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@panderson322

Hewitt, TX Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 3 days, 8 hours ago

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Celina, OH Sep 25, 2021 4:22:48

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Past Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Olathe, KS Nov 6, 2021 4:54:35
Marathon Celina, OH Sep 25, 2021 4:22:48
Marathon Coeur d\'Alene, ID May 30, 2021 4:41:55
Marathon Willard, MO Apr 24, 2021 4:29:18
Marathon Nashua, NH May 14, 2019 5:08:04
Marathon Pocono Summit, PA May 20, 2018 5:15:02
Marathon Springdale, AR Apr 14, 2018 4:44:54
Marathon Jackson, MS Jan 27, 2018 4:45:32
Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 5, 2017 5:32:35
Marathon Charlotte, NC Nov 12, 2016 4:36:28
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 28, 2015 4:35:59
Marathon Worcester, MA 2012 4:54:22
Marathon Champaign, IL 2012 4:28:09
Marathon Jackson, TN 2012 4:58:27
Marathon Dallas, TX 2011 5:05:47
Marathon Oklahoma City, OK 2010 4:32:55

My Raves

You would expect Garmin to know how to put on a distance event- and they do! Plenty of parking at the start/finish in their parking garage. Plenty of porta-potties. Packet … MORE

You would expect Garmin to know how to put on a distance event- and they do! Plenty of parking at the start/finish in their parking garage. Plenty of porta-potties. Packet pickup was easy.

The race is run primarily on urban park trails and residential streets. The course has a couple of hilly portions (basically a repeat of an out and back portion), but otherwise was flat or rolling. There were plenty of volunteers and hydration stations. I did miss one marked turn and ran an extra 1/2 mile, but that was mainly on me. I struggled due to a recent illness, but the course is not too hard.

The race has a Wizard of Oz theme and several people ran in costume. It is not overdone, but made for some pretty ugly race swag (in my opinion.) Overall, a great race. I recommend it.

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5
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3
SWAG
2

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The Grand Lake Marathon was a very nice small town race. The organization was great. Frequent communication through emails and Facebook with information about the race. The organizers were responsive … MORE

The Grand Lake Marathon was a very nice small town race. The organization was great. Frequent communication through emails and Facebook with information about the race. The organizers were responsive to questions. Volunteers were plentiful and friendly. Parking is easy. Post race band was great!

The course is a flat oval through rural roads around Grand Lake. It is very flat over good surfaces. My one small complaint is that there are not very many places where the lake is in view. All in all, a excellent race!

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CDA is a beautiful city and the race takes advantage of that. The course has two significant hills and a late slow climb that make it challenging, but the remainder … MORE

CDA is a beautiful city and the race takes advantage of that. The course has two significant hills and a late slow climb that make it challenging, but the remainder of the course is fairly flat and has great views of the lake. The volunteers were great and plenty of nourishment provided. The medal was a little disappointing as it appears to be a section of a larger series medal. Not too impressive as a stand-alone. But, a fun race and well-executed during a tough time for group events.

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3
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5
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4
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It was great to find a marathon open during COVID. The course is an out-and-back on the Frisco trail, an old railroad bed. The trail was mostly gravel which made … MORE

It was great to find a marathon open during COVID. The course is an out-and-back on the Frisco trail, an old railroad bed. The trail was mostly gravel which made for a nice soft running surface. Scenery was Missouri farmland. This course is very flat.
There were aid stations every 2.5 miles that were well-stocked with drink, gels, and other food. The volunteers were enthusiastic and helpful.
This was a great experience. My one quibble would be that the shirt was a regular t-shirt instead of wickaway, but it was a nice design. Medal was very nice. Go run this one!

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Nice, small race. Several loops through a beautiful state park. I spent most of my time running alone, with no one in sight. If you need spectator support, this is … MORE

Nice, small race. Several loops through a beautiful state park. I spent most of my time running alone, with no one in sight. If you need spectator support, this is not for you. Race staff was friendly and helpful. This one has the feel of a training run more than a race, but I enjoyed it.

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5
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5
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First, the good. Race organization was excellent. Using the high schools at start and finish allows two great features. One, plenty of bathrooms at the start and plenty of room … MORE

First, the good. Race organization was excellent. Using the high schools at start and finish allows two great features. One, plenty of bathrooms at the start and plenty of room for spectators in a stadium finish and showers for out of town runners. There were lots of volunteers and course support was good. A lot of people liked the course, but I did not. Most of the course is open to traffic. The roads are winding, with many blind curves and very narrow shoulders. It seems a little dangerous for a race. The sponsors are upfront about the open course, but this one was particularly bad.

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This is a beautiful run, much of it through parks in Springdale and Fayetteville, AR. The area is hilly, but the course was not too bad - a few significant … MORE

This is a beautiful run, much of it through parks in Springdale and Fayetteville, AR. The area is hilly, but the course was not too bad – a few significant climbs between miles 12 – 15. The run went through the minor league ballpark – a nice touch. Starting line was easy to get to with plenty of nearby parking. Volunteers were at every crossing even thought it was a cold and blustery day. Excellent race.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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