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@Run4life21

Ocala, FL Raving since 2023 Active 3 months, 1 week ago

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Past Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Tampa, FL Feb 25, 2024
Half Marathon Schroon Lake, NY Oct 1, 2023
Half Marathon Spencer, TN Aug 20, 2023
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Jun 24, 2023
Half Marathon Helen, GA Apr 22, 2023
Half Marathon Hilton Head Island, SC Nov 6, 2022
Half Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Sep 17, 2022

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I had eagerly anticipated the Gasparilla half marathon since 2022 when I first ran an 8k at this event. I was focused on the long-sleeved tech shirt, and my excitement … MORE

I had eagerly anticipated the Gasparilla half marathon since 2022 when I first ran an 8k at this event. I was focused on the long-sleeved tech shirt, and my excitement ran high coming into the event.
We arrived on Saturday at 1 p.m. to pick up our bibs. The convention hours were listed until 3 p.m., but it was astonishing how many booths had already been vacated.
On the event day, volunteers with signs ensure that runners can easily reach their destination. There were no corrals to separate runners this year, so the line-up was a free-for-all. The weather was gorgeous, and running as the sun rose was always a treat.
Fewer supporters were along the route during this Gasparilla race than in previous races. This difference was noticeable—however, the friendliness of other runners on the route made up for the lack of spectators. At the finish line, the organizers handed out dry towels, different from previous years when the towels were dunked in ice-cold water and were an instant hit. I am trying to understand why this change was made. The medal was great, and the long-sleeved tech shirt met my expectations. However, volunteers at the finish line kept everyone moving, so don’t expect to be able to wait for anyone behind you. Additionally, it wasn’t easy to access the after-party.
This race checked off Florida. Unless you have a compelling reason to run it, consider exploring other options.

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Running this amazing race was so much fun. The fall colors were dazzling. The weather was gorgeous. We were bussed to the 1/2 point of the marathon on the opposite … MORE

Running this amazing race was so much fun. The fall colors were dazzling. The weather was gorgeous. We were bussed to the 1/2 point of the marathon on the opposite side of Schroon Lake. The aid stations were frequent and well stocked with water and Gatorade. Coke was added for the final few stations as well as a small energy snack. So many wonderful spectators cheered us along. It felt like the entire town had turned out, and they had the runners’ names matched to bib numbers to personalize their encouragement. The vet who played his trumpet was very inspiring. The energy generated by the young people through the local college really helped me pick up my pace. Wendy, our pacer, was awesome! She helped me with a strategy to get through the long rolling hills. After race refreshments were varied and plentiful. If I lived nearby, I would race this again.

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This race is not a full half marathon. My partner’s GPS clocked 12.2 and mine 12.4. The route was changed this year; however, this shortage was noted in reviews from … MORE

This race is not a full half marathon. My partner’s GPS clocked 12.2 and mine 12.4. The route was changed this year; however, this shortage was noted in reviews from previous years as well.
The course was run on paved bike paths, and we also shared the road with park traffic. There were rolling hills and a double loop course. The route was well marked, and water and Gatorade were available at the aid stations. Gel packets were provided around mile ten. Only one aid station on the second loop provided a trash can. We were instructed to throw our cups on the ground. Subsequently, cups were strewn along the route. No mile markers were posted.
This is a small race, which I prefer. The weather this year was perfect for running, and the scenery was beautiful.

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This was a fantastic event. Coming from flat sea level, I was mindful of the challenge concerning altitude. Flying in two days before the race provided the time needed to … MORE

This was a fantastic event. Coming from flat sea level, I was mindful of the challenge concerning altitude. Flying in two days before the race provided the time needed to adjust and experience beautiful Breckenridge.

The downhill course had plenty of aid stations. The perfect running weather was a treat, and the scenery was magnificent. It was clearly a local favorite, as many runners were veterans of this race.

The race had changed hands this year, and communication was confusing. In addition, the end of the race party was disorganized. Despite this, this is the only half I have run where I finished already wanting to run it again.

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My sister, who participated in the 5K, affectionately renamed this race. This race was extremely challenging, especially coming from flat Florida. It was surprising how many first-time participants there were. … MORE

My sister, who participated in the 5K, affectionately renamed this race. This race was extremely challenging, especially coming from flat Florida. It was surprising how many first-time participants there were. Thankfully, a veteran from the previous year gave us tips to conquer the first half mile of almost straight incline. Don’t stop! Don’t give up!
This race had the absolutely best-stocked aid stations I have ever experienced. The scenery was gorgeous. I wish mile markers had been included on the signs! My daughters GPS clocked over 15 miles for the half. It had recently rained which added to the challenge. I appreciated the rope across the stream we had to ford. The live band at the finish line was a lovely experience as we sat recovering. I would prefer a medal over the grits handed out at the end.
As recommended by the race, we stayed in Unicoi. If I come again, I would definitely chose to stay outside the park.
This is a small race with wonderful volunteers. Despite its difficulty, this race is one of my favorites. Great memories!

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The race started at 8 a.m., the same day as daylight savings time, so essentially at 9 a.m. That is too late to start a half marathon! The heat and … MORE

The race started at 8 a.m., the same day as daylight savings time, so essentially at 9 a.m. That is too late to start a half marathon! The heat and humidity definitely impacted the difficulty.
The race is a double loop on roads and very poorly maintained sidewalks. Unfortunately, one is not exposed to the beauty of Hilton Head in this race. I felt like I was on a trail run in many spots. Aid stations were well spaced, and volunteers were supportive. My favorite support signs were spotted in this race.
Packet pickup is low-key. This is a small, locally supported race—the type that I usually love. 
However, this is my least favorite half, and I have no desire to run it again.

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Bar Harbor is stunningly gorgeous. This race is run after peak tourist season, so it was easy to add in a few days for sightseeing.  The start time was just … MORE

Bar Harbor is stunningly gorgeous. This race is run after peak tourist season, so it was easy to add in a few days for sightseeing. 
The start time was just before dawn, so the sun rose as we ran along the water toward Acadia National Park. Mostly run on the Rockefeller carriage trails, the final stretch shares the road with traffic. Aid stations were well spaced, and the volunteers were supportive. The weather was cool, but not cold. There were lots of managable hills on the course. The fresh ice cream at the end was a real treat.
I would definitely love to run Bar Harbor again!

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