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@sdalessio

Charlottesville, VA Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club active 2 days, 20 hours ago

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    Samantha D'Alessio

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 16, 2019 5:34:54
Half Marathon Ocean City, NJ Sep 26, 2021 2:04:16
15K Utica, NY Oct 10, 2021 1:43:39

Future Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Blountville, TN Oct 30, 2021
Half Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 13, 2021
Half Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 30, 2022
Half Marathon Greenville, SC Feb 26, 2022
Half Marathon Canton, OH Apr 24, 2022
Marathon Folsom, CA 2022
Half Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH TBD
Half Marathon St Charles, ID TBD
Half Marathon Laketown, UT TBD
Half Marathon Cokeville, WY TBD
Half Marathon Waterfall, PA TBD
Half Marathon New London, CT TBD
Half Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Forest City, PA TBD

Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
15K Utica, NY Oct 10, 2021 1:43:39
Half Marathon Ocean City, NJ Sep 26, 2021 2:04:16
Half Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV May 15, 2021 2:19:37
Half Marathon Roanoke, VA Apr 17, 2021 2:28:13
Half Marathon Cary, NC Mar 28, 2021 2:10:52
Half Marathon Jackson, MS Feb 29, 2020 2:14:32
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 16, 2019 5:34:54
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Mar 31, 2018
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 21, 2014
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV 2012
Goofy Challenge (39.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL 2011
Half Ironman Galveston, TX 2010
Half Marathon Bristol, NH 2008
Marathon Baltimore, MD 2008

My Raves

This was the first time I'd run this race and the only time it will be in the fall. Normally it is in July so much warmer. I also heard … MORE

This was the first time I’d run this race and the only time it will be in the fall. Normally it is in July so much warmer. I also heard they usually give pins at the finish and not medals which repeat runners collect.

Swag was ok – shirt cost extra but they had lots of cool merchandise at the expo. Medal for this year was nice and a nice soft hand towel at the end. Free beer (seemingly bottomless cup) and plenty of grocery store snacks at the end as in some people filled up banana boxes with snacks. LOL

The best part of this race is crowd support. I went to the race with friends and we ran together. But every step of the way there were locals cheering, showcasing a local site of interest like the Utica Zoo or Utica College. There were 14 water stops more than miles in the race and wall to wall people. Definitely a fun atmosphere, lots of local Djs and other music. Even though we ran slow, the race flew by.

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This race course is very flat except for a small out and back incline over a bridge. As usual there was some wind along the way and it never seemed … MORE

This race course is very flat except for a small out and back incline over a bridge. As usual there was some wind along the way and it never seemed to be a tailwind no matter which direction I was going.
Pros:
– flat, fast course – good opportunity for a PR if the weather is good
– great crowd support
– one of the best after race spreads, many of the boardwalk food places donate samples (not healthy but yummy)
– nice shirt and medal
– well organized, family friendly event

Cons:
– a number of the miles weave through the neighborhoods so not very scenic
– running on the boardwalk which is not closed is a little dicey at times

Overall great race. Great place to take the family with lots of activities for the non-runner. I would go again.

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Hilly although this year the course was altered from the usual course. But the racecourse will always be hilly. Beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, good crowd support, and well-run race. MORE

Hilly although this year the course was altered from the usual course. But the racecourse will always be hilly.

Beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, good crowd support, and well-run race.

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Be ready for some serious uphill like the 2.5m climb at Mill Mountain Park starting around mile 1 followed by 1.5m or so downhill. Then another serious climb (steeper) around … MORE

Be ready for some serious uphill like the 2.5m climb at Mill Mountain Park starting around mile 1 followed by 1.5m or so downhill. Then another serious climb (steeper) around mile 8/9 with a harsher more quad thrashing downhill.

I am not a hill lover by any means but I loved this race. When COVID restrictions lift, it will be even more fun as it is in a great location and incorporated into a music festival in a fun, downtown area. The crowds and support are amazing even with things being toned down. The race was well organized and professionally done.

I would definitely do this race again but make sure you are ready for some hills!

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This race was run along the Cary Greenway - an urban multi-use trail through the town of Cary. It was a mix of asphalt and boardwalk. Mostly flat and scenic … MORE

This race was run along the Cary Greenway – an urban multi-use trail through the town of Cary. It was a mix of asphalt and boardwalk. Mostly flat and scenic at times. I’m not sure if that is the usual route but since races are still working around COVID everything started and finished at Fred Bond Metro park. It was very well run and organized even with terrible thunderstorms the night before and early morning of the race. Even with COVID protocols and bad weather, the race started on time. Swag was nice – cute medal and a choice of a nice coffee mug or beer mug. I did not pay extra for the cotton t-shirt since it was not a tech and it was a unisex design.

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There seems to be a lot of recent history with this race that has a lot of people up in arms. A change in sponsors/race manangement a few years ago, … MORE

There seems to be a lot of recent history with this race that has a lot of people up in arms. A change in sponsors/race manangement a few years ago, less money to put on the race and some bad weather has changed the original feel of the race.

This was my first time and I thought the race was fine. Nothing over the top or special but a nice course and decent amenities. It is an easy destination especially if you flying. Everything is centrally located and within walking distance from hotels to race start to expo. I would recommend the race and if I lived closer would be happy to run it again.

My only complaint was the fact that it was run on Leap Year and there was no date on the medal. 🙁

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This was a well-run race from packet pick up/expo through the finishers area. There were aid stations every 2 miles and the race lived up to its "junk" food rep … MORE

This was a well-run race from packet pick up/expo through the finishers area. There were aid stations every 2 miles and the race lived up to its “junk” food rep without being over the top. The course wound its way through many different parts of the city including some very pretty parts down by the James River. Lots of tailgaters and other folks out supporting the runners. Nice swag and finishing food. It is also a nice race for spectators. Fairly easy to navigate around the city to different spots and a great place to meet up and get food at the end on Brown’s Island. The course is fairly flat with a few minor hills and a nice downhill finish that is not too hard on tired legs. Great first timers race and a great place to PR.

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