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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 (3)

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Half Marathon Duluth, MN Jun 22, 2024
Half Marathon Hermosa, SD Sep 21, 2024
Half Marathon Dallas, TX TBD

Past Races (23)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 16, 2024 2:07:58
Half Marathon Koloa, HI Sep 3, 2023 2:11:31
Half Marathon White Sulphur Springs, WV May 13, 2023
Half Marathon St Louis, MO Apr 2, 2023 2:09:00
Half Marathon Tucson, AZ Feb 18, 2023
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2022
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022 4:31:00
Half Marathon Brian Head, UT Aug 13, 2022 3:03:00
Half Marathon Ashford, WA Jul 16, 2022 2:09:54
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

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Everything about this race went smoothly. Start was well paced and spaced out. Large running crowd but never felt crowded. The views are great but they do throw a massive … MORE

Everything about this race went smoothly. Start was well paced and spaced out. Large running crowd but never felt crowded. The views are great but they do throw a massive hill in there for ya right after the l halfway point.

I would recommend this race! The crowd is great and very well done.

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Such a beautiful course with wonderful Hawaiian culture along the way! It’s not a difficult course but it does have a slow build to like 7. Make it there and … MORE

Such a beautiful course with wonderful Hawaiian culture along the way! It’s not a difficult course but it does have a slow build to like 7. Make it there and it’s easy sailing to the finish line! Everyone who ran this race was so amazing, even making a few friends along the way.

We stayed in Poipu, making it easy to get to the expo and the start line. The finish is a little longer of a walk but your body needs the shake out anyway.

The spectators were wonderful providing snacks and even beer along the way. I highly recommend this race!

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A friend of mine asked us to register for this race without knowing much about it and it exceeded all expectations! The course is beautiful with some rolling hills. There … MORE

A friend of mine asked us to register for this race without knowing much about it and it exceeded all expectations!

The course is beautiful with some rolling hills. There isn’t much crowd support on the course, so if that is important to you, then this might not be the right choice. The finishing area in the Gateway Arch National Park was beautiful.

It did get a little confusing as you are finishing the half because you reconvene with the marathoners again from mile 17-18. I did feel terrible for the marathon runners because they literally are less than 100 yards from the finish line and then have to veer off just after mile 18…

Either way, the medal was beautiful, the course was well put together, logistics with bussing worked very well from the finish to the start line. Would recommend.

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I didn’t have the highest expectations for this race but it was way better than I could have imagined! The scenery was beautiful and we also had AMAZING weather that … MORE

I didn’t have the highest expectations for this race but it was way better than I could have imagined! The scenery was beautiful and we also had AMAZING weather that day.

The road portion was fairly easy, just mostly uphill from mile 3-5.5 or so. The trail was a little harder than I anticipated. What you can’t get from the elevation map is the smaller down/up dips through out the trail. They’re short but steep. It is single track trail but everyone was very considerate and stepped to the side to let people pass.

The new finish was SO GREAT!! Loved finishing in Old Tucson. They gave free entry to all spectators (just needed a wristband) and it was fun to run straight into the main area. One of the most unique finishes I’ve been a part of.

Highly recommend this race!

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What's the biggest takeaway from running NYC?? It's a PARTY and the city shows up and shows out!! 2022 was rooouuuuugh. It was so incredibly hot and humid, making the … MORE

What’s the biggest takeaway from running NYC?? It’s a PARTY and the city shows up and shows out!!

2022 was rooouuuuugh. It was so incredibly hot and humid, making the day completely shot for me but besides that, there are some pros and cons about this race:

Pros:
– Biggest race and you’ll never be alone!
– The crowd support is definitely electric
– The course is flat but with some hills
– The scenery is exactly what you would expect for such a great city

Cons:
– If you aren’t fast… you’re at the back. Which is fine! Minus the late start to the day… I woke up at 5:30am for an 11am start time
– Transportation logistics to the start are just rough… There’s no easy way to do it. People have pros and cons for both the ferry and the bus – pick your poison.
– This year’s water stations were awful. They should not be partnering with their current water provider – Flow Spring Alkaline. The water is good but not for running if you’ve never had alkaline water before. NYRR really needs to reconsider this 4 year contract.

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A flat and well organized race with all of the crowd support you'd imagine! Here's the kicker - if you live somewhere with lots of hills? Avoid them and train … MORE

A flat and well organized race with all of the crowd support you’d imagine!

Here’s the kicker – if you live somewhere with lots of hills? Avoid them and train flat! Sounds silly but my hamstrings have never felt so tight! The course was easy but there was no muscle variation and I never used my quads until after mile 20 and oh boy did I notice that!

This is obviously a world major, so there is lot of pre-planning and pre-race details to make sure you have completely figured out beforehand but oh boy does it run smoothly! Figuratively and literally. The crow support is so amazing and the energy is real!

Definitely check out a charity team for guaranteed entry and put your miles to a good cause.

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This was a great race but know what you are signing up for beforehand! This is a 100% trail run at elevation with over 1,000ft of elevation gain topping out … MORE

This was a great race but know what you are signing up for beforehand! This is a 100% trail run at elevation with over 1,000ft of elevation gain topping out at 11,307ft! The night part of the race with the meteor shower is its appealing feature but this can make it challenging.

I started at 1am and I am so glad we did! It was a beautiful night sky with the meteors overhead. I highly recommend watching your step and be cautious. I was very careful – taking an hour over my usual half marathon time and still rolled my ankles 20+ times and even managed to fall HARD. I’m beaten, battered and bruised but I still LOVED this course. It was such a fun and unique experience but it is not for the faint-hearted.

Highly recommend registering but do your research and understand your body first!

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This was a well organized, beautiful part trail and part road race! While we couldn't see Rainier due to some cloud cover (I mean, it is Washington...), the views were … MORE

This was a well organized, beautiful part trail and part road race! While we couldn’t see Rainier due to some cloud cover (I mean, it is Washington…), the views were beautiful through the forest. The course has some technical spots but nothing too crazy that would require trail shoes.

There’s a tough mile long hill right at mile 6 up a gravel/grass path but then opens up to a downhill road for a mile break on your lungs. Find Sasquatch along the way and schedule the day at Mt. Rainier right after! There’s not much service in the area though, so make sure to download that playlist beforehand! You’ll thank yourself later.

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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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Charlotte is a great place to run. I’ve done this race 5 times now and I enjoy it every time. The city of Charlotte is growing and I can only … MORE

Charlotte is a great place to run. I’ve done this race 5 times now and I enjoy it every time.

The city of Charlotte is growing and I can only imagine this race will too. It has a lot of potential to be the next big thing on everyone’s running list.

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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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I ran this back in 2014, so it may have changed since I ran and my review. This was my first marathon and the energy was great! I still think … MORE

I ran this back in 2014, so it may have changed since I ran and my review.

This was my first marathon and the energy was great! I still think back to the crowds and the support in the neighborhoods on the first half. I specifically remember this older couple sitting in a wing-backed chair at the end of their driveway with a side table drinking mimosas and taking in the event. Its a key memory for me.

That being said, the first half was AMAZING! Then when the half marathoners split off and we kept going for the full, there was a drastic change in the event – not just because I was tired but the entire event felt different. We left behind the cute neighborhoods for business parks… There was no longer crowd support besides the bands every few miles. It quickly became lack luster and a much tougher run. The finish was nice and the crowd support returned! Again, this was years ago, so hopefully it has changed!

Aside from this, note that Nashville is full of hills! and it gets hot in April.

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