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@runvirginia

Vienna, VA Raving since 2018 50 States hopeful/finisher active 1 week, 3 days ago

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Future Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jun 30, 2019
Marathon Pocatello, ID Aug 31, 2019
Marathon Boring, OR Sep 22, 2019
Marathon Rehoboth, DE Dec 7, 2019
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 18, 2020

Past Races (31)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Fargo, ND May 18, 2019
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 27, 2019
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 3, 2019
Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 10, 2019
Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 8, 2018
Marathon Madison, WI Nov 11, 2018
Marathon Gilsum, NH Sep 30, 2018
Marathon Aspen, CO Jul 14, 2018
Marathon Carmel, IN Mar 31, 2018
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 3, 2018
Marathon Kitty Hawk, NC Nov 12, 2017
Marathon South Hero, VT Oct 15, 2017
Marathon Portland, ME May 15, 2017
Marathon North Kingstown, RI Apr 9, 2017
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2016
Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV Oct 1, 2016
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 31, 2016
Marathon Hartford, CT May 19, 2016
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Oct 18, 2015
Marathon Pittsfield, MA Aug 8, 2015
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 26, 2014
Half Marathon Wilmington, DE May 11, 2014
Marathon Washington, DC 2014
Marathon Atlanta, GA Oct 17, 2013
Marathon York, PA 2013
Half Marathon Baltimore, MD 2012
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA 2010
Half Marathon Washington, DC 2010
Half Marathon Richmond, VA 2008
Marathon Wilmington, DE 2007
Marathon Baltimore, MD 2001

My Raves

Fargo Marathon

Fargo Marathon

I echo the comments by the other reviewers. I just wanted to give additional credit to the 5:25 pacer and compliment his getting us through the race without having to … MORE

I echo the comments by the other reviewers. I just wanted to give additional credit to the 5:25 pacer and compliment his getting us through the race without having to think as much as usual 🙂

I also want to compliment the showers in the FargoDome, and the well-organized dome floor–bag drop was in the exact same location 5:25 later–and we could scope out the finish line at the start (which, blessedly, was warm and dry).

I liked the size of the race–I was never alone, and there were plentiful water cups at all the stations. I liked the neighborhoods, and the residents, who played music for us and gave us jolly ranchers. I agree with those who comment on the many turns of the course, but I like the mental variety–where are we going? what’s around the bend? I like the fact that the halfers started a little after the full–less getting psyched out by their pace (again. shout out to the pacer for curbing my enthusiasm).

44 and drizzling turns out to be pretty good running weather in that it is cooler and overcast. I was thankful that it stopped and I dried out after an hour or two (except the feet).

I liked the medal– colorful and solid; I personally hate string bags because the strings get caught on everything, but this was clearly a high-end string bag this year, and the bag drop was seamless. I liked that the shirt was a sweatshirt–I have enough tech Ts.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Little Rock Marathon

Little Rock Marathon

I loved the race! I didn't expect to, because I was worried about the hills, and the rain. BUT it only rained for about an hour, and I ran with … MORE

I loved the race! I didn’t expect to, because I was worried about the hills, and the rain. BUT it only rained for about an hour, and I ran with pacers who were AMAZING. In thinking, why didn’t I run with pacers before, I realized no other race has had a 5:45 pace group–and that’s my typical finish time, although I usually start too fast and end up in a real negative place toward the mile 18 mark.

So, what ‘s great:
* Little Rock itself, if you stay by the start/finish/expo, has plentiful fun restaurants and is very walkable.
* The DJs along the course, the bands, including a steel drum band, were plentiful and played high-energy songs.
* There were at least 5 places where I was offered beer, liquor, or mimosas–with enthusiastic cheerers
* There were numerous non-official places where people were offering mini-candies, jolly ranchers, etc. Again–enthusiastic spectators!
* The hills were honestly not as bad as I had built them up in my mind. The pacers were so great–one was cracking jokes and the other was cheerful (I’m really proud of how strong we are up this hill!) They were locals and very familiar with the course.
* The out-and-back along the river is nice and flat, and my pacers were high-fiving all the other pace groups we saw. Lots of positivity!
* I can’t express enough how much fun, good music there was–more than Rock and Roll New Orleans (which I ran 3 weeks ago and was mostly techno in the 2nd half). Ran w/o headphones and didn’t miss them at all.
* I did not carry water and there were plentiful stations on the course.
* The medal is garish and huge, but you know that already!! Represents the big heart of the race staff and the townspeople. The race welcomes all runners (and walkers) and celebrates them for 26 miles!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

I agree with what many other reviewers comment on: * the race is geared toward the half marathon. * there are many out and backs to 'take advantage' of the … MORE

I agree with what many other reviewers comment on:
* the race is geared toward the half marathon.
* there are many out and backs to ‘take advantage’ of the bands.
* some of the ‘bands’ were DJs.
* the second half is surprisingly hilly (several bridges to cross), lonely, and lacking in scenery compared to the first half
* I personally hate the corral start of the RNR races with the countdowns on the PA every 90 seconds. I want to go! I would rather weave (which happens anyway)

Pros:
*New Orleans is one cool place. There is a lot of energy in the first half.
* Run your own race–don’t get sucked in to the halfers pace, energy, etc.
* Plenty of water, vaseline, etc. (Did not try unfamiliar ‘gel’ product.
* lovely overcast weather in the 50s–perfect for running.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Rocket City Marathon

Rocket City Marathon

Well, the story of the 2018 race is dominated by the WEATHER. And that aspect of the race made it extremely mentally tough at the beginning (and physically at the … MORE

Well, the story of the 2018 race is dominated by the WEATHER. And that aspect of the race made it extremely mentally tough at the beginning (and physically at the end). 38-42 degrees and rain.
BUT, the weather was well known, and we had to dress appropriately. I do not recommend the CVS poncho. I realized about a mile in that I should have spent the money on a decent running-specific rain jacket. Oh, well.
The expo was well organized, and I stayed at the SpringHill Suites a short walk away. They let me have a late check out (thank goodness for the warm shower!!)
The race is clearly run by people who are runners and respect runners. They allowed us to wait in the arena before the start and ended the race inside (again–great on a rainy day!). The course is through neighborhoods, the space center, botanical gardens, and the halfers didn’t overlap with this 5:45 finisher. There were 6 GUs offered and well-marked port-o-potties. The volunteers were quite intrepid in the weather, and they were so kind.
The SWAG is top-notch–attractive Brooks ls/ tech t, cool medal with stained-glass type accent, and nice finisher premium of running hat (reversible!).

The people of Huntsville were all accommodating and friendly. I ran with the 5:30 pacer for the first 14 miles, and he was a calming presence. I almost gave up around mile 18 in the rain, but found friends in other struggling, wet, cold runners. We kept repeating, we can do this! And we did.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Madison Marathon & Half Marathon

Madison Marathon & Half Marathon

I loved the course--nice variety of town, college, lake, woods, and neighborhoods. All turns were well marked, and volunteers made good use of the names printed on the bib numbers. … MORE

I loved the course–nice variety of town, college, lake, woods, and neighborhoods. All turns were well marked, and volunteers made good use of the names printed on the bib numbers. It was a bit hilly, but not too bad. It happened to be cold in 2018, but it helped us run faster 🙂 T-shirt is well-designed, on a polyester that feels like a regular T for wearing to the grocery store, etc. (which I like). Medal is large and well-designed. I loved the size of the race–I could see/pass other runners the whole time and I finished in 5:35 (sometimes I am quite alone). I did not carry water, and there were plentiful water stops. (There were free photos–I smeared chocolate GU on my face (it was thick b/c of the cold, clumsy hands), so I am not posting that–but the pics and results were posted *very* quickly. Well organized event!

Packet pickup was easy (chose the AM option). Madison is a great midwestern town to visit with nice people, ample restaurants and coffee shops. Easy to get around.

I recommend staying at the HI hostel–nice staff, nice pre and post race chatting with other runners, convenient location.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5
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Clarence DeMar Marathon & Half Marathon

Clarence DeMar Marathon & Half Marathon

Awesome point to point, packet pickup, t-shirt, medal, and showers at the finish line. Awesome volunteers who were unfailingly enthusiastic and supportive (many said 'you inspire me' instead of 'almost … MORE

Awesome point to point, packet pickup, t-shirt, medal, and showers at the finish line. Awesome volunteers who were unfailingly enthusiastic and supportive (many said ‘you inspire me’ instead of ‘almost there’). The communication from the RD was well-managed and clear. I am a back of the packer and all the course marshalls were still out, in their bright yellow, to show me the way. There was water and food at the end. I did have to bring my own Gu, but I knew that in advance. Free finish line photo! Loved this race–beautiful location.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5
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Carmel Marathon Weekend

Carmel Marathon Weekend

Easy bib pickup, open late I love a Saturday race (Sunday to rest before work) Easy to navigate Indy and Carmel roads and airport Race started on time, had well … MORE

Easy bib pickup, open late
I love a Saturday race (Sunday to rest before work)
Easy to navigate Indy and Carmel roads and airport
Race started on time, had well supplied water stops throughout, even for back of packer like me. Water stop volunteers were attentive rather than distracted, and there were plenty of bananas at the end, which is all I ever feel like eating anyway.
I LOVEd the parking situation–got there early, parked I. closest garage. Sat in warm car reading (one building was open and many stood in warm lobby)–and then at end, an easy getaway.
Medal is huge, sparkly state of Indiana–nice for 50 staters.
Shirt has pretty design, but fabric is a bit stiff…we’ll see.
All in all, course is flat and weather was good for running in 2018 (cloudy and high in the low 50s).
Only hard part of course was mental, going past the finishing halfers with 13.1 to go…we ran with the halfers for thirteen miles.
I had run Myrtle Beach four weeks before, which was WINDY, so I didn’t notice the wind at Carmel, but the RD said in an email the finish party would have been more energized without wind…
I count it as a PR for races in quick succession. Nice mid-sized race. Made a new friend for miles 16-21😃.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
2
SWAG
4

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Sweltering Summer 8-Hour & Marathon

Sweltering Summer 8-Hour & Marathon

I loved: Early start option Day of race packet pickup The DJ--no earbuds to deal with, and runners could request songs on Facebook prior to race--my song came on at … MORE

I loved:
Early start option
Day of race packet pickup
The DJ–no earbuds to deal with, and runners could request songs on Facebook prior to race–my song came on at mile 17!!!
The short loops–less than a mile. I liked this more than some of the 3 mile repeat loops courses. Very lively atmosphere, and lots of interaction among runners.
*t shirt says badass runner something on the back!
* medal is unique–piece of wood and large
I really enjoyed this race,

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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