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@RedjacketRunner

Salt Lake City, UT Raving since 2018 active 1 week, 5 days ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:

    Goblin Valley Ultra

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Mesa Falls Marathon

  • I run because:

    I’m addicted to the sense of accomplishment, challenge, and adventure that running brings into my life!

My races

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Payson, UT Aug 25, 2018 3:57:12
Half Marathon Lehi, UT Nov 23, 2017 1:53:00
10K Veyo, UT Feb 3, 2018 50:38
5K Springville, UT 2014 23:50

Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
50K Green River, UT Oct 27, 2018
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 22, 2019
Marathon Idaho Falls, ID Aug 24, 2019
49K Anchorage, AK TBD
Marathon Eastern Passage, Canada TBD
200 Miler Homewood, CA TBD

Past Races (17)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Payson, UT Aug 25, 2018 3:57:12
Marathon Oakridge, OR Jun 16, 2018 4:12:00
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Apr 21, 2018 2:13:00
Half Marathon Moab, UT Mar 17, 2018 2:05:00
10K Veyo, UT Feb 3, 2018 50:38
Half Marathon Lehi, UT Nov 23, 2017 1:53:00
Half Marathon Provo, UT Oct 28, 2017 2:10:00
Half Marathon Payson, UT Aug 26, 2017 1:54:00
Marathon Huntsville, UT May 20, 2017 4:25:00
Marathon Hurricane, UT Mar 11, 2017 4:37:00
Half Marathon Green River, UT Oct 22, 2016 2:06:00
Marathon Huntsville, UT May 21, 2016 4:56:00
Half Marathon Huntsville, UT May 16, 2015 1:58:00
5K Springville, UT 2014 23:50
Half Marathon Idaho Falls, ID 2007 2:30:00
5K Jackson Hole, WY 2007 26:55
10K Newdale, ID 2007 57:00

My Raves

Mt. Nebo Marathon & Half Marathon

Mt. Nebo Marathon & Half Marathon

The course starts out on an uphill and includes at least 2 mile-long significant climbs in the first 10 miles. There's also a 2-mile (or so) out and back section … MORE

The course starts out on an uphill and includes at least 2 mile-long significant climbs in the first 10 miles. There’s also a 2-mile (or so) out and back section (which I think is fun because I love cheering on runner’s around me) that was on a gravel road- the only flat on the entire course. The final 16 miles are all downhill (of varying degrees of steepness). It was the toughest course I’ve ever run and all the marathoners I spoke with agreed.
However, the race organizers do a great job with this race! The shirts are gender-specific and a very attractive cut! They are cotton (because what marathoner needs yet another tech shirt?) so I wear it around and always get compliments (I own several of their race shirts- all soft and attractive). The medals are well designed and heavy! They have great age group medals as well that compliment the finisher’s medal. Other perks include free massages at the finish, free race photos (on course and after), instant results, and above average finish line food (pizza, creamies, popscicles, cookies, chocolate milk and the standard bananas and oranges). Each race put on by this race company has it’s own theme to it (this one is the maple leaf). The shirt and the medals and everything else from the start to the finish line carry the theme throughout the race.
It is a very scenic course. We started before sunrise and as the sun was starting to color the sky we were running along a ridge and about 20 runners took out their phones to take a picture of the runners silhouetted in front of the sunrise. The race starts at the top of Payson Canyon so you have to take the race bus to the start. The busses for the marathoners were the really nice chartered busses, while the half marathoners rode school busses. 😀 We only had to wait about 30 minutes at the top of the canyon for the race to start- just enough time to use the porta-potties and make last minute adjustments and check your gear bag. I was impressed at the timing of it! Usually when a race starts at the top of a canyon you might have to wait up to 2 hours for the race to start!
I’d recommend any race put on by Runtastic (the race company). If you choose to do this one, train on hills! As brutal as it was, it was my marathon PR thanks in large part to all the downhill, but I have never felt so beat up by a race either. 😉

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The Dam Marathon

The Dam Marathon

I really enjoyed this race! It was a great combination of road, gravel path, and soft singletrack around a scenic mountain lake. It's called the Dam Marathon because you get … MORE

I really enjoyed this race! It was a great combination of road, gravel path, and soft singletrack around a scenic mountain lake. It’s called the Dam Marathon because you get the unique experience of running across the dam that creates the reservoir and then you get to run all the way around the lake, down the hill and into the town at the bottom. There were about 10 miles total of trail, the other 16 on road. The course had rolling hills throughout, but nothing major. There is a big downhill at mile 23 that I looked forward to in those later miles!
The aid stations were well-stocked and sometimes looked like a buffet table! The volunteers were fabulous, as were the other runners. It was a small race (I heard 42 ran the marathon- there were other distances available) and all of the runners I ran near were friendly and chatty. I felt like I showed up as a stranger and left with new friends. It was a great experience. I wouldn’t recommend this race if you need people cheering you on every step of the way, if you want age group awards (at this size of race everyone would get one 😉 ), or if you want some of the amenities of larger races like pacers. However, if you want an easy packet pick up, easy race transportation/race start, friendly vibe, beautiful scenery, and a post race party atmosphere this is a fantastic choice for an Oregon Marathon!

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Salt Lake City Marathon

Salt Lake City Marathon

Fantastic runner support! Plenty of Porta-potties!!! (You know how important that is, and it is so rare.) I never had to wait in line for a porta-potty before the race, … MORE

Fantastic runner support! Plenty of Porta-potties!!! (You know how important that is, and it is so rare.) I never had to wait in line for a porta-potty before the race, during the race or after the race. The aid stations were frequent and well-stocked (Chocolate and Salted Carmel GU! and Berry). Fantastic course, hilly, but not too challenging with beautiful and unique neighborhoods, a canyon full of trees in full bloom, all the classic SLC sites like the capitol building, the University, the temple, downtown, etc. Public transportation was a piece of cake- it dropped you off right at the start and you could pick it up right at the finish and it was free all day. Never had to wait more than 5 mins for a light rail train. Such a smooth and impressively run race, I’ve already signed up to run it again next year!

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Canyonlands Half Marathon

Canyonlands Half Marathon

Held in mid-march every year, this race has perfect weather for racing! Usually chilly to start and cool throughout, yet sunny all day. The course is gradual downhill the whole … MORE

Held in mid-march every year, this race has perfect weather for racing! Usually chilly to start and cool throughout, yet sunny all day. The course is gradual downhill the whole way so you can easily race/run it without killing yourself for the rest of the day. You’ll have plenty of time left in the day to explore the wonderful Moab area. I highly recommend pairing this race with a family or friends vacation!

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Sun Marathon

Sun Marathon

This is a low-key race in Southern Utah near the end of winter. It's the perfect time to get away from the cold, lingering winter and run in shorts in … MORE

This is a low-key race in Southern Utah near the end of winter. It’s the perfect time to get away from the cold, lingering winter and run in shorts in the sunshine! The 10k is run in town, but it is still surrounded by the iconic red rock cliffs of Southern Utah.

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Thankful 13 Half Marathon & 5K

Thankful 13 Half Marathon & 5K

This is a great course to PR on. It's not an all downhill race like many in Utah so you can run fast and still walk around normal at Thanksgiving … MORE

This is a great course to PR on. It’s not an all downhill race like many in Utah so you can run fast and still walk around normal at Thanksgiving dinner 😉 It’s pretty flat with some really small rollers interspersed throughout the race. It’s a loop course with plenty of parking at the start/finish. There are free race photos, free massages, and finish line food included cake! The shirt is a soft, long sleeve shirt that I wear often. They also gave out gloves with touch-screen compatible fingers and the race logo on them in the race bag. The medal was huge and blingy and included people’s thankful items they submitted during race registration. All along the course were signs with more items that people had said they were thankful for. It was a great theme! The weather was ideal- overcast and cool without wind. Race results were instant, packet pick up was a piece of cake, nice expo. I don’t have any complaints for this race. It was well run. I’d totally run it again!

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The Haunted Half – Provo

The Haunted Half – Provo

This is the funnest race I have ever run! Everyone dresses up, the aid stations include halloween candy, you run through a haunted house style tunnel, the decorations are so … MORE

This is the funnest race I have ever run!
Everyone dresses up, the aid stations include halloween candy, you run through a haunted house style tunnel, the decorations are so fun and hilarious (skeletons holding inspirational signs), and you finish by running through a giant jack-o-lantern! After the race, there’s donut-on-a-string (game), pizza, massages (free), photographers (the photos are all free- during and after), and the medals are my favorite! Last year, it was a skeleton in running shoes and shorts in a coffin that you could open and close, this year it was a werewolf in a crate that opens and closes. Even if I can’t run this race, I volunteer for it because it is so much fun!

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Mt. Nebo Marathon & Half Marathon

Mt. Nebo Marathon & Half Marathon

I didn't plan to PR this race but it happened easily even with holding back during the first 2 miles. It's a screaming fast downhill course through a beautiful canyon. … MORE

I didn’t plan to PR this race but it happened easily even with holding back during the first 2 miles. It’s a screaming fast downhill course through a beautiful canyon. Even though it takes place at the end of August, it starts early enough and at a high enough altitude that I never got hot. The race shirt is one of my favorites- soft cotton and no ads, just a maple leaf and the name of the race. I wear it all the time. Free massages at the end and a PR bell to ring and free race photos are my favorite kind of swag!

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Ogden Marathon

Ogden Marathon

Utah spring weather is notoriously unpredictable and Ogden frequently has bad weather years (torrential rain or unseasonably high temps) but this year was not one of those years! It was … MORE

Utah spring weather is notoriously unpredictable and Ogden frequently has bad weather years (torrential rain or unseasonably high temps) but this year was not one of those years! It was perfect race weather! The scenery was beautiful and included running down two canyons, around a lake, spring flowers, and two waterfalls. The aid stations had different themes (the volunteers choose their theme, decorations, costumes, signs and music) and each one was so fun! Each one made me laugh! I really enjoyed the “motivational”/ funny signs that lined the long hill at mile 14.

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Sand Hollow Marathon

Sand Hollow Marathon

This race is small enough and the race director cares enough that I felt like I got personalized service throughout the whole race, from registration to finish line food! Months … MORE

This race is small enough and the race director cares enough that I felt like I got personalized service throughout the whole race, from registration to finish line food! Months before the race the race director sent out emails to all the runners asking whether they preferred getting a shirt, or something else like a hat. He asked for color preferences, aid station favorites, and finish line food requests! He responded personally to emails and spoke with every runner after they crossed the finish line! There were free massages and about 10 different kinds of pizza to choose from after finishing! There was tons of food, including soft drinks, M&M’s, and some of the more typical finish-line food. The halfway point aid station had a grill and they were cooking bacon and steak-bites for the runners! The course was out & back and the start/finish was at a school that was open for the runners to stay warm in and use the facilities before the race and eat in after the race. The course was so scenic I didn’t even turn on my music until the final miles. There is one very large hill in this race, but other than that the course was pretty flat.

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Goblin Valley Ultra Marathon

Goblin Valley Ultra Marathon

Goblin Valley is a beautiful and unique red rock state park in Southern Utah. The race starts and ends in the park and also covers some road outside the park … MORE

Goblin Valley is a beautiful and unique red rock state park in Southern Utah. The race starts and ends in the park and also covers some road outside the park with stunning scenery everywhere you look. The road portion of the race was moderately difficult with a few big hills. The most challenging aspect of the race was the final mile off road through the “hoodoos” that the park is famous for. This included steep ups and downs and route finding. The route finding would not be as difficult had runner’s brain not already kicked in. I found it difficult at the end of a challenging race to run around the hoodoos looking for the next pumpkin (the race is held in late October) or orange cone marking the route. That said, I have already signed up for this year’s Goblin Valley 50k. The pictures turned out fantastic (one of my only framed race photos) and the shirt and medal are some of my favorites. It’s a small, friendly race that did a great job catering to the runners. Plenty of porta-pots and a shade canopy and camp chairs at the finish line for runners to collapse into or relax while they wait for their friends to come in.

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Ogden Marathon

Ogden Marathon

It is difficult to fairly rate this race due to the horrendous weather conditions. It was supposedly in a scenic area, but I couldn't see it because of the driving … MORE

It is difficult to fairly rate this race due to the horrendous weather conditions. It was supposedly in a scenic area, but I couldn’t see it because of the driving rain, low cloud cover and the wind. I was soaked to the bone by mile 7 and spent about 20 minutes during the entire race hiding in porta-potties just to get out of the rain for a minute. My hands were so frozen I couldn’t open my GU or tie my shoe lace when it came undone. There were police officers out on the course near mile 17 handing out mylar sheets which was much appreciated as the one I started with had long since shredded and blown away with the wind.

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Art City Days Family Fun Run

Art City Days Family Fun Run

This race is sponsored by Nestle and they are an amazing sponsor! Most race sponsors get their name on the shirt or give away popsicles at the finish and that's … MORE

This race is sponsored by Nestle and they are an amazing sponsor! Most race sponsors get their name on the shirt or give away popsicles at the finish and that’s all you ever hear from them. These guys host the packet pick up right at their factory in town. When you show up they hand you a bag (this is besides the shirt and race bib packet full of coupons) and they start filling it with freebies- candy, chocolate milk, hats, etc. It seems to be whatever they have surplus of that year and they really load you down with it! I’ve seen a mother walk out with her kids struggling to carry all the stuff they gave her!
The race starts at 7:30 while it’s still cool out and runs through a nice neighborhood. It’s mostly flat with one big uphill and downhill in the middle. You finish by running around the high school track. In the field in the middle of the track is the after-party. The music is playing, fruit, water, and popsicles are being handed out and people are setting out their blankets and lawn/camp chairs.
Once people have had enough time to finish (maybe an hour after the start?) the party really starts. Someone in charge gets on the microphone and gets the crowd really excited and then the race team starts throwing frisbees into the crowd. Boxes and boxes of different colored frisbees with the race logo on it. Also taped to random frisbees are bills in random amounts $1, $5, or even $20. They’ll announce overall and age group winners interspersed with random giveaway winners. They give away things like yoga mats, bicycles, cash, gift cards to businesses around town, luggage sets, etc. and every year it culminates with something huge like an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland. This is just a 5k, but it has the best post-race party and prizes that I’ve ever heard of! The entry fee is $9 and every year we win something worth more than the price of admission! (Honestly, I’ve seen people in cowboy boots or house slippers show up and just walk it because of the giveaways after.)
It’s a well-run, small town race that’s a great start to summer and the festivities the town puts on that week as part of their town celebration, Art City Days.

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Mesa Falls Marathon & Half Marathon

Mesa Falls Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my first half marathon, so it wasn't my fastest time, but it was one of the best times! I loved the combination of trail and road! It was … MORE

This was my first half marathon, so it wasn’t my fastest time, but it was one of the best times! I loved the combination of trail and road! It was all so beautiful! You start out running through trees before moving on to the road and the rolling hills before the open potato fields outside of Ashton. The party after the race was worth sticking around for! Great race/awards announcer that really made everyone feel like a winner! Great atmosphere. I can’t wait to run the full marathon! This should be your choice for an Idaho race if you’re a 50-stater! It is the best of all Idaho has to offer! 🙂

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