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Thompsons Station, TN Raving since 2021 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Seven Continents Club Active 14 hours, 37 minutes ago

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Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID May 30, 2021 4:16:33

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Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Apache Junction, AZ Feb 18, 2024 4:41:54
Marathon Jackson Hole, WY Sep 23, 2023 4:44:44
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 4, 2023 4:43:34
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022 4:54:33
Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 23, 2022 5:10:00
Marathon Fort Oglethorpe, GA Nov 13, 2021 4:29:18
Marathon Coeur d\\\\\\\'Alene, ID May 30, 2021 4:16:33
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 13, 2019 4:44:17

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This was a fantastic race in Arizona. 1st- Really the only negative. Race Pickup and Swag was not the best. The shirt they gave us was really nice. However, their … MORE

This was a fantastic race in Arizona.
1st- Really the only negative. Race Pickup and Swag was not the best. The shirt they gave us was really nice. However, their was nothing outside the bib and shirt. No vendors. Nothing extra. No extra clothing to buy. For example I always buy a hat at each race I run. Nothing to buy here. So even though the shirt was good. Very disappointed in the swag.

2nd) Start: The race starts Peralta Trailhead near Lost Dutchman start park. All marathon runners require a shuttle to get to start. So you have to get into a bus between 4:15 to 5:45 (depending if you have someone drooping you off or not). Near the start line while you wait for the race to start at 7am. You have a bunch of fires to stay around that will warm you up. Plenty of Toilets, and food and drinks. It was a very unique and cool atmosphere to start the race.

3) Course description. First 6 miles of the race are the best. You running on a dirt road. (its kept in pretty good shape) through the desert at sunrise. I had to stop a lot to take pictures. It was beautiful to see the sunrise on the mountains and the dessert vistas. All the cacti and saguaro were beautiful at this time of day (especially if your not from the southwest like myself). The next two miles or so your on a busy highway. Then from about 8 to 15 you do this big loop around some nice houses with the mountains in the background that is very pretty. Then 15-17 is back on the busy highway. Then 17 you will merge with the half marathoners though most of them will probably be done by the time you get their. Even if your fast. 17-23 back in the neighborhoods with great views of the mountains this does include the only loop of the marathon as well. Then 23-26.2 your back on main roads to you finish in a big sports park. Overall i enjoyed the course. The first 6 miles are absolutely amazing and outside the 4-6 miles on the highway you running through some nicer neighborhood with great views of the mountains and desert foliage.

3) Aid stations: They were great. Volunteers were amazing. Aid station every 2 miles or so. All had toilets’. All had water. Half had Gatorade. And a couple had bananas or gels.

4) Difficulty: A couple hills on this course but overall pretty flat. Nothing to difficult on that end. Weather will be cool in the mourning but warm up. It was 50 when i started and upper 60s when i finished. Don’t believe their should be to much variance. Only thing that would suck would be if it rained (witch could happen, but not likely). The rain would defiantly impact the first 6 miles witch could get very muddy. Luckily for myself it was dry.

5) Finish line was nice. Medal was good. Had the Lost Dutchman state park logo in a gold color and on the back saying “run for the gold”, but like the racepick up very little post race stuff. Some water and Gatorade only in cups. With just chips, fruit, and bagels.

Overall I enjoyed the race greatly and would recommend it to anyone wanting to cross off Arizona. The scenery and start seem to make it better then some of the other Phoenix area marathons. It was a decently easy course with great volunteers. The medal and T-shirt were both nice. Just be aware that their is little Swag outside of that as of 2024.

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The Jackson Hole Marathon is absolutely gorgeous. You wont get more beautiful scenery. Bib pick- up was the day before 3-7 and they do have race day mourning pick up … MORE

The Jackson Hole Marathon is absolutely gorgeous. You wont get more beautiful scenery.
Bib pick- up was the day before 3-7 and they do have race day mourning pick up if you need it. The shirt was nice, but nothing to special. They have a small selection of hats, shirts, and hoodies if you want to buy more. Not really an expo since its such a small marathon. No vendors.
Transportation- The marathon starts in the city of Jackson Hole and ends in Teton village (a sky resort). They do offer a shuttle ride from Teton village to Jackson hole for the start line in the mourning. However, there is no transportation from Teton village back to Jackson hole. So you will need to use the public bus or have someone pick you up if your not staying in Teton village.
Weather- The weather this time year can be up and down. It was partly cloudy and 35 at the start at 7:30 and by noon it was around 50 when i ran. However, two days before when i arrived there was a lot of rain an day after was super fogy and in the 20s. Weather can vary a lot with this one due to being in the mountains in the fall. Be prepared for anything.
Size- Smaller race. 233 marathoners and i believe around 600 if you count the other two races (witch will also be on the course)
Course- For the marathon you start in Jackson hole. For about 3 miles you go through the city and neighborhoods. Running on the road. At about mile 3 you get on a bike path that goes outside the city. This is when it gets really nice. You then run south for about 7 miles and you can really start to see the mountains its so gorgeous in the early mourning. Then mile 7-13you go north. Around mile 10 i saw a fox cut in-between two runners ahead of me. It was so cool and crazy. There is chances of seeing moose and elk on the trail and even a small chance of a bear. So be on the look out for wildlife anytime. At 13.1 you then get to the spot the half marathoners start. Witch is back on the road for about 3 loop running a long different ranches. Then miles 16-26 are the best. You will also be joined by the quarter marathoners. You running north towards the Tetons and Teton village. You can see snow on top of the mountains. Its so beautiful. You really cant get any better scenery in the whole US then this. You finish in the beautiful Teton village.
Volunteers at the aid stations were really nice. Note this is a paperless marathon. Meaning you will have to carry your own cups. They will have water and Gatorade at each aid station, but they don’t have any cups. So if your not use to carrying cups. You might want to practice with them. Crowd support is also low, if that maters for you. You could have a good distance between you and the other runners infront and behind you. The time limit is 6 hours, however, they do have an early start of 30 minutes if you need it.
Medal- Medal was awesome. this year it was a bear print with a bear in it. Other years i have seen they done other animals/mountainous. So they keep it up with the theme of the race.
Difficulty- This will be an easy marathon. Its not hilly. Never going to be to hot or humid. If it rains it might suck, but you can say that about any race. However, the only thing that could make this hard is the altitude. altitude has never impacted my running, but this could impact yours. Make sure you stay extra hydrated.
Only negative about this race is its expensive. Jackson hole not an easy place to travel too and hotels all around are expensive. However, you can visit both Teton and Yellowstone national park witch i did and highly recommend. Even if you don’t want to hike. Just driving around and pulling over at the stops in the two parks is worth it.
I have only done 7 marathons, but this is my favorite, its well organized, its beautiful, and easy. Highly Recommend this for Wyoming.

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I really enjoyed the Little Rock Marathon. The race is on a Sunday. The Expo was at the local convention center. It was decent size. The process was quick and … MORE

I really enjoyed the Little Rock Marathon. The race is on a Sunday. The Expo was at the local convention center. It was decent size. The process was quick and easy. The bib came with a nice t-shirt and small little poster. Race was at 8am. We had perfect weather. Sunny and low 54 high 74. I doubt you will have crazier weather in early march outside of rain. Temperature rise it should be fine. You actually meet inside the convection center before you went outside. Only race were I ever had that. It was nice you could use indoor bathrooms. The first 7 miles you go across the river. Outside the bridge pretty flat. Nothing to interesting. Then you go across the city. You go through some really cool sites like the State Capital. Around mile 11-12 is when the half marathoners cut off from the full. However, this is when the elevation starts. Mile 13-18 is a pretty steady inclined. It is tough. So be prepared for those hills. Around mile 18 you go into this wooded area for a couple miles and it is a big downhill. So be carful on that. Mile 19-23 was my least favorite part. You basically run along side a golf course. So you have no shade. Nothing to interesting. I personally had some struggles during this time. Last 3 are nice again running through the city to the finish line witch is the same as the start line. The Volunteers on the course were amazing. There were so many aid stations. ( I think lots were unofficial). Great crowd support and aid stations. When you cross the line you go back in the convention center. That’s when you get food and this Medal. Let me tell you. This medal is huge. Its about the size of 5 regular ones. I have done 6 full and 3 half. This one is the one that stands out. Its heavy, big and so cool. Very unique. Overall a great marathon. If your trying to do 50 states. This is the one you have to do in Arkansas

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Chicago Marathon is one of the best. I was lucky enough to get in on the lottery system. Witch I believe is roughly a 50% chance. You can also get … MORE

Chicago Marathon is one of the best. I was lucky enough to get in on the lottery system. Witch I believe is roughly a 50% chance. You can also get in through time qualification and a charity.

First the convection was huge. It reminder me of a comic con convection. Huge hall with tons of people. It was very efficient and well organized. Only negative was I went later on Saturday and I could tell some of the clothing items were selling out. I would recommend to go earlier in the week if you looking to shop at it.

On race day I left my hotel at 6:15 am. It was about a mile away. Once I got through security and to my coral it was about 7. They recommend you get their 2 hours before your start time. However, you could get away with 1-1.5 hours before your start time. You do have to go through security, but it was fast and efficient. Only negative about pre-race was the bathroom lines were longer then my previous marathons. They could use some more toilets’ at the start.

The race its self was amazing. Really easy course. You start by going north out of the downtown area for about 8 miles. Then the next 5 you come back to the downtown area. You then go west towards the United Center. Then you slowly start going south east till mile 23. After that its back north through downtown and the finish line witch is also in Grant Park (same as the start line). Little to No hills on the course.

Their is about 40,000 people all running the marathon during this race. The course is crowded with other runners the whole time. I did not mind it, but I can see this as negative to some.

In 2022 it was perfect temperature mourning in the 40s. Afternoon in the 60s. However, you never know in the Mid-West what you will get. Aid stations were every 1.5 miles or so. Had ton of Gatorade, Water, Toilets, and even a medical tent with Biofreeze and other helpful items. Later ones had Bananas and a couple had Gels.

I hurt my knee a tad so I did not get a personal best. However, this is a course I can see many people getting a personal best on. Especially if the weather is good.

The crowd support lives up to the hype. The whole race their was always a ton of people cheering you on. The people of Chicago really came out to this. Volunteers were helpful at start, finish line, and at the aid stations. They were excellent. Finally the medal was really cool. Nothing to fancy, but it represents Chicago well. T-shirt was fine.

I would recommend this Marathon to anyone. There a reason this is a World Major and one of the most popular marathons in the world. It extremely well organized, easy course, and excellent crowd support. 5/5 for Chicago.

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Completed the Nashville Marathon for the first time in 22 after completing the half in previous years. You start on Nashville Broadway in downtown. The first 10 miles or so … MORE

Completed the Nashville Marathon for the first time in 22 after completing the half in previous years. You start on Nashville Broadway in downtown. The first 10 miles or so the half and full are together. You basically run from downtown to Belmont University and back. Once you do that the half and full split off a for a little bit. The half crosses the bridge and goes to the finish line at Nissan Stadium. While full goes another 3-4 miles or so including my personal favorite part of running on the minor league baseball stadium of the Nashville sounds. You actually get to run around the field and get placed on the big board. Then you briefly join up with the half again across the bridge. When you cross it the half finishes at Nissan while the full keeps going to Shelby Park were you do two loops in back to finish at Nissan.

At the time of writing this was my 4th marathon (also done 3 half). This was by far the hardest race for me. 1) The Heat. Lot of years you could get lucky and this is not a factor for you. However, it was in the 80s the last ten miles or so and it was hot. I personally think if it was 10-15 degree cooler then I would of done about 15-30 minutes better. Second it is very very hilly. The first part was not to bad for me. Yes downtown Nashville hilly, but I bet other cities can be just as bad. The worst part is Shelby Park. There was a hill there that was insane. It was the worst. You had to do it twice witch made it extra bad. The hills and heat were not a good combination for me personally.

However, the rest of it was great. They had a lot of live music on the course. The volunteers at the aid station were great. Water, Gatorade, Gel, and even this Febreze they sprayed you that i have never done before that was great. The race day pick up was Thursday and Friday before the race in the huge conference center in downtown Nashville. It was extremely well organized. Additionally there was a lot of fun vendors at it too. Selling all sorts of stuff. I really liked the Tshirt and the Medal is usually always sin the shape of a Guitar.

Overall it was a good marathon. I wish it was in early April Vs late April to avoid the risk of really hot days like I did in 2022. However, hopefully most years it will be better. Would recommend it. Just watch out for some crazy hills the last 5 miles of the race.

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Very historic race. You spend about 90% of the race running through the park. It’s basically two loops around the park. The first loop you will be with half marathoners … MORE

Very historic race. You spend about 90% of the race running through the park. It’s basically two loops around the park. The first loop you will be with half marathoners and will have a good amount of people around you. The second loop really thins out. I had large amount of times especially in the more wooded areas were I’d not see anyone for a mile plus. There some spectators, but not many. It was very cool running through the park with no one on site for over a mile at time. Very well organized and put together race. It was decently hilly though. So parts of it are a challenge. However, weather should be good and not to hot. Would recommend.

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This was a fun marathon. You basically run along side the lake or River the whole marathon. The temperature was perfect and pretty flat. One of my best times. The … MORE

This was a fun marathon. You basically run along side the lake or River the whole marathon. The temperature was perfect and pretty flat. One of my best times. The scenery was good, though not the best I’ve seen. After a mile the marathoners split off and go north running along the lake. You eventually turn around and go back to the start line area and the second half you are mixed in with the 5k, 10k and half running a long side the river and turn around again to make it to the end line. So there is some repeat running. Good amount of spectators and predestination the second half of the race. First half thins out and has few spectators. Overall organized and well done. Would recommend this.

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The race starts really early at 5:30 am. The earliest of any marathon I done. You run through the 4 parks witch is great. The first one Epcot it is … MORE

The race starts really early at 5:30 am. The earliest of any marathon I done. You run through the 4 parks witch is great. The first one Epcot it is still completely dark. You see people in the second park you arrive to at Magic Kingdom. Then you have a long stretch of back roads till you get to an empty animal kingdom and finally lots of people through Hollywood studios and running a long the hotels. You can take a lot of pictures with different Disney characters like Mikey, Tinkerbell, etc. However, lines can be long so watch your time. Course is mainly flat. Only negative part it can be really humid. In 2019 it was close to record temps and humidity. So running in Florida you always have that risk. Even in January. Overall extremely well done and family friendly. Was my first marathon and would recommend this to anyone.

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