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@lyrussel

Las Vegas, NV Raving since 2023 Active 1 week, 6 days ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Apr 22, 2023 2:07:02
10K Boulder City, NV Jan 13, 2024 56:30

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Past Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 1, 2024 2:13:45
Half Marathon Springdale, UT Mar 2, 2024 2:14:55
10K Boulder City, NV Jan 13, 2024 56:30
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Apr 22, 2023 2:07:02
Half Marathon Austin, TX Feb 19, 2023 2:11:02

My Raves

This was my second VR race, and as with my previous experience, there was excellent pre race communications. Bib pickup was very easy and no queues. Small expo, but that’s … MORE

This was my second VR race, and as with my previous experience, there was excellent pre race communications. Bib pickup was very easy and no queues. Small expo, but that’s fine by me.
Race day: I was lucky enough to have a B&B close to the start, so arrived 20 mins before the start. Thought I would do a last minute toilet stop before lining up. Serious lack of porta potties – many of us were still in the queue as the race started. I started 15 mins late and therefore was in the 3:30 wave, so got stuck behind walkers and slower runners. The initial part of the course is not suited for overtaking, and it took me until mile 3 to get some space to run at my own pace. From mile 3 to the left turn up Spring Gulch was good, as we were on a bike path, so lots of room, but Spring Gulch was tricky at times with too many people, and a very narrow running area and cars in both directions.

That said, the view was stunning and very enjoyable when there were no cars. Despite what the description said, the course was paved the whole way.

I reckon I lost 2 minutes due to congestion at the start, but was lucky enough to make 5th in my age group. Unlike the last event, there was no podium for the prizes, but heh, no big deal. Excellent post run snacks and lots of shuttles to get back to the start.

Definitely a course I will repeat.

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This was my first race with Vacation Races, and I was very impressed with their organization. The pre-race communication was very clear, and unlike some organizers, they just sent what … MORE

This was my first race with Vacation Races, and I was very impressed with their organization. The pre-race communication was very clear, and unlike some organizers, they just sent what was needed, vs lots of emails. The race day guide is packed with useful information.

I picked up my packet the day before, and there was hardly any queue. I am not a big shopper, so it was nice to be able to pick up bib and shirt without getting caught in a huge expo.

On race day, the shuttles were very frequent and comfy. The staging happened in a field near the start. It had some heaters, and lots of toilets. It was hard to keep out of the wind, but this is something you can hardly blame the VR for.

The course profile on Strava/mapmyrun felt deceiving. For the first 4 miles, the course felt flat to downhill. The hill at 5.5 was not as bad as expected. That said, the hill at mile 10 was hard due to the wind and the sun! As expected, it’s actually the small climb within Springdale that felt the hardest as legs were tired, and the route is in the sun.

I like the no cup policy – no having to avoid litter at the water stations.

The scenery was beautiful; although sometimes hard to see as the sun was in my eyes as I couldn’t wear my hat due to the wind!!!

Overall: Demanding, but not as bad as feared, but totally worth it. Will definitely repeat in the future.

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This is the second time I have run the Lake Mead 10km, and 5 or 6th race with BBSC. Their events are always well run - easy signup and clear … MORE

This is the second time I have run the Lake Mead 10km, and 5 or 6th race with BBSC. Their events are always well run – easy signup and clear communications ahead of the race. Race day is very well organized – lots of porta potties, professional timing crew, and excellent post race snacks. The 10km course is gently undulating along a paved trail, so no worries about traffic and plenty of room to over take. There’s no steep hills, but it still makes for a slightly demanding course, particularly the small climb from mile 4.5 to the turnaround.

Will definitely do the HM course in the future.

Be aware that the race is inside Lake Mead National Park so you will need to pay the entrance fee. Also allow 5 mins extra for the amount of traffic at the entrance booth.

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This was my second half marathon, and a considerably smaller event than my first. And this made it a vastly more enjoyable event - easier to maintain pace, over take … MORE

This was my second half marathon, and a considerably smaller event than my first. And this made it a vastly more enjoyable event – easier to maintain pace, over take people, etc.

Organization: The event was really very well organized. Suitable amount of communication and easy to follow instructions. The only small amount of confusion was the Trax map and timetable as the map is a little old and doesn’t show all the stops. But easily solved with google!

Packet pickup was easy and quick. Slightly frustrating to be “forced” through the expo, vs just picking up the bib and swag. But not a big deal.

Race Day: Very easy to get to the start thanks for the free Trax access. Lots of toilets at the start – top marks! The race was a wave start, which was excellent and helped to space everyone out. The course undulates before dropping down to the city. Very well marked course, but do be aware of the number of potholes. Crowd support was less than my previous race, but I would have to say this was nicer (vs lots of screaming) – but that’s a personal preference.

Frequent water stations and people were really good about putting their trash in the provided bins vs scattering it all across the road. I carry my own water, so I can’t comment how well the stations were stocked.

Well organized finished – easy to find your friends. The runners get routed through the food alley to collect items and then reunite with friends.

It was cool and overcast on race day – but heh, it didn’t rain and it’s April, so not unexpected temperatures.

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This was my first ever half marathon, and I have held off reviewing it until I have done another HM so I had something to compare it with. Organization: Amazing. … MORE

This was my first ever half marathon, and I have held off reviewing it until I have done another HM so I had something to compare it with.

Organization: Amazing. Excellent communications in the build up to race week. My only niggle would be the links to the hotels – the site massively overcharged for the tax, so I had to cancel my reservation and book directly. The expo was very well run – quick to pick up the bib and goodies. I am not a big shopper, so the vending side of the expo was not of interest, but I could see there was a lot of variety.

Race Day: Not enough toilets at the start line. Hence very difficult to get into the chute with the pace groups. Pretty close to a crush at the start. There were so many people that it was really hard to get into a rhythm for the first 0.5 miles. The first 3 miles are uphill – but that is known as the website had an excellent video fly over of the course. This helped to thin out the runners. The next 3 miles were downhill, back to the river, which was not too steep. From there the course undulates and winds threw Austin before a “killer” hill at mile 12. In reality it’s not that steep, but came as a shock. The course was well marked, but with the number of people, hard to overtake.

The aid/water stations were very frequent, but hugely messy as cups were dropped all over the road. I carry my own water, so I can’t comment on how well stocked they were, but care was required to avoid tripping over discarded cups or getting caught up in the people sipping.

Lots of crowd support, which was a blessing and a curse as it’s very hard to meet up after the race.

Conclusion: very professionally organized. For me, I would not do it again and instead will go for races with less people (so it’s easier to maintain my own slow pace) or races with a wave start. But that is personal preference!

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