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Ravenna, OH Raving since 2017 Boston Marathon finisher Active 1 week, 1 day ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Green Y Running Club

  • Rave race:

    Marathon du Medoc

  • Race that's calling my name:

    LA Marathon

  • I run because:

    Running keeps me healthy and happy.

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Erie, PA Sep 10, 2017 4:16:53
Half Marathon Bellows Falls, VT Sep 29, 2018 1:54:24
10K Cape Elizabeth, ME Aug 6, 2022 59:24

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Past Races (44)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2022 5:17:46
Marathon London, United Kingdom Oct 2, 2022 4:57:29
Half Marathon Cedar Rapids, IA Sep 4, 2022 2:06:27
10K Cape Elizabeth, ME Aug 6, 2022 59:24
Half Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE Apr 24, 2022 2:29:35
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Feb 27, 2022 2:23:14
Half Marathon Monona, WI Sep 4, 2021 2:10:27
Half Marathon Casper, WY Jun 6, 2021 2:30:22
Half Marathon St Louis, MO Oct 17, 2020 2:14:05
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 9, 2020 2:22:53
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 8, 2020 2:21:00
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019 4:20:56
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 27, 2019 2:11:42
Half Marathon Olympia, WA Feb 2, 2019 2:16:00
Half Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 27, 2019 2:04:46
Half Marathon Jackson, MS Jan 26, 2019 2:16:40
Half Marathon Fountain Hills, AZ Oct 13, 2018 2:00:15
Half Marathon Hampton, NH Sep 30, 2018 2:18:35
Half Marathon Bellows Falls, VT Sep 29, 2018 1:54:24
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 16, 2018 4:30:38
Half Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 16, 2018 2:08:36
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 5, 2018 2:03:46
Marathon Canton, OH Apr 29, 2018 5:18:47
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 21, 2018 1:57:57
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Mar 25, 2018 2:10:45
Half Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 15, 2017 2:18:57
Half Marathon Newport, RI Oct 8, 2017 2:04:25
Marathon Akron, OH Sep 23, 2017 4:46:04
Marathon Erie, PA Sep 10, 2017 4:16:53
Half Marathon Cumming, GA Jul 4, 2017 2:29:14
Half Marathon Sandusky, OH Jun 11, 2017
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH May 20, 2017 2:00:18
Half Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 7, 2017 2:10:50
Marathon Canton, OH Apr 30, 2017 5:07:00
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 17, 2017
Half Marathon Danbury, CT Apr 2, 2017 1:58:14
Half Marathon New Smyrna Beach, FL Jan 15, 2017 1:56:13
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2016
Half Marathon Portland, ME Oct 2, 2016
Marathon Akron, OH Sep 24, 2016
Half Marathon Morgantown, WV Sep 18, 2016 2:30:07
Half Marathon Sandusky, OH Jun 12, 2016
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 30, 2016
Half Marathon North Myrtle Beach, SC 2012 2:11:03

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The expo is easy to get. Getting your bib is easy. There is a place to try on shirts for size BEFORE picking up your shirt. I suggest you do … MORE

The expo is easy to get. Getting your bib is easy. There is a place to try on shirts for size BEFORE picking up your shirt. I suggest you do this because my husband’s shirt was too small. New Balance had a lot of different items. I arrived around 11 on Friday and the New Balance area was like a Black Friday frenzy. If you see something you’re interested in buying, grab it before it’s gone.
If you have not run NYC be prepared to wait. If you’re slower than a 9 minute pace, be prepared to wait a long time. Our bus time was 5:30am (it took 30 minutes to get on the bus, about an hour bus ride). Our start time was 11:30. We packed a second breakfast that we ate about three hours before our start time.
In 2022, the weather was unseasonably warm. When we started at 11:30 the temperature was about 75 degrees F. I hope this was an anomaly but at mile 9 water station they ran out of cups. I had to cup my hands and drink like a dog lapping water from a bowl. Hopefully that issue will be resolved in the future.
The crowds are fantastic. We were slower than most runners. Heck, we started after the elites had already finished. Even so, I was amazed at the number of people cheering for us. The race bibs don’t have names on them. Be sure to put your name on the front of your shirt so people can cheer for you. I learned the start villages had some tape and markers for this. The start villages also had bagels, drinks, Dunkin beanies, porta potties and therapy dogs.
The course is deceptively hard. It’s all pavement so if you train on soft surfaces, like me, you may start to feel it in the later miles. There are also what seem to be a lot of inclines.
The finish area has your medal, poncho (leave room in your luggage for this) and recovery bag which had two drinks, pretzels and an apple. It’s a walk to get out of the finish area to meet spectators. If someone is going to watch you, plan on a spot to meet up afterwards.
NYC is an experience like no other race. If you’re up for it, go for it.
PS – We got in by being lucky and snagging virtual with guaranteed entry virtual spots. If you are interested in that, register on NYRR and watch for the announcements. I think that opportunity takes place in early June.

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The race itself was great. The course is relatively flat and all paved. From the start to the finish there were spectators cheering for the runners along with entertainment along … MORE

The race itself was great. The course is relatively flat and all paved. From the start to the finish there were spectators cheering for the runners along with entertainment along the way. Running past Cutty Sark, on the Tower bridge, up a hill towards Big Ben and finishing by the palace was really cool.
The expo is quite a distance from the touristy area of London. I went as part of a tour but you could navigate there via public transportation. If you do that, watch the news as in 2022 there was a rail workers strike the day before the race (which only lasted one day). The expo was efficient at getting your bib but the New Balance shop was like Black Friday in the 1990’s. Unlike some expos, the only apparel seemed to be New Balance who was a race sponsor.
The starting villages were about a 1 hour bus ride from my hotel. Again, I was with a tour who drove us. Because I had a later start time I had to sit in a grassy field for a few hours. Be prepared for the elements as there were no places to hide had it rained. The starting village had plenty of porta potties and the starts themselves were very well organized. The water stations are really long and hand out full bottles of water. I carried a hand held bottle that I refilled when needed.
My family waited to see me run near Big Ben and I was shocked that they saw me. My husband uses Find My Friends to track me while in a race. The race has an efficient way to allow spectators to cross busy roads that are part of the race route. Regarding the finish, we scouted a spot to meet afterwards. I’d recommend that because it’s really crowded after runners cross the finish line. Runners get their race shirts in the finish line. I guess they are unisex. As a petite woman mine looks like I’m a child wearing my dad’s clothes. I also heard that if you finish later, like me, that all the XS are gone. I got a bottle of water, an electrolyte drink, pretzels, and some sort of very dry oatmeal bar in my finisher bag. If you want something else, prepare accordingly.
All in all, I had a great experience and would recommend the race.

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I was lucky enough to win a lottery to run this race. It is point to point so you need to decide/choose transportation options on how you’ll get to the … MORE

I was lucky enough to win a lottery to run this race. It is point to point so you need to decide/choose transportation options on how you’ll get to the start or get home after the finish. The expo was in a school and had a good selection of running items.
The course went through some residential areas before ending by the lighthouse. There were families that came out to cheer on runners which was a lot of fun.
The finish area was a party atmosphere. I got a root beer and blueberries along with some other stuff. The shirt was a Nike and fit great. There are no medals if that’s something you’re interested in.
Another thing that was cool was that the race draws some elite runners. I walked up and watched them start before I started.
Another fun thing was a family handing out bacon along the route.

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I ran this as a pacer. It was a great event. The expo was small but near local restaurants and the boardwalk. The race starts and ends on the boardwalk … MORE

I ran this as a pacer. It was a great event. The expo was small but near local restaurants and the boardwalk. The race starts and ends on the boardwalk next to the beach. The course was a mix of boardwalk, paved roads through residential areas and a state park.
After the finish line a local pizza shop hosted a buffet lunch for all the runners with a mix of pizza, salad and pasta. There was beer too. The weather was great, the volunteers were wonderful. The course was interesting. Afterwards you can celebrate on the beach.

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My only minor issue was finding the expo inside the resort hosting the expo. The shirt fit great and had a good design. The expo had a mix of apparel … MORE

My only minor issue was finding the expo inside the resort hosting the expo. The shirt fit great and had a good design. The expo had a mix of apparel and other stuff from a variety of vendors. I’m glad I attended the concert the night before the race. It was a full orchestra playing classic rock tunes. They were really entertaining.
The start of the race was well organized, the water stops were organized, there was plenty of entertainment. I started around 4:30pm. By around mile 5 the sun was beginning to set and the lights on the strip started to really pop. You can get some great photos of you want to stop and do that. There are professional race photographers too.
At the finish line there were drinks and snacks. It was a really unique experience.

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You can pick up your bib the afternoon before or in race day morning. The course was a mix of country roads, groomed trails along water and a downtown area. … MORE

You can pick up your bib the afternoon before or in race day morning. The course was a mix of country roads, groomed trails along water and a downtown area. One thing that was different was that I was stopped during the end of the race for a train.
After the finish line there was a great choice of breakfast burritos, pastries, water and local draft beers. The medal was a small ceramic tile on a black cord and the shirt was a soft t-shirt.
NewBo was a well organized race. It was a good morning.

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In 2021 the weather was humid but the course was interesting. The expo was just packet pickup in a park so plan on having all your essentials when you travel. … MORE

In 2021 the weather was humid but the course was interesting. The expo was just packet pickup in a park so plan on having all your essentials when you travel. The parking was easy on race morning. The course was a mix of residential streets with very pretty houses and running around the perimeter of a lake. You run past a building that Frank Lloyd Wright designed.
The shirt was a soft t-shirt that I still wear. My registration came with access to what was advertised as an unlimited beer festival. The live band was great and the beer was too. My only criticism is that some people were taking unopened cans out of the area. Before most runners finished their fulls (I ran the half) the beer was running out. I hope that situation was corrected in later years.

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The course was was a mix of roads and a trail by a river. We started at an arena which was a great area to stage the start because there … MORE

The course was was a mix of roads and a trail
by a river. We started at an arena which was a great area to stage the start because there were nice bathrooms and we were inside. The start of the race had a cannon that was startling if you weren’t prepared for it. The elevation was about 5,000 feet.
At the finish there was a selection of pizza, sandwiches and Mich Ultra. I got a long sleeve tech shirt, a buff and a medal.
The day (or two) before the race a local brewery had a short run around their property. The brewery was the location for a very small expo. The beer was good and I got a pint glass for participating in the beer run.

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I ran in 2020 so I can’t comment on what this race might be like in normal years. In 2020 the organizers had efficient protocols to keep runners spread apart. … MORE

I ran in 2020 so I can’t comment on what this race might be like in normal years. In 2020 the organizers had efficient protocols to keep runners spread apart. The swag was a sweatshirt hoodie which I wear around Halloween.
In 2020 we ran on trails on bike/hike paths. It was interesting and I think we passed a spot that Lewis and Clark used on their exploration. We also passed a nuclear water site. I certainly did not expect that.

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The best part of this race were the unofficial aid stations featuring king cake, Bloody Mary, beer, mimosas and cookies. The crowds were as festive as the city of New … MORE

The best part of this race were the unofficial aid stations featuring king cake, Bloody Mary, beer, mimosas and cookies. The crowds were as festive as the city of New Orleans. The day I ran it was 61 degrees F at the start which felt great from someone visiting from the north east in February. The end of course was a big park with a live band, drinks (including beer) and snacks. The course itself is very flat and went through different neighborhoods. We rode a bus back into town afterwards. The buses were well organized. The race medal had beads instead of a typical ribbon which was cute.
When we ran this is Feb. 2020 (right before the pandemic lockdowns started), we learned that the city has multiple smaller Madri Gras parades before the big one you hear about on the news. If you go down for this race, ask about the smaller parades. Our hotel gave as a map with a schedule.

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The expo was mostly Rock and Roll series stuff with some local vendors too. The shirt was average and the medal was strung with beads instead of a ribbon. The … MORE

The expo was mostly Rock and Roll series stuff with some local vendors too. The shirt was average and the medal was strung with beads instead of a ribbon.

The course has music about every mile. The aid stations could have used some more support but there were some fun locals with make shift stations along the course.

The race ends in a park with plenty of drinks and music, The bus ride back to the start area was well organized. The city is fun. The race was well organized. I’d recommend it.

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The Chicago Marathon is one of the most organized events I have been to. The expo is organized and provides transportation. The water stops are well manned and the gear … MORE

The Chicago Marathon is one of the most organized events I have been to. The expo is organized and provides transportation. The water stops are well manned and the gear check is efficient.
What’s nice about the Chicago Marathon is that you can walk to the start and you don’t have to wait hours to run (like in New York). There is also a party at the finish where you can relax in the park and listen to music with other runners.
The course is relatively flat but it had high wind gusts in 2019. If you are not from the Midwest, pack for all weather conditions. You never know from One day to next what the temperature might be.
Another fun thing about running Chicago is that you can run the 5K the day before. It allows those not running the full a chance to be part of the event.
The course on race day runs through the city, along the lake and then through different neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. There are plenty of spectators to cheer for you. All around it’s a great race.

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I have only run this race in 2019 which was the year the NFL draft coincided with the race. That was great for me because I got to see Dirks … MORE

I have only run this race in 2019 which was the year the NFL draft coincided with the race. That was great for me because I got to see Dirks Bentley perform live for free.
Besides that the expo for the race was pretty big and had a variety of running essentials. The course was challenging as Nashville is a hilly area. One thing to note about this race was that we ended at the football stadium which was a noticeable distance from the start line. I don’t recall if the race provided any transportation post race because we walked back. The finish area had typical snacks and beer.
My shirt ran very large and was Super Bowl themed. I would have preferred something else but it was an atypical year to have both events on the same weekend.

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Just a local race with friendly people through wooded bike trails and roads. No expo, no chip timing, no corrals, no crowds, no Gatorade, no GU, no medals, no photos, … MORE

Just a local race with friendly people through wooded bike trails and roads. No expo, no chip timing, no corrals, no crowds, no Gatorade, no GU, no medals, no photos, no music, no after party. The race reminded me of how races were back in the 80’s. A cute t-shirt and a finisher ribbon.

The course is part bike paths and part open roads. The open roads are not that crowded so they were not an issue. I was surprised to see my watch said there was only 202 feet elevation change. I think the entire elevation change is one big hill that you’ll run twice if you are running the half. I think there were two water stops if you ran the half. I finished in 2:16 and all that was left at the finish was one orange and maybe two bananas. I left the bananas for the few still on the course.

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The expo was small but I got to meet Jeff Galloway which was exciting. The race starts a really cool venue called the Hang Out which lets runners stay warm … MORE

The expo was small but I got to meet Jeff Galloway which was exciting. The race starts a really cool venue called the Hang Out which lets runners stay warm in their spacious dinning room. The course runs through a nature walk of a state park. Several miles are board walks. Towards the end a local parrot head group gave runners leis before the last mile. The medal was nice. Runners got a choice of box lunch, two beers, ginger beer and more. A band played music for hours. It was a great event and well organized. I’d consider running it again.

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The expo was small but had a good mix of necessities and accessories. The v-neck tech shirt was nice enough that I will wear it again. All races start together … MORE

The expo was small but had a good mix of necessities and accessories. The v-neck tech shirt was nice enough that I will wear it again. All races start together after a blues guitar solo of the national anthem.

In the first few miles be mindful of some of the road conditions. The course went through a brick portion of a prettt campus before looping back through the starting area. We ran through some very affluent houses and then on a closed portion of a highway before going uphill before heading back into the downtown area finish. Families near the end had water, beer and donut stops to cheer the runners. The course ended at an art museum which graciously was open to go inside from the cold and offer real restrooms. There was free beer at the end but only a pretzels, bananas and chewy protein bars at the end. The medal was a cute little guitar.

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Very hilly course on closed roads with excellent marshals and sufficient water stops. The pre race packet pickup at Road Runner Sports was well organized and had a coupon for … MORE

Very hilly course on closed roads with excellent marshals and sufficient water stops. The pre race packet pickup at Road Runner Sports was well organized and had a coupon for savings at the store (same day only). The shirt was nice for men or women and fit well. The medal has magnets on the back which is really cool. There was a repeat board with props for cute post race photos and a fenced in beer garden. Bring an ID if you look young. The course was challenging but interesting for a visitor to the southwest.

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The packet pickup is very efficient and the 1/4 zip is good quality. Get there early (6ish) if you want free parking. There are plenty of porta potties and public … MORE

The packet pickup is very efficient and the 1/4 zip is good quality. Get there early (6ish) if you want free parking. There are plenty of porta potties and public restrooms before the race. The course is relatively flat and includes running over a drawbridge, through the touristy beach area and residential housing. There were mile markers at each mile and sufficient water stops and one gel stop. The only clock is at the finish line. The food tent was great and the beer tickets could be redeemed at multiple venues which helped with the crowds. The medal was a cute bottle opener too. Additional merchandise like short sleeve tech shirts were on sale at packet pickup and post race for reasonable prices.

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Small race on open roads which included running towards or besides cars, trucks, full size bus, dozen motorcycles. Course was pretty well marked with purple stickers on the road. There … MORE

Small race on open roads which included running towards or besides cars, trucks, full size bus, dozen motorcycles. Course was pretty well marked with purple stickers on the road. There were course Marshall’s at about half the turns and small but well manned water / Gatorade stops. The course has mile markers but no splits. You ran through a small downtown, near a river with trees, through a park and through a wooden covered bridge. Post race had vegetarian and meat chili, corn bread water and banana. Beer was available for purchase and the proceeds went towards a local charity. The registration included a long sleeve cotton t-shirt that fit well and had a nice design on it. The medal was very pretty design on a silver colored medal. Everyone involved with the race was very supportive and friendly. There were also good quality free photos of the finish line emailed hours after the race.

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I ran Berlin as a lifetime goal to try to run all six majors. The time of year is great although the later start for near back of the pack … MORE

I ran Berlin as a lifetime goal to try to run all six majors. The time of year is great although the later start for near back of the pack corrals leads to hotter temperatures in the final miles. The course is very flat. The water stops are well manned. If you are coming from the US be forewarned that the sports drinks are some sort of beet juice and warm tea. The race is working on replacing the very large amount of clear plastic cups it uses at the water stations. There were so many cups that the sound of their being crushed by runners was noticeably loud. The course has a lot of entertainment and a lot of spectators (although it seemed less than NYC). Running through the iconic Brandenburg Gate is quite exciting. Their race photos are great. I bought mine.

The expo is nice but it’s unique venue makes navigating it a little awkward at times. I was hoping to buy a pint glass at the expo but there was less race logo’d merchandise than I expected. Get to the expo early if possible because I heard of long lines for those that went late Friday or Saturday.

Speaking of Saturday, we took part in the free Breakfast Friendship run which had thousands from around the world run to the 1936 Olympic stadium. That was a fun experience that other races don’t offer.

As a first time visitor we found the city fairly easy to navigate via public transit and accommodating. If I could afford it and win the race lottery again, I’d consider training to run Berlin a second time.

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Traveled by air and car to get to Duluth. The expo is great and the people are friendly but I don’t really see what the hype is about this race. … MORE

Traveled by air and car to get to Duluth. The expo is great and the people are friendly but I don’t really see what the hype is about this race. Perhaps it’s because in 2018 the weather was foggy and cold.

If you’re running the half get to the busses early. We arrived within the requested time but the line was really long and by the time we boarded, were dropped off, threw our gear bags on the ground (because the bins were full), used a potty and walked to the start; we were 15 minutes after the gun went off. We weren’t necessarily slow and when I looked back I saw dozens (if not more) runners behind us (since I know we we were not the last bunch of busses). The gear check when I finished (near 2 hours) was like pandemonium on a cold day. Being short I knew I couldn’t fight my way to the front so I found a line for soup and beer tickets. I’m not sure why I received less tickets than two women next to me. Maybe they were given two by mistake whereas I only had one, who knows. I’ve run in races with stadium finishes so the finish line was not that spectacular to me. I’m sure there are runners who love the straight shot, down hill course for PRs but it was not a race I’d travel
that distance to run a second time.

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The expo on Friday had a great panel discussion with living legends of running kicked off by an inspirational speech from a special Olympic athlete who was also a multiple … MORE

The expo on Friday had a great panel discussion with living legends of running kicked off by an inspirational speech from a special Olympic athlete who was also a multiple Boston qualifier. The one hour, early morning event proved worthy of our needing to wake up at 3am in order to drive and get there on time. There are several large hotels near the convention center and race starting corrals so don’t feel it’s imperative to stay at the JW Marriott.

The expo had a good selection of merchandise. There were opportunities for some fun photo opps too like with an Indy car or the special ambassadors. They give out a nice hat too. Apparently the hats are an annual thing. They were not in the bin pickup bag, so look for them as your entering the expo. I had my hat signed by Frank Shorter.

Down the street about three blocks from the convention center we found a Noodles & Company and some other less expensive places to eat near a mall that had a souvenir shop on the third floor.

Race day start was VERY well organized. I was in a preferred corral and my friends were back in O. I think the corrals went from A to Z because they were not overly crowded. When the gun went off you could actually start running on a four lane road without being boxed in. As a matter of fact, I started mid way in corral D and was only 58 seconds different between gun and clock time.

The course is flat and fast with a lot of community support. I think they had entertainment of some kind about every half mile. Bands, dj’s, belly dancers, tap dancers, you name it and they likely had it. Water stops are marker, manned on both sides and stretched really far so that no one has to run into someone to get a drink.

Entering the iconic speedway and running the track was the highlight. The first mile was flanked with memorials to fallen soldiers post 9-11 which was quite moving. After about two miles near the tower you can stop to kiss the bricks embedded in the track. Marathon photo is there taking pics but runners were all friendly and offering to take each other’s pictures too.

The finisher festival is open to non-runners and had a live band, food trucks and more phot opportunities. We all had a great experience and can see why Indymini is one of the most popular races in the nation..

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This race continues to evolve and improve year over year. The highlights include runners getting a free ticket to the NFL Hall of fame museum during race weekend, on field … MORE

This race continues to evolve and improve year over year. The highlights include runners getting a free ticket to the NFL Hall of fame museum during race weekend, on field finish and post race for full, half and relay runners on Sunday and the awesome ring 5K medal on Saturday and a cool fleece blanket on Sunday. There are also shirt options each of which come with different registration fees so this race can be a real bargain if you don’t care about getting a tech shirt. Pace teams are also offered at Sunday’s race.

The expo is now at the county fairgrounds and had a good mix of local organizations, races and essentials that a runner might need on race day. The fair grounds has adequate parking too.

The drawbacks are getting into the fairgrounds by start time on Sunday. Plan to arrive earlier than you think you’ll need because there are a lot of cars from three directions all entering into the same gate. Good news is that you can stay warm in your car while waiting. In my opinion the two main drawbacks are that the course is not that scenic with little community support (maybe that will grow over time) and there were no food or drinks for sale for spectators waiting in the stadium for family to finish (maybe that will change in the future too). If you have spectators be sure to have them pack some snacks. The last 2-3 miles of the course was mostly uphill with a headwind in 2018 so be prepared for that too. The stadium and hall are about one mile from the fairgrounds so you’ll be taking a shuttle back to your car so you’ll want to use the gear check which transports your gear to the stadium while you’re running.

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The expo was about 30-40 minutes from downtown Kansas City. It was not huge but had everything a runner might need last minute or just want to pick up. They … MORE

The expo was about 30-40 minutes from downtown Kansas City. It was not huge but had everything a runner might need last minute or just want to pick up. They had a booth that would make shirts for you with a mix and match slection of shirt styles and Wizard of Oz expressions.

We did not take the shuttle in race morning because a local friend dropped us off. The start at Garmin Headquarters was well organized. There were plenty of porta potties and a big covered garage area to seek shelter had it been raining. They offered race day packet pickup too.

The half course was hillier than I imagined Kansas would be. It doesn’t necessarily have huge hills but rather rolling hills. You mostly run through residential areas in a Saturday morning. There is not a lot of crowd support or entertainment so you may want to pack an iPod if you like running with music.

There’s a spot in the course where you run into a park trail that is decorated with flying monkeys which was cute and in the theme of the race. I dressed as Dorthy and would guess about 1/4 of the runners wore costumes (maybe a little less). At one point I was running alongside a few other Dorthys!

The race finished were it started. The finisher medals were really cute and if you’re lucky enough to place in your age group, these awards were desk worthy too.

After the race, if you’re over 21, there was free beer and margaritas courtesy of a local restaurant. Another restaurant offered free barbecue chicken sandwiches which were cooked fresh on a big grill. They also had a live band and tables and chairs to rest. It wasn’t raining but it was all under cover which was nice.

I ran this race to check off Kansas and visit a friend who lived in the area. Had I known there was another half over the state line in Missouri the next day (Sunday). So if you’re considering this race, which you should, keep that in mind.

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I ran this race as part of a 20 mile training run while on vacation in California. The race has a Alice in Wonderland theme. I dressed for the theme … MORE

I ran this race as part of a 20 mile training run while on vacation in California. The race has a Alice in Wonderland theme. I dressed for the theme as did a few other runners.

The race allowed day of packet pickup which was great for us. Runners got a cool short sleeve shirt (tech for half and cotton for 5K). The medal for 2018 had the mad hatter and a rabbit on it. It was very colorful and cute.

The half starts first. It starts in a parking lot and then moved to a paved bike/hike trail. There’s a bit of a bottleneck at the start as everyone gets to the trail so seed yourself in the front of the pack if you’re trying to PR. Not being from the area I thought the course was going to be more scenic. Nonetheless there was great support by local groups at the water stops which also had a big variety of Runner snacks! At the end of the race they had ice cream sandwiches which were a great treat. My family ran the 5K and had fun watching women practice for roller derby in the complex while waiting for me.

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Great race on a very windy day. 10:30am start time allows you to sleep in. The course has variety of running through neighborhoods, a park, the water front and downtown. … MORE

Great race on a very windy day. 10:30am start time allows you to sleep in. The course has variety of running through neighborhoods, a park, the water front and downtown. The expo was well organized and had a good variety of merchandise. The start line was well organized. The volunteers where great and there was a lot of crowd support. I’d run this race again.

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Scenery of ocean was very pretty. If you're not from the coast be prepared for humidity, even if it's not hot. Race day was windy when we were near the … MORE

Scenery of ocean was very pretty. If you’re not from the coast be prepared for humidity, even if it’s not hot. Race day was windy when we were near the coast. The shirt was pretty and the medal was a pineapple with an inscription on the back that explained the significance of the pineapple. After the race they offered drinks, fruit, candy, bagels, peanut butter and delicious soup! The shuttle buses were no issue and there were plenty of bathrooms. The start and finish is right next to the beach so you’ll get to walk in the sand if desired.

A few minor issues. The course has at least two 360 degree turnarounds which might impact someone going for a PR. Also the spectators seemed reluctant to cheer for strangers, with the exception of a few groups of teenagers.

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A good race but not a beginner course. Everything about the race production is top notch. Expo has good vendors and this year included a chance to meet Olympian Kara … MORE

A good race but not a beginner course. Everything about the race production is top notch. Expo has good vendors and this year included a chance to meet Olympian Kara Goucher (who ran the half the next day). There are plenty of porta potties and water stops on the course. Many areas of the course have great crowd support too. This was much appreciated in 2017 as the weather was unseasonably hot and spectators gave out ice chips and other amenities. The finish in the baseball stadium is great for runners and their families.

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Smaller race is capped around 2,000 marathoners. Course is flat, two laps around a very pretty park. There was some shade with fun water stations each mile. The parking was … MORE

Smaller race is capped around 2,000 marathoners. Course is flat, two laps around a very pretty park. There was some shade with fun water stations each mile. The parking was at a nearby amusement park and was well organized. The park itself had long stretches of sand beaches that you can check out before or after the race. The short sleeve tech shirt was pretty and the cloth bag with a zipper top and movable inserts was really nice. The finish line had water, chocolate milk, bananas and sandwiches from Subway. The only funny thing was that my bag didn’t have any pins. Be sure to bring some with you. I would consider running Erie again with hopes of improving my time!

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Packet pickup is easy. Shirt is cute and fits. Buff and magnet were nice. Hat was nice too but too large for me so I gave it to my husband … MORE

Packet pickup is easy. Shirt is cute and fits. Buff and magnet were nice. Hat was nice too but too large for me so I gave it to my husband who loved it. It was easy to use the eticket for both parking and park entry. The course is pretty flat. You only go through the park for about two miles. All the runners are nice and supportive to each other. The aid stations were well maintained with water, Gatorade and some gels. The only issue was that the mile markers were off between miles 4 and 11. I also didn’t get a chance to see Snoopy. After the race, check your time with the race staff. If you’re age group winner you get a pint glass and park ticket.

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Expo was easy to get to and the parking was $8 on a Saturday. The expo was large enough to offer a variety of essentials and non-essentials. I think the … MORE

Expo was easy to get to and the parking was $8 on a Saturday. The expo was large enough to offer a variety of essentials and non-essentials. I think the half and full both got the same short sleeve tech shirt and a 40th anniversary bottle opener/key chain. The medal is pretty and has a little bit of bling on it. Driving to downtown proved easier than expected on race morning. We parked near the baseball stadium which was very close to the start for $10. I noticed some runners found shelter inside the Quicken Loans arena (although not needed) before the start of the race. The first four miles of the course hit most of the top sights in downtown Cleveland and for the most part the half course had nice fan support. There was a large incline around mile 4 but other than that the half course was an easy run. The post race finish area was outdoors. After a free beer I left earlier than planned because there were no heat sheets to keep warm when it started raining. Areas the organizers can improve upon are that I found the water stops very congested (Pittsburgh’s are much more spread out) and I noticed runners had issues knowing where the power ade was.

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The half course (also miles 1-11'ish of the full) was relatively flat and went over three bridges, past the baseball and football stadium, along a river and through different neighborhoods. … MORE

The half course (also miles 1-11’ish of the full) was relatively flat and went over three bridges, past the baseball and football stadium, along a river and through different neighborhoods. The course had a lot of cheering spectators and some bands. The finish area was a big grassy field with different booths to buy stuff like shirts and food and different props for post race photos. There was also a small, fenced-in beer garden area selling Sierra Nevada beer. The proceeds went towards an animal charity. The expo had a big selection of running gear, races, and other items. The long sleeve tech shirt and medal were nice too. We had never been to Pittsburgh before and had a great time.

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Course was out and back loop on paved roads with some elevation changes which made it easy to gauge where you were and for spectators to see you. I saw … MORE

Course was out and back loop on paved roads with some elevation changes which made it easy to gauge where you were and for spectators to see you. I saw a friend’s husband on his bike on the course at multiple spots. There were mile markers every mile and more but I don’t recall any clocks on the course. For those striving to run a particular time you’ll need to watch your own GPS or take advantage of the pacers the race offered.

Water stops were well managed with water and gatorade although I know at least one ran out of gatorade mid race. The course did not seem to have a lot of shade which made for a hot race as the temps increased (to about 80) and the time of day got closer to noon. The race promoted free race pics but I have not yet seen them (It’s only been 1.5 days). The photographers were not wearing anything that would make them obvious (like bright vests) so we’ll see how they come out. Spirit Airlines was also planning on randomly awarding one half and one full finisher free airfare. I’m not sure who won (not me) but that was a great prize for someone not likely to place on the leader board.

As the number of registrations for this race grew, they had to add busing from a fairgrounds about 2 miles away. We did not have an issue with the buses. We arrived about 15 minutes later than planned due to traffic but still made it to the start line in time. In fact, the race start was delayed 15 minutes to allow those caught up in traffic to get to the start. I think the fairgrounds only had one entrance open. It was quite surprising that everyone politely took turns from three directions to drive into the single entrance with no stop light or traffic cop.

The start/finish area had ample porta potties which still had toilet paper post race. The finisher medals and fleece blankets are both football themed and something a runner would want to display. The finish area had water, a strawberry/protein drink, hot dogs, chips and bananas. The expo was not huge but had a nice variety of necessities (e.g. GU, Cliff shots) and extras (e.g. medal racks, t-shirt quilts, apparel) a runner might like to browse.

Two ideas for the race directors are to have someone hand you a water at the finish (I was so hot and tired that I didn’t realize I walked right past a pallet) and have a link on your web site to suggest appropriate dress for newer runners. For those finishing over 4:00 it got pretty hot. I was surprised to see runners wearing long sleeves and leggings. I wondered if they were less experience and just didn’t realize to dress for 10 degrees colder than it actually is.

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The Boston marathon is more than just a race. There is a 5K on Saturday, blessing of the athletes on Sunday and Sam Adams beer tours on Tuesday. Runners have … MORE

The Boston marathon is more than just a race. There is a 5K on Saturday, blessing of the athletes on Sunday and Sam Adams beer tours on Tuesday. Runners have to take an hour bus ride to the starting corrals and if you’re in Wave 4 (about 4hr qualifying time) you won’t start running until 11:15am. The course has more hills than I anticipated which took it’s toll on me. There was a lot of support at the water stops and spectators along the course. The best part, in my opinion, was the last half mile of the course. When you turn right and then left and see all the international flags, big finish line and thousands of spectators, you realize that you are part of the most prestigious athletic event in the world.

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Race offered packet pickup day of which was nice. Runners could wait inside a hall to stay warm and stretch. The course went through wooded residential areas that were quite … MORE

Race offered packet pickup day of which was nice. Runners could wait inside a hall to stay warm and stretch. The course went through wooded residential areas that were quite pretty. The course was more hilly than I expected and I earned my finish time. The shirt and medal were just OK. The post race had pizza and a live band inside the hall.

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Day of packet pickup included a comfy T-shirt that I’ve worn many times. The race course is really, really flat except for a draw bridge. I was not accustomed to … MORE

Day of packet pickup included a comfy T-shirt that I’ve worn many times. The race course is really, really flat except for a draw bridge. I was not accustomed to the humidity and ended up taking my shirt off back way through so if you’re from the north beware. After the race there was a mechanical shark, beer and a band right on the beach. It was a fun race and the medal is HUGE.

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Fun way to start the 4th of July holiday. Friendly volunteers, race day packet pick up, easy parking, attractive soft shirt, pretty (flat) course on the "greenway", well attended water … MORE

Fun way to start the 4th of July holiday. Friendly volunteers, race day packet pick up, easy parking, attractive soft shirt, pretty (flat) course on the “greenway”, well attended water stops, pacers, and awesome free race photos, Well managed half that also had a 10K, 5K and kids race on a track for all levels of runners.

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I ran as a charity runner and made the mistake of doing too much site seeing the day before. Even though I did not run the time I wanted, I … MORE

I ran as a charity runner and made the mistake of doing too much site seeing the day before. Even though I did not run the time I wanted, I had a great time and would do it again. Each section of the course had its own vibe with spectators who were proud of their community. The course was like running a 2 mile start followed by a 24.2 mile finish line. There was a lot of entertainment and signs along the way in additional to some interesting architecture. The expo was good too and seemed less crowded than Boston’s. Perhaps the venue was bigger. We went to the parade of nations and fireworks the Friday night before the Sunday race which was short but a good experience. It really made us appreciate the breadth of runners in town for the race. The athlete’s village was very well organized as were the starting corrals. The course had a little more elevations than I anticipated. If you are in a later starting wave/corral be prepared that it might be getting dark before you get to the finish.

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I helped pace my daughter at this race and enjoyed every minute of it. I live in the midwest, so I loved seeing the different scenery. The volunteers working the … MORE

I helped pace my daughter at this race and enjoyed every minute of it. I live in the midwest, so I loved seeing the different scenery. The volunteers working the water stops were great. There was one spot on the course which had some cars on it (I’m not certain they were suppose to be there) but for the most part the half course was car-free. There was one hill around the turnaround for the half. Other than that, the half course was pretty flat. The enjoyed the bag pipers they had at the start and later on the course. The expo was smaller than some I have been to but I enjoyed that runners got free products from local businesses. I certainly don’t think I’ll ever get a can of baked beans at another race. The residents along the course were encouraging too. All in all running the Maine Half was a fun experience.

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Akron is a local race for me so I've run it multiple times. The course starts downtown and has plenty of parking so runners don't have to deal with buses … MORE

Akron is a local race for me so I’ve run it multiple times. The course starts downtown and has plenty of parking so runners don’t have to deal with buses or waiting hours to start. There are ample porta potties and volunteers at the water stops. The course is literally marked with a 26 mile blue line and runs through different parts of the city and area neighborhoods, each with its own feel. You’ll pass some course entertainment and block/house parties. One of the best parts is the end of the course when you enter the local minor league ball park and finish by running across the field. The infield has live entertainment, beer and other food for runners. There are even free massages for those wanting to wait and a local vendor to engrave medals on site. Spectators and runners alike can hang out in the stadium and watch others finish on the jumbo screen or party at one of the local bars post race. Half and full finishers typically get a gift at the finish line (e.g. pair of socks) in addition to the shirt and medal. One word of caution is that Akron is not considered an easy course. I’ve been on hillier courses but it is not as pancake flat as Columbus.

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Be sure to use a GPS to find the expo if you’re not local. There is a shuttle to the start and we were lucky to have stayed at a … MORE

Be sure to use a GPS to find the expo if you’re not local. There is a shuttle to the start and we were lucky to have stayed at a hotel nearby the shuttle.

The race starts and finishes at a university stadium. Expect a big hill in the last mile! There was a live band at the finish which was fun to listen to before taking the shuttle back to our car.

If you’re looking to check WY off your list of half’s , I’d suggest this race.

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The swag was great, tech shirt, buff and arm bands. The course started in the parking lot and went through the park (about two miles) and then went over the … MORE

The swag was great, tech shirt, buff and arm bands. The course started in the parking lot and went through the park (about two miles) and then went over the causeway before running through areas of Sandusky. Other runners and I found the course to be mis-marked around mile six but then got back on track around mile ten. At the finish line you can get a hug from Snoopy before riding coasters at one of the best amusement parks in the world. What’s not to like?

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The expo was fun with a variety of gear to buy. I got my husband a bike shirt for $20 and myself a Headsweats visor. My friends got free KT … MORE

The expo was fun with a variety of gear to buy. I got my husband a bike shirt for $20 and myself a Headsweats visor. My friends got free KT tape and we all had a group selfie. The start of the race included a bugle player just like at the horse track. Part of the course ran past really cool architecture and there were even some folks from a retirement home handing out orange slices. Around mile 7 we entered the icon Kentucky Derby track. The post race area had a live band, beer area and some food trucks. It was cold and rainy that day so we didn’t stay long afterwards.

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Made this race into a family vacation. The expo was fun and the finish was so much fun. I got my medal from a life guard while my underage daughter … MORE

Made this race into a family vacation. The expo was fun and the finish was so much fun. I got my medal from a life guard while my underage daughter chose a medieval knight. The course went through neighborhoods and the locals were happy to cheer on all the runners.

My husband has been to many of my races and still refers to the Divas ‘ MC as the most informative and entertaining he’s seen at a race.

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