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Portland, ME Raving since 2017 active 1 month ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2014 5:56:12
Half Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 15, 2014 2:32:00
10K Portland, ME 2019 1:12:43

Future Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Lubec, ME TBD
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY TBD
Half Marathon South Pomfret, VT TBD
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV TBD
Half Marathon Santa Fe, NM TBD
Half Marathon Hyrum, UT TBD

Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Portland, ME Oct 6, 2019 2:36:30
Half Marathon Kennebunk, ME May 11, 2019 2:40:40
10K Portland, ME 2019 1:12:43
10K Portland, ME Sep 16, 2018 1:16:14
Half Marathon Rye, NH May 20, 2018 2:44:54
Half Marathon Portland, ME Dec 3, 2017 2:44:13
Half Marathon Salem, MA Sep 16, 2017 2:46:45
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Sep 3, 2017 3:10:47
Half Marathon Portland, ME Jul 8, 2017 2:44:53
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH May 15, 2016 2:38:26
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 7, 2015 2:46:51
2nd Half Marathon Matewan, WV Jun 13, 2015 2:46:35
Half Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 15, 2014 2:32:00
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2014 5:56:12
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 12, 2013 2:47:49

My Raves

Maine Coast Marathon

Maine Coast Marathon

Arriving at the race, traffic was a nightmare so give yourself plenty of time! The logistics of parking around the UNE campus were a mess. The race ended up starting … MORE

Arriving at the race, traffic was a nightmare so give yourself plenty of time! The logistics of parking around the UNE campus were a mess. The race ended up starting late but was well supported along the course with plenty of water, snacks, and cheers. The route is gorgeous and most of it is right on the water. If you are looking for a scenic race in Maine, this one fits the bill!

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Portland Trails Trail to Ale 10K Race/Walk

Portland Trails Trail to Ale 10K Race/Walk

The course for this 10K is ideal. Mostly flat with only a few inclines, the scenery is just beautiful and it highlights two of the best parts of Portland: the … MORE

The course for this 10K is ideal. Mostly flat with only a few inclines, the scenery is just beautiful and it highlights two of the best parts of Portland: the Eastern Promenade and the Back Cove. The water stations were well stocked and the after party was vibrant with lots of local involvement. It would have been nice to have a medal or shirt including in the race fee, but at least the proceeds are benefiting the trail system in Portland.

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Wallis Sands Half Marathon

Wallis Sands Half Marathon

The race production was really top notch, including an early start for walkers, plenty of runner facilities and staff support throughout the race, an easy packet pick up, and great … MORE

The race production was really top notch, including an early start for walkers, plenty of runner facilities and staff support throughout the race, an easy packet pick up, and great post race set up. In fact, I have never seen so many snacks, drinks, and food offered after a race! The race course is flat, fast, and beautiful. Don’t miss this gem just outside of charming Portsmouth, NH.

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Santa Hustle Maine

Santa Hustle Maine

I absolutely loved the outfit, medal, and snacks, but the race had no community presence or support, I can't recall even seeing one person one cheering for the runners -- … MORE

I absolutely loved the outfit, medal, and snacks, but the race had no community presence or support, I can’t recall even seeing one person one cheering for the runners — probably because they didn’t know about it. You can tell it is an outside company that comes in, packs up, and moves out. Even around the Maine Mall, where the race starts and finishes, there was nothing but one cookie stand. So I just awkwardly ran around the shoppers walking into the mall that morning. I was one of the slower runners and by the time I got there, they had already packed everything up — I still got some food and a medal, but the post-race party atmosphere, if there was any, had dissipated. Before the race, it was fun to see the reindeer and giant blow up Christmas characters, but I would have enjoyed more personal touches like Christmas carolers, personalized signs, and involvement from the other stores at the Maine Mall and surrounding retail areas. A nice idea, but the execution was lacking.

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Salem’s Wicked Half Marathon

Salem’s Wicked Half Marathon

I was very disappointed in many aspects of this race. First, there were no road closures, so be prepared to share the race path with significant traffic, including large trucks. … MORE

I was very disappointed in many aspects of this race. First, there were no road closures, so be prepared to share the race path with significant traffic, including large trucks. While there are traffic cops at the major intersections, many of them start to pack up as the runners start to thin out. One of my family members was the last to cross the finish line (well under the time limit) and was nearly hit by several vehicles and yelled at by a few drivers as he was trying to navigate his way to the end of the race. Secondly, there was minimal community support. I counted around 20 spectators total, and only two or three had signs. I’m not sure if it is because people did not know about the race, or just that the city has not gotten behind the idea of having a half marathon at the start of its big tourist season. Third, the race organization was pretty minimal. There was very little at the start and finish of the race to make it feel like an event, no pacers, no photographers, no tracking except for at the finish, and no aid stations (there were water/gatorade tables). And fourth, it just wasn’t very fun. You would think that at least the mile markers would have a Halloween theme (it is called the Wicked Half) but everything was very straight forward and generic — boring even. There was no themed music, costumes, or decorations. The one exception was the shirt and medal, which were fun and spooky. I hope in the future, the race organizers will take a little more time to make the experience safe, special, and fun for its runners.

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Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

At the start of the race, at 5 am, it was already in the high 80s. By the time we got to the finish line, it was 96, but felt … MORE

At the start of the race, at 5 am, it was already in the high 80s. By the time we got to the finish line, it was 96, but felt like 105. Despite the brutal heat, the race course was well supported with cast members, water stations, entertainment, and characters. Disneyland’s limited space made it feel a little cramped, especially compared to a race at Walt Disney World, but the pixie dust was still there and we still had a great time.

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Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

This is a great race that runs right through the heart of Portland. Gorgeous scenery throughout, getting to both west and east ends of the city. There was plenty of … MORE

This is a great race that runs right through the heart of Portland. Gorgeous scenery throughout, getting to both west and east ends of the city. There was plenty of crowd and organizer support, but it would have been nice to see a few more community touches get involved with entertainment along the way. Nice post-race party and simple packet pickup process. Nice race!

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Cleveland Marathon & Half Marathon

Cleveland Marathon & Half Marathon

This race was really flavored by the terrible weather conditions. What started as a cold drizzle turned into hail, rain, wind, and even lightning towards the end of the race. … MORE

This race was really flavored by the terrible weather conditions. What started as a cold drizzle turned into hail, rain, wind, and even lightning towards the end of the race. There was no indoor area for runners afterwards, but some kind hotels graciously let us come in to warm up. There was ample support from the organization throughout the race despite the poor weather, and the few people who braved the rain to cheer on the runners were friendly and encouraging. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to future races.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

It was unseasonably warm the day of this race, and partway through, to my great dismay, the race organizers ran out of water! Thank goodness for the kind people of … MORE

It was unseasonably warm the day of this race, and partway through, to my great dismay, the race organizers ran out of water! Thank goodness for the kind people of Savannah who came out with their hoses and bottles of water to support the racers. Savannah is such a lovely city, but except for the end of the course, which ran through the historic downtown, the course was not very scenic. Overall, the race was crowded, poorly run, and generic.

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Hatfield McCoy Marathon

Hatfield McCoy Marathon

I'm not sure how much longer this is going to be a hidden treasure! I signed up for the "second" half marathon of this race course to avoid Blackberry Moutain. … MORE

I’m not sure how much longer this is going to be a hidden treasure! I signed up for the “second” half marathon of this race course to avoid Blackberry Moutain. Nestled in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky, this is a race that has charm and character. It is run by actual Hatfields and McCoys, and I was blown away by all the people who came out to cheer, and hand out race-side treats like watermelon, grapes, oranges, candy, even fried chicken! It is warm and hilly, but there were plenty of water stops. There is no time limit and they really mean it! And I highly recommend the post-race dinner in Matewan. This is a real gem!

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VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

This race is touted as the friendliest half marathon in the country and it just may be! The community support was tremendous. I have never seen so many locals come … MORE

This race is touted as the friendliest half marathon in the country and it just may be! The community support was tremendous. I have never seen so many locals come out to cheer on a race. From the start to the finish, there were people with signs, making noise, and handing out treats to the runners. The post-race celebration was amazing: great food, music, and they even gave out blankets, which were a welcome sight on such a cold day. Well organized and fun, I would definitely run this one again.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

I would absolutely recommend it be this one! Flat, fast, and well organized, this is a marathon where the characters, Cast Members, and behind the scenes magic help the miles … MORE

I would absolutely recommend it be this one! Flat, fast, and well organized, this is a marathon where the characters, Cast Members, and behind the scenes magic help the miles fly by. The only drawbacks are the early morning start time (5:00 am!) and crowded race path at times. But the swag is terrific, the event is flawlessly run, and you get to celebrate in the happiest place on Earth afterwards.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

I don't think I could have picked a better half marathon as my first! RunDisney puts on quite a production, but like the rest of the parks and resorts, they … MORE

I don’t think I could have picked a better half marathon as my first! RunDisney puts on quite a production, but like the rest of the parks and resorts, they do it right! All the cast members were friendly and helpful, the course was filled with entertainment and inspiration, there were local community touches as well as plenty of Disney characters, and lots water/food stops. The only drawback was the 5:00 am race start time, but from the fireworks at the beginning to Donald Duck at the finish, this is a magical and enjoyable race.

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