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Sanford, NC Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 4 hours, 56 minutes ago

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Personal Bests (18)

Race Distance Location Date Result
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 25, 2021 63.27 mi
6 hr Erwin, NC Dec 12, 2020 26 mi
50K Ellerbe, NC Jun 5, 2021 7:10:47
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC May 1, 2021 4:48:52
Marathon Relay Greensboro, NC Feb 9, 2020 3:58:07
22 Miler Eastover, NC Sep 18, 2021 4:44:06
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 Raleigh, NC Oct 12, 2019 39:44
5K Greensboro, NC Oct 4, 2020 28:54
2 Miler Orlando, FL Oct 27, 2019 19:24
1K Cary, NC Jun 8, 2019 15:46

Future Races (12)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
5K Hamlet, NC Oct 30, 2021
5K Boston, MA Nov 6, 2021
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 6, 2021
Half Marathon Greensboro, NC Nov 20, 2021
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 11, 2021
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2022
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 5, 2022
Half Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 9, 2022
Half Marathon Cokeville, WY Jun 10, 2022
Half Marathon Laketown, UT Jun 11, 2022
Half Marathon Washington, DC 2022
Marathon Bath, NY TBD

Past Races (71)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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
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
5K Sanford, NC Aug 25, 2018 29:39
10K Sanford, NC Aug 25, 2018 1:03:23
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

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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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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This trail race 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 about knee deep … MORE

This trail race 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 about knee deep but I understand it has been almost waist deep in the past. 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 7 races where the medals all connect to form a mega medal.

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There are many options for completing this marathon: solo, 2 person relay, 4 person relay, 5-8 person relay. The majority of participants, including my team, chose the 4 person relay. … MORE

There are many options for completing this marathon: solo, 2 person relay, 4 person relay, 5-8 person relay. The majority of participants, including my team, chose the 4 person relay. The first person ran a modified first lap of 2.2 miles. Each lap after that was a 1.6 loop around a park. It had roughly 80 feet of gain per lap, but the finish was down hill. Many teams made camp in “tent city” which was the area after the start line, along the course. The relay transition took place either just after the start/finish line or wherever it was that your team was camped. This made it easy to relax between laps. The only option for the 4 person relay teams was for each member to run one lap at a time. The other relay teams could break up the 16 laps however they chose, as long as each person ran at least one lap. This is a great event for socializing with other runners. Every runner received a medal and hoodie.

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The first and last 3 or miles of the course was greenway and mostly flat. The middle of the race is where the mountain challenge happened. Roughly 800 feet of … MORE

The first and last 3 or miles of the course was greenway and mostly flat. The middle of the race is where the mountain challenge happened. Roughly 800 feet of gain for the whole course with most of that being in the middle. The mountain trail varied between gravel, wooden steps and technical trail. Lots of roots, rocks and mud (it had recently rained).

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The course is flat and winds through beautiful neighborhoods and past the golf course and marshes on Kiawah Island. The full and half start together then split apart and rejoin … MORE

The course is flat and winds through beautiful neighborhoods and past the golf course and marshes on Kiawah Island. The full and half start together then split apart and rejoin again before the finish. The medal is huge with a spinner thing that says Marathon on one side and Half Marathon on the other side. The tech shirts have a unique artistic design. I have heard that shuttling onto the island on race morning can be stressful. I chose to stay at the Sanctuary Hotel on the island so that I could leave my room 15 minutes before race time. Very convenient if a bit on the expensive side. When I am ready for my first marathon, I believe I will choose this one. As it is, I have already registered for the half marathon for next year.

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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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There was lots of pre race communication, with the exception of the decision to not have finisher medals. This was my second year running the race and since there were … MORE

There was lots of pre race communication, with the exception of the decision to not have finisher medals. This was my second year running the race and since there were finisher medals last year, I expected one this year. Other than that, I enjoyed the race. It is one of the bigger ones in the area, with close to 3000 runners, and includes a Kids Dash. The shirt was a very nice long sleeve gender specific tech shirt.

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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. Runners earn points (1 point per mile raced) in the Run the Springs series and are rewarded an extra medal for accumulating 20 points. In my case, I ran the NC Spring Classic 16k in April and this race, thus earning enough points for the extra medal upon completion of this race. The medals are very substantial! The shirt was a decent long sleeve tee.

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This was my 4th Rock n Roll race. If you want bling, do multiple Rock n Roll races! Production is always well organized. Lots of course entertainment and support. The … MORE

This was my 4th Rock n Roll race. If you want bling, do multiple Rock n Roll races! Production is always well organized. Lots of course entertainment and support. The Rock n Roll races usually have race shirts for sale on which the participants names are screen printed. The print is tiny, but it’s possible to find your name. Transportation was, for the most part, well organized. Just be aware that the race start and finish lines are at separate locations. Unless you want to walk another mile back to the ferry for transport to the convention center parking, you need to prepay for a shuttle pass. Overall, I really enjoyed this race. It is also walker friendly, especially for the half marathon, which my husband did (he had a full knee replacement and the doc won’t let him run).

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U Can Finish 2 miler was followed by the U Can Finish 5 miler. Runners could choose either or both. If completing both races, runners were awarded an additional medal. … MORE

U Can Finish 2 miler was followed by the U Can Finish 5 miler. Runners could choose either or both. If completing both races, runners were awarded an additional medal. The 2 miler medal was a small shield, the 5 miler medal was a bigger shield, and the “Distance Dare” medal was a shield that attached to the 5 miler medal with magnets. There was an indication on the website that this was the final year for the Distance Dare.

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U Can Finish 2 miler was followed by the U Can Finish 5 miler. Runners could choose either or both. If completing both races, runners were awarded an additional medal. … MORE

U Can Finish 2 miler was followed by the U Can Finish 5 miler. Runners could choose either or both. If completing both races, runners were awarded an additional medal. The 2 miler medal was a small shield, the 5 miler medal was a bigger shield, and the “Distance Dare” medal was a shield that attached to the 5 miler medal with magnets. There was an indication on the website that this was the final year for the Distance Dare.

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From the website: Don your lederhosen for a day of running and friendly fun in downtown Raleigh. Every registered runner will receive a polyblend shirt, craft beer (21+), finishers medal, … MORE

From the website: Don your lederhosen for a day of running and friendly fun in downtown Raleigh. Every registered runner will receive a polyblend shirt, craft beer (21+), finishers medal, and an after party chock full of good music and great times! See the photo of the medal in the race media gallery to see all 3 pieces combined (St Paddy’s 4 Miler, World’s Largest Flip Flop 1k, this race)

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I participated in this inaugural event, choosing the 10 mile timed option. There were also 5 mile and 2 mile (untimed) options. There were plenty of volunteers and the race … MORE

I participated in this inaugural event, choosing the 10 mile timed option. There were also 5 mile and 2 mile (untimed) options. There were plenty of volunteers and the race was quite organized. There were no finisher medals but age awards went 5 deep and lots of give-aways, including 12 pairs of running shoes. The trail itself was quite technical for the 10 mile race with a lot of switchbacks, rocks and roots. Thankfully the trail was well marked, since as the runners spread out, it was common to not see any other runner ahead or behind. A physical therapist was on hand to provide both pre and post run assistance.

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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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Like most races in this town, the course includes the hill going up into Haymount. Unlike other races in this town, the course cut through a couple of parks and … MORE

Like most races in this town, the course includes the hill going up into Haymount. Unlike other races in this town, the course cut through a couple of parks and ran along a creek, adding some scenery to the race.

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The 5k and 10k courses start and finish at the same location at Floyd Lamb park, with the 10k branching off in the middle to get the extra miles. The … MORE

The 5k and 10k courses start and finish at the same location at Floyd Lamb park, with the 10k branching off in the middle to get the extra miles. The course is very flat but most of it is not shaded, being that Las Vegas is desert area. There were adequate aid stations but not really any place for spectators along the course. The shirt was a very nice tech shirt and the medal was very pretty. All Moms finishing the race received a flower as well. Overall, it was a pleasant race and I would run it again, especially since it raised money for a great cause.

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This was a tough race. There's even a hill so tough that it has it's own award category. The hill is about .8 miles long and comes late in the … MORE

This was a tough race. There’s even a hill so tough that it has it’s own award category. The hill is about .8 miles long and comes late in the race. There is also a 4 mile race that starts before the 10 miler. Runners have the option to Double Down and complete both. The challenge is that the 4 mile race starts only 30 minutes before the 10 mile race. Those who are able to complete the challenge are awarded with 3 medals. I will probably run this race again, if only to better my time on Laurel Hill.

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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 … MORE

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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This was the first time Durham, NC hosted a National Women's Running Series event. The first 3 miles were along streets, the next 5 miles were on a greenway, then … MORE

This was the first time Durham, NC hosted a National Women’s Running Series event. The first 3 miles were along streets, the next 5 miles were on a greenway, then the final 5 miles were back along the streets. The greenway was mostly flat while the streets had several hills. Overall, it was a decent event.

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The course is flat and winds through beautiful neighborhoods and past the golf course and marshes on Kiawah Island. The full and half start together then split apart and rejoin … MORE

The course is flat and winds through beautiful neighborhoods and past the golf course and marshes on Kiawah Island. The full and half start together then split apart and rejoin again before the finish. The medal is huge with a spinner thing that says Marathon on one side and Half Marathon on the other side. The tech shirts have a unique artistic design. I liked the one from last year so much that I bought two more at the expo this year. I have heard that shuttling onto the island on race morning can be stressful. I chose to stay at the Sanctuary Hotel on the island so that I could leave my room 15 minutes before race time. Very convenient if a bit on the expensive side. When I am ready for my first marathon, I believe I will choose this one. As it is, I have already registered for the half marathon for next year.

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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!!

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I was in San Antonio on business and wanted to run a race while there. I chose this one. I wish I could have been there for the entire series … MORE

I was in San Antonio on business and wanted to run a race while there. I chose this one. I wish I could have been there for the entire series of four races. Those who completed all four races received an extra medal. The race organizer, Scallywompus, is the best. Very responsive to questions and posts on Facebook. The course was a flat and fast 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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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 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 … MORE

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. Finishers received a medal made of wood in addition to a long-sleeved T-shirt.

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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. The course has some hills as it runs through part of town and along a greenway. What really impressed me with this race was the support from other runners. This was my first times race and even though I was almost the last one to finish, many other runners were telling me good job! The support and encouragement in this one race is what really cemented my desire to run.

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