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@sarastew

Albuquerque, NM Raving since 2018 50 by 50 Marathon Project active 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2020 4:32:24
Marathon Calistoga, CA Mar 3, 2019 3:32:12
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Mar 22, 2015 1:43:19

Future Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Anchorage, AK TBD
Marathon Honolulu, HI TBD
Marathon Little Rock, AR TBD
Marathon Arlington, VA TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD

Past Races (44)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Sep 14, 2020
Marathon Deadwood, SD Jun 7, 2020
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2020 4:32:24
Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 7, 2019 4:02:19
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019 5:07:14
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 22, 2019 3:56:09
Marathon Evergreen, CO Jun 2, 2019 3:45:31
Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 28, 2019 3:51:22
Marathon Calistoga, CA Mar 3, 2019 3:32:12
Half Marathon Sedona, AZ Feb 2, 2019 1:43:51
Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 20, 2019 3:41:06
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Dec 2, 2018 1:45:53
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 4, 2018 3:36:22
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Oct 21, 2018 1:44:30
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Oct 14, 2018 1:52:48
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Sep 9, 2018 1:50:50
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Aug 12, 2018 1:55:18
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 3, 2018 1:48:05
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM May 6, 2018 1:48:05
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Apr 14, 2018 1:48:09
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 14, 2018 1:48:09
Half Marathon Durango, CO 2018 1:47:16
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Sep 10, 2017 1:47:53
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Aug 13, 2017 1:53:05
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM May 7, 2017 1:57:22
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Apr 16, 2016 2:02:25
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 15, 2015 4:24:00
Half Marathon Durango, CO Jun 13, 2015 2:04:01
Half Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 26, 2015 1:59:14
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Apr 18, 2015 1:48:02
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Mar 22, 2015 1:43:19
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ Jan 18, 2015 1:66:53
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM 2015 1:46:44
Half Marathon Denver, CO Oct 19, 2014 1:54:35
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Sep 14, 2014 2:11:42
Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 21, 2014 4:07:25
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM 2014 1:58:17
Half Marathon Dallas, TX 2014 1:52:45
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2014 1:47:37
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM 2014 1:59:03
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM 2012 1:58:04
Marathon Albuquerque, NM 2011 4:19:26
Marathon Dallas, TX 2011 5:06:15
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM 2011 2:12:17

My Raves

Not sure what could be more exciting than running in Disney World. The race was set up well and things ran smoothly considering how many people were there for the … MORE

Not sure what could be more exciting than running in Disney World. The race was set up well and things ran smoothly considering how many people were there for the entire 4 day event. I did the Dopey challenge and everyone else in my group did a various race of the 5k, 10k, and children’s dash. It was very hot and humid for all the races and the start time of 0530 and 0500 for marathon day only helps so much. Wake up time is super early to ensure you get to the race area and where you need to be on time. For most people traveling time zones (we crossed 2), that’s basically an 0330 start, so we were waking up at what would have been around 1130pm! But it was all worth it. So much fun along the course for each race. Lots of characters and photo opportunities.

Marathon day was especially hot and humid. I finished and heard after that they modified the course to get runners out of the heat. Somethings you just can’t control. Love all the medals, love the shirts, the course is basically flat and easy. I know they changed the course this year as some people didn’t like the ESPN route previously, but this year we ran around the recycling/treatment plant and it didn’t smell very pleasant and that was about the most mundane part of the course. But no complaints, I still loved it all!

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I've fundraised for St. Jude as a hero before, but doing the actual race that you get to run through the grounds of the hospital is so emotional and worth … MORE

I’ve fundraised for St. Jude as a hero before, but doing the actual race that you get to run through the grounds of the hospital is so emotional and worth seeing what you’re truly running for. The patients that are able come out and line the course along the path that leads through the grounds of the hospital. Most in wheel chairs, wearing face masks, some holding signs about being cancer free because of you… It’s hard not to feel connected to the cause.

The race, along with anything St. Jude does, is put together beautifully and well organized. This year the convention center was under construction so we had to go down to Landers Center in Mississippi to get our packets, but with the race shuttles provided it wasn’t too bad. The course has some tough hills over the bridges which provides some difficulty, but totally doable. The full marathoners got a nice finisher hat which I liked. The half finishers didn’t get anything extra than the medal. If you ever consider a charity run, THIS is the one to do!

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Chicago was fun and large. Best part was starting at Grant park since so many of the hotels are very close. I was in Gate #1 which had a line … MORE

Chicago was fun and large. Best part was starting at Grant park since so many of the hotels are very close.

I was in Gate #1 which had a line that took almost 30 minutes to get through, then the hospitality tent was on the clear other end of the park. Not worth the expense when the tent was so far from the red corrals.

After running NYC, then some smaller races, I felt drowned out in the crowd. There was plenty of crowd support, the water stops were plentiful, and the volunteers were amazing.

The medal was somewhat basic, but on a prestige level of being one of the majors, its somewhat humbling. We also did the 5k the day prior which was a lot of fun. I probably won’t do this one again as its just too many people for me.

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We stayed at a hotel close enough to walk to the expo/finish area. My husband and I ran the 5k and I did the Great Grandmas Challenge which was the … MORE

We stayed at a hotel close enough to walk to the expo/finish area. My husband and I ran the 5k and I did the Great Grandmas Challenge which was the 5k and Marathon.

The expo was fun and they did their best to pack as many vendors in as possible. We went early on Friday to pick up packets and enjoy the expo. Then we went to the Pasta party which was great. There were so many tables and the volunteers were so helpful!!!! The pasta wasn’t bad considering how much they needed to make. When we came back later that afternoon before the 5k event it was PACKED and I think every table for the pasta dinner was seated.

The course is a point to point that runs the entire time along Lake Superior on your left and beautiful green trees on your right. The course is overall flat and has one small hill called Lemon Drop Hill, that really is easy around mile 22.

While in the starting shoot we had fighter planes overhead which was amazing! My small grip is that the entire group of almost 7000 marathon runners all started together. What this created was 2 big problems moving forward. 1. A very crowed start that led to over packed porta potties for the first 10 miles and 2. Massive congestion at the aid stations. People were spilling water, tripping, I saw 2 people fall trying to maneuver the crowd to get to the water. A wave start would have been really beneficial.

For being such a small town I was blown away by the crowd support. For the last 6 mile for so there are so many people I wasn’t expecting it. And it is true, there are some supporters out cooking bacon in their yard to give to you. Hopefully soon I’ll get my blog update to share with you all.

Overall, the race was great and this small town sure does its absolute best to cater to the mass amount of people who come through.

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I'd first like everyone to throw out the notion that a downhill race is easy. This was by far the HARDEST race of my life. While I had a great … MORE

I’d first like everyone to throw out the notion that a downhill race is easy. This was by far the HARDEST race of my life. While I had a great first half and PR for a half marathon time, the 2nd half was excruciating. I did train and did incorporate downhill running into my training plan, but the amount of pounding this course does to your legs is painful.

The course was beautiful and running in the mountains felt majestic and peaceful. Getting to the start was easy on the bus and it wasn’t as cold as I expected at the top. The gloves and the mylar blanket in the bag with your bib were an excellent touch. I LOVED getting a race tank, especially that it wasn’t cotton! Also getting a pair of Goodr glasses was an excellent touch! (They are my preferred glasses).

Typically after a marathon or long run I have some general soreness for a day or so and am able to recoup and run after a day or two. This race left me so sore and miserable. I think if you are used to flat and downhill racing, this may hold better for some, but I’d much rather take a flat or course with hills than a downhill one.

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I ran this half marathon back in 2016 and can only tell you it’s gotten better. They changed the route for the full but this was my first time running … MORE

I ran this half marathon back in 2016 and can only tell you it’s gotten better. They changed the route for the full but this was my first time running the full. It was IMMACULATE and beautiful the entire course! Lots of porta potties along the course.

While the tragic events that caused this marathon to take place are hard to absorb, the tribute this race provides is incredible. The memorial is open before the race and you can pay your respects and join the morning prayer. Before the race starts there is a 168 second moment of silence to honor each of the victims that were killed in the bombing.

As the race begins it’s as the sun is rising and you enjoy downtown OKC. As you progress along the course the streetlights have banners with the names of the victims on them.

It’s extremely emotional. I just fell in love with the kind reminder this race holds. I’m honored I was able to participate and defiantly recommend this one!

The only downfall is it gets hot and humid as the day progresses. I finished in just under 4 hours but was definitely starting to feel the heat.

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This race raised the bar for all future races. First off, limiting the registrants made it easy and smooth without over crowding. Starting the half marathoners FIRTS was brilliant. The … MORE

This race raised the bar for all future races. First off, limiting the registrants made it easy and smooth without over crowding. Starting the half marathoners FIRTS was brilliant. The faster marathoners didn’t have to worry about running into a huge pack of half marathoners as they were already mostly finished. HOT SOUP!!! What else is true comfort food then something warm in your belly. Especially after this one as it was drizzling and a little on the colder side. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. Members of the race crew and the board of directors remembered my name over the weekend and were so kind and helpful. This race set the bar!!!

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Overall, this was a great race. It was organized well. Email communications leading up to the race had everything explained clearly. Coming from out of town I had no problems. … MORE

Overall, this was a great race. It was organized well. Email communications leading up to the race had everything explained clearly. Coming from out of town I had no problems.

Dont underestimate the hills. Especially, mile 10 for the half when you only got 5k left to go. It was intense and challenging.

Here are my only 2 real peeves with this race. For the half marathoners on the way back the course becomes flooded with walkers from the 10k and 5k. I LOVE everyone being out there, but they block the path and the runners are forced to move to the traffic lane or zoom between walkers which takes a lot of energy especially with the hills and extra miles. Maybe the volunteers could remind them to move over and not walk spread out along the course.

My 2nd peeve is all the race medals were the same. I don’t want to sound like an elitist, but most races identify with the medal lanyard the difference in distance. I feel putting in the effort for the different distances should be identified.

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I've been to this race every year for the past 6 years and have done every event. The kids rock with my kids, the 1 mile (finished first female overall … MORE

I’ve been to this race every year for the past 6 years and have done every event. The kids rock with my kids, the 1 mile (finished first female overall this year in 2019), the 5k, the half marathon, and the full marathon. RnR always puts together a good event and draws quite a crowd. They have changed various aspects of management so during my registration my emails went unanswered for MONTHS, the race expo lacked a lot of good vendors and was about half the size I remember it being. They switched race photographers which took HORRIBLE photos and very few. Not even all of the events were photographed which was a true downer.

Overall the courses are great. Weather in AZ in January is wonderful especially if you come from a cold place you’ll enjoy consistent weather that typically is around 60-70 at the time the race ends.
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The host of the event does multiple races over New Mexico and Arizona so it was put together well. I love the cute reindeer medals. The problem with Albuquerque is … MORE

The host of the event does multiple races over New Mexico and Arizona so it was put together well. I love the cute reindeer medals. The problem with Albuquerque is almost all of our local races take place in the Bosque. It is so boring and nothing to look at. I get it, it’s easy to stage a race on and not worry about road closures, etc… but it’s just terrible to run I. All the time.

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It really doesn't get any better than NYC Marathon. I could go on and on for days about how much I loved every aspect of this race. Please add this … MORE

It really doesn’t get any better than NYC Marathon. I could go on and on for days about how much I loved every aspect of this race. Please add this to your bucket list and DO IT.

Here is my one and only gripe… The expo. Specifically the new balance portion. Now I realize there were SOOOO many people there, but it was obnoxiously crowded and I felt like I needed a cattle prod to move around.

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