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@staciyanke

Sturgis, MI Raving since 2016 active 4 years, 2 months ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
33.5 Mile Relay Kalamazoo, MI Apr 9, 2016 5:10:51
Half Marathon Chatsworth, GA Apr 30, 2016 1:56:24
10K Bristol, IN Dec 6, 2014 56:49
5K Lagrange, IN Jun 25, 2016 27:05

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Past Races (10)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 30, 2016
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 17, 2016
Half Marathon Blue Mountains, Canada Jul 16, 2016
5K Lagrange, IN Jun 25, 2016 27:05
Half Marathon Chatsworth, GA Apr 30, 2016 1:56:24
33.5 Mile Relay Kalamazoo, MI Apr 9, 2016 5:10:51
Half Marathon Bethlehem, PA Oct 16, 2015 2:26:33
50K Relay Albion, IN Dec 20, 2014
10K Bristol, IN Dec 6, 2014 56:49
Half Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 19, 2014 2:02:57

My Raves

This race has a 1 mile option at 8:30 and a 5k at 9am in downtownLagrange at the courthouse. They have a pavilion for runners to get their race packets, … MORE

This race has a 1 mile option at 8:30 and a 5k at 9am in downtownLagrange at the courthouse. They have a pavilion for runners to get their race packets, t-shirts and goody bag.
The goody bag is one thing that the Courthouse Classic is know for. One of the sponsors (Miller Grocery) provides the goodies for each bag and you never know what you are going to get. The bag is a paper grocery sack so it really is a mystery until you open it up.
The great part about this small town race is it has been going on for long enough it draws a pretty nice size group of runners and some with quite a bit of speed.
At 8:30 they had the start of the competitive mile in which a friend of ours was running. He ended up winning with a 4:52 <–speedy!
We started slowly moving toward the start line so we would be ready for the race to start right at 9. Just a few minutes before the hour the officials called the runners over, gave a brief explanation of the course and got us lined up. And we were off!!! It starts on a brick road right next to the courthouse with a low grade incline right off the bat. We made a right turn and then a left onto a road heading out of town. This portion was mostly going to be out and back. There were a couple of easy rolling hills but nothing major at all.
They had a water stop positioned just after the turn around.wouldn’t.
Just after mile 2 we turned into a sub-division and had a hill to run up
After I finished up we cruised through the snacks which was a nice spread of Subway, bananas, grilled chicken sausages, Gatorade and water.
They had some great prizes for overall winners (giant frosted cookies) and trophies. Oh and they had a kids race in which each kids name was announced and they received a medal. <–pretty cool stuff to those little ones.

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When we reached the starting area the race workers were still setting up cones. We noticed they were marking a turn around point right at the start. All of the … MORE

When we reached the starting area the race workers were still setting up cones. We noticed they were marking a turn around point right at the start. All of the racers were now very curious. We had all heard they were adding mileage at the top of the mountain but didn’t know where. Soon the race director Sean was telling us the last bus was on its way up and we would be starting soon. The start ended up being around 10 minutes late.

When the last bus arrived, they explained the course change. We were to head down the mountain for 1.6 miles, turn around, head back to the start and then turn to go back down. This was an interesting add to the race!
Miles 1-3: elevation: (gained 221) (lost 298)

The first mile was a slight uphill and then mostly down hill until the turnaround at 1.6, then we headed right back up until returning to the start to head back down. By the time I hit mile 2 I had already witnessed several people walking. The mountain air along with the steep incline was proving difficult for a lot of runners. I had tried to go out conservatively which helped a lot in these first few miles. I knew I wasn’t burning myself out early the race coordinators even suggest this. I grabbed a water at the first station around mile 3.

Miles 4-6: elevation: (gained 174) (lost 436)

Mile 4 proved to be very difficult. We just came off a pretty intense downhill and then hit a long uphill that curved quit a bit so much so that your ankles were at an angle. We passed an aid station at about 5.5 where I snagged a sports drink. The road down was so beautiful!! Every now and then you would get a glimpse off the mountain into the valley!
Miles 7-9: elevation: (gained 42) (lost 899)

The elevation loss during these miles was intense. I trained on hills but could feel the beating my legs were taking. I was focusing on shorter sides and light feet. We hit the aid station at about mile 8.5!
Miles 10-12: elevation: (gained 0) (lost 866)

At mile 12 there was an aid station so I grabbed water they also had sports drink available.
Mile 13.1: elevation: (gained 9) (lost 56)

This section really flattened out. It was mostly rolling hills but what really hit me was the sun! We had been having a nice breeze and shade while coming down the mountain. Now we were on the streets of Chatsworth with full sun up above us! It made the last mile a little challenging but it was nice to know you didn’t have much further to go! The finish was great and you could smell some great BBQ waiting on you when you finished along with the RD shouting out names as each of us crossed the finish line!
The big issue I had along with other racers is that the course 5k and half were both about .10 long. I didn’t mind that much but I know that for some people a PR was in reach and they feel they missed due to this.

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I had been looking forward to this race for awhile. I got to run it with 5 amazing people and a great support group! This race is a 33.5 mile … MORE

I had been looking forward to this race for awhile. I got to run it with 5 amazing people and a great support group!
This race is a 33.5 mile point to point race down the Kal-Haven Trail in Michigan. You have options of running it solo, or in teams (anywhere from 2 person to 6). We run as a group of 6 and represent our running/health and fitness group Chicks With Kicks.

The weather for this race has varied in a big way the couple of year I ran it, the first year was shorts and short sleeve weather this year was tights/long sleeves and snow. You have to make sure to pay attention to the weather so you don’t end up having any planning issues. Also part of the trail is paved and part crushed asphalt so you need to have correct footwear. We got to the trail at about 8:30 and picked up our shirts and bibs. This was a seamless process with no wait at all.

Leg 1: 3.9 miles:
The race start for the relay was at 9am and started right on time! The trail looked snow covered and we were told by the race officials it was slick.
The rest of us got in our vehicles and headed to the start of the next leg.
Leg 2: 5.7 miles: This leg doesn’t have a port o potty at the start of it so, if you are running the relay your second runner needs to know this and use the ones at the start.
Leg 3: 8 miles: Our runner had to wait for traffic twice during this leg of the race but only for a few seconds as the trail does cross some roads.
Leg 4: 5.9 miles:
Leg 5: 6.5 miles:
Leg 6 3.5 miles: This leg is by far the hilliest so if you are running solo you need to be prepared for them after the 30 mile mark.
Our team finished at 5:10:51 for an avg pace of 9:17. This put us a minute per mile faster than last year and we all had a ton of fun. This is a race we will for sure be back to next year! We have already discussed getting at least 2 adult teams and 1 teen team for our kids to run also.
I think we all had a good time, ran well and had a lot of laughs! This is the type of event that really makes running something I crave! The friendships you can make and people you can enjoy it with.

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This race was so much fun! Everything about it was great. The race start/expo are all very easy to get too and gear check was quick and organized. I never … MORE

This race was so much fun! Everything about it was great. The race start/expo are all very easy to get too and gear check was quick and organized. I never had any issues getting around and they have areas to stay warm and use REAL bathrooms.
The expo was a little smaller than I expected since Runners World was hosting it and I thought that hats and shirts were ok but not great. The shirts are loose in the body but tight in the sleeves and that hat is HUGE (I am 5’3″ and about 120) but overall I would go back to this race in a heart beat!
The course was challenging but not so hard you couldn’t run well, the aid stations were prepared and they offered electrolytes and water. The course support was crazy good and the whole town made it a weekend worth hanging around for!!

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The Huff is a great trail race from beginners to experienced runners it has something for everyone! I took part in a 50k relay where each runner had an 11 … MORE

The Huff is a great trail race from beginners to experienced runners it has something for everyone! I took part in a 50k relay where each runner had an 11 mile loop (yes it adds up to more than 50k) that was awesome!
Being a December race you can bet it was cold but not unexpected. The ground had a beautiful frost to it and you could hear the crunch of the runners as we headed down the trails. There are hills, roots, mud, water and a small amount of road that is run on.
The aid stations had flat cola, flat orange soda, sandwiches, cookies, chips and water. The volunteers were awesome and made sure every runner was well taken care of.
Plenty of restrooms along the way and a nice warm tent at the halfway point of the 50k for runners to change, warm up, eat soup, and refuel.
Each runner received a tech shirt, a tech santa hat, tech beanie, a double shot glass and a plastic mug! Plus when you crossed the finish line you received a finishers belt buckle instead of a traditional medal! The race organizers really had it all together for this! Lots of un was had and I will definitely be going back!!!

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The race is at a Christmas Tree farm just on the outskirts of a small town. Packet pick up was morning of in a small trailer but they had it … MORE

The race is at a Christmas Tree farm just on the outskirts of a small town. Packet pick up was morning of in a small trailer but they had it super organized so you could go in one door, get what you needed and head out the other. I didn’t find any issues with this at all. There was not a shirt along with race entry but you could purchase a 3/4 zip fleece if you chose too.

One of the things that I loved/hated about the race is we had 3 distances to choose from: 1/2 Marathon, 10k and 5k. I chose the 10k but everyone started together so I had NO IDEA who I was running against!! It wasn’t hectic or anything you just don’t know who is running what at first so at the 5k mark they split off for the finish, you could possibly be in someones way but this didn’t happen with me!
The course started on the road and was out and back for the first 5k. When the 5ker’s split from us I realized how few people were continuing on. At this point the 1/2 and the 10k headed out into the tree farm.
It was all fields and wooded so the second half of the race was a trail race for me!! Some of the ground was sandy, some muddy and some just so covered in leaves you couldn’t see the tree roots and had to be very careful. It wasn’t at all hilly but still slowed us down!
At mile 5 the terrain got more technical and I slowed down more but it was more so due too the sand/leaves mixing together to create a little footing chaos. It may not be like this every year. The 10k finishes after this portion and the half marathoners continue to complete the entire loop a second time.
They gave us all a cool piece of wood with the logo burnt into it instead of a finishers medal. I think it is pretty cool and am glad I have something a little different to remember this race with.
They had a heated tent set up with great food and heat. I grabbed a hot chocolate, banana and a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich!!!
While waiting for the results my daughter showed me some crafts she had made while I was racing! She also got a bag with a coloring book and box of crayons in it. They really had a nice setup for the kids inside the tent so they didn’t get bored easily. As a family we really appreciated that.
Then Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up!! They sat in chairs and talked to all the kids(and adults). It was a nice added touch since the race is on a christmas tree farm a few weeks before the holiday.
Overall this race was a lot of fun and I am wanting to make it a repeat race for me for sure!!

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Pricing/Signup: When you are running an international race you can't really beat the price. It is the same as any normal half/full marathon depending on what time of year you … MORE

Pricing/Signup: When you are running an international race you can’t really beat the price. It is the same as any normal half/full marathon depending on what time of year you sign up, you can expect to pay around 100 (give or take for time period).
Packet pickup/expo: The expo was great! It was huge and very well organized. When you walked in everyone got a tote, cowbell, some magnets and other flyers to carry anything you sampled or purchased. To pick up your race bib you did have to have your passport or passport card. If you didn’t have this you weren’t getting your bib. (unless you chose to run the only US version of the race).
Start: The start is very relaxed. They have you corralled based on estimated finish time but you can move around to anywhere without worry. It is very cold and they start right on time. You do have to wait for both the US and Canadian National Anthems with I thought was nice.
Course: The course is great apart from the first couple of miles. It is just a straight shot in the dark until you get to Ambassador bridge and cross over into Canada. At this point you do go through border patrol and they were awesome! Coming back into the US they aren’t as fun though..:( They had aid stations every couple of miles with gatorade and water which both worked well and plenty of bathrooms available also.
Post race snacks were awesome. They had a full spread of just about anything, pretzels, bananas, choc milk, water etc. Very organized and very helpful people in the finishers chute. Their medals are very hefty and nice too!!! The ribbon has both the US and Canadian flags on it to make it very unique.
Overall I love this race! I think they do a great job of having everything very organized. The parking race morning is the pits but that isn’t something that can be changed too easil

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