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@ldoucet

CANADA Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 3 weeks, 1 day ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Run the Bluegrass! Little Rock Marathon!

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Flying Pirate Half Marathon

  • I run because:

    I love to travel and meet another runners. Running helps take a load off and I enjoy being outdoors

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Future Races

Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Val-David, Canada Oct 20, 2019 4:56:15
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Dec 27, 2015 2:03:00

Future Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Sep 19, 2020
Marathon Winnipeg, Canada Oct 11, 2020
Marathon Charlottetown, Canada Oct 18, 2020
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS 2021
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA 2021
Half Marathon Wilson, WY 2021
Half Marathon Springfield, IL TBD

Past Races (20)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Ottawa, Canada May 24, 2020
10K Ottawa, Canada May 24, 2020
5K Ottawa, Canada May 24, 2020
2K Ottawa, Canada May 24, 2020
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 9, 2020
5K Bucyrus, KS May 9, 2020
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Feb 29, 2020 2:17:51
Marathon Val-David, Canada Oct 20, 2019 4:56:15
Half Marathon Shelburne, VT Sep 7, 2019 2:21:13
Half Marathon Cascade Locks, OR Aug 11, 2019 2:29:23
Marathon Saskatoon, Canada May 26, 2019 5:18:22
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 20, 2019 2:30:23
Half Marathon Helena, MT Jun 9, 2018 2:28:39
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Mar 31, 2018 2:35:17
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 3, 2017 2:35:37
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 29, 2017 2:42:42
Half Marathon Boulder City, NV Feb 25, 2017 3:50:59
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jul 31, 2016 5:16:35
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Dec 27, 2015 2:03:00
Half Marathon Honolulu, HI Apr 12, 2015 2:08:00

My Raves

I made the trip from British Columbia, Canada to race the 5km and Half Marathon and I was NOT disappointed. I am going start backwards and make my way forwards. … MORE

I made the trip from British Columbia, Canada to race the 5km and Half Marathon and I was NOT disappointed. I am going start backwards and make my way forwards.

This year’s theme was Totally Awesome 80s. There were quite a few people, including myself dressed up in 80’s workout gear, some where TV personalities, Singers, cartoon characters like Spiderman and He-Man. There were cheer sections dressed up like Star Wars characters, lots of stations playing 80’s music. We were all having an 80’s party! This is what makes a race so much fun to participate. I understand that every year, the CICs choose a theme and go all out on it! Totally Awesome!

The course: I found it really good to run, there were a few places to watch your step as we did cross train tracks and some potholes, there were hills at the later stage of the Half Marathon Run, make sure to train your hills.

The weather: for the 5km Run we had SUNSHINE! Yeah! I do have to point out that several of us found our Garmin trackers telling us we ran more than 5km, this wasn’t a big deal to me, just be aware.
The Half Marathon weather: started out with sun, then the clouds started moving in and the temperature dropped. We did have a light rain shower at the 2-3 mile mark but that quickly went away. There was wind too, and it was against you and at times as you are going up the hill. I didn’t have a problem with this as all winter long, I trained outside like this, so it wasn’t a shock to my system. A few times the sun did come out and you could feel the warmth.

Crowd support: Awesome and so much fun. Water stations, it looked to me that they were well manned with volunteers, there were beer stations and every a “pickle juice” table. I did not have any of these as I didn’t know how my body would react. I would say that I did find the first water station a little further down the road from the start line than I am use to having or seeing. I had my own water bottles with me as I am use to my own “water times” 🙂

There were lots of police for car and crowd control, medics easy to spot.
Lots of photographers along the course to capture the moments which was great to see.

As you cross the finish line, you follow the crowd into the expo area where you would pick up your medals, have your picture taken, print off your stat sheets, meet up with friends and family and pick up your goodies after the race.

The Expo itself was huge, great variety and well organized! It was attached to the host hotel which did a great job having all these runners hanging around. There is a valet service for your car, at a cost. There was even a bell hop to help you with your bags, I didn’t use him of course as I can handle my own.

Last but not least, The MEDALS! Oh what FUN and great they were! I love them and they make a great addition to my medals!

This race was very well organized, loved the t-shirts. This race lived up to the hype and my expectations of it. If there’s a race to do in Arkansas, chose this one, get involve with their themes and have a great time in Little Rock!

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I am on a mission to complete 1 Marathon in each 10 Canadian Provinces before I reach 50 years old in 4 years. This Marathon in Val David, Quebec is … MORE

I am on a mission to complete 1 Marathon in each 10 Canadian Provinces before I reach 50 years old in 4 years.

This Marathon in Val David, Quebec is a MUST DO!
It is a linear course which starts in Val David and you run on an old railroad trail now used for outdoor activities. It is also a Boston Qualifying course.
It is only in its 3rd Season and sells out very quickly for the Full and Half Marathon Race.

There was ample communication including leading up to the Marathon itself.
You get a detailed email at least 2 weeks before the race with all the pertinent info that you will need. i would suggest signing up for the bus to take you to the start line. That was very well organized. They gave you three places to park your vehicle all within distance of the finish line. I would suggest getting to the train station early to park, less walking to do after the run.

The start line was interesting. They did have a tent where people could wait and keep warm, lots of Port o Potties available. There were also little coffee shops around and people found other places to stay to keep warm. I just kept warming up as it was easier to climatized to the temperature and wait for the sun to rise and warm up the air.

Race package pick up was simple. The bag and tech t shirt were nice but the brochures put in the bag were just for advertising purposes.

The RUN ITSELF! because they cannot have too many people running at the same time, thus crowding the trail, the start is staggered according to what time you put to finish the Marathon and they really do “police this” which I thought was AWESOME! The course itself was beautiful! It really started going downhill right from the beginning but I really noticed it at km6 until km22 which is the half way point. From there, you start going somewhat flatter and start hearing the road noise.

Course support along the way was great! Lots of water stations, gatorade and also a JubeJube station. I was absolutely thrilled that they had not run out of water considering that the Half Marathoners and Most of the Marathoners had already passed through!

The finish line was great. They were there to greet you with your medal, there was even a guy standing at the 41.5km point to remind you show your bib as you cross the finish line.

They had the massage tent ready with lots of support so that you were not waiting long to see someone. And the goody table! Oh, it felt like getting hallowe’en candy! The assembly line was awesome and the volunteers were great.

All in all, this was a point to point Marathon and well worth doing

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This was a hilly course, there were only two that I had to actually walk up and for me that is a HUGE Improvement! The scenery was fantastic, ran over … MORE

This was a hilly course, there were only two that I had to actually walk up and for me that is a HUGE Improvement! The scenery was fantastic, ran over a covered bridge and the farm views. You are running on an active road so pay attention to oncoming traffic. Course support was great, water and gatorade was available to the runners.

The MC for the event made sure to remind runners of the turn around points. This actually made it very easy for me to gage where I was and the distance still to cover. It was an out and back course but this one I didn’t mind, probably because I am getting use to them but the scenery does help. I loved having those hills on the downward. The last 1 km is flat and then downhill to the finish line. I had a better run and I beat my goal time by 9mins, it felt good as I have a Marathon coming up in October. Helps with the confidence.

Overall, I loved how small this event was, I didn’t have to sway too much around runners in the first 10k and the last 10k there wasn’t anyone in my way. I would highly recommend this early September Run.

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This is a very hilly course, no doubt about that. Running over the Bridge of the Gods was very interesting. Don't look down if you are afraid of heights! It … MORE

This is a very hilly course, no doubt about that. Running over the Bridge of the Gods was very interesting. Don’t look down if you are afraid of heights! It is an open grill and you can see straight down to the water.

The production from start to finish went very smooth. There were lots of Port-o-Potties at the start of the race which was great. They offered “start prizes” if you got on the first couple of buses as you had to take the bus to the start line. They had a pancake breakfast ready at the bus stop too.

Easy to find race package pick up and they even had a volunteer waving a glow stick to show where the buses were.

Course support was awesome with water stations and 2 port-o-potties.
Scenery was gorgeous to take in. Perfect running weather, could not have asked for a better day!

The only really hard hiccup was that the medals got lost in transit. A posting and email went out 2 days before the race about the lost medals. The day before the race, there was a long write up on FB outlining what really happened and what they were doing to correct the situation. So, the organization very much stepped up to the plate and are trying their best to make it right. Very sincere in their apologies and I do believe that they will live up to their customer service pledge. They were able to get engraved, glass water bottles (for your chosen distance) to give all participants as they crossed the finish line until the medals show up or new ones made.

New Edit: January 2020
I did receive my medal in the mail in November, it is a nice medal to add to the collection, so it receives a final review of 3 shoes.

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Expo was very bland, just went to pick up my race package. Swag was very minimal, Medal was awesome Course support wained by my 2nd loop. I very much enjoyed … MORE

Expo was very bland, just went to pick up my race package. Swag was very minimal, Medal was awesome
Course support wained by my 2nd loop.
I very much enjoyed the course
This is a smaller Marathon so it was really nice not having to dodge people on the course, made running the course very enjoyable.
The course support that did stay to cheer us later runners were awesome.
Vendors were packing up by the time I crossed the finish line, could have used a massage but they were already gone. That was hard as us that crossed around 12pm were very sore and our injuries aggravated.

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This was an OK course. Not at all scenic until Mile 9-11, course support was sparse in some areas but got better through Mile 8 to the Mile 13. Lots … MORE

This was an OK course. Not at all scenic until Mile 9-11, course support was sparse in some areas but got better through Mile 8 to the Mile 13. Lots of cracks in the pavement so watch your footing if the course remains the same.
The Expo was well done and easy pick up. Lots of space and did not feel crowded at all. The Headlining Act at the end was good until their music started to sound the same after 45 minutes, again lots of space to enjoy it and unwind.
Overall, I ran this once and probably would not do it again. It’s a city run and honestly, I am more of a outdoors runner.

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I was quite disappointed with the Half Marathon medal. It is my least favourite medal and I should have done the Full Marathon instead. The course itself was ok, bussing … MORE

I was quite disappointed with the Half Marathon medal. It is my least favourite medal and I should have done the Full Marathon instead. The course itself was ok, bussing takes you out to the start point of the Half. Running on the Interstate but the drivers had some courtesy. The best scenery was seeing the Old Man in the Mountain, probably would have had a better time if I didn’t stop for pictures and they are right about the “never-ending hill”

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This should be on EVERYONE'S Half Marathon to do list! From the swag, to the medal, to the organization of this event, to the events associated with this Half that … MORE

This should be on EVERYONE’S Half Marathon to do list!
From the swag, to the medal, to the organization of this event, to the events associated with this Half that you can sign up for, the package pick up, to crossing the finish line with a High 5 from the race director! they even have an APP that you can track your workouts on and get additional goodies at the race. Did I mention the medal! By FAR MY FAVORITE in my collection!

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The weather was not the greatest for this race, cold, wind and heavy rains so there was no scenery to be had. The hills started to come in at almost … MORE

The weather was not the greatest for this race, cold, wind and heavy rains so there was no scenery to be had. The hills started to come in at almost the very end when my legs were going numb on the course. Not many bands playing probably due to the weather. This also happened at the time of the Vegas shooting so at the start you could see the heavy police presence as well as the overhead copters
There was a huge amount of people so the start was very much swaggered.

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Loved everything about this race EXCEPT that they could have tried to get some big names in country music to sing to us along the course after all it is … MORE

Loved everything about this race EXCEPT that they could have tried to get some big names in country music to sing to us along the course after all it is Nashville. Did run by a lot of stars home, scenery was great. However, if not use to the humidity, go a couple of days before, and bring double the hydration with you. They were running out of water pretty quick and they had to adjust the Marathon course because of the higher humidity and heat which made a lot of marathoners UNHAPPY!

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Wear real trail shoes, I did as this is a trail run in the desert. Bring hydration packs, sunscreen, a hat made of UV protection, this is in the desert … MORE

Wear real trail shoes, I did as this is a trail run in the desert. Bring hydration packs, sunscreen, a hat made of UV protection, this is in the desert and when the sun came out, it was HOT! The views are awesome, and it is a technical trail. Easy to find and park.

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What fun it was running through the tunnel! Bring a headlight and stay in the middle of the tunnel, the edges drop off unexpectedly and there was at least 1 … MORE

What fun it was running through the tunnel! Bring a headlight and stay in the middle of the tunnel, the edges drop off unexpectedly and there was at least 1 girl who had a bloodied skinned knee but finished the Marathon.
Easy trail to run and the scenery was awesome! Old rail trail at it’s best!
Take the bus to the starting point, park your car at the finish line.

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The only Hill was at the very start of the race, not much of a view until you start getting closer to the finish line at Torrey Pine State Park. … MORE

The only Hill was at the very start of the race, not much of a view until you start getting closer to the finish line at Torrey Pine State Park.
Awesome bussing system from the Park back to the start line if you have no one to pick you up.
This was my BEST PB time for a Half. The course was an easy course to run.
Medal is Fantastic! It is my 2nd Favourite in my collection so far.

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Go a couple days ahead of the run to climatized to the humidity of Hawaii. The views as you are coming to the finish line was awesome to see Wonderful … MORE

Go a couple days ahead of the run to climatized to the humidity of Hawaii.
The views as you are coming to the finish line was awesome to see
Wonderful Half Marathon

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