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@leo25

Portland, OR Raving since 2023 Active 9 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Eugene, OR Apr 28, 2024 3:32:32
Half Marathon Kent, WA Mar 16, 2024 1:39:45
10K Vancouver, WA Jan 28, 2024 45:54
5K Tualatin, OR Mar 30, 2024 21:24

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2024

Past Races (23)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Friday Harbor, WA May 11, 2024 1:46:33
Marathon Eugene, OR Apr 28, 2024 3:32:32
5K Tualatin, OR Mar 30, 2024 21:24
Half Marathon Kent, WA Mar 16, 2024 1:39:45
10K Honolulu, HI Mar 3, 2024 47:44
10K Vancouver, WA Jan 28, 2024 45:54
Half Marathon Key West, FL Jan 14, 2024 1:46:47
5K Beaverton, OR Dec 16, 2023 22:54
Half Marathon Hood River, OR Oct 22, 2023 1:52:21
Marathon Portland, OR Oct 1, 2023 3:39:11
Half Marathon Redmond, WA Jul 30, 2023 1:43:50
10K Oak Grove, OR Jun 17, 2023 46:50
10K Hillsboro, OR Jun 3, 2023 45:56
10K Milwaukie, OR May 6, 2023 48:13
10K Portland, OR Apr 23, 2023 49:06
Half Marathon Honolulu, HI Apr 16, 2023 1:51:30
Half Marathon Portland, OR Oct 2, 2022 2:00:51
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Feb 27, 2022 2:20:44
Half Marathon Portland, OR Oct 3, 2021 1:58:48
Half Marathon Portland, OR Oct 6, 2019 2:09:06
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2019 2:08:16
Half Marathon Rochester, MN May 25, 2014 1:59:27
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY May 18, 2013 2:06:53

My Raves

Point-to-point course with a fair amount of elevation change. The reward was beautiful views of the water and bucolic scenes. There was more time in the direct sun than in … MORE

Point-to-point course with a fair amount of elevation change. The reward was beautiful views of the water and bucolic scenes. There was more time in the direct sun than in the shade, so don’t forget the sunscreen! The vibe of the race was laid-back, yet everything worked. The race started about 5 minutes late to make sure everyone on the last shuttle made it. Bib pickup at the start was easy. The mile markers seemed off, some too short and some too long, but the finish was exactly at 13.1 by my watch. Medal was beautiful. My only disappointment was the photos — I saw the previous years’ photos that were pretty epic, but this year’s didn’t really reflect the awesomeness of the course.

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The race is known for being fast, and although there were a couple of hills, when I got through the biggest hill in mile 5, I thought, "That was it?" … MORE

The race is known for being fast, and although there were a couple of hills, when I got through the biggest hill in mile 5, I thought, “That was it?” The back half of the course is just gorgeous, through (paved) park trails. Everything was lush green in a backdrop of overcast perfect running weather. The first half is pretty average residential and commercial streets. Finishing in Hayward Field is a treat. My only gripe is that the start was a bit of a cluster. There was a 3:25 pacer at the front of the second corral, then I didn’t see another pacer (looked like the 3:30) until the front of the third corral…out of 4 total. I ended up staying between the two, but the pack was much slower than either of those paces, and I couldn’t break away for the first 2 miles because it was VERY crowded. This is the first year the races were sold out, so I’m not sure if that has always been the experience. The rest of the race was plenty spacious.

More positives: Expo was good, nice race shirt (Nike DriFit of course), medal was handsome and sentimental with incorporated lumber from the historic Hayward Field, free photos that were available within hours.

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The course is pancake flat and well paved. The race was capped at a fairly small number of participants, so there was plenty of room to run your own race. … MORE

The course is pancake flat and well paved. The race was capped at a fairly small number of participants, so there was plenty of room to run your own race. Weather happened to be perfect, with a clear view of Mount Rainier and some cherry blossoms in parts. Medal was fine, and appreciated that I could have my bib mailed. The rest was pretty no-frills.

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The packet pick-up was pretty bare bones (no vendors besides a Maui Jim stand), but it was easy. On race morning, the gear check was not specifically marked (though not … MORE

The packet pick-up was pretty bare bones (no vendors besides a Maui Jim stand), but it was easy. On race morning, the gear check was not specifically marked (though not super hard to find after asking around), and they didn’t seem to arrange the bags in any particular order — when people were picking up their bags afterward, it was a lot of searching around randomly bag-by-bag. The corrals were only open from the back, so if your bib color was near the front, you either had to make your way through all the other groups (3400+ runners) or hop the rails. There were many runners who went to the front green group with blue or orange bibs, so that did not seem to work as intended. The scenery was nice for about half of the race by the ocean, but the rest was pretty industrial. The medal and shirt were nice, and there were some pretty legit free race photos.

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Very inexpensive 10K with high ROI. The course was nice (especially the 10K-only portion along the riverfront) and was easy to follow with lots of volunteers along the way. The … MORE

Very inexpensive 10K with high ROI. The course was nice (especially the 10K-only portion along the riverfront) and was easy to follow with lots of volunteers along the way. The swag bag was surprisingly full, with gloves, mylar blanket, hand warmers, long-sleeve tech shirt and lots of discount coupons. Warm soup at the finish was yummy, and lots of folks stuck around the after party tent with a band. The medal was meh, but I don’t mind that for a 10K. My only criticism would be that the faster 10K runners had to weave a lot through the 5K pack on a narrow sidewalk at the end. Also would have been nice to have some kind of token memento for the podium finishers. But, I had fun and would do this race again.

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The beautiful setting was just what I needed for a winter getaway. The course is truly flat and scenic, but there were some parts that were sandy or even on … MORE

The beautiful setting was just what I needed for a winter getaway. The course is truly flat and scenic, but there were some parts that were sandy or even on the beach (very short portion) that broke up the rhythm. The route was clearly marked, and wide enough that the crowds thinned out pretty quickly after the start. Be prepared for a cupless race. I appreciated the new 6:30 start given the temp (70) and humidity. The band at the finish was great with a tropical vibe, and the racers stuck around to party. I would do this race again.

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I expected the switchback climb at the beginning to be difficult, but the hills didn't really stop until mile 9. The course was beautiful, mostly shaded, and the weather happened … MORE

I expected the switchback climb at the beginning to be difficult, but the hills didn’t really stop until mile 9. The course was beautiful, mostly shaded, and the weather happened to be perfect. Medal was cool. Lots of food afterward. The dogs on course were an interesting touch, with staggered race starts preventing it from getting too crowded. A good race if you aren’t expecting a PR.

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First time running the full marathon course after 3 Portland half marathons. The course is not particularly flat, but the hills are manageable and the biggest hill is at mile … MORE

First time running the full marathon course after 3 Portland half marathons. The course is not particularly flat, but the hills are manageable and the biggest hill is at mile 2. There are a lot of turns, but the course was well marked. Aid stations were abundant. The medal was the best one I’ve seen. Lots of pacer groups. Topped off with cool but sunny weather.

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Seamless experience -- I drove in from out of town the morning of the race and found it very easy to navigate parking, bib pickup, and bag check. Everyone was … MORE

Seamless experience — I drove in from out of town the morning of the race and found it very easy to navigate parking, bib pickup, and bag check. Everyone was very friendly. Course was serene, if a bit unvaried. The path was not as crowded as I thought it would be for the number of runners. Don’t expect many spectators. I admire the environmental awareness of Orca Running, even though I was not super excited about carrying my own water. Free photos are a nice touch.

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The 10K course was pretty flat. Stadium finish was a nice touch, and a great place to hang out post-race for a burger and spectating. The swag was as good … MORE

The 10K course was pretty flat. Stadium finish was a nice touch, and a great place to hang out post-race for a burger and spectating. The swag was as good as any I’ve seen. Got a text with the official results as soon as I crossed the finish line. Overall a seamless production.

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There are a lot of hotels near the start line that are affordable compared to other parts of Hawaii, a ton of restaurants and high-end shopping nearby, and of course … MORE

There are a lot of hotels near the start line that are affordable compared to other parts of Hawaii, a ton of restaurants and high-end shopping nearby, and of course Waikiki beach. The race itself was beautiful, mostly in the shade. The toughest part is the hill after mile 9 — not super steep, just long. Expo was pretty small, but easy to get to walking from Waikiki. Although previous reviews commented on a lack of organization at the start line, this year there were color-coded sections that runners were asked to go based on predicted times, and I found that worked fine. I will be back again!

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This was my third time running the half, and each time has been similarly well produced. The expo is pretty good with many vendors, T-shirt swap between short sleeve/long sleeve/tank. … MORE

This was my third time running the half, and each time has been similarly well produced. The expo is pretty good with many vendors, T-shirt swap between short sleeve/long sleeve/tank. Start line is easy to get to on the metro or a short walk from downtown hotels. Lots of different pacers. Course is mostly flat, through neighborhoods. A couple of nice views of the city when crossing bridges. Drink stations are abundant, some with gels. This year the weather was nice, but past years a little chilly for me. My favorite is the finish with free rose, pizza, and voodoo doughnut! Free photos and personal highlight video are a nice touch.

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Having the entire Strip shut down for runners is pretty awesome. The medals were also neat. Everything else was mediocre, and I do not think I would do this race … MORE

Having the entire Strip shut down for runners is pretty awesome. The medals were also neat. Everything else was mediocre, and I do not think I would do this race again. There was a lot of walking to get to the holding area before the start, a lot of waiting around as I was in a later start group, then a lot of crowded walking to get to the start. Even though the course was flat, I had my worst half marathon time and I’m not sure why, but part of it might have to do with it being a night race. The start of the race was warm enough, but night fell and the temps got cooler by the finish, so I wish I had dressed accordingly. The finish did not have much to offer (unless you like beer, which I don’t), so I just wanted to get back to my hotel, but had to walk pretty far before I could get out of the course.

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