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Future Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 24, 2019
Ocean View Challenge Monterey, CA TBD
Half Marathon Napa, CA TBD

Past Races (25)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV Oct 5, 2019
Half Marathon South Pomfret, VT Jun 3, 2018
Half Marathon Oak Bluffs, MA May 19, 2018
Half Marathon Moab, UT Mar 17, 2018
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 4, 2018
Half Marathon Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2018
Half Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 10, 2017
Half Marathon Alexandria, VA Nov 12, 2017
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 4, 2017
Half Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 14, 2017
Half Marathon Gering, NE Sep 30, 2017
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Sep 10, 2017
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH Aug 6, 2017
Half Marathon Portland, ME Jul 8, 2017
Half Marathon Olympia, WA May 21, 2017
Half Marathon Fort Collins, CO May 7, 2017
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Apr 1, 2017
Half Marathon Scottsdale, AZ Dec 11, 2016
10K Annapolis, MD Nov 19, 2016
Half Marathon Biddle Point, DE Nov 5, 2016
Half Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Oct 23, 2016
20K Dallas, TX Sep 17, 2016
Half Marathon Westerly, RI Sep 11, 2016
5K East Hartford, CT Jul 23, 2016
5K Warwick, NY May 7, 2016

My Raves

Freedom’s Run

Freedom’s Run

This is not the race to expect to get a personal best on. It is extremely challenging with the largest, longest hills I have ever experienced in a race. There … MORE

This is not the race to expect to get a personal best on. It is extremely challenging with the largest, longest hills I have ever experienced in a race. There are no timing mats as they expect everyone to take longer than their normal to finish.
There was pretty much no swag besides a long sleeve tshirt and pint glass that you get 1 free beer afterwards. Note, after running 13.1 miles of hills, to get your pint glass and beer-yup you have to walk up more hills!
The course is beautiful running through rural West Virginia including battlefields. There are pretty much no spectators though.
Communication from the race directors was great leading up to the race and parking was a breeze parking at the university.
Overall good race, but expect to be disappointed with your finish time.

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Covered Bridges Half Marathon

Covered Bridges Half Marathon

I ended up making this my 25th state on my 50 state mission. I literally watched the countdown delaying a business dinner so I could register for this race as … MORE

I ended up making this my 25th state on my 50 state mission. I literally watched the countdown delaying a business dinner so I could register for this race as I’ve heard it’s a do not miss race.
Leading up to the race, it’s pretty quiet but about the month before you receive constant updates.
In the morning, you need to take a shuttle to the race location. Seemed to be a rather long ride to the start however, Vermont is just so beautiful, you don’t mind.
Packet pick up is the morning of the race. When you arrive at the start, they provide your race bib, shirts at the end.
It was warm and sunny on race day-finally as my last 3 races, it has rained!
The race course is just stunning. A lot of spectators at certain spots though you only go through one covered bridge and run by another. I thought there would be more!
There is a really tough hill at mile 8 but the rest of the course is rolling hills with lush green scenery.
The finishers shoot is very long where you receive water, your shirt (choice of 2 colors) and your medal. The after party had food trucks, a free beer and a band in a large field.
Overall, I really loved this race. I am so happy it was my 25th!

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Martha’s Vineyard Marathon & Half Marathon

Martha’s Vineyard Marathon & Half Marathon

I registered for this race months ago, thinking it would be my 25th state since I used to live in Massachusetts. Life had some turns and this ended up being … MORE

I registered for this race months ago, thinking it would be my 25th state since I used to live in Massachusetts. Life had some turns and this ended up being my 24th state instead and I’m really happy it turned out this way.
This race had pretty expensive processing charges to start.
Packet pick up was held in a park right in the heart of Martha’s Vineyard. Unfortunately, the whole weekend was rainy, windy and cold. Nothing the race staff could have controlled.
At packet pick up you are given a shirt and bag but that was it in the terms of swag. My sister was running the full marathon and got a generic poncho but half marathoners did not get this.
Race morning, you needed to take shuttles to the race site at the high school. Having the school open helped keeping us out of the cold along with the port a potty situation.
The course was confusing-it was unclear whether you should have been on the road or the bike path below. Also a part of it, you had to run in sand. Running in sand is definitely challenging.
Being in Martha’s Vineyard, I expected the course to be stunning and it just wasn’t. Port a potties were not where they were said to be either.
The worst part of this race was the mile markers were way off (like .6 of a mile off). Everyone in the race was complaining about this.
Also, after completing my half marathon, I walked back 4 miles to help my sister run in the last 4 miles of her run. I was upset to see water stations were no longer manned-gallons of water were just left out for marathoners to pour their own. These people are running a marathon and we can’t have the stations staffed until the end?!?!?! Super disappointing.
I wanted to love this race, I really did however the production and course was just disappointing.

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Canyonlands Half Marathon

Canyonlands Half Marathon

I have been waiting to do a race in Moab for over a year so this was the perfect fit! Packet pick up was smooth but minimal swag. I did … MORE

I have been waiting to do a race in Moab for over a year so this was the perfect fit!
Packet pick up was smooth but minimal swag. I did love that they gave you a choice of shirt colors-3 colors in both mens and womens styles. The only other swag was socks.
Race morning, you needed to load shuttles to get to the race site. It was so windy and cold race morning! The start line wasn’t set up so it led to quite a bit of confusion.
The course cannot be beat-it runs through the canyon along the Colorado river-it was stunning! It is at high altitude so I suggest arriving 3 days prior if you live close to sea level like I do.
I struggled in this race-I was just getting over an Upper Respiratory infection so my lung capacity was already diminished and running at high altitude made it extremely challenging and one of my worst performances.
The after party was huge in a great park-there was a beer tent, bands, snacks and all kinds of beverages.
The scenery on this one can’t be beat-I highly recommend it!

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Little Rock Marathon

Little Rock Marathon

The Little Rock Marathon has a huge draw due to the size of its finisher medal. Everyone on my flights were all race participants. Packet pick up on Friday was … MORE

The Little Rock Marathon has a huge draw due to the size of its finisher medal. Everyone on my flights were all race participants.
Packet pick up on Friday was a breeze. Expo had a ton of vendors and volunteers helping to move the line along. I registered for the challenge so I received 2 different tech shirts. There wasn’t much else in the way of swag though.
I stayed downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn-it was way cheaper than the host hotels and a 3 minute walk to the start line.
I ran the 5k on Saturday-gorgeous weather and race was smooth. Generally large races do not start on time but this one-they ensured to have everyone lined up prior so it was a prompt 7:30 start.
The half marathon on Sunday-again a smooth experience. Unfortunately it rained buckets the entire time! The end of the race routes you into the convention center where they present your medal and a foil blanket to help warm you up. Note this race does not run past the Capital or City High which are some of the huge Little Rock attractions. I was disappointed as they were not terribly far from where we were.
On the course, there were several local businesses that supported the mile so you were able to have beer tastings, mimosas, food etc all on the course.
The finish had a great flow where you were able to get your photo taken (thumbs up they brought the medals from the day before so you could get your pic taken with all 3 for the challenge). They had great food such as pasta, endless beverages, yogurts etc. They actually hand you a bag while in line so you can grab whatever you wanted.
The medals are really nice-the marathon one is huge!
Overall, great race-really well put together.

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Critz Tybee Run Fest

Critz Tybee Run Fest

This was my first race of 2018-maybe my review is a bit harsher than others however, I had really high expectations for this race based on their communications, website etc. … MORE

This was my first race of 2018-maybe my review is a bit harsher than others however, I had really high expectations for this race based on their communications, website etc.
Stopped on Friday to pick up my packet-did love the race bibs were significantly smaller than normal, however I was given a white shirt when I should have received a blue one….no big deal however it’s a cotton white shirt versus a long sleeve blue tech shirt….runners you get me here….
Happy I chose to stay at Hotel Tybee-the hotel was just ok but the location was ideal. The start and finish line were literally on the side of the hotel. The start time of 8:30 was amazing. Not sure I have ever had a race start that late-it was refreshing!
Being on Tybee Island, I expected to see alot more beach on the run but instead you ran through more neighborhoods. You did get to run past the famous Tybee Island Lighthouse.
There are a ton of turns on this course-some marked, some not. Volunteers tended to be at the corners where it was evident to turn but not at the ones they really needed to be at. I saw many people go the wrong way probably either shortening or lengthening their run.
In addition, roads aren’t closed and I found residents to be slightly rude. They would ride up right behind you as you are running in their car or back out of their driveway when you’re approaching so you have to stop and wait. Very few came out to cheer on runners.
The course was pretty flat-a few minor minor hiccups of inclines-figuring out where to go was the most challenging part of this race.
Race day was a bit chilly with the wind whipping. Wind whipping when it’s helping you move quicker is great-cold ocean wind whipping against you makes it challenging.
The finish line party wasn’t as I expected either. They had 2 restaurants there one with soup and one with pastries. The pastries were pretty much gone by the time I got there. When they kept advertising a great after party, I expected much more. Thankfully they did think to put it in a huge tent to get you out of the wind.
I loved the Savannah and Tybee Island area-well worth coming however don’t expect a race up to the standards of other really well done races.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon

Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon

I loved everything about this race! I opted to run the double down challenge (5k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday). Communication was fantastic all the way leading up to … MORE

I loved everything about this race! I opted to run the double down challenge (5k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday).
Communication was fantastic all the way leading up to race day.
Swag is minimal that is the only slight negative and it is such a small thing. Surprised you got a medal and tech shirt for the 5k in edition to a medal and tech shirt for the half. If you run 2 races, you also get a seafood tray.
Event was so well organized-every single volunteer was over the top friendly and helpful. It was cold race morning and the bus driver allowed us to stay on the bus to the last possible moment.
Aside from all of the above, who doesn’t want to run a straight flat shot with 13.1 miles of shoreline on your right? You also finish in a baseball stadium. This is the race to get a pr on!
This is my 20th half marathon and I would definitely put this in my top 3!
Take my advice and run this race if you can!

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Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon

I was traveling to Virginia for work, so who doesn't sign up to do a half marathon while there especially when you are an aspiring 50 stater and haven't run … MORE

I was traveling to Virginia for work, so who doesn’t sign up to do a half marathon while there especially when you are an aspiring 50 stater and haven’t run in Virginia yet?
Registering for the race was smooth and was actually pretty excited to run this based on their facebook page, website and also the article in Runners World.
Starting with packet pick up-disorganized-while I love kids, they had kids handing out shirts & bibs-yes that’s all you got so it took a bit of time.
Due to the smaller number of participants, shuttle buses were not offered after the fact. I purposely booked my hotel near the shuttle site and then had to drive to park on a side street near the race.
Race starting line was not well marked nor was I directed where to park. I saw alot of other people parking and assumed at 5:45 in the morning, they must be fellow runners.
It was so cold on race morning!
The race finally got started-learned you run 4.5 miles out only to turn around and run back where you came from. No aid stations on the entire course offered sports drinks or energy gu.
No spectators though the police were on top of it. Felt super safe as roads were all closed off.
At the finish line, no medals were handed out! They had posted renderings online and boasted about them yet they were not at the finish line! I have never finished a half marathon without a medal!
Emailed, facebook messaged etc-any form of communication possible to understand how I get my medal. Finally, the race coordinators responded that medals were delayed and they were working through the logistics of getting the medals to participants. It has now been 3 days and still no news.
I paid a lot of money to run in this race and their token mascot (a large Woodrow Wilson) did not even make an appearance. I have no medal still either.
Overall, super disappointed. I would not participate in this race until they figure out how to properly host.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Beyond Monumental probably had the most active Facebook page I have seen for a race. Well worth following them for updates. Race morning was really cold and I struggled the … MORE

Beyond Monumental probably had the most active Facebook page I have seen for a race. Well worth following them for updates.
Race morning was really cold and I struggled the entire race to warm up.
Packet pick up was a breeze!
This race was much larger than I expected-the wave start did not seem to help. I could not find any port a potties close to the start area.
The course is pretty flat and runs through a lot of Indianapolis’ sites. The shirt is pretty awfully ugly but the medal is large and depicts Indianapolis.
All aid stations were well stocked and had tons of volunteers to keep it moving.

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Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon

Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon

I chose to run the international half marathon. The communication leading up to the event was fantastic. The packet pickup had a pretty straight forward flow but due to the … MORE

I chose to run the international half marathon.
The communication leading up to the event was fantastic.
The packet pickup had a pretty straight forward flow but due to the mass amount of people picking up-kind of felt like you were herded cattle.
Race morning was stressful as I had reserved a spot in a garage through the race only to get there at 530am and all roads to the garage were blocked. Ended up paying $20 to park in a seedy lot instead of the garage I prepaid for
This race is huge! Three different streets to start on-each packed with participants. I have never seen so many people at a race!
Unfortunately, so many people made running and getting a good time a challenge as you just couldn’t get around people to do so.
Course was beautiful. Crossing the bridge stunning! Weather was unexpectedly warm and humid. Who would have thought 75 and muggy mid October in Michigan? The warm temperatures made the part through the tunnel hot!
Overall good race, not one for a p.r. But well worth doing!

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Monument Marathon & Half Marathon

Monument Marathon & Half Marathon

Wow-wasn't expecting what this race was! Extremely challenging with rather large hills. Most was not paved-either packed dirt or gravel. There are quite a few hills after mile 12 just … MORE

Wow-wasn’t expecting what this race was! Extremely challenging with rather large hills. Most was not paved-either packed dirt or gravel. There are quite a few hills after mile 12 just when you think you’re done with them!
The race is extremely small-I think a little over 250 people ran the half marathon. There are no pacers and really no spectators.
The swag bag is quite unique-loaded with stuff though! Probably the most generous I have received. Some items such as a bag of beans were super different.
The scenery on this course was just breathtaking and the weather was just perfect.

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Sioux Falls Marathon & Half Marathon

Sioux Falls Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my first run literally after fracturing my foot 6 weeks ago so my performance was lacking as I had to listen to doctors orders about slowing my pace … MORE

This was my first run literally after fracturing my foot 6 weeks ago so my performance was lacking as I had to listen to doctors orders about slowing my pace and taking walk breaks.
Packet pick up and the morning was a bit confusing trying to figure out where to go. The race was much larger than what I thought!
Unbelievable to start in the stadium and loop through downtown and all the parks in Sioux Falls. There are some hills on the course-seemed they were all uphill with no downhill on the backside. The parks make you want to slow down and admire their beauty.
Swag was the average though you do receive a quarter zip long sleeve shirt versus the traditional shirt. You do get a bag filled with coupons but not being from South Dakota-they were not of use to me.
There were tons of people on the race course cheering you on. Finishing at the stadium you are given a beef sandwich, chocolate milk, gatorades etc-tons of food and beverages.
Overall, really great race-highly recommend it!!!

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Hofbrauhaus Cleveland Half Marathon

Hofbrauhaus Cleveland Half Marathon

After spending the day in Cleveland the day before the race, was super excited about this run. Packet pick up was either Thursday or Friday from 10-3. Challenge being I … MORE

After spending the day in Cleveland the day before the race, was super excited about this run.

Packet pick up was either Thursday or Friday from 10-3. Challenge being I was driving in and who really can packet pick up between those times? I do use the term packet loosely as all you received was a shirt and bib which I picked up race day morning.

Start line, port a potties were all a challenge to find.

The course was mostly flat on some pretty beat up roads. Did not go near Lake Erie at all! They also didn’t close the roads so you had to dodge not getting hit by turning buses or slow your pace as the buses did not stop for the runners.

No on course photographers and pretty much no spectators.

At the end of the race I had to ask for my medal since the people handing them out were too busy bickering with each other to be at the finish line.

Finding water was the next challenge. No one was handing them out there were buckets like 250 feet from the finish that people were standing around so it goes unnoticed.

Overall, race has potential but was not efficiently run.

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Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Race has a beautiful location! Most of the course has water on one side of you. Hills are a bit tough as you go up and then turn to keep … MORE

Race has a beautiful location! Most of the course has water on one side of you. Hills are a bit tough as you go up and then turn to keep going up!

Race swag is non existent. Shirt might be the ugliest one I have (you have to pay extra for a shirt).

Packet pick up was quick and smooth.

Minimal locations for cheering squads.

Great after race fair-food trucks, beer, etc all on the water!

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Capital City Marathon & Half Marathon

Capital City Marathon & Half Marathon

Wasn't sure what to expect with this race as typically the more elaborate the website, the more well done the race is. The Capital City's website is pretty plain and … MORE

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this race as typically the more elaborate the website, the more well done the race is. The Capital City’s website is pretty plain and I get very few emails from them leading up to the event.

Parking is a bit of a struggle as many roads are closed and being from out of town, had to rely on my gps. You have to pay the meters! Ended up parking in Capital Lake Park parking lot-easy .3 miles from the start line. Where the race starts was a bit questionable.

Once going, this race as fantastic! It does have some hills and it seemed there was never a downhill on the backside of the uphill. The sites are beautiful and have never seen spectators like this before! Once you hit about mile 8, all the houses set up their own aid stations with water, orange slices, watermelon, and beer! Super supportive community which made this race a memorable one in my quest for 50 half marathons in 50 states.

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Colorado Marathon

Colorado Marathon

Though this race says it's downhill, that's more for the marathon than the half marathon. The half was mostly flat. Participants should note there is no cell phone reception at … MORE

Though this race says it’s downhill, that’s more for the marathon than the half marathon.
The half was mostly flat.
Participants should note there is no cell phone reception at the start so I was not able to sync my fitbit so I was unable to get my mile splits.
Race course was pretty, not outstanding-roads were not closed so instead of letting runners go, at times you had to dodge or wait for cars to pass.
Hotel shuttle going to the race was smooth and fantastic (used several coach buses) Way back, was really delayed and there was confusion on where to get it. In addition, they sent a van which could only hold 6 people at a time.

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Run The Bluegrass

Run The Bluegrass

I loved this race! It was so cold and rainy but race was still fun regardless. The course has the definition of rolling hills-you run immediately downhill after you run … MORE

I loved this race!

It was so cold and rainy but race was still fun regardless.

The course has the definition of rolling hills-you run immediately downhill after you run up the hill. There is one killer hill at about mile 9.

The course director was in constant contact and was at the finish line to high 5 you as you crossed the finish line-yes cruel joke that the end is uphill as well.

The scenery had rolling green hills and horses out in the fields. Not a ton of spectators but the race was so large, you were never really alone on the course. The race being so large I would say is its only downfall as usually the further into the race you get, the more space you have. This was not the case on this one.

Lexington is a lovely area to visit-great weekend away.

Everything about this race was well done-highly recommend doing it!

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C&D Canal Half Marathon (Run The Canal)

C&D Canal Half Marathon (Run The Canal)

This race was probably one of the most expensive I have done and was not really worth it. T-shirt was not a tech shirt but more a Hanes T-shirt with … MORE

This race was probably one of the most expensive I have done and was not really worth it. T-shirt was not a tech shirt but more a Hanes T-shirt with an applique-there was no other swag.
At the aid stations, they handed out full size bottles of water which I can appreciate, however no covers so if you didn’t drink it all right away, water splashed all over you so you ended up tossing full bottles of water.
The medal was also pretty cheaply made.
The race course was ok-the part along the river was nice, everything else just average. There was only 1 memorable hill.
I registered early and paid $105 but there was nothing special about this race.

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