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La Plata, MD Raving since 2021 Active 4 months ago

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Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Mar 20, 2022 4:11:12

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Past Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME Oct 15, 2023 5:11:30
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 6, 2023 5:02:42
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 30, 2022 4:13:34
Marathon Lahaina, HI Apr 24, 2022 4:30:09
Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Mar 20, 2022 4:11:12
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 13, 2021 4:15:47
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019
Marathon Washington, DC Mar 14, 2015
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2013

My Raves

I absolutely loved this race. I ended up walking several miles toward the end when my peroneal tendonitis became unbearable to run on, but even walking it was enjoyable. My … MORE

I absolutely loved this race. I ended up walking several miles toward the end when my peroneal tendonitis became unbearable to run on, but even walking it was enjoyable. My kids participated in the free kids’ run the day before and had a blast!
Expo: Unremarkable. Held in the local YMCA gym, you get your bib and shirt and that’s about it. There’s a small selection of gear for sale.
Parking: Not a problem. I parked at the advertised free lot at a local school half a mile from the start.
Race: Total field was pretty small so a wave start was unnecessary. I never felt crowded or cut off. The first couple miles flew by and weren’t super scenic but gave a good intro to the hills to come. Personally I enjoyed the rolling hills, and appreciate some variability in terrain and elevation on a course to change up my stride and give different muscle groups the opportunity to take on more of the effort. Most of the course was absolutely gorgeous with MDI in near peak fall foliage and the most perfect marathon weather you could ask for.
Post-race: Here is my ONLY NEGATIVE for this race! I went directly to the medical tent to grab a bag of ice for my foot, then to the refueling tent, and then in search of gear check. Pre-race there was a small hiccup with gear check (the volunteer who was supposed to be handling it never showed, so eventually someone got over to the UHaul they had set up for it and handing my bag off was quick and easy). I looked all around the finish area and didn’t see the UHaul anywhere. I checked the race handbook to be sure I hadn’t missed instructions about where to find gear check at the finish–nope, no instructions for retrieving my gear. Finally I hobbled over to a volunteer who told me all the checked gear was dropped in the grass at the back of the finish area. No signage, no instructions, nothing–just some bags in a patch of grass, completely unsecured. Luckily my bag was unharmed although a little damp, so I grabbed my gear, changed, and hopped on a shuttle back to the start. By the time I got back to Bar Harbor I was starving and the restaurant options were slim. I ended up at a local pizza joint and that was fine, but had I anticipated so many restaurants being closed for the season, I probably would’ve planned my post-race meal ahead of time rather than winging it. All in all, a great race, free race photos was a nice bonus, wish I’d had more time to spend on MDI and would love to go back!

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I'll start by saying that this race was one of my worst personally because of some personal things going on that negatively impacted my training, and thus my experience, but … MORE

I’ll start by saying that this race was one of my worst personally because of some personal things going on that negatively impacted my training, and thus my experience, but overall this is a pretty well-run event. I have family in Pittsburgh and they did all the heavy lifting for me when it came to getting to and from the expo and the race, but even if I had been solo I would’ve managed just fine. Expo was decent, well-organized, and quick. The race course was as nice as you can expect in a large city; I enjoyed the bridges and river views but prefer more naturally scenic courses. Pittsburgh is a hilly city and there are some minor hills along the way, plus one my uncle called “the m**f**er” and he was not joking! But overall not a difficult course. Fireworks at the start were cool but not super visible to those not in the very front of the pack. Can’t comment much on the finish line area because it was pouring rain when I finished so we booked it back to the car and headed home. I did manage to grab handfuls of food and some extra Eat n Park smile cookies to take home to my kids. All in all I might consider running it again in the future because my family is there and the race production was great, but it wasn’t a particularly memorable race for me.

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Started out rough - not sure if the organization in the morning was lacking a little since it's been a few years since the race has been a live event, … MORE

Started out rough – not sure if the organization in the morning was lacking a little since it’s been a few years since the race has been a live event, but I (and seemed like many others) had some trouble getting to the parking in Crystal City as roads were still being closed as we were arriving. The shuttle drop off is a little ways from the start which is fine, but something to be prepared for. Bag dropoff was seamless. My biggest complaint was that for such a huge race, there should have been a wave start but everyone started at the same time. Lots of congestion for many miles. Water and food stops were great, really appreciated the apple sauce stop! Spectators, signs, and scenery did not disappoint.
Three post-race complaints: 1) Lots of congestion in narrow hospitality walk, 2) Bag pickup was further than I’d have preferred, and 3) The shuttle back to parking… I am fairly certain the driver had no idea where he was going and once he finally got moving in the correct direction, dropped us off several blocks from the garage

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Feedback from pre- to post-race: EXPO: No expo, just packet pickup and race swag store. Poorly organized in a room much too small. Runners receive a bib and t-shirt and … MORE

Feedback from pre- to post-race:
EXPO: No expo, just packet pickup and race swag store. Poorly organized in a room much too small. Runners receive a bib and t-shirt and reusable tote/shopping bag. No extras but some nice gear for purchase.
RACE SHUTTLE: This part stressed me out the most in the planning process but ended up being smooth. Plenty of shuttles available and I could’ve slept an extra 30-45 minutes if it weren’t for my anxiety!
START: 5am start was great for those of us used to running in the cold winter months but dark and unable to appreciate any of the scenery until the sun started to rise an hour later
RACE: Coming around a bend to see the coast and the sunrise was probably the most epic part of the course and made the dark first hour worthwhile. Running the curvy coastline was my favorite part. Cons: Spectators are practically nonexistent so it’s a very quiet race for those who feed off the excitement of the crowd. The course is almost entirely along a highway so there is constant traffic driving alongside of you (except briefly through Lahaina). It is hot in Maui 🥵 but it was also very windy on race day so that gave some reprieve, although adding difficulty at times.
POST: Minimal photography which is kind of unfortunate for such a beautiful course. Tiny bag of snacks (banana, granola bar, goldfish) and cups of water at finish. Post-race party required extra $$ and pre-purchase of ticket for entry. This was not a cheap entry fee so definitely felt like they could’ve provided more for finishers.

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This is definitely a weekend geared toward runners who enjoy the social aspect of races - I did not take part in the post-race festivities so I can’t comment on … MORE

This is definitely a weekend geared toward runners who enjoy the social aspect of races – I did not take part in the post-race festivities so I can’t comment on the quality, but the event certainly caters to those who like to participate in races as couples or groups rather than individuals. I had a fine time on my own but the course and the atmosphere weren’t enough to draw me back another year.

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I’ve run Richmond twice and had a great experience both times. I’ve run NYC, Chicago, and the Rock N Roll DC Marathon and I can easily say Richmond’s spectators, organization, … MORE

I’ve run Richmond twice and had a great experience both times. I’ve run NYC, Chicago, and the Rock N Roll DC Marathon and I can easily say Richmond’s spectators, organization, swag, and scenery are just about on par with NYC and Chicago. (Rock N Roll DC was my least favorite and I’d never run it again). I’d argue the scenery is better in RVA because you get a variety – city, suburbs, riverside. My ONLY complaint is that the post-race party was super crowded this year.

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