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@papafox

Indialantic, FL Raving since 2018 active 1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Up to you! Sunrise, FL May 5, 2019 1:39:00
Marathon Warsaw, Poland Sep 30, 2018 4:33:00
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 25, 2018 1:55:29
10 Miler Viera, FL Mar 17, 2019 1:28:55
10K Titusville, FL Feb 3, 2019 54:36

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Dec 1, 2019
Half Marathon Cherokee, NC 2019

Past Races (10)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Jonas Ridge, NC Jul 13, 2019 2:04:00
Half Marathon Cocoa Beach, FL May 12, 2019 2:11:00
Up to you! Sunrise, FL May 5, 2019 1:39:00
10 Miler Viera, FL Mar 17, 2019 1:28:55
Half Marathon Melbourne, FL Feb 10, 2019 2:03:10
10K Titusville, FL Feb 3, 2019 54:36
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 25, 2018 1:55:29
Half Marathon Cape Canaveral, FL Nov 11, 2018 2:01:15
Marathon Warsaw, Poland Sep 30, 2018 4:33:00
Up to you! Sunrise, FL May 6, 2018

My Raves

The Scream! Half Marathon

The Scream! Half Marathon

Race is advertised as "all down hill." Should be first half is downhill, second half is steadily uphill. Beautiful run on dirt roads through the dense forest of Pisgah National … MORE

Race is advertised as “all down hill.” Should be first half is downhill, second half is steadily uphill. Beautiful run on dirt roads through the dense forest of Pisgah National forest. Support along the course is light but adequate. Runners are bused to the start at Jonas Ridge, and then bused from the finish at Mortimer. Pre-race meet and post race party at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Not a race for beginners or walkers. Many experienced runners struggled with this run, especially because it got quite warm. Must be sure-footed. Any misstep could send you screaming down the steep dropoffs along the dirt road, or crashing on the many rocks in the road. There were no emergency vehicles visible along the route, and with no cellphone signal, if you got into trouble, it might be a while before help arrived. There were aid stations every 2 to 3 miles, with water and Gatorade, with some snacks available at later stations. Water and bananas were available at the finish. There was a little store where we could buy sodas and candy bars etc. The post race lunch was very nice with chicken or bean burritos, chips and salsa, watermelon, and assorted drinks. One ice cold beer was provided. All in all a nice, well organized event, but for me, once is enough.

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USA Beach Running Championships

USA Beach Running Championships

This event at Cocoa Beach, Florida is deceptively difficult. This event started a little late, and the temperature was probably about 78 degrees, but there was nice cloud cover shielding … MORE

This event at Cocoa Beach, Florida is deceptively difficult. This event started a little late, and the temperature was probably about 78 degrees, but there was nice cloud cover shielding the runners from the sun. Running in sand is not the best venue, but the sand nearest the waterline was harder packed. There was a covering of stinking seaweed all over the beach, which made for a kind of smelly running. This was an out and back, and on the way out clouds shielded the sun for about 45 minutes. Then, the cloud cover dissipated and the rotisserie started. There was a stiff breeze from the south into which we ran the leg out. It slowed us some, but did keep us cooler. At the turn-around, the wind was to our backs and the sun bore down on us. It was not just the heat directly from the sun, but also from the sun’s reflection off the ocean. So, we were being doubly baked. Support was minimal. Water and Gatorade at 4 stations, manned by baking volunteers (hats off and three cheers for them!) We could have used a couple more aid stations because of the heat. A big drawback was that there were no porta potties on the course. This had to have been a big stressor for some people, especially inexperienced runners. There were two places on the course where signs directed runners up over the dunes to public restrooms. Also, it would have been more comforting to see more dune buggies keeping track of runners who might be in trouble, and toting people back to the start if they couldn’t go on. Post-race support was scant. There was some pizza that looked a week old, a fresh fruit salad, which was really good, but the water and Gatorade were warm. There were mimosas, which were ice cold and not too bad, but not really good for dehydration recovery. For those of us who like to sink our teeth into some carbs, there was nothing. For those finishing past 2:30, there was no cold water left at the finish, the mimosas were just about gone, and there were basically no other refreshments.
I’ve been running in events for almost 40 years. Back in the 80’s support was minimal and we didn’t expect much, but times have changed, and we expect at least very cold beverages and a fair assortment of foods to get our sugar levels back after an especially difficult run. This is the second event that I’ve participated in for which Smooth Running did a fairly lousy support job (the first being the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse half marathon. In fairness, they have done a great job for the Publix Melbourne Marathon and Half Marathon), but for this event, it was dangerous because of the environmental conditions. I do not recommend this run except for experienced runners who know what they can/cannot do.

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Wings for Life World Run Florida

Wings for Life World Run Florida

Awesome! Sunrise does such a wonderful job. Don't miss this very worthwhile event!! Huge confetti start, lots of support along the way, great after run party. Super people from around … MORE

Awesome! Sunrise does such a wonderful job. Don’t miss this very worthwhile event!! Huge confetti start, lots of support along the way, great after run party. Super people from around the world making for a super event!

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Excalibur 10 Miler

Excalibur 10 Miler

This was a very nice event, but some aspects were not quite up to the standards that I've grown accustomed to from The Running Zone. First the great stuff! The … MORE

This was a very nice event, but some aspects were not quite up to the standards that I’ve grown accustomed to from The Running Zone. First the great stuff! The venue was fantastic. Mostly flat (except for a short, killer, heartbreak hill very near the end), nice scenery all along the way. A wide path for the most part, and a nice, 2+ mile stretch on dirt/gravel. Great support along the route!! There were frequent water/Gatorade stations well-staffed with cheerful folks (it was pouring rain for much of the race so a lot of kudos to these folks!!!) There were many turns, and there was always a volunteer/staff member there to make sure you didn’t miss it…lots of kudos to them as well as they were dressed in costumes and getting soaked in the rain!!! The awards ceremony was VERY efficient and they got through the age groups very fast. Nice entertainment with costumed knights sword fighting. Great picture opportunities with various themed sets. FREE race pictures for everyone. Lots of timely pre-race info, but “plenty of parking” turned into a long traffic jam and then a mad search for a place to park and a sprint to the event. No signs for gear check. Looked around with several others for quite a while. Finally, found it inside a building. There, we were told to go to the start line. Went to the start flags, and after standing around for a while, with other folks, we were told that we were at the “wrong” start line and that it was in a field about a quarter mile away. So, we got a nice warmup jog to the start line. After-race refreshments were lacking. Water was warm, the offerings were some kind of mystery stew, bagels, pizza, and smoothies. There was also a beer truck. No fruit, no pastries. My wife and I are vegetarian and don’t drink alcoholic bevs., so we ate nothing and drank the warm water, but did try a smoothie which was OK. (Fortunately, there was a Starbucks on the way home, which just happened to be filled to overflowing with race runners). This is a super event for local folks. No pressure for the runners/walkers to meet tight timelines, and there were even some furry, four-legged friends on the course.

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Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Weekend

Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Weekend

This was a well produced and executed event...one of the best! The course appears as an easy, flat run along the Indian River Lagoon, but there are two long, 20 … MORE

This was a well produced and executed event…one of the best! The course appears as an easy, flat run along the Indian River Lagoon, but there are two long, 20 meter+ tall bridges that must be taken into account. The first is at about half way, and the second is just before finishing (Heartbreak Bridge). The weather for this race was unusually horrible (I live here, and we rarely have such weather in February). Up to 20 mph winds and wave after wave of torrential rain. Wonderfully supported by soaked volunteers, who kept their cheerful attitudes throughout. There were even soaked musicians playing for us as we ran by. The after-run party was very well supported with the biggest hit being the beer tent. For us non-alcohol drinkers there was a really nice breakfast of strawberry covered pancakes and doughnut holes. There was also as much pizza as you could eat. They were giving away half liter bottles of protein drink (normally $28 a bottle), which tasted great! Super swag!! The organizers did a fantastic job, and I’ve already registered for next year! Come join us!!

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Gateway to Space 5K & 10K

Gateway to Space 5K & 10K

You won't find another venue like this; running on the shuttle landing strip. We could have used a little more info before the race, but race day itself was flawlessly … MORE

You won’t find another venue like this; running on the shuttle landing strip. We could have used a little more info before the race, but race day itself was flawlessly produced. Times were quickly posted on line the same day, and a large number of free photographs were posted within a couple of days. The logistics of moving a large number of runners around the Kennedy Space Center was smoothly accomplished with comfortable buses. Overall a great experience. Looking forward to next year.

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Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

Very well supported from providing off-site parking with frequent shuttle buses to and from venue, to a fantastic, scenic route, which was very well supported with aide stations, to a … MORE

Very well supported from providing off-site parking with frequent shuttle buses to and from venue, to a fantastic, scenic route, which was very well supported with aide stations, to a great after race party and awards ceremony. Very “Space” oriented, which is fantastic. This was the inaugural event of a series, and I hope to be there for the next three. I highly recommend this event!

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Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Half Marathon

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Half Marathon

Flat, fast course through history of space launches from historic Cape Canaveral. Well supported on course and a nice party afterwards. If it doesn't get too hot, it's a great … MORE

Flat, fast course through history of space launches from historic Cape Canaveral. Well supported on course and a nice party afterwards. If it doesn’t get too hot, it’s a great race for personal best!

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PZU Warsaw Marathon

PZU Warsaw Marathon

One of the best supported races I've been in. Lots of fans all along the way. Relatively flat race through scenic Warsaw Poland. We even went through the zoo this … MORE

One of the best supported races I’ve been in. Lots of fans all along the way. Relatively flat race through scenic Warsaw Poland. We even went through the zoo this year!

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Wings for Life World Run Florida

Wings for Life World Run Florida

Everyone wins in this race. All proceeds go for spinal cord research, and everyone only runs against themselves. I made it just over 16K before the chaser car caught me. … MORE

Everyone wins in this race. All proceeds go for spinal cord research, and everyone only runs against themselves. I made it just over 16K before the chaser car caught me. I was pleased. City of Sunrise provided fantastic support! Pre-race, post-race…everything was top shelf!

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