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@shmajent

Peekskill, NY Raving since 2023 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher http://mikeytarts.com Active 4 weeks, 1 day ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Run PB, Taconic Road Runners

  • Rave race:

    Wineglass Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Boston Marathon, but won’t ever qualify!

  • I run because:

    …I run because I once was prohibited from it as a precaution following a BAV diagnosis. Completing a 5K was a big goal, which I did in 2016! The next year I did my first 10K and first Half Marathon. In 2018, I prepared and completed my first marathon. Now I’ve run over a half-dozen marathons, 25 or more half marathons (including GPS-verified virtuals during COVID lockdown), and aim to hit as many different states as I can!

My Races

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Personal Bests (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50K Augusta, NJ May 18, 2024 4:40:46
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 14, 2024 3:25:00
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY May 20, 2023 1:30:31
10 Miler Bronx, NY Sep 17, 2023 1:07:27
10K Wappingers, NY Jun 4, 2022 43:38
4 Miler New York, NY Apr 2, 2023 26:39
5K New York, NY Mar 5, 2023 20:12
1 Miler New York, NY Sep 10, 2023 5:41

Future Races (12)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Staten Island, NY Oct 13, 2024
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2024
Marathon Derry, NH 2025
Marathon Houston, TX TBD
Marathon Elizabeth City, NC TBD
Marathon Bellvue, CO TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Marathon Derwood, MD TBD
Marathon Little Rock, AR TBD
Marathon London, OH TBD
Marathon Billings, MT TBD
Marathon Providence, RI TBD

Past Races (45)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K Queens, NY Jun 15, 2024
50K Augusta, NJ May 18, 2024 4:40:46
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 14, 2024 3:25:00
5K Baton Rouge, LA Jan 13, 2024 21:19
Half Marathon New York, NY Dec 9, 2023 1:31:18
5K New York, NY Nov 4, 2023 20:15
Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 14, 2023 3:26:29
10 Miler Bronx, NY Sep 17, 2023 1:07:27
1 Miler New York, NY Sep 10, 2023 5:41
5K New York, NY Aug 12, 2023 20:32
Half Marathon Ridgewood, NY Jun 10, 2023 1:39:41
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY May 20, 2023 1:30:31
Marathon Jim Thorpe, PA Apr 30, 2023 3:33:52
4 Miler New York, NY Apr 2, 2023 26:39
5K New York, NY Mar 5, 2023 20:12
Half Marathon New York City, NY Feb 26, 2023 1:33:17
Half Marathon New York, NY Jan 22, 2023 1:35:36
Half Marathon New York, NY Dec 11, 2022 1:35:27
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY Nov 19, 2022 1:35:11
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022 3:34:13
5K Brooklyn, NY Sep 25, 2022 22:40
10 Miler Bronx, NY Sep 18, 2022 1:10:50
1 Miler Brooklyn, NY Aug 7, 2022 5:51
5K Wappingers, NY Jun 4, 2022 21:03
10K Wappingers, NY Jun 4, 2022 43:38
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY May 21, 2022 1:34:48
Marathon Brooklyn, NY Apr 24, 2022 3:37:07
10K Sleepy Hollow, NY 2022 44:56
Half Marathon New York, NY Dec 11, 2021 1:37:56
Marathon Bath, NY Oct 3, 2021 3:44:14
Half Marathon New York City, NY Feb 23, 2020 1:48:10
Marathon Brooklyn, NY Oct 19, 2019 4:11:47
1 Miler New York, NY Sep 8, 2019 5:51
1 Miler Brooklyn, NY Jun 16, 2019 6:03
Half Marathon New York City, NY Feb 24, 2019 1:47:49
Half Marathon New York, NY Dec 9, 2018 1:47:59
Marathon Bath, NY Sep 30, 2018 4:08:21
Half Marathon New York, NY Mar 10, 2018 1:45:42
5K Brooklyn, NY 2018 21:00
5K Queens, NY 2018 22:13
Half Marathon New York, NY Dec 10, 2017 1:50:47
10K New York, NY Oct 29, 2017 46:50
1 Miler Brooklyn, NY Aug 20, 2017 6:25
5K Queens, NY 2017 22:31
5K Queens, NY Oct 15, 2016 29:48

My Raves

Short story: I chose this race after being delayed by prior marathon weather postponements and personal injuries. The multiple options for start time/day for marathon and 50K was pure serendipity. … MORE

Short story: I chose this race after being delayed by prior marathon weather postponements and personal injuries. The multiple options for start time/day for marathon and 50K was pure serendipity.

What I Liked: Parking was a breeze, even when choosing a seemingly-popular Saturday start time. Of note is that many distances can start at one of two times on any day, though commit to your chosen time on registration. The course is a simple 1 mile loop around the grounds. Not necessarily pancake flat, there are maybe three short hills of insignificant elevation (until you run a few hours, that is). Bathrooms and showers are shortly after the start finish line. There is a kitchen on hand with plenty of snacks to enjoy *after* your race starts, and a table upon which you can place your water bottle. The overall vibe made me feel very safe to do so. Wanna leave stuff in your car for a drop-off? Parking is hyper close to the course, and if you run longer distances there are options for parking a camper or setting up a tent. And the people! The people were super supportive! Swag this year was a plush embroidered bath robe – aside, since my old bath robe was from when I was several sizes bigger, this was a much enjoyed surprise!

What Could Be Better (But Can’t Fault The Organizers For): To make sure 50K and Marathon distances get their respective .1 and .2 miles added to their distance, we/they start after the timing mat and run “against the current” to the timing mat and immediately turn around. It was a bit dodgy, but was over with in seconds. The course also has a fairly tight hairpin you’d hit 26 times (marathon) or more. Finally, the course is quite open. Bring sunscreen, as sunny days with extended runs might get toasty. *AGAIN* I do not put this on the organizers, just be aware these things can happen. The good significantly and uncontroversially outweigh the awkward!

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Production from packet pickup to post-race amenities for both days (I also ran the 5K) was top notch. Course was moderately flat, save for a bridge in the first mile … MORE

Production from packet pickup to post-race amenities for both days (I also ran the 5K) was top notch. Course was moderately flat, save for a bridge in the first mile which might scare you into thinking the course is rolling – not so!

Scenery started urban and went through more suburban parts of Baton Rouge, including a lap around the LSU campus and lake. Crowd control was consistent, and road markings were clear as crystal.

Post race amenities were amazing, even if the weather was somewhat chilly. I could see what prior reviews meant by reduced availability of foodstuffs as time went on. Close to the five or six hour mark, most beers, coffee shots, and gumbo varieties were on the verge of running out completely.

That said, I would recommend registering for the VIP package. Food, beer, parking that is obscenely close by, and ten steps to the starting corral, and heat lamps all felt worth it.

Note: If you would like your medal engraved, you must pay cash unless you purchased the engraving options during registration. You also must bring the results receipt provided freely at the marked tent in the finish festival.

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I signed up for the 5K because I planned for the marathon and am visiting from verrry out of state. When all was said and done, it was a great … MORE

I signed up for the 5K because I planned for the marathon and am visiting from verrry out of state. When all was said and done, it was a great deal. It runs on the first 1.5mi/2.5km the marathon course does, so it gave me a sense of the crowd and terrain. Mostly flat (save for bridge over highway), wide streets, and an enthusiastic crowd. Quarter Marathon shared the same start corral.

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What Worked: Race Central is located on 102nd St Transverse and easy to get to, whether you take: a train to Harlem 125th then a taxi; the subway on the … MORE

What Worked: Race Central is located on 102nd St Transverse and easy to get to, whether you take: a train to Harlem 125th then a taxi; the subway on the east side; drive in and park at a garage. If you did not register 30+ days ahead, you bring your confirmation email which has a code – this scans in to match up to a bib, which in turn has a code that is scanned for your swag. Super efficient, there was no long line waiting to get a pre-printed bib. The race was decently supported, but more on that later. Lots of people turned out for cheering on their family and friends.

What Needed Improvement: While there were 8 water stops (three tables passed over 2.5 laps), in the third loop it was a bit slim-pickin’s. Those who were in the lead pack had diminished setup to grab water/electrolites, and some that had longer mile times tended to walk or congregate around the tables. At times, it appeared only one or two volunteers were there to stock the tables. The later start time might have exhausted those who were there for the 5K that started at 8AM. On that topic, splitting the 5K and Half Marathon into two waves 1 hour apart helped with mitigating traffic in the park, though made things a bit of a hassle to pick up or drop off bags. My advice would be that if your race starts at 9am, drop off your bags no later than 8:20am when the mass of 5K runners finish.

Overall: It is a nice race. I’m sentimental to it as it was the scene of my first-ever half marathon. The Harlem Hill in the park’s northeast is no joke, and otherwise the course is a mix of gentle rolling (west side) and long flats (east side). The venue is great, the swag is great, even the post-race bagels are iconic at this point!

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This was my first time (maybe only time?) running the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5K. My full disclosure is that I got in via my run club bib allotment, … MORE

This was my first time (maybe only time?) running the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5K. My full disclosure is that I got in via my run club bib allotment, and I was not training for this race nor the NYC Marathon the following day. I just wanted something fun to do Saturday morning on a week’s notice and had a great time!

The Good: As usual, the NYRR races are gargantuan but well-planned. Once at the corral area, I knew where I had to be. The megaphone/speaker/PA system was clearly broadcasting information, though the din of conversation from runners was drowning it a bit. The course was one of the easiest I’ve run from NYRR – except for the first corner where everyone squeezed into a 90º right hander, but it all opened up. Minimal hills, but not exactly flat. The “goodie bag” after the finish was the same as you’d receive for other longer races: gatorade, protein bar, fruit, water.

The Awkward: Back check was near the finish line, the start line was a trainride away. This was countered by taking a warmup jog to the 6 train on 68th St/Hunter College, getting off at Grand Central, and jogging again to the start corral. Be mindful of auto traffic!

The Bad: Honestly nothing major. Even on the PA system they clarified “be careful of the first right corner.” The first 1/4 mile was rather tight, and likely kept me off PR pace. The roads after that were plenty wide. The race itself was a grand production on the eve of the TCS NYC Marathon. It felt like the biggest, most important, über-special 5K I’ve ever run, but, y’know, still just a 5K.

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I registered for this race because it was close-ish to where I live (2hrs away) and would provide a refreshing new venue. There were surprises big and small, and no … MORE

I registered for this race because it was close-ish to where I live (2hrs away) and would provide a refreshing new venue. There were surprises big and small, and no real drawbacks.

What Worked: The expo was quite small relative to what I was used to for other marathons (Wineglass, Brooklyn, etc), yet had all the essentials. Swag seemed of decent quality – except for the shirt that came with race entry. That ran small for me. I wasn’t expecting much for race morning, but was pleasantly surprised! I opted in for the VIP experience which included covered parking and shelter, with a moderate spread of bagels and coffee. Getting on to the race, the course was a good mix of downtown-to-suburbs-and-back, with most of the elevation change happening in the first third of the race and the final mile. It was exhilarating to run east as the 5k runners were “coming at us” – don’t worry, the road was divided, and the crowd was kept in spectator areas. The half- and full-marathon split point was also well marked. Just keep your ears open! This race had a relay component, and where the handoffs would be there was a sizable crowd. Maybe this was a tongue-in-cheek way to assure that there was crowd support all throughout, but it worked either way! Many families were out of their homes to cheer on runners. The after-race party was really stacked, and I wished there would have been more people there!

What Needs Improvement: Not much, really! Though the expo was on the smaller side, it still met my expectations for getting what was needed pre-race. The race itself exceeded expectations, and was well organized. I always knew where I was supposed to go and felt safe/supported along the way.

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What I liked: The course is simple "T" shape that goes out from the Grand Concourse (up the hill from Yankee Stadium), up to Mosholu Parkway, and back. There are … MORE

What I liked: The course is simple “T” shape that goes out from the Grand Concourse (up the hill from Yankee Stadium), up to Mosholu Parkway, and back. There are park-like views for the northernmost mile(s), moderately wavy elevation changes, ample hydration stops, and that BIG push down the hill towards the stadium. There was an absolute abundance of portajohns and the finish chute flowed very nicely. Not to forget that transporation to and from the area is as simple as getting on the 4 train! Post-race fuel is ample (water, Gatorade, apple, pretzels all handed to you in a baggie).

What could be better/less annoying: I don’t have much in terms of “they need to change this,” and this might seem like nitpicking, though first-time runners may wish to take note. I would recommend to first time runners to leverage the time it takes to get from drop off to the starting corral. If you’re in AA, A, B, or C, be prepared to walk maybe 15 minutes. Also, the aforementioned portajohns by the 4 train are *not* the only place to “go.” There are plenty up by the starting corral. The road itself is typical NYC, with some newly paved areas and others well-worn. Runners, watch out for the ruts caused by millions of cars traveling these roads!

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What was great: The distance is the most accessible of the road races offered by NYRR. It is a hugely popular event, and while not their largest, it is one … MORE

What was great: The distance is the most accessible of the road races offered by NYRR. It is a hugely popular event, and while not their largest, it is one of the rare ones where corral is determined by age group. The starting corral itself was engineered in a way to prevent people stoping on top of others, with dividing stanchions parallel to the course forcing runners to leave the corral in an organized way at the start. The chute at the finish to get hydrated and get your gear flows nicely. Plus, it’s 5th Avenue right next to Central Park!

What could be better: Getting physically into the corral was a little rough. Entrances were slim, and I feared for the volunteers. Also, with heats so close together, pay special attention to your watch so you don’t miss your heat! For special note, I kept my bags checked at the finish line area, whereas some checked at the start line. Bags are not transported, and this might add to the start corral business for those who opted for the latter.

Overall: Great race. I’d do it again, and it’s a great opportunity to go for a run or jog in Central Park afterwards.

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First! This race was well organized. Communication leading up to it was abundant to a point that you would have had to avoid a computer and social media to not … MORE

First! This race was well organized. Communication leading up to it was abundant to a point that you would have had to avoid a computer and social media to not know where to go. Address of start was clear, route was clear (three turns altogether), and there was ample head’s up about support and safety.

The race itself was mostly flat to long shallow hill east on Myrtle Ave, bustling traffic on Jamaica Ave, and hills going north on Bushwick. The roads are not closed to traffic, so you do run at your own risk. However, “if you’ve ever gone for a run on city streets in NYC, you’ll be fine.” Keep the headphones out, eyes up, and be safe at intersections. Treat this race like you would a long run, except with a timer and a pint of beer at the end. To me, that is where the difficulty was. You can’t go “all-out” on this race, yet at face value was extremely well organized, clear as crystal communication, and overall a fun must-do for any New Yorker.

Swag was a singlet and pint glass, with an afterparty at a nearby brewery.

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What I liked: This iconic course brings you through as many neighborhoods as one could fit into a 13.1 mile race. Prospect Park is easy enough to get to (see … MORE

What I liked: This iconic course brings you through as many neighborhoods as one could fit into a 13.1 mile race. Prospect Park is easy enough to get to (see my notes below), the tougher parts are at the start, and a run down Ocean Parkway leads you to Coney Island! The expo was a pleasant experience, making this feel like a much bigger and more serious event than other half marathons NYRR produces. Bib pickup, swag pickup, New Balance shop, and other vendors were present in addition to a party atmosphere. It truly felt like a race and destination at which you *have* to be. Post-race, the chute and bag pickup were excellent. Meeting family on the baseball field was cushy! Even though it rained, there was some shelter in the stands.

What could have been better: Not a race problem per se, just be advised getting to the start may be a bit tricky so give yourself extra time. For example, many of the streets leading up to the corrals are blocked off, so if you Uber/Lyft you might have to walk a bit. Bag dropoff is a breeze, yet the two years I’ve run this there was a line to do so. The course itself is moderately difficult, Prospect Park as *that* hill in its northeast corner. Yet, the rest of the course is somewhat flat to lightly rolling. Post-race, the brewery afterparty is not worth the wait and crowds to get in. Skip that altogether, chill in the baseball field.

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An overwhelming majority of the course is on packed gravel. When I ran in 2023, it also was moderate drizzle and wetness throughout the weekend. This kept things cool, with … MORE

An overwhelming majority of the course is on packed gravel. When I ran in 2023, it also was moderate drizzle and wetness throughout the weekend. This kept things cool, with no mud patches until the final mile or two. The train ride was great to get to the start, and even when the weather was really wet, it was still beautiful to see the Lehigh River valley. The race officially began before the train arrived to the start, and the “begin the race when you’re ready” relaxed start felt like a luxury as it was a necessity. (The first few miles are on a narrow carriage trail-like path.) Support was slim on course, yet there were biking “scouts” oft seen making sure runners are okay. Portapotties are at three or four locations, water stops are a bit scarce compared to larger runs. All-in-all beautiful run and wonderful town!

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