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Sanford, NC Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 5 days, 20 hours ago

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Personal Bests (23)

Race Distance Location Date Result
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 30, 2023 65.9 mi
12 hr Erwin, NC Dec 9, 2023 37 mi
6 hr Erwin, NC Dec 10, 2022 28 mi
50 Miler Ellerbe, NC Jun 10, 2023 12:19:00
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2022 10:41:34
50K Ellerbe, NC Nov 25, 2023 6:35:18
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 5, 2022 4:48:13
Marathon Relay Greensboro, NC Feb 9, 2020 3:58:07
22 Miler Eastover, NC Sep 18, 2021 4:44:06
19.7 Miler Albemarle, NC Mar 6, 2021 4:16:48
25K Winston-Salem, NC Jan 6, 2023 3:19:15
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 14, 2019 2:11:19
20K Relay Hampstead, NC Aug 28, 2021 2:25:02
10 Miler Apex, NC Oct 23, 2021 1:39:33
16K Holly Springs, NC Apr 27, 2019 1:45:06
12K Aberdeen, NC Dec 7, 2019 1:13:18
10K Fayetteville, NC Nov 17, 2018 58:36
5 Miler Orlando, FL Oct 27, 2019 57:48
8K Raleigh, NC Nov 22, 2018 47:47
4 Miler Chapel Hill, NC Apr 9, 2022 39:08
5K Boston, MA Nov 6, 2021 28:13
2 Miler Orlando, FL Oct 27, 2019 19:24
1K Cary, NC Jun 8, 2019 15:46

Future Races (24)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Wells, ME May 4, 2024
Half Marathon Conway, NH May 5, 2024
50 Miler Ellerbe, NC Jun 8, 2024
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT Jun 29, 2024
Half Marathon Clinton, IA Jul 10, 2024
Half Marathon Sparta, WI Jul 11, 2024
Half Marathon St Cloud, MN Jul 12, 2024
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 28, 2024
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2024
Half Marathon Durham, NC Oct 20, 2024
Half Marathon Narragansett, RI Oct 27, 2024
Half Marathon Salina, KS Nov 2, 2024
Half Marathon Biloxi, MS Dec 15, 2024
15K Challenge (5K + 10K) Sanford, NC 2024
12 hr Erwin, NC 2024
8K Erwin, NC 2024
10K Coats, NC 2024
Half Marathon Lee's Summit, MO 2024
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 1, 2025
24 hr Laurinburg, NC 2025
Half Marathon Frederick, MD TBD
Half Marathon Ouray, CO TBD
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV TBD
Marathon Bath, NY TBD

Past Races (151)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Woodville, AL Mar 23, 2024 2:43:33
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 2, 2024 5:12:09
Half Marathon Ellerbe, NC Feb 24, 2024 3:00:02
19.7 Miler Albemarle, NC Feb 10, 2024 4:29:40
50K Ellerbe, NC Jan 27, 2024 7:37:50
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 20, 2024 2:16:21
50K Winston-Salem, NC Jan 6, 2024 6:48:18
12 hr Erwin, NC Dec 9, 2023 37 mi
Half Marathon Durham, NC Dec 2, 2023 2:26:08
50K Ellerbe, NC Nov 25, 2023 6:35:18
5K Raleigh, NC Nov 23, 2023 30:04
Half Marathon Boston, MA Nov 12, 2023 2:13:03
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Nov 5, 2023 2:15:39
Marathon Durham, NC Oct 29, 2023 5:08:26
5K Hamlet, NC Oct 28, 2023 28:55
Half Marathon Durham, NC Oct 15, 2023 2:23:28
Half Marathon Mandeville, LA Oct 8, 2023 2:16:09
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 30, 2023 65.9 mi
5K Sanford, NC Sep 23, 2023 31:00
10 Miler Pittston, PA Sep 3, 2023 1:46:44
5K Scranton, PA Sep 2, 2023 30:10
10K Sanford, NC Aug 26, 2023 1:11:53
5K Sanford, NC Aug 26, 2023 31:28
10 Miler New Hill, NC Jul 22, 2023 2:24:28
Half Marathon Cary, NC Jul 8, 2023 2:49:12
4 Miler Fayetteville, NC Jul 1, 2023 39:54
50 Miler Ellerbe, NC Jun 10, 2023 12:19:00
50 Miler Thurmond, WV May 21, 2023 13:14:35
10K Coats, NC May 13, 2023 1:04:09
Half Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 7, 2023 2:21:56
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 6, 2023 2:21:13
50K Raleigh, NC Apr 16, 2023 9:30:01
Half Marathon Newark, DE Mar 25, 2023 2:17:22
Half Marathon Cary, NC Mar 19, 2023 2:24:36
Marathon Ellerbe, NC Feb 25, 2023 5:39:13
19.7 Miler Albemarle, NC Feb 11, 2023 4:22:21
10 Miler Hillsborough, NC Jan 29, 2023 2:04:58
Half Marathon Gibsonville, NC Jan 21, 2023 3:11:21
25K Winston-Salem, NC Jan 6, 2023 3:19:15
6 hr Erwin, NC Dec 10, 2022 28 mi
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 4, 2022 2:32:01
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Nov 24, 2022 2:23:19
Half Marathon Holly Springs, NC Nov 19, 2022 2:23:21
5K Dunn, NC Nov 12, 2022 42:18
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Nov 6, 2022 2:33:59
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 29, 2022 2:27:54
Half Marathon Greensboro, NC Oct 29, 2022 2:31:03
Half Marathon Chapel Hill, NC Oct 22, 2022 3:39:05
Half Marathon Hillsborough, NC Oct 2, 2022 2:31:03
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 24, 2022 33.07 mi
8K Erwin, NC Sep 17, 2022 49:32
Half Marathon Bellevue, WA Sep 4, 2022 2:20:36
10K Sanford, NC Aug 27, 2022 1:10:19
5K Sanford, NC Aug 27, 2022 32:20
10K Coats, NC Jul 30, 2022 1:10:36
10 Miler New Hill, NC Jul 23, 2022 2:18:46
4 Miler Fayetteville, NC Jul 4, 2022 39:11
Half Marathon Laketown, UT Jun 11, 2022 2:46:28
Half Marathon Cokeville, WY Jun 10, 2022 2:31:15
Half Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 9, 2022 2:42:16
Half Marathon Atlantic City, NJ May 15, 2022 2:20:26
Half Marathon Greensboro, NC Apr 30, 2022 2:58:20
4 Miler Chapel Hill, NC Apr 9, 2022 39:08
10 Miler Chapel Hill, NC Apr 9, 2022 1:52:17
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 26, 2022 2:18:59
10 Miler Greensboro, NC Mar 12, 2022 2:13:39
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 5, 2022 4:48:13
Half Marathon Gibsonville, NC Feb 27, 2022 2:54:31
19.7 Miler Albemarle, NC Feb 12, 2022 4:26:42
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2022 6:09:10
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2022 10:41:34
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 8, 2022 2:38:45
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 7, 2022 1:13:40
5K Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 6, 2022 39:59
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 11, 2021 4:53:03
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Nov 25, 2021 2:17:10
Half Marathon Greensboro, NC Nov 20, 2021 2:21:56
5K Boston, MA Nov 6, 2021 28:13
5K Hamlet, NC Oct 30, 2021 28:57
10 Miler Apex, NC Oct 23, 2021 1:39:33
Half Marathon Burns, TN Oct 10, 2021 3:26:10
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 25, 2021 63.27 mi
10K Greensboro, NC Sep 19, 2021 1:12:34
22 Miler Eastover, NC Sep 18, 2021 4:44:06
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Sep 4, 2021 2:17:28
10K Sanford, NC Aug 28, 2021 1:23:28
5K Sanford, NC Aug 28, 2021 43:48
20K Relay Hampstead, NC Aug 28, 2021 2:25:02
5K Cleveland, OH Aug 14, 2021 29:49
Half Marathon Wellsboro, PA Jul 24, 2021 2:17:15
5K Greensboro, NC Jul 23, 2021 30:57
50K Ellerbe, NC Jun 5, 2021 7:10:47
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC May 1, 2021 4:48:52
16K Holly Springs, NC Apr 24, 2021 1:54:58
5K Greensboro, NC Apr 18, 2021 31:24
10 Miler Greensboro, NC Mar 13, 2021 2:01:50
19.7 Miler Albemarle, NC Mar 6, 2021 4:16:48
Half Marathon Gibsonville, NC Feb 28, 2021 2:53:48
6 hr Erwin, NC Dec 12, 2020 26 mi
12K Aberdeen, NC Dec 5, 2020 1:14:20
Half Marathon Greensboro, NC Nov 21, 2020 2:13:22
5K Greensboro, NC Oct 4, 2020 28:54
5K Greensboro, NC Sep 6, 2020 29:55
5K Greensboro, NC Jul 24, 2020 31:45
10 Miler Greensboro, NC May 17, 2020 1:49:41
4 Miler Raleigh, NC Mar 21, 2020 43:40
10K Raleigh, NC Mar 21, 2020 1:02:41
10 Miler Greensboro, NC Mar 7, 2020 1:59:35
Half Marathon Gibsonville, NC Feb 23, 2020 2:39:06
Marathon Relay Greensboro, NC Feb 9, 2020 3:58:07
10 Miler Hillsborough, NC Jan 26, 2020 1:59:34
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 14, 2019 2:11:19
12K Aberdeen, NC Dec 7, 2019 1:13:18
8K Raleigh, NC Nov 28, 2019 49:20
Half Marathon Holly Springs, NC Nov 23, 2019 2:18:28
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 2, 2019 2:13:52
5 Miler Orlando, FL Oct 27, 2019 57:48
2 Miler Orlando, FL Oct 27, 2019 19:24
4 Miler Raleigh, NC Oct 12, 2019 39:44
5K Sanford, NC Oct 5, 2019 31:59
10 Miler Chapel Hill, NC Sep 28, 2019 2:20:12
Half Marathon Montreal, Canada Sep 22, 2019 2:16:30
5K Raleigh, NC Sep 8, 2019 31:26
10K Sanford, NC Aug 24, 2019 1:05:44
5K Sanford, NC Aug 24, 2019 30:57
5K Fayetteville, NC Jul 13, 2019 29:07
4 Miler Fayetteville, NC Jul 4, 2019 40:26
1K Cary, NC Jun 8, 2019 15:46
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Jun 1, 2019 2:32:25
10K Las Vegas, NV May 11, 2019 1:07:30
10K Fayetteville, NC May 4, 2019 1:02:48
16K Holly Springs, NC Apr 27, 2019 1:45:06
10 Miler Chapel Hill, NC Apr 13, 2019 1:54:27
4 Miler Raleigh, NC Mar 23, 2019 39:58
Half Marathon Durham, NC Mar 17, 2019 2:12:27
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 8, 2018 2:17:18
12K Aberdeen, NC Dec 1, 2018 1:17:59
8K Raleigh, NC Nov 22, 2018 47:47
10K Fayetteville, NC Nov 17, 2018 58:36
10 Miler San Antonio, TX Nov 10, 2018 1:42:53
10K Raleigh, NC Nov 4, 2018 1:02:23
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2018 2:28:27
10K Sanford, NC Aug 25, 2018 1:03:23
5K Sanford, NC Aug 25, 2018 29:39
4 Miler Fayetteville, NC Jul 4, 2018 52:09
10K Fayetteville, NC May 5, 2018 1:08:13
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Apr 8, 2018 2:32:15
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 9, 2017 2:41:49
10 Miler Apex, NC Oct 28, 2017 1:57:17
10K Sanford, NC Aug 26, 2017 1:19:59
5 Miler Raleigh, NC Feb 4, 2017 1:11:00

My Raves

I chose this half for my Alabama race and am glad I did. The course was hillier than I expected but running the last 1.2 miles inside Cathedral Caverns made … MORE

I chose this half for my Alabama race and am glad I did. The course was hillier than I expected but running the last 1.2 miles inside Cathedral Caverns made the hills worth it.

There was a nice finisher’s medal with a stained-glass effect and a long sleeve tech shirt.

Packet pickup was at a local Fleet Feet, or you could pick up the morning of the race.

We stayed at a hotel that was about 30 miles away.

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As I have reviewed this race before, I'll just add a couple of comments. The course was changed very slightly this year to include a short section on the "boardwalk", … MORE

As I have reviewed this race before, I’ll just add a couple of comments.

The course was changed very slightly this year to include a short section on the “boardwalk”, which was really just a concrete path. The course exited before what I would consider an actual boardwalk.

This year was very overcast and foggy, so the ocean views weren’t as great as they could be.

I will run this again.

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This small race is run on a 13+ mile loop along paved rural roads. Run two of the loops for the full marathon. The course has some hills that can … MORE

This small race is run on a 13+ mile loop along paved rural roads. Run two of the loops for the full marathon. The course has some hills that can challenge the unprepared runner. Course support was adequate. Runners received a long sleeve tech shirt with finishers earning a medal and a locally made piece of pottery. Hot soup and quesadillas awaited the finishers.

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I have reviewed this before but have never mentioned that it's untimed and there are no results listed. There is no swag (with the exception of the shirt & certificate … MORE

I have reviewed this before but have never mentioned that it’s untimed and there are no results listed.

There is no swag (with the exception of the shirt & certificate for the first timer) but they do have shirts and other items available for purchase.

The Fellowship of the Idiot Run is a free 19.7-Mile Run that takes runners from the YMCA to the top of Morrow Mountain and back to the YMCA. It is a non-timed event. There is no charge for the run. For a free event, there is plenty of support along the way. First time “idiots” get a t-shirt and certificate. Since the run starts at 5 am, runners can get to the top of Morrow Mountain in time for a beautiful sunrise. This is a fun way to get in a long run and fits the training schedule perfectly for anyone training for the Myrtle Beach Marathon three weeks later.

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This is a free event but has limited spots. The course is dirt road and sandy trail, with 3 loops of 10.4 to get to the 50k distance. Finishers received … MORE

This is a free event but has limited spots. The course is dirt road and sandy trail, with 3 loops of 10.4 to get to the 50k distance. Finishers received a commemorative coin with the year on it. Runners brought food for a potluck after.

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Packet pickup was well-organized and held at the baseball field. There was plenty of parking across the street, but most people tried to park in the small lot at the … MORE

Packet pickup was well-organized and held at the baseball field. There was plenty of parking across the street, but most people tried to park in the small lot at the field, which caused back-ups.

There were a couple of hotels within walking distance of the start/finish, so we were able to leave the hotel 20 minutes prior to the start, with ample time to get to our corral.

The course was flat with several out and back sections. There were plenty of beautiful houses along the course and we ran along the shoreline of the Ashley River. The course also went through the campus of The Citadel Military College, which I enjoyed.

The race finished outside the baseball field, with runners getting their medal, some snacks, water, and mylar blanket.

Inside the baseball field, runners were treated to a choice of hotdog or breakfast wrap, and two free beers (choice of Michelob ultra, a cider or an IPA).

A long sleeve tech shirt and short sleeve triblend shirt were included in the cost of the registration.

A final note: anyone who ran any of the distances offered at this race and at the Myrtle Beach race the first weekend in March will get extra “Bless Your Heart” medal.

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New this year was the option to run 12.5k, in addition to the existing 25k, 50k and 50k relay. There was also a 5k the night before. The shirt was … MORE

New this year was the option to run 12.5k, in addition to the existing 25k, 50k and 50k relay. There was also a 5k the night before.

The shirt was a long sleeve tri-blend. The finisher’s awards were a custom handcrafted coaster.

The 50k had a 7-hour time limit, but an early start was permitted for those wanting extra time (they were just not eligible for awards).

Steady rain overnight and during the race resulted in a wet course that was muddy in spots. The 3 rating for course difficulty was because of the mud and standing water. Otherwise, I would have rated the course a 2, or even 1 in spots.

It was also a chilly day, so there were a lot of no-shows. The emcee did a fantastic job cheering on the runners throughout the event.

There was beer and broth post-race, in addition to some basic snacks.

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Due to a washout in the trail, the course was changed slightly this year. The full out and back was 9 miles on the crushed gravel rail trail. There was … MORE

Due to a washout in the trail, the course was changed slightly this year. The full out and back was 9 miles on the crushed gravel rail trail. There was an aid station at each end of the trail, so 4.5 miles apart. In addition to a nutcracker themed medal, participants got a hooded sweatshirt.

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The majority of this race was on the American Tobacco Trail, all of which was paved. There was tons of parking as the start/finish was in the parking lot of … MORE

The majority of this race was on the American Tobacco Trail, all of which was paved. There was tons of parking as the start/finish was in the parking lot of an auto dealership.

Swag included a tech t-shirt and Christmas tree shaped medal that doubles as an ornament.

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This 50k is three 10+ mile loops run on rural roads. There’s a short section of dirt road but the rest is paved. There are some very pretty sections, particularly … MORE

This 50k is three 10+ mile loops run on rural roads. There’s a short section of dirt road but the rest is paved. There are some very pretty sections, particularly Sycamore Lane.

All finishers received a medal and a local runner donated hand made pottery.

This event was the final race in the Mangum Track Club Challenge, which also included the Ellerbe marathon, Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie 50 miler, Hinson Lake (100k minimum) and Seaboard Festival 5k. Finishers of the challenge received a huge belt buckle.

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Adding to my prior reviews: 2023 shirt was optional (for a fee); 5k registration included socks, 10k had choice of socks or gloves; half got both. The ONLY Thanksgiving Day … MORE

Adding to my prior reviews: 2023 shirt was optional (for a fee); 5k registration included socks, 10k had choice of socks or gloves; half got both.

The ONLY Thanksgiving Day run in Raleigh that offers a half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 Mile, and kid’s dash, and all are stroller and dog friendly.

I ran the half marathon, which had basically two different out and back sections. My watch registered over 940 feet of gain, so there’s plenty of hills. The races started at different times, so the beginning wasn’t crowded. The half merged with the 5k runners around mile 5, then merged with the 10k runners just before mile 6. Since the course was on roads, there was plenty of room for everyone.

There’s ample parking, a cute medal, soft t-shirt, and packets can be picked up on race morning,

The post-race offered a small water bottle, half a banana and bag of chips.

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Since I probably won’t ever qualify for the Boston Marathon, this is the only way I would get a unicorn medal. I absolutely love the long sleeve tech shirt. The … MORE

Since I probably won’t ever qualify for the Boston Marathon, this is the only way I would get a unicorn medal.

I absolutely love the long sleeve tech shirt.

The course was full of rolling hills and went past beautiful houses and country.

There were a couple of bottleneck areas but most of the time there was plenty of space for people to run.

Water stops were plentiful enough with one of them offering maurten gels.

The only real disappointment was there was no expo. Bibs were mailed and the shirts were picked up on race morning.

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I reviewed this race last year, so I'll just add some updates this year. The organizers apparently listened to the complaints about parking, as they arranged for parking at two … MORE

I reviewed this race last year, so I’ll just add some updates this year.

The organizers apparently listened to the complaints about parking, as they arranged for parking at two nearby schools this year. They also addressed the prior complaints about awards, as this year, all age group awards are to be mailed.

The half marathon course has rolling hills, with the biggest hill between miles 5-6.

The swag this year was again a long sleeve tech shirt and medal with a spinning acorn. The free gift was a travel mug.

I stayed for the after party this year, mainly for the free beer 🙂

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This race offered 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon events. The half and marathon started together. The first mile or so was around the parking lot of the shopping mall … MORE

This race offered 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon events. The half and marathon started together. The first mile or so was around the parking lot of the shopping mall before heading out to the American Tobacco Trail, a converted rail trail. The remaining distance was all on the trail, which is quite flat. The trail started out paved then went to crushed gravel, before turning around and returning to the start (minus the mile through the parking lot). There were adequate water/gatorade stops, with a couple of them offering gels.

The finisher’s medal was okay and age group winners got a slate coaster.

Everything was being packed up everyone finished and I’m not sure if the last handful of runners got any beer or pizza.

It wasn’t a bad race, but I did think it a little boring since it was a smaller race and not really anything to look as except trees.

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This was a railroad themed 5K going through a residential neighborhood with rolling hills. Finishers received a custom Railroad themed medal. The top 3 male and female finishers and top … MORE

This was a railroad themed 5K going through a residential neighborhood with rolling hills. Finishers received a custom Railroad themed medal. The top 3 male and female finishers and top male and female in the Masters and Grandmasters divisions received a cool lantern. The overall male and female also received a very nice walking stick. Age group medals (gold, silver & bronze versions of the finishers medal) were given to the top 3 in 10 year age groups.

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My main takeaway from this race is that it had gentle, rolling hills...until they weren't. The first 8-9 miles were not that difficult, then came the steeper hills late in … MORE

My main takeaway from this race is that it had gentle, rolling hills…until they weren’t. The first 8-9 miles were not that difficult, then came the steeper hills late in the race. I understand the course was changed a little bit this year to eliminate a couple of the out and back portions, so there was just one. The rest of the course was basically a loop.

The start/finish was just outside the Durham Bulls baseball park. This meant that there was ample parking in the parking decks only a 5-minute walk from the start/finish line. Although I didn’t stick around after, there was beer and food available.

The finisher’s medal was decent, and the t-shirt was a tech material. Bib mailing eliminated the need to go to packet pickup. The shirts were picked up on race day.

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This event had half marathon, 5 mile and 5k options. Packet pickup was available Friday, Saturday and race morning (Sunday). We flew into New Orleans on Saturday and went to … MORE

This event had half marathon, 5 mile and 5k options.

Packet pickup was available Friday, Saturday and race morning (Sunday). We flew into New Orleans on Saturday and went to packet pickup that day. We stayed at a hotel in nearby Slidell, which was a small town.

The race start/finish was at the Fontainebleau State Park. While there was ample parking, it’s best to arrive early. It was a single lane entry to the park, and it seemed everyone got there at the same time. It took close to 20 minutes to get parked. There was a restroom near where we parked, but also portapotties near the start/finish line.

The first ~4.5 miles were regular road, then we turned onto a road that ran along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. The 5-milers ran just over a half mile along this road before getting to their turnaround. The turnaround for the half marathon was around mile 6.75 and went most of the way back along the course out. The course did turn onto a greenway around mile 9.6 (instead of going out to the main road), which led back into Fontainebleau Park.

After crossing the finish line, runners received their medal and had access to the post race party. The bibs had 3 food/drink tickets so runners could choose what they wanted to consume. There was a variety of Abita beers, pork sliders, veggie burgers, and crawfish! A band was also playing.

My friend received an age group award, which was an extra medal plus an engraved piece of slate. Very nice!

Runners also received a t-shirt.

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I did a full review two years ago, and all of that still applies. One thing I forgot to mention before is that in addition to a t-shirt, participants could … MORE

I did a full review two years ago, and all of that still applies. One thing I forgot to mention before is that in addition to a t-shirt, participants could choose either a coffee cup or pint glass with the current year on it. I now have two pint glasses and one coffee cup. I plan on adding one or the other every year I’m physically able to run.

One final note: registration opens at 12:01 am on New Year’s Day and sells out usually within a day, two at most. There is a wait list once registration reaches 500. My understanding is that everyone who has been on the waitlist had the opportunity to register due to the number of people who eventually said they would not be able to make the event.

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This 5k was a small event and consisted of two loops of the cross country course. The course was well marked and very runnable, with larger roots painted white for … MORE

This 5k was a small event and consisted of two loops of the cross country course.

The course was well marked and very runnable, with larger roots painted white for visibility.

The weather was not great, which I believed affected participation.

Swag included a small finishers medal and a cotton t-shirt.

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This race was very well-organized with great swag. The race expo was large, especially for an inaugural race. The course was a flat point to point. Runners were shuttled from … MORE

This race was very well-organized with great swag. The race expo was large, especially for an inaugural race.

The course was a flat point to point. Runners were shuttled from the local casino/convention center parking lot to the start line, and shuttled back from the finish line. The highlight of the course was crossing the Susquehanna River near the finish.

There was a finisher’s medal and a VERY nice quarter zip pullover. Finisher’s also received free sunglasses at the finish line.

Even the bib was well thought out as it was in the shape of the State of Pennsylvania, customized with the runner’s first name.

If I still lived in PA, this would probably be one of my favorite races.

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This was a very well-organized memorial race with lots of sponsors. It also coincided with a local Italian festival, adding a wonderful atmosphere to the entire event. The course is … MORE

This was a very well-organized memorial race with lots of sponsors. It also coincided with a local Italian festival, adding a wonderful atmosphere to the entire event.

The course is probably the simplest I have run for a race: down one street, turn right and go one block over, return on a parallel street. There were a couple of hilly spots where I walked for a few seconds. I managed to snag one of the age group awards and…WOW! I received a large tote bag, $50 restaurant gift certificate, $25 gift certificate at another restaurant, certificate for an ice cream pie from a local dairy, and a certificate for 2 lbs of cookies from a local pastry shop. I would have considered these great prizes for overall winners, let alone age group winners. The overall winners prizes were even better and valued at least $1500, and more!

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I've reviewed this race before, so I'll just update for 2023. The biggest complaint/disappointment was the fact the city/county was supposed to unlock the restrooms at 6:30. For unknown reasons, … MORE

I’ve reviewed this race before, so I’ll just update for 2023.

The biggest complaint/disappointment was the fact the city/county was supposed to unlock the restrooms at 6:30. For unknown reasons, the restrooms were not open until after the 5k started.

The 5k started at 7:30 and the 10k started at 8:15. This allowed challenge runners 45 minutes to complete the 5k before running the 10k. It was not a strict cutoff, so runners were able to complete the challenge even if they did not finish the 5k in 45 minutes.

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I've reviewed this race before, so I'll just update for 2023. The biggest complaint/disappointment was the fact the city/county was supposed to unlock the restrooms at 6:30. For unknown reasons, … MORE

I’ve reviewed this race before, so I’ll just update for 2023.

The biggest complaint/disappointment was the fact the city/county was supposed to unlock the restrooms at 6:30. For unknown reasons, the restrooms were not open until after the 5k started.

The 5k started at 7:30 and the 10k started at 8:15. This allowed challenge runners 45 minutes to complete the 5k before running the 10k. It was not a strict cutoff, so runners were able to complete the challenge even if they did not finish the 5k in 45 minutes.

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Since I reviewed this race last year, I’ll just add some more details. Course: while most of the course is a generally soft trail, the beginning (and on the 2nd … MORE

Since I reviewed this race last year, I’ll just add some more details.

Course: while most of the course is a generally soft trail, the beginning (and on the 2nd lap of the 10-mile course) has crushed stone that can be uncomfortable with softer soled shoes. My altra superior come with an optional stone guard and I wish I had used them.

After the race: there were games and prizes after the awards were given out. The prizes were just little stuff, but I thought it a nice touch. There was also a variety of food available including nonalcoholic beer.

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Our soles were definitely sizzling as it was quite hot for this inaugural race. The race was well organized. Runners were started one at a time, a few seconds apart, … MORE

Our soles were definitely sizzling as it was quite hot for this inaugural race. The race was well organized. Runners were started one at a time, a few seconds apart, to lessen crowding on the greenway. I thought this worked very well. The course itself started on a school track then went out to a local greenway. Half marathoners ran the full course twice with 10k runners running it once. The course was NOT USTAF certified. Finishers received a medal and a nice drawstring bag. Shirts were available for purchase.

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I've reviewed this race before, so I'll comment on this year's event. The timing company had some technical difficulties, which took them several days to work out and publish the … MORE

I’ve reviewed this race before, so I’ll comment on this year’s event. The timing company had some technical difficulties, which took them several days to work out and publish the final results. Age group awards were given out on the day of the race though.

The tank this year is 100% cotton as opposed to being tech material like last year.

The course was changed slightly to lessen confusion at a traffic circle but apparently people still complained about the course being confusing. I had no problem with the course.

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This was a no frills, laid back race offering marathon and 50 mile distances. Both races start at the same time which happens to be 6 pm. This very hilly … MORE

This was a no frills, laid back race offering marathon and 50 mile distances. Both races start at the same time which happens to be 6 pm. This very hilly course has a 6 mile loop followed by a 4 mile out and back. 50 milers did the full course 5 times. Marathoners did an initial .2 side out and back, then two full laps and a final 6 mile loop.

Parking was along the course at the start/finish area, at the junction of the 6 mile loop and 4 mile out and back. Runners were then able to use their vehicles as their personal aid stops. There were on course aid stations and the start/finish line plus along the 6 mile loop, offering the usual race fare.

Definitely bring a head lamp and bug spray, along with sunscreen (it was 84 degrees at the start, with just partial shade).

All finishers received a locally made pottery mug.

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Highball to Thurmond offered 55k, 50 mile relay and 50 mile solo options. My review will be about the 50 miler. I will include what I did for this race … MORE

Highball to Thurmond offered 55k, 50 mile relay and 50 mile solo options. My review will be about the 50 miler. I will include what I did for this race and whether it worked for me. Or not.

For the 50 miler, runners could choose to start early, at 4:45 am. They would not be eligible for awards but would have a 14 hour time limit. The regular start time was 6 am, with a 12.75 hour time limit. The time limits for the 50 mile race were mainly for the train. Since the 50 mile course was point to point, runners had the option of taking an Amtrak train from the finish line back to the start, or else make their own transportation arrangements. The course started in Montgomery, WV, went through New River Gorge National Park and finished in Thurmond, WV.

I chose the 4:45 am start, which worked well for me, as I was able to make the cutoffs. Due to miscalculating how long it would take me to get ready and get to the start, I arrived at the start area at 4:41 am. This worked out, as I was able to park about half a block from the start line. I would not recommend doing this though, as it was all street parking and I just plain got lucky 😂.

The first 9 miles consisted of rolling hills, then the next 10 or so were gravel/dirt roads and a more serious, 4 or so mile climb. There was then a two mile descent, with some waterfalls along the side of the road. After going across Hawk’s Nest Dam, this brought me to the first drop bag location. I switched from road shoes to trail shoes, which worked out well. I did not have the rock guards in my Altra trail shoes, but I wish did. There were parts of the course that has some sharp rocks underfoot. I would also include bug spray in the first drop bag.

Mile 20 or so was when the trail running began, starting with a steep but thankfully short climb to a single track trail. There were rock cliffs on one side of the trail and steep drop offs on the other side. Parts of the trail (both here and later on) were muddy, but not terribly so.

The trails varied between technical single track, flat rail trail, and steep, rocky descents and ascents. The section of trail descending to Kaymoor Miners Trail had wooden steps and rock steps. My trail shoes did fail me a bit. The first time, both feet slid forward out from under me as I was going down a steep part, landing me on my butt. No harm done. That time. While trying to be cautious on the rocks, my toes had a tendency to slide forward in the shoes despite using a heel lock method of lacing. This caused bruised toes and I will lose at least one toenail.

There were some brief sections of road when connecting between some trails. Some trails had a steep drop off to one side, so be careful if you’re afraid of heights. Or have a fear of tripping and stumbling down the side of a mountain, like I do.

The second bag drop was at roughly mile 40. I definitely needed the bug spray that I had in there but might have preferred another change of shoes. I think trail shoes were still needed (more on that shortly) but maybe some with more cushion. There was a fairly steep paved section that my knees and quads didn’t like as my zero drop trail shoes just didn’t provide enough cushion.

After following a fairly flat rail trail for a few miles after that, there was one final brief but very steep ascent. This climb was just that…a steep 300 foot climb up a rocky trail, more suitable for hiking with poles. Unless you use your hands to practically pull yourself up the trail. A nice wide and flat rail trail with a couple wooden bridges was the reward for completing that ascent.

The last mile and a half or so was paved and I once again wished for a more cushioned shoe. This section is also the namesake of this race, being that you could “highball” it into the town of Thurmond. Crossing the finish line, you were given your medal, which had an enclosed train that slid back and forth, and doubles as a drink coaster. There were refreshments waiting along with our third and final drop bag. I had a change of clothes in my bag, but purposefully did not include another pair of shoes. I might have enjoyed a pair of recovery sandals, but knew I would be afraid to see what my feet looked like after 50 miles.

Since I finished within the time limit, I was able to grab a sloppy joe and some chocolate milk after changing my clothes. Those of us that purchased a train ticket then went to the Amtrak station to catch the 6:59 train. Since the train didn’t actually show up until 7:30, the race organizers popped the champagne bottles early, on the station platform. The train ride took about 50 minutes and was a nice way to chat with other people with the same interests and had also just completed the same awesome achievement. Champagne continued to flow. Race director Rich spent time talking to every runner in the train car, once again proving how much he cares about the runners.

The entire course was very well marked and easy to follow. There were 8 aid stations, stocked with a variety of foods, tailwind, and water. I did wear my hydration vest, which was a very wise choice. The volunteers at the aid stations were very helpful and supportive, and seemed more like your own personal crew. There were so many beautiful sections of trail that I ended up taking over 100 pictures during the run. I could not resist photo-documenting this achievement.

A couple of notes about the 55k: this route was an out and back that started at 7 am in Thurmond, where the 50 mile runners finished. The 55k runners had the dubious pleasure of both descending and ascending the 300 feet rocky trail on the side of the mountain. They also would have to contend with two way traffic on the section of trail that had the big drop off and was barely wide enough for single file. Taking the train after finishing wasn’t really an option for them either.

Pre-race stuff: there was TONS of communications prior to the race. Personalized coaching including a custom training plan was available for $20. I did this and credit the Coach Becki and the plan for helping me be prepared for this run. There were two virtual meetings with Rich, Jen and Becki so that runners could ask questions and get advice. A nice tech shirt was included but a jacket was available for purchase. I had preordered the jacket and was pleased with my purchase. There was a mandatory meeting the night before (or you could join the virtual meeting a couple days before). There was an optional pasta dinner following the meeting. Packet pick-up, the preface meeting and pasta dinner were held at the Historic Glen Ferris Inn, which is also where I chose to lodge for this race. The athlete guide detailed the course section by section and included all the details one might need. It even listed what foods and flavors of tailwind would be at each aid station. I took a screenshot of the page with the time cutoffs, so I could reference it during the run to be sure I would make the cutoffs in time.

While parts of the trails were quite difficult for me, I am immensely happy that I chose this 50 mile race. Trivium Racing is easily my favorite race organizer.

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This is a nice, small, local race and is one of three races put on by the Harnett Area Running Club. All participants got a shirt, top 3 overall male … MORE

This is a nice, small, local race and is one of three races put on by the Harnett Area Running Club. All participants got a shirt, top 3 overall male & female got a medal, and top age group winners got a medal.

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This was a great race, with over 15,000 marathoners, half marathoners and marathon relay teams on Sunday. There were other events held on Saturday. I would describe the course as … MORE

This was a great race, with over 15,000 marathoners, half marathoners and marathon relay teams on Sunday.

There were other events held on Saturday.

I would describe the course as starting with flats and rolling hills, a HUGE climb miles 6-7, some more flats and rolling hills and then a downhill finish for the last 3 miles.

Since this year was a lot of pouring rain with thunder & lightning, I didn’t get to see much as far as scenery goes, at least for the first several miles.

Despite the rain, there were many people along the course, cheering on the runners. Mile 5 seems to be a famous part of the course for crowd support.

The aid stations were plentiful, offering gatorade and water. Random people were also handing out cookies, candy, and even samples of beer.

I enjoyed this race even though we were drenched and I got massive amounts of chafing from running in soaked clothes. I would run this one again.

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This is probably now my favorite half marathon. The course was mostly flat and runners ran roughly 2.5 miles around the racetrack of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Many chose to stop … MORE

This is probably now my favorite half marathon. The course was mostly flat and runners ran roughly 2.5 miles around the racetrack of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Many chose to stop and kiss the famous bricks at the start/finish line of the racetrack.

The major positive aspects of this race (to me):
1. Running on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2. Water stations were marked in advance with huge banners and were on both sides of the course
3. The was entertainment along the entire course, with a very wide range of musical genres

I would run this one probably every year if I lived locally.

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I entered the 50k distance. There was an 8 hour time limit. What they did not tell you was that you had to be at the halfway turnaround in 4 … MORE

I entered the 50k distance. There was an 8 hour time limit. What they did not tell you was that you had to be at the halfway turnaround in 4 hours. I missed this cutoff by less than 10 minutes. If I had known of this cutoff, I would have pushed harder. Being a 50k, I was trying to reserve energy for later in the race. They gave me the choice of catching a car ride back to the start or removing my bib and return on foot (the course was out-and-back). I chose to remove my bib and finish the distance that I paid for. Since I was no longer under a time constraint, I walked a lot of the second half and took pictures of the scenery and wildlife. The race director still gave me a finisher’s medal even though officially I was listed as DNF.

The trail itself was muddy in spots and filled with rocks and roots for the entire distance, with the exception of a few spots where you had to go along a road to reach the next trail section.

Trail markings were almost exclusively those for the Mountains to Sea Trail itself and easy to follow.

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For some reason, I always thought of Delaware as a flat state. This course made me think again. While much of it was fairly flat, there was a neighborhood or … MORE

For some reason, I always thought of Delaware as a flat state. This course made me think again. While much of it was fairly flat, there was a neighborhood or two that required some hill climbs. The course was along city streets, a greenway and through neighborhoods.

Runners received a long sleeve tech shirt and a truckers cap. The finisher’s medal was a little plain but had a spinning middle.

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Most of the race is along the American Tobacco Trail, a converted rail-trail. It's also mostly flat. There was a nice tech shirt and finisher's medal. MORE

Most of the race is along the American Tobacco Trail, a converted rail-trail. It’s also mostly flat. There was a nice tech shirt and finisher’s medal.

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This small race is run on a 13+ mile loop along paved rural roads. Run two of the loops for the full marathon. The course has some hills that can … MORE

This small race is run on a 13+ mile loop along paved rural roads. Run two of the loops for the full marathon. The course has some hills that can challenge the unprepared runner. Course support was adequate. Runners received a long sleeve tech shirt with finishers earning a medal and a locally made piece of pottery. Hot soup and quesadillas awaited the finishers.

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Dry weather leading up to the race makes a big difference in the trail conditions. This year, the trail had just one small spot of mud. The first 3 or … MORE

Dry weather leading up to the race makes a big difference in the trail conditions. This year, the trail had just one small spot of mud. The first 3 or so miles is mostly flat greenway. Then the trail starts with a lot of wooden steps, a serious hill climb in the middle on a utility road. After coming back down the mountain utility road, you get back on single track trail that runs along thew Eno river. This was my favorite part of the race, as it was peaceful, running along the river and through a grove of mountain laurel. There were some more wooden steps to climb before the end of the trail section and heading back to the greenway for the return to the finish line.

The race started and finished on the historic Occoneechee Speedway, which I thought supercool. Chili and hot coffee was provided at the finish.

Registered runners got a winter hat that featured the race logo and had reflective properties.

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I've reviewed this race before, so I will just add details specific to this year. The race was moved a month ahead to January instead of February. This is probably … MORE

I’ve reviewed this race before, so I will just add details specific to this year.

The race was moved a month ahead to January instead of February. This is probably why the trails were in the best condition of the 4 times I’ve run this race. The course was also slightly different as they needed to avoid a part of the trail that was being worked on.

The hooded sweatshirt was great as always.

The medal featured a beautiful stained-glass effect.

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I think the best aspect of this event was the handcrafted ceramic coaster for all finishers. There was a different design for the 25k & 50k. The race was a … MORE

I think the best aspect of this event was the handcrafted ceramic coaster for all finishers. There was a different design for the 25k & 50k.

The race was a ~7.75 loop around Lake Salem. 25k runners ran 2 loops, 4 loops for 50k. The trail was mostly crushed gravel with a section of pavement.

Parking was ample. T-shirt was long sleeved blend. I heard there was beer afterward.

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With options of 3, 6 or 12 hours, this is a great choice for someone wanting to run their first ultra. Some runners run in costume. The course is a … MORE

With options of 3, 6 or 12 hours, this is a great choice for someone wanting to run their first ultra. Some runners run in costume. The course is a converted rail to trail out and back of 5 miles each way (10 miles total). Once you do as many of the 10-mile out and backs that you can within your event, you start doing the shorter 1 mile out and backs until time runs out. Runners can also stop at any time they choose…there is no pressure to run more than you want to. This year, there was a nutcracker medal in addition to a hoodie.

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Rock n Roll knows how to put on an event. The expo was quite large, in the convention center. We went 3 times: our initial bib pick-up, then to go … MORE

Rock n Roll knows how to put on an event.

The expo was quite large, in the convention center. We went 3 times: our initial bib pick-up, then to go back to exchange a shirt, then a 3rd time when our friends arrived. There was different merchandise added each time, so we ended buying something on each visit.

The start was very crowded…imagine 9000+ runners plus their family friends, in a two-block area. The corrals were doubled, meaning 1 & 11 were supposed to be in the same area, 2 & 12, 3 & 13. etc. The higher number corrals were supposed to wait until the lower number corrals started, but there was no attempt to enforce this. The gear drop was at the finish line, which was a couple blocks from the start line. I’d recommend not utilizing the bag drop unless you really need to. Since we stayed at a hotel, we ended up walking almost two miles before the race even started!

Rock n Roll races are always fun, with lots of entertainment and cheering crowds along the course. This one was mostly flat, with the most elevation gain during the 3 or so miles on the military base, Fort Sam Houston. This was also the prettiest section of the course.

We did not stick around for the after-party as it was chilly and our friends had to check out of their hotel.

San Antonio is one of the better host cities for RnR, with lots to see & do in the area, including the Alamo, Riverwalk, zoo, parks and Tower of the Americas. It’s definitely worth going for a couple extra days.

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The ONLY Thanksgiving Day run in Raleigh that offers a half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 Mile, and kid's dash, and all are stroller and dog friendly. I ran the half … MORE

The ONLY Thanksgiving Day run in Raleigh that offers a half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 Mile, and kid’s dash, and all are stroller and dog friendly.

I ran the half marathon, which had basically two different out and back sections. My watch registered over 940 feet of gain, so there’s plenty of hills. The races started at different times, so the beginning wasn’t crowded. The half merged with the 5k runners around mile 5, then merged with the 10k runners just before mile 6. Since the course was on roads, there was plenty of room for everyone.

There’s ample parking, a cute medal, soft t-shirt, and packets can be picked up on race morning,

The post-race offered a small water bottle, half a banana and bag of chips.

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The course for this race starts at a sports complex and winds through a couple of parks, through town, around a lake, and up and down hills. It’s run on … MORE

The course for this race starts at a sports complex and winds through a couple of parks, through town, around a lake, and up and down hills. It’s run on roads, greenways and a mulch trail around a lake. The shirt was a decent long sleeve triblend tee.

Packets cannot be picked up on race morning, unless you pay for it. They also offer a VIP package, which includes race morning packet pickup, special parking, shower facility and special access to the post-race beer and pancake breakfast.

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This was a small race, with no frills. Participants got a t-shirt. Medals were awarded for top 3 overall and top in each 10-year age group in each gender. The … MORE

This was a small race, with no frills. Participants got a t-shirt. Medals were awarded for top 3 overall and top in each 10-year age group in each gender. The course was flat and ran through neighborhoods. Parking was ample at the start/finish line at a small park.

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The course was a little hilly but it was well marked and had great support. The shirt was an awesome long-sleeve tech. The medal was cool, with a spinning middle. … MORE

The course was a little hilly but it was well marked and had great support. The shirt was an awesome long-sleeve tech. The medal was cool, with a spinning middle. There was an after party, but I didn’t attend due to another obligation. Overall, it was a well-run race with 4 distances to choose from. My only complaint was the parking. Parking was basically “find a local neighborhood to park in”, so with around 6000 runners, we had a nearly mile walk to the start/finish area.

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I have mixed feelings about this event. The pros: TONS of free race photos. Flat course. Just over 2-mile out and back that breaks up the distance. Very laid-back event. … MORE

I have mixed feelings about this event.

The pros: TONS of free race photos. Flat course. Just over 2-mile out and back that breaks up the distance. Very laid-back event.

Cons: Just over 2-mile out and back that can be boring with nothing to look at except sand and water.

State # 13 with half marathon or longer (plus DC & Canada)

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I was unable to run this event in person, but I wanted the super cool medal. This was the final race of 4 trail races where the medals connect to … MORE

I was unable to run this event in person, but I wanted the super cool medal. This was the final race of 4 trail races where the medals connect to form a larger medal, in the shape of a spider’s web. Rich, Lib and the entire Trivium Racing team are the greatest and I highly recommend their races.

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This was a very difficult course. As the name says, there were lots of roots and rocks on this single loop course. The trail was well-marked for the event. The … MORE

This was a very difficult course. As the name says, there were lots of roots and rocks on this single loop course. The trail was well-marked for the event. The shirt and medal were nice. The race director showed he cared about all aspects of the event.

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The half marathon course had some hills, long gradual ups and downs that tested the calves and quads. It was mostly road with some greenway/riverwalk. The cool part was running … MORE

The half marathon course had some hills, long gradual ups and downs that tested the calves and quads. It was mostly road with some greenway/riverwalk. The cool part was running around an old NASCAR dirt track. The medal was decent as was the t-shirt. The 3 1/2 time limit meant there were few walkers.

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I pretty much covered everything in my review from last year. I can add that there was a long-time participant named Bill that recently passed away doing what he loved...running. … MORE

I pretty much covered everything in my review from last year. I can add that there was a long-time participant named Bill that recently passed away doing what he loved…running. He had accumulated over 1150 miles at Hinson and was honored on the event shirt this year.

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The course was mostly rolling hills with a couple of steep hills (but thankfully short). There was no finisher medal but they did award top 3 overall male and female … MORE

The course was mostly rolling hills with a couple of steep hills (but thankfully short). There was no finisher medal but they did award top 3 overall male and female as well as the top finisher in 10-year age groups. All runners did get a nice t-shirt. The race was very small with only 21 finishers, but it was still enjoyable. The small participation was likely due to this being the first year of the race and small town location. I do applaud the Harnett Area Running Club for trying to expand running in the area.

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Just like most Rock n Roll races, this race had music on the course, great aid stations, medical tents on the course, a nice medal, a nice tech shirt and … MORE

Just like most Rock n Roll races, this race had music on the course, great aid stations, medical tents on the course, a nice medal, a nice tech shirt and lots of runners. There was a monster mile-long hill in the middle and an uphill finish at the end. The nicest feature of the course was all the trees along most of the route that provided plenty of shade. The host city of Bellevue was pleasant.

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This is Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption's (CARA) largest fundraising event of the year. I ran the challenge, which was running both the 5k & the 10k. The 5k started … MORE

This is Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption’s (CARA) largest fundraising event of the year. I ran the challenge, which was running both the 5k & the 10k. The 5k started at 7:30, the 10k at 8:00. Like all previous years, only the challenge runners received a finisher’s medal and age group awards were given to the top finisher of each age group. Cotton/poly blend shirts were available to purchase. Starting at Kiwanis Park, both races ran along the greenway and into residential areas, with the 10k following an additional 3 miles worth of greenway.

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This is Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption's (CARA) largest fundraising event of the year. I ran the challenge, which was running both the 5k & the 10k. The 5k started … MORE

This is Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption’s (CARA) largest fundraising event of the year. I ran the challenge, which was running both the 5k & the 10k. The 5k started at 7:30, the 10k at 8:00. Like all previous years, only the challenge runners received a finisher’s medal and age group awards were given to the top finisher of each age group. Cotton/poly blend shirts were available to purchase. Starting at Kiwanis Park, both races ran along the greenway and into residential areas, with the 10k following an additional 3 miles worth of greenway.

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This was a small race put on by a local running club. The 8 am start time made for a hot race, especially with the hills. Registrants got a t-shirt. … MORE

This was a small race put on by a local running club. The 8 am start time made for a hot race, especially with the hills. Registrants got a t-shirt. Medals were awarded for the top 3 in the age groups (mostly 10-year groups).

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This event offered a 5 (actually 5.5) mile and a 10 mile run. Both started at the same time, with the 10 mile route being two loops of the 5 … MORE

This event offered a 5 (actually 5.5) mile and a 10 mile run. Both started at the same time, with the 10 mile route being two loops of the 5 miler. The course was mainly double and single track trails with occasional views of the lake. The trails were not overly technical, but there were plenty of roots/stumps to watch out for. The race didn’t start until 8 AM, so it was quite hot by the time I finished the 10 mile race. Runners got a nice short sleeved shirt. Pint glasses were given as age group awards.

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Limited to 300 runners this year, this was a small local race. There was a decent sized hill in the first mile. Runners got a tech tank top and medal … MORE

Limited to 300 runners this year, this was a small local race. There was a decent sized hill in the first mile. Runners got a tech tank top and medal for finishers. Age group awards were a medal with 1st, 2nd or 3rd. The best part of this race was seeing so many people dressed in red, white & blue.

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Bear Lake Trifecta-3 races, 3 states, 3 days The Bear Lake Trifecta offered both full and half marathon options. I chose half marathon, with Idaho being on Thursday, Wyoming on … MORE

Bear Lake Trifecta-3 races, 3 states, 3 days
The Bear Lake Trifecta offered both full and half marathon options. I chose half marathon, with Idaho being on Thursday, Wyoming on Friday and Utah on Saturday. We stayed in Garden City, Utah, which was a quaint and very friendly little town. The Idaho race was 25 minutes away from there, the Wyoming race was 50 minutes away and the Utah race was in Garden City itself. There were plenty of beautiful views in the area, including Bear Lake itself. We even went to the Teton mountains, about 3 hours away.
The T-shirts were tech material, with all featuring the same design. The bear logo and state name were a different color to designate which state it was for. The finishers medals were the same shape and design for each state. The ribbon and bear logo on the medal were different colors, depending on the state.
Each race was a timed out and back, with a rolling start and 100-120 runners completing the half marathon distance. Each race had water/aid stops roughly every two miles, with a porta potty every other water stop. A deejay welcomed runners back as they finished each race. The age group awards were just like the finishers medal, but were gold, silver or bronze. Runners who completed all 3 races received a nice medal hanger featuring the bear.
This series of races was difficult for me, but not because of the 3 races/3 states/3 days. I was not accustomed to the altitude (6000-6500 feet above sea level). While not sore at all, my legs felt like they just did not want to move, from the very beginning! I was surprised by just how much the altitude slowed me down.
Idaho-Idaho had the best views, especially of Bear Lake. My watch registered over 500 feet of gain. The mountains provided some shade early, but the race ended with lots of sun exposure.
Wyoming-Wyoming was the flattest of the three, yet my watch still registered over 380 feet of gain. Wyoming was also the coolest of the three days.
Utah-Utah had the longest and steepest hills and was my least favorite of the 3 races. My watch registered over 600 feet of gain. This course started in the middle of town, so we didn’t get the great views until after mile 4. The middle 3 or so miles was on dirt/rock trail that went up in the hills of sagebrush. We had to watch our steps, not just for rocks and ruts, but also cowpies!
I’m glad I completed this series but was even more glad when it was done…the running anyway!

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