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@lonewolf2401

Great Falls, MT Raving since 2016 Active 7 years, 9 months ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Spokane, WA 2010 7:30:00
Half Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jul 10, 2016 2:57:00
12K Spokane, WA May 1, 2016 1:34:00

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Past Races (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jul 10, 2016 2:57:00
Half Marathon Lincoln, MT Jul 3, 2016 2:59:10
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 4, 2016 2:58:19
12K Spokane, WA May 1, 2016 1:34:00
Half Marathon Virgin, UT Mar 12, 2016 3:10:00
Half Marathon Seeley Lake, MT Feb 27, 2016 3:10:00
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 13, 2015 3:19:00
Marathon Spokane, WA 2010 7:30:00

My Raves

Everything about this race was well done and professional. From the bus transportation, to the fireworks before the race, to the enthusiastic course volunteers, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Scenery was … MORE

Everything about this race was well done and professional. From the bus transportation, to the fireworks before the race, to the enthusiastic course volunteers, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Scenery was great, and the sprint to the finish, where the course was lined with cheering spectators, really added some adrenalin.
Will definitely be back next year!

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I will start by saying I really enjoyed this race, even though the race management was sorely lacking. Picking up my bib and T-shirt was a relatively slow process, and … MORE

I will start by saying I really enjoyed this race, even though the race management was sorely lacking.
Picking up my bib and T-shirt was a relatively slow process, and the lady I worked with seemed over-whelmed and slightly confused.
In the morning, we were bused out of Lincoln to a forest service road miles from town. A line on the pavement served as the start, and we were off into the mountains.
After about 2 miles of pavement, we entered a dirt road that climbed several hundred feet into the mountains. The climbs were fairly tough and a good workout. At the top, there was an aid station, if you want to call it that. Only had water, and it was self serve.
The next four miles or so were steeply downhill on the same gravel road. The final two miles were straight, leading back into Lincoln.
This is only the second year this race has been put on, but it needs work to continue I believe.
If you want a wilderness experience half marathon, this is it! Just remember it is very basic, and the production of the race needs some tending to.

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This is my 3rd Vacation Race Half Marathon, and they are all very well hosted and managed. This edition offers some of the best scenery you will ever see on … MORE

This is my 3rd Vacation Race Half Marathon, and they are all very well hosted and managed.
This edition offers some of the best scenery you will ever see on a half course. The first half of the course is scenic enough, but the last half your view if filled with the Grand Tetons, which give a lot of inspiration and take your mind off the pain!
The energy at the start is awesome, as it always is at these races. They really get you pumped up, and you will not go wrong entering any of the Vacation Races.

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This race has got to be one of the biggest and most well attended anywhere. All three times I have run this race, there have been close to 50,000 people. … MORE

This race has got to be one of the biggest and most well attended anywhere. All three times I have run this race, there have been close to 50,000 people.
The race expo is nothing short of a spectacle. Getting there, getting in, and out, is an adventure.
Race day can be over-whelming for a first timer. Finding your color group in the gaggle of people is a chore at times.
There is a festival atmosphere before the start, with people throwing around beach balls, and throwing their jackets into the trees, which will be donated to charity.
The first half of the race follows city streets through some moderate up and downhills. Lots of aid stations break up the miles.
There are folks playing instruments and singing along the course, which is very cool.
Many residents take it on themselves to spray runners with water, which I liked a lot!
At Doomsday Hill, you ascend about a half mile hill which makes most folks walk.
The last few miles are very level and straight for the most part. After the finish, you walk across a bridge and get your t-shirts.
I think this is one race everyone should do at least once.

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Woke up in my tent at 4 am to a downpour of rain. Not the best way to start a race day, but soldiered on. Got to the start line … MORE

Woke up in my tent at 4 am to a downpour of rain. Not the best way to start a race day, but soldiered on.
Got to the start line and still raining. A muddy mess. Everyone was in good spirits, as usual, and the first few miles went off with a light rain.
Most of the first 10 miles are rolling hills on the highway leading to the entrance to Zion Park. This provided a good mixture instead of long sections of flat road.
The last few miles go through the town leading to the entrance to the park. This is a lot of fun because there is a lot to look at, and take your mind off the pain.
The finish is downhill for about 50 yards, with lots of spectators lining the course.
Ironically, we finished in sun and 70 degrees! What a difference a few hours makes. Really glad I didn’t sleep in!

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This was my first half marathon, which I ran back in 2010. It was below zero at the start, and not much warmer at the finish! Fortunately, this year it … MORE

This was my first half marathon, which I ran back in 2010. It was below zero at the start, and not much warmer at the finish!
Fortunately, this year it was above freezing and lightly raining. The start begins in Seeley Lake and follows the highway for about the first mile before leaving town.
The first half of the course follows the highway, with gradual hills and descents. At the halfway point, the course leaves the highway and follows a round that takes you around Seeley Lake itself. Very scenic indeed.
Aid stations are very few and far between, which is one thing they need to improve on. It feels like you are pretty much on your own for most of the race.
Swag is pretty good, and this year they finally started awarding medals to all finishers!
This race is one you will remember, regardless of the weather. Make it if you can!

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This was my first Vacation Race, and only my second half marathon. I really chose a great one, because almost all of it is on dirt roads or mountain trails. … MORE

This was my first Vacation Race, and only my second half marathon. I really chose a great one, because almost all of it is on dirt roads or mountain trails.
I prefer trail running because it is easier on my body, and this one is a rarity it seems.
The first few miles are a gradual warm-up for the decent sized hill in the middle section. A fair amount of elevation gain, and then loss on the back side, which I enjoyed a lot.
The final few miles are flat to the finish, and I cut 25 minutes off my first half finish time.
The elevation will be a problem for “flat-landers”, so be aware that running over 7,000 feet will cause some issues for most not used to it.
The aid stations as always were well staffed, and had ample supplies of hydration, and energy gels. Some had oranges also.
This is one of the most unique half marathons in my opinion, and you will really enjoy it!

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I walked this marathon course back in 2010, and it was my first. The course start has since been changed, so this will not apply to current races. We were … MORE

I walked this marathon course back in 2010, and it was my first. The course start has since been changed, so this will not apply to current races.
We were bused to the start in Post Falls, Idaho, where the course starts in the parking lot of a small strip mall complex.
After a mile there, the course follows a paved bike path for over 13 miles, with minimal elevation change.
At the halfway point, the trail follows the river, which is very scenic. The back half of the course, approaches Spokane itself, using city streets. Since I was at the back of the pack, so to speak, the traffic control that had been in place for earlier runners was not there for me. This meant I had to fend for myself across a very busy street several times.
For the last three miles, it was getting hot, and I found out the water aid stations had closed. This kind of upset me since I had paid a registration fee, along with everyone else.
By the time I got close to the finish in downtown Spokane, I was pretty dehydrated.
I know I was slow, buy closing aid stations till all participants were off course was inexcusable.
When I finished, I was pretty overcome with emotion, since I felt I really accomplished something. The finishing medal was awesome.
The face organizers gave me a discount on a future race, which was nice. Overall, the race was put on very well. I would recommend it, as the current course is still easy and fast.

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