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@MichaelG99

Mahwah, NJ Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club active 1 year, 2 months ago

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Past Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 14, 2019
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 11, 2019

My Raves

A beautiful morning with perfect temps for a nice race along the Gulf of Mexico. The start area could use more port-a-potties. 11 1/2 miles along the beachfront road were … MORE

A beautiful morning with perfect temps for a nice race along the Gulf of Mexico. The start area could use more port-a-potties. 11 1/2 miles along the beachfront road were perfectly flat and newly paved making for a smooth run. The views of the Gulf were spectacular. The final 1.5 miles was up a highway ramp on an out-and-back; the climb was not too bad but the ramp was slanted right to left which was severe enough to make for an uneven landing on each step. This probably wouldn’t have bothered me if it were early in the race. The sun stayed behind the clouds until the finish and we had a slight breeze to keep us cool; I can’t give credit to the race director for the weather. I felt bad for the marathoners as it got considerably warmer once the sun was out. Finish offerings were great and everyone was given 6 tickets for beer. Unfortunately they were allowing people to take all 6 of their beers in a to-go box so they were out of the good beer by the time many came through. I heard they were completely out by the time the mid-pack marathoners were coming in. They should remedy this in future races. Overall a great event but since it is beach-front, I could see how different weather conditions (full sun, windy, rain) could make for a miserable fay on the run.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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There are no frills races that are clearly just money grabs - cheap and poorly designed medal and shirt, maybe a banana and stale half of a bagel at the … MORE

There are no frills races that are clearly just money grabs – cheap and poorly designed medal and shirt, maybe a banana and stale half of a bagel at the finish, etc., and a race director with somewhere to be before the race is completed. There are the majority of races that provide a decent event with a respectable shirt, medal and post race offering. And there are races that go above and beyond by providing a running experience, well designed shirt and medal, and an after-party with decent offerings. And then there is Running With The Cows Half Marathon.

Running With The Cows is an experience, not just another race. This is an event that the entire community gets behind. The cow theme is pervasive throughout the experience. There were ample pre-race communications from the race director addressing any issues. Race morning was very well organized with plenty of volunteers directing traffic into the parking lots and plenty of room inside the school to keep dry. The course was rolling hills through some farms, was well controlled with more than enough aid stations that were very well stocked and manned. The medal is top notch (if that is important to you) and the shirt is a neatly-designed tech shirt continuing the cow theme. If that wasn’t enough, the post-race party is like none ever seen before. The variety of food offerings was mind-boggling with many of the items being homemade (again this is a total community effort). And the number of adult and student volunteers supporting the after-party was reminiscent of a small army marching towards a common goal – feed the depleted runners. The school was even decorated by the students with cow drawings hanging from the ceiling and cow-themed drawings all over the walls.

Beyond that, the race director took time the night before the race to make an appearance at the 50 States Half Marathon Club dinner that had about 50 participants from all over America to show her appreciation to the club.

This event far exceeded my expectations and I hope to be able to do it again.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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