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Sanford, NC Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 1 day, 8 hours ago

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Personal Bests (20)

Race Distance Location Date Result
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 25, 2021 63.27 mi
6 hr Erwin, NC Dec 12, 2020 26 mi
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2022 10:41:34
50K Ellerbe, NC Jun 5, 2021 7:10:47
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
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 (14)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
6 hr Erwin, NC Dec 10, 2022
50K Winston-Salem, NC Jan 7, 2023
Half Marathon Gibsonville, NC Jan 21, 2023
Marathon Ellerbe, NC Feb 25, 2023
50K Raleigh, NC Apr 16, 2023
50 Miler Thurmond, WV May 21, 2023
50K Ellerbe, NC 2023
5K Hamlet, NC 2023
24 hr Rockingham, NC 2023
50 Miler Ellerbe, NC 2023
Half Marathon Frederick, MD TBD
Half Marathon Ouray, CO TBD
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV TBD
Marathon Bath, NY TBD

Past Races (111)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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
5K Sanford, NC Aug 27, 2022 32:20
10K Sanford, NC Aug 27, 2022 1:10:19
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
5K Sanford, NC Aug 28, 2021 43:48
10K Sanford, NC Aug 28, 2021 1:23:28
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

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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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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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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This was the inaugural running of Rock 'n' Roll Atlantic City. Overall, I enjoyed the run itself, with plenty of water stops and music on the course. I was happy … MORE

This was the inaugural running of Rock ‘n’ Roll Atlantic City. Overall, I enjoyed the run itself, with plenty of water stops and music on the course. I was happy with the shirt and medal. I would not run this again, but only because Atlantic City was nice to visit once, but that’s enough for me.

Pro: Nice course, starting on an old airfield, running through a stretch of the city and finishing the last 4 or so miles on the boardwalk.
Con: Due to the sand dunes, the ocean was not visible from the boardwalk.

Pro: Packet pickup was easy, typical of a Rock ‘n’ Roll event.
Con: The expo was small (few vendors) for a Rock ‘n’ Roll event.

Pro: Shuttles were provided from the hotel area of the city to the start line.
Con: The hotel area of the city was dirty and I would not walk there alone during the day or at all during dark.

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Trivium Racing took over as the timing company/race director of this race in 2022. Communication from them has always been top-notch. T-shirts were gender-specific tech with a cool looking owl … MORE

Trivium Racing took over as the timing company/race director of this race in 2022. Communication from them has always been top-notch. T-shirts were gender-specific tech with a cool looking owl printed on the front. This was the 3rd of 4 trail races in a series where the finishers medals connect together to form a larger medal. Age group awards were a nice metal placard with the same owl design as the shirt.

The trail was not the most technical I’ve been on, with minimal rocks but sections with lots of roots. There were numerous views of the lake. I had hoped for a better finish time, but two weeks in Vegas with over overindulgence and no running really slowed me down.

Due to the nature of the course, there were not very many water stops and only one location with a portapotty (around mile 9). I was glad I wore my hydration belt.

I would consider running this again.

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I ran the 4-mile and 10-mile races, termed the Double Down. The 4-miler started at 7:15 am and the 10-miler at 7:45 am. Runners in the Double Down had until … MORE

I ran the 4-mile and 10-mile races, termed the Double Down. The 4-miler started at 7:15 am and the 10-miler at 7:45 am. Runners in the Double Down had until 8 am to start the 10-miler after running the 4-miler first. With that kind of pressure, I PR’d my 4 mile race. I took it a little easier on the 10-miler and enjoyed the beautiful neighborhoods that we ran through. I even stopped and took pictures of an amazing tulip garden.

Double Down runners got a special medal in addition to the 4-mile and 10-mile medals, and also received two tech t-shirts.

The courses have plenty of hills to test your endurance.

My only disappointment was that the Double Down runners did not get listed in the 4-mile or 10-mile results.

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I ran the 4-mile and 10-mile races, termed the Double Down. The 4-miler started at 7:15 am and the 10-miler at 7:45 am. Runners in the Double Down had until … MORE

I ran the 4-mile and 10-mile races, termed the Double Down. The 4-miler started at 7:15 am and the 10-miler at 7:45 am. Runners in the Double Down had until 8 am to start the 10-miler after running the 4-miler first. With that kind of pressure, I PR’d my 4 mile race. I took it a little easier on the 10-miler and enjoyed the beautiful neighborhoods that we ran through. I even stopped and took pictures of an amazing tulip garden.

Double Down runners got a special medal in addition to the 4-mile and 10-mile medals, and also received two tech t-shirts.

The courses have plenty of hills to test your endurance.

My only disappointment was that the Double Down runners did not get listed in the 4-mile or 10-mile results.

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Monumental...kinda. We got a great view of the Washington Monument. Partial view of the Capitol Building. We ran behind the Lincoln Memorial (which I didn't even realize until after the … MORE

Monumental…kinda. We got a great view of the Washington Monument. Partial view of the Capitol Building. We ran behind the Lincoln Memorial (which I didn’t even realize until after the race). Other than that, the race was a typical city race run on downtown streets plus some residential areas. There was a pretty big hill at the halfway point, but there was some live Colonial American music to distract us from the ache in our calves. If possible, I would highly recommend using the public transit of the city and not drive a personal vehicle.

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The 10 mile trail race was mostly single track, out and back with a small loop at the halfway point. There were a lot of up and down portions so … MORE

The 10 mile trail race was mostly single track, out and back with a small loop at the halfway point. There were a lot of up and down portions so that the effects of the 500 feet of loss and 500 feet of gain were easier to handle mentally. This year, there was a huge rainstorm the night before the race, right up to the start time. This made the trails very wet, muddy and slippery. Since the race started and finished at a high school, there was tons of parking. The race is also one of a series of 4 trail races where the finisher’s medals will all connect to form a big spider web. The shirt is a short sleeved tech shirt.

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With this being my second time running the Myrtle Beach Marathon and last year being postponed to May, I was hoping the earlier start in March would be cooler. It … MORE

With this being my second time running the Myrtle Beach Marathon and last year being postponed to May, I was hoping the earlier start in March would be cooler. It was not! The temperature still got to the upper 60’s by the end of the race and I got sunburned. The course was quite flat and a great part of it was along Ocean Boulevard, which allowed for views of the ocean and a great breeze.

The communications leading up to the race were great. There was tons of parking close to the race start/finish line. I would recommend getting there early, as the lines for the port-a-potties were quite long.

The finisher’s medal was a good size and very heavy. The race length determined the size of the medal, with the marathon having the largest. Every finisher also got a long-sleeved tech shirt and a tank top.

At the finish of the race, runners got to enjoy pizza, one free beer (with the option to purchase more), and a live band in the Pelican’s baseball stadium.

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I’ve reviewed this race before, so I’ll just add that the trails were very muddy and slick this year. The middle section of 3-4 miles was so slick as to … MORE

I’ve reviewed this race before, so I’ll just add that the trails were very muddy and slick this year. The middle section of 3-4 miles was so slick as to be almost unrunnable. I’m sure the front of the pack didn’t have as much trouble, but by the time the middle and back of the pack runners got there, it was slip-city. Everything else was excellent, from communications from the director to parking to the awesome hoodie.

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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 … MORE

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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I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at … MORE

I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at 2:30 each race morning, it was also nice to be done the race and still have time to go to a park.

The 5K and 10K races both started in the parking lot of Epcot. The half marathon and marathon started out on the road near Epcot. Be prepared for a long walk from Epcot out to the start line for the half marathon and full marathon. Each race had several characters along the route where you could stop and get your picture taken with them. Most of the time, the wait was not very long to get a picture taken, but the more popular characters had a longer wait.

The races also had many very large aid stations with water and sports drink. I was very grateful for the medical stops, especially for the marathon. I was able to stop and get some Vaseline for chafing that I was experiencing, but they also offered biofreeze, bags of ice and sunscreen.

The 5K ran only in and around Epcot. The 10K briefly went in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. The half marathon went to Magic Kingdom and then back to Epcot. The full marathon went to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the parking lot of Blizzard Beach, briefly in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. Excluding the 5K, each race had stretches of highway that could have been boring except that they had character stops and some entertainment.

My husband ran just the half marathon but the entire week he kept saying he wished he had done Dopey also. We will go back in a few years when he is ready to run all the races. The only thing I would do different next time is to run the races first and leave the park visits for the week after the races.

Transportation during the races was easy as buses were provided for those staying on Disney property to get to and return from the start/finish in Epcot.

For the Dopey Challenge I got six tech long-sleeved shirts and six medals. That’s one shirt and metal for each race plus a shirt and metal for the Goofy Challenge (completing both half marathon and full marathon) and another shirt and metal for the Dopey Challenge (completing all four races).

The only disappointment for me was the Expo. Packet pickup was fairly straight forward, but shopping for merchandise was time-consuming and a waste of time. The Expo opened on Wednesday morning at 8 AM. We didn’t get there until Wednesday around 1 PM. It took a couple of hours waiting in line just to get in to look at merchandise. By then, there was very little worthwhile merchandise left to buy, and I ended up getting just a Dopey Challenge magnet. The Expo was open several days but anyone who didn’t get there very early on the Wednesday (and was willing to wait in line for 5-6 hours) did not have a good selection.

The most fun thing about these races was the costumes. I dressed up in a different Disney character for each race, as did many, many other people. It was so much fun looking at everyone’s costumes, from the very simple to the very elaborate.

I can’t wait to go back!

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I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at … MORE

I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at 2:30 each race morning, it was also nice to be done the race and still have time to go to a park.

The 5K and 10K races both started in the parking lot of Epcot. The half marathon and marathon started out on the road near Epcot. Be prepared for a long walk from Epcot out to the start line for the half marathon and full marathon. Each race had several characters along the route where you could stop and get your picture taken with them. Most of the time, the wait was not very long to get a picture taken, but the more popular characters had a longer wait.

The races also had many very large aid stations with water and sports drink. I was very grateful for the medical stops, especially for the marathon. I was able to stop and get some Vaseline for chafing that I was experiencing, but they also offered biofreeze, bags of ice and sunscreen.

The 5K ran only in and around Epcot. The 10K briefly went in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. The half marathon went to Magic Kingdom and then back to Epcot. The full marathon went to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the parking lot of Blizzard Beach, briefly in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. Excluding the 5K, each race had stretches of highway that could have been boring except that they had character stops and some entertainment.

My husband ran just the half marathon but the entire week he kept saying he wished he had done Dopey also. We will go back in a few years when he is ready to run all the races. The only thing I would do different next time is to run the races first and leave the park visits for the week after the races.

Transportation during the races was easy as buses were provided for those staying on Disney property to get to and return from the start/finish in Epcot. I would recommend getting to the start very early to get a good position in the starting corral.

For the Dopey Challenge I got six tech long-sleeved shirts and six medals. That’s one shirt and metal for each race plus a shirt and metal for the Goofy Challenge (completing both half marathon and full marathon) and another shirt and metal for the Dopey Challenge (completing all four races).

The only disappointment for me was the Expo. Packet pickup was fairly straight forward, but shopping for merchandise was time-consuming and a waste of time. The Expo opened on Wednesday morning at 8 AM. We didn’t get there until Wednesday around 1 PM. It took a couple of hours waiting in line just to get in to look at merchandise. By then, there was very little worthwhile merchandise left to buy, and I ended up getting just a Dopey Challenge magnet. The Expo was open several days but anyone who didn’t get there very early on the Wednesday (and was willing to wait in line for 5-6 hours) did not have a good selection.

The most fun thing about these races was the costumes. I dressed up in a different Disney character for each race, as did many, many other people. It was so much fun looking at everyone’s costumes, from the very simple to the very elaborate.

I can’t wait to go back!

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I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at … MORE

I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at 2:30 each race morning, it was also nice to be done the race and still have time to go to a park.

The 5K and 10K races both started in the parking lot of Epcot. The half marathon and marathon started out on the road near Epcot. Be prepared for a long walk from Epcot out to the start line for the half marathon and full marathon. Each race had several characters along the route where you could stop and get your picture taken with them. Most of the time, the wait was not very long to get a picture taken, but the more popular characters had a longer wait.

The races also had many very large aid stations with water and sports drink. I was very grateful for the medical stops, especially for the marathon. I was able to stop and get some Vaseline for chafing that I was experiencing, but they also offered biofreeze, bags of ice and sunscreen.

The 5K ran only in and around Epcot. The 10K briefly went in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. The half marathon went to Magic Kingdom and then back to Epcot. The full marathon went to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the parking lot of Blizzard Beach, briefly in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. Excluding the 5K, each race had stretches of highway that could have been boring except that they had character stops and some entertainment.

My husband ran just the half marathon but the entire week he kept saying he wished he had done Dopey also. We will go back in a few years when he is ready to run all the races. The only thing I would do different next time is to run the races first and leave the park visits for the week after the races.

Transportation during the races was easy as buses were provided for those staying on Disney property to get to and return from the start/finish in Epcot. I would recommend getting there very early to have a good position in the starting corral.

For the Dopey Challenge I got six tech long-sleeved shirts and six medals. That’s one shirt and metal for each race plus a shirt and metal for the Goofy Challenge (completing both half marathon and full marathon) and another shirt and metal for the Dopey Challenge (completing all four races).

The only disappointment for me was the Expo. Packet pickup was fairly straight forward, but shopping for merchandise was time-consuming and a waste of time. The Expo opened on Wednesday morning at 8 AM. We didn’t get there until Wednesday around 1 PM. It took a couple of hours waiting in line just to get in to look at merchandise. By then, there was very little worthwhile merchandise left to buy, and I ended up getting just a Dopey Challenge magnet. The Expo was open several days but anyone who didn’t get there very early on the Wednesday (and was willing to wait in line for 5-6 hours) did not have a good selection.

The most fun thing about these races was the costumes. I dressed up in a different Disney character for each race, as did many, many other people. It was so much fun looking at everyone’s costumes, from the very simple to the very elaborate.

I can’t wait to go back!

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I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at … MORE

I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at 2:30 each race morning, it was also nice to be done the race and still have time to go to a park.

The 5K and 10K races both started in the parking lot of Epcot. The half marathon and marathon started out on the road near Epcot. Be prepared for a long walk from Epcot out to the start line for the half marathon and full marathon. Each race had several characters along the route where you could stop and get your picture taken with them. Most of the time, the wait was not very long to get a picture taken, but the more popular characters had a longer wait.

The races also had many very large aid stations with water and sports drink. I was very grateful for the medical stops, especially for the marathon. I was able to stop and get some Vaseline for chafing that I was experiencing, but they also offered biofreeze, bags of ice and sunscreen.

The 5K ran only in and around Epcot. The 10K briefly went in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. The half marathon went to Magic Kingdom and then back to Epcot. The full marathon went to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the parking lot of Blizzard Beach, briefly in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. Excluding the 5K, each race had stretches of highway that could have been boring except that they had character stops and some entertainment.

My husband ran just the half marathon but the entire week he kept saying he wished he had done Dopey also. We will go back in a few years when he is ready to run all the races. The only thing I would do different next time is to run the races first and leave the park visits for the week after the races.

Transportation during the races was easy as buses were provided for those staying on Disney property to get to and return from the start/finish in Epcot.

For the Dopey Challenge I got six tech long-sleeved shirts and six medals. That’s one shirt and metal for each race plus a shirt and metal for the Goofy Challenge (completing both half marathon and full marathon) and another shirt and metal for the Dopey Challenge (completing all four races).

The only disappointment for me was the Expo. Packet pickup was fairly straight forward, but shopping for merchandise was time-consuming and a waste of time. The Expo opened on Wednesday morning at 8 AM. We didn’t get there until Wednesday around 1 PM. It took a couple of hours waiting in line just to get in to look at merchandise. By then, there was very little worthwhile merchandise left to buy, and I ended up getting just a Dopey Challenge magnet. The Expo was open several days but anyone who didn’t get there very early on the Wednesday (and was willing to wait in line for 5-6 hours) did not have a good selection.

The most fun thing about these races was the costumes. I dressed up in a different Disney character for each race, as did many, many other people. It was so much fun looking at everyone’s costumes, from the very simple to the very elaborate.

I can’t wait to go back!

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I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at … MORE

I got talked into running the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World on Marathon weekend and I am so glad I did. Even though it was rough getting up at 2:30 each race morning, it was also nice to be done the race and still have time to go to a park.

The 5K and 10K races both started in the parking lot of Epcot. The half marathon and marathon started out on the road near Epcot. Be prepared for a long walk from Epcot out to the start line for the half marathon and full marathon. Each race had several characters along the route where you could stop and get your picture taken with them. Most of the time, the wait was not very long to get a picture taken, but the more popular characters had a longer wait.

The races also had many very large aid stations with water and sports drink. I was very grateful for the medical stops, especially for the marathon. I was able to stop and get some Vaseline for chafing that I was experiencing, but they also offered biofreeze, bags of ice and sunscreen.

The 5K ran only in and around Epcot. The 10K briefly went in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. The half marathon went to Magic Kingdom and then back to Epcot. The full marathon went to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, the parking lot of Blizzard Beach, briefly in Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot. Excluding the 5K, each race had stretches of highway that could have been boring except that they had character stops and some entertainment.

My husband ran just the half marathon but the entire week he kept saying he wished he had done Dopey also. We will go back in a few years when he is ready to run all the races. The only thing I would do different next time is to run the races first and leave the park visits for the week after the races.

Transportation during the races was easy as buses were provided for those staying on Disney property to get to and return from the start/finish in Epcot.

For the Dopey Challenge I got six tech long-sleeved shirts and six medals. That’s one shirt and metal for each race plus a shirt and metal for the Goofy Challenge (completing both half marathon and full marathon) and another shirt and metal for the Dopey Challenge (completing all four races).

The only disappointment for me was the Expo. Packet pickup was fairly straight forward, but shopping for merchandise was time-consuming and a waste of time. The Expo opened on Wednesday morning at 8 AM. We didn’t get there until Wednesday around 1 PM. It took a couple of hours waiting in line just to get in to look at merchandise. By then, there was very little worthwhile merchandise left to buy, and I ended up getting just a Dopey Challenge magnet. The Expo was open several days but anyone who didn’t get there very early on the Wednesday (and was willing to wait in line for 5-6 hours) did not have a good selection.

The most fun thing about these races was the costumes. I dressed up in a different Disney character for each race, as did many, many other people. It was so much fun looking at everyone’s costumes, from the very simple to the very elaborate.

I can’t wait to go back!

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Kiawah Island will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first half marathon. I loved everything about it. My third year running the half marathon is … MORE

Kiawah Island will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first half marathon. I loved everything about it. My third year running the half marathon is my PB. The corses were changed for this year and while still very nice, I preferred the original location. Most runners will need to get a shuttle to and from the start/finish area regardless if they stay off- or on-island. There is great support along the course and music/bands in a couple of locations. Great food at the finish…REAL food, like couscous, pasta, hot soup. Plus beer, always a good thing. The shirt this year was a long sleeve cotton blend, as opposed to the tech shirts offered in the previous few years. The medal was just as awesome as always, with a stained glass effect and a spinner with half marathon on one side and marathon on the other.

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This course had some hills! The volunteers on the course were great. The t-shirt was a long sleeved cotton blend. Plenty of parking, since the race started and finished at … MORE

This course had some hills! The volunteers on the course were great. The t-shirt was a long sleeved cotton blend. Plenty of parking, since the race started and finished at a high school.

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Trivium Racing always puts on a good race. Last year, this race was a point to point due to Covid. This year, it was a two loop course to find … MORE

Trivium Racing always puts on a good race. Last year, this race was a point to point due to Covid. This year, it was a two loop course to find the flattest half marathon route in the city. While it was flatter than last year, I would not call this course flat. The shirt was a long sleeved tech. The medal was the final medal of the 6-race mega medal series, where all the medals joined in a fashion similar to the Olympic rings. Food options after the race weren’t great but there was plenty of beer.

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The DAV 5k Boston raised $30,000 for Veterans. The runners gathered inside Fort Independence on Castle Island in Boston prior to the start. Then a color guard led the runners … MORE

The DAV 5k Boston raised $30,000 for Veterans.

The runners gathered inside Fort Independence on Castle Island in Boston prior to the start. Then a color guard led the runners to the start line, asking the runners to follow based on expected finish time. It was the first time I experienced a start like that, which I think worked very well. I ran my race in my expected time and did not have to do a lot of dodging around other runners, which seems to happen frequently in races. Each event (5k hand-cycle, 5k run, 1 mile walk) was started by the massive boom of a Howitzer cannon and finished inside the fort. Other than the final ramp up to finish line inside the fort, the course was flat. The shirt was a long sleeve tech.

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

This was a railroad themed 5K going through a residential neighborhood with rolling hills. Finishers received a custom Railroad/Halloween themed medal. The top 3 male and female finishers also received a cool lantern in addition to another medal. The top male and female in the Masters and Grandmasters divisions received a wooden train whistle. 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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This event offered two distances, 4 miles and 10 miles. The course was entirely on the converted rail to trail American Tobacco Trail. This translates to a flat fast course … MORE

This event offered two distances, 4 miles and 10 miles. The course was entirely on the converted rail to trail American Tobacco Trail. This translates to a flat fast course on crushed stone. Parking was mainly at a nearby area with a shuttle bus going back and forth. I chose to park further down the trail, about 2 miles from the start. This allowed me a 2 mile warmup prior to the 10 mile race, plus the 2 miles back for cooldown. Finishers received a pair of gloves in addition to a long-sleeved T-shirt.

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Mo' Bell truly has something for everyone. The options included 100 miler, 75 miler, 50 miler, 24-hour, 12-hour, 100k, 50k, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile run. Runners … MORE

Mo’ Bell truly has something for everyone. The options included 100 miler, 75 miler, 50 miler, 24-hour, 12-hour, 100k, 50k, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile run.

Runners could also choose whether to run the 3 mile trail loop, the 1 mile road loop, or any combination of the two to cover their distance. There were hills with both loops and the trail had lots of roots and rocks.

Due to the variability of the course options, timing was not electronic. For my half marathon, it was simply pick up a brown rubber band after each trail loop or red rubber band after each road loop. The longer distances used clothes pins but I wasn’t present for the start of those events and didn’t hear exactly how the timing was done.

Swag included pajama bottoms for the half marathon and higher events plus a cute cowbell finisher’s medal.

If this event was local for me, I would consider running it again.

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This was my first 24-hour race and I don't think I could have picked a better one. The course is a 1.5032 mile loop around Hinson Lake. Completing the same … MORE

This was my first 24-hour race and I don’t think I could have picked a better one. The course is a 1.5032 mile loop around Hinson Lake. Completing the same loop 42 times may sound boring but it really wasn’t. With over 300 people running, there was always someone new to see. A fun quirk of the event was the Gnomes. There were different gnomes placed around the course in various locations. Each lap, the gnomes would be in a new spot! It was a kind of game to see where they would show up on the next lap. There were also different amusing signs along the course that got changed out over the course of the 24 hours.

Did I mention food? The aid station had every kind of food you would ever want to help get your through whatever distance/time you were aiming for. They had grilled cheese sandwiches, cheeseburgers, potatoes, candy, cookies, soup, noodles, bananas, oranges, chips, pizza and more pizza. There was also several flavors of gatorade.

The weather this year was pretty much perfect, which my understanding is it’s usually hot, wet and/or mosquito infested. New for the event this year (it was supposed to be new last year but got cancelled), 100k finishers earned a medal. With the weather being so great and the introduction of a 100k medal, I decided to push for my longest distance ever.

Many people chose to pitch tents along the course and I’m glad I did that also. I did have to break after 55 miles and laid down in my tent for a while until I felt able to get up and finish the push to the 100k.

The final fun facet of this event was the banana lap. With somewhere around 30 minutes left in the 24-hour event, those still on course (or coming back to the course), got a banana with their bib number on it. The runners continued around the course until the foghorn signaled the end of the event. Wherever you were on the course, that’s where you dropped your banana. A crew then went around and measured the length of the course completed by each runner on that final lao and added the distance to their overall distance. Since I had completed at least 100k and was still there for the banana lap, I was able to jump around 20 spots in the standings, surpassing those that decided to stop at 100k.

I would highly recommend this event to anyone thinking about doing their first 24-hour event or anyone just wanting to push to see just how far they can go.

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This was a fun race. The 10k was essentially 2 loops of the 5k course and was moderately hilly. There was good course direction along the city streets. The race … MORE

This was a fun race. The 10k was essentially 2 loops of the 5k course and was moderately hilly. There was good course direction along the city streets. The race started and finished near Southend Brewing, so there was plenty of beer (each runner was allowed 2 free beers, and of course could buy more). The age group awards were beer growlers and a certificate to fill them. This race was also part of Trivium Racing’s Greensboro series. The medals from all 5 races interlock similar to the Olympic rings.

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I ran the 22 mile option of the VSAP. VSAP stands for Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention. It was a very worthy cause to run for. The course started and … MORE

I ran the 22 mile option of the VSAP. VSAP stands for Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention. It was a very worthy cause to run for. The course started and finished at a local baseball field and was quite rural. Runners should be sure to carry water/fuel with them as there was not a lot of course support. It was the inaugural race, so I would expect to see improvements next year. Overall, a worthy cause and a great long run if building for a full marathon.

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Rock 'n' Roll announced that this was the final race at Virginia Beach, after 20 years. I've run a handful of Rock 'n' Roll races, and they are pretty much … MORE

Rock ‘n’ Roll announced that this was the final race at Virginia Beach, after 20 years. I’ve run a handful of Rock ‘n’ Roll races, and they are pretty much the same. Absolute fantastic race in terms of entertainment on the course, course support, bling, shirts, spectators, expo, just about everything. The course started close to and finished on the boardwalk. If they were to have it again, it would definitely be worth running.

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CARA Run for their Lives is a nice local race that is the biggest fundraiser for the Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption. Not a lot of fuss to this race. … MORE

CARA Run for their Lives is a nice local race that is the biggest fundraiser for the Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption. Not a lot of fuss to this race. Only finishers of the challenge (running both 5k & 10k) earn a medal. The course has some hills as it runs through part of town and along a greenway.

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CARA Run for their Lives is a nice local race that is the biggest fundraiser for the Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption. Not a lot of fuss to this race. … MORE

CARA Run for their Lives is a nice local race that is the biggest fundraiser for the Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption. Not a lot of fuss to this race. Only finishers of the challenge (running both 5k & 10k) earn a medal. The course has some hills as it runs through part of town and along a greenway.

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The Copperhead 20k Relay was lots of fun. Relay teams could have 2-4 members, with each member running 5k lap(s). Each member could have 2 minutes deducted from their time … MORE

The Copperhead 20k Relay was lots of fun. Relay teams could have 2-4 members, with each member running 5k lap(s). Each member could have 2 minutes deducted from their time by drinking a beer before running their lap, for a potential total deduction of 8 minutes. There was also the option of running the 20k as an individual, with the same potential deduction. For any runner under 21 or non-drinker, there was the option of chocolate milk. Before the main race, they held a couple of beer mile events (a competitive open beer mile and a Clydesdale and Athena event). The winner of each got a machete. There was no finishers medal but each participant got a pair of Copperhead socks and had the option of purchasing shirts or tanks. There was A LOT of beer available and the overall atmosphere was like a party.

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Pros: This race is a huge fundraiser for a good cause: resources for those dealing with addiction or mental health ailments. The race entry included a nice cotton blend shirt … MORE

Pros: This race is a huge fundraiser for a good cause: resources for those dealing with addiction or mental health ailments. The race entry included a nice cotton blend shirt and entry to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The course ran through the zoo, which was pretty cool. There was plenty of crowd support and the course was mostly shaded. My rating of the race swag would have been a 5 if there was a finisher’s medal. They did give out quite a few age group medals.
Cons: Registration was confusing and communication was non-existent.

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I believe the course was unique for this year. The course map advertised over 1700 feet of gain but my watch registered only 1500 feet. Should I feel cheated?? The … MORE

I believe the course was unique for this year. The course map advertised over 1700 feet of gain but my watch registered only 1500 feet. Should I feel cheated?? The first 2 1/2 miles were uphill (my calves were not happy with me) on this out and back, which meant the last 2 1/2 miles were downhill (my quads were so angry, they yelled at me for 3 days afterwards). The shirt was a nice tech shirt, though unisex. The medal was cool, featuring a gas lantern, with a light that flashes. Oh, one more thing…the 1500 (or 1700) feet of gain was for the half. The full marathon ran the out and back twice, for a gain of 3000 (or 3400) feet of gain. Ouch!

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I was unable to run this event in person due to scheduling conflict, but I needed the medal! This event is part of Trivium Racing's mega medal series, where all … MORE

I was unable to run this event in person due to scheduling conflict, but I needed the medal! This event is part of Trivium Racing’s mega medal series, where all the medals join together in a way similar to the Olympic rings. Trivium Racing always puts on a great race and they do their best by the runners.

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This was a very small and rural event with no bling or fanfare, basically just a group of runners out for a long run. Runners did get a t-shirt and … MORE

This was a very small and rural event with no bling or fanfare, basically just a group of runners out for a long run. Runners did get a t-shirt and trucker’s hat though. There were volunteers who drove the course to provide runners with anything they might need (water, soda, ice pops, etc). Most of the runners were members of the Mangum Track Club (see their website to see what they’re all about).

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Over a year ago, I decided I would wait until I turned 50 to run my first marathon. I had planned on making a trip out of it, going someplace … MORE

Over a year ago, I decided I would wait until I turned 50 to run my first marathon. I had planned on making a trip out of it, going someplace that I hadn’t been before. Then COVID hit and races began getting cancelled. I ended up choosing the Myrtle Beach Marathon, so that even if the race got cancelled, we could still go and enjoy the weekend. The race happened and I did it! I ran my first full marathon!

The original scheduled date was March, which is definitely a better choice than May, as the temperature got to the upper 60’s by the end of the race. The course was quite flat and a great part of it was along Ocean Boulevard, which allowed for views of the ocean and a great breeze. Many runners complained about the headwind, but I found it refreshing.

The communications leading up to the race were great. There was tons of parking close to the race start/finish line. The race was also well executed for COVID restrictions, with wave starts every 2 minutes. With the number of runners (close to 1000 for the marathon alone), this allowed for ample spacing of runners. I was not crowded during the race, yet I was never alone either.

This stagger also meant that there was not a huge gathering at the finish line. While normally I would enjoy a cheering crowd, it was also nice to NOT have a crowd to (literally) run into at the finish. There was plenty of post-race, prepackaged food and water, though no beer.

The medal was a good size and very heavy. Every finisher also got a long-sleeved tech shirt and a tank top.

Overall, I consider it a great choice for my first marathon and look forward to running it again, when it’s in the cooler month of March.

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In my second year running this race, the course was changed from point to point to a sort of loop. The course started and finished in downtown Holly Springs, NC … MORE

In my second year running this race, the course was changed from point to point to a sort of loop. The course started and finished in downtown Holly Springs, NC and ran along streets, parkways, and a packed mulch trail around a lake.

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The course had a few rolling hills but a nice downhill finish. Trivium racing did an excellent job dealing with the COVID restrictions. Plenty of beer at the finish, which … MORE

The course had a few rolling hills but a nice downhill finish. Trivium racing did an excellent job dealing with the COVID restrictions. Plenty of beer at the finish, which is only to be expected since the race started and finished at the Pig Pounder Brewery. This was race #3 of this year’s Mega Medal series, where all the medals will link in manner similar to the Olympic rings.

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The 10 mile trail race was mostly single track so it was difficult to pass much of the time. It was also primarily out and back a small loop at … MORE

The 10 mile trail race was mostly single track so it was difficult to pass much of the time. It was also primarily out and back a small loop at the halfway point. There were a lot of up and down portions so that the effects of the 500 feet of loss and 500 feet of gain were easier to handle mentally. Since the race started and finished at a high school, there was tons of parking. The race is also one of a series of 6 races where the finisher’s medals will all connect to form a mega medal, similar to the Olympic rings.

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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 … MORE

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.

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This trail race normally has water crossings at miles 4.8 and 8.2 with the weather prior to race determining how deep the water is. This year it was too deep … MORE

This trail race normally has water crossings at miles 4.8 and 8.2 with the weather prior to race determining how deep the water is. This year it was too deep to safely cross, so the course was altered to avoid the river. Even without the water crossing, this was a tough course. Trivium Racing had great communication regarding every aspect of the race in the week or two before the race. This race is also the first of a series of 6 races where the medals all connect to form a mega medal.

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With options of 3, 6 or 12 hours, this is a great choice for someone thinking of running their first ultra. The comradery among the runners make it a fantastic … MORE

With options of 3, 6 or 12 hours, this is a great choice for someone thinking of running their first ultra. The comradery among the runners make it a fantastic choice for anyone who runs, period. Many runners chose to run in costume, including a friend who ran the entire 12 hours carrying a foot-tall nutcracker! The course is a converted rail to trail out and back of 5 miles each way. Since I ran the 6 hour event, I did two out and backs (for 20 total miles), then added shorter out and backs of 1 mile, getting up to 26 miles before I stopped. I chose to run this event prior to running my first marathon to test myself, with no pressure. I managed the 26 miles easily in this event, due to both the flat course and the great support from the other runners. Finishers received a nutcracker medal in addition to a nice long-sleeved T-shirt.

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This is a great event for the entire family. Strollers and dogs are allowed with an awesome Kid Zone for during/after the race. It was a bit hilly but with … MORE

This is a great event for the entire family. Strollers and dogs are allowed with an awesome Kid Zone for during/after the race. It was a bit hilly but with music at a couple of spots (live band! keyboard player!) to help with motivation. Shirt option included the choice of tech or cotton long sleeve shirt. There were very nice finisher medals for everyone and there was even fake snow at the finish line! Oh, I almost forgot…everyone got a set of antlers too!! If I had one suggestion to improve the experience, it would be to have maybe 1-2 volunteers on the course where the 12k and 5k merge to help remind the 5k walkers to stay right in order to allow the 12k runners room to run on the left. My last mile was a full minute slower from having to dodge walkers and strollers.

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For 2020, the race directors were able to hold the event by doing a staggered start of one athlete every few seconds. They also changed the course from it's usual … MORE

For 2020, the race directors were able to hold the event by doing a staggered start of one athlete every few seconds. They also changed the course from it’s usual flat loop to a point to point course. This event is the final race in Trivium Racing’s mega medal series, with the medals from all 6 races joining together to make a huge medal. The T-shirt was a long sleeved tech shirt.

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I cannot review the race as COVID forced it to be virtual only. I can review Trivium Racing, the organization putting the race. They did an excellent job of communicating … MORE

I cannot review the race as COVID forced it to be virtual only. I can review Trivium Racing, the organization putting the race. They did an excellent job of communicating with runners throughout the process of turning the event to virtual only. They also did their best to try to think of ways to safely hold the event until the City finally said absolutely no permit. I hope to run the event in person next year. I based the Course Difficulty and Scenery scores on the course map provided on the race site.

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My ratings are based on the prior year live event. My review from that year: Nice local race, very festive with live bagpipers. Raised money for a great cause. The … MORE

My ratings are based on the prior year live event. My review from that year:
Nice local race, very festive with live bagpipers. Raised money for a great cause. The medal is a half circle, which interlocks with the medal from the Oktoberfest race later in the year to complete the circle.

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The 10 mile trail race was mostly single track so it was difficult to pass much of the time. It was also primarily out and back a small loop at … MORE

The 10 mile trail race was mostly single track so it was difficult to pass much of the time. It was also primarily out and back a small loop at the halfway point. There were a lot of up and down portions so that the effects of the 500 feet of loss and 500 feet of gain were easier to handle mentally. Since the race started and finished at a high school, there was tons of parking. The race is also one of a series of 7 races where the finisher’s medals will all connect to form a mega medal. The t-shirt was a very nice long sleeve tech shirt.

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