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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Sep 9, 2023 2:15:59
Quarter Marathon Seabrook, TX Mar 17, 2024 1:26:00

Future Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 28, 2024
Half Marathon Ogden, UT May 18, 2024
14 Miler White Sands, NM TBD
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA TBD
Half Marathon Breckenridge, CO TBD
Half Marathon Carrollton, GA TBD
Half Marathon Del Mar, CA TBD
Half Marathon Woodville, AL TBD
Half Marathon Carson City, NV TBD
Half Marathon Carson City, NV TBD
Half Marathon Santa Rosa, CA TBD
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO TBD
Half Marathon Saint Louis, MO TBD
Half Marathon Conifer, CO TBD
Half Marathon Apache Junction, AZ TBD
Half Marathon Santa Clarita, CA TBD

Past Races (34)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 6, 2024
Half Marathon Newark, DE Mar 23, 2024
Quarter Marathon Seabrook, TX Mar 17, 2024 1:26:00
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Feb 25, 2024 2:59:00
Half Marathon Houston, TX Jan 14, 2024 2:53:22
Half Marathon Joshua Tree, CA Nov 4, 2023 3:15:00
Half Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 14, 2023 2:42:00
Half Marathon Omaha, NE Sep 24, 2023 3:00:17
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Sep 9, 2023 2:15:59
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Aug 12, 2023 2:45:00
Half Marathon Estes Park, CO Jul 29, 2023 2:50:00
Half Marathon Evergreen, CO Jun 3, 2023 2:23:00
Half Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 30, 2023 2:45:00
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Apr 8, 2023 2:45:00
Half Marathon Mt Berry, GA Mar 4, 2023 2:45:00
Half Marathon Tucson, AZ Feb 18, 2023 3:00:00
Half Marathon Houston, TX Jan 15, 2023 2:45:00
Half Marathon College Station, TX Dec 11, 2022 2:36:00
Half Marathon La Porte, TX Nov 20, 2022 2:32:00
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Oct 16, 2022 2:32:00
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Sep 10, 2022 2:20:00
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Aug 13, 2022 2:30:00
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Jul 23, 2022 2:30:00
Half Marathon Evergreen, CO Jun 4, 2022 2:16:00
Half Marathon Denver, CO May 15, 2022 2:35:00
Half Marathon Fort Collins, CO May 1, 2022 2:40:00
Half Marathon Asheville, NC Mar 19, 2022 2:30:00
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Feb 27, 2022 2:40:00
Half Marathon Houston, TX Jan 16, 2022 2:47:00
Half Marathon College Station, TX Dec 12, 2021 2:30:00
Half Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Oct 3, 2021
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Aug 15, 2021 2:35:00
Half Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID May 30, 2021
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 10, 2019

My Raves

This is a smaller event held over the course of 3 days, Friday night through Sunday morning. The race organizers do a great job. Parking is close to the start/finish … MORE

This is a smaller event held over the course of 3 days, Friday night through Sunday morning. The race organizers do a great job. Parking is close to the start/finish area. The post race food is great….fresh pulled pork, hamburgers, and hot dogs. The course is a municipal trail made out of crushed granite which is great on the knees. For the 1/4 marathon you do 1 loop, the 1/2 marathon does 2, and the full marathon does 4 loops. You do share the trail with outgoing and incoming runners so it can get a little tight at times. This is a small race, but very successful at what it does.

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People, people, and more people. I won't rehash what others have said. Get to your corral 10-15 minutes prior to closure else you won't be able to fit into it. … MORE

People, people, and more people. I won’t rehash what others have said. Get to your corral 10-15 minutes prior to closure else you won’t be able to fit into it. Also, if walking from a hotel, give yourself plenty of time to get to the starting area. It is “people congestion” the entire way with many pedestrian bridges to go up and down. I’ve done the event twice and am happy with that. Will proceed to less “commercial” events going forward.

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Always nice to run the hometown event. The expo had the usual vendors and seemed to be a little larger than the past year or two. The event is always … MORE

Always nice to run the hometown event. The expo had the usual vendors and seemed to be a little larger than the past year or two. The event is always 1st class, and the race production is always smooth. The George R Brown events center is able to accommodate both pre and post race activities with plenty of room to spare. The spectator’s numbers were significantly less this year due to the 40 degree temps which most Houstonians aren’t used to.
Volunteers are great as always. Water stops are well stocked. I have the same 3 concerns that I’ve had in previous years: 1) Tee shirts are ALWAYS too small. Everyone was commenting on this and I wish the marathon leadership would listen to these concerns. 2) Porta potties are ALWAYS lacking on the course. Even being in the rear of the pack, each porta-potty stop was at least a 5 minute wait. 3) After finishing, there is a traffic jam between the finish line and the George R Brown. Probably no easy fix for this, but it should be reviewed. I’ve run H-Town 6 times now and will again in 2025.

We spent the night at the Homewood suites directly between the Convention center and the starting corrals. We’ve had good experiences here the past 3 years.

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Vacation Races puts on great events, not missing any details. I've done Saguaro and RMNP. Joshua Tree is an OK event if you like running in sand, for a long … MORE

Vacation Races puts on great events, not missing any details. I’ve done Saguaro and RMNP. Joshua Tree is an OK event if you like running in sand, for a long time. The sunset over the mountains at the beginning of the event is something to remember, so that scenery was awesome. Once this is complete, running in loose sand is a challenge. It’s difficult to concentrate on the beautiful starlit sky when you’re constantly looking for good footing. Many people enjoy it, but I for one can definitely do without a sand run anytime soon. If you are allergic to dust, take appropriate precautions. Although trail running shoes & gaitors are not required, I would highly recommend them.
The volunteers, system coordination and the entire event was 1st class. I’ll do a different Vacation Race next time.

We explored Joshua Tree NP the day before. It is phenomenal. We also did a Stargazing evening with http://www.addicted2wonder.com. It was 1st class.

Joshua Tree is an excellent place to visit AND participate in the run at night.

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High quality event. Flew in from Houston to get my Maryland race in the bag. BWI maybe 20 minutes away. Could easily Uber/Mass transit into the Baltimore area. Packet PU, … MORE

High quality event. Flew in from Houston to get my Maryland race in the bag. BWI maybe 20 minutes away. Could easily Uber/Mass transit into the Baltimore area. Packet PU, race event, and race hotels are all within the same area. Stayed at the Hampton Inn at Camden Yards and it was perfect.

The only negative is the late 1/2 marathon start time, 9:45am. I’m sure there’s a logistical reason for this, but for me personally this is way too late.

The Expo was of normal size for the number of participants. Participant shirt was an under armor, high quality long sleeve shirt. The shirts for sale were even better (as always), but it seems like they only had size Medium.

The crowd support along the way was superb, even on a cool misty morning. Volunteers and water stops were well supported.
For a race of this magnitude, it would have been nice for organizers to post where GU and snacks might be on the route. This would have helped in my mental planning.
Will I be coming back from HTown for this event, probably not. If I lived in the area I would definitely be a repeat.

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This is a very quality event. Flew in from Houston to get my Nebraska run. All of the people were very friendly, and the organization was very good. I don’t … MORE

This is a very quality event. Flew in from Houston to get my Nebraska run. All of the people were very friendly, and the organization was very good. I don’t really enjoy out in back courses, but this one seemed to fit the bill. An added bonus is that the airport is maybe 10 minutes away from most of the lodging. The facility is five minutes away from most of the lodging. Probably won’t do this event again, but can highly recommend it to those that live in the area or need a Nebraska run.

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Outstanding race. Great organization and support. Really like the new route for 2024. The only negative on the new route is that front pack marathoners appeared to struggle to break … MORE

Outstanding race. Great organization and support. Really like the new route for 2024. The only negative on the new route is that front pack marathoners appeared to struggle to break through some of the half marathoners on the recreation path.

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This is a great smaller event produced by the local booster club. I've done this run the past 2 years. You're picked up in Idaho Springs and bussed to the … MORE

This is a great smaller event produced by the local booster club. I’ve done this run the past 2 years. You’re picked up in Idaho Springs and bussed to the start point on Lake Georgetown, then run back. Swag is basic, tee-shirt and very basic finisher’s medal. No bag drop (which is very disappointing), no electrolytes, just water on course. Porta potties are plenty. Volunteers are plentiful and enthusiastic. The last 1/4 quarter mile is straight uphill.

Post race on the sports field with live band is nice. Beer, bagels, watermelon are offered. When leaving the post-race party, you’re then bussed back into the heart of Idaho Springs to wherever you parked your car.

This could be a 1st class event with additional resources. I for one don’t mind paying an additional $5 for real food at the finish.

All in all a solid event.

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What a 1st class event! The production, the volunteers, the course, everything was awesome. I've come to expect that from VR events. This year I was able to volunteer for … MORE

What a 1st class event! The production, the volunteers, the course, everything was awesome. I’ve come to expect that from VR events. This year I was able to volunteer for the base camp setup. Got to know some of the VR personnel and the pride they take in their obligations.

The morning event went off without a hitch. On time. Parking was a breeze. Communication was solid. On course support was perfect. I’m looking forward to Joshua Tree in November knowing that it will be a 1st class event also.

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Great event. Great production, scenery, volunteers, everything. I'll be back next year for year #3. The full marathon starts 30 minutes earlier up the mountain. So, as a "back of … MORE

Great event. Great production, scenery, volunteers, everything. I’ll be back next year for year #3. The full marathon starts 30 minutes earlier up the mountain. So, as a “back of the packer”, it’s always nice to finish with others and have the post-race area still hopping.

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Awesome run as usual. There are some detail reviews this year so I won't repeat what has already been said. This is a 1st class, city wide event. Everyone is … MORE

Awesome run as usual. There are some detail reviews this year so I won’t repeat what has already been said. This is a 1st class, city wide event. Everyone is super friendly.

There was a significant hiccup this year when it came to the Sunday morning bag-drop. Prior to the bag-drop cut-off time, the “contractors” handling this responsibility ran out of labeling tags, and thus shut down the bag drop. I thought there might be a riot from a few hundred people. Eventually this was sorted out and the organizers must be well aware of this situation by now.

I’ll do OKC again anytime!

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Overall a quality event. We traveled from Houston to participate. Pros: * Great route from lakeside to near downtown. Well marked. * Plenty of parking . Not sure why everyone … MORE

Overall a quality event. We traveled from Houston to participate.

Pros:
* Great route from lakeside to near downtown. Well marked.
* Plenty of parking . Not sure why everyone is advised to take public transportation.
* Solid communication from production company.
* We had no problem “sharing” the route with the general community.
* Volunteers were great!
* Plenty of hydration stations and restrooms.
* Great food once the reinforcements arrived.
Cons:
* No packet pick up option the day before.
* $17 to have one’s packet mailed is the highest $$ I’ve seen.
* Event is stated as a 3.5 hour finish time. There would have been no beer for anyone as it and the finish line photographer was “packed up” at 3 hours. My wife finished at 3 hours 10 minutes. She has no finish line photo.
* Hot dog provider ran out of food. We waited 30+ minutes. When it arrived, it was then “all you can eat” because most people left. Great food though.
* Most larger races are now providing a food (banana, orange, granola bar) around mile 8-10 these days. Just water and a very watered down electrolye were offered, and there was plenty.

Would we travel from Houston to participate again? Maybe. If you’re looking to PR, this is not the event for you…..too much congestion and turns. Overall, a solid event and happy we participated.

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What a great event. Straight line winds wreaked havoc on the campus just 18 hours prior to the event. By start time, the course was cleared and ready for the … MORE

What a great event. Straight line winds wreaked havoc on the campus just 18 hours prior to the event. By start time, the course was cleared and ready for the runners. Great route, although I would prefer to do the sunny/exposed trail going outbound when it’s cold, and the shaded road on the return when it’s warm. Anyways, great volunteers and race production. Would travel from Houston again to participate. It’s also very nice to see that everything isn’t shut down for those runners who use their full 4 hours.

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Most other reviewers have hit it right. Great event. Great course, support, and production. No parking issues as indicated in previous years. I would highly recommend wearing flex terrain running … MORE

Most other reviewers have hit it right. Great event. Great course, support, and production. No parking issues as indicated in previous years. I would highly recommend wearing flex terrain running shoes (not an aggressive sole) and gaitors to keep the dirt and rocks out of the shoes. It would be helpful on the website map to indicate which portion is road and which portion is trail. Since I’m always in the 4th quarter of finishers, very nice to have the same support (aka FOOD) that the earlier finishers received. Great event.

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Always a top notch event. 32k announced participation, although the actual numbers would indicate something closer to 25k for the full and the 1/2. Volunteers and crowds are awesome. Course … MORE

Always a top notch event. 32k announced participation, although the actual numbers would indicate something closer to 25k for the full and the 1/2. Volunteers and crowds are awesome. Course is flat as a pancake. Support is everywhere. The only downside is that they ran out of men’s xl and xxl finisher shirts when I went to pick mine up. Hopefully this will be remedied soon. Being from Houston, this is an annual event.

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This is a 1st class, small town run. Plenty of adjacent parking. Start and end in same general location, although this is not an "out and back" event. Excellent packet … MORE

This is a 1st class, small town run. Plenty of adjacent parking. Start and end in same general location, although this is not an “out and back” event. Excellent packet pick up option day before. SWAG is always 1st class. Route through BCS is always filled with cheering neighbors. Water and gatorade nearly every 2 miles. Run through campus is picturesque. Post race meal options are awesome.

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Beautiful cool day for the 2022 event. The event includes an over and back of the Fred Hartman bridge crossing the Houston Ship Channel. This is a well-managed, smaller event. … MORE

Beautiful cool day for the 2022 event. The event includes an over and back of the Fred Hartman bridge crossing the Houston Ship Channel. This is a well-managed, smaller event. The post-race party at the LaPorte town square is quaint and well supported. The course amenities included well-staffed water and Gatorade stations every 2 miles. Completed this course a couple of times and it never disappoints. A packet pickup in Houston is a bonus.

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Nice, well run event. Course begins in downtown and migrates out to a multi-use concrete trail, out and back. The volunteers and support stations were plentiful. I only saw 1 … MORE

Nice, well run event. Course begins in downtown and migrates out to a multi-use concrete trail, out and back. The volunteers and support stations were plentiful. I only saw 1 porta-potty stop on the course. The host hotel is conveniently located steps to the starting line. Pre-run gives full access to the convention center and numerous restrooms. No serious negatives. Like most races, only water and beer available which for non-drinkers is disappointing. Happy to do the event as a destination run but would probably go elsewhere in the future for a destination run.

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What an incredible event. This is my second Revel race event and it is always a first class production. The scenery is incredible, blessed with shade the vast majority of … MORE

What an incredible event. This is my second Revel race event and it is always a first class production. The scenery is incredible, blessed with shade the vast majority of the morning. The course levels out the last 3 to 4 miles, but there was plenty in the tank.

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Well organized run. Sufficient stops that are minimally supported. Just water. This could be an incredible first class event with additional resources. The route is incredible. The only downside is … MORE

Well organized run. Sufficient stops that are minimally supported. Just water. This could be an incredible first class event with additional resources. The route is incredible. The only downside is the extreme uphill for the last 300 yards.

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Nice run, well organized. Early start with buses staged for dropoff at the University of Utah stadium. Quality post-race party with transportation back to the stadium. MORE

Nice run, well organized. Early start with buses staged for dropoff at the University of Utah stadium. Quality post-race party with transportation back to the stadium.

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What a great event! The half started in Evergreen, and was a breezy 49 degrees at the start. It QUICKLY warmed up and was approaching 70-75 at the finish. The … MORE

What a great event! The half started in Evergreen, and was a breezy 49 degrees at the start. It QUICKLY warmed up and was approaching 70-75 at the finish. The organization was top notch, the volunteers phenomenal, and the course was safe and beautiful. Will definitely participate again.

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Fine event in the Denver area. Well run production and communication. Pack PU at Mile high stadium was neat. The 1/2 marathon took you through the zoo for a mile … MORE

Fine event in the Denver area. Well run production and communication. Pack PU at Mile high stadium was neat. The 1/2 marathon took you through the zoo for a mile (most animals were sleeping due to the heat), a fire station, downtown, and back to City Park. I thought the crowd support would be stronger, but maybe they petered out by the time I got there. The major issue for this event is the parking. Neither of the sponsor hotels offered transportation to the park. So, a 430 wake up was in order. Would I do this event again? Probably not due to the many other “beauty filled” half marathons in the area, especially the Colorado Marathon in Fort Collins just 2 weeks prior. However, I’m glad I participated.

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What a great event! Here are the pros and cons: Pros: Great communication, logistics, road support, scenery Cons: Really can't think of any The 1/2 marathon course is 3-4 miles … MORE

What a great event! Here are the pros and cons:
Pros: Great communication, logistics, road support, scenery
Cons: Really can’t think of any
The 1/2 marathon course is 3-4 miles down the mountains, a couple of miles on open roads, and the remainder on a hike/bike trail. Really only 1 short uphill portion to speak of. Just a great event!

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Held in downtown Asheville this year. We signed up for the Biltmore location, but kept our registration. We flew in from Houston. The Good: 1) Started on time 2) PPU … MORE

Held in downtown Asheville this year. We signed up for the Biltmore location, but kept our registration. We flew in from Houston.
The Good: 1) Started on time 2) PPU well organized 3) Shuttles operated efficiently 4) Power gels widely available on course

The Bad: 1)Out of water at the 5-6 mile stop–major no no for any event–they resorted to serving cola 2) Limited traffic control for 1st 2 miles out of downtown–were running against moving cars 1/2 a mile into the race 3) 10 porta potties at start for 1,500 people 3) Brooks shirts were fitted–should have been noted at time of registration–did not have my size at finish line at end of race 4) Post race food consisted of water, granola, bars, and 1 beer (the line of which was 10 minutes long all afternoon). Unless held at the Biltmore I can’t imagine this run as a destination event again. 5) 72 degrees when we finished….but no one has control of that variable.

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Good event. A ton of people! If you like "zoning out" while running, this is not the race for you. Plenty of distractions if that is what you are looking … MORE

Good event. A ton of people! If you like “zoning out” while running, this is not the race for you. Plenty of distractions if that is what you are looking for. This is “an event”, not your small town’s “half marathon.”. Plan on lots of walking and try to rest the day before your race because you’ll have 15k steps before you even start running.

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Well run, city supported event. Scenery is just the Houston streets. Largely attended event. Parking can be difficult. The expo is always amazing, and the volunteers are 1nd to none. … MORE

Well run, city supported event. Scenery is just the Houston streets. Largely attended event. Parking can be difficult. The expo is always amazing, and the
volunteers are 1nd to none. Swag is minimal, and the finisher’s shirts are always disappointing, varying by size year to year. With that being said, I’ll continue to participate seeing that it’s in my own backyard.

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Mid size race which is well support with great swag. Parking is plentiful with the start and finish in the same general area without the route being an out and … MORE

Mid size race which is well support with great swag. Parking is plentiful with the start and finish in the same general area without the route being an out and back. Great to run through Texas A&M. Well supported by the community.

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Great event. Well orchestrated. The starting area near the National Cemetary is breathtaking, watching the sun come up over San Diego. The hill going into the last few miles is … MORE

Great event. Well orchestrated. The starting area near the National Cemetary is breathtaking, watching the sun come up over San Diego. The hill going into the last few miles is no joke. Warmer with humidity than expected.

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