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@TatumBurke

Richmond, UT Raving since 2023 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 5 months, 1 week ago

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Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 8, 2022 3:29:00

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Past Races (36)

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Marathon Spearfish, SD Aug 20, 2023 3:49:10
Marathon Beaver City, UT Aug 5, 2023 4:34:00
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Jul 29, 2023 3:55:00
Marathon Ashton, ID Jul 15, 2023 4:09:36
Marathon Duluth, MN Jun 17, 2023 4:20:00
Marathon Buffalo, NY May 28, 2023 3:46:00
Marathon Ogden, UT May 20, 2023 3:52:00
Marathon Boise, ID May 13, 2023 3:44:00
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 7, 2023 3:30:44
Marathon Hopkinton, MA Apr 17, 2023 3:31:00
Marathon Atlanta, GA Feb 26, 2023 4:06:00
Marathon Oak Island, NC Feb 18, 2023 3:50:00
Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 4, 2023 3:45:00
Marathon Lahaina, HI Jan 15, 2023 3:43:00
Marathon Biloxi, MS Dec 11, 2022 3:39:00
Marathon Millinocket, ME Dec 3, 2022 3:47:00
Marathon Seattle, WA Nov 27, 2022 3:32:00
Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 20, 2022 3:37:00
Marathon Madison, WI Nov 13, 2022 3:44:00
Marathon Huntington, WV Nov 6, 2022 4:06:00
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Oct 22, 2022 3:36:00
Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 16, 2022 4:01:00
Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 15, 2022 3:38:00
Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 8, 2022 3:29:00
Marathon Minneapolis, MN Oct 2, 2022 3:37:00
Marathon Gilsum, NH Sep 25, 2022 3:31:00
Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jun 25, 2022 3:41:00
Marathon Eugene, OR May 1, 2022 3:40:00
Marathon Olathe, KS Nov 6, 2021 3:48:00
Marathon Newport, RI May 22, 2021 3:41:00
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 17, 2019 3:52:00
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019 3:56:00
Marathon Manitou Springs, CO Aug 25, 2019 6:51:00
Marathon Lincoln, NE May 5, 2019 3:58:00
Marathon White Sands, NM Mar 17, 2019 5:57:00
Marathon Calistoga, CA Mar 3, 2019 3:52:00

My Raves

This course is absolutely stunning the entire way. I signed up for this one as a training run, as I venture through returning from a back injury. We were extremely … MORE

This course is absolutely stunning the entire way. I signed up for this one as a training run, as I venture through returning from a back injury. We were extremely lucky to get such great weather as they said 2 days ago it was 100 degrees. The overcast skies and the gentle downhill was absolute perfection for anyone racing. With a injury it was easy to just coast along on that fabulous course. The race directors were extremely supportive and drove along frequently asking if everyone was ok or needed anything. Super impressive with the whole production besides being bused up well over an hour before the race started, as I would have preferred to sleep a bit longer after traveling and driving 13 hours straight through the night to get there. No biggie, just too much waiting around before the race. They do let you stay on the buses to keep warm as it’s a bit chilly at the top where the start is. I would definitely love to do this one again, as it was gorgeous and has top notch race directors!

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(I signed up for this one before being injured with a back injury that was definitely not ideal for climbing 10,000 feet that first 5 miles.) A huge shout out … MORE

(I signed up for this one before being injured with a back injury that was definitely not ideal for climbing 10,000 feet that first 5 miles.) A huge shout out to the race directors that were friendly and supportive in making sure each runner had what they needed. The day before at the expo, while receiving a generous goodie bag full of surprises, it was nice to see them there presently answering any questions and sharing their experiences of the course. I personally love races where whomever is putting on the event, has run the course and can share true wisdom and experience. That first 5 miles was no joke, especially battling back injury, but just as they said after 5 miles, it’s a smooth sailing. I almost surrender on that climb, as my back was not having it, but walked my way and trusted that after 5 I would be okay, and thankfully that downhill gave me great relief.
The course was beautiful along the way and provided a sense of fresh air running beside the flowing water and greenest trees. So peaceful and serene, just spectacular beauty all around.
At the finish line, there was ample snacks and fresh Crumble cookies and it’s always nice to have ice cool water and refreshing drinks and free massages! I will definitely be back to give this one another go, when I’m all healed up! Great support, super organization, and awesome people!

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It’s an extremely gorgeous course and deserves its rating of the top 10 most beautiful, but is my #1 choice out of 85 marathons I have completed this far, for … MORE

It’s an extremely gorgeous course and deserves its rating of the top 10 most beautiful, but is my #1 choice out of 85 marathons I have completed this far, for worst runner support/ worst aid stations/terribly organized race ever. It didn’t start well with organization as we stood at 4 am waiting for buses to take us to the start that never came for over and hour and half, when they did we got to the start at 6:10 for a 6:00 start time, causing delay in the race start time meaning we would endure the heat longer. They had water and a few Gatorade stops nothing else and many runners come here to BQ. I wasn’t racing this one, already have several BQ times to submit, and currently I am injured, so just planned to run easy. Luckily, I carried more than I usually do knowing I would be out there longer. I gave away most of my gels and all of my salt tablets to help a few runners trying to BQ, but who were dealing with cramps from a lack of electrolytes in this summer heat and poor course support. In my opinion a race director’s #1 priority should always be safety. For $149 and no cost on police as we ran gravel roads down the mountain, that $ should have included water and Gatorade/ some type of electrolytes at ALL aid stations in that summer heat. I don’t care if it’s in the race email, runner’s safety comes first and especially in this summer heat it’s a necessity. I have run plenty of big city races and even Chicago and Boston where they supply water and Gatorade at every station to 30,000-50,000 runners. To have no electrolytes available in that heat is senseless!
I rode back to the parking lot with a group of back of packers who endured that heat for hours that never had Gatorade the entire race as they ran out. I plan to do Tunnel Vision or Tunnel Hill that apparently this one was the copycat to that, as it’s truly is a remarkably beautiful course and would like to see how they do it. Great course, lots of potential, but not a great organization and lacked basic support.

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Hands down one of the most beautiful marathon courses I have ever run! Running beside the Warm River with families camping cheering you on, and hearing the rushing water from … MORE

Hands down one of the most beautiful marathon courses I have ever run! Running beside the Warm River with families camping cheering you on, and hearing the rushing water from the falls was spectacular. So much beauty and so serene! Running over continuous rolling hills through the potato fields was a bit of a challenge as I ran with a nagging back injury that I’ve been dealing with for a few weeks. This marathon is an absolutely hidden gem and the only thing I can say was a con is the lack of marathon runners, as I ran the entire thing alone. It was peaceful, but this marathon is so amazing and honestly deserves more runners to truly experience the beauty of it all! I witnessed the compassion and care of the race director first hand as I waited on my ride and he stood cheering each runner on through the last runner, greeting them and asking if they needed anything at all. Each participant was given a free voucher for a fresh huckleberry shake at the local restaurant which was so good! The stone pizza there is so delicious as well! Out of 84 marathons, this one rates in my top 10 and will definitely be back! It is a spectacular, truly incredible place to run!

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Running 26.2 miles is never an easy task, especially injured, but Grandma’s Marathon had the most well established aid stations I have ever witnessed! It was like a buffet at … MORE

Running 26.2 miles is never an easy task, especially injured, but Grandma’s Marathon had the most well established aid stations I have ever witnessed! It was like a buffet at many of them, similar to what you would see in supporting ultra runs, food galore, fruit stands… the fresh watermelon and strawberries were refreshing! One of the best parts was the giant balloons you could see way up high marking every mile, giving every runner a great visual way before approaching the aid station. It was beautiful the entire route! Lemon Hill is not as big as I expected, being from Utah, but some runners were affected as the placement is right were things get tough in the marathon, hills in the last 10k are never easy but make us stronger! Overall, great scenic course along the lake and well organized from the energetic start to finish with a great shirt you can only get after crossing the finish and a nice medal! Highly recommend this one!

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I loved the convenience of this marathon, especially coming from another state. It was close to the airport, easy to find parking to get in and out of the expo … MORE

I loved the convenience of this marathon, especially coming from another state. It was close to the airport, easy to find parking to get in and out of the expo and nice to be able to park free close to the start on race day! I love marathons that consider additional costs of the runner and make it easy to just get there and just run! Well supported course with great volunteers and plentiful aid stations! The announcer at the start, which is showcased with grand fireworks, was spectacular! We saw her again at the finish and she was so enthusiastic bringing the runners home! The long sleeve zip up we received was awesome and well appreciated! Loved the medal as well, it was super cool! Pizza, fruit, chips and cookies was easy to grab at the convention center right in the building next to the finish line making it easier for other family members to find their runner without everyone in the way in conversation. Great idea! Great event and loved how they catered to the runner, making the whole event just fun and stress free! Awesome organization!

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5 marathons in 5 weeks…Ogden Marathon was #5 (finish 3:52), was BEAUTIFULLY BREATHTAKING! Snow Capped mountains made gorgeous backdrops through the miles! It was FUN and I loved running alongside … MORE

5 marathons in 5 weeks…Ogden Marathon was #5 (finish 3:52), was BEAUTIFULLY BREATHTAKING! Snow Capped mountains made gorgeous backdrops through the miles! It was FUN and I loved running alongside the rushing river water! I will definitely do do this one again! It was SPECTACULAR, the expo was FANTASTIC and the volunteers were AWESOME! Only complaint… The bathroom situation at the start line was terrible! Not a great idea to put your only bathrooms in a horseshoe where runners are cramped in and nobody knows which line is which. Many runners missed the last call for bag drop as they had to make a choice… get out of the never ending line (so many runners and not enough bathrooms) or miss the bag drop bus and leave gear behind. Luckily there was a volunteer that assured several of them that she would personal take it to the finish, but it caused unnecessary stress. Overall, one of the most scenic marathons and would highly recommend! You will not be disappointed as it is a top notch event!

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First off, the bib pick up process is so simple, no expo just pull into the parking lot get the bib and go. That’s nice for out of towners that … MORE

First off, the bib pick up process is so simple, no expo just pull into the parking lot get the bib and go. That’s nice for out of towners that just want to get the bib and go without all the crowded expo stuff. The race itself is spectacular, fairly flat, and peaceful. Not a lot of crowd and hosts the typical aid stations with water and gel along the route. Unfortunately, noticed a few runners cutting the loop out to the neighborhood development, which to be honest only cheats themselves. The 2 runners in front of me seemed confused when they turned (meaning they would be cutting miles out) and I told them we had to go straight as the markings were misleading as the arrows in front of us indicated we were turning but really meant that was an arrow for the runners coming back to turn. I did bring this to the attention of the race crew so hopefully next race the course markings will be corrected or a volunteer will be stationed there to assist in directing runners that correct way. After crossing the finish line, and collecting a solid, awesome potato medal each runner was treated to the Potato bar which was fresh and delicious! Lots of runners feed their whole family the bagels and potatoes and they still had plenty left as the last runners were finishing. My family was unable to attend, but I did win a whole bag of Idaho potatoes from my performance that my family enjoyed for days after and carb loaded me for the Ogden Marathon the weekend after!

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It takes a CARING COMMUNITY to put on a race like the FLYING PIG! As a marathon runner, I truly appreciated the amazing support throughout all 26.2 miles! From the … MORE

It takes a CARING COMMUNITY to put on a race like the FLYING PIG! As a marathon runner, I truly appreciated the amazing support throughout all 26.2 miles! From the race directors, staff, volunteers, musicians, police, first responders, medics on bikes, supporters, sponsors, and families along the course out there in those conditions that were pouring their heart and soul into making this a FINE SWINE race! Ran another Boston qualifying time but that doesn’t matter, it was the AMAZING JOURNEY I had along the course!!
This was my 3 marathon in 3 weeks, and my #79 marathon since 2018 running for a sweet little girl who passed awaiting a heart transplant. TOP NOTCH RACE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! ❤️🐷 I will never forget the families and volunteers along that course dancing and singing and encouraging us all along the way in the “Floating Pig”, with drenching signs and soaking clothes (colder than any runner as we actually heat up running), cheering for endless hours, showing us so much love!! Just a fabulous event all around!!

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In 2021, I ran my first Boston Marathon ever. It surpassed all expectations, all dreams, and everything that I thought it could be. It was beyond anything I could have … MORE

In 2021, I ran my first Boston Marathon ever. It surpassed all expectations, all dreams, and everything that I thought it could be. It was beyond anything I could have ever imagined it to be…magical and all surreal. 💙💛
My first miles were like out of a book or movie, I had to come to terms that I was actually there in the present and the reality set in quick! I will never forget the feeling of the start, the Athlete’s Village, the scream tunnels, the overwhelming crowds, the excitement, the love for every runner, and the race itself, but more important than all that…it was the PEOPLE & the atmosphere in Boston!!
The people on the streets of Boston make you feel like your FAMILY! The church service at Old Church down near the finish line on Sunday made me feel like I have attended that church every week. Just a stranger from the west that felt at home in the east. The outpouring of love, support, prayers, wishes, thoughts, and encouragement everywhere you turn in Boston is beyond fathomable.
I was truly blessed to experience it all and to run a BQ qualifier on the course and be welcomed again in 2023. Honestly, I was a bit concerned that returning this year it wouldn’t be like my first time and nothing would ever compare to my first amazing experience at the Boston Marathon. I was completely wrong!
Boston 2023….from meeting Des Linden to finding out #ADDYSTRONG was featured in the Boston Marathon program, to the Memorial of the tragedy 10 years ago, to running another Boston qualifying time to return in 2024 drenched from the downpouring rain…. But oh the PEOPLE! Witnessing their endless love standing in pouring rain for hours chanting names of runners passing, holding their signs high with pride, the families with children in the communities along the course handing out fresh cut oranges, candy, beers, etc. , and the amazing volunteers that poured their heart and soul into making sure each and every one of the 27,000 runners had what they needed! This, this is the Boston I will always know & remember! It’s not often that I cry crossing a finish line, as my heart is so full of joy after the accomplishment, but this year was different!
I left a piece of my heart at that finish this year, as we honored the victims of the tragedy 10 years ago. I felt and saw the outpouring love in a magnitude of ways. ONE BOSTON. A city of courage, hope, joy, compassion, beauty, and pure strength!
For those of you I ran the streets with, as we were truly honored to be a part of this: May the love always be engraved in your heart & mind.
For those who wish to someday be there running the Boston Marathon: FOLLOW the DREAM because it is every bit worth it!!! Wish you all the best and always remember LOVE WINS!! Let your love carry you there! ❤️

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I jumped on a red eye flight at midnight from Utah to Atlanta to run the marathon that started at 7:00. I landed at 6:20 am and caught an Uber, … MORE

I jumped on a red eye flight at midnight from Utah to Atlanta to run the marathon that started at 7:00. I landed at 6:20 am and caught an Uber, arrived downtown with little time to grab my race bib and start the race. I will say this was the easiest process I have even had in obtaining a race bib, legit arrived 10 minutes before the gun went off and made the start. Kudos to the valuable volunteers that directed me the right way to the tent and made the process smooth. Ran the marathon and was back on a flight out at 12:30 headed home to Utah, less than 7 hours total in Atlanta. The marathon itself gave me a tour of the city, but the hills were relentlessly! It wasn’t that they were steep but they were endless and mixed with that humidity it got brutal! 🤣 The volunteers were spectacular and I loved the support but I had literally no time to enjoy the expo or the finish line as my flight schedule was tight. I have signed up for this one again next year, because I love challenging courses and this was great preparation for Boston!

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I ran this race in the series of my quest of tackling all 50 states. Overall it was a nice course, nothing to stand out, but a gentle course in … MORE

I ran this race in the series of my quest of tackling all 50 states. Overall it was a nice course, nothing to stand out, but a gentle course in warming up for the year. However, living in NC for 12 years may be the reflection of seeing the same scenery over and over, but coming from living in the west now, the warm weather this time of the year is an awesome option. The delicious BBQ at the end was much appreciated and everyone has that southern hospitality, so friendly and welcoming… love that! Also, you are presented this huge medal (bigger than your hand) that is well designed and beautiful. Great choice for NC!

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Great weather, especially coming from all the snow we got in Utah. The first half felt all downhill and second half was mostly flat the entire way. The course was … MORE

Great weather, especially coming from all the snow we got in Utah. The first half felt all downhill and second half was mostly flat the entire way. The course was well marked, great volunteers, and plenty of stocked aid stations. The beautiful sunrise was memorable. Runners can stay on buses at the start though it wasn’t that chilly (well appreciated for the option) and then there’s fireworks at start. The course is fast and many runners BQ here. Then finish with a huge festival with lots of food and fellowship. Love it and will be back again!

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Maui Oceanfront Marathon was fantastic, I mean it’s Hawaii and Maui is remarkably beautiful, but the island of Maui itself is extremely expensive! There’s no cheap way around it and … MORE

Maui Oceanfront Marathon was fantastic, I mean it’s Hawaii and Maui is remarkably beautiful, but the island of Maui itself is extremely expensive! There’s no cheap way around it and I was there for 8 days and the food was outrageous and little portions for the money, bring lots of snacks, or save up for this one! I ran it as my 50th state on the quest of running a marathon in all 50 states and it was great, besides the humidity! Coming from Utah, training in record breaking snowfall I was not prepared for the heat wave at mile 2. I was grateful they started the race at 5 am as I wouldn’t have been ok, as I was roasting! As the sunrise began I was blessed to see whales on the horizon breaching along the way. It was breathtaking, with the sunrise and whales in sight! Not many runners in the marathon and I ran the entire race alone until we merged with the half marathons the last 10k back, which was too narrow to have that many runners headed to a finish. I did lots of weaving in and out of beach traffic zooming to manage to get around those walking. Overall, great marathon, awesome memories, and loved Maui!

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This was my 14th marathon in 13 weekends in 14 different states, and my 2nd time running this course. The course is point to point and is very flat, as … MORE

This was my 14th marathon in 13 weekends in 14 different states, and my 2nd time running this course. The course is point to point and is very flat, as you run the majority of the course with the Gulf Of Mexico on your right side, with a few spectators cheering you on along the boardwalk. It’s a pretty peaceful run and was not very scenic this year due to the rain and fog, which was also probably the reason for not many spectators this time. Not many runners in the marathon this year, so ran it all alone. At the finish after collecting your awesome shell medal that opens up, you will eat the most delicious gumbo ever! It was a delight to have a warm soup after hours in the cold, wet weather! Very thoughtful and if you’re not into that type of thing they do have BBQ to eat at the end as well.

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There is no race fee, but the director asks that you support local businesses in some way, giving back to the community. Absolutely loved this mindset and seeing the town … MORE

There is no race fee, but the director asks that you support local businesses in some way, giving back to the community. Absolutely loved this mindset and seeing the town work together, we need more of this in today’s world! I loved the expo where community members were selling their homemade products and runners were purchasing to help their families/local businesses! I bought so many cool things, from delicious honey, jams, and the best maple syrup ever! There were no “official” aid stations but pop up aid stations all along the course with community members aiding the runners!
It was my 13th consecutive marathon weekend in 13 different states. Crossed the finish line soaking wet and purple, shaking uncontrollably. That last 6 miles was miserable, but I fought to the end through that cold rain and the fog covered lots of the scenery. It was so heartwarming to see the local businesses allowing runners to come in and warm up, many served free hot chocolate! There was a warm fire in one right across from the finish line. It was truly amazing to see such a heartfelt community come together and help each other out! Be sure to purchase your handcrafted finisher’s medal from the wood craftsman as well. Would love to run this one again! Highly recommend!

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Seattle Marathon 2019- time…3:57 it was my 24th marathon of 29 total marathons that year. I have learned a lot about myself since and appreciate simple logistics of marathons that … MORE

Seattle Marathon 2019- time…3:57 it was my 24th marathon of 29 total marathons that year. I have learned a lot about myself since and appreciate simple logistics of marathons that take in account the best for every runner. The new course is just not that.
Seattle Marathon 2022- 3:32, it was my 12th consecutive marathon in 12 different States, my 14th marathon of the year and my 70th marathon since 2019. From the start line, I was a bit disappointed that we couldn’t see the Space Needle and didn’t have the hype and energy of the crowd like in 2019. 6 miles in and I hit a 7:07, backed off anticipating a crash on a hilly course that never came. I felt like the old course was more hilly, but more scenic and nicely displayed the city of Seattle. This new course doesn’t do that and it really stinks to be trapped on the out and back, unable to get around half marathoners, everyone is so crammed and its impossible to weave with the railing, just felt like we were stuck in a pace unable to go as we couldn’t get around that many people on the way back. I wish they would just change it back to the original course even if it is more hills, but unfortunately I heard (not sure if rumor) but the city doesn’t want them hosting it on Sunday due to the Seahawks game. Bummer, as it truly was special to run around the iconic historical sites and get a true display of Seattle! Bring back the old course!

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This was my 11th consecutive marathon weekend in 11 different states. Philly Marathon, state #46, 69th marathon, 23 degrees and extreme gale alert in place! It was so cold but … MORE

This was my 11th consecutive marathon weekend in 11 different states.
Philly Marathon, state #46, 69th marathon, 23 degrees and extreme gale alert in place! It was so cold but those warming tents at the start and finish were amazing life savers! Finish time 3:37 and another Boston Qualifying Time!
20+ mph winds that made it extremely difficult to run straight and not trip over your own feet. Loved running through the city with the energetic crowd! I felt strong, pushing pace through that wind, but made the rookie mistake of forgetting my training fuel at home. Tried taking one of their provide Gatorade gels only to throw it completely up a few miles later, knowing this was not good as my body would be depleted from the needed nutrients to power to the finish! 20 miles in and it was a crash and burn and suffer-fest and I relied heavily on my mind to just keep pushing. The crowd support truly carried me, as they were so excited!! The course was beautiful and the fans were spectacular braving those conditions to cheer us on! Also the medal we received was amongst one of my ultimate favorites! Definitely will be back to run Philly again! ❤️
The only con: the hotel that was recommended on their site did not have a shuttle and several runners, including me, had to pay for transportation to the start line, on the website it had information that the shuttle would pick us up, but the one we stayed in said no upon our check in. Be sure to check with the front desk and not be caught waiting for a shuttle that will not come.

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The course is significantly organized in portraying the city through the entire run. Overall the course didn’t present too many challenges, the hills weren’t that bad, but my rating depicts … MORE

The course is significantly organized in portraying the city through the entire run. Overall the course didn’t present too many challenges, the hills weren’t that bad, but my rating depicts the frigid temperatures that put my body in check by mile 20. With the unpleasant 20 degree temperatures combined with the wicked wind, my fingers and toes were numb. By the end, they had warm meals and the finish line was a festival of greatness that I didn’t get to enjoy as I had no feeling in my hands and rushed to the indoors. I could have made my way back but that cold chill was not favorable. DO NOT let this sway your mind from participating, just know that the weather can be brutal and be prepared. I had gloves, head-warmer and so wished I would have carried hand warmers and wore thicker thermal leggings and undershirt. Just be prepared and run this amazing marathon!

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I signed up for this one late in registration, in an attempt to get all the states completed so I could run my 50th state in Hawaii. Due to this, … MORE

I signed up for this one late in registration, in an attempt to get all the states completed so I could run my 50th state in Hawaii. Due to this, I was not one of the lucky ones that was gifted the nice Columbia Jacket that was included in early registration. To me no big deal, but some were bummed about that, as they missed out too, yet they were selling them at the race so had plenty. Sign up early if you want the perks. It was my 9th consecutive marathon weekend in 9 different states traveling from the west. It was my first one of those to not break the 4 hour mark, but I attribute that to lack of sleep and not the course itself, as I was working graveyards and was just extremely tired. The course itself is flat, but I’m not a big fan of loops as there is monotony in seeing the same thing, and is just not my cup of tea to run loops. There was ample aid stations and plenty of food at the finish. The coolest part was definitely the epic finish line where they give you a ball upon entering the stadium and you run to the finish line with the football. Also loved the last part before the stadium finish, running through the University grounds, where you are given a rose to place on the memorial fountain in honor of the football team who lost their lives in a plane crash. I thought that was a very touching tribute and loved they included runners, just a beautiful tradition. Overall great organization, plenty of parking for runners before the race, smooth process in obtaining bib, but just not a big fan of the looped course.

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Life’s a JOURNEY, make the most of it! Upon waking up over and over the night before the race from freezing in the car, I kept telling myself tomorrow morning … MORE

Life’s a JOURNEY, make the most of it!
Upon waking up over and over the night before the race from freezing in the car, I kept telling myself tomorrow morning you run right by the beach! Little did I know… oh what a run through that weather!
That’s life… sometimes it’s not what you expect and you have to make the most of it! The first few miles were windy, but the last 10 miles were wicked rain and horrible gusts of wind, it was tough trying to get footing on a wet boardwalk with wind blowing you away! The last 3 miles straight down the boardwalk was unreal and I kept envisioning walking and laughing down that boardwalk with our kids eating ice cream like we did 2 summers ago in Atlantic City. When I crossed the line shivers immediately set in it as it was wet, windy, and so cold. Life is all about perspective, as I have never been to the beach and been so cold, but was happy to have the experience and battle through! The zip up shirt we received is my favorite as I love the baby blue and the medal is outstanding… we definitely didn’t have baby blue skies but I am grateful for the adventure as the best marathons are the ones with the stories behind them! ❤️ Epic battle! Nice medal as well!

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Definitely explored my soul after 7 marathons in 6 weeks and this one was my 2nd marathon in one weekend (Baltimore the day before). The spectators were incredible but the … MORE

Definitely explored my soul after 7 marathons in 6 weeks and this one was my 2nd marathon in one weekend (Baltimore the day before). The spectators were incredible but the Canada fans were absolutely spectacular (so loud and enthusiastic) and watching the sunrise running over the Ambassador Bridge was INCREDIBLE! I was suppose to start in Corral A, but decided to go with Corral G the back of the pack in order to see the sunrise knowing darn well I would be trapped behind thousands of runners/walkers at a slower pace but it was worth it to see that sunrise! It’s not always about the clock but the journey! Truly enjoyed this experience and I will definitely be back to do this one again!
The race bib pickup, especially being an international event, was so smooth! I was able to get off a flight, grab the bib and board 1.5 hours later for a flight to run Baltimore Marathon the day before and then return and run Detroit! Loved this experience!
Also, one of my favorite medals of all time! I love the combination of Canada/America flags displayed on the medal!

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Baltimore Marathon ✅ (3:38) on that hilly beast of a course, ran another Boston Marathon Qualifying Time…that’s now 6 consecutive marathons weekends all within Boston Marathon standard time! The streak … MORE

Baltimore Marathon ✅ (3:38) on that hilly beast of a course, ran another Boston Marathon Qualifying Time…that’s now 6 consecutive marathons weekends all within Boston Marathon standard time! The streak continues! That course torn up my legs, so many hills, but was able to run Detroit the next day. One of my least favorite courses, but well organized and definitely a spectacular, unique medal with a great festival at the end! Honestly the best medal I have ever received, as I love how the crab opens up and displays the city!

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Excellent course, but Imagine running a BQ race time, and then never being able to use that due to the negligence of communication, because you’re listed as an unknown runner, … MORE

Excellent course, but Imagine running a BQ race time, and then never being able to use that due to the negligence of communication, because you’re listed as an unknown runner, bib #630. You reach out to the race for months, over a dozen times and get ignored in emails and then finally have luck in Facebook messenger where they assure you if you contact the timers via their website, it would be corrected immediately. You submit proof by pictures, gps, Garmin splits, and still no response. You submit several times, reach out multiple times by messenger to which they say it will be fixed and here we are 10 months later, it’s still not fixed. I was unable to make the expo when my flight was delayed and reached out to members of the 50 state club, to which a member graciously was able to pick up my bib with my consent and proof of my ID, to which I later retrieved at the hotel lobby. I never imagined being shown in the results as unknown, but I reached out immediately and the fact that they cannot make this right in 10 months time is unsettling. I paid a lot of money coming from the west…entry, flight, rental car, but most importantly I earned that time and understand mistakes happen, but for them to ignore or promise it will be fixed and yet it isn’t…just unacceptable. Many runners work hard for BQ times and pay lots of money to travel to your race, a simple courtesy to make a mistake right shows care, compassion, support of runners and goes a long way. I would love to give this race 5 stars, as it was awesome, but the 2 star rave is due to their negligence in fixing their mistake after wasting my time and promising it would be quickly fixed. (attaching my finisher pic of me as runner #630)

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If you’re looking for a perfect course while running in cool temperatures with great organization and fabulous fan support along the way, this is it! Added bonus of the beauty … MORE

If you’re looking for a perfect course while running in cool temperatures with great organization and fabulous fan support along the way, this is it! Added bonus of the beauty of the peaking fall colors in the height of the season adding immense beauty! This was a top of the notch race all around and was truly enjoyable! I would highly recommend and plan to run this one again at some point as it was definitely memorable!

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It’s not often you will find a marathon with a beautiful course, a great director whose communication is superb, a supportive community who cherishes runners, well stocked aid stations, great … MORE

It’s not often you will find a marathon with a beautiful course, a great director whose communication is superb, a supportive community who cherishes runners, well stocked aid stations, great swag, and every single detail spot on! If you are looking for a well organized event that loves running…this one is for you! I definitely would love to run this one again!

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I had been wanting to do this one for so long and when the time came around well… I was totally unprepared in my training as I was working 2 … MORE

I had been wanting to do this one for so long and when the time came around well… I was totally unprepared in my training as I was working 2 jobs and raising 5 kids alone and was slack in preparation. Thank goodness for the amazing support that lined the course and the unreal beauty that was endless. My mind was so focused on enjoying the beauty that I think I didn’t realize the pain and the miles flew; it was over quickly. Many come here to BQ, but the scenery is phenomenal and will have your mind in pure gratitude to run in such an amazing place. I highly recommend this one and plan on doing it all again as it was fantastic all around. There was no expo and easy pickup process which I love, so be prepared in bringing what you need!

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I chose this race because my high school coach always showed us clips and used quotes of the famous PreFontaine. It brought back so many memories. The race actual goes … MORE

I chose this race because my high school coach always showed us clips and used quotes of the famous PreFontaine. It brought back so many memories. The race actual goes right down a trail he used to run and ends at Hayward stadium. The whole town comes out to support you and those last miles are truly epic! The medal they gave at the end was created from the old Stadium and it was truly unique to have a souvenir of history! I highly recommend this one!

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I originally signed up to run this one in 2020 for the 50 states quest but ended up running the virtual which was “Tin Man” themed that year. I then … MORE

I originally signed up to run this one in 2020 for the 50 states quest but ended up running the virtual which was “Tin Man” themed that year. I then had the opportunity to run the in live in 2021 and it was lion themed. Some runners dressed in costumes, which was fun. I love that the medal coordinates with the shirt and the Wizard of OZ character theme each year is a brilliant idea. The organization itself is well run and there were an abundant number of port-a-potties and parking close to the start, which is always appreciated, making it an easy process to get to the start ready to go. Overall, great atmosphere and attention to detail to make a fun race!

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Rhode Island didn’t disappoint! It’s a beautiful course with stunning views and well organized! After finishing the marathon, I set off to explore. ❤️ 6 miles of Rock Jumping, Cliff … MORE

Rhode Island didn’t disappoint! It’s a beautiful course with stunning views and well organized! After finishing the marathon, I set off to explore. ❤️ 6 miles of Rock Jumping, Cliff Walking and then a fabulous Beach Walk of seashell hunting followed by mansion exploring and a visit to Fort Adams. Loved it all!

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Running down the Vegas Strip was fantastic and so cool, but this event is catered only to the half marathoners. As the marathoners are sent out after running down the … MORE

Running down the Vegas Strip was fantastic and so cool, but this event is catered only to the half marathoners. As the marathoners are sent out after running down the strip to run in dark spots, with pot holes, in laps around a parking lots with no support. I personally felt it was unsafe and slowed way down to watch my footing. Those that didn’t make the cutoff were sent back toward the finish and so when we completed the distance we merged with everyone sent back and half marathoners all making way to the finish back down the strip…a chaotic mess! They need to stick to only a half marathon for the safety of runners! Poorly organized, by far the worst logistics I have ever experienced in any race! Then had to wait in a parking lot for 3 hours after the race to get my car out as I was trapped from where they recommended us to park. So much potential for a great race in Vegas, but they poorly executed a marathon route!

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CHICAGO MARATHON: Absolutely Unforgettable! The first World Major Marathon I had the opportunity to be a part of! Hands down in my top 5 of the best marathons one must … MORE

CHICAGO MARATHON: Absolutely Unforgettable! The first World Major Marathon I had the opportunity to be a part of! Hands down in my top 5 of the best marathons one must do! For me: From a 100 miler days before leading to a painful Achilles injury to running the street in Chicago with immense crowds that were the loudest! I have never witnessed a crowd like that before, it was unreal how many people lined that course! Chicago Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart! ❤️ Though I was injured, I loved the entire experience and still am baffled how they managed to organize that mass amount of runners so incredibly perfectly! Security top notch and just everything planned out so precisely! The expo was huge and had anything any runner could ever need and more, the whole event was well executed and I plan on doing this one many times as it was absolutely INCREDIBLE! Truly epic every step of the journey!

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By far this is the most challenging marathon I have ever participated in out of 84 and it was truly rewarding to finish such a challenge. Training in Utah, I … MORE

By far this is the most challenging marathon I have ever participated in out of 84 and it was truly rewarding to finish such a challenge. Training in Utah, I thought it would be beneficial but that altitude is absolutely no joke. 3 miles into the race I was winded, but you have to carry on as if you don’t make the cutoff times along the course your race is over. It was extremely tough and the last mile up the ascent is the worst as you are running switchbacks and elite runners are coming fast down, so you make way, stopping and waiting for them to pass. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and was lacking oxygen at this point. I was elated to reach the top but the descending down presents new challenges as you get your oxygen back but the gravity down makes running difficult. I was bloody, cut up from the falls, but my heart was so full crossing that finish and accomplishing that great feat. You will truly find what you’re made of in this particular race as elite trail runners from all over the world come to compete here. I would love to take on this challenge some day again, as I truly believe runs like this make you stronger physically and absolutely mentally. Hardest run I have ever encountered.

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As a marathon runner, many times I feel if it not a big city race the course lacks support in the second half, often forgetting about the marathon runners for … MORE

As a marathon runner, many times I feel if it not a big city race the course lacks support in the second half, often forgetting about the marathon runners for awhile. However, Lincoln Marathon did not disappoint and spectators were there throughout the entire race. Awesome organization, which is always appreciated and an abundant number of aid stations, with a great finisher’s medal with a safety light up attached for using on night runs! Highlight was finishing inside Cornhusker stadium at the 50 yard line, pretty cool! Good selection of food at the finish as well.

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What an absolutely amazing experience! I was fortunate to finish the Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon with over 8,700 marchers and runners, placing 2nd overall for the women’s heavy division … MORE

What an absolutely amazing experience! I was fortunate to finish the Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon with over 8,700 marchers and runners, placing 2nd overall for the women’s heavy division running 26.2 through the desert sand and blistering heat with a 42.06 lb ruck sack on my back. Apparently we only had to carry 35 lbs. and well my
husband packed mine to 42.06. At times I fast walked parts as the sand was way over my ankles, making it virtually impossible to run. The bearing weight over hill after hill and through high sand was physically exhausting and when my back continually throbbed, I focused my mind on the words and stories from the book “Tears in the Darkness” and my pain was no longer a concern. The highlight of this event was most definitely hearing the stories of these brave heroes, the survivors who marched day after day while tortured by the Japanese, the hardships they faced for 4 years and how their lives were forever changed. However, I will never forget the awards ceremony when Harold Bergbower (POW survivor) gave me the biggest hug and asked how in the world I carried all that on my back when it is bigger than me. My response was simply, “I was truly inspired by him and his comrades and nothing was going to stop me from honoring them to my fullest ability!” As the tears welled up in the corners of this sweet 98 year old man eyes, I couldn’t help but think of how truly blessed we are to have men like this to help us learn from history and restore our faith in this great nation! These men sang “God Bless America” tonight with cracked voices and held back tears and I literally had chills running up my spine. What true Americans, after all they endured their faith and loyalty to this nation is beyond remarkable! May we never forget these incredible heroes of The Bataan Death March and their stories, such amazing men! Definitely recommend!

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The views were absolutely stunning the entire course and I loved running down Silverado Trail past all the Vineyards and Wineries! It rained almost the entire way, with strong head … MORE

The views were absolutely stunning the entire course and I loved running down Silverado Trail past all the Vineyards and Wineries! It rained almost the entire way, with strong head winds, but we finally got sunshine with 2 miles to go! Great support the entire way! Will definitely run this one again!

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