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Los Gatos, CA Raving since 2017 Half Fanatics #16182 active 4 days, 10 hours ago

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    I was over 200lbs as a 13 year old and Frank shorter was my hero so I started running.  I did my first marathon as a 15 year old.   Still have the t-shirt. I now run for mental health as well as physical health

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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 23, 2017 4:30:12
Half Marathon Pebble Beach, CA Jan 27, 2018 2:12:45
10 Miler Sacramento, CA Sep 9, 2017 1:44:05
12K San Francisco, CA May 21, 2017 1:08:21
10K Los Gatos, CA Mar 12, 2017 57:02
5K San Jose, CA Dec 17, 2017 27:51

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Past Races (20)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
12K San Francisco, CA May 20, 2018 1:31:00
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 28, 2018 4:47:00
Marathon Rome, Italy Apr 8, 2018
Marathon Modesto, CA Mar 11, 2018 5:13:59
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 4, 2018
Half Marathon Pebble Beach, CA Jan 27, 2018 2:12:45
5K San Jose, CA Dec 17, 2017 27:51
10K Santa Clara, CA Dec 10, 2017 58:23
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 19, 2017 2:14:10
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Oct 8, 2017 2:23:12
Half Marathon Alameda, CA Sep 17, 2017 2:19:22
10 Miler Sacramento, CA Sep 9, 2017 1:44:05
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 23, 2017 4:30:12
12K Sausalito, CA Jul 9, 2017 1:14:49
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Jul 1, 2017 2:17:12
10K San Jose, CA Jun 4, 2017
12K San Francisco, CA May 21, 2017 1:08:21
10K Los Gatos, CA Mar 12, 2017 57:02
Half Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 7, 2016 2:22:23
10K Pleasanton, CA Jun 19, 2016 1:01:02

My Raves

Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers

in 2017 I hated this race!!! I swore to never do it again, i didn't want to watch people peeing in public, be next to drunk people and people smoking … MORE

in 2017 I hated this race!!! I swore to never do it again, i didn’t want to watch people peeing in public, be next to drunk people and people smoking marijuana right in the corrals, and the way too many naked people BUT this year, 2018, it was so much fun!!! Greater police presence, which created a fun not drunk or high atmosphere, people didn’t jump in from the sides, we could actually run!! I did the 15k, the first year of the bonus. Really do it, it is SF at its best.

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REVEL Mt Charleston

REVEL Mt Charleston

So this is a race many runners do to Boston Qualify. Runners are bussed up the mountain and run 5000 ft downhill. some miles are over 300 ft downhill. The … MORE

So this is a race many runners do to Boston Qualify. Runners are bussed up the mountain and run 5000 ft downhill. some miles are over 300 ft downhill. The start is at 7500ft and I had trouble breathing the first 2 miles and watched an elite runner, throw up every 1/2 mile until she pulled out of the race. Pain set in at mile 16 in my ankles and calves and so slowed down horribly but still had a 30 minute PR. Just train and train more running downhill and it is a good race to BQ

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Rome Marathon

Rome Marathon

Obviously running a marathon in Rome is iconic but, get ready to hurt. There are cobblestones at the start for 1.75 miles, around the Vatican for 2 miles and again … MORE

Obviously running a marathon in Rome is iconic but, get ready to hurt. There are cobblestones at the start for 1.75 miles, around the Vatican for 2 miles and again at the finish off and on for 4 miles. Everyone was limping afterwards with many people being attended to by paramedics after mile 20. The race ran out of sponges at one stop around mile 18, I suggest carrying water, they could use more water stations on course, there is not enough bathrooms before or on course so men are urinating everywhere. The start had 3 waves but that didn’t matter, everyone just went at once so the start is very slow for the first 2 miles. As great as it is to run in Rome, just know it will be difficult

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Modesto Marathon

Modesto Marathon

I like you probably thought, why would I go do a marathon in Modesto? who goes to Modesto on purpose??? well for this Marathon. Great staff, started on time, close … MORE

I like you probably thought, why would I go do a marathon in Modesto? who goes to Modesto on purpose??? well for this Marathon. Great staff, started on time, close parking, pb&j sandwiches on course, neighbors cheering you on with beer kegs, applesauce and m&ms, huge metal, medical staff driving up and down the course checking on you, really the best race I have done in the last two years and will always come back. oh and the 10 1/2 min marathon PR didn’t suck!!

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Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Very flat, but it was a hot weekend, first of the year so I didn't do well in the heat. Lots of volunteers and the Waterfront hotel is literally like … MORE

Very flat, but it was a hot weekend, first of the year so I didn’t do well in the heat. Lots of volunteers and the Waterfront hotel is literally like 40 steps to the start and finish and expo. Well run race, I will be back next year.

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Vineyard Vines Half Marathon at Pebble Beach

Vineyard Vines Half Marathon at Pebble Beach

This was their first year and they didn't have enough shuttles and the Pebble Beach employees had no idea where bib pick up was, and so people got to the … MORE

This was their first year and they didn’t have enough shuttles and the Pebble Beach employees had no idea where bib pick up was, and so people got to the starting line late and it was so cold. the scenery though made it all worth it but be used to hills, this is all hills. Great buffet afterwards through at the Inn.

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Santa Run Silicon Valley 5K

Santa Run Silicon Valley 5K

great watching the little kids , only 3094 runners this year which is a bummer when last year it was a sell out at 7k great finish area at the … MORE

great watching the little kids , only 3094 runners this year which is a bummer when last year it was a sell out at 7k great finish area at the christmas in the park

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The Firehouse Run

The Firehouse Run

i fully support walkers at any race, but especially when a 5k and a 10k start at the same time, why can't the announcer tell the walkers and slower people … MORE

i fully support walkers at any race, but especially when a 5k and a 10k start at the same time, why can’t the announcer tell the walkers and slower people to be at the back of the pack??? and to move to the left so the runners can get through??? and I don’t know, but Pizza at the end of a race?? just seems like it kills the reason for a race

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Berkeley Half Marathon

Berkeley Half Marathon

Even though this is a hilly race, when you think the up is too much the down is great and there are always runners out there with you with lots … MORE

Even though this is a hilly race, when you think the up is too much the down is great and there are always runners out there with you with lots of spectators cheering you on

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose 1/2 Marathon

5K on Saturday and you can pick up your bib there and not go to the Friday night expo. Great flat courses with close parking for both the 5k and … MORE

5K on Saturday and you can pick up your bib there and not go to the Friday night expo. Great flat courses with close parking for both the 5k and 1/2 marathon, later start for the 1/2 at 8am. Great friendly race with lots of support and cheerleaders.

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Bank of Marin’s Alameda Running Festival

Bank of Marin’s Alameda Running Festival

The course is very flat with less then 1000 entries and has pacers though which is great. great food and a band afterwards. I actually did both the 5k and … MORE

The course is very flat with less then 1000 entries and has pacers though which is great. great food and a band afterwards. I actually did both the 5k and 1/2. very well organized but strange I had to pay 10$ extra to get my bib mailed when there are so few entries and i could have signed up that morning. Only their 2nd year though so probably just getting to know how to run a race.

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Buffalo Stampede 10-Mile Run/Walk

Buffalo Stampede 10-Mile Run/Walk

nice 10 mile race. flat course through neighborhoods, easy parking, out and back, nice hats given. Really a well run race, I will be back, hopefully faster next year MORE

nice 10 mile race. flat course through neighborhoods, easy parking, out and back, nice hats given. Really a well run race, I will be back, hopefully faster next year

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

loved the race, great scenery, great volunteers, lots of water stations, just do lots of hill work out before you do this race and expect your times to show it MORE

loved the race, great scenery, great volunteers, lots of water stations, just do lots of hill work out before you do this race and expect your times to show it

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Across the Bay 12K & 415K

Across the Bay 12K & 415K

Really loved this race, parking was right next to the buses, on time, great scenery, just a well done race with really nice people. Just remember because of the area … MORE

Really loved this race, parking was right next to the buses, on time, great scenery, just a well done race with really nice people. Just remember because of the area was a little cold

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Zoom Quarry Lakes (Summer)

Zoom Quarry Lakes (Summer)

really well organized and nice people put on these races. Small # of entries and great course and lots of free food, free pics. Really easy for a first time … MORE

really well organized and nice people put on these races. Small # of entries and great course and lots of free food, free pics. Really easy for a first time trail runner, more of a dirt path

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The Dream Mile Bay Area

The Dream Mile Bay Area

I guess they don't care if runners come back, badly organized, ran an extra 1/2 mile , stupid 1 mins adjustment, why bother? Age groups also made no sense 35-50? MORE

I guess they don’t care if runners come back, badly organized, ran an extra 1/2 mile , stupid 1 mins adjustment, why bother? Age groups also made no sense 35-50? Wtf?

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Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers

I am a fairly serious runner and was in corral B. There were high kids who got past security and were in the corrals just to cause a disturbance without … MORE

I am a fairly serious runner and was in corral B. There were high kids who got past security and were in the corrals just to cause a disturbance without bibs. Also the spectators jumping out into the street to take pics going against the racers was dangerous. I have no problem with the partiers, but they should be in back corrals and not causing these issues. Maybe I am just old 🙂

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Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Run

Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Run

This is my back yard and so I run this route weekly so know it well and could run fast knowing where the end is and running by neighbors was … MORE

This is my back yard and so I run this route weekly so know it well and could run fast knowing where the end is and running by neighbors was supper fun for me

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Water to Wine Half Marathon

Water to Wine Half Marathon

Mostly on roads, about 3 miles on dirt/gravel not my best surface. 300 entries in the 1/2 marathon so a smaller race. Free beer and wine afterwards and food MORE

Mostly on roads, about 3 miles on dirt/gravel not my best surface. 300 entries in the 1/2 marathon so a smaller race. Free beer and wine afterwards and food

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Rotary Club of Pleasanton Father’s Day Spirit Run

Rotary Club of Pleasanton Father’s Day Spirit Run

great race for a great cause, scholarships. Well run, we as runners should really support them, the rotary club and boy scouts go well over board to make sure us … MORE

great race for a great cause, scholarships. Well run, we as runners should really support them, the rotary club and boy scouts go well over board to make sure us runners are taken care of

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