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@RacerKN

Pleasanton, CA Raving since 2017 active 6 months, 2 weeks ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Fleet Feet Pleasanton

  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:

    Who doesn't want to run Boston?

  • I run because:

    I love the social aspect of running. I have made some really meaningful relationships while running. Who doesn’t want more friends?

    Also, I like to eat, so running keeps me in pretty decent shape.

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Personal Bests (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50K Cool, CA Mar 3, 2018 6:54:22
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 3, 2017 4:07:44
30K Oakland, CA Aug 12, 2017 4:07:14
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 19, 2017 1:50:39
12K San Francisco, CA May 20, 2018 1:50:00
10K San Jose, CA Oct 2, 2016 49:42
5K Fremont, CA Dec 31, 2017 25:48

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Richmond, United Kingdom Sep 14, 2019

Past Races (20)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 2, 2018 4:46:00
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 18, 2018
Half Marathon Sacramento, CA Oct 7, 2018
6 Miler Santa Cruz, CA Jul 22, 2018
13.7 Miler Stinson Beach, CA Jun 16, 2018
12K San Francisco, CA May 20, 2018 1:50:00
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 29, 2018 4:28:42
10K Pleasanton, CA Apr 15, 2018 1:02:42
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Apr 8, 2018
Half Marathon Livermore, CA Mar 17, 2018 2:57:17
50K Cool, CA Mar 3, 2018 6:54:22
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2018 2:18:17
5K Fremont, CA Dec 31, 2017 25:48
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 3, 2017 4:07:44
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 19, 2017 1:50:39
30K Oakland, CA Aug 12, 2017 4:07:14
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 30, 2017 4:50:00
10K Fremont, CA Dec 31, 2016 53:02
5K San Jose, CA Oct 2, 2016 49:42
10K San Jose, CA Oct 2, 2016 49:42

My Raves

California International Marathon (CIM)

California International Marathon (CIM)

Second year running this marathon. I ran with a friend who had a broken hand and had had surgery the Tuesday before the race, so we took it easy. The … MORE

Second year running this marathon. I ran with a friend who had a broken hand and had had surgery the Tuesday before the race, so we took it easy. The production of the race was great EXCEPT…
Our bus got lost!!!! The driver apparently is the only human being on earth who does not have a device with GPS or navigation. Runners on the bus had to direct the bus driver to how to get to the start line. We arrive only 20 minutes before the start of the race even though we showed up for the bus right on time. By the time I got through the porta potty line, the race had already started.
Because I was not trying to PR or BQ, I took it in stride and started with the runners who were hoping to just finish. But the situation would have been entirely different if I had wanted to BQ, it would have stressed the heck out of me.
Race organizers – please give bus drivers directions and/or a resource to navigate. Sadly, this is not the first race where the driver did not know where they were going. Seriously? Is this 1969?

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Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers

It's funny when you see serious runners at this race. Or families who bring their little kids. This race was meant to be an expression of San Francisco with all … MORE

It’s funny when you see serious runners at this race. Or families who bring their little kids. This race was meant to be an expression of San Francisco with all it’s strangeness. If you don’t like drunk people, or naked people, or people acting wildly, don’t run this race. If you want to PR, don’t run this race. If you want to participate in a unique foot race where coming in costume is a must, then run Bay to Breakers.
Price is good. You can pay to have your bib mailed to you which is always an awesome option. And it’s so big and important that BART starts early for this race – SF Marathon doesn’t get this kind of treatment!

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Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon

I ran the Big Sur Marathon as a repeat runner. New year, new race for me! Weather is unpredictable at this time of year, so last year was clear and … MORE

I ran the Big Sur Marathon as a repeat runner. New year, new race for me! Weather is unpredictable at this time of year, so last year was clear and sunny, this year was overcast and rainy. I like overcast and rainy, so I think that worked in my favor (I lopped 22 minutes off my last year finish time, go figure!).
This race is not one to PR on; there are long, steady uphill climbs, with a 2 mile trudge up to Hurricane Point at mile 10. However, just glance to your left, and you see the beauty of the California coastline from mile 4 onward, so you never starve for distractions.
The race is really well organized. The whole bus to the start situation is a bit of a pain (one car with 3 runners doing 3 different races with 3 different bus pick up spots/times was a logistical nightmare). But course is well stocked with aid stations and cheer zones. Finish line is stocked with good food and beer.
If you can’t get into the marathon (it’s a lottery), a friend did the 21 miler and enjoyed it. The first 5 miles are slightly downhill but no ocean view, so you’re not missing too much if you only do the last 21 miles of the marathon.
Do this race – you’ll love it!

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Pleasanton Run for Education (PPIE Run)

Pleasanton Run for Education (PPIE Run)

I run this race every year because my daughter is a student in the Pleasanton Unified School District and it is a successful fundraiser for schools. It's part civic responsibility, … MORE

I run this race every year because my daughter is a student in the Pleasanton Unified School District and it is a successful fundraiser for schools. It’s part civic responsibility, part easy and fun run. The race is well organized and I enjoy it even more now that I can run with my daughter. A few years back, they had a half marathon distance but in recent years, for some reason, they dropped the longest distance to a 15K which is a shame.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon

I never not run a race that I have signed up for (except in the case of injury) because I don't like to waste money, but this year, I decided … MORE

I never not run a race that I have signed up for (except in the case of injury) because I don’t like to waste money, but this year, I decided to pass on the SF RnR because of all the changes they made to past years, including:
1) No shuttles from the East Bay. This was one of the best perks! I would park at West Oakland BART, the shuttle would take me to the start and I would then BART back to my car. This year, my only option would have been to drive to the city ($5 for bridge tool) and park in a lot (at least $20)
2) Course completely changed. As another reviewer wrote, just a glorified out and back from Pier 39, across the GG Bridge and back. Boring
3) Didn’t realize this until I drove across the GG Bridge that morning to run a much more fun Marin Headlands run with my running team, but they didn’t close any lanes on the bridge but forced runners to run on the sidewalks. I can only imagine the congestion and annoyance this must have caused. No thanks
4) This race never has good music. It’s called a Rock n Roll but I’ve run lots of other races where the music was much better. Who wants to listen to an acoustic band when they’re running the Rock n Roll half? Not me
I will not be signing up for this race again. It’s no longer convenient, and the cost of packet pick up and getting to the start line no longer makes it a good value, no matter how cheap the early bird price is.

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Badger Cove Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Badger Cove Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Another well organized and executed race by Brazen Racing. This year's course was slightly augmented due to heavy rains the week prior to race but it was still a fun, … MORE

Another well organized and executed race by Brazen Racing. This year’s course was slightly augmented due to heavy rains the week prior to race but it was still a fun, challenging half marathon (with bonus .8 miles due to course change). If you like hilly trail runs with a St. Patrick’s theme, this is the race event for you. Beautiful vistas from the course, well staffed aid stations, and good course marking/monitoring.

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Way Too Cool 50K Endurance Run

Way Too Cool 50K Endurance Run

Just completed Way Too Cool 50K which was only my second 50K and it was way fun. The forecast was rain all day but the race gods must have been … MORE

Just completed Way Too Cool 50K which was only my second 50K and it was way fun. The forecast was rain all day but the race gods must have been smiling on us because we have sunshine at the start (the rain and other inclement weather came later).
I had been briefed by a number of people about the course. First 8 mile loop, pretty easy. Some hills but nothing too challenging. First river crossing was about 1.5 miles in. I never did a race with river crossings before and I had psyched myself into thinking that it was the worst thing that could happen, but it’s not all that bad. Yes, your feet get wet. Yes, you need to watch your step as you cross because of slippery rocks. No, you’re not going to get blisters or leaches (that’s a joke). It actually turns out to be fun.
At the end of the first 8 mile loop, you end up back at the start line which gives you a chance to hit the porta potties or your car if you park in the lot. After that, you are in the wilds along and above the American River. Goat Hill at mile 26 had me worried, as I had heard from people running this and other races that it is hard. Yes, it’s hard, yes it’s steep. Yes, your calves and quads are gonna hurt. But at the top is the second to last aid station and they have lovely hot broth!
The one hill I wasn’t ready for was at mile 30. Yup, right before the end. There’s an aid station as you recross Hwy 49. Stop and take a breather because you’re going to need it. Once you’re up the hill, it’s a smooth ride to the finish.
Aid stations are well run and very fun, helpful volunteers. I even had a volunteer at the 20 mile aid station help retie my shoe lace as I was too stiff to touch my toes (thanks Fleet Feet Folsom!).
Finish line area has good beer, tasty sandwiches and, of course, the famous frog cupcakes. That poor froggie never had a chance, I bit him in half in one bite.
If you’re looking for your first ever 50K, I would recommend this race. Just prepare for wet conditions, lots of mud and the time of your life.

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Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

This race is the second in a series where you get an amazing mega medal. Who doesn't want three medals, right? Unlike the NYE course, this one is really hard … MORE

This race is the second in a series where you get an amazing mega medal. Who doesn’t want three medals, right?
Unlike the NYE course, this one is really hard if you run the 10K or half marathon. Big uphills and downhills, so this course is not for the faint of heart. But it is a beautiful course, and if you run the half, you run all the way around Lake Chabot which is super cool.
Like all Brazen races, this race is well put on and has a terrific snack table at the finish line.
I have been doing the double race for 5 years, and love it.

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Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

If you want to end the year right, enjoy an easy course, score an Its It and get a mega medal, then you will want to run this race (and … MORE

If you want to end the year right, enjoy an easy course, score an Its It and get a mega medal, then you will want to run this race (and the NYD one a few days later).
Like all Brazen Races, this one is well organized. I love being able to pick up my race packet the morning of the race. And there’s plenty of parking and it’s free.
This course is not the most picturesque or challenging but you can get a PR on it as it’s fast and flat.

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Redwood Trail Run (Summer)

Redwood Trail Run (Summer)

This is a great course for someone interested in trying a trail race. It has everything - beautiful redwoods, sweeping views, quad-blasting uphills. The finish area has lots to motivate … MORE

This is a great course for someone interested in trying a trail race. It has everything – beautiful redwoods, sweeping views, quad-blasting uphills. The finish area has lots to motivate you to the end – drinks (including beer!) and hot soup/chili.

I ran the 30K which is basically the half course with the 5 miler tacked on for good measure – it’s hard leaving the finish area to go back out after the half and finish the 5 miler. But the challenge has brought me back 2 years now.

The 50K is the half loop twice plus the 5 mile loop.

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Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon

This is not an "easy" race to get into, but the race organizers give you multiple ways to enter the lottery and they don't force you to give them money … MORE

This is not an “easy” race to get into, but the race organizers give you multiple ways to enter the lottery and they don’t force you to give them money to apply for the lottery, nor do they automatically charge you if you’re selected – this is a classy way to handle an otherwise stressful lottery process.
I’m a Northern California native, so the scenario is very familiar. But for a non-local, you could not ask for a more pleasurable way to experience Hwy 1 and the California coast. Carmel and Monterey are beautiful spot to enjoy before and after the race. I would recommend it highly as a destination race.

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Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I have run both the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Brazen Race for a number of years because I love the super cool "Mega Medal" you get when … MORE

I have run both the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Brazen Race for a number of years because I love the super cool “Mega Medal” you get when you finish both race.
Any race you run with Brazen is well organized with terrific volunteers and a hugely supportive running community. A gem for San Francisco Bay Area Runners!

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