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@russelds

Lubbock, TX Raving since 2017 50 States hopeful/finisher, Marathon Maniacs #10557, Half Fanatics #7775 active 1 week ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    West Texas Running Club

  • Rave race:

    REVEL Mt. Charleston

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Boston

  • I run because:

    I run to better myself. I love to challenge myself and see how much my body can take. I started at age 40 and don’t intend to ever stop!

My races

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(Marathon &/or Ultra) + Half

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50 Miler Ottawa, KS 2018 9:44:10
50K Dallas, TX Jan 20, 2018 5:35:00
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 29, 2017 3:43:45
Half Marathon Lubbock, TX Apr 2, 2016 1:56:09

Future Races (0)

Race Distance Location Date Paid

Past Races (11)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 24, 2019 4:01:33
Marathon Cedar Crest, NM Sep 15, 2018 5:11:45
50K Dallas, TX Jan 20, 2018 5:35:00
50 Miler Ottawa, KS 2018 9:44:10
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 4:15:00
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 30, 2017
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 29, 2017 3:43:45
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 17, 2017
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 30, 2016 4:18:00
Marathon Ruidoso, NM Jun 26, 2016 5:29:12
Half Marathon Lubbock, TX Apr 2, 2016 1:56:09

My Raves

The Cowtown

The Cowtown

This was my first Cowtown and it did not disappoint! I loved the course, even the hills, the post-race food, the course support and the overall experience. Great job! Read … MORE

This was my first Cowtown and it did not disappoint! I loved the course, even the hills, the post-race food, the course support and the overall experience. Great job! Read my race report!

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Ruidoso Marathon

Ruidoso Marathon

This race was an inaugural race and I understand that there will be a few problems that need to be sorted out, but I also ran an inaugural race in … MORE

This race was an inaugural race and I understand that there will be a few problems that need to be sorted out, but I also ran an inaugural race in NV the month before that was first rate, so there’s that.
I won an entry to this race through a raffle at our local running store. That was a plus. The organizers did these raffles around the area. I hope they keep this.
The full marathon had a total of 25 people registered. There were over 100 registered for the half.
Packet pickup was a bit confusing and they registered me for the half by mistake, even though I emailed the race director 3 times, telling him that I was running the full.
Shirts have a nice logo, but are cotton.
I tried to drive the course the night before the race and couldn’t follow the printed map very well, I was really afraid I would get lost during the race (more on that later).
The course was brutal. There was no relief from incline after incline. I was walking up the mountains backwards just to get some pressure off my quads. The one at mile 20 or 22 (can’t remember, I have blocked it out of my memory!) was over a mile long and straight up. The roads were not all paved as the course description states, but I think they are changing the course for 2017, so maybe they will be.
Course spectator support is pretty much non-existent. I was out on the course alone for the majority of the 5 1/2 hours I spent out there (my slowest marathon time ever, I had just BQ’d the month before). In fact, by the time I got to the last water stop, there was no one there, but they did leave the cups and coolers there, so that was good. There was a very nice man at the top of that awful hill though with water in the back of his pickup. It was nice to see a human at that point!
I did get lost once. For the most part, there were white arrows painted on the road at the turns. I missed one and went about .25 mile out of the way, turned around and came back to find the arrow and a water stop. The person at the water stop said she saw me going the wrong way, but didn’t know if I was in the race or not!!! Uh, running outfit, bib number, looking lost…?
I ended up coming in 2nd overall Female (more confusion in the results occurred, another person got even more lost than I did!) and winning what was supposed to be $200.00 cash. I opened it later and found that it was a voucher that had to be cashed in at the local bank. I am not from Ruidoso, and it was Sunday, so I had to go to a lot of trouble to finally get the bank to send me a money order.
So, I have nothing to complain about since the race really didn’t cost me any money at all, but hopefully this review will help out those that will spend money to come run this race.
A few pluses – the views in the mountains were beautiful, the medals are a good size with the race logo on them, there was good food at the end of the race, free race photos.
If you like a lot of hills, this one will be for you!
I will not be running the full again, but may consider the half in the future.

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Willie McCool Memorial Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Willie McCool Memorial Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

This race begins at the Silent Wings museum by the Lubbock Airport. It is organized by West Texas Endurance, a local event organization that does a super job. The course … MORE

This race begins at the Silent Wings museum by the Lubbock Airport.
It is organized by West Texas Endurance, a local event organization that does a super job.
The course takes you around the country club area on the outskirts of Lubbock, however there is a train track crossing that often postpones several participants.
My favorite part of this race is getting to shake hands and receive medals from Mr. and Mrs. McCool, Willie’s parents.
The AG awards are also terrific. Slate plaques with the race emblem on them.
Results are immediate and the race is very well organized. A must run if you are in the Lubbock area.

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