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@matthew.ranalletta

San Francisco, CA Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Seven Continents Club Active 6 months, 2 weeks ago

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    Boston Marathon

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Future Races

Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2019 3:31:10
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Feb 2, 2020 1:33:26

Future Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Big Sur, CA TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Puerto Natales, Chile TBD
Marathon Torres del Paine, Chile TBD
Marathon Philadelphia, PA TBD
Marathon Queenstown, New Zealand TBD
Marathon Minneapolis, MN TBD

Past Races (33)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 4, 2022 3:35:49
Half Marathon San Bruno, CA Oct 22, 2022 2:03:45
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Oct 9, 2022 1:36:30
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Sep 10, 2022 1:36:24
Marathon King George Island, Antarctica Jan 28, 2022 3:59:31
Marathon United Kingdom Oct 3, 2021 3:34:51
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Feb 2, 2020 1:33:26
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2019 3:31:10
Marathon Cape Town, South Africa Sep 15, 2019 3:38:49
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Aug 3, 2019 1:35:54
Marathon Japan Mar 3, 2019 3:52:11
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Feb 3, 2019 1:37:36
Half Marathon Portland, OR Oct 7, 2018 1:39:39
Marathon Stockholm, Sweden Jun 2, 2018 4:17:19
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 25, 2018 1:38:05
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 3:55:57
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA Sep 23, 2017 1:42:48
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 19, 2017 4:25:47
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Feb 5, 2017 1:45:27
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 31, 2016 4:05:31
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada May 1, 2016 1:48:56
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 22, 2015 1:50:13
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Nov 8, 2015 1:50:31
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 27, 2015 4:13:40
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 26, 2014 4:29:34
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Sep 7, 2014 1:44:20
Marathon Chicago, IL 2013 4:15:22
Half Marathon Chicago, IL 2013 1:46:33
Marathon Chicago, IL 2012 4:28:09
Half Marathon Chicago, IL 2012 1:47:56
Marathon Chicago, IL 2011 4:56:27
Half Marathon Chicago, IL 2011 1:47:28
Half Marathon Chicago, IL 2010 1:58:27

My Raves

Although this course is technically "net downhill," the net is only about 300 feet -- my Strava recorded that I ascended about 1900 feet, so it's not as easy as … MORE

Although this course is technically “net downhill,” the net is only about 300 feet — my Strava recorded that I ascended about 1900 feet, so it’s not as easy as I thought it’d be. I even trained on hills in San Francisco and thought this was a pretty difficult course, especially compared to flat races like Berlin or Chicago. Kind of surprised how many people end up getting personal bests here!

But it’s an extremely organized race (lots of aid stations and porta potties) and I loved running on the wide open roads! Probably the most well planned race outside of my two favorites of NYC and Chicago.

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A very barebones marathon put on by Marathon Tours, which unfortunately is a pretty disorganized company that is poor at communication. However, the experience of being able to run a … MORE

A very barebones marathon put on by Marathon Tours, which unfortunately is a pretty disorganized company that is poor at communication.

However, the experience of being able to run a marathon in Antarctica is unmatched, and I thank the crew of the Ocean Victory and Albatros Expeditions for a great ship and expedition experience.

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Definitely a race that has been on my bucket list for a while. The start area is quite organized, and I really liked the aid stations, but unfortunately it was … MORE

Definitely a race that has been on my bucket list for a while. The start area is quite organized, and I really liked the aid stations, but unfortunately it was extremely crowded the entire course, even more so than Berlin. There are also quite a few turns on the course that I think would be improved if it were straightened out. The swag was also not amazing — we just got an ugly orange shirt. Maybe Covid is to blame, but I definitely had higher expectations for a world marathon major that many people call their favorite. Some bright sides: Crossing Tower Bridge was simply amazing, and the finish line near Buckingham Palace is incredible.

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- They mail you your bib if you sign up long enough in advance - The course is consistently on very wide roads, so crowding is not really an issue … MORE

– They mail you your bib if you sign up long enough in advance
– The course is consistently on very wide roads, so crowding is not really an issue
– It’s net downhill so you can get a PR
– The race t-shirts this year were better than ever

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This was my second time running it, and it was even more enjoyable this time around. The hills on the bridges seem difficult for people, but if you do training … MORE

This was my second time running it, and it was even more enjoyable this time around. The hills on the bridges seem difficult for people, but if you do training runs on hills and fuel yourself properly during the race, you’ll be fine.

I think the three different Start Villages are still a bit of a mess organizationally, but I do love that you get free coffee and bagels. And the port-a-potty lines in each village are not that bad compared to other races.

For those choosing between gear check and post-race poncho (I’ve done both), definitely do the poncho if you can swing it. You exit the finish chute faster, and the poncho is super warm and nice! I’ll definitely be keeping it for future races.

For transportation, I recommend choosing the Midtown bus option instead of the ferry + bus option. Both take a super long time (2+ hours), but it’s nicer to have a one-seat ride instead of having to transfer.

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A very local race which is fine, but I think it suffers from being on a narrow trail instead of the road and is just a simple out-and-back. The one … MORE

A very local race which is fine, but I think it suffers from being on a narrow trail instead of the road and is just a simple out-and-back. The one highlight was passing a bunch of goats.

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Loved the city scenery on the course, although I do I wish it was on all new roads the entire time instead of an out-and-back after the 10k mark. Start … MORE

Loved the city scenery on the course, although I do I wish it was on all new roads the entire time instead of an out-and-back after the 10k mark.

Start line is very messy and it was hard to even get a spot in the corral, so maybe some additional waves would be better.

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If you like a course that's net downhill, half of it literally along the Pacific Ocean, and always in great running weather, this is the race for you. I PR'd … MORE

If you like a course that’s net downhill, half of it literally along the Pacific Ocean, and always in great running weather, this is the race for you. I PR’d this year and I couldn’t be happier

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