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@mharm78

Arlington Heights, IL Raving since 2020 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Active 3 months, 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50 Miler Eagle, WI Sep 15, 2018 9:35:34
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2016 3:19:07

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 24, 2022
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 7, 2021 3:45:43
Marathon London, United Kingdom Oct 3, 2021
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 26, 2021
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 24, 2021 3:39:53
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Mar 7, 2021 3:30:02
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 13, 2020 3:35:26
Marathon Malvern, IA Sep 12, 2020 3:51:06
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Aug 1, 2020 4:30:07
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 16, 2019 3:29:49
Marathon Holland, MI Aug 17, 2019 4:02:21
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 15, 2019 3:25:35
50 Miler Eagle, WI Sep 15, 2018 9:35:34
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2016 3:19:07
Marathon Little Rock, AR 2007

My Raves

This race is so beautiful - however beautiful you've heard it is, it's even more amazing. Genuinely a situation where I could almost forget I was running because I would … MORE

This race is so beautiful – however beautiful you’ve heard it is, it’s even more amazing. Genuinely a situation where I could almost forget I was running because I would get so focused on the scenery. I did Boston to Big Sur, and all of the extras for that were really great, and it sort of created a little community within the community at the race and throughout the weekend. Very well organized event with so many fun extras and just really cool, incomparable moments. Yes, the course is hard, but this is one to slow down and enjoy! Aside from the actual race, the Monterey area is just an awesome place to spend a weekend – and so much amazing food and wine to treat yourself with after your race! (Although, in my case, I didn’t wait until after the race for that!). One last note – communication before and after the race was great – felt very informed and it was easy to go back and review things I wasn’t sure about. Really in every way an exceptional race.

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This is an absolutely fantastic race. If you're even somewhat considering it, just do it. I'm working towards my six star World Marathon Majors, and I have now done 5 … MORE

This is an absolutely fantastic race. If you’re even somewhat considering it, just do it. I’m working towards my six star World Marathon Majors, and I have now done 5 of the 6 (just Tokyo left). Chicago is my hometown race and I have run it a dozen or so times and absolutely love it, and I’ve done Boston a few times and it’s great. When I decided to do the WMM, those were the only 2 of the 6 I had done. I would say of the 4 I had left at that time, I figured Berlin was the one I was least interested in. Wow was I wrong. I think this might be my favorite out of all the WMM, and it’s definitely one of my favorite overall marathons. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this race. The course is unbelievable – not only do you get amazing views of tons of cool historic sites and just running through Berlin in general is really cool – great city – but I think this has to be the only marathon course in the world flatter than Chicago. The crowds were great, not over the top crazy, but definitely support throughout the race. Race organization was very good, the expo was in an old airport and had kind of a cool vibe. You have the option to get a shirt or not, which is unusual for a race of this size, and is a nice option for people trying to budget for lots of races. That, too – affordable race in an affordable city. Highly, highly recommend this race, especially for a first international marathon.

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First, the good - much of it very good. Revel put on a very good race with lots of attention to making runners comfortable and also rewarding them for their … MORE

First, the good – much of it very good. Revel put on a very good race with lots of attention to making runners comfortable and also rewarding them for their effort. One of the best swag bags I’ve ever gotten, tons of extras. Very helpful and friendly race/bib pickup staff. Extremely comfortable bus ride (was surprised at coach buses!) and, in my opinion, good COVID protocols in place. Felt they did an excellent job keeping us safe as far as COVID, especially at the start – some of the most cautious start area precautions I’ve seen/heard about. The course, for me, was tough. I know the downhill for the first 20+ miles is great for lots of people – I would say it was good for me for awhile. But I live in an extremely flat area, and the combination of the downhill that flattens out in the last 5 miles or so, elevation I’m not used to at all, and the extreme temperature change from start to finish made the last few miles of this race really rough for me. Also, the recovery was significantly worse than normal – I typically do not have any noticeable leg soreness after a marathon and can resume running normally right away, but this time it was several days before I could even go up and down stairs normally. But all of that is just personal situation stuff – I know these types of courses are really great for lots of people and help them set big PR’s. Just not me. Okay, now the one negative I feel like I have to share. First let me say, I am very grateful to Revel for having this race, and for the great production of the event under the circumstances. But I felt like there were sections of this course that were genuinely unsafe. It bothered me that we didn’t find out some of the unsafe details of this race (not from a COVID perspective, from a getting-hit-by-cars perspective) until days before the race, after we had paid nonrefundable, expensive race entries, booked travel, etc. I did not know we would be running on the shoulder of the road, with active traffic going the same direction as we were, at 60 miles an hour, for the majority of the race. That made me nervous, but I made myself adjust to it and block it out. I didn’t know we were going to be crossing multiple intersections with live traffic and no police to direct traffic, in the last few miles, when our legs are tired and we’re a little out of it and don’t always have great body control. And I really didn’t know that in the last mile, we were going to be running on a relatively busy road, in the traffic lane because there was no shoulder, going the same direction as traffic. The last one was without a doubt the most unsafe conditions I have ever run in in any race, and I have run many marathons and ultras in a wide variety of conditions. I feel bad saying something negative about this race, because I really do appreciate how much effort they put into making this race happen, but I genuinely was scared during that section of the race and felt I had to make people aware a situation like that is something they should check on before registering for these races, if that’s something that would make them uncomfortable, too. It also seems like it should be a relatively easy fix – I can’t understand why they didn’t at least have us run the opposite direction as traffic. It’s still not great to be running a race in the traffic lane with live traffic, but at least if you can see it coming, that would have helped. Again, other than that, this was a very nice race, handled well in COVID, and with lots of great extras.

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This was an unusual year for this race (I'm assuming, have never run it before) because so many of us were running our virtual Boston at it. Given that there … MORE

This was an unusual year for this race (I’m assuming, have never run it before) because so many of us were running our virtual Boston at it. Given that there are really only small trail races happening right now, this was a pretty ideal set-up for virtual Boston (and it was nice to feel like a bunch of us were actually running “Boston” together!). The trail is very easy as trail races go – pancake flat, smooth, wide, well-maintained – so this would probably make a great entry to trail marathons for anyone who hasn’t tried one before. Also plenty of aid stations and helpful, friendly volunteers. They did a good job managing the COVID situation, and I really appreciated that they actually got the adjusted course certified after they had to change it due to COVID (from a point-to-point to out-and-back for the marathon, to minimize busing). That was definitely above and beyond and appreciated by all of us who had to run on a certified course for various reasons. The “medal” (which is wooden) is unique – I’m not picky about medals, but my daughter commented right away that it’s one of her favorites that I’ve gotten. I didn’t have a great race time-wise, but it was because I decided to run this pretty last-minute and had recently run another marathon – this would definitely be a good opportunity for someone who wanted to BQ or PR in a trail race. The only downside to the tree-lined course (which is very nice and would provide good shade in sunnier weather) was that it generally blocked the view of the scenery, which I think would have been beautiful. But trees are nice scenery, too, and I got to take in the scenery on my drives to and from the race. All in all, very nice trail race I would recommend, and in particular this year, appreciated the effort they made not just to put on a race in COVID, but to do a great job with it and provide the full race experience.

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Cannot say enough positive things about this race! Handled the COVID situation extremely well, but also just really nice, helpful race staff, and a fun race overall. Interesting and somewhat … MORE

Cannot say enough positive things about this race! Handled the COVID situation extremely well, but also just really nice, helpful race staff, and a fun race overall. Interesting and somewhat challenging course with unique aspects like running parts of the race on a strip of land with water on both sides. Plenty of rocks, roots, trees, wooden staircases, etc, to make this a more challenging trail race than would typically be expected of central Indiana! Also very nice race shirts and GIANT medals, if that’s your thing!

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