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@M-Hall

Knoxville, TN Raving since 2020 Active 14 hours, 12 minutes ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Knoxville Track Club

  • Rave race:

    Main 2 Main Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Bird In Hand Half Marathon

  • I run because:

    of the book Born To Run.  The idea really is true, I lost 40 lbs and started running again at age 60 after giving up 5k’s in my early 40’s because of a sore knee.  The book is a great story but not a ‘how to’ so I drilled down on the things mentioned in the book, learned (Pose method, Luna sandals, cross training, nutrition), and ran.

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Warner Robins, GA Feb 13, 2021 4:41:52
Half Marathon Pikeville, KY Nov 7, 2020 2:10:02
10K Strawberry Plains, TN Jan 30, 2021 53:29
5K Clinton, TN Sep 26, 2020 25:21

Future Races (46)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
5K Maryville, TN Jul 31, 2021
10K Knoxville, TN Aug 7, 2021
5K Bird-in-Hand, PA Sep 10, 2021
Half Marathon Bird-in-Hand, PA Sep 11, 2021
5K Clinton, TN Oct 23, 2021
Marathon West Monroe, LA Nov 7, 2021
Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 5, 2021
Marathon Akron, OH TBD
Marathon Ennis, MT TBD
Marathon Brookings, SD TBD
Marathon Avalon, CA TBD
Marathon Cheyenne, WY TBD
Marathon Lowell, IN TBD
Marathon Olathe, KS TBD
Marathon Grand Forks, ND TBD
Half Marathon White Sulphur Springs, WV TBD
Marathon Little Rock, AR TBD
Half Marathon Washington, IA TBD
Marathon Leavenworth, WA TBD
Marathon Waitsfield, VT TBD
Marathon La Pointe, WI TBD
Marathon Laramie, WY TBD
Marathon Idaho Falls, ID TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Gering, NE TBD
Marathon Ouray, CO TBD
Marathon Lamoille, NV TBD
Marathon Upson, WI TBD
Half Marathon Woodville, AL TBD
Marathon Norwalk, WI TBD
Marathon Ashland, OR TBD
Marathon Oak Island, NC TBD
Marathon Green River, WY TBD
Marathon Reston, VA TBD
Marathon Brighton, CO TBD
Marathon Virginia Beach, VA TBD
Marathon Shiprock, NM TBD
Marathon Cocoa, FL TBD
Marathon Wartrace, TN TBD
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA TBD
Marathon Oakridge, OR TBD
Marathon Relay Springdale, AR TBD
Marathon Tupelo, MS TBD
Marathon Moapa Valley, NV TBD
Marathon El Dorado, KS TBD

Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Charlotte, NC Jul 17, 2021 2:17:45
Marathon Hurricane, UT Jun 5, 2021 5:53:11
10K Knoxville, TN May 29, 2021 1:06:09
Half Marathon Maryville, TN May 15, 2021 2:20:12
Half Marathon Viola, TN May 8, 2021 2:24:44
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 23, 2021 2:18:25
Marathon Warner Robins, GA Feb 13, 2021 4:41:52
10K Strawberry Plains, TN Jan 30, 2021 53:29
Half Marathon Knoxville, TN Dec 6, 2020 3:18:32
Half Marathon Pikeville, KY Nov 7, 2020 2:10:02
Half Marathon Lynchburg, TN Oct 24, 2020 2:10:20
10K Norton, VA Oct 3, 2020 1:17:39
5K Clinton, TN Sep 26, 2020 25:21
Marathon Osage, IA Aug 22, 2020 4:59:18
Half Marathon Crandall, GA Oct 20, 2019 2:24:26

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This was as good as I would expect a July Half to be. The start/finish was in a pleasant office park adjacent to greenways, which meant plenty of parking amid … MORE

This was as good as I would expect a July Half to be. The start/finish was in a pleasant office park adjacent to greenways, which meant plenty of parking amid trees and grass islands – access, parking, and space to warm up was really good. There was even sort of a mini expo and food tents, the Starbucks with iced coffee and donuts was brilliant. The 6:30 (half) & 6:45 (5k & 10k) starts were early enough to hit the coolest part of the day. There were partial road closures and police support to and from the greenways, and police motorcycle sweepers for each event.
The half course was sort of a T shape, with the second half going to the UNC Charlotte campus. The whole course was pleasant since the office park was nicely landscaped and the greenways mostly wooded. The elevation gain was 322 ft on my watch. There were 145 runners in the half, 99 in the 10k, and 91 in the 5k. Start2Finish event management handled the whole thing very well and it was fun seeing everyone on the out and back type courses. Excellent finish line with runner’s names and home towns being called out.
The swag was a short sleeve tech shirt and a nice big medal, both with a dogwood flower theme. To me that is good swag and I was happy for the rest of the fee go towards well run events and the charity. The start temperature was 73 degrees, and probably around 83 2+ hours later; even with that and heat always slowing me down, it was so much fun to be out there running a well done event like this.
This was the third year with 2020 cancelled because of Covid. Definitely a recommendable race and one I would not mind running again if I was in the area.

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Gorgeous marathon settings seem to be a Utah standard, the Sand Hollow marathon is a really fun small town race that was a joy to run and delivers on scenery … MORE

Gorgeous marathon settings seem to be a Utah standard, the Sand Hollow marathon is a really fun small town race that was a joy to run and delivers on scenery and rural settings. This year the marathon course was doing the half marathon course twice, road construction closed the regular course. It starts in the old town section of Hurricane at the charming community center – a square block of a small museum, park, playground and 50s era grade school turned into a well maintained community rec building. The course heads south out of town thru quiet neighborhoods into farm land, and then turns east against dramatic buttes rising above the fields. The north view on the way back is of the mountains that lead into the southern entrance of Zion National Park, more “jaw dropping” scenery (as the race website says). I was happy to run the same route twice with surroundings like that. The roads are open but traffic was sparse even into late morning, it all worked.
The original date was early March but was pushed back to June 5 this year from Covid concerns – no snow in the background peaks in photos this year. More water stations were added, they seemed like a sufficient number to me. There is very little shade and the sun rises over the buttes early, blacktop is warm, and there was a record high the day before the race, so it was warm, 95 in town by mid morning and probably warmer out on the course. But that should not be an issue in the future when it is back in March. I was pleased with my time since heat really slows me down. The scenery and setting really did make the heat much more bearable. It was so nice to sit on the lawn in the shade of trees at the finish line and drink a couple cold bottles of water.
The swag is probably going to be my all time favorite – an image of a running Kokopelli in minimalist shoes. He is on the medal and tech shirt. Could be my next tattoo. Your race results are handed to you in what seemed like under a minute at the finish, overall results are taking longer to post but again, this is a small town race with a few people working hard to get it done, I am sure they will be there with all the past results soon. My watch had a 1,040 ft elevation gain, that all seemed to be in the mile and a half leading up to the turn around point, so 520 feet twice was not that steep or bad.
I was very glad to be one of the people running the marathon, I had been looking forward to this since November and it definitely delivered.

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This was the 44th edition of the Expo, put on by the Knoxville Track Club, it is Knoxville’s longest continuous running event. There are around 10 streakers who have run … MORE

This was the 44th edition of the Expo, put on by the Knoxville Track Club, it is Knoxville’s longest continuous running event. There are around 10 streakers who have run all 44 and we were lucky enough to run and talk with one for a while – so interesting to hear.
There were 400+ runners total in the 5 and 10Ks, which started together in an area of old city Knoxville. The out & back course wound thru the eastern side of the old city, down to the Tennessee River. The weather was perfect, dramatic overcast and 60 degrees. The production was typical KTC top level. The swag was a shirt and $1 off at Craft Brewing at the start/finish. My watch had 266 ft of elevation gain, so no real hills, just elevation changes to and from the river. We ran this last fall in it’s Covid delayed edition on the Karns course and half a year later was not too soon, I hope I get to run it again next year.

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This was called a low key half and it delivered - a well done low key run on a greenway. Low key probably included 4 unsupervised road crossings, an open … MORE

This was called a low key half and it delivered – a well done low key run on a greenway. Low key probably included 4 unsupervised road crossings, an open greenway, direction signs and mile markers in chalk on the greenway, swag = a shirt, and no direct police or medical support. All of which made for a really nice early morning run on a beautiful greenway. It also was geared toward runners with a 70 person cap and 2:30 time limit.
It started at Crossfit Pistol Creek, which is bordering the greenway. Plenty of nearby parking, heated packet pickup and restrooms (with supplemental porta potties). The 6:30 start time helped in many ways – I saw less than 10 people on the greenway that were not in the event, and it left a lot of Saturday to do all the regular things.
Race production was excellent – good prerace communication, smooth packet picket and race management. Makes sense though, Crossfit Pistol Creek knows athletic events and so does Knoxville Endurance, the two sponsors. There were 3 aid stations with water and gatorade, one also had syrup. Which made for 6 stops on the out and back course.
The Maryville area is known for its scenic greenways and the race segment lived up to it. My watch had 285 ft elevation gain, just some short inclines, no hills.
I would definitely run this again, a very pleasant and well delivered event that fits into a weekend smoothly.

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Over the years I have gone out of my way to drive thru this area and eat at the diner (now a pizza place) in Viola. When I saw there … MORE

Over the years I have gone out of my way to drive thru this area and eat at the diner (now a pizza place) in Viola. When I saw there was a half marathon there, it was a must and it did not disappoint. Incredible.
The whole production was a to me an excellent fit. Packet pickup all day before and morning of the race.
The man directing parking was a virtuoso in the art, welcoming, and filling up the grass field like tetras. The start in the town square was well organized. The scenery was fantastic the whole way. There were not mile markers, which for me only added to the experience, I just ran and enjoyed the views. When I finally looked at my watch and saw it was mile 12, I was actually disappointed it was going to be over so soon.
The water/gatorade stations were plentiful and well spaced, and there were even 4 very young future farmers giving out lemonade from their driveway – that was a first for me and welcome.
The overcast and low 50s was perfect running weather. My watch had 495 ft of elevation, just gentle inclines. It was a full 13.1 miles of wonderful rural scenery. I am so glad I was one of the lucky 150 or so runners on the course today.

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The race theme was a do-over for the races we couldn’t run this last year: “ For those of you who have been disappointed by cancelled or postponed races, we’ve … MORE

The race theme was a do-over for the races we couldn’t run this last year: “ For those of you who have been disappointed by cancelled or postponed races, we’ve got your back!”. It started and finished at Percy Priest Dam park and went along the Stones River Greenway. Extremely scenic especially for being next to the Nashville Airport.
It was a certified half marathon but had gun timing. At the end 2 women peered at my bib and called out my number to the person writing down the time at the finish – I loved the personalized finish.
The production seemed flawless. Packet pickup the morning of the race at a shelter with heated restrooms, well organized with knowledgeable volunteers.
The course was beautiful, woods pretty much the whole way and along the Stones River. My watch had 666 ft of elevation but nothing really steep, just inclines. There were aid stations every 3 miles, just right.
The tech shirt and medal had a very nicely designed logo. I was pleased with my performance since my calf tightened up about 1.5 miles into it, but I was able to manage it thru paying careful attention to my stride. And really, I just don’t care much about time especially at a beautiful and fun event like this, it was nice just being there. There were about 90 runners and everyone was encouraging each other as we passed on the out and back course (with 2 small different loops put in).
I would recommend this and be happy to run it again. I hope it continues since in the future the name would connect to the odd year we just went thru.

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This was the 25 anniversary Museum of Flight race. It was a well supported and ran event, at the museum attached to Robins Air Force Base. Access to the museum … MORE

This was the 25 anniversary Museum of Flight race. It was a well supported and ran event, at the museum attached to Robins Air Force Base. Access to the museum was thru a gate entrance without security, so access was simple. This was a Covid compliant event so that limited interaction with the venue and people – in and out of the museum hangar at packet pick up, no expo. Start was staggered with 2 people taking off every few seconds.
The water stops were well spaced, about every 3 miles, with gatorade, water, bananas and oranges, and goos at some.
The marathon is a double loop course around the runways. The scenery was interesting enough to me, always something to look at on a military base. My watch had elevation gain at 410 ft without a hill, just inclines.
Winter weather can vary, this year it was 43 degrees and wet but the rain that was forecast never really showed up, just an occasional drizzle.
Nice long sleeve shirt that was non race specific (there was a marathon, half, and 5k) and a neat medal. Pizza at the end for runners.
There were 103 marathon finishers so it is a smaller race, after 25 years they sure seem to have it down. I enjoyed myself, I was very glad the museum foundation put it on.

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I ran the 10k for the second year in a row. This is a popular area event, both distances. Fun to see hundreds of runners out in 24 degree cloudy … MORE

I ran the 10k for the second year in a row. This is a popular area event, both distances. Fun to see hundreds of runners out in 24 degree cloudy weather this year. The course starts and ends in the small town of Strawberry Plains. The 10k (and half) is out and back thru nice river side farm country. My watch had 266 ft elevation gain. The shirt has been nice both years and there is even a medal, not standard in a KTC event, although maybe for an Eddie’s Health Shop sponsored one. Really a fun time.

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The 2020 Dirty South Trail Half Marathon & 10K was part of the Knoxville Track Club’s annual trail running series. It takes place in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness over bike and … MORE

The 2020 Dirty South Trail Half Marathon & 10K was part of the Knoxville Track Club’s annual trail running series. It takes place in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness over bike and hiking trails, starting at Meade’s Quarry. The KTC does an excellent job putting races on. The trails were well marked, there were 2, maybe 3 water bottle tables, and friendly, helpful volunteers at the staging area. A tshirt was available – one for this year’s trail series, not race specific.
This year’s event had brilliant winter weather that was initially hidden by early morning river fog. The starting temperature was around 32 and was up to 50 3 hours later. The trails had mud from the rain 2 days earlier for a little extra challenge.
It was so nice to have an opportunity to run in the woods thanks to the KTC.

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A half marathon fit in my training cycle, this seemed like a good one, and actually it turned out to be a great one. The local running club put it … MORE

A half marathon fit in my training cycle, this seemed like a good one, and actually it turned out to be a great one. The local running club put it on and had a well produced and supported distance for almost everyone – 5k, 10k, and half.
Pikeville KY is a scenic mountain town but since the race went along the river, it was a flat course, my watch had 259 ft for the half. The course was a 10k out and back, with the half marathon doing it twice and the 5k halfway. I was happy to view the scenery twice and talk with the aid station folks twice. The weather cooperated, it was a clear cooler day, gorgeous. The packet picket was smooth, indoor restrooms were available since the race started at an event center in the old downtown. Covid wave starts worked well. There were sidewalks and generous road shoulders (with light Saturday morning traffic) the whole way. Free and numerous photos. A nice medal and great quality hooded sweatshirts for the half, a nice long sleeve tshirt for the 5 and 10k’s. Beer at the end, 2 well placed and stocked water and gatoraide stations along the course, with the far one having gels. Hard to think of a nicer way to spend a Saturday morning. Pikeville is a nice place to visit, with plenty of motel and restaurant offerings even though it is tucked away in the mountains. Being the county seat and having a small college probably helped. Definitely a recommendable event and one I would not mind at all repeating. The town is also a good example of the distance between first and second place – a sign at the scenic overlook above town says that it is home to one of the world’s largest engineering feats, second only to the Panama Canal. Most people know of the Panama Canal, how many have heard of Pikeville KY? I would love it if this race changed that.

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The Mach Tenn track club from Tullahoma puts on an excellent half marathon with sponsorship from the Jack Daniels distillery. 2020 was delayed until late October and the fall colors … MORE

The Mach Tenn track club from Tullahoma puts on an excellent half marathon with sponsorship from the Jack Daniels distillery. 2020 was delayed until late October and the fall colors had started. The start and finish were in Lynchburg but the course winds thru farm country. The water stations were numerous and had themes, runners could vote for their favorite after the race. The tech shirt was very good quality and the 2 sided medal was made from an oak whiskey barrel- the OBH initials on it are also parsed into the race length, 13.1, pretty clever. Whiskey Hill is a fun feature that gives everyone something to talk about. I am glad I was part of the 845 lucky people running the race.

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I loved this 10k. The idea of all uphill (most of the +2,000 ft is in the last 4 miles). The setting, the way the production fit the race (no … MORE

I loved this 10k. The idea of all uphill (most of the +2,000 ft is in the last 4 miles). The setting, the way the production fit the race (no chip time, no need – no pr’s here), and of course the challenge of pretty much up hill all the way. Perfect weather in 2020 to top it off.
The point to point course starts next to the main street of Norton, VA and climbs to the scenic lookup above the town. A significant portion has the classic switchbacks of a road that only leads to an overlook – where you slow the vehicle down to make the sharp turn. Woods provided pleasant scenery and shade. The last 50 yards are flat but otherwise it is uphill.
The production was smooth, the swag terrific – the hellbender on the tshirt has a facemask for 2020, and the age group award mugs were locally made. It was smart to go with gun time and presumably lower the cost so more money goes toward the charitable cause. The race start was late enough in the morning to allow easy driving to Norton from where ever you spent the night.
I loved seeing what I could do, and there is the added benefit of all the hills in the races following the Hellbender seeming insignificant.

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Fun out and back from Clinton High School. Course scenery gets a 3 because Clinton is a scenic area. The course goes out and up the divided 4 lane road … MORE

Fun out and back from Clinton High School. Course scenery gets a 3 because Clinton is a scenic area. The course goes out and up the divided 4 lane road thru Clinton. My watch had elevation gain of 69 feet. Very well produced, nice shirt, and age group medal. Would definitely run it again.

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Here are the answers to the form prompts - Share specifics, e.g. awesome aid stations, a medal I'll sleep with under my pillow: Yes to both. Plentiful water and Gator-aide … MORE

Here are the answers to the form prompts –
Share specifics, e.g. awesome aid stations, a medal I’ll sleep with under my pillow: Yes to both. Plentiful water and Gator-aide ready to go every 2 or so miles. Gummy bears, pickles, fruit. Friendly people that stayed for the tail end runners. The medal, what’s not to love about an ear of corn from an Iowa marathon? Definitely an under the pillow medal.

What was the most unique aspect of this race?: 2 things – I am not sure how many marathons there are between 2 small Iowa farm towns when corn and soybeans are near their peak before harvest. This must be one of the few, and to me the course was beautiful. Also, 2020 was the year of Covid 19 and so many races were cancelled. The Cedar River Complex folks had precautions that were being used nationwide and went on with their race (It’s been over 2 weeks and I am symptom free so it worked for me). That, and that the marathon was a Boston Qualifier seemed to draw a crowd, they seemed at their cap of 80, up from high 30’s the year before. It was one of the few marathons happening and was in a place I was glad to visit in a format I felt secure in.

How would you improve the race?: Wouldn’t change a thing.

Would you recommend this race to friends?: Definitely. We were surprised that nearby Mason City had so much to offer. Definitely stay in Osage if there is room at the motel and Airbnb’s, for a country experience. But 35 minutes away in Mason City is the only existing Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel, renovated re-opened in 2011 and a joy to stay at. Mason City has a wonderful old city around the Historic Park Inn and it was fun to spend time around the marathon in.

I liked the swag, for a race this size. The medal speaks for itself, nice long sleeve tech shirt in superman blue with a large graphic like the medal. Fun local stuff in the bag.

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Fun half marathon winding along the Tennessee river in downtown Chattanooga. Starts in a nice park - plenty of room for all runners. The course was pretty flat, my watch … MORE

Fun half marathon winding along the Tennessee river in downtown Chattanooga. Starts in a nice park – plenty of room for all runners. The course was pretty flat, my watch had 449 ft. It was 59 degrees average and overcast on 10/20/2019. This was my first half, I have good memories of it.

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