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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 days, 19 hours 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

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Big Sur, CA Nov 15, 2020

Past Races (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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 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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SCENERY
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