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Seattle, WA Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher Strava Active 3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
60K Abzakovo, Russia Aug 1, 2021 12:08:13
50K Moab, UT Mar 23, 2019 7:51:27
Marathon Government Camp, OR Jun 29, 2019 4:03:20
25K Mt Hood, OR Sep 10, 2023 3:20:55
Half Marathon San Isidro, Peru May 19, 2024 2:12:35

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Past Races (20)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Lima, Peru May 19, 2024 2:12:35
Half Marathon Santa Barbara, CA Nov 5, 2023 2:20:25
25K Mt Hood, OR Sep 10, 2023 3:20:55
Marathon Florence, Italy Nov 27, 2022 4:53:39
Marathon Athens, Greece Nov 13, 2022 4:46:24
Marathon Stowe, VT Oct 16, 2022 5:54:25
Marathon Willow, AK Aug 6, 2022 5:33:40
Marathon Big Bear, CA Nov 13, 2021 4:03:30
60K Abzakovo, Russia Aug 1, 2021 12:08:13
50K Quincy, WA Nov 8, 2020 7:54:23
50K Olga, WA Feb 1, 2020 8:48:45
50K Silverton, CO Jul 14, 2019 7:58:09
Marathon Government Camp, OR Jun 29, 2019 4:03:20
50K Moab, UT Mar 23, 2019 7:51:27
50K Mt Hood, OR Oct 6, 2018 8:55:48
25K Ellensburg, WA Apr 22, 2018 3:50:00
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017 4:22:30
Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 18, 2017 4:18:13
Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 5, 2017 4:41:06
Marathon Leavenworth, WA Oct 3, 2015 4:21:33

My Raves

I happened to be in Lima, the full marathon was sold out and I ran the half. It's a big event, well organized. The kit pick up was far from … MORE

I happened to be in Lima, the full marathon was sold out and I ran the half.
It’s a big event, well organized.
The kit pick up was far from the center. The expo is good by Latin American standards, but few vendors and almost no free stuff comparing to the US/Europe. There was live music which was good.
The race is in Miraflores, the most popular tourist neighborhood.
Lima is definitely worth visiting. If you come: try the famous food and swim with the sea lions.

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A fun relaxed race in the beautiful Santa Barbara. I very rarely run halh marathons, but I was there for work and decided to participate. The organization was smooth, the … MORE

A fun relaxed race in the beautiful Santa Barbara.
I very rarely run halh marathons, but I was there for work and decided to participate.
The organization was smooth, the run is challenging enough with a couple of small uphills to make it fun.

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I haven't run in the PNW for a while, and it's AMAZING how runnable and comfortable the trails are. There are several options for the race including relay, solo and … MORE

I haven’t run in the PNW for a while, and it’s AMAZING how runnable and comfortable the trails are.
There are several options for the race including relay, solo and group runs.
Me and a couple of other runners got stung by bees, so if you have an allergy be careful.
Everything was well organized, but the swag was underwhelming (even though I very much appreciated burrito and kombucha provided after the race).

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The main highlight of this marathon is its location - Florence is a great destination which has a lot to offer: history, culture, cuisine and more. Beside the gorgeous location … MORE

The main highlight of this marathon is its location – Florence is a great destination which has a lot to offer: history, culture, cuisine and more.
Beside the gorgeous location the race is pretty average in my opinion.
The organization is fine. It’s a little crowded – human traffic jams here and there.
I’m glad I ran it once, but currently don’t have plans to repeat.

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One of the reviews says don't do it if you want to see Greece - I disagree: it's a good chance to visit Greece with less people and discounted prices. … MORE

One of the reviews says don’t do it if you want to see Greece – I disagree: it’s a good chance to visit Greece with less people and discounted prices. Everything IS open in November in general and especially around the marathon dates because they know that a lot of tourists are coming.
In 2022 18, 500 runners (I think) participated in the marathon and 35-40,000 in all running activities.
It’s a big event and it’s well organized (despite Greece being not the most organized country).
The course is hilly (my watch counted 1,080′ of gain) and it was sunny and hot for us.
A lot of participants, but it made it more fun to run, not more difficult. Great support from the locals.

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Beautiful fall time in New England. No smooth running - rocks and roots covered with leaves. Nice laidback atmosphere, not much swag, but food and drink after the race are … MORE

Beautiful fall time in New England. No smooth running – rocks and roots covered with leaves.
Nice laidback atmosphere, not much swag, but food and drink after the race are always appreciated.

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It's a cool race to experience Alaska, the scenery is amazing and it's not far from Anchorage. The run is uphill for the first 24 miles. Organizers claim 5,000' gain, … MORE

It’s a cool race to experience Alaska, the scenery is amazing and it’s not far from Anchorage.
The run is uphill for the first 24 miles. Organizers claim 5,000′ gain, my gps counted 3,840′.
The surface is mostly gravel road, easy to run on.
The weather is completely unpredictable. We had some drizzle, but overall lucked out.
Not many people, but great friendly atmosphere.
Relay is happening at the same time, so don’t try to keep up with the relay runners if you’re doing the whole course 🙂

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Another mysterious run by Revel where you have a huge vertical drop, but can qualify for Boston. The weather was unusually hot, so running from the mountains to the valley … MORE

Another mysterious run by Revel where you have a huge vertical drop, but can qualify for Boston.
The weather was unusually hot, so running from the mountains to the valley the temperature changed from 30 to 90 degrees in five hours.
The race is similar to other Revel races, well organized.

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Trail run in Bashkortostan, Russia (South Ural mountains) organized by Wild Family. The longest distance is 130 km, I ran 60 (the actual distance is 63). The goody bag and … MORE

Trail run in Bashkortostan, Russia (South Ural mountains) organized by Wild Family.
The longest distance is 130 km, I ran 60 (the actual distance is 63).
The goody bag and trail markings are much better than what I’m used to in the US.
Free resort access and start shuttle are included. Live music, after race meal.
It’s a good chance to explore this region of Russia: friendly locals and pleasant nature.
The course has variety of terrain and is challenging enough to make it fun, but not too hard.
It was hot on the day of the race and there are quite a few areas without shade.
Overall I recommend the event and you can add a couple of days before or after to relax on the lake.

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The race was rescheduled from spring to fall in 2020. There were a lot of changes to address covid concerns, so I think in normal years the run is even … MORE

The race was rescheduled from spring to fall in 2020. There were a lot of changes to address covid concerns, so I think in normal years the run is even more fun. It was great to finally race again.
The course is a little longer than 50k. ~53? Some runners say 55, but I don’t think so. The elevation gain is very mellow 3,000+’.
You can camp at the start line.
The scenery is amazing: desert vistas, lakes, river… You can view for miles. In return there’s no cover from the elements: it was very windy on our run and definitely don’t forget your sunscreen.
There are just enough sandy and rocky sections to make the track fun, but allow you to run.
The course is a bit unusual: 3 loops which you do twice coming back to the start/finish 6 times in total. Some people may not like that.
I could use more markings on the course, but it’s a personal preference, in the end I never got lost.
Overall everything was well organized.

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Scenic fun course with 8,400' of elevation gain/drop and aggressive cut offs. It's a popular race by Rainshadow Running, there is a lottery to get an entry. The weather in … MORE

Scenic fun course with 8,400′ of elevation gain/drop and aggressive cut offs.

It’s a popular race by Rainshadow Running, there is a lottery to get an entry.

The weather in Washington in February could be hit or miss. We were lucky to have a nice partially sunny day with a lot of water on the trail from the previous rain. When I say a lot, I mean often more than an ankle deep and occasionally more than a knee deep.

There is a convenient option to stay in the bunk houses right at the start/finish.

Cut offs are aggressive, definitely check them out before you signup.

No finisher medals: “We do not offer finisher medals at any of our races, instead we choose to spend that money on free wood-fired pizza and other snacks, free beer and non-alcoholic drinks, and a live band at all of our races”.
Hence live music and good free food and drinks at the finish line.

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Silverton is a charming small mountain town. Inexpensive, with great laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals. The course is mostly on unpaved SUV road (and you need to share it with … MORE

Silverton is a charming small mountain town. Inexpensive, with great laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals.
The course is mostly on unpaved SUV road (and you need to share it with the SUVs and ATVs (not a big deal)).
2019 was a high snow year which in my opinion made the race better: running through the snowy mountains and a little bit on snow. Couple stream crossings, but nothing bad.
What’s different about this race – it starts at elevation of 9,300′ and goes up to 12,900′. You better be acclimated 🙂
Did I mention the scenery? Alpine views are amazing. You also run next to historic abandoned mines.
It’s a smaller production – few dozen runners for the 50k. The “swag” (t-shirt, cup) is something you can use later and the food was good.

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How can you record your result without writing a review? One of the Revel downhill races, crazy elevation drop. I'm not sure it's fair to put races like this into … MORE

How can you record your result without writing a review?

One of the Revel downhill races, crazy elevation drop. I’m not sure it’s fair to put races like this into the same category as the flat races – the results should be separated.

Scenic, but you share the road with the cars for most of the race.

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Late March is one of the best times to visit Moab and Southern Utah in my opinion: the trails are usually snow free, the temperatures are pleasant (normally around 30-60F), … MORE

Late March is one of the best times to visit Moab and Southern Utah in my opinion: the trails are usually snow free, the temperatures are pleasant (normally around 30-60F), but hordes of tourists didn’t come to Canyonlands, Arches and other popular areas yet.
Why not to visit Moab, explore absolutely stunning nature around it, camp and run a race?
Distances to choose from are from 10 to 50 miles.
Elevation gain is just over 4000′ for 50k, so not much of uphill.
Mad Moose Events organizes a lot of races and knows what it’s doing.
There is free camping at the start/finish line (and some participants and organizers arrive couple days early).
You need to drive 2.5 miles on the dirt road to get to the start. Most of the cars would be fine, but the ones with very low clearance may not be able to make it.
The views on the course are amazing. The course itself includes quite a bit of running on sandy roads which are not as much fun as single track, but I still enjoyed it and there is also single track, slabs, rocks and even a little bit of easy scrambling.
Aid stations are a little sparse, but the food is great. Thank you to all the volunteers!
As for my personal performance: everything went smoothly enough, no unpleasant surprises, but it was the first long race of the year and I was expectantly slow.

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About 5000' of gain, almost the whole route is exposed to the sun, dusty. Out and back. Nice rolling hills on the top of the ridge. Scenic. Fun. MORE

About 5000′ of gain, almost the whole route is exposed to the sun, dusty. Out and back. Nice rolling hills on the top of the ridge. Scenic. Fun.

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