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@runnincarrie

Saint Paul, MN Raving since 2019 active 6 days, 11 hours ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Cottage Grove Random Runners

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

    All of the races! BUT I am only Half Crazy!

  • I run because:

    I love it. Running saved my life (from heart breaking and soul crushing divorce) then it became my passion.

My Races

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Personal Bests (12)

Race Distance Location Date Result
200 Mile Relay St Paul, MN Aug 16, 2019 35:11:30
Marathon Relay Eau Claire, WI May 5, 2019 4:06:49
Half Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 22, 2019 2:02:12
10 Miler Stillwater, MN Sep 22, 2018 1:34:22
10 Mile Relay Minneapolis, MN Apr 7, 2019 46:03
Quarter Marathon Rush City, MN Aug 9, 2020 1:25:26
10.5K Waterville, MN May 25, 2019 1:01:16
10K Duluth, MN Sep 14, 2019 57:16
7K St. Paul, MN Mar 16, 2019 37:29
5K Minneapolis, MN Mar 23, 2019 27:12
4K Duluth, MN Aug 22, 2020 22:43
1 Miler St Paul, MN Jan 5, 2019 8:39

Future Races (50)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
5K Rush City, MN Oct 24, 2020
7 Miler Rush City, MN Oct 24, 2020
2 Miler Superior, WI Oct 24, 2020
5K Duluth, MN Nov 26, 2020
Half Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 19, 2021
5K Duluth, MN 2021
3-Way Challenge (22.4 Miles) Cincinnati, OH 2022
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
Half Marathon Bend, OR TBD
Half Marathon Gulf Shores, AL TBD
10K Boulder, CO TBD
5K Boulder, CO TBD
Half Marathon White Sulphur Springs, WV TBD
Half Marathon Hershey, PA TBD
Half Marathon Georgetown, SC TBD
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN TBD
Half Marathon Atlanta, GA TBD
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA TBD
Half Marathon Louisville, KY TBD
Half Marathon Laughlin, NV TBD
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR TBD
Half Marathon St. Charles, MO TBD
Half Marathon Jacksonville, NC TBD
Half Marathon Huntington, WV TBD
Half Marathon Pass Christian, MS TBD
10 Miler St Paul, MN TBD
Half Marathon Mount Dora, FL TBD
Half Marathon Huntsville, UT TBD
Half Marathon Mesa, AZ TBD
Half Marathon Portland, OR TBD
5K Minneapolis, MN TBD
Half Marathon Richmond, VA TBD
Half Marathon Richmond, VA TBD
Half Marathon Hattiesburg, MS TBD
Italian Stallion Challenge (10 Mile + 5K) Philadelphia, PA TBD
Half Marathon Lexington, KY TBD
Half Marathon South Beach, WA TBD
Half Marathon Santa Fe, NM TBD
Half Marathon Sault Ste. Marie, MI TBD
Half Marathon Belle Plaine, MN TBD
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA TBD
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD TBD
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD TBD
Half Marathon Saint Augustine, FL TBD
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX TBD
Half Marathon Dallas, TX TBD
Half Marathon Wallsburg, UT TBD
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK TBD
Half Marathon Wilmington, DE TBD

Past Races (44)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Relay Belle Plaine, MN Oct 10, 2020 2:12:42
4K Duluth, MN Aug 22, 2020 22:43
Quarter Marathon Rush City, MN Aug 9, 2020 1:25:26
7K Hugo, MN Mar 14, 2020 39:47
5K Minneapolis, MN Feb 29, 2020 27:42
Half Marathon Maple Grove, MN Feb 16, 2020 2:11:21
5K St Paul, MN Jan 4, 2020 28:44
5K Minneapolis, MN Dec 14, 2019 35:13
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE Nov 3, 2019 2:14:37
Half Marathon Indianola, IA Nov 2, 2019 2:17:05
5K Superior, WI Oct 26, 2019 28:40
Half Marathon Bloomington, MN Oct 19, 2019 2:23:10
5K Long Lake, MN Oct 12, 2019 28:12
10 Miler Minneapolis, MN Oct 6, 2019 1:36:47
5K Minneapolis, MN Oct 5, 2019
10K Minneapolis, MN Oct 5, 2019
5K Denver, CO Sep 21, 2019 30:04
10K Duluth, MN Sep 14, 2019 57:16
Half Marathon Mound, MN Sep 7, 2019 2:09:02
200 Mile Relay St Paul, MN Aug 16, 2019 35:11:30
Half Marathon Hudson, WI Jul 27, 2019 2:09:04
5K Minneapolis, MN Jul 24, 2019 28:56
5K Minneapolis, MN Jul 4, 2019 27:50
Half Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 22, 2019 2:02:12
Half Marathon Niagara Falls, Canada Jun 2, 2019 2:05:19
10.5K Waterville, MN May 25, 2019 1:01:16
5K Bloomington, MN May 18, 2019 28:39
5K St Paul, MN May 11, 2019 29:45
1 Miler Minneapolis, MN May 9, 2019 8:45
Marathon Relay Eau Claire, WI May 5, 2019 4:06:49
5K Duluth, MN Apr 27, 2019 27:31
10 Mile Relay Minneapolis, MN Apr 7, 2019 46:03
5K Minneapolis, MN Mar 23, 2019 27:12
7K St. Paul, MN Mar 16, 2019 37:29
Half Marathon Gainesville, FL Feb 17, 2019 2:04:22
5K Gainesville, FL Feb 16, 2019 27:44
Half Marathon St. Paul, MN Jan 26, 2019 2:22:10
5K St Paul, MN Jan 5, 2019 29:17
1 Miler St Paul, MN Jan 5, 2019 8:39
10K St Paul, MN Jan 5, 2019 58:24
10 Miler Minneapolis, MN Oct 7, 2018 1:38:51
10 Miler Stillwater, MN Sep 22, 2018 1:34:22
10K Duluth, MN Sep 15, 2018 58:16
Marathon Relay Eau Claire, WI May 6, 2018

My Raves

My friend and I were excited to do a live race, so we were happy with anything. But this was a gorgeous little race, perfect setting for a Fall race. … MORE

My friend and I were excited to do a live race, so we were happy with anything. But this was a gorgeous little race, perfect setting for a Fall race. It was a tough course, a lot of hills but it was so beautiful that I almost didn’t notice – Ha! The swag and goodies were awesome. They had everything bagged up including medal when we arrived. This was to have less contact. I was told the after events are a lot of fun during normal years and there is usually a festival to go along with it. So I am excited to do this again hopefully under more normal circumstances. My friend and I want to tackle the relay again. There was a glitch with timing due to the person assigning bibs not putting us in the relay category. But it was resolved and our time corrected for the most part.

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My third time doing this race! A fun little race in Duluth. I was so happy it was live. They took precautions and did it well - we kept masks … MORE

My third time doing this race! A fun little race in Duluth. I was so happy it was live. They took precautions and did it well – we kept masks on until we started the race and started in waves spaced apart. There was a problem with many cutting the course short by accident. It was marked but not real clear at one point and no course marshal stopped the shortcutting everyone just followed the first person. Otherwise enjoyed, short and sweet, we ran and were told to go straight to our cars after, which was understandable. We received all of our swag including medal before the race start.

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First off - It was a race in person that was not cancelled in 2020!! So it was awesome! I am not big on trail running, but this was beautiful … MORE

First off – It was a race in person that was not cancelled in 2020!! So it was awesome! I am not big on trail running, but this was beautiful and I really enjoyed it. However the Quarter Marathon ended up being 7.6 miles, mis-measured by a mile. The organizers soon realized as finishers came across expressing the same distance. They assume that when routing it they may have lost GPS at some point. It didn’t matter to me, I still enjoyed the 7 1/2 mile race! The route is challenging! Lots of steep hills and you do need to watch your footing. The “medal” is great, handmade wooden bar with the date and distance on it. Something different to display. Shirts are optional and separate to buy. I definitely want to do another race here, thinking about the fall one near Halloween. I recommend, especially for those who like trail running.

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This was the last live race I did before everything shutdown due to the pandemic. Everything was canceled this weekend except for this small race, which we enjoyed to the … MORE

This was the last live race I did before everything shutdown due to the pandemic. Everything was canceled this weekend except for this small race, which we enjoyed to the fullest knowing what was beginning to happen. It was a fun little race, cool swag, everyone dressed in the spirit. In hindsight the venue for the race was way to small. And knowing what I know now, we should not have been packed into that small bar. Even without the precautions not being taken, it was too small. But otherwise it was a fun little race, scenic area and fun people.

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This is my second year doing this, takes place before the Minneapolis Polar Plunge begins. It's a Fun Run, no chip timing but they do have a clock up and … MORE

This is my second year doing this, takes place before the Minneapolis Polar Plunge begins. It’s a Fun Run, no chip timing but they do have a clock up and it’s scenic run around Lake Bde Maka Ska. There is a lot going on with the plunge gearing up, a live band, beer tent and food trucks. The shirts are great and you can earn more gear by raising funds for Special Olympics. Great cause, good fun and a great way to warm up before taking the plunge if you want to participate in that!

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Well where do I begin? This race is titled Eden Prairie but was moved quite abruptly to Maple Grove. The communication about this was poor, I did get an email … MORE

Well where do I begin? This race is titled Eden Prairie but was moved quite abruptly to Maple Grove. The communication about this was poor, I did get an email but many did not. Those that did Like me saw that the time was going to noon. Well that changed to 9am with no communication but I saw it on the Facebook event. The course was ok, but I am never a fan of repeat courses – but it was a pretty area. Part of the swag was supposed to be a brunch at a restaurant about a mile away. When my group arrived the wait to be seated was over an 1 1/2 hours. We skipped but there was an option when registering to purchase tickets for the brunch for family or friends coming along. I would have been really mad had I purchased extra. There needs to be a better plan for this or skip this part and lower the price of registration. This was really disappointing to not have an ending celebration of some sort. There were no snacks at the end of the race so I was pretty starved when I got home. Still waiting on “official results” although there was no timing chip so it is gun start. My time recorded here is my watch time. The medal is very cute and I really like the hat. Probably will not do this one again unless they come up with a better plan or reduce the cost and skip brunch and all around more organization, better communication.

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The race went well and I lucked out the second year in a row with a very mild Minnesota January day. But the race day is a lot, many distances … MORE

The race went well and I lucked out the second year in a row with a very mild Minnesota January day. But the race day is a lot, many distances and rather confusing for those doing longer distances with multiple mile markers. Also longer distances repeat a lot of the course which is kind of boring. The swag is great, love the vest and the medals are similar to last year but nice. I was glad my run buddy was on top of packet pick up because there were no email reminders about it. I got an email the day before the race. I like when a race send reminders a little further out.

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You need to keep in mind that this race is in December in Minnesota. The weather and course conditions are never great. It is also very crowded, walkers do not … MORE

You need to keep in mind that this race is in December in Minnesota. The weather and course conditions are never great. It is also very crowded, walkers do not abide by that they should start behind runners. So I remind myself it’s about the fun and festive season and should never pay the extra $5 for timing. If you are not a front runner it’s near impossible to get a good time unless you are really good at weaving in and out of walkers and groups stretched across the road on icy roads. It was fun though and most all dress up in the spirit of the season. The medal was cute, the shape of Minnesota as all of the MN run series race medals were this year. The long sleeve tech tee is nice but runs really big. The smallest women’s size was big on me. Coffee, hot chocolate, water and plenty of snacks at the finish were good.

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This was a huge race! I was very impressed with the production. It was very chilly waiting but there was a lot going on to keep us moving and warmed … MORE

This was a huge race! I was very impressed with the production. It was very chilly waiting but there was a lot going on to keep us moving and warmed up. This was my second half marathon of the weekend and was hoping they were correct in the description that it was mostly flat and downhill but not so much! I know I had tired legs but there was a lot of hills. But I still enjoyed it. There was a plenty of the usual snacks at the finish and supposedly a free beer somewhere but that was not readily available at the finish. I guess we had to go somewhere else to use our ticket but never figured that out, that was disappointing. The medal is huge and the long sleeve performance tee really nice with thumbholes. I would consider it again but have more states to hit right now 🙂

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This was a great small town feel Race outside of Des Moines. I was hoping to really enjoy it and take advantage of the flat course but the paved trail … MORE

This was a great small town feel Race outside of Des Moines. I was hoping to really enjoy it and take advantage of the flat course but the paved trail was very icy unfortunately. But it was still fun and a beautiful area. The T-shirt is soft and a cute design, which matches the fun medal of a Hillbilly caricature. The Biscuits and Gravy or vegetarian soup was much welcomed at the finish line after a very chilly race and the Pie was the best! A lot of choices of pie! I might do this race again and hope for better conditions but I’m trying to do all states so it might have to wait.

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I really loved that this race was in the evening. It could have been slightly later to set the mood, like 6:00, in the twilight. The course was two laps … MORE

I really loved that this race was in the evening. It could have been slightly later to set the mood, like 6:00, in the twilight. The course was two laps and fun with several themes and characters to “scare”. I am never fond of doing a course twice but it helped that there was the Halloween entertainment. The hoodie was great, Halloween theme, you also received a free drink coupon. Otherwise no medal. There was a photo booth for fun picture taking and several food trucks and other things going on in the area. You can make a whole evening of it with the Spooktacular events going on in the area. This was an inaugural race, I am sure they will make it even better next year, I would do it again.

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It did not help I had been sick but the course killed me, it is extremely hilly. There were a lot of runners walking the course by the 4th - … MORE

It did not help I had been sick but the course killed me, it is extremely hilly. There were a lot of runners walking the course by the 4th – 5th mile. It is a scenic course, the weather was terrible but the leaves were at peak and quite lovely. I very much appreciated the cider at the end, tasted extra good. The shirt is pretty cheap, long sleeve, 3/4 zip, but see thru. The medal was cute and loved the mug! I’m Not sure I will ever do this race again even healthy, but it is a good training run with those hills!

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The weather was not great, a very early cold and windy wintery mix we had - but it did not sour the mood and fun of the race. It was … MORE

The weather was not great, a very early cold and windy wintery mix we had – but it did not sour the mood and fun of the race. It was a great area to hold a race and wished I had done the half to see more. The swag is awesome, very soft and quality flannel shirt. The medals are cute horse shoe shaped and three deep age group awards given (placed 2nd and received a cute horseshoe plaque. Then the food was fantastic, corn on the cob, pancakes and hot dogs at the finish line along with other snacks. I can’t properly rate the difficulty of the course because it all seemed difficult in the sleet and wind, plus fighting a head cold. But for the 5k there were some hills. I will do this again and probably the half marathon distance.

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This was the only race that could be ran for the Loony challenge. The day was great, chilly start, some crazy long hills but a fun route with a lot … MORE

This was the only race that could be ran for the Loony challenge. The day was great, chilly start, some crazy long hills but a fun route with a lot of crowd support. It was disappointing to not be able to do the full loony challenge because the first day was cancelled due to rain. But regardless the swag was very disappointing considering what we paid for the challenge. The additional swag was an insulated mug, years past it has been a jacket. And for the 10 and 5k race whether it happened or not there was one medal, one shirt, nothing exclusive for each of the races. Kind of cheap! I probably will not attempt the Loony challenge again unless I really need to do it all. Give me some time to figure that out, but I have a lot of other challenges I have done and am doing, so it’s not knowing I can do it, it’s just the TC Loony!

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So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 5K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very … MORE

So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 5K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very disappointed in the challenge in comparison to past years. I wanted to do the challenge because of the physical challenge but when paying more you do want the swag too. The “extra” swag was an insulated cup and they gave the same shirt and medal to both 5k and 10k racers. There was nothing exclusive about each race. I don’t think I will attempt the Loony again,

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So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 10K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very … MORE

So disappointed this was cancelled 1 out of the 3 races for the Loony challenge, the 10K was cancelled too. But even if I had been able to run very disappointed in the challenge in comparison to past years. I wanted to do the challenge because of the physical challenge but when paying more you do want the swag too. The “extra” swag was an insulated cup and they gave the same shirt and medal to both 5k and 10k racers. There was nothing exclusive about each race. I don’t think I will attempt the Loony again,

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Well done inaugural race! Beautiful location around Sloan lake with the mountain view in the distance. The course I'm sure was easy for some but the altitude kicked my butt … MORE

Well done inaugural race! Beautiful location around Sloan lake with the mountain view in the distance. The course I’m sure was easy for some but the altitude kicked my butt being from Minnesota. This was my first time running in Colorado. I still placed in my age group though! The expo was great la lot of informative booths based on mental wellness with a lot of freebies. The atmosphere was fun and festive, there were a lot more participants than I expected, a decent size race. The swag was awesome, loved the tee and medal design with mountains in the background. Mugs and treats were awarded to top 3 finishers in 10 year increment age groups. I would do this again if back in Denver visiting my kiddo.

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Second time doing this race. It is so fun to run thru the tunnels on a freeway - I35! The course is an out and back so he run thru … MORE

Second time doing this race. It is so fun to run thru the tunnels on a freeway – I35! The course is an out and back so he run thru the tunnels twice. There are a few challenging long uphills, up to the turnaround spot and near the end going up a couple ramps to get off the freeway. The views of a Lake Superior are beautiful as usual. The shirt (soft unisex tee have run very large the two years I’ve done it) and medal are great. Plenty of post race food and drink. Downside: This race is part of the inline skate races too so the expo before and after are pretty much all focused on skating. So that is disappointing for all of the runners. I wish there was more for runners, there are a lot of us as there as there is a 10k and a Half for runners. Other than that I highly recommend this race.

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I put Bays in quotes with a question mark because it took maybe 7-8 miles before I actually saw water? For some reason when I looked at the course map … MORE

I put Bays in quotes with a question mark because it took maybe 7-8 miles before I actually saw water? For some reason when I looked at the course map I thought I would see Lake Minnetonka most of the time. But it was a scenic run all in all. It was tough, lots of hills, but for every up there was a down which was rewarding! The finishers medal is very cool, sparkly! The Tee shirt is cute too. There were only top overall finisher awards. I would do this again, if the date allows me. I would like to give it another chance knowing what to expect with hills and some trail, I’m not a fan of trail. Even though avid trail runners would probably say “what trail?” gravel, sticks, stones and uneven paths slow me down.

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This was my first Ragnar Road. And this was the first time for this course for the Minnesota Ragnar. St Paul to Duluth. I have nothing to compare to. And … MORE

This was my first Ragnar Road. And this was the first time for this course for the Minnesota Ragnar. St Paul to Duluth. I have nothing to compare to. And as this was the first for this course my team mates who have done it before said it had some things that need to be improved but the route was beautiful. The problems were exchange points traffic. Not the best choices for some. The Munger trail portion was beautiful but wow went forever and was so hot. Just because the route was going north in Minnesota does not mean it will be cool in August. The Start and Finish areas were well organized and fun. Was a little disappointed there was not free beer at the end as in years before but not a game changer for me. would have liked the finish line to be at the Bayfront festival area rather than the Leif Erickson park, parking would have been better and access to Lake Superior to dip our toes would have been easier. It was quite the experience for this first timer and I am thinking about it again.

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This was a brand new race added to the Run Stillwater Series. It started in Hudson, Wisconsin and brought us to the new St Croix Bridge crossing that into Stillwater, … MORE

This was a brand new race added to the Run Stillwater Series. It started in Hudson, Wisconsin and brought us to the new St Croix Bridge crossing that into Stillwater, Minnesota. Very Scenic but by the time we got to the bridge in the 11th mile we were all just about spent in the heat and tons of rolling hills we just ran. It was hard to enjoy the bridge aspect of it. But it was pretty sweet running downhill into Stillwater after all of the hills in Wisconsin. Great Swag – shirt and medal, both are great – love them and certainly did earn them!

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This is a fun race but it is a big one , a lot of people and it was extremely hot and humid this year. The race goes well though, … MORE

This is a fun race but it is a big one , a lot of people and it was extremely hot and humid this year. The race goes well though, it goes pretty smooth. It is a lot of fun to run the parade route before the Torchlight parade, a lot of people on the course cheering you on. The after party is awesome with a lot of swag and freebies from vendors. The food line is ridiculously long but they did not run out this year. T-shirt, glow in the dark finshers medal, pizza and two beers – well worth melting on the course! 🙂

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This was a great kickoff to the festivities of the holiday. Fun atmosphere and for being such a huge event it is produced well, little to no difficulties. Gear check … MORE

This was a great kickoff to the festivities of the holiday. Fun atmosphere and for being such a huge event it is produced well, little to no difficulties. Gear check and retrieval is awesome. A lot of great snacks at the end, the popsicle was a lifesaver! Like that they had plenty of water stops for such a hot day. The medal does not indicate what race you did but I just sharpie up the back of all of mine anyway with results and such. So that didn’t bother me, but others might not like. The shirt is great and the course is always enjoyable running across the stone arch bridge near the end. No PR for me in that heat but was pleased I finished pretty decent – it was the free Summit beer at the end calling to me that pushed me along! 😁

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This race lives up to the hype and popularity of it. Fantastic Location, beautiful scenery, great course (even Lemon Drop Hill!) - a great course to PR at. The expo … MORE

This race lives up to the hype and popularity of it. Fantastic Location, beautiful scenery, great course (even Lemon Drop Hill!) – a great course to PR at. The expo and party after the race was sensational. It sure helped that the weather was absolutely perfect. The Swag is awesome, I also volunteered at the 5k the night before the marathons and the swag for that was great! A lot of freebies and services are offered at the Expo as well. Highly recommend this well produced race weekend! Warning: if needed book your accommodations early!

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This was a blast of a Runcation! Myself and seven other friends traveled to Canada from Minnesota. It did not disappoint. The Falls are gorgeous and the course has you … MORE

This was a blast of a Runcation! Myself and seven other friends traveled to Canada from Minnesota. It did not disappoint. The Falls are gorgeous and the course has you run by the falls twice for both the 5K and Half marathon. The course is pretty flat, there were some small hills and a bridge we crossed over twice. The scenery as you can imagine – amazing! The swag was awesome, including a bottle of wine! And meeting Katherine Switzer was a thrill, she is so charismatic, friendly and has fantastic stories to tell. She makes each participant feel special and appreciated. There are great early bird prices thru June 30th for next year! I urge all to try, men can race too, there are just not placements for men.

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This was a gorgeous little race for a great cause. The Sakatah lake was beautiful to run around. The 10.5k takes you completely around. The 5K was an out and … MORE

This was a gorgeous little race for a great cause. The Sakatah lake was beautiful to run around. The 10.5k takes you completely around. The 5K was an out and back and the 11 mile bike race went around the lake but went off in another direction for the additional miles then making their way back to the lake to finish. The T-shirt and medal were great and snacks after were typical. I am just always surprised when there is not something salty, I always need my salt! But I will do this race again it was very enjoyable.

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This was definitely a fun little race to be a part of. Such a great cause! Chu Vision foundation is dedicated to seeing that cataracts and other forms of preventable … MORE

This was definitely a fun little race to be a part of. Such a great cause! Chu Vision foundation is dedicated to seeing that cataracts and other forms of preventable blindness are properly diagnosed and treated in underserved communities locally and globally through education, training, and patient care. The race course went around Normandale Lake in Bloomington, very pretty area. They provided Chic-fil-A sandwiches to all and many other snacks. There were shirts and finisher medals as well. And my little nephew had a lot of fun running the .5 mile kids race. I recommend for a small town feel race in the metro area.

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This was a fun race and a great cause. I always love running around and near Harriet Island and Raspberry Island of St Paul. It was a beautiful day too! … MORE

This was a fun race and a great cause. I always love running around and near Harriet Island and Raspberry Island of St Paul. It was a beautiful day too! Despite needing to reroute a but due to residual flooding from the crazy Minnesota winter snowmelt, the course was great. I just wish I had known there were going to be age category places being awarded. I might have ran a little faster. I always miss having a finisher medal but I know this was a fundraiser – but I would rather have that than another shirt. There is just something about a medal and a super hero one would have been fun.

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I enjoyed trying out this race. But I am not a sprinter and not very fond of racing my heart out from the get go only to end when I … MORE

I enjoyed trying out this race. But I am not a sprinter and not very fond of racing my heart out from the get go only to end when I am starting to get my breathing under control. I wanted to keep going! But I am glad I did it – not sure I would again. My fastest time will always be anywhere from the 2nd to 4th mile of race. 🙂

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The whole race weekend was great but I participated in the Marathon relay for the second time and it was just as great as last year. Very well organized and … MORE

The whole race weekend was great but I participated in the Marathon relay for the second time and it was just as great as last year. Very well organized and almost efficient getting racers to each exchange. My complaint with that was spectators riding the bus. The racers who need to get to each exchange should be priority boarding a bus. There were some nervous racers thinking they were not going to make it to the next exchange. The a whole family boarded the bus with one actual racer. I think the drivers need to ask or something. Also, Biffys! 2 is not enough at each exchange! Again, nervous racers having to take care of business but are in a lengthy line and need to be ready for their exchange. My team PR’d we had a great time, beautiful day, fun, well supported course.

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This is a fun race in Duluth, MN - I highly recommend. Very well organized and very scenic along the shore line for about half of it. I do wish … MORE

This is a fun race in Duluth, MN – I highly recommend. Very well organized and very scenic along the shore line for about half of it. I do wish it could be all along the lake walk. One draw back is where they have the post race beer and awards. The venue is much too small for such a large race.

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This was a fun race - repeat runner but this year I did the relay. My time listed is for my 5 miles. I did the last half and it … MORE

This was a fun race – repeat runner but this year I did the relay. My time listed is for my 5 miles. I did the last half and it is so much fun running into TCF stadium. The swag is great, snacks at the end and all of the celebrating. My little 5 year old nephew came as well and participated in the Kids Run, his first race and now he is hooked! He had so much fun running around the outside of the stadium and then on to the field to receive his medal! One complaint though about the kids, the shirt sizes a small swallowed up him up whole! What do the littler kids do? Have kids sizes please!

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I enjoyed it, first time doing this one. I hope to do the 10 mile distance next year and catch more of the scenery. A lot of fun donning my … MORE

I enjoyed it, first time doing this one. I hope to do the 10 mile distance next year and catch more of the scenery. A lot of fun donning my flannel being very MinnesOHtan! The hotdish after the race is a fun idea but not my favorite, I enjoyed the Summit Beer! 🙂 I recommend if your in the Twin Cities area for a fun “spring” (always questionable in Minnesota!) race.

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I really enjoyed this fun and festive race. It took place on March 16th - actually St Urho's day (Finnish holiday) and as luck would have it I am both … MORE

I really enjoyed this fun and festive race. It took place on March 16th – actually St Urho’s day (Finnish holiday) and as luck would have it I am both Finnish and Irish. Despite the never ending Winter in Minnesota this year the day was cold but quite nice and sunny. The course was ok and loved having it start at CHS Stadium. We couldn’t go on the field because of the crazy amount of snow still existing – but we did start and end at the stadium. Great swag!

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This race weekend was so much fun. They really kept it very well organized. I enjoyed the expo and a plus meeting Jeff Galloway! The swag was great, loved the … MORE

This race weekend was so much fun. They really kept it very well organized. I enjoyed the expo and a plus meeting Jeff Galloway! The swag was great, loved the medals and the performance long sleeve shirt I received for doing the challenge – 5K on Saturday, Half on Sunday. It was rather warm for Florida in February I was told – but this Minnesotan enjoyed it! Fun area to explore for the weekend too.

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Please see my review for the half marathon reviewing the whole weekend - the 5K was just an added extra the day before the half - part of the challenge … MORE

Please see my review for the half marathon reviewing the whole weekend – the 5K was just an added extra the day before the half – part of the challenge that I registered for. It was a pretty easy course and I placed! Loved the whole weekend. If looking for a weekend getaway with a destination race to Florida to escape whatever weather you normally experience in February – I highly recommend this race weekend in Gainesville, FL.

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You just never know what you are going to get in Minnesota in January. The Polar Dash early in January this year was almost too warm! This race so terribly … MORE

You just never know what you are going to get in Minnesota in January. The Polar Dash early in January this year was almost too warm! This race so terribly cold and windy and it snowed! Although the course is an easy out and back on Shepard Rd in St Paul it was brutal! The wind, the snow, icy road made for a challenging run. But so glad I did it. Always feels great to conquer the elements. The expo and swag is great and you do get to wait indoors until the race starts. I still wish this race offered a medal seems deserving to earn a medal racing in January. But now I have done all distances of this race and have enjoyed them all .

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