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@Shak38

Arvada, CO Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher active 5 days, 10 hours ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
60K Hatch, UT May 18, 2019 11:22:29
Marathon Casper, WY Jun 1, 2014 5:03:49
21 Miler Big Sur, CA Apr 29, 2018 4:53:31

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Two Harbors, MN TBD

Past Races (31)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 19, 2021 5:37:41
Marathon Springdale, AR Apr 24, 2021 5:40:29
Marathon Jackson, MS Feb 29, 2020 5:09:58
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 27, 2019 5:51:17
60K Hatch, UT May 18, 2019 11:22:29
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 27, 2019 5:09:01
Marathon Gering, NE Sep 29, 2018 5:31:49
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jul 29, 2018 5:53:11
Marathon Fargo, ND May 19, 2018 5:41:54
21 Miler Big Sur, CA Apr 29, 2018 4:53:31
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017 5:12:51
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 30, 2017 5:31:55
Marathon Apache Junction, AZ Feb 19, 2017 5:18:28
Marathon Hood River, OR Oct 23, 2016 5:32:14
Marathon Idaho Falls, ID Aug 27, 2016 5:29:56
Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 16, 2016 5:25:29
Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Mar 20, 2016 5:18:42
Marathon Bath, NY Oct 4, 2015 5:11:37
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jul 12, 2015 6:02:51
Marathon Shiprock, NM May 2, 2015 6:41:12
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 1, 2014 5:14:08
Marathon Casper, WY Jun 1, 2014 5:03:49
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA 2014 5:28:29
Marathon Deadwood, SD 2013 5:18:48
Marathon Chicago, IL 2013 6:04:07
Marathon Cincinnati, OH 2012 6:32:05
Marathon Hyrum, UT 2012 6:30:33
Marathon Dallas, TX 2012 5:27:05
Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO 2011 5:54:55
Marathon Tulsa, OK 2011 5:45:09
Marathon Folsom, CA 2010 5:53:21

My Raves

The only suggestion I have is for the race to start earlier than 8 am. Other than that, this is a top-notch event assisted by so many wonderful community members. … MORE

The only suggestion I have is for the race to start earlier than 8 am. Other than that, this is a top-notch event assisted by so many wonderful community members. We rented a hotel Airbnb in Two Harbors and had a good choice of local restaurants. The race did a good job of spreading out the expo post Covid and minimizing participants while still maintaining a big-race feel. The shirts are great and I really liked the Great Grandma’s Challenge shirt with the hood. It’s a great green color. You received that if you ran the 5k the night before. The timing of the 5k was at 6pm the night before the marathon which meant you were eating after 7. I’m not sure I’d do that again as I have a routine and it messed with my head, but then again, I really liked the shirt and I’m never going to break any land speed records. This race is a ‘must do.’

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This was one of the first races toward the end (hopefully) of Covid lockdown so there were things that were understandably missing (like an expo). Keeping the above in mind, … MORE

This was one of the first races toward the end (hopefully) of Covid lockdown so there were things that were understandably missing (like an expo). Keeping the above in mind, the race went off remarkably well. The planned staggered start went off quicker than planned due to the deluge of rain (and it rained the entire race, but it was a war mush rain). Great volunteers and well-stocked aid stations were plentiful. It was a smaller race but they had very friendly pacers, which a lot of the small races don’t include. There was even a random guy passing out jello shots toward the end (don’t mind if I do, thank you!). This part of Arkansas was absolutely wonderful from the ease of the airport to great restaurants to choose from. Anybody needing Arkansas will not be disappointed in this choice. Kudos to all involved.

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Here is my recap of the Marine Corps Marathon: The expo was just so-so. It wasn't that convenient to get to and they had very little branded merchandise to buy. … MORE

Here is my recap of the Marine Corps Marathon:
The expo was just so-so. It wasn’t that convenient to get to and they had very little branded merchandise to buy. No pint glasses, no stickers, no ornaments, no magnets, no coffee mugs, no 50K items. This was a missed opportunity for sure. The race shirts had a good design but were cheaply made by a no-name company. Brooks did have some cool shirts to buy, just not a large selection. There weren’t that many companies at the expo and not a whole lot of things to buy. I believe only one booth sold running essentials such as gels, shoes, etc. that you might have forgot.

We stayed at the Double-Tree by the Pentagon which was very convenient to the Runner’s Village. The UPS trucks were conveniently located and bag drop-off was a breeze. We got to the start line and it was just a mass of people with no corrals and just a big push to get across and start running.

The actual race itself, from start line to finish line was INCREDIBLE (barring that you didn’t know where the finish line was because the blow-up arch had electrical issues) and the course was extremely crowded the entire way. I felt sorry for the wheelchair or stroller athletes because of the burden of getting around. The marines were great and the course was interesting to see. Spectator support was incredible and I even had a shot of Fireball in Crystal City (highly recommended). There were random people giving out Halloween candy which made me smile. The rain was brutal but that can’t be helped. Running the Blue Mile was everything and more. I actually thought I was going to break down – it was that emotional.

After the finish line and getting the medal from a marine (way too cool), there was nothing but problems. You could barely walk out of the finish line area – it was so crowded. They only had photographers in that very first section. I missed the area to get my boxed lunch and then swam upstream through the crowd to grab it. That was pointless because all it contained was a bag of pretzels, a fruit cup and some random honey packs or sport beans! What?!? I walked through the madness to the family meet-up that was down at the bottom of the hill (made worse because my last name starts with S). After that I had to walk back up the hill and down another street to grab my bag (also one of the last trucks because my projected time was slow). We went back up that hill to look for beer. Luckily we brought a credit card because there was a Famous Dave’s food truck. We found the beer finally but at that point we decided to bag it and head to the Metro. My watch had 34 miles of time on my feet on it from the time we left the hotel to the time we returned….ouch!

Even with all the above complaining, I would still recommend this race to EVERYONE! I can’t put into words how joyful my heart was running this race. There was no politics – just patriotism and love. We were united in the love of our country, the love of the countries joining us and the love of running. It was beautiful.

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I don't have anything to compare this to since it was my first ultra, but I'm already searching for my next ultra so I guess that says something about this … MORE

I don’t have anything to compare this to since it was my first ultra, but I’m already searching for my next ultra so I guess that says something about this race. The communication and organization was top notch and there aren’t words to describe the beauty of the scenery. The race is just quite a bit more difficult than I had expected, and the terrain was more mountainous when I was anticipating more slick rock or desert-like trails. The aid stations were well run, perfectly spaced and had everything that a runner could want – and then some. I loved being able to have drop bags along the course and not having to rely on finding friends to “crew”. The race did make a huge deal about the composting port-a-potties but truly they were just as gross as any other bathroom I think they are just probably better for the environment. The shirts were attractive and you got a choice of a medal or a mug for finishing (I chose a medal as it was super cool looking and it was my first). There was also a lot of swag to purchase and I bought a good looking trucker hat (since I guess I’m an official ultra runner now – ha ha)! This race also had a generous finish time – 14 hours for the 60K. The only reason I’m giving swag a 4 instead of a 5 is because I only have road races for comparison and most bigger races offer something else to commemorate your experience. We got an Airbnb about half an hour from the start and stayed 3 nights, enjoying some restaurants and sights in the area. Based on this experience only, I would highly recommend any race done by vacationraces.com.

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I ran this race with some friends from Colorado as we are attempting to run a marathon in every state...eventually... The course was very enjoyable, especially Iroquois Park, although the … MORE

I ran this race with some friends from Colorado as we are attempting to run a marathon in every state…eventually… The course was very enjoyable, especially Iroquois Park, although the hills are no joke during that point in the race. The course is interesting and hits all the highlights of Louisville. We stayed at the Galt House and had many restaurants and activities to choose from during our stay and we were within walking distance of the start and finish line. The expo was a very good size – not too big and not too small. It had all the things you might need if you forgot to pack something and some cool things that you wouldn’t expect at an expo, like bourbon tasting. There were more than enough aid stations and the volunteers were top notch. Quite a few spectators were out and about with kids giving those all-important power high fives! The medals are pretty cool with the ribbons mentioning all the highlights of the course. These are some things I’d suggest to make the race even better. The bag drop had an incredibly long line. This was because the volunteers had to mark your bag with your number and then use a zip tie to close the bag and there was still a line even after the race started. I suggest having the markers at the expo so that the numbers can be written before the race and then just have the zip ties on the table for people to tie their own bags. The corrals weren’t monitored and, as is often the case, people lined up incorrectly with many walkers in the first few corrals. Also, there were not enough porta-potties in the first 13 miles of the race. They’d have one or two at each aid station and the lines were 15-30 long. They advertised gel at several aid stations, but they only had it at one that I saw so perhaps they ran out by the time I got through (5+ marathoner). The finish-line party could have been great but it started raining and got muddy and cold – that can’t be helped. My biggest disappointment was the race swag. The shirt had such a cool design, but then they put it on a cheaply made shirt that fits poorly (the men’s didn’t have a v-neck and I wish I would have chosen that). The only other thing we got in our bag was a miniature bat and that wasn’t even given to the half marathoners. I did buy a marked-down sling pack at the expo that was normally $28 for $10. I took the last one so my friends didn’t even get to buy one. Many marathons would have included something like this as swag. Would I recommend this race? Absolutely! Louisville is a wonderful, welcoming city and the few minor things mentioned above can be easily corrected.

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