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@lchristensen44

Ravenna, OH Raving since 2017 Boston Marathon finisher active 2 days, 14 hours 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.

My races

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Erie, PA Sep 10, 2017 4:16:53
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH May 20, 2017 2:00:18

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2016
Half Marathon Portland, ME Oct 2, 2016
Marathon Akron, OH Sep 24, 2016
Half Marathon Sandusky, OH Jun 12, 2016
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 30, 2016

My Raves

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon

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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Newport Marathon (RI)

Newport Marathon (RI)

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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Akron Marathon & Half Marathon

Akron Marathon & Half Marathon

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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Erie Marathon at Presque Isle

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle

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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Run & Ride at Cedar Point

Run & Ride at Cedar Point

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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Cleveland Marathon & Half Marathon

Cleveland Marathon & Half Marathon

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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Pittsburgh Marathon

Pittsburgh Marathon

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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Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) Marathon

Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) Marathon

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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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

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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We The Runners Half Marathon

We The Runners Half Marathon

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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New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

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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Maine Marathon & Half Marathon

Maine Marathon & Half Marathon

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 Marathon & Half Marathon

Akron Marathon & Half Marathon

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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Run & Ride at Cedar Point

Run & Ride at Cedar Point

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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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

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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