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@slomojohn

Lees Summit, MO Raving since 2015 Half Fanatics #4598 active 12 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Kansas City Track Club, KC Running Company Groupies

  • Rave race:

    Running with the Cows

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Fargo, Run Crazy Horse

  • I run because:

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Past Races (17)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 20, 2018
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 21, 2017
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 15, 2017
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 16, 2016
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
5K Kansas City, MO Jun 6, 2015
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 6, 2015
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 18, 2015
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 7, 2014
5K Kansas City, MO Jun 7, 2014
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 26, 2014
10K Kansas City, MO 2013
5K Kansas City, MO 2012

My Raves

Des Moines Marathon

Des Moines Marathon

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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Kansas City Marathon

Kansas City Marathon

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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Des Moines Marathon

Des Moines Marathon

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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Des Moines Marathon

Des Moines Marathon

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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Running with the Cows

Running with the Cows

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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