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@TJax

Escondido, CA Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher Active 1 week, 5 days ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Big Bear, CA Nov 13, 2021 4:39:33
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA 2013 2:05:00
10K Encinitas, CA Feb 3, 2019 58:53
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 7, 2019 26:49

Future Races (27)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 24, 2024
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 7, 2024
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 1, 2024
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 8, 2024
50 Miler Folsom, CA TBD
Marathon Hopkinton, MA TBD
50K Bryce Canyon, UT TBD
Marathon Folsom, CA TBD
Marathon Avalon, CA TBD
Marathon Hood River, OR TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT TBD
Marathon South Williamson, KY TBD
Half Marathon Kellogg, ID TBD
50 Miler Big Bear Lake, CA TBD
50K San Diego, CA TBD
Half Marathon Page, AZ TBD
Marathon Leadville, CO TBD
Marathon London, United Kingdom TBD
Marathon St Paul, MN TBD
Marathon Seattle, WA TBD
Half Marathon Estes Park, CO TBD
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS TBD
Half Marathon St. George, UT TBD
Half Marathon Moab, UT TBD
50K Timber, OR TBD
Marathon Tokyo, Japan TBD

Past Races (57)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Tucson, AZ Feb 24, 2024
Half Marathon Ashford, WA Jul 15, 2023 2:51:52
5K Ashford, WA Jul 14, 2023 32:25
Half Marathon La Jolla, CA May 20, 2023 2:33:13
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 26, 2023 2:22:58
Half Marathon Tucson, AZ Feb 18, 2023 2:50:55
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 9, 2022 5:08:19
Half Marathon Apple Valley, UT May 20, 2022 3:08:28
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 26, 2022 2:26:49
Marathon Big Bear, CA Nov 13, 2021 4:39:33
Marathon San Diego, CA Oct 23, 2021 5:28:41
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 26, 2021 5:39:24
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jul 18, 2021
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA May 8, 2021 2:12:56
Half Marathon Virgin, UT Sep 18, 2020 2:50:38
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 13, 2019 5:12:49
5K Carlsbad, CA Apr 7, 2019 26:49
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 10, 2019 2:08:03
Half Marathon Virgin, UT Feb 23, 2019 2:35:00
10K Encinitas, CA Feb 3, 2019 58:53
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 7, 2018 2:24:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Aug 19, 2018 2:29:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 11, 2018 2:20:32
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 5, 2017 4:59:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 8, 2017 4:55:00
Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 4, 2017 5:07:00
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Mar 26, 2017 2:14:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 12, 2017 2:11:00
Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 9, 2016 2:17:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 9, 2016 4:55:58
Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 5, 2016 5:09:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 13, 2016 2:19:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 11, 2015 5:48:00
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Mar 29, 2015 2:17:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 8, 2015 2:11:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 12, 2014 4:59:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Mar 9, 2014 2:18:00
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2013 2:17:00
Marathon San Diego, CA 2013 4:55:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2013 4:59:00
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA 2013 2:05:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA 2013 2:11:00
Marathon Houston, TX 2013 5:23:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2012 5:00:00
Marathon San Diego, CA 2012 4:57:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA 2012 2:17:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2011 5:49:00
Half Marathon Del Mar, CA 2011 2:14:00
Marathon San Diego, CA 2011 5:46:00
Marathon San Diego, CA 2010 4:51:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2010 5:04:00
Half Marathon Del Mar, CA 2010 2:10:00
Marathon Long Beach, CA 2009 4:43:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA 2009 2:14:00
Half Marathon Del Mar, CA 2009 2:24:00
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA 2009 2:26:00
Half Marathon San Diego, CA 2008 2:37:00

My Raves

A beautiful and challenging course on a mostly dirt path shaded by trees and with the scent of trees in the air. Vacation Races did not disappoint with this well-organized … MORE

A beautiful and challenging course on a mostly dirt path shaded by trees and with the scent of trees in the air. Vacation Races did not disappoint with this well-organized yet low-key event. Medals for the 5K and the half marathon looked great, and because I ran both races, I also received the very cool Sasquatch Double medal. A beautiful course with chocolate milk and snack boxes at the finish, I couldn’t ask for more. I will be back for this one again.

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Vacation Races does an exceptional job of organizing and hosting running events in the most beautiful places and this was no exception. The desert landscape was even more beautiful than … MORE

Vacation Races does an exceptional job of organizing and hosting running events in the most beautiful places and this was no exception. The desert landscape was even more beautiful than I anticipated. Trail shoes were the right choice for the course and pre-race communications were helpful for setting course difficulty expectations. Race medals, shirts, etc, were awesome and the race personnel/volunteers were friendly and helpful.

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The Chicago Marathon featured excellent race organization, communication and event security. The expo was top notch and the participant shirt is my favorite out of all of the events that … MORE

The Chicago Marathon featured excellent race organization, communication and event security. The expo was top notch and the participant shirt is my favorite out of all of the events that I’ve participated in. As noted in other reviews, the course itself is one of the flattest you’ll find and is a great way to tour 29 city neighborhoods. The spectator energy was awesome throughout most of the course but mile 22-24 is a little quiet, less visually interesting and mentally the most challenging part of the race (for me), so plan for that. Race day 2022 brought beautiful skies and perfect, perfect race weather. If you love a big city race with lots of energy, Chicago is not to be missed and may have been my favorite event to date,

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This was my second time running the Zion at Night Half Marathon but the 2022 course was in an entirely different location than the 2020 course. Both were great experiences! … MORE

This was my second time running the Zion at Night Half Marathon but the 2022 course was in an entirely different location than the 2020 course. Both were great experiences! The 2022 course in Apple Valley offered various terrain (sand, packed dirt trail, rocky trail, big rocks to scramble up) and was well marked; which is very helpful in the dark. Headlamps are required and necessary but I also recommend a handheld torch in addition to or interchangeably with the headlamp. It is helpful for the very rocky sections. The night sky was so amazing that I turned the lights off to take it all in from time to time. This is an event that is perfect to focus on the awesome experience and not necessarily the fastest time. Vacation Races does a fabulous job organizing its events and this one was no exception. I’ll be back!

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This is a well organized and well supported event in beautiful San Diego! The marathon and half marathon start off together and there is a party atmosphere with runners and … MORE

This is a well organized and well supported event in beautiful San Diego! The marathon and half marathon start off together and there is a party atmosphere with runners and neighbors alike until the full and half marathon split at mile 8. While it is possible to achieve a PB here, the focus overall is more party than performance. The first 8 miles are congested and clusters of participants all over the course are walking, do not move to the side, etc. As a repeat participant, I have found it helpful to factor this in to the experience and just chill and enjoy it. After the split, the marathon course gets quieter and is not congested at all as you continue through the neighborhoods. My favorite part is mile 12-13, where you are treated to a nice little downhill stretch through the Presidio before hitting Morena where the work begins. This year, the course veered off of Morena on to the bike path near the river toward the coast before crossing a bridge and heading back on the other side. This was a huge improvement over prior years! More shade, better scenery. Although there are rolling hills throughout the course, the 163 from about miles 22 to 25 really is the most challenging part. Physically; an upward incline combined with a side to side slant. Mentally; pavement and more pavement. I recommend having a snack on this section. The good news is that by the time that segment is done, you’re almost to the finish. Actually, at that point, it is great news.

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A huge, well organized major marathon with enthusiastic spectator support along the entire course! As a first time visitor to Berlin, the race was an incredible way to see and … MORE

A huge, well organized major marathon with enthusiastic spectator support along the entire course! As a first time visitor to Berlin, the race was an incredible way to see and experience this fascinating city. The course itself is flat and world records have been set here. Unfortunately, no world record (haha) or personal best for me as I had just arrived on Friday night from the US for the Sunday morning event and underestimated the overall effect of the time zone difference on sleep, my stomach, nutrition intake, etc. I woke up too early, ate, and then waited in my starting block for 1.5 hours before my race began, so I was getting hungry again. Aid stations were plentiful and offered water & Maurten sports drink, with bananas and Maurten gels at later points on the course. Recyclable plastic cups are used at aid stations. Runners were encouraged via starting line video presentations to throw said cups into the one of the multiple trash receptacles after use, however, most runners threw them on the ground, which created an interesting and messy obstacle course after each aid station. Seeing Brandenburg Gate as you run to the finish is exciting, but don’t be like me and think that the gate is the actual finish line. It is not. But it is close. Overall, a great experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in running in a large event! If traveling from far away, my advice: arrive at least a few days ahead of time and be sure to see more of the sights of this awesome city while you’re there.

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Vacation Races deserves a huge thank you for their dedication to the running community and their willingness to tackle the logistical challenges of safely hosting an in-person event during the … MORE

Vacation Races deserves a huge thank you for their dedication to the running community and their willingness to tackle the logistical challenges of safely hosting an in-person event during the time of COVID. This was my first time running this particular course but not my first half marathon or first Vacation Races event and, consistent with prior experience, the VR team did a fantastic job organizing and communicating the details around this event. They apologized for aspects of the bib pick up process that did not go as smoothly as planned, due to state/city COVID permitting requirements but, honestly, I was so thankful for the opportunity to participate that I didn’t mind the minor inconvenience of the wait time.
On race day, shuttle buses took runners to the starting area where there were warm and cold beverages, gear check, and plenty of porta-potties. To prevent crowding at the starting line, runners were pre-assigned a shuttle bus pick up time and a race start time based on anticipated finish time but, upon arrival at the start, runners had the option of starting and were not required to wait for their assigned time. This worked perfectly! There was no crowding and crossing the starting line by myself was like entering a gate to a running, tree-lined path paradise. Fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, squirrels and birds, some uphill and lots of downhill. The last few miles near and around Bass Lake are rolling hills. I slowed down significantly at that point because my legs didn’t know what to do after having so much fun on the downhill stretches but a better trained runner could easily have achieved a PR on this course. The finishers medal is beautiful and is consistent with the overall design of other VR events. After taking a few photos, hopping a shuttle back to town was easy and convenient. Overall a great experience!

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