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@neon8919

Washington, DC Raving since 2019 active 3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 27, 2019 5:03:34
Half Marathon Utica, NY May 19, 2019 2:24:35
17.75K Triangle, VA Mar 23, 2019 2:14:32
15K Utica, NY Jul 14, 2019 1:43:53

Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 28, 2020
10 Miler Washington, DC Apr 5, 2020
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 20, 2020
Half Marathon Baltimore, MD TBD
Marathon Relay Falmouth, MA TBD
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA TBD

Past Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 27, 2019 5:03:34
15K Utica, NY Jul 14, 2019 1:43:53
Half Marathon Utica, NY May 19, 2019 2:24:35
17.75K Triangle, VA Mar 23, 2019 2:14:32
Half Marathon Houston, TX Jan 20, 2019 2:59:37
15K Utica, NY Jul 8, 2018 1:53:20
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 4, 2018 7:32:03

My Raves

Well, historically this race has beautiful weather, and of course, when I decide to run it: cue buckets of rain! This was my second marathon, and I was really good … MORE

Well, historically this race has beautiful weather, and of course, when I decide to run it: cue buckets of rain!

This was my second marathon, and I was really good about training, although my longest long run was only 18 miles, I still did killer!!

(as of 10/29/19) I don’t have my official time, but according to my garmin I ran ~5 hr marathon! Which is 1.5 hours FASTER than my first marathon. So YAY!!

About the race itself: It was sooooo amazing to have so many marines along the course, and a big thank you to them for all they did.

Also, a huge thank you to all the course support. Even with the rain, Virginia and DC residents came out to cheer! I never really lost myself. I run races without headphones, so I rely heavily on course support.

The winding nature of the course meant that my cheering groups were able to see me twice each at different mile markers (10.5, 16 and change, 17 and change, 19 and change) which really made my feet swifter.

I would highly recommend this race. Yes that last hill to the finish is rough, but dude, when that marine saluted me when I got my medal, I damn near cried!

26.2 outta 10 for the MCM.

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This race is held every July, and is a road race with the majority of the course in full sun. It is meant to be hot, humid, and grueling. 2019 … MORE

This race is held every July, and is a road race with the majority of the course in full sun. It is meant to be hot, humid, and grueling.

2019 was my second time doing it, and I was lucky with the weather again. It was beautiful race weather!

The race itself is sponsored by the local brewery, which is awesome. I am from the Central New York area, and this race reminds we what is good about it.

21 water/ice stops along the 9.3 mile course, PLUS course support from the community handing out popsicles, more ice, and the occasional beer.

The crowd support this year was not as good as last year, but it definitely was still great.

I was in the Green corral, which felt SOOOOO crowded for the first 4 miles, it wasn’t until I got through the golf course did I actually feel like I was running at my pace and gait.

The course crowding is definitely my only complaint.

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If you are a runner who needs crowd support this is not the race for you. Apart from the start and finish, the course itself is pretty quiet. It is … MORE

If you are a runner who needs crowd support this is not the race for you.

Apart from the start and finish, the course itself is pretty quiet. It is an out and back so what few supporters you saw in the first 6.5 miles you will see again (maybe).

The aid station volunteers were great, but you only had them for the span of the aid stations.

Overall it was a nice half, but I won’t be doing it again. Thanks for a long run in my training towards the MCM.

The shirt was nice enough, but the medal was particularly cheap (it fell off the neck piece while I was taking pictures after finishing…).

Registration fees were low, so the race was worth the price.

Running along the Erie Canal was nice, and you even got to run across a Lock which for a Gongoozler like me, was really cool.

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People run this race just for the Access Granted after you finish. For those of you who don't know what that means: people hover at their computers and speed to … MORE

People run this race just for the Access Granted after you finish. For those of you who don’t know what that means: people hover at their computers and speed to register for this race because once you’ve successfully finished this 17.75k (~11 mile) race you get guaranteed entrance into the Marine Corp Marathon (yay for skipping the lottery).

The course is a lollipop course that loops through the state park just outside of Quantico. It was pretty, and chilly, I mean it’s a March race so not a big surprise on the chill. But it was much hillier than I expected, also the MidAtlantic states had been uncharacteristically wet so the parts of the course that were not on a paved surface were muddy as f&#$.

They had water stops manned by Marines, which was nice. And there were cute signs along the course, but it was pretty quiet when it came to crowd support. (Keep that in mind if you are someone who needs crowd support.)

No food on the course, but the food after was good (popcorn!! = game changer).
Even though it was a limited entry race so it was smaller than pretty much all the other races I have ever done, there were A LOT of bottleneck areas. Especially in the beginning, on the hills, with the mud.

Though I did overhear another runner mention that they could tell who was just a road runner versus people who have trained on trails. Mud doesn’t bug me, I also was one of the ones who has trained on trails.

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