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Sanford, NC Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 1 day, 6 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 (17)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
4 Miler Fayetteville, NC Jul 4, 2022
10 Miler New Hill, NC Jul 23, 2022
10K Coats, NC Jul 30, 2022
5K Sanford, NC Aug 27, 2022
10K Sanford, NC Aug 27, 2022
Half Marathon Bellevue, WA Sep 4, 2022
8K Erwin, NC Sep 17, 2022
24 hr Rockingham, NC Sep 24, 2022
Half Marathon Durham, NC Oct 16, 2022
Half Marathon Greensboro, NC Oct 29, 2022
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Nov 6, 2022
5K Dunn, NC Nov 12, 2022
Half Marathon Holly Springs, NC Nov 19, 2022
6 hr Erwin, NC Dec 10, 2022
Half Marathon Frederick, MD TBD
Half Marathon Ouray, CO TBD
Marathon Bath, NY TBD

Past Races (94)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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
10 Miler Chapel Hill, NC Apr 9, 2022 1:52:17
4 Miler Chapel Hill, NC Apr 9, 2022 39:08
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
20K Relay Hampstead, NC Aug 28, 2021 2:25:02
10K Sanford, NC Aug 28, 2021 1:23:28
5K Sanford, NC Aug 28, 2021 43:48
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
10K Raleigh, NC Mar 21, 2020 1:02:41
4 Miler Raleigh, NC Mar 21, 2020 43:40
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

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!

DIFFICULTY
5
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4
SCENERY
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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!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
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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!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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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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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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