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@mrl9117

Berkeley, CA Raving since 2018 active 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
10K Alameda, CA Apr 29, 2018 1:07:04
5K Livermore, CA Mar 4, 2018 30:49

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
5K Livermore, CA Nov 10, 2018

Past Races (10)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K Berkeley, CA Oct 14, 2018
5K Oakland, CA Aug 11, 2018
5K Oakland, CA May 5, 2018
10K Alameda, CA Apr 29, 2018 1:07:04
5K Livermore, CA Mar 4, 2018 30:49
10K Orinda, CA Dec 16, 2017 1:07:29
5K Berkeley, CA Nov 19, 2017 32:16
5K Livermore, CA Nov 11, 2017 31:57
5K Cambridge, MA Jun 4, 2017 31:37
5K Somerville, MA Dec 18, 2016 31:26

My Raves

Alameda Hospital Foundation Run

Alameda Hospital Foundation Run

I LOVED this race. It was my second 10K, and I did PR (by a few seconds, but still). It was a nice, flat out-and-back on a paved path along … MORE

I LOVED this race. It was my second 10K, and I did PR (by a few seconds, but still). It was a nice, flat out-and-back on a paved path along the water. The views from Bay Farm Island are incredible — we could downtown Oakland, SF, and the Bay Bridge pretty much the entire way. I think this was the first year they held a 10K, and it was very well-organized and fun. Check in was easy and the post-race festivities were fun. The only downside, I suppose, was that they ran out of shirts in smaller sizes, but I have PLENTY of other race shirts, so it honestly barely mattered. I would 100% do this race again. I think it would be a great first 10K for those who are thinking about trying out the distance!

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Livermore Valley Half Marathon

Livermore Valley Half Marathon

This was my fifth 5K, and I had a great time running it! The course was out-and-back and pretty flat. There was quite a bit of congestion at the starting … MORE

This was my fifth 5K, and I had a great time running it! The course was out-and-back and pretty flat. There was quite a bit of congestion at the starting line, and it took a good quarter-mile to get out of the crush of people — I think waves might have been helpful for this.

Otherwise, I had an easy time getting my packet, and the booths after the race were great! Finishers got a wine glass (in addition to the typical medal & t-shirt) and there was a selection of wineries & breweries offering up beer & wine to finishers. Overall, I would definitely do it again (especially since I have family pretty much on the course, which makes it a breeze for me transportation-wise)!

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Dam Jingle Bell Dash

Dam Jingle Bell Dash

This was my first 10K and I had a great time! It was a very chilly but sunny day, and the scenery along the course (a mix of paved & … MORE

This was my first 10K and I had a great time! It was a very chilly but sunny day, and the scenery along the course (a mix of paved & unpaved trails) was very beautiful. It was a pretty hilly out-and-back course that, according to the organizers (but not my Fitbit) was a bit short. It was a small and friendly race, and there seemed to be plenty of parking for those driving in.

DIFFICULTY
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Berkeley Half Marathon

Berkeley Half Marathon

This race was a lot of fun, but I found it REALLY hard -- Berkeley is a pretty hilly place, so it isn't surprising that there are some hills, but … MORE

This race was a lot of fun, but I found it REALLY hard — Berkeley is a pretty hilly place, so it isn’t surprising that there are some hills, but there was a really steep one around mile 2 that was not easy (and as someone who runs in Berkeley often, there are DEFINITELY ways to not have to run such steep hills!). It seemed very well organized; I had no trouble getting my packet, checking my bag, etc., and the swag after was great — there were a lot of booths and a free beer included with registration. However, the “beer garden” area was VERY crowded and it took quite a while to get to the front of the line.

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Race to the Flagpole

Race to the Flagpole

This race was very smooth and a lot of fun, and definitely a family affair for many. It was really scenic and bib pickup morning-of was very easy. I wasn't … MORE

This race was very smooth and a lot of fun, and definitely a family affair for many. It was really scenic and bib pickup morning-of was very easy. I wasn’t the typical demographic of the race — I was the first (of only three) women 20-29 to finish at a time of almost 32 minutes.

It seemed to be more of a social event for some of the older kids (early teens and on) who were there, and on a few occasions, groups were walking across the whole path, and there were perhaps more of those start-and-stop runners (as opposed to those who go at a steady pace) than most. This might’ve been exacerbated by slightly narrower paths in certain parts. That being said, it’s a fun community race and I plan on doing it again!

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Cambridge Freedom Run

Cambridge Freedom Run

This was my second 5K, and I had a really good time! It goes through East Cambridge starting at the Galleria; my friends and I didn't have trouble parking on … MORE

This was my second 5K, and I had a really good time! It goes through East Cambridge starting at the Galleria; my friends and I didn’t have trouble parking on the street, and packet pickup was easy. start of the race went smoothly, perhaps in large part because there were pace estimates along the corral at the starting line.

The course was comfortably hard — most of the start was gradually uphill, then downhill toward the end. There were a lot of booths post-race and it seemed like a fun place to hang out for a while (but my friends and I opted to bounce for some brunch)! I would definitely do it again if I still lived in Massachusetts.

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Bill Rodgers Somerville Jingle Bell 5K Run

Bill Rodgers Somerville Jingle Bell 5K Run

This was my first 5K, and I've done it again a few times, so it mustn't have been too bad! It was a very festive race and we were lucky … MORE

This was my first 5K, and I’ve done it again a few times, so it mustn’t have been too bad! It was a very festive race and we were lucky with the weather the year I did it. Lots of people were dressed up — including a group of people with drums — which might’ve been difficult for anyone actively trying to PR, but which was funny for me as a first-time racer just trying to finish!

The post-race parties take place at a variety of bars in the area (some quite a distance away), and I did not attend one, but the variety seems like it could be somewhat welcome!

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