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@M-Hall

Knoxville, TN Raving since 2020 active 17 hours, 37 minutes ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • 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.

My Races

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Warner Robins, GA Feb 13, 2021 4:41:52
Half Marathon Lynchburg, TN Oct 24, 2020 2:10:20
10K Strawberry Plains, TN Jan 30, 2021 53:29

Future Races (33)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Viola, TN May 8, 2021
Marathon Hurricane, UT Jun 5, 2021
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jun 27, 2021
Marathon Ennis, MT Jul 11, 2021
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 11, 2021
Marathon Cheyenne, WY Sep 19, 2021
Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 28, 2021
Marathon Akron, OH TBD
Marathon Avalon, CA TBD
Marathon Lowell, IN TBD
Marathon Olathe, KS TBD
Marathon Grand Forks, ND TBD
Marathon Grand Forks, ND TBD
Marathon Little Rock, AR TBD
Marathon Leavenworth, WA TBD
Marathon Waitsfield, VT TBD
Marathon La Pointe, WI TBD
Marathon Idaho Falls, ID TBD
Marathon Gering, NE TBD
Marathon Lamoille, NV TBD
Marathon Upson, WI TBD
Marathon Norwalk, WI TBD
Marathon Oak Island, NC TBD
Marathon Green River, WY TBD
Marathon Reston, VA TBD
Marathon Brighton, CO TBD
Marathon Shiprock, NM TBD
Marathon Relay Shiprock, NM 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 (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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 Lynchburg, TN Oct 24, 2020 2:10:20
Marathon Osage, IA Aug 22, 2020 4:59:18
10K Norton, VA 2020 1:17:39

My Raves

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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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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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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I loved this 10k. The idea of all uphill (most of the +2,000 ft is in the last 5 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 5 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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