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Jarrell, TX Raving since 2017 active 1 day, 3 hours ago

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Personal Bests (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 14, 2018 4:40:30
Half Marathon Cedar Park, TX Oct 27, 2018 2:07:43
15K Dallas, TX Feb 4, 2017 1:26:49
8 Miler Dallas, TX Nov 24, 2016 1:20:20
10K Austin, TX Apr 8, 2018 57:19
5 Miler Cedar Park, TX Nov 11, 2018 45:11
5K Brownsville, TX Nov 21, 2015 26:10
5K Relay Georgetown, TX Jul 22, 2018 33:20
1 Miler Georgetown, TX May 10, 2018 7:53

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
8 Miler Dallas, TX Nov 22, 2018
5K Cedar Park, TX Dec 15, 2018
5K Houston, TX Jan 20, 2019
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 20, 2019

Past Races (35)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5 Miler Cedar Park, TX Nov 11, 2018 45:11
Half Marathon Cedar Park, TX Oct 27, 2018 2:07:43
10K Cedar Park, TX Sep 9, 2018 58:54
5K Round Rock, TX Aug 11, 2018 28:40
5K Relay Georgetown, TX Jul 22, 2018 33:20
5K Round Rock, TX Jun 23, 2018 34:14
5K Georgetown, TX May 19, 2018 27:47
1 Miler Georgetown, TX May 10, 2018 7:53
5K Cedar Park, TX May 5, 2018 27:44
5K Georgetown, TX Apr 22, 2018 27:02
5K Florence, TX Apr 21, 2018 40:52
10K Austin, TX Apr 8, 2018 57:19
5K Georgetown, TX Mar 17, 2018 27:42
5K Georgetown, TX Feb 3, 2018 27:44
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 14, 2018 4:40:30
5K Houston, TX Jan 14, 2018 31:38
5K Addison, TX Dec 1, 2017 27:20
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Nov 5, 2017 2:20:16
5 Miler The Colony, TX Oct 28, 2017 46:07
5K Arlington, TX Sep 3, 2017 28:01
5K McKinney, TX Aug 19, 2017 32:13
5K Dallas, TX Jul 9, 2017 47:11
10K Atlanta, GA Jul 4, 2017 1:02:37
5K Richardson, TX Jun 17, 2017 27:41
5K Dallas, TX May 13, 2017 26:47
5K Plano, TX Apr 22, 2017
5K Plano, TX Mar 11, 2017 26:55
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 26, 2017 4:48:38
15K Dallas, TX Feb 4, 2017 1:26:49
5K Addison, TX Jan 21, 2017 27:27
5K Addison, TX Dec 2, 2016 45:29
8 Miler Dallas, TX Nov 24, 2016 1:20:20
Half Marathon The Colony, TX Oct 22, 2016 2:23:59
5K Brownsville, TX Nov 21, 2015 26:10
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Nov 1, 2015 2:13:18

My Raves

Cedar Park 5 Miler & 5K

Cedar Park 5 Miler & 5K

This race is starts/finishes in the parking lot of the Twin Lakes YMCA. The 5 miler was an out and back course along the Brushy Creek trail with about the … MORE

This race is starts/finishes in the parking lot of the Twin Lakes YMCA. The 5 miler was an out and back course along the Brushy Creek trail with about the first/last third of mile running through the parking lot to the start/finish line. It a fairly flat course for the area (only about 100 feet of gain total) so nice small rolling hills without only one memorable climb. The 5k was also an out and back that ran the same path for about a mile before tuning north for a different trail and then returning to the path of the 5milers. The course had plenty of shade but the chilly temps (in the mid 40s and cloudy) made that not important but on a sunny day it would have been much appreciated. Water was located at the split off point of the 5k and 5miler, about half way in between the turnaround and the split off and at the turnaround. Since they water stops could be hit both out and back, it allowed for plenty of hydration opportunities. The 5miler started approximately 5 minutes before the 5k with the same start/finish location. After the race they had bottled water, bananas, and a variety of bagels.

The race is small with approximately 75 runners in the 5k and 100 5miler finishers. The race was not filled with top heavy talent which allowed a lot of first time podium finishes (especially is the 5k). Each participant received a long sleeve blue t-shirt, a drawstring backpack filled with flyers, and a finisher medal. Awards (trophies) were given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age groups (10 year groupings). The overall male and female winners and master winners received a slightly bigger trophy. There is also free race photography, there was a photo booth at the start/finish and photographers at the start, and finish.

The race was well ran and the announcer was good about announcing each person as they crossed the finish line and did a good job of doing the awards in a timely manner. The only slip up was when reading the 5 miler awards, she accidentally skipped the overall/master awards and started with the age group awards but then realized her mistake and went back to the overall awards. The problem occurred when she went back to age group awards she skipped the awards she halfway announced because she thought those recipients weren’t there and so she inadvertently skipped my award. At the end of the results, I was able to still get my trophy but it was just kinda awkward. I received 2nd place in my age group.

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Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon & 5K

Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon & 5K

This race is starts/finishes in the parking lot of the HEB Center. The half marathon was a looped course in the shape of a figure 8. It a fairly flat … MORE

This race is starts/finishes in the parking lot of the HEB Center. The half marathon was a looped course in the shape of a figure 8. It a fairly flat course for the area (Texas hill country) but it did have a long uphill section in the first half and rolling hills in the second half (total elevation gain was just under 400 feet). I would say that the course was not the most scenic as the course ran through a neighborhood, along a country road, along the access road for 183A highway and then back through the neighborhood. The course had areas of no shade so it could have been really hot but we had good weather (approx 57 degrees at the start) and the race started at 7:30am, but it was definitely warm at the finish as it was a sunny day. Water and sports drink was located at about every two miles and mile 6 also had bananas, there were supposed to be gels out on the course (mile 8, I believe) but I never saw them. There were also port-o-potty at several points along the course. The half started approximately 10 minutes before the 5k with the same start/finish location. Participants had different colored bibs so the volunteers were able to easily direct you to the correct place for the 5k turnaround, but with the earlier start it wasn’t much of an issue that I saw. The race is relatively small for a half marathon with approximately 500 runners in the half and 380 5k finishers but there was still some very talented runners out there. Since this was a halloween themed race , there were quite a bit of people in costume (especially in the 5k) which made the event a lot of fun including a man dressed as Maui from Moanna complete with the large hook who ran the half marathon.

There were pacers with finishing times in 10 minute increments, I have learned to use them as a guide rather than running buddy as I have learned I run better when I run my own race and use them as a marker of how I am doing as I have experienced quite a few pacers go out a little too fast which can really take it out of your legs and the “bank” they create easily gets eaten up the second half when your legs are destroyed and you struggle to keep up with them (I believe since pacers typically pace a group that is a little slower than their race pace that they sometimes they don’t realize that they are a little fast and how detrimental it can be to runners who are pushing themselves to run 10-15 seconds faster a mile to keep up with the pacers). I started between the 2:20 and 2:10 pacers and decided to keep the 2:10 pace sign in my sights (which was easy to do since there were quite a few long, straight away sections) but not worry too much about staying too close to them and then close the gap the second half on the small rolling hills if I was feeling good. When I caught up and passed the 2:10 pacers at the mile 9 marker, the pacer announced to the small group that was with them that they were 2 minutes ahead of pace which was exciting for me to hear as I was still feeling great and meant that if I kept my pace up that I would beat my “A” goal of 2:10 but disappointing to hear for all the runners who where falling behind the pacers because the pacers had not ran even splits and started too fast. My fiancĂ© started off with the 1:40 pacers and said that they were running pretty even splits (+/- 5 seconds a mile) with slight variations for uphills verses downhill sections, he left them at about mile 7 and ended up running a 1:34:55. He was thankful for the pacers as they kept him even and controlled the first half of the race and save some energy to push the second half which is very difficult to do the first time you are running a half marathon as he was. I am glad the pacers were there but I always use caution when running with them.

After the race, you received a finisher medal. They also had bottled water (sponsored reusable water bottles pre-filled with water), bananas, oranges, a variety of samples from Kind Bars. There were a variety of vendors with giveaways with the typical freebies such as wristbands, lip balm, and sunglasses. About two weeks after the race they emailed a link to a google drive with race photos for download for free, unfortunately the race photographers were pretty bad and missed a lot of people at the finish line because they set up behind the volunteers passing out medals and waters. the photos they did captured had people in the way. It was a good idea but poor execution of shots.

Each participant received a black, gender specific tech shirt, the women’s shirts ran very small and a goody bag with candies, snacks, flyers and freebies from sponsors. Awards were given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age groups (5 year groupings) and received a medal. The overall male and female winners (1st 3 places) received a cash prize and as a added bonus this year, first place overall (male and female) received cameras and a home security system from one of the sponsors.

The race was well ran and ran smoothly. The MC was great at announcing all the finishers as they crossed the finish line and doing the award ceremony very quickly which is appreciated after race.

The race has a fell short on a few of its promises especially when it came to the finish area, I am quoting straight from their website and then following up with what was actually provided.
1. “What kind of food/drinks are at the finish line? There will be water and sports drinks for all participants. We will also have fruit ready for you as you cross the finish line!” There was no sports drinks at the finish line although there was water and fruit. I know many runners enjoy/need sports drink to help with cramping after a race. At least one runner posted on Facebook after the race that she suffered from cramps post race and was really disappointed that there was no sports drink to be found. This was probably especially true for “slower” racers who finished when the sun was at full force and the day was warming up quickly.
2. “Will there be a Finish line party? Yes, the finish line will be a party. We will have amazing food and entertainment and bounce houses and face painting for kids. Please feel free to bring blankets and chairs to relax on at the finish line while cheering on your fellow runners!” This was the first half marathon race where there was not pizza/chips/hamburgers/substantial snack selection at the finish line. I actually don’t think there was any food except the fruit and Kind Bar samples. As for entertainment, I don’t remember seeing the bounce house and face painting but I also didn’t look for those and the music was the typical MC/DJ that most races have. They have room for much improvement when it comes to “amazing food” and post race entertainment.

Overall, I would recommend this race for someone who has never ran it as it was well ran and overall a good race with a lot of perks and the time of year gives you a good chance at good weather. I do not think I will run it again since for distance races (half or longer) I need great fan support, an amazing scenic course, or some other factor to push me to do it again and this race just didn’t have the repeat factor.

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Brain Power 5K, 10K, Survivor Stride & Kids Run

Brain Power 5K, 10K, Survivor Stride & Kids Run

This race is starts/finishes in the parking lot of the HEB Center. The 10k was a double loop of the out and back course of a 5k with a turn … MORE

This race is starts/finishes in the parking lot of the HEB Center. The 10k was a double loop of the out and back course of a 5k with a turn around loop right before the finish line. It a fairly flat course with a few uphill sections. The course had no shade so it could have been really hot but we had rain and more rain which kept the temperature pleasant. Water was located at about half way in the out and back which allowed you to hit it 4 times during the 10k. The 10k started approximately 10 minutes before the 5k with the same start/finish location. Participants had different colored bibs so the volunteers were able to easily direct you to the correct place for the finish line/turn around loop. After the race they had bottled water, bananas, oranges, a variety of chips, apple juice and nuun. There were a variety of vendors with giveaways such as stress balls, grocery bags, ice/heat packs and cups.

The race is small with approximately 100 runners in the 10k and 200 5k finishers but there was still some very talented runners out there. Since this was a fundraising race , there were quite a bit of walkers and people who participated as a “sleeper” who did not actually run. Each participant received a white t-shirt. Awards were given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age groups (5 year groupings) and received a medal and 1st place also received a $10 gift card to Ready to Run. The overall male and female winners and master winners received a small trophy. There is also free race photography, there was a photo booth at the start/finish and photographers at the start, and finish.

The race was extremely well ran especially given the weather until it came time to do the awards. The awards started two hours after the start of the race (approx an hour finishing), they started with the 5k and then raffles and then 10k awards. It took over an hour to receive my award after the awards started which was a total bummer when you are waiting in the rain and are wet and cold. I received 2nd place in my age group.

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5K for Clay

5K for Clay

This race is starts/finishes at the Clay Madsen Recreation. The "lollipop" course runs along the granite/cinder trail and sidewalks in the nearby neighborhood. It is a tougher 5k course with … MORE

This race is starts/finishes at the Clay Madsen Recreation. The “lollipop” course runs along the granite/cinder trail and sidewalks in the nearby neighborhood. It is a tougher 5k course with the moderate hills and the trail for over half of the race. Water was located at about every mile. The first and last was the same water station was one water station that you hit at the start and finish of the “lollipop” loop. It was overcast which was amazing for a August race, the race organizers start the race at 7:30am which would have made a bigger difference if the sun was out. After the race they had bottled water, ice cold CMRC branded towels, rice krispies, bananas, oranges, a variety of chips, popcorn, animal crackers, gatorade, and granola bars.

The race is small with approximately 300 runners but there was still some very talented runners out there. Each participant received a tank top and a beach style tote bag of goodies at packet pickup including fliers, water bottle, mini fan, trail mix, resistance band and refrigerator clip. Children had the option to run a 1k and received a different color tank. As a special cheers to 15 years of the 5k for Clay they had champagne flute (filled with sparkling water) to do a toast before the awards started. Awards were given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age groups (10 year groupings) and received a medal and water cup with straw. The overall male and female winners received a medal, backpack and gift card to fleet feet store. There is also free race photography, there was a photo booth at the start/finish and photographers at the start, about .5miles, 2.5 miles, finish and awards. It is so worth scrolling through photo albums to self identify when the pictures are free to download.

I had a rough race as I struggle on races that aren’t on sidewalks/roads but I was able to win my age category which was my first 1st place award in my adult running career.

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Georgetown River Relays

Georgetown River Relays

This race takes place at San Gabriel Park. Each team consists of two members who each run a 1.55 mile long loop around the park on the crushed granite trail … MORE

This race takes place at San Gabriel Park. Each team consists of two members who each run a 1.55 mile long loop around the park on the crushed granite trail with a shortcut along the grass as the trail is 1.65 miles. (I missed the grass section and enjoyed a little longer loop.. Oops). The trail is easy to follow and mostly flat with very little elevation gain. The handoff consists of a tag and the second runner is off, the course is gun time and the second runner wears the bib.

There are 13 categories of combined age of team members (male, female, mixed, family). Each team member received a unisex short sleeve white tech shirt as long as you register by the shirt cutoff date. Winners receive a framed plaque and water bottle, 2nd and 3rd place receive a ribbon. After the race there was water, bananas, bagels, peanut butter and advocare.

This was a fun race, I convinced my roommate who is just getting running to be my partner. We had a great time and happy to come away in 2nd place (out of 4) in our category. The distance was perfect for a summer race.

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Brady’s Bridge Super Family Fund Run

Brady’s Bridge Super Family Fund Run

This race is located at Old Settler's Park. The course runs long (approx 3.5 miles) as it runs a loop around a creek and then a look around a lake … MORE

This race is located at Old Settler’s Park. The course runs long (approx 3.5 miles) as it runs a loop around a creek and then a look around a lake with the start/finish in the middle. It is always motivating/frustrating when you run right past the finish line and you still have a mile to go and people are already finishing. Water was located at about .5 and 2 miles. It was one water station that you hit at the start and finish of the first loop. The course wasn’t completely flat but not hilly. It was warm as it was June in Texas but the course did offer some shade and the clouds played nice and kept the sun hidden part of the time. After the race they had bottled water, fruit snacks, granola bars, and an ice-cream truck with a selection of popsicles and ice cream.

The race is quite small with approximately 120 runners but everyone was motivated to support Brady’s Bridge and run a good race. Each participant received a cotton t-shirt and a bag of goodies from the sponsors at packet pickup including fliers, coupons to Chick-fila and Whataburger, and a complete dental set including toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Children had the option to run a one mile fun run and they received a cape to run in. Each finisher received a medal upon completion. Awards were given to first place in age groups (10 year groupings) and they received a $25 gift card to a variety of restaurants. There was a raffle after awards (tickets for $10 as the race is a fundraiser for Brady’s Bridge) with prizes including movie tickets, Kendra Scott jewelry set, Tito’s Vodka, zip lining and much more.

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Vern’s No Frill 5K

Vern’s No Frill 5K

Same course every month. The cool thing is you can compare your results from month to month with only the weather being a variable. Sign in is easy for repeat … MORE

Same course every month. The cool thing is you can compare your results from month to month with only the weather being a variable. Sign in is easy for repeat runners, you can save and reuse your bib from prior races and just sign in and pay your dollar.

The weather for this particular race was overcast but warm with a south wind.

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Another Dam Mile

Another Dam Mile

This race is held at the georgetown dam, parking is located at Overlook Park and restroom facilities are also located there. The race is point to point running from one … MORE

This race is held at the georgetown dam, parking is located at Overlook Park and restroom facilities are also located there. The race is point to point running from one end to the other, since the wind was coming from the south, we started on the far side so we ran with a tailwind which allowed for a nice mile warmup. The race was ran in 3 heats, the first being sub 7 min miles, second 7-9 min miles, and finally 9+. A kids Quarter mile happened after all heats were completed. You self-placed yourself in the appropriate heat upon registration and it seemed that most people did which was fantastic. The first heat took off at 6:30PM with each of the following heats starting 10 minutes later.

I started in the second heat after hearing the first heat winner finished in 4:44. My goal was to come in around the 8 minute mark. Bill, the race director gave us some helpful hints about running the mile with taking the first half moderately and pushing the second half and putting everything for the final push and how to appropriately take the bend as to not add distance to the race. The race was chipped time but there was not a starting chip reader, everyone in the heat times started when the horn went off no matter if you were in the front or the back. My heat was the smallest of the evening and allowed for plenty of spacing. I ran the flat course just as planned and suggested and pushed hard the final slightly downhill section to finish in 7:53. The course is a straight with a bend about 3/4th of the way to the finish. Since you are running over the top of the dam, there is no shade or sun protection so I was very happy that I had my sunglasses.

All finishers received a medal and pizza was also waiting at the finish line. Great value for $10 ($5 for Georgetown Running club members).

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The World Famous Tri Doc 5K

The World Famous Tri Doc 5K

The race is an out and back course at Brushy Creek Lake Park. The majority of the course was on paved sidewalks, the beginning and end are on a granite … MORE

The race is an out and back course at Brushy Creek Lake Park. The majority of the course was on paved sidewalks, the beginning and end are on a granite gravel trail. The day before it it rained all day which made for a very muddy start/finish. The trail was fairly flat with a total elevation gain of approximately 80 feet. There was one water stop approximately 2/3 mile out that you could hit both ways.

The race is quite small with approximately 150 runners but it was a sold out crowd. Each participant received a soft-cotton t-shirt and a bag of goodies from the sponsors at packet pickup including trials to fitness classes and a running shoe heal light. Each finisher received a choice between a visor or hat. Awards were given to top 3 overall male and female and first place in age groups and they received an engraved lowball by RTIC. There was a raffle after awards with thousands of dollars of prizes (with approx 1 in 3 winning) including foam rollers, race entries, and a YETI cooler.

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Red Poppy 5K

Red Poppy 5K

The race was held at San Gabriel Park with it being an out and back course starting and ending on the gravel path but the majority of the race was … MORE

The race was held at San Gabriel Park with it being an out and back course starting and ending on the gravel path but the majority of the race was on sidewalk. The turnaround is past Rivery Park. There are two steep uphills (which also means downhills since it is an out and back course), neither very long but it is sometimes important to be mentally prepared for them.

The first 50 people who signed up received drift shirts while the remaining participants received cotton shirts. If you did not register by the shirt guarantee deadline then you had to wait until after the race to collect a shirt from what was remaining. Good incentive to sign up early.

I worked hard and am happy with the results, I ended up in 3rd place in my age division. Awards were in 10 year increments. First place received a plaque while second and third received a ribbon. The run was based on gun time instead of chip time (although the race is growing and chip time might be implemented next year) and times are not posted until later in the afternoon of the race.

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Run For the Wine

Run For the Wine

This is such a fun run, it should be thought of as more of a run as opposed as a race as there is no timing (besides what I kept … MORE

This is such a fun run, it should be thought of as more of a run as opposed as a race as there is no timing (besides what I kept on my phone). The race began about 15 minutes late and the weather was cool with a light rain. The run starts at the gates to the vineyards which they open as the official start, you run along paved road for the first half and then through the vineyards the remaining second half. There was a water station halfway where cheerful people handed out mini water bottles. You finish the run by going through an archway and are handed a full size bottle of water. An option of white or red estate wine in a souvenir stemless wine glass inside the same room as the packet pickup was before the race. You had to show your id at packet pickup since wine is given post race and you also received a soft v-neck gray t-shirt. Overall, it was a very fun event, I ran with my friend and had a great time. This is not a competitive field, the majority of the field were women and walkers.

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Statesman Cap10K

Statesman Cap10K

I had a wonderful experience as a first time participant. My only complaint was the size of the starting corrals, they seemed a little large and crowded. With the size … MORE

I had a wonderful experience as a first time participant. My only complaint was the size of the starting corrals, they seemed a little large and crowded. With the size of the race, they could have had more corals or have more space in each one. The course is hilly in the first half and then downhill or flat on the second half.

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Vern’s No Frill 5K

Vern’s No Frill 5K

Just like the name suggests, there is no frills (aka swag) that come with this race: no shirt, no medal, self-serve water station, no chip timing. What you do get … MORE

Just like the name suggests, there is no frills (aka swag) that come with this race: no shirt, no medal, self-serve water station, no chip timing. What you do get is a monthly race that is the same every month and certified. Times are posted (based on gun time) later in the afternoon. Great way to get out and run with/against other people and enjoy yourself. Well run and not fancy! and the best part is that it is only $1 cash.

The weather this particular morning was quite muggy and humid. Weather isn’t always on your side in Texas. Good thing is that I can hope for better weather next month instead of next year.

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Cupid’s Chase 5K & Fun Run

Cupid’s Chase 5K & Fun Run

Great 5k Course. You start in downtown georgetown and circle Southwestern University with a downhill finish. You receive a long sleeve cotton t-shirt. Award winners receive a water bottle instead … MORE

Great 5k Course. You start in downtown georgetown and circle Southwestern University with a downhill finish. You receive a long sleeve cotton t-shirt. Award winners receive a water bottle instead of a medal. Great Local Race.

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Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

This was a great way to stretch my legs and start marathon weekend. The course is flat and moderately crowded. A lot of families with children out running and enjoying … MORE

This was a great way to stretch my legs and start marathon weekend. The course is flat and moderately crowded. A lot of families with children out running and enjoying the shorter race distance. Overall fantastic experience. You receive participation t-shirt and medal.

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Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

I really enjoyed the Houston Marathon, loved the flat course with plentiful water stations and tons of fans along the course. The only hills are towards the end of the … MORE

I really enjoyed the Houston Marathon, loved the flat course with plentiful water stations and tons of fans along the course. The only hills are towards the end of the race but overall the course is pretty flat. Fans line the majority of the course with only a few areas are lacking fan support.

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Run the Lights 5K

Run the Lights 5K

They listened to the feedback from last year and changed the route to include running through the lights for the last mile. Unfortunately, the weather was great and together with … MORE

They listened to the feedback from last year and changed the route to include running through the lights for the last mile. Unfortunately, the weather was great and together with the crowds of runners (1400 registered for the sold-out race), there were crowds of (non-runner) people who had come out to enjoy the lights which made for a lot of dodging the last mile. It would be great if they had more course marshals in this area to help keep the running path clear. Also the crowds of people helped themselves to the freebies from the race sponsors so snacks were all out by the time the runners finished up which is unfortunate.

The race announcers did not tell walkers to stay in the back at the start so the start was very chaotic especially because the paths for the first two miles are very narrow and only allow for 2-3 people across at a time. The path is also quite dark which makes it a little dangerous when you are dodging walkers who started right up front and two-three across or large family groups.

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DRC Half

DRC Half

The race was very warm for November, there were record breaking heat that weekend. They encouraged runners to slow down and make sure to hydrate. There were plenty of water … MORE

The race was very warm for November, there were record breaking heat that weekend. They encouraged runners to slow down and make sure to hydrate.
There were plenty of water stations along the course but not very much people cheering. Well run race. Since the weather wasn’t ideal, there weren’t the normal cyclist/runners out on the trail fussing at the participants for being in their way.

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The Colony Half Marathon & Green Dragon 5 Miler

The Colony Half Marathon & Green Dragon 5 Miler

The 5 miler is the first 4.5 miles & last .5 miles of the half marathon course. I prefer the 5 miler as I do not like running on the … MORE

The 5 miler is the first 4.5 miles & last .5 miles of the half marathon course. I prefer the 5 miler as I do not like running on the gravel trail by the course. This year it was chilly at about 35 degrees at the start. The race started a few minutes late but they had water and Gatorade on the course and pizza, bananas, and oranges at the finish line. They ran out of small shirts so I ended up with X-small even with early pickup which was disappointing. No medals for the 5miler except for top 3 in each age division.

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Rangers Labor Day Race

Rangers Labor Day Race

The course wasn't too exciting but the race well organized and you finished on the warning track in the stadium. Tickets to the game are included with the race but … MORE

The course wasn’t too exciting but the race well organized and you finished on the warning track in the stadium. Tickets to the game are included with the race but you have to separately pick those up from will-call. Tech shirts are only given if you register by a certain date so make sure you register early.

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3
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3
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Melon Dash 5K & Fun Run

Melon Dash 5K & Fun Run

Arrived early for packet pickup so parking was relatively easy. Packet pickup was a breeze (although I do not think the lady you signed me in did it correctly as … MORE

Arrived early for packet pickup so parking was relatively easy. Packet pickup was a breeze (although I do not think the lady you signed me in did it correctly as I did not originally come up in the results and my name is not linked to pictures) and used bag drop for the extra swag picked up. Course was hilly for DFW standards and the opposite of scenic, with small houses lining the majority of the course. Disappointed in the amount of water on the course, RunProject typically has multiple running stops during the warm months but that wasn’t the case this time.
Watermelon, popsicles, and hot dogs were all a wonderful sight at the finish line once you got through the rude people cutting in the lines.

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4
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Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

Parking is unorganized, need to arrive early as most parking is street parking. The race ran on a trail around the lake, unfortunately this is a very popular trail for … MORE

Parking is unorganized, need to arrive early as most parking is street parking.
The race ran on a trail around the lake, unfortunately this is a very popular trail for (sometimes rude) cyclist and other runners. This trail is not closed to the public. There was often only enough space on the trail for two runners to be side to side, which created frustrated cyclist and it difficult to pass slower participants.
The after party included lots of vendors giving away freebies but it looked like the 5k finishers get to enjoy all the benefits while the 10k and 15k finishers put in more work. There was only one medal no matter the distance.

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AJC Peachtree Road Race

AJC Peachtree Road Race

Very well organized, fun race. One of the best organized races I have seen. If you read reviews online you will find people saying this a difficult course. I believe … MORE

Very well organized, fun race. One of the best organized races I have seen. If you read reviews online you will find people saying this a difficult course. I believe it is not a flat, fast course but it rolling hills with plenty of slow gradual hills and downhill that balance each other out. You have fantastic crowd support the entire way!

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Must-Dash 5K & Fun Run

Must-Dash 5K & Fun Run

The race course changed this year and now is a certified course. The water stations on the course were in very odd locations being at about mile .5 and then … MORE

The race course changed this year and now is a certified course. The water stations on the course were in very odd locations being at about mile .5 and then not again until mile 2. Would much rather had it at mile 1 and 2 or 1.5 and 2.5.
You receive a cotton t-shirt and medal for participation and finishing. You were supposed to receive stick on mustache but I didn’t receive mine.
After the race there were vendors with freebies which were nice.
Parking wasn’t an issue if you followed the directions provided by the race organizers and arrived with a little buffer to allow for parking.
I didn’t stay but awards weren’t until 9:45am when the race started at 8am. I prefer when they start the awards within an hour of the start of a 5k.

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4
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Love Field 5K (5K on the Runway)

Love Field 5K (5K on the Runway)

Con: The starting area of the race was a bit disorganized and a lot of walkers and strollers lined up in the front causing issues at the beginning of the … MORE

Con: The starting area of the race was a bit disorganized and a lot of walkers and strollers lined up in the front causing issues at the beginning of the race. I heard several people were tripped up and fell because of this.
Pro: The course was extremely flat and was certified. the course was a loop around the starting area and then out and back.
Pro: The water station was at about mile 1.75 on the out and back was accessible both was which was great since there was no shade cover since you were on the runway.
Pro: The medal and shirt were nice plus since it was just a 5k and most other 5ks offer a cotton tshirt as opposed to tech shirt.
Pro: The organizers offered a ton of race day information on their website and facebook page but unfortunately it appeared that many people did not read it.

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Red Balloon Run & Ride

Red Balloon Run & Ride

This race is untimed and serves more of a charity run than a timed race. The race was a bit short this year. The water station was set up so … MORE

This race is untimed and serves more of a charity run than a timed race. The race was a bit short this year. The water station was set up so you hit the same stations multiple times (5 chances total) throughout the course. Good time to get out and run and raise some money for the hospital. You receive a t-shirt and number for participation and they had sport drinks and water at the finish.

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Run of the Irish

Run of the Irish

Packet Pick-up was quick and easy and you receive beads and cotton t-shirt. Parking was a breeze, parking garage overlooking start/finish with easy access from DNT. Race started right on … MORE

Packet Pick-up was quick and easy and you receive beads and cotton t-shirt.
Parking was a breeze, parking garage overlooking start/finish with easy access from DNT. Race started right on time, great volunteers on course to cheer you on. Scenery was lacking as running in business district. One water stop about half way with water and Gatorade. Received small medal and more beads at finish line. Awards were given for best costume and awards began right on time. Overall, great 5k race.

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3
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3
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2
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The Cowtown

The Cowtown

The race weather was beautiful, cool and plenty of cloud cover. Race weather this time of year in Fort Worth can be unpredictable. Start was on time and corral/ wave … MORE

The race weather was beautiful, cool and plenty of cloud cover. Race weather this time of year in Fort Worth can be unpredictable. Start was on time and corral/ wave start was super smooth and efficient. First 10 miles of race had plenty of spectators and was fairly crowded, after mile 10 (soon after the dreaded hill) the half breaks off back to finish and marathon/ultra continue on. People love the stockyards at about mile 6 and although I loved the people and looking around, the smell of manure was definitely present. From the split to about mile 14 there wasn’t very much crowd support and the area was under construction/ up and coming and restaurants and stores all seemed to be closed Sunday morning. The crowds picked up going through neighborhoods and the Neighborhoods were great, people were out with self made support tables handing out just about anything you could have wanted/needed. Lots of small, gentle rolling hills throughout but more so on second half so not flat but not terrible with proper training. There was supposed to be 29 bands on course, bands early on were great but later on it thinned out/ weren’t playing music. Overall great race.

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Hot Chocolate 15/5k – Dallas

Hot Chocolate 15/5k – Dallas

The course was lackluster and somewhat unappealing. We ran by a homeless encampment and the roads were rough through out the course. Could use a few more water stops as … MORE

The course was lackluster and somewhat unappealing. We ran by a homeless encampment and the roads were rough through out the course. Could use a few more water stops as well as there were only four throughout entire course. The race advertised free photos but there were only at start/finish and only one terrible photo was captured of me.

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3
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4
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Hotcake Hustle

Hotcake Hustle

The draw of this race was the free Pancake House pancakes after the race. The line got extremely long when 5k walkers/10K speedsters were all finishing at same time, so … MORE

The draw of this race was the free Pancake House pancakes after the race. The line got extremely long when 5k walkers/10K speedsters were all finishing at same time, so to hurry things up they gave you less pancakes drenched in syrup it became inedible and told you to get back in line if you wanted more. The race over and bridge and back so it was a nice difficulty and I loved that the RunProject postponed the race instead of cancel due to freezing weather on initial race day.

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Run the Lights 5K

Run the Lights 5K

Run the lights is advertised as an opportunity to run through the millions of lights at Venturian Park but it is really a dark run on the Brookhaven College Loop … MORE

Run the lights is advertised as an opportunity to run through the millions of lights at Venturian Park but it is really a dark run on the Brookhaven College Loop with only one water station at about mile 2 and lights during first and last quarter miles. Food Trucks/Vendors were a ton of fun except that some ran out before slower folks were done so some were left out. Parking was a disaster, race organizers had parking maps on their website and all but one option was closed because the race ran through them. Reward ceremony started extremely late and some complained that race shirts were not available in size ordered and race sold out prior to race day. This was a first time event, hopefully they learned and things will run smoother in future.

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Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Huge race with thousands and thousands of participants. Race has timed and untimed entry, there was supposed to be a separate corral for timed runners but they allowed the untimed … MORE

Huge race with thousands and thousands of participants. Race has timed and untimed entry, there was supposed to be a separate corral for timed runners but they allowed the untimed runners to start at same time without separation so start was a mess. As this is a family (and dog) friendly race, there were thousands of people who did not know proper race etiquette such as dog/strollers start in the back. Walkers to the right and start in the back, etc. Once the 5k turned off to finish, the race thinned out a bit (and these runners just had better etiquette). 8 milers received a medal but 5k did not. Would recommend for family friendly thanksgiving event but not necessarily PR friendly given amount of walkers/children/ dogs/ strollers etc.

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The Colony Half Marathon & Green Dragon 5 Miler

The Colony Half Marathon & Green Dragon 5 Miler

I was originally signed up to run 2015 race but it got rained out. The start was on time but there weren't clear instructions on start regarding the new 5 … MORE

I was originally signed up to run 2015 race but it got rained out. The start was on time but there weren’t clear instructions on start regarding the new 5 miler starting after half. The first half of the race winds through neighborhoods, it seemed like at every block there was a new turn which made it very difficult to run good tangents and so most people ran longer than 13.1 miles. There was absolutely no one out in the neighborhoods cheering on runners and there were cars parked and garbage cans still out on the street. The second half of the race was an out and back along a crushed granite trail along the lake front. This made it extremely difficult for people to spectate since there was no access to the trail. I attempted to run with a pace group but the pacers were terrible and were about 5 minutes ahead half way when I finally let them go ahead of me. After the race, race results took two days to post online and no live tracking like bigger races provide. Race was advertised as flat, while there were no major climbs, the race was not pancake flat and had a ton of tiny hills especially on the trail portion. The hills were enough you noticed them going up but not enough that you got relief going downhill. Water stations were lacking and after race food was lackluster. You receive a tacky oversized medal; I prefer a normal size medal for my efforts. I wouldn’t recommend this race if you are looking for the experience, this is more about no glitz running.

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Brownsville Marathoner’s Turkey Trot

Brownsville Marathoner’s Turkey Trot

The race was an out and back course with a water stop at the turnaround. The course was very flat and fast and the weather is very humid. The majority … MORE

The race was an out and back course with a water stop at the turnaround. The course was very flat and fast and the weather is very humid. The majority of the participants participants take part of the 1 mile run with several (three if my memory is correct) heats. Awards are after all of the races are completed, it took several hours, I had time to go eat breakfast and come back. First place walks away with a frozen turkey along with a medal. Second and third also get a medal.

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DRC Half

DRC Half

Race is the best of small local race and big race organization. As one of the oldest half in Texas, these organizers have everything down from starting to road closures … MORE

Race is the best of small local race and big race organization. As one of the oldest half in Texas, these organizers have everything down from starting to road closures and support. Their pacers are AMAZING! They don’t start too fast like I have experienced in other races and they are positive, supportive and will get you across the finish time in the time they are pacing!

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