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@phoqueun

West Des Moines, IA Raving since 2024 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 4 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 10, 2024 3:25:47
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Apr 23, 2023 1:36:08
20K Polk City, IA Sep 5, 2020 1:51:40
5K Des Moines, IA Apr 20, 2019 26:28

Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Ashton, ID Jul 20, 2024
Marathon Green River, WY Aug 17, 2024
Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Marathon Lincoln, NE TBD
Marathon Lincoln, NE TBD

Past Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Fargo, ND Jun 1, 2024 3:27:30
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 20, 2024
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 10, 2024 3:25:47
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 15, 2023 3:34:44
Marathon Milwaukee, WI Oct 1, 2023 3:57:03
Half Marathon Polk City, IA Jun 11, 2023 1:36:40
Half Marathon Polk City, IA Jun 3, 2023 1:37:16
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Apr 23, 2023 1:36:08
Marathon Des Moines, IA Mar 18, 2023 3:35:40
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 16, 2022 3:38:02
Half Marathon Polk City, IA Jun 4, 2022 1:42:05
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 17, 2021 4:17:55
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Sep 27, 2020 2:04:01
20K Polk City, IA Sep 5, 2020 1:51:40
20K Polk City, IA Jun 1, 2019 3:22:28
5K Des Moines, IA Apr 20, 2019 26:28

My Raves

Overall a solid course. Mostly flat, some ups and downs in the transition areas. Only complaint would be the after party being significantly removed from the finish line. Post race … MORE

Overall a solid course. Mostly flat, some ups and downs in the transition areas. Only complaint would be the after party being significantly removed from the finish line. Post race snacks were provided, however any real food options were quite a ways removed from the finish line. Good crowd support and very friendly. The course was adjusted from the original so while mileage was correct in the end, it seemed off at the beginning. The expo did seem to have a few more non running related booths from others that I had been to but did have some nice booths.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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About the only positive to this race is the cool medal and easy parking. The first issue was a lack of communication from the race after signing up. After paying … MORE

About the only positive to this race is the cool medal and easy parking.

The first issue was a lack of communication from the race after signing up. After paying my entry fee, I never received another email from the race with any info.

The expo was incredibly small. One vendor selling shirts for the marathon, which admittedly were better then the race shirt given out. One vendor selling race accessories, like fuel, and fueling belts. Several local businesses were there, but also several water filtration companies with no business being there. Garmin was also there offering a small discount on their products, but it wasn’t any better then any other race I have been too. They were handing out lots of electrolyte samples, I think I walked out with different bottles. Very small.

Parking was easy as there was ample room in the lot right by the start line which was nice. They did a wave start which was not announced until start time. Not a big deal, but would have been nice to know about before hand.

The race through some urban areas to start and there were some people out supporting the runners, but not many. The race then connected onto several trails that run from Olathe out to Lenexa and back. Several times we had to switch to alternate sides of the road and it did not always seem clear which side of the cones we should be running on, especially in the neighborhoods. Aid stations were ok. The initial aid stations had several tables and more volunteers, however as we got further into the race, they shrunk drastically and there were only portajohn at each. At one aid station, no one was there to hand out liquid, you had to grab it off the table.

The last 8 miles of the course had significant uphill gain. The biggest error on the part of the race was failing to properly mark a turn which caused a significant number of runners to have to double back causing an additional .5 to 1 mile length on the overall route. Reading reviews, issues with course length seem to be a trend.

There was no afterparty. No music, no vendors. A small area set up to grab a granola bar, bagel, and milk.

Overall, not a great experience.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
1
SCENERY
4
SWAG
2

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