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@sydneylross

Charlotte, NC Raving since 2021 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Charlotte, NC Nov 3, 2018 4:20:00
Half Marathon Charlotte, NC Nov 16, 2019 1:59:54
10K Charlotte, NC Sep 1, 2019 50:15

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Ashford, WA Jul 16, 2022
Half Marathon Brian Head, UT Aug 13, 2022
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2022

Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN May 7, 2022 2:10:45
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Mar 20, 2022 2:03:53
Marathon Relay Charlotte, NC Nov 13, 2021
Half Marathon Savannah, GA Nov 7, 2021 2:09:00
10K Charleston, SC Sep 25, 2021 57:19
10K Charlotte, NC Sep 5, 2021 59:57
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 12, 2021 2:15:46
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 4, 2021 2:22:00
Half Marathon Charlotte, NC Nov 16, 2019 1:59:54
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 21, 2019
10K Charlotte, NC Sep 1, 2019 50:15
Marathon Charlotte, NC Nov 3, 2018 4:20:00
Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 26, 2014
Half Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC 2014

My Raves

This was a fun race! The best part is running around the Indianapolis Speedway. Not much to see on your way there but it’s a nice buildup to the track … MORE

This was a fun race! The best part is running around the Indianapolis Speedway. Not much to see on your way there but it’s a nice buildup to the track and then a nice run back to the finish. Just have to make time to stop and kiss the bricks!

It’s a fairly flat course and generally an easy run. I ran this 3 weeks post Covid and found it to be fairly doable, if that says anything for the difficulty?

The swag is great and the attendance is definitely great. We got lucky and got a hotel right at the starting line. It’s a later start, so being able to walk right out the door and not run until 7:50am? Least stressful race start ever!

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The finish is the best part of this out and back race. Nothing better than a beach front party after a race! You’ll enjoy glimpses of the beach and then … MORE

The finish is the best part of this out and back race. Nothing better than a beach front party after a race!

You’ll enjoy glimpses of the beach and then finish right in the boardwalk. The crowds are wonderful with lots of supporters.

The hardest part for me was between mile 3 and 5, you run along a highway that had a very slight slant to the right. You won’t notice it right away until your left glute turns into a fiery rock. So do your best to run along the right side shoulder of the road and you should be good!

Would definitely recommend!!

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This would be the 4th time I ran in the Charlotte Marathon - twice in the half, one in the full, and this year in the marathon relay. Here are … MORE

This would be the 4th time I ran in the Charlotte Marathon – twice in the half, one in the full, and this year in the marathon relay. Here are my bulleted thoughts on this year and a few consistent critics:

1) Spectators in Charlotte aren’t great… with the fact that in runs through several neighborhoods, only two come out in stride and its just in little pockets. If people made a fund day out of it, it would be such a better race!

2) This year included terrible (or no) course markers. I watched several top finishers add time to their run because there was no one telling them where to go. The fifth place finisher I watched turn around, ask a cop for directions and then turned to me for support. TERRIBLE. Each year I always see people confused at the marathon/half split and they never improve it.

3) The pacer signs were illegible while running. Unless you were face-to-face with it, it couldn’t be read. Not helpful when you are trying to pace.

4) This year they picked the smallest location. They had to send directions on how to park and how to get a shuttle.

5) It was planned on a weekend with the light rail – the easiest and most effective for of transportation to the race, was not going to be in service. I don’t know if this was poor planning on their part, on the city or both.

6) if you do it for the medal, their medals are not the best.

There are several other reasons that this year may have convinced me not to do it again…. but I’ll let you decide.

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First off, Savannah is beautiful! When running downtown, you can't go wrong with the sights and the course is super easy. My only recommendation, find a race in Savannah that … MORE

First off, Savannah is beautiful! When running downtown, you can’t go wrong with the sights and the course is super easy. My only recommendation, find a race in Savannah that isn’t a Rock n Roll.

The 2021 race was a weather disaster, so I am going to write my review in stride knowing that they have no control over that, but there are things they had control over that didn’t go great.

The expo didn’t feel like it was planned well. I understand we need to do COVID checks but it was a 15-minute wait to get into the expo, after sitting in traffic to get there for 10 minutes before that. At the expo, you had to wait in a line to get an ID check for a wristband for your free beer at the end – all fine and dandy if the beer wasn’t Heiniken 0.0 beer. 1) Why check IDs for an alcohol-free beer? 2) who gives out an alcohol-free beer?!

Now for race day… I understand that weather was an issue but it was pretty obvious weather was going to be an issue days before the event, so some of the issues day of were pretty frustrating. They cancelled the full an hour before it was supposed to start (I was only running the half) but I know people that were very frustrated that there wasn’t even a warning that they were considering it the day before.

As for the start, let me remind you it was cold and pouring. We stood at the start line for 25 minutes in the pouring rain and “feels like” 37-degree weather without a legible explanation as to why. about 15 minutes into the wait, it looked like we were about to head off, so we stripped the trashbags to get going, only to stand freezing for another 10-15 minutes.

I do want to give a HUGE shout-out to the volunteers this day. They were so nice, supportive, and mostly looking happy to be there! Even though it was pouring and freezing. Thank you to them for the high energy and support!

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If you are used to running hills, this course will be a piece of cake! I know a lot of people are intimidated by the bridge but it really is … MORE

If you are used to running hills, this course will be a piece of cake! I know a lot of people are intimidated by the bridge but it really is the only elevation and is a steady incline. I remember being so worried about it but between the views and the amount of people, it was so easy.

The event is run very smoothly but planning beforehand is definitely important! Make sure you know how you are getting to and from the start line – they generally make you decide when registering.

The views are spectacular. The energy is amazing. You can’t go wrong! I was a little disappointed in the 2021 medal but that’s not that big of a deal. Definitely encourage everyone to run this at least once!

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This year was a little different than the first and felt a little more crowded at the start and finish. Always gets a great crowd but the course will surprise … MORE

This year was a little different than the first and felt a little more crowded at the start and finish. Always gets a great crowd but the course will surprise you! There is a big hill on mile 4 right as you are finishing the highway portion that’s rough.

I remember the first time I ran thinking that running on the highway wouldn’t be that exciting but it was a really amazing race. The views are great and a fun new way to see the city.

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Vacation Races puts on a fantastic and well-organized race! I ran this one the week after their Grand Teton Half and in comparison, the views aren't equal but the course … MORE

Vacation Races puts on a fantastic and well-organized race! I ran this one the week after their Grand Teton Half and in comparison, the views aren’t equal but the course was nice. Its a little tough in places where its definitely just a trail service road or rocky creek trail. If you aren’t great on balancing, be mindful of your step. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the switch up from road running and getting out into the woods. While there are no mountain views, its still definitely worth the run.

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There isn't anything bad I can really say about this race other than it's going to be an early morning (but what race isn't??). The course is STUNNING. The medal … MORE

There isn’t anything bad I can really say about this race other than it’s going to be an early morning (but what race isn’t??). The course is STUNNING. The medal is one of my favorites, as is the race shirt.

The volunteers are wonderful and the expo/bib pick-up went so smoothly. I didn’t care about earning a PR or running my fastest pace because all I wanted to do was soak up the scenery of the course.

Run this race and sign up for the Yellowstone half as well and make it a full week. YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!

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This is a unique race with some challenging elements. Being that it is an active air force base, there aren't a lot of spectators for most of the run, as … MORE

This is a unique race with some challenging elements. Being that it is an active air force base, there aren’t a lot of spectators for most of the run, as they aren’t allowed on base. Because of that, it can be challenging but they do a great job to make up for it! The water stations are top-notch cheerleaders! They place information placards all along the course to keep your mind focused on something else, and its just really cool to run through the base. The start and end is at the air force museum, so your finish line and finishing pictures are really spectacular with all the old planes.
Be prepared for some major hills along the way too! There’s a rough one right at the start and around mile 1, scattered through the race, and then the overpass bridge at about mile 20 will get you. But don’t let those stop you! Its sure to be a challenge you won’t regret.

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