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@Trevinds

Arlington, VA Raving since 2017 Boston Marathon finisher N/A active 1 year, 2 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    None – solo runner

  • Rave race:

    Having run a total of 45 marathons, I rave about each one.

  • Race that's calling my name:

    They all call my name, and currently in the decision process on which one will be the next.

  • I run because:

    of the love, and enjoyment I have in running.

My races

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Frederick, MD 2007 3:33:28
Half Marathon Baltimore, MD 2006 1:44:41
10 Miler Washington, DC 2006 1:19:00

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10 Miler Washington, DC Oct 7, 2018 1:34:42
Marathon Paris, France Apr 8, 2018 5:36:48
Marathon Rome, Italy Apr 2, 2017 4:57:06
Marathon Stockholm, Sweden Jun 4, 2016 5:15:40
Marathon Prague, Czech Republic May 3, 2015 5:52:10
Marathon Athens, Greece Nov 9, 2014 4:53:38
Marathon Frankfurt, Germany 2013 3:54:59
Marathon Toronto, Canada 2009 3:36:02
Marathon Washington, DC 2008 3:33:29
Marathon Frederick, MD 2007 3:33:28
Marathon Hopkinton, MA 2007 3:45:19
10 Miler Washington, DC 2006 1:19:00
Half Marathon Baltimore, MD 2006 1:44:41
Marathon Arlington, VA 2006 3:41:36
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA 2004 1:59:38

My Raves

Army Ten-Miler

Army Ten-Miler

If I was asked to give a grade to the overall organization of the Army Ten Miler (ATM), I would give an A+ - just like that of the Marine … MORE

If I was asked to give a grade to the overall organization of the Army Ten Miler (ATM), I would give an A+ – just like that of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) – both running events are superbly run in total organization. This year’s ATM had a course change – due to some ongoing construction, but with or without this, the ATM route still ran by some famous monuments in Washington, D.C. Plenty of fluids were available throughout the course, which on this day was greatly needed, and appreciated – one of the more humid days in recent memory. The Army soldiers who were assigned throughout the course gave great support and encouragement to all runners – they are all deserving of our respect for all that they do – as the Army says – Hooah!!!! The title of my short message – “Age is just a number” – my time in this year’s ATM was the fastest I have run in the past 3 years – I turned 67 this year, and I felt like I was a “Chariot on Fire.” If you have the will, and you stay focus on your goal – anything is possible, regardless of your age. The ATM today – the MCM on October 28, 2018 – another great event – looking forward to it.

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Paris Marathon

Paris Marathon

From the moment I landed at CDG Airport, my experience in Paris, France, was a good one. Getting from the Airport to the hotel I was staying at was not … MORE

From the moment I landed at CDG Airport, my experience in Paris, France, was a good one. Getting from the Airport to the hotel I was staying at was not difficult – following the directions that was provided by the Travel and Tour Agency were easy to follow. There are a couple of ways in getting to the hotel – taxi, or bus – I took the bus, only because it’s less expensive than going by taxi. The same applies in getting from the hotel to the expo, and return – took the metro. There was a little time where I found myself getting turned around in circles on getting out of the metro – it would have helped if I knew that “sortie” meant “exit.” The Expo was pretty large with a lot of vendors. Getting to the start of the race, and to the assigned coral, from my hotel was all about 10-15 minutes. The Finish Line back to the hotel was about 20 minutes. Overall not too bad. There were plenty of water throughout the course, with cut up oranges, bananas, and other munchies. Spectator support was good throughout the city, but not so much when outside the city limits. The only downside to this event was the Finish Line – Men’s Finishers T-Shirt ran out, and what was given instead were Women’s Finishers T-Shirt until these too ran out. It was reported that some runners eventually lost out on getting a T-Shirt, and a medal – they also ran out – but, I understand that medals will be mailed out. It is still somewhat disappointing since some runners ran their 1st marathon in Paris, and having nothing to take home to show off their accomplishment. I don’t know if the race organization will be able to mail out any Finishers T-Shirts upon request, but I have sent an email to see if this can be done. Overall, not a bad race – oh, one last thing – there are cobblestones, but they are sporadic – the end of the race, when your legs are worn out, I found them to be a little more difficult than the early batches. Recommendation: make sure u put in the road work training so that u end up having a good time, and finish early enough to get both a T-Shirt, and a Medal.

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Rome Marathon

Rome Marathon

A great time in Rome. This was my 1st time running in the Rome Marathon. I stayed at the StarHotel Metropole - a nice hotel, and the hotel staff were … MORE

A great time in Rome. This was my 1st time running in the Rome Marathon. I stayed at the StarHotel Metropole – a nice hotel, and the hotel staff were friendly.
The hotel has a fitness center. Also, within walking distance to some of the historical sites (Roman Forum, Colosseum, etc.) – the Start/Finish line is located in the vicinity of the Colosseum, and the same walking distance from the hotel. The Expo was nice – not large, but not too small. The weather upon arrival into Rome, to the day before the marathon, was sunny and pleasant; however, it was not to be so on the day of the race – rain, thunderstorms. The marathon started off with the rain coming down, and some noise of thunder, but cleared up during the middle of the race – however, the rain started up again at the end. Having run in rain before, this was not a problem, the problem was running on cobblestones – about 7% of the course was cobblestones – and when it rains, the cobblestones become slippery. There was plenty of water stations along the course, and plenty of snacks (i., bananas, oranges, cookies); however, not enough portable restrooms along the course, or at the water stations. Crowd support was outstanding. Although I did not finish at my normal times, I had a great time in running Rome, and would do it again. The Finisher’s Medal and T-Shirt were nice.

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Stockholm Marathon

Stockholm Marathon

Highly recommend this race. This was my 1st Stockholm Marathon. The expo was nice and large - the start/finish line which was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel … MORE

Highly recommend this race. This was my 1st Stockholm Marathon. The expo was nice and large – the start/finish line which was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel – the Start was next to the 1912 Olympic Stadium, and the Finish Line was breathtaking – finishing inside the Olympic Stadium. There are some good running trails in Stockholm, not far from the hotel where I stayed – this was nice and allowed to get some light runs in before race day. The Swedish people were friendly, and the support they gave to all the runner was very appreciative. Although my time was much slower than usual, I enjoyed this marathon immensely and would do it again. The Finisher’s Medal and T-Shirt were nice.

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Prague Marathon

Prague Marathon

This was my 1st time running Prague, and would do this again only to see if I can conquer running on a cobblestone surface. The cobblestones seemed to come in … MORE

This was my 1st time running Prague, and would do this again only to see if I can conquer running on a cobblestone surface. The cobblestones seemed to come in different types – some small; others large. Needless to say, my ankles were somewhat torn up after the run, and my time was lot slower than normal. I enjoyed Prague, and the many historical attractions. The Expo was large, and the staff were friendly. Getting to the start line, and returning to the hotel from the finishing line, was about 15 minutes walking, each way. There was some good running trails in front of the hotel where one could get some light running in leading up to the race. (After Prague, I ran the Rome Marathon in 2017, which had cobblestones and were not as huge as in Prague – I faired much better in Rome and I believe I will be able to tackle Prague one more time and try to conquer those cobblestones.) I would recommend the Prague Marathon – if for anything, just to go visit Prague and get a marathon in – pretty city. The Finisher’s Medal and T-Shirt were nice.

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Athens Marathon. The Authentic

Athens Marathon. The Authentic

Every serious marathon runner needs to run Athens - the birth place of the marathon. This was my 1st time running the Athens Marathon, and plan to do it again. … MORE

Every serious marathon runner needs to run Athens – the birth place of the marathon. This was my 1st time running the Athens Marathon, and plan to do it again. The course is challenging, and begins after about mile 6/7 into the race, shortly after departing from the Start – “Marathon.” The hills are rolling, and steep – one right after the other. The crowd support was awesome with everyone yelling out “Bravo” as you passed. The Expo was large, and everyone at the Expo were friendly. The finish of the marathon happens in the 1896 Athens Olympic Stadium – breathtaking! I plan to go back! The Finisher’s Medal and T-Shirt were nice.

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Frankfurt Marathon

Frankfurt Marathon

The Frankfurt Marathon was my 1st international marathon, and was my last recorded sub 4 marathon, and my last Boston Qualifier (for my age division). The course was fast, and … MORE

The Frankfurt Marathon was my 1st international marathon, and was my last recorded sub 4 marathon, and my last Boston Qualifier (for my age division). The course was fast, and the course is the 2nd fastest in Germany (right behind Berlin). The Start and Finish line are close to the Official Host Hotel. The Expo is large and is also close to the Hotel – no more than 3-5 minute walking. There are plenty open areas next to the hotel where one can get some runs in leading up to the marathon. Plenty of liquids along the course. Crowd support is plenty. I highly recommend this event to all marathoners looking for an international run. The Finisher’s Medal and T-Shirt are nice.

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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon & Half Marathon

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon & Half Marathon

Home of famed marathoner - Mr. Ed Whitlock. It was just recently that I heard the sad news on Mr. Whitlock, and the running world has lost a legend - … MORE

Home of famed marathoner – Mr. Ed Whitlock. It was just recently that I heard the sad news on Mr. Whitlock, and the running world has lost a legend – RIP Mr. Whitlock. I was hoping for a chance to meet Mr. Whitlock when in Toronto, but did not get the chance. The course is fast, so anyone looking for a BQ – consider this one. Those staying at the Official Race Hotel had to take a bus to the Expo, but the running organization took care of the bus rides – once you checked into your room, just needed to go out front of the hotel and get in line and board the bus(es) – round trip was also arranged. The Expo was large. Crowd support was plenty, and plenty of fluids along the course. I would do this one again, and I highly recommend this one.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

I ran this race when it was called the SunTrust National Maration - now known as the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon. This race is run entirely in the DC … MORE

I ran this race when it was called the SunTrust National Maration – now known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon. This race is run entirely in the DC area unlike the Marine Corps Marathon which is run mostly in Northern Virginia with parts going through DC. A pretty flat course so a PR is very achievable. I have also run the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and I can say that plenty of fluids are staged throughout the course, and post refreshments/food are plentiful. If someone was to ask me if I recommend the Rock ‘n’ Roll – I would say yes, but would add – “Run the Rock ‘n’ Roll in March, and then try to run the Marine Corps in October. Both Medals, side by side, would be something to talk about and compare.”

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Frederick Running Festival

Frederick Running Festival

I will never forget this race, and it is sad that the Frederick Running Festival no longer has this race - the longest distance now is just the Half. 2007 … MORE

I will never forget this race, and it is sad that the Frederick Running Festival no longer has this race – the longest distance now is just the Half. 2007 was a good year for me – I ran my 1st Boston and had a good run. 3 weeks after Boston, my body was crying out for another run – so, I ran Frederick. Frederick had a series of rolling, steep hills at the end, which made the course very challenging. The night before the race I had a dream that I would come in 2nd in my age group, and set a new PR – BINGO! The dream came true. Must be truth that dreams are often tomorrow’s realities – still can’t get over it.

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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

It took me awhile, but I earned my 1st BQ at the 2006 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. I had heard so much of "Hearbreak Hill" that I … MORE

It took me awhile, but I earned my 1st BQ at the 2006 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. I had heard so much of “Hearbreak Hill” that I put in some serious hill training, and it paid off. The 2007 Boston was the year of the “downpour” of rain. The runners were housed inside the school gym vice the tent on the outside prior to the race – some were questioning if BAA were going to cancel the run, but the answer was no. I have gone to Boston 4 times (2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012 – 2007 was my best; 2008 was the year I suffered a hamstring a week before Boston, but I tried it anyway – and eventually had to drop out early in the race. I earned my last BQ at the Frankfurt Marathon in 2013, but my time was at the bottom of my age standard and I was not selected because of other runners having a faster time for my age group, but I got my BQ.) I love Boston, and even though my times have not been up to par I still aim to earn that next BQ.

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Army Ten-Miler

Army Ten-Miler

I have run the Army Ten Miler (ATM) 7 times, and I love this race - 2006 is my best time so far, and still working to improve on that. … MORE

I have run the Army Ten Miler (ATM) 7 times, and I love this race – 2006 is my best time so far, and still working to improve on that. The ATM is the biggest ten miler in the Nation, and the Army does an outstanding job on the entire event. Great sights to see in running in the Nation’s capitol. Post refreshments, foods are plentiful. Tents from various units throughout the U.S. are also set up that offer some other great snacks. The ATM is run in the same month as the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) , and many runners use the ATM as a warm up before the MCM. Both are about 2 weeks apart. I highly recommend this run to all – you will not be disappointed. The long sleeve shirt are always nice, and the coin medals are also nice.

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Baltimore Running Festival

Baltimore Running Festival

This was my 2nd time running the Half at Baltimore, and I really enjoyed them both. The only downside was the Expo - somewhat small, but that was then - … MORE

This was my 2nd time running the Half at Baltimore, and I really enjoyed them both. The only downside was the Expo – somewhat small, but that was then – today may be different. What I remember the most about this race was that the start began around the Baltimore Ravens football stadium, and finished at Camden Yards – home of the Baltimore Orioles. The post festivities were nice with plenty of good eating.

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Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon

As of today, April 11, 2017, I have run the Marine Corps Marathon a total of 15 times; this year will be number 16. I run this race because 1) … MORE

As of today, April 11, 2017, I have run the Marine Corps Marathon a total of 15 times; this year will be number 16. I run this race because 1) I live in Northern Virginia, and 2) as a Retired Navy Veteran, I support the Marine Corps, and the Army (Army Ten Miler). The Marines do an outstanding job on total organization, and are supportive to all the runners – a class act all the way. The course takes runners through parts of Northern Virginia – beginning at the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the District of Columbia – going pass Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, The Capitol, and other sites. Runners finish up at Iwo Jima. The course is filled with spectators, and once you get to the finish – the crowd support is tremendous – wall to wall people.
Plenty of fluids throughout the course, and gels/other snacks are given out at certain points in the course. 2009 was my best time for this course; 2016 had me coming in at 4:37:04. I highly recommend this race to any, and all, runners. A must do event!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach 1/2 Marathon

A well organized Half - great weather, and finishing on the Boardwalk was a great way to finish this race. The post activities afterwards were nice - had a rock … MORE

A well organized Half – great weather, and finishing on the Boardwalk was a great way to finish this race. The post activities afterwards were nice – had a rock concert on the beach and a good way to just kick back on the sand and winding down to some good music, food, and drink.

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