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@natalya1299

Cordova, TN Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Half Fanatics #11356 active 6 months, 2 weeks ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Black Girls Run; Journeymen

  • Rave race:

    Little Rock Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Kiawah Island

  • I run because:

    I enjoy the thrill of toeing the starting line and the energy throughout the course. I also am a bling chaser, as evident as how many times I am willing to go to Little Rock (4 and counting).

My Races

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Wilmington, DE Sep 14, 2019 2:09:11

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 12, 2020

Past Races (36)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 15, 2020
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Feb 29, 2020
Half Marathon Natchez, MS Dec 21, 2019 2:15:00
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Dec 15, 2019 2:19:42
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Nov 9, 2019 2:12:15
Half Marathon Denver, CO Oct 20, 2019 2:16:55
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Sep 15, 2019 2:16:31
Half Marathon Wilmington, DE Sep 14, 2019 2:09:11
Half Marathon Garden City , UT Jun 8, 2019 2:19:00
Half Marathon Cokeville, WY Jun 7, 2019 2:29:00
Half Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 6, 2019 2:24:00
Half Marathon Oak Island, NC Apr 13, 2019
Half Marathon Germantown, TN Mar 10, 2019
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 2, 2019 2:23:00
Half Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 20, 2019
Half Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 9, 2018
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 18, 2018
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Oct 20, 2018
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 7, 2018
Half Marathon Russellville, AR Apr 21, 2018
Half Marathon Miami, FL Jan 28, 2018
Half Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 2, 2017
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017
Half Marathon Branson, MO Oct 1, 2017
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 29, 2017
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 5, 2017
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 5, 2017
Half Marathon St. Louis, MO Oct 16, 2016
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Sep 4, 2016
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Jul 17, 2016
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 5, 2016
Half Marathon Birmingham, AL Feb 14, 2016
Half Marathon Jackson, MS Jan 9, 2016
Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 5, 2015
Half Marathon Peachtree City, GA Sep 12, 2015
Half Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 12, 2015

My Raves

I found this race because I was dead set on completing 50 lifetime half marathons by the end of the year. This race was nearly 5 hours away from home, … MORE

I found this race because I was dead set on completing 50 lifetime half marathons by the end of the year. This race was nearly 5 hours away from home, but I was willing to make the trek. Natchez is a beautiful city on the bluffs of the Mississippi and I was impressed by the quaint, yet beautiful architecture. I stayed at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino that was about a mile from the start line. I drove because its a small enough town, that I didn’t think there would be traffic issues. There weren’t. The race had 63 registered and 61 finishers and the course was not closed! This was the first time during a race I had to dodge cars and wait at lights like I would during a training run. As in the description, there were definitely hills, but not too dreadful. There was a little bit of a dirt trail section that was nice on the legs for a change. There was a party water stop that you would see in the beginning and the end. Also another good stop with pickles and snacks. The finish line was at Natchez Brewery and I enjoyed my free beer. Overall, this was definitely the smallest race I ever ran in, but I did definitely enjoy the people I ran with and saw at the water stops.

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This race took place near the heart of downtown Indy. I had not visited in several years and appreciated the opportunity to explore the city as a runner versus typical … MORE

This race took place near the heart of downtown Indy. I had not visited in several years and appreciated the opportunity to explore the city as a runner versus typical visitor. I found the areas around the downtown area to be quite scenic, but there were some dull sections. It was literally freezing, so there was not any course entertainment and some water stops were self serve and I completely understand. I bought the Mrs. Claus package so I could be a total goober/cheerful runner. The post-race food was bananas, water, and hard vending machine cookies. I guess I should be happy that the race wasn’t too pricey and I got a lot of good swag for a low price. Also, one vendor had a fire pit that was a true life saver. They may want to have those warming lamps around for others who weren’t like me and pinned themselves up in the tent with the fire pit.

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Have you done a Ragnar with the traditional 3 legs and wondered, what if I did them all at once, back to back? Then this is your race, lol! I … MORE

Have you done a Ragnar with the traditional 3 legs and wondered, what if I did them all at once, back to back? Then this is your race, lol! I “only” did the Half and after a few minutes started the 5K for the Skyline Challenge. But, I had the option to do the Half, 10K & 5K. I found it odd that they did not offer race day packet pickup, considering the race was at night. Due to the timing of my flight, I chose to have my packet mailed. My friend arrived earlier in the day and said it wasn’t a race expo, rather packet pickup on a restaurant patio. We were both shocked to see the number of vendors and tents that they had on race day. They could’ve easily had a tent for packet pickup. When it was close to time for the race to start, participants were meandering around looking for the start line. Well, it hadn’t been laid down yet. Traffic was still flowing past the start area up to 10 minutes before the start time. This pushed the race back 15 minutes. Once the race started, it was pretty fascinating to run on the Margaret Hill Bridge and I took a few pictures. Then there were portions of the race that had a smidge of a dirt trail portion, about 3 hills, and lots of night lights to see. Once I finished, I felt good, so I started on the 5K course, which was the last 3 miles of the half course. After the race, there were lots of vendors to visit at the tent, but just one food truck, Cousin’s Lobster. Plenty of Sam Adams and Truly though. The race location was right next to a thriving entertainment district, which is where I walked over to keep warm as I waited for my friend to finish. As a 50-State Hopeful, I’d recommend this race.

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The race started & ended in City Civic Park and it was quite and brisk & windy day. There were sections that had out & backs and there were some … MORE

The race started & ended in City Civic Park and it was quite and brisk & windy day. There were sections that had out & backs and there were some hills, but the race had plenty of downhills too. I stayed downtown just a few blocks away and would recommend this race.

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This race is completely flat...well there's a bump at mile 13 that can hardly be characterized as a hill under normal circumstances. The first 4 miles wind you through downtown. … MORE

This race is completely flat…well there’s a bump at mile 13 that can hardly be characterized as a hill under normal circumstances. The first 4 miles wind you through downtown. Then the remaining parts of the race are an out and back along the Schuylkill River. The finish line is near the “Rocky Steps” aka the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Food is typical of a RNR race. But, I will say I appreciated the pretzel. Apparently that’s a Philly thing I was not previously aware of. This is good if you need PA. And I did Wilmington, DE the day before, so 2-state weekend. Woot!

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This race took place in historic downtown Wilmington, but we spent only the 1st and last mile going through downtown. The rest was along a trail that allowed us to … MORE

This race took place in historic downtown Wilmington, but we spent only the 1st and last mile going through downtown. The rest was along a trail that allowed us to see some industrial building, a prison, and cemetery. It was shaded in a lot of areas and had reasonable crowd support and water stops/aid stations. I did appreciate the pretty views of the city coming back on the steep bridge that was fun going down on the way out. Overall, it was worth the trip. I did Rock n Roll Philadelphia the next day and felt great.

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The 3rd race of the Trifecta was in the lovely beach town of Garden City. I opted to start at 6am with the marathoners so I could finish early to … MORE

The 3rd race of the Trifecta was in the lovely beach town of Garden City. I opted to start at 6am with the marathoners so I could finish early to make my quick cleanup and get on the highway to the airport 3 hours away. Anywho, this course took us through town, through neighborhoods, had some challenging hills/mountains, a little gravel, and 2 miles it trail! Aid stations were positioned every 2 miles as before. The weather was perfect for running and was incredibly my best day is the series. When I finished, there were medals, a Trifecta flask, and immediate results. BUT, after I got home, I learned that there was possibly a 4th medal and jacket I did not receive. I expect to hear more about this soon.

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This was the second race of the Trifecta and things went a little better. The course started at a park and was 99% on the pavement and was a simple … MORE

This was the second race of the Trifecta and things went a little better. The course started at a park and was 99% on the pavement and was a simple out and back. The aid stations were there as they were the day before, every 2 miles. There were a few rolling hills, but nothing devastating. And most importantly, the course measured out as a half marathon, as it should. They had medals *with* ribbons at the end. Race times were available right afterwards and pizza! But it was all cheese which is an “ok I guess”. It was piping hot since I was there when it arrived. This race had a restaurant less than a mile away called the Gold Buckle Grill, which served us a hearty breakfast and great service. Overall, I can say I have Wyoming checked off. Would only recommend as part of this series.

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As a previous reviewer notated, a new company bought this race just 6 weeks ago and the first race of the Trifecta had a bumpy start. This was a different … MORE

As a previous reviewer notated, a new company bought this race just 6 weeks ago and the first race of the Trifecta had a bumpy start. This was a different course than previous years and it was 90% on a rocky/gravel road. There were aid stations every 2 miles that had pretzel, Gu, water, EFS for electrolytes, and watermelon. The course measured about .2 miles short. When I finished, initially there were no ribbons for the medals and the promised pizza never materialized. On the plus side: your name was announced as soon as you crossed the line. But the race director was kind, so I didn’t complain. If you’re just looking to knock out a state, go for it.

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Come for the bling, stay for the food. I always have a great time in the city of Little Rock. The crowd support is phenomenal. There's always lots of fun … MORE

Come for the bling, stay for the food. I always have a great time in the city of Little Rock. The crowd support is phenomenal. There’s always lots of fun snacks throughout the full and half.

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