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@runningthekeystone

Pennsylvania Furnace, PA Raving since 2018 Running the Keystone State active 1 week, 3 days ago

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Personal Bests (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Biathlon Altoona, PA Jun 22, 2019 29:18
39.3 Challenge Kennebunk, ME May 15, 2016 6:14:40
Marathon Bath, NY Sep 30, 2018 3:58:47
30K Allison Park, PA Mar 31, 2018 2:46:33
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 16, 2016 1:45:16
10 Miler Baltimore, MD Jun 4, 2016 1:24:56
15K Altoona, PA 2017 1:16:48
10K Bethlehem, PA Oct 17, 2015 50:53
5K State College, PA Sep 15, 2018 22:47

Future Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
10 Miler Annapolis, MD Aug 25, 2019
Marathon Rehoboth, DE Dec 7, 2019

Past Races (50)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5K Altoona, PA Jul 4, 2019 23:47
Biathlon Altoona, PA Jun 22, 2019 29:18
Half Marathon South Fork, PA May 25, 2019 1:52:13
Half Marathon Gettysburg, PA Apr 28, 2019 1:47:15
Half Marathon Chambersburg, PA Mar 9, 2019 1:50:15
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 8, 2018 1:49:52
Half Marathon Annapolis, MD Nov 10, 2018 1:46:13
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 21, 2018 1:45:35
Marathon Bath, NY Sep 30, 2018 3:58:47
5K State College, PA Sep 15, 2018 22:47
15K Altoona, PA Jul 4, 2018 1:20:03
Half Marathon South Fork, PA May 26, 2018 1:47:19
Half Marathon Frederick, MD May 6, 2018 1:48:39
30K Allison Park, PA Mar 31, 2018 2:46:33
Half Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 11, 2017 1:46:01
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 15, 2017 1:47:09
Marathon Bath, NY Oct 1, 2017 4:07:53
Half Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 7, 2017 1:50:59
Half Marathon Charlottesville, VA Apr 1, 2017 1:54:36
Half Marathon Lewisburg, PA 2017 1:47:41
15K Altoona, PA 2017 1:16:48
Half Marathon Annapolis, MD Nov 19, 2016 1:49:36
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 30, 2016 4:31:22
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 16, 2016 1:45:16
5K Altoona, PA Jul 4, 2016 23:06
10 Miler Baltimore, MD Jun 4, 2016 1:24:56
39.3 Challenge Kennebunk, ME May 15, 2016 6:14:40
Marathon Kennebunk, ME May 15, 2016 4:20:40
Half Marathon Kennebunk, ME May 14, 2016 1:54:00
Half Marathon Adamstown, PA Apr 16, 2016 1:46:28
Half Marathon New Holland, PA Apr 9, 2016 1:51:54
Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE Dec 5, 2015 4:10:25
Half Marathon Annapolis, MD Nov 21, 2015 1:49:26
Half Marathon Bethlehem, PA Oct 18, 2015 1:52:48
5K Bethlehem, PA Oct 17, 2015 25:07
10K Bethlehem, PA Oct 17, 2015 50:53
Half Marathon Hollidaysburg, PA Oct 3, 2015 1:49:40
Half Marathon Annapolis, MD May 30, 2015 1:58:28
Marathon Gettysburg, PA Apr 26, 2015 4:28:09
Half Marathon New Holland, PA Apr 11, 2015 1:52:54
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 26, 2014 4:48:24
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 6, 2014 1:59:17
Half Marathon Lewisburg, PA 2014 1:53:56
Half Marathon State College, PA 2014 1:54:42
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2014 4:51:59
Half Marathon Annapolis, MD 2013 2:01:49
10K Hershey, PA 2013 52:59
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA 2013 2:13:19
Half Marathon Allison Park, PA 2012 2:07:57
5K Pittsburgh, PA 2011 25:22

My Raves

Angie Gioisa 4th of July Memorial Race

Angie Gioisa 4th of July Memorial Race

I return year after year to this race because it's a great small town race. We have a race where I live, but it's crowded and lacking in post-race celebration. … MORE

I return year after year to this race because it’s a great small town race. We have a race where I live, but it’s crowded and lacking in post-race celebration. The Angie Gioiosa Memorial races boast a great post-race celebration with tons of food (hot dogs, watermelon, bananas, chips, donuts, gummies, bagels, etc), including popsicles (a must on a hot July day). They have a great awards ceremony and people cheer until the last runner comes in from the 15k. I love the small town feel of the race and supporting a local organization.

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Altoona Summer Biathlon

Altoona Summer Biathlon

Summer biathlon (running and target shooting) was something I came upon in 2017. I competed in my first in 2018 and was hooked. This year, I found one close to … MORE

Summer biathlon (running and target shooting) was something I came upon in 2017. I competed in my first in 2018 and was hooked. This year, I found one close to home. The events are small (30-40 people), but it makes for a great experience for experienced and rookie competitors alike. The biathlon includes a 5k (total) of running and target shooting. You run 1 mile, return to the range and shoot 5 targets from the prone position, run another mile, shoot 5 targets standing, and run a final mile. The goal is to run fast and shoot straight. Easier said than done. Penalty laps or penalty time is assessed for each missed target.

The PA events are very beginner friendly and open to all ages. They are run by people who love the sport and want to share it with others. With the events being so small, almost everyone comes out with a prize of some kind too. I’m sure these type of biathlon events exist in other states. If you have one near you, consider checking it out, or come to PA and join the fun!

The Altoona event was a lot of fun. The running route is a crosscountry type course including a gravel road and grass trail. While you get to run down a long hill to start each mile, you finish by running back up that same hill to the range or finish line. That adds additional challenge when it comes to controlling your breath to shoot well. Yes, you can blow off the shooting and just run fast, but the point is to do both well.

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Path of the Flood Historic Races

Path of the Flood Historic Races

This race is such a positive event in a city that has seen better days. It continues to grow. They have everything organized like it has been around for decades. … MORE

This race is such a positive event in a city that has seen better days. It continues to grow. They have everything organized like it has been around for decades. I will keep coming back to support this event. It is great they have a distance for every level and for walkers and runners alike. The course is nice, even on a hot sunny day with its plentiful shade and soft surface.

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Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon

Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon

This is a well organized race with a great course. The scenery is lovely, parking is a breeze, volunteers are plentiful and knowledgeable, and the swag is nice. The field … MORE

This is a well organized race with a great course. The scenery is lovely, parking is a breeze, volunteers are plentiful and knowledgeable, and the swag is nice. The field is small enough that you’re not overwhelmed, but large enough to ensure you’re never alone on the course and includes plenty of talent from near and far. I will be back!

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Chambersburg Half Marathon

Chambersburg Half Marathon

I opted to participate in this race for the first time since it was near my parents and I was looking for an opportunity to get some enjoyable mileage in. … MORE

I opted to participate in this race for the first time since it was near my parents and I was looking for an opportunity to get some enjoyable mileage in. I knew it would be hilly. I also liked that it was a smaller race and had a long history.

The course was very challenging. “Rolling hills” is very accurate, maybe even a bit understated. The scenery was a lovely rural landscape and we lucked out with 40s and sunshine for the race. While it’s not a fancy race, they do a great job with the medal, volunteers and overall organization. I opted to not get a shirt, which is a nice perk that you can choose that. The race fee is very reasonable.

I’ll definitely be back year after year. It’s a great race when prepping for a spring marathon, to run competitively or just to enjoy yourself.

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Kiawah Island Marathon & Half Marathon

Kiawah Island Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my first time running the Kiawah Island Half. It was a girls' weekend with two friends who ran the marathon. This is a great destination/racecation race. It's a … MORE

This was my first time running the Kiawah Island Half. It was a girls’ weekend with two friends who ran the marathon. This is a great destination/racecation race. It’s a nice size, well organized, and has great swag. I loved the shirt this year and the medal. They have a great Christmas craft market during the expo where you can browse local artisans. Post race food, while not right at the finish line is excellent. The course is scenic…the homes you run past are incredible. While it is quiet, I did find there were plenty of spectators riding bikes to meet people they were supporting at various locations. Another great spot is The Sanctuary, where you see the ocean and there’s a big party going on. It’s a fun spot to run through. While we stayed on the island allowing us to walk to and from the start/finish, they’re shuttle option for those off-island runs smoothly, as well. I can’t wait to do this race again!

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Annapolis Running Classic

Annapolis Running Classic

I've run this race several times and have always enjoyed it. Despite the issues this year, I opted to still give it 4/5 shoes because I know it can be … MORE

I’ve run this race several times and have always enjoyed it. Despite the issues this year, I opted to still give it 4/5 shoes because I know it can be better. The course is scenic and the weather has always been perfect. They have a great afterparty (if that’s important to you) and fantastic medal. This year the race had some challenges for a variety of reasons. It was a holiday weekend and they lost a substantial chunk of volunteers. As a result, a turn was missed removing more than a mile from the course. This meant many people finished a “half” with only 11.8 miles done. I realized the issue and ran around the finish area until I got 13.1 before I crossed the line. The race director and team apologized and owned the mistakes and I appreciate that. They’ve always put on a great event and I know they will learn from this for the future. I’d still recommend the race to runners who are looking for a beautiful and challenging course. I, myself, will be back.

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Hershey Half Marathon

Hershey Half Marathon

I ran the Hershey Half for the fourth time in 2018. The course is really neat and enjoyable. You get to go through the park early on, which is a … MORE

I ran the Hershey Half for the fourth time in 2018. The course is really neat and enjoyable. You get to go through the park early on, which is a nice bonus. The spectator support is pretty fantastic throughout. This year the shirts were really nice and I loved the KitKat medal. It’s a nice addition to my collection. As always, the aid stations had great volunteers. The shirt this year was really nice, plus you get 2 free tickets to the park, a coupon for additional admissions and a coupon for some cookies from the bakery. They were delicious!

The weather was sunny, but very windy this year adding a new challenge. The course is hilly, but scenic. I enjoyed getting a photo with a Hershey character…Reese’s Cup…at the finish!

Only thing I’d say that needs improvement are the food bags at the end. The bag itself was nice, but there was very little in it this year.

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Wineglass Marathon & Half Marathon

Wineglass Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my second year running the Wineglass Marathon and it didn't disappoint. I achieved all three of my goals. It rained, but the temperatures were perfect as a result. … MORE

This was my second year running the Wineglass Marathon and it didn’t disappoint. I achieved all three of my goals. It rained, but the temperatures were perfect as a result. I’m most definitely going to be back again in the future. Great organization, great course, great swag, just GREAT!

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You Matter 5K

You Matter 5K

I joined a friend to participate in this race for the first time. It benefited a local organization and is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. This year … MORE

I joined a friend to participate in this race for the first time. It benefited a local organization and is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. This year they surpassed their fundraising goal. I hadn’t raced a 5k in a long time and was looking forward to seeing how I’d do. The course incorporates both bike path and neighborhood streets and is very hilly. They make it a family event with face painting, a bike tour, a bounce house and plenty of food. It was a fun morning!

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Angie Gioisa 4th of July Memorial Race

Angie Gioisa 4th of July Memorial Race

The YMCA does a great job organizing this race. The volunteers are wonderful. The post-race food is plentiful and full of variety. The best part are definitely the popsicles! For … MORE

The YMCA does a great job organizing this race. The volunteers are wonderful. The post-race food is plentiful and full of variety. The best part are definitely the popsicles! For age group finishers, there is a nice medal. The three race distances is also a nice plus!

With this being a July race, more than likely it’s going to be hot. This year was no exception. The community and fire departments come out along the course to provide extra water and hoses to run through. The course is challenging with long gradual climbs and short downhills.

This was my third year and I still like this race better than the one where I live. It’s worth the 45 minute drive.

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Path of the Flood Historic Races

Path of the Flood Historic Races

This was my first time participating in this race. I signed up on the recommendation of 2 friends who ran it in 2017. It's a small town race, but offers … MORE

This was my first time participating in this race. I signed up on the recommendation of 2 friends who ran it in 2017. It’s a small town race, but offers 3 distances to suit any runner. The race is in its 5th year and this was the biggest yet. The half marathon boasts a course that is almost entirely downhill. There are a few small climbs, but nothing major. About 8 miles of the race is on a gravel rail trail surface and offers excellent shade. Despite a hot day, it was less intense. The last 3 miles are unshaded city streets, so that was tough but you were almost done. A neat aspect of the course is the old rail tunnel you run through. They line it with paperbag lanterns and it creates a neat experience. The tunnel is also 20-30 degrees cooler than outside temperatures so it’s a nice break.

The shuttle service was well-run before the race, parking is easy and the after party was nice with music and a free beer.

It was also neat to learn a bit of history. The course follows the path from South Fork to Johnstown of the 1889 Flood that killed more than 2,200 people. There’s a national memorial in South Fork, I’d recommend visiting to learn more.

With Johnstown being a city in poor a economic state, this was a feel good race in that you knew you were benefiting a community in need of economic activity. The race officials are very humble and thankful for the support of their race and community. I will definitely go back.

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Frederick Running Festival

Frederick Running Festival

I think this race was outstanding! Frederick didn't try to overdo it with gimmicks, crazy innovation, etc. It truly was a classic running festival with various distances, strong support, great … MORE

I think this race was outstanding! Frederick didn’t try to overdo it with gimmicks, crazy innovation, etc. It truly was a classic running festival with various distances, strong support, great medals and premiums, and a lovely course. If you’re looking for a nice midsize race with a small town feel, this is a great option. I am looking forward to returning for another go at it in the future!

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Just a Short Run

Just a Short Run

This is a great race to prep for a spring marathon. A lot of people use it in prep for Pittsburgh's Marathon in May. This was actually my very first … MORE

This is a great race to prep for a spring marathon. A lot of people use it in prep for Pittsburgh’s Marathon in May. This was actually my very first half back in 2012 and I did the 30K in 2018. It’s a small race, but the park you run around is lovely. You loop a lake and see lots of wildlife, including waterfowl and deer. The only drawback is it’s a looped course so for the 30k you see everything three times. However, I found it enjoyable. They have a great pace team, a nice and large medal, and it’s well organized!

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VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

I really enjoyed this race. I ended up going down solo, but had a good time. The expo was nice and organized. There are a good number of hotels with … MORE

I really enjoyed this race. I ended up going down solo, but had a good time. The expo was nice and organized. There are a good number of hotels with convenient access to stores, downtown, and the race. I thought the course was organized and very nice, volunteers were upbeat and did a good job, and the swag was excellent.

Note to participants, have cash for the parking garages near the start/finish. Traffic is a nightmare getting to them and most of them do not take cards.

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