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@slomojohn

Lees Summit, MO Raving since 2015 Half Fanatics #4598 Active 1 week, 3 days ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Running Lee's Summit

  • Rave race:

    Running with the Cows

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Wineglass, Mayor's Midnight Marathon

  • I run because:

My Races

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50K Ottawa, KS Oct 23, 2021 8:18:09
Marathon Biloxi, MS Dec 10, 2023 5:22:57
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO 2013 2:40:18

Future Races (17)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 20, 2024
Marathon Big Sur, CA Apr 28, 2024
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 11, 2024
Half Marathon Joplin, MO May 18, 2024
Half Marathon Manhattan, KS May 25, 2024
Marathon Fargo, ND Jun 1, 2024
Marathon Bismarck, ND Sep 22, 2024
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Oct 5, 2024
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2024
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 19, 2024
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 20, 2024
Half Marathon Salina, KS Nov 2, 2024
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 9, 2024
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 23, 2024
Marathon Memphis, TN Dec 7, 2024
Half Marathon Osawatomie, KS 2024
Half Marathon Ottawa, KS 2024

Past Races (122)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Apr 6, 2024
Half Marathon Liberty, MO Mar 23, 2024
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 3, 2024
Marathon St. Petersburg, FL Feb 11, 2024
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 14, 2024 5:41:28
Marathon Biloxi, MS Dec 10, 2023 5:22:57
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 19, 2023 5:45:15
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Oct 28, 2023 2:58:33
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 21, 2023 3:28:55
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 15, 2023 5:36:46
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2023 5:40:02
Half Marathon Moline, IL Sep 24, 2023 2:59:11
Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Aug 27, 2023 6:04:37
Half Marathon Pleasant Hill, MO Jul 29, 2023
Marathon Charlevoix, MI Jun 17, 2023 6:06:05
Marathon Green Bay, WI May 21, 2023 6:46:16
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 5, 2023 7:29:34
Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 26, 2023 6:19:25
Half Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 15, 2023 2:51:23
Half Marathon Brandon, FL Jan 8, 2023 2:51:47
Half Marathon Longview, TX 2023 2:59:43
Back Half Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 11, 2022 2:56:41
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 5, 2022 2:59:35
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022 6:28:37
Half Marathon Moline, IL Sep 25, 2022 2:58:55
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE May 1, 2022
Half Marathon Roanoke, VA Apr 16, 2022 3:18:33
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 6, 2022 7:29:04
Half Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 16, 2022 2:55:00
50K Ottawa, KS Oct 23, 2021 8:18:09
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 10, 2021 6:54:19
Half Marathon Pleasant Hill, MO Jul 11, 2021 3:03:48
Marathon Springfield, MO Nov 1, 2020 6:22:14
Marathon Ottawa, KS Oct 24, 2020 6:16:46
Half Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 8, 2020
Half Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 21, 2019 3:24:50
Half Marathon Chattanooga, TN Jul 6, 2019
Half Marathon Atlanta, GA Dec 9, 2018 3:22:12
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 8, 2018
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 18, 2018
Half Marathon Overland Park, KS Nov 11, 2018
Half Marathon Lee's Summit, MO Nov 10, 2018
Half Marathon Lawrence, KS Nov 4, 2018
Half Marathon Lee's Summit, MO Oct 28, 2018
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 20, 2018
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 20, 2018
Half Marathon Wichita, KS Oct 14, 2018
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Sep 23, 2018
Half Marathon Overland Park, KS Sep 11, 2018
Half Marathon Hillsboro, OR Jun 9, 2018 3:04:28
Half Marathon Fargo, ND May 18, 2018
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 12, 2018
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Apr 14, 2018 2:54:54
Half Marathon Liberty, MO Mar 3, 2018
Half Marathon Clinton, MO Feb 24, 2018
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 19, 2017 3:11:33
Half Marathon Lee's Summit, MO Nov 11, 2017 3:01:44
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 21, 2017
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 15, 2017
Half Marathon Branson, MO Oct 1, 2017 3:21:22
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Sep 24, 2017 3:22:03
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Sep 10, 2017
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 3, 2017
Half Marathon Fargo, ND May 20, 2017
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 13, 2017
Half Marathon Independence, MO May 7, 2017
Half Marathon Roanoke, VA Apr 22, 2017 3:31:50
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Apr 8, 2017
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 20, 2016
Half Marathon Lee's Summit, MO Nov 12, 2016
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 16, 2016
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 15, 2016
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 4, 2016
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 14, 2016
Half Marathon Riverside, MO Apr 23, 2016
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 16, 2016
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Apr 9, 2016
Half Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 17, 2016
Half Marathon Independence, MO 2016
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 22, 2015
Half Marathon Lee's Summit, MO Nov 14, 2015
Half Marathon Overland Park, KS Nov 8, 2015
Half Marathon Lawrence, KS Nov 1, 2015
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 18, 2015
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 17, 2015
5K Kansas City, MO Jun 6, 2015
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 6, 2015
Half Marathon Leavenworth, KS May 3, 2015
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 18, 2015
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Apr 11, 2015 2:54:52
Half Marathon Springdale, AR Mar 30, 2015
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Mar 28, 2015
Half Marathon The Woodlands, TX Feb 28, 2015
Half Marathon Hamilton, Bermuda Jan 18, 2015
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS 2015
Half Marathon Lee's Summit, MO Nov 15, 2014 2:42:29
Half Marathon Overland Park, KS Nov 9, 2014
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 19, 2014
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 18, 2014
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Sep 7, 2014
Half Marathon Brownville, NE Jul 4, 2014
Half Marathon Creston, IA Jul 3, 2014
Half Marathon Georgetown, CO Jun 28, 2014
5K Kansas City, MO Jun 7, 2014
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 7, 2014
Half Marathon Rochester, MN May 25, 2014
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 26, 2014
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Apr 12, 2014 3:10:24
Half Marathon Springdale, AR Mar 30, 2014 3:23:00
Half Marathon Biloxi, MS 2014
Half Marathon Valmeyer, IL 2014
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS 2014 2:56:48
Half Marathon Leavenworth, KS 2014 3:07:15
Half Marathon Baton Rouge, LA 2014 2:51:36
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK 2013 2:54:25
Half Marathon Shawnee, KS 2013
Half Marathon Blue Springs, MO 2013
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO 2013 2:59:51
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO 2013 2:40:18
Half Marathon Brownville, NE 2013
10K Kansas City, MO 2013
5K Kansas City, MO 2012

My Raves

Everything about the Louisiana Marathon weekend is excellent. for such a young race, the production is top notch. It's the same weekend as the Houston Marathon, but is a much … MORE

Everything about the Louisiana Marathon weekend is excellent. for such a young race, the production is top notch. It’s the same weekend as the Houston Marathon, but is a much better all around experience. The finish festival alone is worth the price of the race.

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Fresh Junkie racing puts on this race and the Louisiana Marathon, and it's simply top notch. The race organization is great, the people are wonderful, and its just a wonderful … MORE

Fresh Junkie racing puts on this race and the Louisiana Marathon, and it’s simply top notch. The race organization is great, the people are wonderful, and its just a wonderful experience. Highly recommend doing all their races.

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This is a great race - good course, great production, great swag. The only thing they can't control is the weather. It's a well done race on a flat course, … MORE

This is a great race – good course, great production, great swag. The only thing they can’t control is the weather. It’s a well done race on a flat course, so if you’re looking for a chance to PR or BQ, put this on your list.

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I've done the half here a few times, but this was my first full in Des Moines. This year, the expo and the course were different - the expo because … MORE

I’ve done the half here a few times, but this was my first full in Des Moines. This year, the expo and the course were different – the expo because the Iowa Event Center had hockey games, and the course because of street construction in what is usually the last three miles of the race. Despite this adversity, the race did a great job of rolling with the punches, and delivered their usual stellar job. Everything that can be done by the committee, is, so the only real issues is the weather. Recommended race.

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Probably the most accessible World Marathon Major, Chicago should be a bucket list race for any semi-serious marathoner. The race is great, the town is welcoming, and if you aren't … MORE

Probably the most accessible World Marathon Major, Chicago should be a bucket list race for any semi-serious marathoner. The race is great, the town is welcoming, and if you aren’t having a good time here, you aren’t trying.

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The course isn't too difficult, the hilly parts are bridges as you run through all of the Quad Cities (Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, and Rock Island) on this scenic 13.1 mile … MORE

The course isn’t too difficult, the hilly parts are bridges as you run through all of the Quad Cities (Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, and Rock Island) on this scenic 13.1 mile jaunt. The race is very well organized, and well run, with a great party atmosphere before and after the race.
I was the 3:00 half pacer for this event.

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The 2023 edition of this race shows a good race that can be great with a little more work. Bare bones expo - no additional swap available Minimal water stations, … MORE

The 2023 edition of this race shows a good race that can be great with a little more work.
Bare bones expo – no additional swap available
Minimal water stations, pre and post race experience
Both the half and full were reported long by some participants

Great crowd support
Responsive race team
Scenic route.

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Pretty bare - bones. There's a timing mat and aid stations, and you're running on an old rail line, so it's flat with a pea gravel surface. If it's hot, … MORE

Pretty bare – bones. There’s a timing mat and aid stations, and you’re running on an old rail line, so it’s flat with a pea gravel surface.

If it’s hot, skip it.

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This is a small, well done race along the shores of Lake Michigan. The same crew has been putting on the race since inception (17 years), and it shows. Everything … MORE

This is a small, well done race along the shores of Lake Michigan. The same crew has been putting on the race since inception (17 years), and it shows. Everything is well executed, and it’s just a fun time. Swag is a great value, and there is even bacon on the course. Excellent weekend event for everyone.

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This is a well done, veteran race and crew. Green Bay has the fame because of the Packers, but the local race production does a good job not resting on … MORE

This is a well done, veteran race and crew. Green Bay has the fame because of the Packers, but the local race production does a good job not resting on the name. (the only thing they can’t control is the weather). It’s well organized, well laid out and a good course through Green Bay, letting you se the entire town at a marathon pace. Recommended.

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Yea, it's a great big heavy medal, but it's a well put on race through Little Rock. The central thought is that a race is best that allows everyone to … MORE

Yea, it’s a great big heavy medal, but it’s a well put on race through Little Rock. The central thought is that a race is best that allows everyone to participate, and Little Rock really takes that to heart. Pacers for up to 8 hours, medals for those who covet the bling, and a great on and off course experience, and you have a race that is highly recommended for the first time marathoner. If you only do one marathon, Little Rock needs to be considered for that spot.

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The Cowtown is a well-organized, well run and all around great race in Fort Worth in February. There's really nothing more to say , but that everything is taken care … MORE

The Cowtown is a well-organized, well run and all around great race in Fort Worth in February. There’s really nothing more to say , but that everything is taken care of; all you have to do is run your race. The course winds through Fort Worth, using parks as well as streets, and even go through the stockyards district. It was one of my first marathons, and I’m afraid it’s spoiled me for future events – I’m going to expect this level of organizations and execution.

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This was my fifth time running the Deja Vu at the Louisiana Marathon. Every year the race experience gets better and better. The Expo was not as populated as in … MORE

This was my fifth time running the Deja Vu at the Louisiana Marathon. Every year the race experience gets better and better. The Expo was not as populated as in years past, which in understandable in a post-COVID time, but the rest of the race was top notch. I brought a couple friends with me, and they were totally blown away. This is a race that punches well above its weight.

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This is a well done, smallish 5K/Half on the Tampa side of Florida. It's well organized and is a great alternative to the more corporate WDW races. A great way … MORE

This is a well done, smallish 5K/Half on the Tampa side of Florida. It’s well organized and is a great alternative to the more corporate WDW races. A great way to see and experience local Florida.

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This race has an interesting concept - you can run the full marathon, which is a tour of Huntsville, and especially the Space Museum, or you can run one of … MORE

This race has an interesting concept – you can run the full marathon, which is a tour of Huntsville, and especially the Space Museum, or you can run one of two half marathons – the front or back half. The back half is more sought after, as it runs through the museum. It’s also the one I did.
This is a race well worth your time, regardless of which half you run. It’s very well organized and managed, which is not an easy thing to do when you have essentially three races at once. The course is scenic, and not too demanding, and the medal is excellent. The half has a generous time limit, as does the full (7 hours with an early start).

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The Monumental Series of Races (Full, half, relay) is a well-organized tour of downtown Indianapolis, with quality swag and a great volunteer effort. The expo is large and well organized, … MORE

The Monumental Series of Races (Full, half, relay) is a well-organized tour of downtown Indianapolis, with quality swag and a great volunteer effort. The expo is large and well organized, good shirts, and a large Brooks presence makes it a race on my ‘repeat’ list.

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The Quad Cities Marathon is just a solid race experience. There are no bad surprises, it's well organized. stocked, and staffed, and just a pleasant all around race experience. There … MORE

The Quad Cities Marathon is just a solid race experience. There are no bad surprises, it’s well organized. stocked, and staffed, and just a pleasant all around race experience. There are some touches that I didn’t expect, but were wonderful – two gel stations for the half, for example, in addition to plentiful aid stations. Just a delightful day in the Quad Cities.

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OK, let's be honest from the start: this is not an easy race. The half has 3780 feet of elevation change, or 283 per mile, concentrated in three hills and … MORE

OK, let’s be honest from the start: this is not an easy race. The half has 3780 feet of elevation change, or 283 per mile, concentrated in three hills and just one level(ish) part. Be prepared. Abandon your pride and give in to walking if you need to. For the most part, finishing is an award all its own.
To complement the truly spectacular hills and the struggle, the pre and post-race events are well done and memorable. If you’re looking for a challenge, you’ll find it here.

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After a rescheduled 2021, the Louisiana Marathon is back in its January time slot, and once again it does not disappoint. I've run this race four of the eleven times, … MORE

After a rescheduled 2021, the Louisiana Marathon is back in its January time slot, and once again it does not disappoint.
I’ve run this race four of the eleven times, brought running friends with me as often as possible, and we all enjoy it. The course is fast and scenic, the post-race festival is the envy of most other races, and the whole race experience is silky smooth. Every year keeps getting better and better, and the items they can control are very well done. (The weather is a wildcard, as it is for every race). My only request would be for a slightly better reward for the quarter/half weekend combo, but that’s really a very minor chirp. Without a question, this should be your Louisiana half or full marathon race. You will not regret it.

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Rock Island Trail Half Marathon is a first time race, based in Pleasant Hill, a small town southeast of Kansas City. The Rock Island Trail is an extension of the … MORE

Rock Island Trail Half Marathon is a first time race, based in Pleasant Hill, a small town southeast of Kansas City. The Rock Island Trail is an extension of the Katy trail, which stretches across Missouri. The completed Rock Island spur will connect Kansas City to Saint Louis via trail.
The Kansas City Running Company put on this smallish (200 or so entrants) race in July, using mostly the trail (crushed rock and gravel) for an out and back race from the Fairgrounds. There was some portion on a road, but it was well marked and supervised. Packet pickup, both pre-race and on site, was well run, the medals spectacular, and the out and back meant that the water stops and other support were always close.

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I ran the 40th edition of this race, and the expertise shows. The race experience is the product of a veteran staff, and it pays off with minimal surprises. Everything … MORE

I ran the 40th edition of this race, and the expertise shows. The race experience is the product of a veteran staff, and it pays off with minimal surprises. Everything just works – packet pickup, parking, course signage, the race, the staff ,the spectators – everything. Just relax, get there, and run your race.

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The Des Moines Marathon is one of the major Midwest fall races. It's run annually on the third Sunday in October, and partners with the Kansas City Marathon (run on … MORE

The Des Moines Marathon is one of the major Midwest fall races. It’s run annually on the third Sunday in October, and partners with the Kansas City Marathon (run on the third Saturday of October) to form the I-35 Challenge (More about that later on). I’ve done this race five times, and, due to construction, the route has varied from year to year. The one consistent part of the race are the scenic loops around two of the downtown Des Moines lakes. The full separates from the half at mile 4, taking a detour up to Drake University, but rejoins the Half course at mile 18, and ending in downtown where there is a well-stocked finish festival.
The swag is good, with a route-branded, route specific quarter zip long sleeve shirt (in the past) and a jacket (2018).
One of the real strengths of this race is the on course support. There is lots of live entertainment on the course (cheer squads, bands, spectator points with cheering Des Moinians), plenty of aid stations, and a roving bicycle support squad, there to check on all of the runners, and loaded with all sorts of support materials. That’s a great touch that I don’t see a lot at other races.

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The 2017 edition of this race did things backwards - literally. In a much-needed shakeup, the latest edition of the Kansas City Marathon changed the logo, the expo, and restructured … MORE

The 2017 edition of this race did things backwards – literally. In a much-needed shakeup, the latest edition of the Kansas City Marathon changed the logo, the expo, and restructured the course, taking the 2016 race and running much of the course in reverse, and adding a scenic, (much welcomed), downhill finish. The course still winds through the downtown, through the Power and Light District, past the Sprint Center, a leg through the 18th and Vine area, then a long lope along the Paseo, then turning past the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, through the Plaza and Westport areas, and cresting with the view of the downtown area, a gorgeous sight in the early morning. For those who have never run in Kansas City, be warned, there are hills, and are not to be taken lightly.
This race was a revitalization of prior editions. The 2016 race seemed tired and worn out, like a race shirt that’s been worn too many times and is beginning to wear out. The expo site was moved to Union Station, a great Kansas City landmark, there was a new logo and more publicity, and a new RD, who really started using social media to get the word out. Garmin is the new sponsor, and they brought in three of their athletes as well. The resulting jolt of energy really produced a more vibrant and interesting race experience. The RD has plans to make this a signature event, and the pieces are in place for this to happen with a couple more years like this one.

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The IMT Des Moines Marathon weekend is a comfortable, classic race with loads of local support. This is my fourth time, and the experience has consistently been top-notch. The course … MORE

The IMT Des Moines Marathon weekend is a comfortable, classic race with loads of local support. This is my fourth time, and the experience has consistently been top-notch. The course has minor changes from year to year (often as a result of construction, but, also runner feedback), but what keeps me coming back is the organization, with outstanding aid stations and post-race celebrations/food, The course was mainly flat this year, as the ascent around the capitol was removed from the 2016 version, and still encompassed loops around the water works park and the adjacent lake, the heart of the course. Runners are on trails during these portions of the race, free to concentrate on running and not worry about traffic. The layout also allows for spectators (the town really does turn out for the race) and features themed aid stations. I missed the bacon station from 2016, but the luau team represented strong in the park, as usual.
The race finishes on wide, open streets, with music and crowds towards the end. Once you finish and claim your medal, the post-race spread begins, This year’s edition was in several blocked-off blocks of downtown Des Moines, which made it a little hard to find all the food, but there was plenty of it, from a variety of local sponsors.
I look forward to the Des Moines race every year. Not just because of being part of the I-35 Challenge with the Kansas City Marathon, but because of the course, the people and the post race party. I urge you to put this race on your ‘to-do’ list.

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The 2016 coursae was modified from prior years, with a finishing loop around the capital a nice closing challenge. The course is mainly through downtown Des Moines, incorporating a tour … MORE

The 2016 coursae was modified from prior years, with a finishing loop around the capital a nice closing challenge. The course is mainly through downtown Des Moines, incorporating a tour of landmarks and bringing the park system into play, resulting in a variety of scenery and a fun course to run. New for 2016 was the addition of the ‘Heel and Toe Club’, designed to reward runners who have been here before – a nice touch that I wish other races would incorporate into their registration/recognition process. If I like the race enough to sign up 3, 5 or ten times, I’ve probably told a few other people, written a review or two , and generally talked up the event. A little recognition goes a long way.

Des Moines goes all out to support this race. There were plenty of well staffed aid stations, some with themes, and even the Mayor was out working at one of them. Another new wrinkle was the bacon station – it really hit the spot. The post race experience is always good, and this year’s was no exception. The refueling options and beer garden in Des Moines make it this one of my top 5 race experiences.

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Put on by the local Catholic Diocese, Running with the Cows has fast become a regional favorite race. The Race Committee goes all out to make the day a welcoming … MORE

Put on by the local Catholic Diocese, Running with the Cows has fast become a regional favorite race. The Race Committee goes all out to make the day a welcoming experience, and by the number of repeat racers, and folks drawn by word of mouth, they are doing quite well. The race has a great homegrown feel to it, and the post-race food is top notch. The Cow theme is carried out throughout the race and marketing, and the medals feature the cartoon mascot as well. You even get a cowbell for completing the half. 2016 was the seventh running of this race, and I see nothing but good things ahead. I look forward to the 2017 event already.

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