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Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '18

For me this was a very difficult course, between the heat and the hills...however, the views along this course were breathe taking! Travel is a bit difficult, and rooms are … MORE

For me this was a very difficult course, between the heat and the hills…however, the views along this course were breathe taking! Travel is a bit difficult, and rooms are expensive…I found a cheap room, but will never advise anyone to go here (America’s Best Value Inn); not air conditioning, no coffee, the floors were nasty, I have absolutely nothing good to say about this place. The expo was kinda cute (outside), with a farmers market right next to it. Medals were pretty cool!!! It was a lot of fun tubing, as there is not much else to do, got tube at Ace Hardware $16, and took free city bus to drop point, floated back…very relaxing, fun and inexpensive. Volunteers were awesome!

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wonderjess FIRST-TIMER '16

I signed up for this race about 2 weeks prior, and planned to run it as a training run. There are 5 races: 50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K … MORE

I signed up for this race about 2 weeks prior, and planned to run it as a training run. There are 5 races: 50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K – with staggered starts from 5:30 to 8. I ran the Half, which runs a figure 8 of sorts through the north side of the property, and then to the south side of the property (50Kers and Marathoners have to run the figure 8 twice). You’ve got to love a race that states: “RULE NUMBER 1 – IF YOU’RE A WUSS – JUST STAY HOME!”

Logistics: Coalgate is kind of in the middle of no-where, and this ranch is 10 minutes north of Coalgate. The ranch owners have some bunkhouses and cabins (sold out), and they offered up their land for camping the night before. I camped with another runner. It worked out great! They gave us food the night before, there were bonfires, and morning of, I literally rolled over to the start. Port-o-potties were plentiful. Everything worked out.

Course and support: The course is gorgeous! The terrain varied from open pastures to single track to running around boulders with no shoulder on one side. It wasn’t too technical – except for a few parts on the northern loop. I think what made this so difficult was running in full June sun through the fields. Course support was spectacular. I remember at least 4 aid stations, and the volunteers were great!! Super supportive, and really assisting all the runners as they came in (a lot of the volunteers were pro-active and would ask each runner what they needed).

SWAG: The SWAG bag at packet pick-up was good! We were given race t-shirts, plus a bandana with the course map, also a koozie, a first-aid kit, sunglasses, a carabiner clip, and chapstick. Not to mention the included meals (pasta dinner before, barbecue at the finish, plus beer, watermelon, icee pops). There were also medals (I’m not much of a medal person).

Mustangs: There are wild mustangs at this ranch. It’s an eco-tourism ranch, and they provide refuge to wild horses. I think they said that about 170 mustangs live at Mowdy. They corralled most, but left about 20 running free in the field. We watched them at the start and throughout the day. Spectacular. Proceeds from this race are contributed to their upkeep and care.

Final verdict: Yes, loved this race!! It was tough, and beautiful, the people that came out to run it definitely were not wusses. I loved that we could camp ahead of time. Welcome to Oklahoma!

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orthoamit FIRST-TIMER '18

It's a Picture perfect race, surreal scenic beauty and tailor made for a PR or BQ. Ideal weather, smooth mild downhill after 3 miles. The gravel is tough to run … MORE

It’s a Picture perfect race, surreal scenic beauty and tailor made for a PR or BQ. Ideal weather, smooth mild downhill after 3 miles. The gravel is tough to run on if you are not used to it and can takeaway a few seconds per mile but the weather and the downhill more than make up for it. A race managed by someone who loves running and places runners interests first. Very warm and welcoming staff and volunteers! … Anyone who loves long distance running should run The Tunnel Marathon once in their running lifetime!… It’s a one of a kind lifetime experience. I flew all the way from India for this and had a 28 mins PR!! … But irrespective of the time I am glad to run this just for the experience.

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marathon250 FIRST-TIMER '18

A race that far exceeds expectations considering the number of participants. Inaugural run was in 2018. A run that starts in small town Iowa, you run to another town and … MORE

A race that far exceeds expectations considering the number of participants. Inaugural run was in 2018.
A run that starts in small town Iowa, you run to another town and then back to where you started. Mostly flat with gentle hills in the farmland. When you cross the Cedar River at around mile 5 WOW you almost want to stop just to take it all in for a minute or two! However, that hill coming back is why the course is level two for difficulty instead of one.
Execution of first aid support was great! 4×4 UTVs were cruising up and down the highway for runners. Water stations are great! Some had food for energy. Roads are NOT closed to traffic, but because of the UTVs and police/first responder presence traffic was never moving fast, and traffic was light.
All runners received a nice long sleeve athletic shirt and finishers medal, age group awards were glasses with race logo, and there was a prize for the overall winner! However, I heard race officials talk about adjusting prizes next year due to the small field size. (Get your friends to do it with you!)

Post race you get a free shower at the Cedar River Complex! (However, it is a few blocks away from the finish, it was a two minute drive.)

Race morning was humid and warm. That will happen at this time of year. Expect temps between 60-70 at start time and 80+ near finishing time.

I have been to other small marathons as a spectator that have been around for a while, and even though I was a participant in this one, I would still say organization was far superior. Being its inaugural year, hopefully things dont get changed much for future races!

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TroyMiller FIRST-TIMER '18

After asking about other races in Nebraska and getting mostly a "I did such and such and it was okay" response, I decided on Logan View because it benefits the … MORE

After asking about other races in Nebraska and getting mostly a “I did such and such and it was okay” response, I decided on Logan View because it benefits the local school. I knew it would be a small race (I’m quite certain the volunteers outnumbered the participants) and I also knew it would be challenging. I had never run a night race (and likely never will again) so I was not sure what to expect with this. I was not sure how to fuel during the day but I knew I needed to pre-hydrate as it was going to be a hot one.
The temp at 5 PM at the start of the race was 85 F and there was nary a whisper of wind. The sun was out in full force with nary a cloud in the sky. Thankfully the aid stations were well stocked and the students and volunteers helping were more than helpful and made sure we got plenty of fluids. There was also a random farmer that was out with his kids cheering us on and offering us water, Gatorade and a cold shower he had set up.
The course was mostly through the rural country side and was pretty enough but provided little to no shelter from the blazing sun. Corn and soybeans lined the roads on both sides with the occasional farmstead to break up the fields.
There were also the hills late in the race. I went from the thought of “Keep pushing so you can finish in under 4 hours” to “You might want to slow it down so you can live through this one!” The latter self-talk won out. By the time I started climbing the hills, the sun had sucked most of the life out of me and I walked up many of the hills. That was until I hit the “Mile 26” marker (which was on the final hill with a nearly 200′ ascent in just over a mile), at this point I knew the end was in sight and I could pick up the pace and finish strong.
I will say that it was kind of fun finishing in the dark…and by dark I mean out in the country with no street lights pitch dark! I wore my Tracer 360 vest in flashing mode and it was a lot of fun in that darkest of darks.
Even though this was by far the toughest race I have ever run, the people made it a great race. There were hand written notes from students in our packets, there were students manning the aid stations and encouraging each runner and the “medals” were wooden and were etched with my finishing place…Very cool! There was a dinner afterwards that was excellent and one of the directors from the school sat and talked with me about my training and such, genuinely trying to find out what goes into preparing for a marathon. All of the people involved were genuinely interested in who we were and what brought us to their little race in their little town in the Heartland. Even though it was the most brutal and challenging race I have ever run to date, it was the people that made it what it was, a great race.

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bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '17

It's too bad that this marathon is so far from major airports, because more runners should really experience it. On the other hand, I got the feeling that the race … MORE

It’s too bad that this marathon is so far from major airports, because more runners should really experience it. On the other hand, I got the feeling that the race director really doesn’t want this race to grow. My opinion is based on the fact that the main website of the race hasn’t been updated in years, registration closed early this year despite it not being full, and the race director took a hard line on late registrations and was extremely slow in responding to email communications. None-the-less, it was a well organized marathon run on a scenic and fast course. There was a free pasta dinner the evening before the race, there were plenty of well-stocked aid stations, the t-shirts were nice and well designed, and the finisher awards were real western spurs. Race morning started very early with a 40-mile drive to the shuttle pickup point. The bus took us uphill on Brownlee Road to the starting point. While waiting for the race to start, we were able to watch the beautiful colors of the sunrise over the prairie. The mainly downhill course was on a single-lane road that meandered down through a valley. There were some actual sandhills with native vegetation along part of the course, but most of it was converted to pasture. The course also took a detour through the tiny town of Brownlee, Nebraska, which added a little variety. One unique twist that was added by this race was the mobile porta johns. They had two of them on a flatbed trailer which was driven along the course in case anyone needed to use them. All in all it was well supported, and I would do it again.

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sdrunnin FIRST-TIMER '19

Highly enjoyable course with great views yet challenging. Loved the trail portion of the course with all the trees and rushing rivers! You do have to watch your step though … MORE

Highly enjoyable course with great views yet challenging. Loved the trail portion of the course with all the trees and rushing rivers! You do have to watch your step though as there a rocks and sticks along the way. But it’s a trail so yeah… The long downhill portion of the run give you an opportunity for a PR! Beat up my quads but I enjoyed those fast miles. Lots of aid stations with water, electrolytes, stinger packs and oranges! I would say the finish line needs to be improved. Thick grass and an uneven surface was a bit treacherous for unstable legs after that downhill. An absolutely gorgeous medal and chocolate milk and boxed snacks at the end. Overall, I loved it and will run again!

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Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

This race was on my bucket list for a few years. A local marathon was always the same weekend until this year so I took advantage. The GOOD: Dick Daymont … MORE

This race was on my bucket list for a few years. A local marathon was always the same weekend until this year so I took advantage.
The GOOD: Dick Daymont does a great job with this race! The pre-race dinner is great! Lots of options (you are given a meal ticket to eat in the school’s cafeteria). The lap counters (XC team at St. Olaf’s) are enthusiastic. Every lap you are encouraged. Having tables at each corner of the track is great. You can stash your stuff in one corner or have it spread out. Your personal lap counter is attentive and will help you in whatever way you want. I gave her my phone and the passcode and she recorded videos/pictures and posted them for me as well.
THE (kinda) BAD: It’s freaking COLD in Minnesota in January!!! 3 degrees the day before the race. I was worried about flight delays getting there. I was delayed getting home but I didn’t so much care.
WHAT I LEARNED: I ran a few training runs on the local track to prepare for the race. Be prepared for some sore IT, knees, hips with those turns. (you change direction every 30 minutes-this helps but I was pretty sore after…)
OVERALL – I will definitely do this one again! A fun, personalized experience.

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RunFactory FIRST-TIMER '14

If it snows... a lot... you are in for a BIG challenge. In 2014, when I ran this, there was about 8 inches of snow the night before. It took … MORE

If it snows… a lot… you are in for a BIG challenge. In 2014, when I ran this, there was about 8 inches of snow the night before. It took me longer to run the half-marathon than it usually takes to run a full, that’s how much difficulty the snow added. The other challenge is the 3ish mile loop that you have to keep running (a la the film Groundhog Day), but the post-race spread (great craft brews and homemade chili!) makes all the effort worthwhile. Great volunteers and organization!

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EJRunner FIRST-TIMER '18

This is a must-do half marathon. Fast, flat, scenic, fall-colors course. Awesome volunteers. Lots of supportive spectators. Plenty of porta-potties all along the course. Good number of water stations. Great … MORE

This is a must-do half marathon. Fast, flat, scenic, fall-colors course. Awesome volunteers. Lots of supportive spectators. Plenty of porta-potties all along the course. Good number of water stations. Great swag for the runners. Great start/finish in festive, hip Des Moines downtown area. Ran my second fastest half yesterday. Super happy.

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petermcdavitt REPEAT RUNNER '18

I have run KC marathon before, and both times it went very smoothly. I really liked the new course, fewer hills, and no more 2-3 mile uphill climbs. The downhill … MORE

I have run KC marathon before, and both times it went very smoothly. I really liked the new course, fewer hills, and no more 2-3 mile uphill climbs. The downhill finish was OK, doesn’t really matter to me as long as it is not an uphill. Police and volunteers did a great job directing traffic and running aid stations. Only complaint was that the race shirt was a bit lame. I would rather have had a quarter zip thermal or long-sleeve tech shirt than a long-sleeve hoodie made of t-shirt material.

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Mueller375 FIRST-TIMER '18

The Course is open for 5 HOURS! The insanely long amount of time allows runners to run a variety of distances and speeds at the same time. (3.1, 6.2, 9.3, … MORE

The Course is open for 5 HOURS! The insanely long amount of time allows runners to run a variety of distances and speeds at the same time. (3.1, 6.2, 9.3, 13.1, 16.2, 19.3, 22.4) I chose to do the 19.3 (Half Marathon then a 10k) the half started at 4pm and the race closed at 9pm so if you are a walker wanting to walk a half or if you are training for a marathon like myself you have the ability to have the pottys and water stops. It is a night course so you get to see it but despite the medals having the Dallas skyline you aren’t in downtown.

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skmills12 FIRST-TIMER '18

Beware of this race... from the haphazardly put together "expo" to the course which will run you through the roughest areas of Omaha, to please pass this race up. I … MORE

Beware of this race… from the haphazardly put together “expo” to the course which will run you through the roughest areas of Omaha, to please pass this race up. I finished the half marathon, which seems like more care was given, I hopped on the B- cycles and had to provide Gatorade to family member running the full marathon. As there were not enough water stops on the full course. Between the rude management, poor organization, and neglect of recognizing hazardous conditions, just run another race.

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bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '18

This race was part of the Mainly Marathon Prairie Series, which is notoriously hot and frequently humid. Fortunately, this course had quite a bit of shade. The route started at … MORE

This race was part of the Mainly Marathon Prairie Series, which is notoriously hot and frequently humid. Fortunately, this course had quite a bit of shade. The route started at the Mainly Marathon “camp” and zig-zagged through a combination park/recreational complex in Riverside Park in a short out-and-back, and then proceeded to another out-and-back underneath the freeway overpass to a pretty stretch along the Big Sioux River. The first few hundred yards of the second out-and-back was open to the sun, but the rest did have quite a bit of shade. The advantage to this double out-and-back is that you ran by the aid station about every 0.5 to 0.75 miles. This makes it easier to keep hydrated and fueled without having to wear a hydration vest or carry a hand-held bottle. I thought this course was better than the Mainly Marathon races in Nebraska and Missouri that I ran last year as it was more scenic and had a little more shade. A bonus was the sighting of several white-tailed deer, including two new-born fawns along the paved trail that went along the Big Sioux River.

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triguy1012 FIRST-TIMER '19

This is a small event. They did an excellent job with communication before the race with emails. If you like the small race feel then you will love it. This … MORE

This is a small event. They did an excellent job with communication before the race with emails. If you like the small race feel then you will love it. This was my 3rd marathon. I have done Iron Man races too. I did NYC and Philly prior. But if you want something simple and fun then go for this race. the Logistics were easy. The director is one cool dude. It is a declining elevation and the few uphills do change things up. While no marathon is easy I did PR this one. Why? Well I worked harder and I am a 6 months removed from my Iron Man. It hit 60-70 on the second 13.1 and it was harder. Overall if you are looking for a value and you just love to run and compete then go for it. Aid stations every 2 miles were helpful. I carried my own nutrition and fluids. But they did bring my custom drink to mile 14 so I could swap bottles. It was very nice of them to do this very athletes. 🙂

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cubsfrog29 FIRST-TIMER '19

I was super excited for this race. My sister and I came in from Minnesota and Florida for it. There were some good parts of the race. Running on the … MORE

I was super excited for this race. My sister and I came in from Minnesota and Florida for it. There were some good parts of the race. Running on the Strip at night under all the Vegas light was something out of a dream, but it was a bit discouraging for being in the back of the pack. Water stations and food stations were being torn down before getting to them. Some lady downtown Las Vegas came out of her house and gave me a cold bottle of water. I don’t know if she’ll ever read this but that lady was my Las Vegas Angel. Being on the Strip was great, the medal was nice, but overall it didn’t live up to what I thought it would be.

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