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@natalieu23

Torrance, CA Raving since 2017 active 3 weeks, 2 days ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    LA Kings Fit To Be King Run Club

  • Rave race:

    Carrera de los Muertos 5K

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Disneyland Star Wars 10K

  • I run because:

    I originally started running to build up my stamina & endurance for ice hockey. After running a few races and receiving the beautiful finisher’s medals, I fell in love with the bling! Now I run for the bling, fitness, and awesome camaraderie among my running friends!

My races

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
10K Visalia, CA Feb 25, 2017 1:06:26
5.3 Miler San Pedro, CA Sep 4, 2017 1:13:57
5.5K San Diego, CA Jun 17, 2017 31:30
5K Carson, CA Jun 10, 2017 27:32

Future Races (0)

Race Distance Location Date Paid

Past Races (70)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 14, 2018
10K Long Beach, CA Jun 2, 2018
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2018
5K Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2018
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA Apr 8, 2018
5K Seal Beach, CA Mar 24, 2018
5K Los Angeles, CA Mar 17, 2018
5K Tustin, CA Mar 11, 2018
5K Redlands, CA Mar 4, 2018
5K Los Alamitos, CA Feb 24, 2018
5K Riverside, CA Feb 17, 2018
5K Highland, CA Jan 28, 2018
5K Pasadena, CA Jan 21, 2018
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 14, 2018
9.3 Challenge (5K + 10K) Los Angeles, CA Jan 7, 2018
5K Riverside, CA Jan 6, 2018
5K Irvine, CA Dec 16, 2017
10K Santa Monica, CA Dec 16, 2017
5K Loma Linda, CA Dec 10, 2017
5K Riverside, CA Dec 3, 2017
5K Irvine, CA Dec 2, 2017
5K Los Angeles, CA Nov 23, 2017
5K San Bernardino, CA Nov 23, 2017
5K Los Angeles, CA Nov 19, 2017
5K San Dimas, CA Nov 18, 2017
8K Los Angeles, CA Nov 12, 2017
5K San Pedro, CA Nov 11, 2017
5K Dana Point, CA Oct 29, 2017 32:55
5K Los Angeles, CA Oct 28, 2017 30:55
5K Ventura, CA Oct 22, 2017 33:33
5K Buena Park, CA Oct 21, 2017 30:29
5K Huntington Beach, CA Oct 15, 2017 31:17
5K Van Nuys, CA Oct 1, 2017 30:48
5K Los Angeles, CA Oct 1, 2017 36:52
5K Van Nuys, CA Sep 24, 2017 31:37
5K Tulare, CA Sep 23, 2017 28:55
5K Santa Monica, CA Sep 10, 2017 33:37
5K Redondo Beach, CA Sep 9, 2017 31:29
5.3 Miler San Pedro, CA Sep 4, 2017 1:13:57
10K Anaheim, CA Sep 2, 2017 2:20:43
5K Costa Mesa, CA Aug 6, 2017 36:10
5K La Mirada, CA Aug 5, 2017 36:20
5K Cypress, CA Jul 22, 2017 30:02
5K San Diego, CA Jul 16, 2017 31:51
5.5K San Diego, CA Jun 17, 2017 31:30
5K Carson, CA Jun 10, 2017 27:32
5K Van Nuys, CA May 28, 2017 31:23
5K Los Angeles, CA May 21, 2017 30:25
5K Los Angeles, CA May 13, 2017 29:41
5K Long Beach, CA May 6, 2017 29:20
5K Glendale, CA Apr 30, 2017 38:55
5K Hollywood, CA Apr 8, 2017 33:37
5K Valencia, CA Apr 2, 2017 33:01
5K Van Nuys, CA Mar 26, 2017 31:29
5K Los Angeles, CA Mar 18, 2017 35:56
5K Tustin, CA Mar 12, 2017 31:16
10K Visalia, CA Feb 25, 2017 1:06:26
5K Los Angeles, CA Feb 12, 2017 32:55
5K Redondo Beach, CA Feb 5, 2017 34:00
5K Long Beach, CA Jan 21, 2017 36:07
5K Los Angeles, CA Jan 8, 2017 38:14
5K Irvine, CA Dec 10, 2016 39:44
5K Los Angeles, CA Nov 24, 2016 57:22
5K Los Angeles, CA Oct 29, 2016 32:43
5K Montebello, CA Oct 15, 2016 32:01
5K Los Angeles, CA Oct 2, 2016 33:39
5K Redondo Beach, CA Sep 17, 2016 32:56
5K Long Beach, CA Apr 30, 2016 45:02
5K Redondo Beach, CA Sep 12, 2015 35:27
5K Chicago, IL 2013 30:33

My Raves

Renegade Halloween Terrifying Ten Miler & Spooky 5K & 10K

Renegade Halloween Terrifying Ten Miler & Spooky 5K & 10K

The start/finish line overlooked the beach and the 5K course was entirely along a paved walking/biking path. It was a bit hillier than I expected, but the downhills made up … MORE

The start/finish line overlooked the beach and the 5K course was entirely along a paved walking/biking path. It was a bit hillier than I expected, but the downhills made up for the challenging uphills. Costumes were encouraged and they offered candy at the water stations. The communications were outstanding from start to finish and the medals were beautiful! The only drawback was that there weren’t very clear instructions about the costume contest and none of the volunteers seemed to know anything about it. Other than that, everything was well-organized and efficient.

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Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles

Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles

While the pre-race communications, course refreshments & entertainment, and race swag (t-shirt & medal) were excellent as usual, the race day packet pick up was a disorganized mess! The long … MORE

While the pre-race communications, course refreshments & entertainment, and race swag (t-shirt & medal) were excellent as usual, the race day packet pick up was a disorganized mess! The long lines caused the race to start at least 30 minutes late and several people were complaining about the lack of organization. Due to the size of the race, perhaps a 2nd date for early packet pick up could be added to eliminate the long lines on race day. One positive change that I noticed for this year was the added option of doing a virtual race. The shirt & medal are so nice that I will always participate in this run every year, even if I’m not physically able to attend! Thanks again for adding the virtual option!

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Lexus LaceUp Running Series Ventura Marathon

Lexus LaceUp Running Series Ventura Marathon

I expected a flatter course based on previous participants' reviews, but I heard that they changed the 5K course this year, which had a couple of hills at the beginning. … MORE

I expected a flatter course based on previous participants’ reviews, but I heard that they changed the 5K course this year, which had a couple of hills at the beginning. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to run along the beach the whole time, but the start/finish line were beautiful and I got to enjoy the sunrise at the start. The race communications were second to none from start to finish and the swag was awesome! Gender-specific tech shirt, large reusable tote bag, water bottle, free photos (both digital & printed ones at the expo) and a beautiful finisher’s medal. We also got a free beer, waffles, fruit, and other snacks post-race while enjoying a live band. The expo was great and parking was pretty easy, too ($10 in the structure adjacent to the Ventura Pier). The only negative thing I have to add is that the 5K started about 30 minutes late without any sort of explanation and it was freezing after I checked my jacket in at the gear check! Will definitely do this race again in the future!

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Silverado Days 5K Fun Run & Walk

Silverado Days 5K Fun Run & Walk

A small local race sponsored by the Buena Park Lions Club that is held in conjunction with the Silverado Days festival. I paid only $22.50 using the Gemini discount code … MORE

A small local race sponsored by the Buena Park Lions Club that is held in conjunction with the Silverado Days festival. I paid only $22.50 using the Gemini discount code and I signed up 1 day before the race! The only pre-race communications were via the Silverado Days website, which only had info about packet pick up, start time, prizes, and included race swag. (No info on parking, late registration, picking up friends’ packets, results/photos, etc.) The course was nice and flat (but not scenic), and the mile markers were way off! While it didn’t affect me personally, several of the runners in the front were accidentally misrouted by the volunteers, which added an extra 0.4 of a mile to their distance (which threw off their finish times). Several of the affected runners were angry about this. Rules to entering the costume contest weren’t clearly communicated either. A couple of my friends had no idea if they won or not. On a positive note, the included unisex cotton t-shirt & medal were very nice and the volunteers were friendly & helpful. While there is room for improvement, I feel that I got good value for my registration fee.

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Surf City 10 Sundown

Surf City 10 Sundown

Nice flat course with a great expo and amazing bling! The gender-specific tech shirt runs a little small, but is good quality and the medal is large & heavy! I … MORE

Nice flat course with a great expo and amazing bling! The gender-specific tech shirt runs a little small, but is good quality and the medal is large & heavy! I also received a heavy duty reusable tote bag! Some of the best race swag ever! This race is part of the Surf & Santa Challenge, so I look forward to receiving my challenge coin in December when I run the Run for a Claus!

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Santa Monica Classic

Santa Monica Classic

From start to finish, this race was well-advertised, well-organized, and the race swag was outstanding! The pre-race email communications were easy to understand and follow. The scenic course was relatively … MORE

From start to finish, this race was well-advertised, well-organized, and the race swag was outstanding! The pre-race email communications were easy to understand and follow. The scenic course was relatively flat and there were plenty of volunteers to support the water stations and turn around point. The tech shirt & medal are some of the best that I’ve ever received and I love that this race is part of the Triple 5K Tour of LA series for the extra challenge medal! Will definitely do this race again and will recommend to friends! Sign up early before it sells out like it did this year!

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WetNWild5K

WetNWild5K

Fun run through a somewhat hilly park on both grass & paved path, then finish through the lazy river in the waterpark! Enjoyable experience for all ages! The gender-specific tech … MORE

Fun run through a somewhat hilly park on both grass & paved path, then finish through the lazy river in the waterpark! Enjoyable experience for all ages! The gender-specific tech tees & finisher medals were really nice, but the women’s shirt size ran small. Age group awards look nice, too!

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New Year’s Race Los Angeles

New Year’s Race Los Angeles

This was my first nighttime race. It was still light out when the race started, but it got dark by the time I finished. The course through the streets of … MORE

This was my first nighttime race. It was still light out when the race started, but it got dark by the time I finished. The course through the streets of downtown L.A. was very challenging with all of the hills. The cotton t-shirt runs VERY small and it’s cheap, thin cotton, but the medal was shiny & nice. The expo (held at Grand Park) was great. Lots of vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden! Every runner got 2 free post-race beers from Angel City Brewery! The only drawback was that some of the people who did the 9.3 challenge (5K & 10K) were complaining that there was only one medal given out for doing both of those races. Otherwise, it was a great race!

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Renegade Santa Run

Renegade Santa Run

This was my first Renegade race, so I didn't know what to expect. It was well-organized from start to finish. The race was at a park in Irvine, but the … MORE

This was my first Renegade race, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was well-organized from start to finish. The race was at a park in Irvine, but the parking was offsite at a school and you got shuttled in, but the shuttles were frequent and easy to catch. The course was partially paved along a jogging/bike path and it could be a little challenging at times with some minor hills, but I still managed to finish with a decent time, in spite of an injury a couple of months earlier. The expo was great and the Santa was the best one that I’ve ever seen! He didn’t even need a fake beard! It was awesome to get photos with him! Nice cotton t-shirt & beautiful finisher’s medal. Saw several runners getting another VERY LARGE medal for completing the Renegade Holiday Series challenge, so I plan to do that next year!

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Turkey Trot LA

Turkey Trot LA

I had just injured myself 3 weeks before the race, so I had to walk this one, but that was good because there were several hills along the steep streets … MORE

I had just injured myself 3 weeks before the race, so I had to walk this one, but that was good because there were several hills along the steep streets of downtown LA. The start/finish line was at Grand Park, which is the perfect place for an expo. You wouldn’t think that there would be much scenery in a race through the city streets of L.A., but we passed some beautiful architecture along the way. Mayor Eric Garcetti was giving high fives to all of the runners at the start line, so that was a pleasant surprise! The pre-race packet pick up a week before was easy. I liked that we received a trucker’s hat instead of a t-shirt for this race. It was unique & different! The turkey-shaped medal was cute. A perfect way to start off your Thanksgiving with a fun run or walk. (There were several families walking the event all dressed in costume.)

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Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles

Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles

This was my first time doing this race and it was kind of expensive because I signed up less than a week before the race, but the beautiful finisher's medal … MORE

This was my first time doing this race and it was kind of expensive because I signed up less than a week before the race, but the beautiful finisher’s medal & soft cotton t-shirt (as well as the free face painting and overall experience) were well worth it! There were lots of great vendors giving away freebies at the expo, tons of on-course entertainment (mariachis, dancers, DJs, and other people dressed in costume), and a great variety of post-race snacks. I loved the runner’s altar, where people could write the names and/or add photos of their deceased loved ones to honor them. Although it was a large race, I still had a decent time, in spite of a bit of a hill up/back over the bridge. Will definitely do this race again next year!

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Mariachi 5K

Mariachi 5K

While the pre-race communications were a little lacking, the race itself was well-organized from parking to volunteers to post-race refreshments. The colorful cotton t-shirt & finisher's medal were very nice … MORE

While the pre-race communications were a little lacking, the race itself was well-organized from parking to volunteers to post-race refreshments. The colorful cotton t-shirt & finisher’s medal were very nice for the price that I paid for this race (around $25). The course itself was an out & back over a bridge (which was a bit of an incline), then through the streets of Montebello. There were mariachis & DJs all along the course, which made it festive. The expo was in a park near the start/finish line. Would have liked to see a few more vendors, but otherwise not bad for a small local race.

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LA Dodgers Foundation 5K & 10K

LA Dodgers Foundation 5K & 10K

This was my first time doing this race and it was great experience from start to finish. The pre-race communications were clear & simple, pre-race packet pick up was easy … MORE

This was my first time doing this race and it was great experience from start to finish. The pre-race communications were clear & simple, pre-race packet pick up was easy breezy! It was nice that they offered concessions and a discount in the team store while picking up your packet at Dodger Stadium. While the course was challenging with lots of hills outside of the stadium, the heavy home plate-shaped finisher’s medal (which was 2-sided) was totally worth the struggle! The tech shirt was also very nice and the expo had lots of great vendors and activities for the kids. This is a very family-friendly event for both serious runners and walkers. Will definitely do it again next year!

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LA Kings Beach Cities 5K & 10K

LA Kings Beach Cities 5K & 10K

Was disappointed that there still wasn't a finisher's medal for all participants, but the cotton t-shirt was nicer this year with the Kings' 50th anniversary logo. The bananas ran out … MORE

Was disappointed that there still wasn’t a finisher’s medal for all participants, but the cotton t-shirt was nicer this year with the Kings’ 50th anniversary logo. The bananas ran out quickly after the race (and I finished pretty quickly, improving last year’s time by about 2 1/2 minutes). Was nice to see the players and their families running/walking the race again. Got lots of photos with the players & alumni! Will definitely do this race again in the future due to the great scenery and fairly easy course!

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Tacos & Beer 5K – Long Beach

Tacos & Beer 5K – Long Beach

This race is more of a fun run, but they do give out awards for the top 3 male & female finishers (however, no age group awards). The course is … MORE

This race is more of a fun run, but they do give out awards for the top 3 male & female finishers (however, no age group awards). The course is flat along a walking/biking path in El Dorado Park. There was great entertainment (mariachis, DJs & other performers) all along the course and a lot of fun activities (mechanical bull riding, tug-of-war contest, etc.) after the race. Delicious street tacos & beer, plus a cute cotton t-shirt & nice-sized bottle opener finisher’s medal for all finishers. Fun race to do with friends, but maybe not so much for serious runners. There is usually a Groupon or Living Social deal that you can buy for $20-25.

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LA Kings Beach Cities 5K & 10K

LA Kings Beach Cities 5K & 10K

This was my 2nd 5K ever and I wasn't running seriously at the time, so I found the course to be somewhat challenging with a few minor hills through the … MORE

This was my 2nd 5K ever and I wasn’t running seriously at the time, so I found the course to be somewhat challenging with a few minor hills through the streets of Redondo Beach; however, the part where you run along the Esplanade overlooking the beach was beautiful! The only included swag was a unisex cotton t-shirt, but an added bonus is that I got to meet several of the Kings players after the race and I got photos with them.

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