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@niedziev

Depew, NY Raving since 2016 active 4 years, 5 months ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Ithaca, NY Jun 18, 2016 2:10:00

Future Races (1)

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Half Marathon Relay Athens, GA TBD

Past Races (26)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Buffalo, NY May 28, 2017
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Apr 30, 2017
30K Hamilton, Canada Mar 26, 2017
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 11, 2016
8K Buffalo, NY Nov 24, 2016
Half Marathon Miami, FL Nov 19, 2016
Half Marathon Ellicottville, NY Oct 29, 2016
Half Marathon Lewiston, NY Sep 24, 2016
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Sep 18, 2016
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 10, 2016 2:11:00
5K Gatlinburg, TN Sep 10, 2016
Half Marathon Saint Paul, MN Aug 6, 2016
Half Marathon Hamlin, NY Jul 16, 2016
Half Marathon Ithaca, NY Jun 18, 2016 2:10:00
Marathon Buffalo, NY May 29, 2016
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH May 15, 2016
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 30, 2016
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Apr 24, 2016
Half Marathon Bradford, PA Mar 13, 2016
Half Marathon Safety Harbor, FL Feb 6, 2016 2:06:00
Half Marathon Feb 6, 2016 2:06:00
8K Buffalo, NY Nov 26, 2015
Half Marathon Tonawanda, NY Nov 7, 2015 2:30:00
Half Marathon Ellicottville, NY Oct 24, 2015 2:20:00
Half Marathon Lewiston, NY Sep 19, 2015 2:20:00
Half Marathon Big Saddle, AZ May 9, 2015 2:34:00

My Raves

Vacation Races will never disappoint; they always put on an amazing show. They are a great series to run for any first-time runners. Great expo, great swag, high-quality shirts, AMAZING … MORE

Vacation Races will never disappoint; they always put on an amazing show. They are a great series to run for any first-time runners. Great expo, great swag, high-quality shirts, AMAZING medals, and delicious post-race snacks. I did the Black Bear Double–5K on Friday evening (hot) then half marathon Saturday morning. 3 medals! This was a beautiful course in the Smokies. The courseis gradually uphill, but I didn’t really feel it, so don’t let that intimidate you. It does have some smaller rolling hills. I trained for this on hills, so I was okay with that. Some parts of the road is tilted, uneven, which led me muscles to ache after a bit more than usual. Most of it was shaded, but for the last 3 or so miles we were in the sun. I weirdly got my 2nd best half marathon time on this course which was a pleasant surprise. We then spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday completing the Trifecta, which is a great way to see beautiful parts of the parks. Run this race, you won’t regret it!

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The course was changed this year (2016) from 3 hills to 1 hill. The first 7 miles were flat and along a nice river. Then were the 5 miles uphill--which … MORE

The course was changed this year (2016) from 3 hills to 1 hill. The first 7 miles were flat and along a nice river. Then were the 5 miles uphill–which was more gradual than I expected. There were a few short steep parts but it ended up evening out to rolling hills after you got past the steepness. There was A LOT of shade which was very nice since it is summer. The post-race was amazing–lots of food, beer, and music. We received 2 finisher’s items: a water bottle for the half and a “plaque”–no medal. If you wanted a race shirt, you had to buy it, which I didn’t appreciate but I bought one anyway. BUT you did get a free 13.1 Ithaca magnet and sticker with your bib, so that was cool! I would 100% run this again. It was a very well-organized fun race where runners are really appreciated.

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I came down from NY to run this race. The expo and post-race celebration was great--which made up for a meh swag bag. LOTS of food, vendors, beer, massages--it was … MORE

I came down from NY to run this race. The expo and post-race celebration was great–which made up for a meh swag bag. LOTS of food, vendors, beer, massages–it was great. I cut 10 minutes off my PR on this course! It is mostly flat with some verrrrry slight up and downhill. I would NOT call this course “hilly.” We had some “cooler” Florida weather which ended up being perfect race weather (for a New Yorker). The race started at 7:15AM so I think even if it was hotter, the early start time would have made up for that. THE MEDAL IS AMAZING! This was a great race–very well put together. I would definitely come back down next year and do it again, or do a different BDR location.

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This is a nice, small, local race that benefits the veterans of WNY. The race director is very passionate, kind, and helpful. He gave us all a pep talk at … MORE

This is a nice, small, local race that benefits the veterans of WNY. The race director is very passionate, kind, and helpful. He gave us all a pep talk at the start line and was present on the course cheering us on. He reminded us that we were running for the veterans. The post-race celebration was great; it featured live music, a chicken meal, beer, and food trucks. I hope they keep the weekend–the summer humidity was gone and it was a nice cool run. I loved running along the river and through the parks! I ran the half, but I liked that there was the option for a full, half, 10k, or 5k–something for everyone.

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You should definitely train on hills if you're running this race. I trained in Chestnut Ridge. Be prepared for a few miles of steady uphill. Ellicottville is beautiful--especially in the … MORE

You should definitely train on hills if you’re running this race. I trained in Chestnut Ridge. Be prepared for a few miles of steady uphill. Ellicottville is beautiful–especially in the fall. This is a run with a view! The post-race celebration was at the Ellicottville Brewing Company–gotta love that post-run free beer! But I kind of wish they had more food options for the runners. I only saw bananas, yogurt, cliff bars, and banana water. Since this wasa Halloween run, it was fun to see all of the different costumes. The medal is awesome though! I will for sure run this race again.

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Along the water, the weather is always kind of iffy. I had heard from other runners that in 2014 it was brutally hot. This year, though thunderstorms were on the … MORE

Along the water, the weather is always kind of iffy. I had heard from other runners that in 2014 it was brutally hot. This year, though thunderstorms were on the forecast, the rain was limited to a light and refreshing mist and we ran comfortably under a cloudy sky. You along the water the whole time, though you cannot always see it. Around mile 10 I believe you get to run right along the lake, which is beautiful. On a clear day you can see across the lake to Toronto. The post-race celebration was great–food trucks, lots and lots of free food for runners, and you get to hang out on the water. Awesome medal too! Great race. I would recommend this to a first-time half marathoner.

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Not only was this my first half marathon, it was my first race ever. Since then I've ran a few more, and Vacation Races definitely ranks up there with race … MORE

Not only was this my first half marathon, it was my first race ever. Since then I’ve ran a few more, and Vacation Races definitely ranks up there with race quality. The expo we great, we got plenty of emails with updates, the tech shirt is of really good quality, and the medal is amazing! I love their cup-free initiative; plus the pouches they provide are reusable. Now, the Grand Canyon half is not in the park. There are no views of the Canyon. VR made this very clear. But the park is right there anyway so I was not disappointed at all! I would be wary of the elevation, especially if you are coming from more sea level areas. It can really make your head and lungs ache. The course is very pretty and was nice to run. It gets a little traily but nothing crazy. Watch out for roots or rocks though so you don’t trip. It’s also kind of hilly so keep that in mind when training. Also the weather can be unpredictable; Arizona does not equal hot! It was cold and snowy on this day in May 2015! Nothing I wasn’t prepared for. I’d recommend the Grand Canyon Half Marathon to anyone. I look forward to running more Vacation Races.

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