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@SDSusan

Del Mar, CA Raving since 2023 Boston Marathon finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Active 2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 7, 2023 3:51:43
Half Marathon Shelburne, VT Sep 9, 2023 1:44:11

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Past Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Shelburne, VT Sep 9, 2023 1:44:11
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 7, 2023 3:51:43
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Apr 23, 2023 1:44:17
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2022

My Raves

This race is unique for a few reasons: 1) Truly amazing course on mostly flat but slightly rolling country lanes overlooking stunning, lush green meadows, an orchard and Lake Champlain. … MORE

This race is unique for a few reasons: 1) Truly amazing course on mostly flat but slightly rolling country lanes overlooking stunning, lush green meadows, an orchard and Lake Champlain. Quintessential Vermont beauty! Could not be more picturesque. Also shady! 2) Super helpful, friendly runners and caring support team/volunteers. Everyone was genuinely enthusiastic, yet low-key, and very helpful, 3) Very efficient and organized logistics. Everything from registration to bib pickup was a breeze (I think we even had the option of requesting the bib be mailed), the couple of emails received pre-race contained just the right amount of info, parking was super easy on the day of the race, the Race Director explained the course before we started, turns were staffed with volunteers, water was out there at perfect spots, etc 4) Amazing finish line feast at a great little spot overlooking the lake. Runners were given lots of food – bagels, bananas, water and more. Also, for sale were burgers and food trucks with ice cream, etc. Great for family and friends. 5) Great swag! Beautiful medal for all finishers, beer glass for age group winners, plus raffle prizes including gift certificates, bottles of wine, etc.

Coming from southern California, where races can feel like such a logistical ordeal and are often run in crowded settings, this was all truly a breath of fresh air and made the race extra fun and special. It feels like what real running and low-key racing is all about. A big thank you to organizers. Can’t wait to come back!

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I was well-trained for another marathon but ended up not going and thought I could try for a fast marathon on this course as they tout it as relatively flat … MORE

I was well-trained for another marathon but ended up not going and thought I could try for a fast marathon on this course as they tout it as relatively flat and easy. Not sure if it was the heat, all the concrete, or the rolling hills (which usually I like!) but I had a terrible race here. Or maybe it was just me, not sure! But it was hard to get engaged in this race. I never felt the energy I usually do in a marathon as it was not fun/scenic, besides the few stretches along the beach, but after those brief spots, you’re running through pretty dull OC neighborhoods and city streets. Felt like a grind to me, much more so than other marathons, and even though there were some spectators occasionally out on the course, they were only looking for their own and did not generally cheer on other runners. Going through (what looked like) a dry river bed in the hot sun at the end was not a positive or fun way to wrap it up and finish strong, and I absolutely could not wait for it to be over. Was trained to go under 3:40 and ended at 3:51 and change. Good enough for first in my age group but disappointing for what I should/could have done on this course. On a positive note, I liked the early (5:30am!!) start!! Helped a bit with the heat, but not enough. But it was so early that I thought it would be a good idea to stay across the street from the start at the race headquarters hotel (Vea Newport Beach Marriott) to avoid extra travel/parking. Even though I booked early enough, it ended up being $380 but the final bill was crazy expensive – almost $500 for one night after the hotel tacked on taxes, resort charge, parking fee, etc. Too much $$ for what was supposed to be a quick and easy marathon close to home. Maybe worth it if you bring a significant other and make a weekend of it!

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Nice low-key race on a super flat, fast course. Minor issue is that there is a fair amount of running on the concrete path around the bay, which is a … MORE

Nice low-key race on a super flat, fast course. Minor issue is that there is a fair amount of running on the concrete path around the bay, which is a little narrow and hard on the legs. Also the start was crowded due to the narrow path so it was hard to get any traction for quite awhile. But those are just nitpicks – this is a pleasant, fun easy half. Great to do with friends among a pretty relaxed crowd and fun finish line experience. Pacers for 1:45 group were spot on! Thank you! 🙂

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The NYC marathon is my favorite of all, after running 4 of 6 majors and many others, including Boston several times. I've run NYC 7 times and it never ceases … MORE

The NYC marathon is my favorite of all, after running 4 of 6 majors and many others, including Boston several times. I’ve run NYC 7 times and it never ceases to thrill me to pieces! There is absolutely nothing like the wave of energy from the crowd, which you can ride from start to finish. Then there’s the music and dancing you see, hear and feel along the way – AMAZING! NYC really goes all out and shows up to support, scream, cry, cheer, and yell for the runners. Yes, it’s not a flat, easy course, but it is not that hard, despite the bridges and the crowd will let you ride their energy, which gets you through it all. Truly nothing like it. You will be so moved. I hope all runners get the chance to do this race, which is not only a world-class marathon through one of the most exciting cities, but also an experience. I look forward to this day all year long. Nothing makes me feel more alive!!!! Do it.

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