethany Beach, DE Sep 22, 2018 1:56:10
Half Marathon Caribou, ME Sep 16, 2018 1:59:57
Marathon Williamson, WV Jun 9, 2018 4:39:25
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Mar 25, 2018 1:48:02
Marathon New Orleans, LA Mar 4, 2018 4:10:56
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 19, 2017 1:42:34
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 21, 2017 4:16:08
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Jun 11, 2017 1:53:32
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Mar 26, 2017 1:46:41
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 20, 2016 3:57:10
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Sep 18, 2016 1:57:36
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Apr 10, 2016 1:46:22
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 26, 2014 3:42:43
Marathon Arlington, VA 2013 4:08:14
Half Marathon Notre Dame, IN 2008 1:49:11

My Raves

Lots of aid stations help carry you through a pretty hill course mostly through residential neighborhoods. Swag and after party were pretty nice (even though it seemed a little restrained … MORE

Lots of aid stations help carry you through a pretty hill course mostly through residential neighborhoods. Swag and after party were pretty nice (even though it seemed a little restrained due to COVID).

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Course: Almost pancake flat course mostly through residential neighborhoods and down a paved trail along the Red River. Lots of crowd support but not much diversity when it comes to … MORE

Course: Almost pancake flat course mostly through residential neighborhoods and down a paved trail along the Red River. Lots of crowd support but not much diversity when it comes to scenery. Starts and finishes in the Fargodome, which was cool. Very easy course to PR at but be careful of potholes and storm sewer grates in intersections as you turn.

Swag: Medal was OK. Jacket and stocking hat needed to be mailed directly to runners due to supplier delay.

Production: Race was during COVID so they might have run into some snags:
– The expo and the finish festival were not as big as hyped
– The post-race “beer” was a Truly Punch
– No side events promoted with local businesses

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Scenic run along creeks with views of the foggy Smoky Mountains in the horizon: the perfect setup for a morning run at sunrise Course was nowhere near as difficult as … MORE

Scenic run along creeks with views of the foggy Smoky Mountains in the horizon: the perfect setup for a morning run at sunrise

Course was nowhere near as difficult as the elevation map suggests.

VR does a great job with producing events: great race amenities, swag, locations, etc.

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Course: Pretty flat, fast course with lots of entertainment and support. Course spends some time in the tourist areas before heading south down a tree lined highway and then finishes … MORE

Course: Pretty flat, fast course with lots of entertainment and support. Course spends some time in the tourist areas before heading south down a tree lined highway and then finishes back north along the boardwalk. It probably would have been a lot more brutal if the weather was closer to the norm but cooler temps made for a more tolerable experience.

Expo/Finisher Area: Expo/Finisher Area was not really what you normally expect from RNR’s bigger events. Expo had only a few vendors (and they didn’t really have the local partnerships/discounts that they usually have). Finish area featured non-alcoholic beer and a local 80s cover band. This was not even close to the experience that RNR provides in Vegas/Nashville.

Swag: Great t-shirt (without a race year on it!) and face mask were provided at the expo. Finisher medal was pretty cool too!

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- Course was a generally flat looped course around East Providence through residential neighborhoods and along a converted rail to bike trail. There were a tough hill in the last … MORE

– Course was a generally flat looped course around East Providence through residential neighborhoods and along a converted rail to bike trail. There were a tough hill in the last 3 miles that really challenged exhausted runners.
– Conditions were insanely hot when I raced so can’t really speak to the difficulty.
– Cheap race series means minimal amenities. Medals for all competitors. T-shirts for runners who pre-register.
– Finish line food/beverage was water, tomato pie, bananas and chips. Not really enough for recovery.

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Great views as you run through a fire road through the Sierra National Forest. First 3-4 miles were gently rolling hills as you get your first look at the thick … MORE

Great views as you run through a fire road through the Sierra National Forest.

First 3-4 miles were gently rolling hills as you get your first look at the thick evergreen forest. Then you transition to the middle 6-7 miles or so of STEEP downhill descents that will be way faster than expect. Once you hit the bottom of the road, you have run a half loop around the scenic Bass Lake with its meadows full of nature to look at.

Race management had a couple of major logistical issues (e.g., long lines at packet pickup, rental tents were missing stakes or were broken entirely) but they do add on quite a few special bonuses that make up for it (e.g., hot chocolate, coffee, bananas and vaseline at the start, club hike challenges for additional rewards).

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Bucolic course runs along the banks of the Susquehanna River with gently rolling hills (this is not a euphemism -- these are actually gently rolling hills) Plenty of shade and … MORE

Bucolic course runs along the banks of the Susquehanna River with gently rolling hills (this is not a euphemism — these are actually gently rolling hills)

Plenty of shade and support.

I set my half PR on this course by almost 2 minutes.

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Straight line course from Pass Christian to Biloxi (via Gulfport) on a pancake flat highway with a light headwind for the first 25 miles of the race, followed by a … MORE

Straight line course from Pass Christian to Biloxi (via Gulfport) on a pancake flat highway with a light headwind for the first 25 miles of the race, followed by a short run up and back down a overpass to get to 26.2.

Great views of the Gulf and beautiful homes line the highway but they get old after awhile. Mentally more difficult

I’m not going to pass judgment on the COVID preparedness (because it’s tough to get 1,000 people to follow guidelines at a one-off event) but there were still some things missing from the production (e.g., no nutrition or entertainment on the course).

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Beautiful views from the hillsides of Estes Park after climbing ~400 feet over the first 5 miles followed by a gentle downhill for the rest of the race down to … MORE

Beautiful views from the hillsides of Estes Park after climbing ~400 feet over the first 5 miles followed by a gentle downhill for the rest of the race down to the lakeside park near the start line.

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Pancake flat course that follows an out and back around the NE corner of the island and then does a complete loop to the finish. Light northeasterly winds with consistent … MORE

Pancake flat course that follows an out and back around the NE corner of the island and then does a complete loop to the finish.

Light northeasterly winds with consistent temps in the low 60s.

Small expo with only a local running store and registration present. Cotton LS tee and finisher medals were the only swag.

Management needs to get its act together a little bit, e.g.:
– Aid stations with only one volunteer
– Tailwind beverage on course was clear so you couldn’t tell what you were drinking.
– No electrolyte beverage left at finish area for marathoners finishing after ~4:30
– Nothing provided to go on bagels (i.e., no butter, cream cheese, jelly, etc.)
– Awards were not given out until ~6:00
– You could only find out your race results at finish. (No way to see leaderboard.)

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Course: Great course doing 2 1/2 laps around Central Park. Some long declines with one substantial uphill stretch on the two full laps (not present on the 1/2 lap). I … MORE

Course: Great course doing 2 1/2 laps around Central Park. Some long declines with one substantial uphill stretch on the two full laps (not present on the 1/2 lap). I feel like we got lucky with the weather… cold at the start only to warm up during the race but then cold again once heart rate fell post-race.

Support: Plenty of aid stations but they needed more volunteers. Post-race refreshments were good however.

Management: Pre-race was a bit of a mess. Bag check/bib pickup was ~ 8 city blocks away from the start line which made things confusing/chaotic. Long lines for race day packet pickup. Also, poor form to allow a politician to give a pre-race political rant disguised as a pep up speech.

Swag: Finisher medal and long sleeve cotton tee

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Nice net-downhill course that runs along the coast of Lake Powell from Arizona to Utah. Great views of the lake and surrounding buttes and canyons. Attractive t-shirt and medal were … MORE

Nice net-downhill course that runs along the coast of Lake Powell from Arizona to Utah. Great views of the lake and surrounding buttes and canyons.

Attractive t-shirt and medal were given away, along with tons of worthwhile pre-race door prizes (hydroflasks, race entries, etc.).

Aid stations were well stocked with nutrition. Hydration required you to bring your own cup but reusable hydropouches were provided.

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Course: Mix of paved road and hard gravel road up and down hills. Hills start at Mile 2 and go up and down for most of the race, causing most … MORE

Course: Mix of paved road and hard gravel road up and down hills. Hills start at Mile 2 and go up and down for most of the race, causing most runners to walk a substantial portion of the course. (Make sure that you warm up before the race. You’ll need it.) Lots of farms and roadside creeks line the course. Last three miles were mostly downhill, which made finishing somewhat tolerable. This was my personal worst course. The weather was tolerable on race day but would have been oppressive if we had the weather from the day before.

Location: Great place for a destination race with tons of things to do nearby. Lots of hiking and mountain biking trails and waterfalls nearby.
Waitsfield has Sugarbush ski resort and Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Nearby Stowe has Stowe Mountain Ski Resort and Von Trapp and Alchemist Breweries. Halfway in between is Waterbury, which has Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot Cheese and Green Mountain Coffee visitor centers. It was not too hard to get a hotel room as the area hotels are really in their off season.

Swag: Basic cotton t-shirt and sack pack. Finisher medal was pretty nice.

Race Support: Water stops about every mile or so with a fair amount of supporters throughout the course for such a remote area. RDs need to organize the water station volunteers better though. GUs were left on tables after the water stops.

Post-Race: Finisher support was pretty basic for a marathon, but the free Lawson’s beer afterwards was much appreciated.

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Stephan does not an amazing job organizing this race. Course: Essentially an out and back through Pennypack Park. Mix of dirt and pavement. Hilly in the second and third quarters … MORE

Stephan does not an amazing job organizing this race.

Course: Essentially an out and back through Pennypack Park. Mix of dirt and pavement. Hilly in the second and third quarters of the race and flat for the first and fourth.

I was fortunate that it was not as hot as previous years. This is not a PR race.

Swag: Nice pullover and medal with cuckoo clocks as awards for the top 3 in each age group

Post-Race: Light snacks and water at the finish. Buses then take you back to a German beer garden for a free beer and brat with the option to purchase more. Traditional German music and dancing are performed for the runners.

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Pretty scenic run through some of the best parts of Nashville (highlights include Broadway, Music Square and the warning track of First Tennessee Field). Course can be hilly at times. … MORE

Pretty scenic run through some of the best parts of Nashville (highlights include Broadway, Music Square and the warning track of First Tennessee Field). Course can be hilly at times. (Hills near Shelby Park were brutal and everyone was walking up them)

Organizers need to do a better job with corral placement as the walkers snuck up to the front and blocked the roads. Also, having 40 corrals with minutes in between each means a long wait at the start for some.

Lots of aid stations and finishing area at Nissan Stadium (home of the Titans) was pretty good. (Although I still believe that they should not have represented that they were serving beer when all that they had was Michelob Ultra.)

Swag was OK. T-shirt and Medal were pretty basic for a race that size.

Expo was probably one of the best that I’ve been to.

Race was done in connection with NFL Draft so they had Dierks Bentley for the Headliner Concert

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Course: Campus looks far nicer than what I thought Rutgers would look like. Course was a constant onslaught of small hills throughout. Humidity sucked the life out of me. There … MORE

Course: Campus looks far nicer than what I thought Rutgers would look like. Course was a constant onslaught of small hills throughout. Humidity sucked the life out of me. There were numerous aid stations throughout but I don’t think the drink of choice (Nuun) really gets it done. Course was well marked and marshalled.

Swag: T-shirt and medal. Expo bib pickup is MANDATORY so you need to either go there before race day, get a friend to go there before race day or cough up $22 for your packet to be mailed.

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Course: You'll run out and back up and down a gravel trail through pine tree lined woods. Views of the canal were nice but industrial areas towards the end we're … MORE

Course: You’ll run out and back up and down a gravel trail through pine tree lined woods. Views of the canal were nice but industrial areas towards the end we’re as pretty (and the smell of sewage was strong at points). Some of the surfaces were hard to run on (e.g., concrete erosion control grating). Biggest beef was with the course marking. I got lost twice due to race management issues. Once I missed a white paint turn marking that was on the back side of a hill (and only turned around because another runner whistled at me). On the way back, there was no marking where the trail split and I got totally lost. Also, the mile markers were way off.

Swag was OK. Nice orange dayglow LS t-shirt. Custom medal was simple (just the race logo). Overall and age group awards looked nice.

Post-race refreshments were pretty good.

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Race took place on the snow and ice covered gravel C&O Canal Trail. The weather was not too bad but the trail conditions made it difficult. Race management really needs … MORE

Race took place on the snow and ice covered gravel C&O Canal Trail. The weather was not too bad but the trail conditions made it difficult.

Race management really needs to be worked on. They had 3 water stops on the out and back course (one at Mile 1.55, the second at Mile 4, and the third at the turnaround point). Volunteers just stood by the water stations and didn’t even bother pouring water. Promised “Medal” was a small challenge coin. Post-race refreshments were some water coolers and a couple boxes of chips and Nabisco snacks.

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Pros: - Beautiful scenery. Plenty of views of the golf courses and marshes with wildlife. I saw some egrets swooping through the marshes. - Cheap if you sign up for … MORE

Pros:
– Beautiful scenery. Plenty of views of the golf courses and marshes with wildlife. I saw some egrets swooping through the marshes.
– Cheap if you sign up for the next year’s race when they have their discounted rate immediately following the race. I only paid $41.
– Great food and unlimited beer (Palmetto Amber Ale, Angry Orchard, Michelob Ultra) afterwards
– Pancake flat course. Absolutely no hills or bridges.

Cons:
– Winding course that features a lot of abrupt turns and running on uneven sidewalks/golf cart paths.
– Traffic is not controlled and the locals were not generally respectful of what you were doing so there are lots of obstructions. Cars and golf carts will act like they have the right of way.
– Walkers will block diagonals when the full course meets up with the half course.
– Food and nutrition stations needed to be improved. RD’s pre-race description of the stations was wrong (e.g., there was no jellybean stop). Volunteers were handing out barely filled cups and most water stations only had a handful of volunteers (i.e., not enough time to grab a second cup). I assume that this is because there were not a lot of people on the island that weren’t participating in the event as competitors or as spectators.
– Swag was awful. The shirt was openly mocked by participants and the medal was not much better.
– Accommodations are difficult to come by. There’s not much to do on the island outside of the golf course and Charleston is ~30-45 minutes drive away. Don’t get me wrong, the island is beautiful but when the weather went south, we just stayed in our AirBnb.
– Course is very crowded at the start prior to the full/half split 5 miles in.
– Not a lot of crowd support along the way. Felt more like a training run through a residential neighborhood than a race at times.

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Very flat race: You go up and down two overpasses and one tunnel in the first 5 miles and that's it for elevation. Expo was tiny. Pretty pointless having it. … MORE

Very flat race: You go up and down two overpasses and one tunnel in the first 5 miles and that’s it for elevation.

Expo was tiny. Pretty pointless having it.

Good support: Lots of doubled up aid stations provide sufficient support

Course can be a bit boring at times. Running down the boardwalk for miles before doing out and backs can be tough on your mind.

Post-race area was easy to navigate and conveniently located near restaurants. Massages, beer, bagels, soup, gatorade, bananas, water ice, and chocolate were offered.

One thing that needs to be fixed is the garage parking. Bally’s Casino was not prepared for the rush post-race. We were stuck on the 7th floor of the garage before my friend and I bailed on our ride back to the house we were staying at.

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Half marathon course is difficult. Starts on the C&O Canal Trail which was wet and gravelly. Very hilly in the first half through the Antietam battlefields. Swag was meh. Medal … MORE

Half marathon course is difficult. Starts on the C&O Canal Trail which was wet and gravelly. Very hilly in the first half through the Antietam battlefields.

Swag was meh. Medal is a fired clay medallion. Sponsored water bottle, pint glass and long sleeved t-shirt were also provided.

Course support was awful…. Too few stations for a hilly course. Gatorade served was very weak and diluted. They should have had reassigned course marshalls at non-intersections to man more stations.

Post-race was pretty good… Massage and stretch tables and recovery boots and cool Oktoberfest party at the Bavarian Inn. They could have had more food options close to the finish line (just pizza, fruit and bars).

NOTE: They use gun time for the race if you’re trying to get a PR.

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