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Chandler, AZ Raving since 2014 50 States hopeful/finisher http://trolltravels.blogspot.com/ active 3 days, 14 hours ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Fifty State Half Marathon Club, 100 Half Marathon Club

  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:

    Big Sur

  • I run because:

    the challenge of the 50 State goal and I like medals

My races

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Buckeye, AZ 2012 2:32:03
5K Tempe, AZ Dec 18, 2016 45:56

Future Races (17)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Carnation, WA TBD
Half Marathon Berlin, OH TBD
Half Marathon Fitzgerald, GA TBD
Half Marathon Huntsville, AL TBD
Half Marathon Detroit, MI TBD
Half Marathon Rachel, NV TBD
Half Marathon Toledo, OH TBD
Half Marathon Springfield, OH TBD
Half Marathon Rhinelander, WI TBD
Half Marathon Ridgeland, MS TBD
Half Marathon Columbus, IN TBD
Half Marathon Hutchinson, KS TBD
Half Marathon Seymore, IN TBD
Half Marathon Centrahoma, OK TBD
Half Marathon Rye, NH TBD
Half Marathon Willimantic, CT TBD
Half Marathon Bath, NY TBD

Past Races (39)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
1st Half Marathon South Williamson, KY Jun 9, 2018 4:01:07
Half Marathon Tempe, AZ May 19, 2018
Half Marathon Brighton, CO Apr 21, 2018 4:07:49
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Mar 31, 2018 3:09:59
Half Marathon Las Cruces, NM Oct 29, 2017 3:35:22
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 13, 2017 3:37:02
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA Apr 8, 2017 3:10:02
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Feb 11, 2017 3:27:57
Half Marathon Coolidge, AZ Feb 4, 2017 3:25:56
Half Marathon Somerton, AZ Jan 28, 2017 3:29:16
5K Tempe, AZ Dec 18, 2016 45:56
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA Apr 9, 2016 3:29:44
Half Marathon Huntington, WV Nov 1, 2015 3:25:45
Half Marathon Welches, OR Aug 1, 2015 3:28:00
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 13, 2015 3:25:56
Half Marathon Vernal, UT May 9, 2015 3:05:23
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA Apr 11, 2015 3:26:53
Half Marathon Chattanooga, TN Mar 21, 2015 4:19:53
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Jan 24, 2015 3:21:31
Half Marathon Peoria, AZ Nov 2, 2014 3:18:00
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 19, 2014 3:11:50
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA 2014 2:58:26
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA 2013 2:42:44
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2013 2:59:59
Half Marathon San Diego, CA 2013 2:48:08
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA 2013 2:52:59
Half Marathon Humble, TX Dec 22, 2012 3:57:58
Half Marathon Humble, TX Dec 21, 2012 3:47:06
Half Marathon Buckeye, AZ 2012 2:32:03
Half Marathon Los Angeles, CA 2012 2:42:43
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV 2012 3:05:36
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2012 2:34:10
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2011 2:50:54
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2010 3:14:11
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV 2010 2:43:14
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2009 3:30:08
Half Marathon Phoenix, AZ 2008 3:17:38
Half Marathon Scottsdale, AZ 2008 3:08:23
Half Marathon Salem, MA Sep 29, 2007 3:13:11

My Raves

Hatfield McCoy Marathon

Hatfield McCoy Marathon

This race provides multiple opportunities - Blackberry Mountain half, River Road half, double half marathon, or full marathon. I chose the mountain half and I thought it meant it was … MORE

This race provides multiple opportunities – Blackberry Mountain half, River Road half, double half marathon, or full marathon. I chose the mountain half and I thought it meant it was up an actual mountain. I took trail running shoes with me and imagined maybe grassy inclines and creeks that I would have to run through. No – it’s all on blacktop, but it goes up a mountain. The mountain was steep but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Really the first 6 miles were not bad, then the mountain started around mile 6.5 but the descent took us to mile 7.5 or 8. After that it was similar to the beginning with just another slight incline later.
The most impressive thing was the crowd support. The towns all come together for this. The day prior was the race expo at the high school. The kids were spirited, there were many local vendors, a spaghetti dinner, etc. I bought a stuffed pig for the run. During the race there were many people along the way hanging out in their front yard to encourage runners and some even set up tables with water and snacks.
The water stations were well stocked and had a good number of volunteers. They truly made the race a great one. My performance is still poor, but this was a fun run and I met a lot of nice people both in the race and along the streets. I would highly recommend this one!

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Hot as Hell Half & Quarter Trail Marathon

Hot as Hell Half & Quarter Trail Marathon

What I time I had with this race – starting the week prior. For some reason I had it in my head the race was 5/12 and after a night … MORE

What I time I had with this race – starting the week prior. For some reason I had it in my head the race was 5/12 and after a night of short sleep I arrived to the start but was unable to find the run. After attempting different locations I was about to give up when I rechecked the event details and noticed it was actually 5/19. That should have been a sign to just give up and stay in bed.
The morning of 5/19 I again went to the race site and it was packed. The run had sold out, they added a few more spots, and those sold out as well. It was a nice atmosphere with many people there eager to begin the run. Every day I drive by this area and think how I would like to explore those big rocks and trails. That sounds great from the car.
As I lined up the runners were broken into three waves to allow for crowd control. We started up a small incline, through the parking lot, down the street, and into a canal path that led to the trails. By the first half mile I was already feeling it. I have completed the PF Chang half marathon five times, and in that race the entire thing is flat except when the run enters Tempe around Curry Street and suddenly there are hills that kick my butt near the end of the race. This trail run was entirely in that area and it was working its magic on me right from the start. It wasn’t too hot yet, so that wasn’t an issue, but I was definitely way out of shape for those hills. I made it around the two mile mark when I started thinking about how hard I was breathing, how my legs and butt were already sore, and how after finishing the course of 6.5 miles I would have to do a second lap. By mile 3 I decided there was no way I could pull that off, so I stopped and walked back to the parking lot where my car was. At least I got a nice shirt out of it. I definitely need to get in better shape before trying a trail run again.
But if you are in shape, I would recommend the run. The race staff I have run with before and they are great, the shirt was nice, and the medal was fantastic – if only I would have finished and received one. Plus the area is beautiful so it would give a fit person and enjoyable view.

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Runs With Scissors

Runs With Scissors

So this would normally be a fairly easy run - a nice 1.3 mile loop around a lake in Brighton, CO. the course was 2/3 gravel bike path and 1/3 … MORE

So this would normally be a fairly easy run – a nice 1.3 mile loop around a lake in Brighton, CO. the course was 2/3 gravel bike path and 1/3 sidewalk. Very flat and easy. Except this day it was low-mid 30’s and snow. Small standing puddles in some areas on the track. I began running, but walked when I came to a snow-covered bridge. There were 3 or 4 wooden bridges around the loop. Back to running after the bridge, but then slowed down when I encountered standing water or mud. Eventually most of the course turned to mud as the runners continued their laps around the lake – some half marathon, some full marathon, and there was also a 50K option (not sure if anyone did that). Being from Phoenix I was miserable in snow and cold. My time was horrible not only because I ended up walking due to the frequent mud, but since there was a 9 hour time limit, after lap 5 and 8 I went back to the car and turned on the heater. Looking at my lap times that added about 20 minutes to each of those two laps. I guess 40 minutes off of my total would be a descent pace for my current fitness level and considering it was 99% walking.

The runners and the race director were very nice. Love the unique metal, and I would do it again if the weather were warmer.

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Once in a Double Blue Moon

Once in a Double Blue Moon

This was an easy course in one of the local parks. The course was a 1.47 mile loop around a nature preserve with a one little jog down a side … MORE

This was an easy course in one of the local parks. The course was a 1.47 mile loop around a nature preserve with a one little jog down a side path for the extra distance. The course was paved sidewalk around a dune-like area. Lots of rabbits along the path. Run from start to finish, then back again for one loop. Repeat 4 times.

The challenge of the course was it felt a little warmer than expected and it made it more difficult that I thought. One aid station on each side of the start/finish line and a volunteer to direct runners on the side path. Overall a nice run.

The t-shirt was awesome – a blue long sleeved tech shirt that read “Once in a Double Blue Moon”. The back had the blue moon design depicted in the medal. I do like the medal, although I was a little surprised that it didn’t say double blue moon. The Blue Moon run is an annual race, but the double blue moon is only 3-4 times every 100 years. The shirt was different so I thought the medal would be too. But it was still nice.

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Mainly Marathons Day of the Dead Series – Day 2 (El Maraton del Rio Grande)

Mainly Marathons Day of the Dead Series – Day 2 (El Maraton del Rio Grande)

This race has been on my interest list for about four years now, but I always failed to register for it. But this year the 50 State Half Marathon club … MORE

This race has been on my interest list for about four years now, but I always failed to register for it. But this year the 50 State Half Marathon club selected it to be the annual meet up. I also have never attended a 50 State Half Marathon meet up even though I joined in 2010. I have been a slacker and thought attending this would bring back my motivation and allow me to check off a race that has been on my to-do list for a while (plus a new state).

The race production was great. The Race Director was in attendance Saturday at the meet up banquet and I enjoyed his enthusiasm. Hearing the people who ran the Saturday race I was excited to go. It was a bit, okay a lot, colder than I expected, but I improvised and was warm enough. There was a large crowd for the run, most of them fellow club members so it really created a great atmosphere. The race was flat and would be fast if I were still in shape. Basically a walking/bike trail along the banks of the Rio Grande river (which really wasn’t so grande). As the day warmed up it was a very pleasant running experience. Two laps on an up-and-back pavement; fairly straightforward. The little bridges were a bit slippery in the morning, but by the second lap they were fine.

Great job to Clint for hosting a wonderful event. He got us ready to go with a pre-race talk to explain the course and it was a fun day. I am glad I attended. Oh, and a bonus months ago – I originally signed up for the race but neglected the discount code. He applied that and sent me a refund check. I had an old address listed so it was returned to him. He wrote me again to get the new address and resent it back to me. A lot of time and commitment hunting me down for $15. Much appreciated that he took the time to do that.

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Running with the Cows

Running with the Cows

I went to see a fellow runner in our 50 state group reach half #100, and I had not yet run Kansas. The run was well staffed and the activities … MORE

I went to see a fellow runner in our 50 state group reach half #100, and I had not yet run Kansas. The run was well staffed and the activities around the race were excellent. The day was more humid than I expected and the course a little more rolling hills than I expected. I also saw less cows than I thought – but it was nice to be there, nice to see all of the 50 state runners out there, and my wife and I had a nice few days in the area. The medal was fantastic.

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Hollywood Half Marathon

Hollywood Half Marathon

This is a run I register for every year. This is the sixth year and I am a legacy member, having finished all six years. It is nice, not only … MORE

This is a run I register for every year. This is the sixth year and I am a legacy member, having finished all six years. It is nice, not only because the race director is awesome and the swag is good, but it is familiar. I know the course, I know what to expect, and that helps when it gets challenging. There are some hills in Hollywood and the streets are very slanted, so I run right down the yellow line. The streets could use some repairs also. Nearing the 10-11 mile marker a woman in front of me tripped on a bump in the road and fell, scrapping her elbow. The finish line is calling because around 11.5 you pass it, but have to keep going out, then turn around and come back. But overall it is a nice run. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Blvd, and through the small towns like Little Armenia, Thai Town, etc. are really cool. Always a great production and I have enjoyed it each year. I always make it a nice long weekend trip from Phoenix.

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Mardi Gras Run

Mardi Gras Run

I would have likely done very well on this course in 2012 when I was in good running shape. The course was mostly flat – a few small inclines, but … MORE

I would have likely done very well on this course in 2012 when I was in good running shape. The course was mostly flat – a few small inclines, but nothing strenuous. It was a very scenic run along Mission Bay and Fiesta Island. The course was the road that went out to the island and later sidewalks along the walking trails. It was overcast and sprinkling at the beginning, but never amounted to a steady rain. Temperatures were pleasant and made for good running.

I felt like I was running well – better than my previous two weekends – through mile 9. Then we passed the finish line and kept going about 2 miles, then turned around. A combination of passing the finish line and some mile makers that I thought were off caused me to slow down and not finish as strong in that final 4 miles. The distance between the mile 7 and 8 marker definitely felt short, but 8 to 9 was very long. I think the distance between mile 10 and 11 was also short. In the end I finished and talked to a couple of ladies afterward. One said according to her device it was 13.4 miles. I cannot confirm that as I did not use anything to track progress. But even still, it was enjoyable.

The medal was very nice – a mardi gras mask that was very colorful. A volunteer gave me a couple of beads and I kept with the medal. I would definitely do it again and hopefully in better shape and faster running times.

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Casa Grande Half Marathon & 5K

Casa Grande Half Marathon & 5K

The course was flat and ran on the shoulder of rural roads. The route was a 6 mile box along cotton fields; not too much to see, but it was … MORE

The course was flat and ran on the shoulder of rural roads. The route was a 6 mile box along cotton fields; not too much to see, but it was flat. Traffic continues to run, so be alert. Not too many cars at the beginning, but later it picks up a bit more. The half marathon was two loops around the boxed route.

Big improvements on the medal. I saw a friend of mine ran it two years ago and it was a plain medal with a sticker. Now it is a nice pink cut-designed medal. The proceeds of the race go to a good cause: providing mammograms to women who do not have insurance or are under-insured.

The race is also small. If you are a slow runner like me I would recommend bringing your own water and holding off on drinking it until lap 2. There were water stations around mile 2/8, 4/10, and 6/12. There may have been one more. But on the second lap the first station started packing up as the final runners passed. The ones in the middle already left and there wasn’t water again until mile 12. There was a small, but cheerful group still awaiting at the finish line as the final runners arrived.

As for me personally in the run, I was feeling very poor dispite the flat terrain. I ran last Saturday and had a blister on my foot. This week no blister and my body felt fine, but my heart rate and blood pressure were high. Also because it was so small and I was near the back I think that added to my mental issues. Near the end I was ready to quit, but I continued. Despite the struggles I finished 3 1/2 minutes better than last week.

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Yuma Territorial Marathon & Half Marathon

Yuma Territorial Marathon & Half Marathon

The course was fairly straight-forward: exit the casino, turn left, run for 6.5 miles, and return. The casino sits on top of a hill so going out it wasn't too … MORE

The course was fairly straight-forward: exit the casino, turn left, run for 6.5 miles, and return. The casino sits on top of a hill so going out it wasn’t too noticeable. The first two miles were fairly quick and either downhill or flat. The mile 3 marker started an uphill climb that lasted until the turn around. Coming back it was mostly downhill until around mile 11-12 when the climb up to the casino began. It was noticeable that time. Not too much to see along the way: a small town of Somerton and a lot of agricultural fields with people working. The Yuma Valley is one of the largest producers of vegetables in the country, and at the end of the race a small cup of raw broccoli with a dribble of ranch was awaiting. It was quite good and different. The medal was nice, the shirt was a nice quality tech shirt. The expo was small and easy to navigate. Easy to get in, get the stuff, and head out.

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Caribbean Christmas 5K – Tempe Town Lake

Caribbean Christmas 5K – Tempe Town Lake

The Caribbean Christmas typically is a half marathon in Carmel, IN. I signed up for it last year; however, I was unable to go. To my surprise it was listed … MORE

The Caribbean Christmas typically is a half marathon in Carmel, IN. I signed up for it last year; however, I was unable to go. To my surprise it was listed as a 5K in Chandler, AZ this year (one week after the typical half in Indiana). I need to get back in running shape so I thought doing a 5K would be a good start. The course was just along the streets of Chandler – basically around the block not too far from my house. Not much to see scenery wise, but the course was flat and fairly straight-forward. The medal was awesome – a large snow globe with a snowman & surf board. This was the first run in Arizona conducted by the race group. They provided a good atmosphere with Fractured Prune donuts, hot chocolate, reggae music, and some photo ops. I would definitely do it again and other races they put on.

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Hollywood Half Marathon

Hollywood Half Marathon

This year the run unveiled a new medal design for the 5th anniversary. I am a legacy member, having run all five years - and I am registered for year … MORE

This year the run unveiled a new medal design for the 5th anniversary. I am a legacy member, having run all five years – and I am registered for year 6 in 2017. After that I may drop out. Not because of the race, but there are many others around the country I want to do that seem to be on the same weekend.

The Race Director, Ken Nwadike, is my favorite race director because he always listens and makes improvements based on what the feedback is. He has become so famous as the Free Hugs guy that I am impressed he continues to have the time to put on the run.

The scenery is nice – down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and you see many of the famous buildings. Good view of the Hollywood sign coming back. The end is the only thing that is challenging because you run by the finish line but still have about a mile left. Other than that, by now the run production and event itself is flawless.

This was my slowest year running it. In the beginning years of the event I was in shape, but I have become lazier and fatter over the years. While the race itself has improved every year, my performance has decreased.

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Marshall University Marathon & Half Marathon

Marshall University Marathon & Half Marathon

I wanted to run this race because my Mom’s side of the family lives just about 10 miles from the run and my Mom not only graduated from Marshall with … MORE

I wanted to run this race because my Mom’s side of the family lives just about 10 miles from the run and my Mom not only graduated from Marshall with her Master’s degree, but she was a professor there for a number of years. She recently had a stroke and I had not been able to visit her yet, so this was a great opportunity for accomplish both.
The weather had been chilly, but warmed up nicely on race morning. There were some sprinkles, but they stopped before the run. The course was through the streets of Huntington, mostly flat the whole way. The route wound through the streets, down into a park along the river, back into the streets, and there was a little hill until we emerged on a nice walking trail. There was excellent spectator support, the band was playing in the park, and people on their porches watching.
I knew the end involved running into the stadium, getting a football, and scoring a touchdown. I did not know it was down and back, so as I ran down the ramp with my water bottle in my pocket so I could easily grab the football, I mustered up the last remaining energy to sprint down the football field. To my surprise once we reached the 20 yard line we turned to run to the other sideline, then back to the other end of the field to finish. I kept thinking don’t fall now! I made it and it was a good time. Another thing I wished I knew was the food being grilled in the parking lot was free. I was hungry, but walked back to my car thinking I left my wallet there…but as it turns out the food was for us.
I purchased the warm-up jacket and it was nice to have in the morning. The medal was cool, the town is great, and I enjoyed the race. I was nice to be able to get to spend time with my family during the same time. I definitely recommend this one.

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Huckleberry Half Marathon

Huckleberry Half Marathon

The race was difficult for me because it was on the mountain, and we don’t really have mountains where I live. Some steep ascents made it tough. The descents were … MORE

The race was difficult for me because it was on the mountain, and we don’t really have mountains where I live. Some steep ascents made it tough. The descents were mostly steady, but a couple were sharp as well. The course ran on regular roads on the mountain, which made for smooth running. The roads were open so traffic was present, but not too much. The weather was hot in Portland that weekend, but on the course it was cool thanks to the heavy shade from the trees. The road also ran along a river and provided nice views throughout the run. The race was well organized and had some great support along the way.

Overall I rated the swag as average. The appeal to me was the medal – a wooden medal of Bigfoot. Over the years the cost of that production has apparently increased, so the company has had to cut back on other things. The run was a little cheaper than others – I believe I registered at $55 price level, but a t-shirt was not included. There were some available for purchase at the expo for $15. At packet pick up there was a nice insolated custom tote, and it contained a few items such as a sample bag of chips, chapstick, a bumper sticker, deodorant, and another snack sample – but none of it was too exciting. I would have rather had the shirt than the things in the bag.

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Yellowstone Half Marathon

Yellowstone Half Marathon

The scenery is very nice. It is outside of the park but has a good view of mountains and part of the run is along a river. It is a … MORE

The scenery is very nice. It is outside of the park but has a good view of mountains and part of the run is along a river. It is a trail run, but a lot of the course is a gravel road or a well-worn route trucks or maybe snowmobiles. This weekend the course was a little wet with frequent large puddles. The ruts in the road were narrow and made it challenging when there were several people together. The road also had a lot of rocks which made it important to watch footing. I did see a couple of people fall along the course. There was also a monster hills from just after mile 5 to over mile 6. That really zapped me most of the rest of the way.

I brought my own water and did not stop at any of the aid stations, but they ran out of water at the mile 7 table. They did call it in and someone came along in a truck to deliver water there and also to the table at mile 9.

At the end of the race we received a box and a banana. The box I didn’t open until later, but it had all good stuff – honey stinger, fruit leather, cave man bar, and some trail mix. The medal is one of the best I have received. Very large, colorful, and nice graphic.

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Dino Half Marathon

Dino Half Marathon

The run begins atop a mountain at 7000 feet and runs mostly downhill to about 5500 feet. There are some slight inclines, but the majority of the run is downhill. … MORE

The run begins atop a mountain at 7000 feet and runs mostly downhill to about 5500 feet. There are some slight inclines, but the majority of the run is downhill. The medal is a big attraction here. It features a dinosaur on the front and the fossilized dinosaur on the reverse (because the run is near Dinosaur National Monument where there is a dinosaur quarry and fossils). Some people described inconsistencies in their bag from the expo. I received gloves, many others received gloves, but some who arrived even before us did not receive gloves. Another couple of ladies said they did not receive gloves, but they received headphones. There was also a pre-run post on Facebook regarding free photos, but apparently near race day the photographer pulled out and there was difficulty finding someone else to do free photos. There was someone who snapped a few photos at the start, but that’s all I saw. I would definitely do the run again for the medal and the course. I would also like to explore the dinosaur national monument, which I didn’t get to do this time due to time constraints with my travel.

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Hollywood Half Marathon

Hollywood Half Marathon

This was the fourth year for the run, and I have completed each one of them. I definitely consider Ken E Nwadike Jr one of the best, if not the … MORE

This was the fourth year for the run, and I have completed each one of them. I definitely consider Ken E Nwadike Jr one of the best, if not the best race director in the country. There were challenges in the first year and they were resolved by year 2. He takes feedback from all runners and works to incorporate it in the upcoming year’s run. This year was a good example when the initial date of the run was moved to Sunday, but overwhelmingly people wanted it back on Saturday. He moved it back. The race medals are excellent, the swag is great, and it continues to improve. For those who have completed all four years and are founding legacy members he definitely goes out of the way to ensure they are taking care of. This year there were Walk of Fame stars with some runner names on it, a nice dry-fit legacy hat, and the medal that I like. Next year will be a new medal design for the 5th anniversary. I just completed this run on Saturday and have already registered for 2016. I look forward to this run every year. Plus it is a nice long weekend family trip where they get to relax on the beach in Santa Monica.

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Raccoon Mountain Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay

Raccoon Mountain Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay

I had been recovering from multiple injuries that left me without any running or gym time for eight weeks. Thankfully I healed just prior to this race. Since I had … MORE

I had been recovering from multiple injuries that left me without any running or gym time for eight weeks. Thankfully I healed just prior to this race. Since I had been inactive I planned to just walk it because there was a 9 hour time limit and I didn’t want to risk re-injury.
That said, had I been running it I likely would not have been running after mile one. The start was in a parking lot and down a gravel road – then up a very long and steep hill. Even walking I was completely winded by the top. I failed to read the course map and didn’t realize it was a trail run. After a couple of miles on the road it was into the woods, which thanks to a couple days of rain lead to muddy trails. Because I was walking it wasn’t long before the runners were gone and I was in front of other walkers, but most of the time there weren’t others around. Just me alone in the woods, hoping there were no bears. The trail was well marked with a green flag every couple hundred feet. Near the end I looked at my phone and it seemed like I was well over the 13 miles, but there was no end in sight, only a few occasional marathoners coming back, and I wondered if I were lost. For the first time in a run I thought about giving up…except I had no idea where I was, how far I had come, how far to go, or where the car was parked…so I continued following the green flags until eventually I found the glorious end.

Waiting at the end was some of the best swag I have received. The shirt I received before the race was beautiful – a long sleeve grey shirt with a nice logo of the run (no sponsor logos). The medal was handmade out of wood, and we also received a raccoon hat! It was very challenging, but the views, the swag, and the support from the race crew was wonderful. A well organized event by the folks at Run Chattanooga.

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F3 Lake Half Marathon & 5K

F3 Lake Half Marathon & 5K

The run sounds crazy – a half marathon along Lake Michigan in mid-January, especially for someone who lives in warm Phoenix. I researched the run and the promoters have a … MORE

The run sounds crazy – a half marathon along Lake Michigan in mid-January, especially for someone who lives in warm Phoenix. I researched the run and the promoters have a good web site. 2015 was the sixth running of the race and the reviews from past years were positive. The images from last year’s cold and snowy run were a little scary, but I set off to earn the really cool medal. There are no t-shirts for the run, but instead a toboggan and gloves. That worked for me because I have too many shirts as it is. Race packet pick up extended nearly the whole week prior across multiple locations around Chicago.

Arriving to Chicago a few days before it was windy and very chilly, but on race morning the temperature was warmer, less wind, and for the first time during my visit I saw the sun. The start and finish was Soldier Field. The run was along the lake trail (sidewalk). The lake was beautiful and the course was fairly level. There was no ice on the trail and the large sell-out crowd seemed to have enough room coming and going. The challenge was bicyclist and other runners who were no part of the race also were using the same trail. It wasn’t too big of a deal with the runners, but the bikes meant runners needed to be alert. The run cut-off time was 3:30, which was 30 minutes more than I expected. Trying to get back into my running shape meant I had to push it toward the end when I thought I would not make it…but I did. The view around mile 2-3 and back at 10 (I think) gave a nice view of the city.

I am still not a fan of winter, but I would do this run again. It is a great crowd, well organized, and nice swag.

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Wicked Half Marathon, 4 Mile and Spooky Sprint (AZ)

Wicked Half Marathon, 4 Mile and Spooky Sprint (AZ)

This was a local race in the Phoenix area. Not too much scenery - out and back along the canal. I liked the medal though; however, it has now since … MORE

This was a local race in the Phoenix area. Not too much scenery – out and back along the canal. I liked the medal though; however, it has now since changed names and designs.

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End of the World Marathon – Texas

End of the World Marathon – Texas

I wanted to run this race because it was a one-shot only. I mean, what if the world really did end? Plus I had not marked Texas off my list. … MORE

I wanted to run this race because it was a one-shot only. I mean, what if the world really did end? Plus I had not marked Texas off my list. I realized that it was a two-race event (After the End of the World on the following day), and there was no time limit. I had never ran back-to-back half marathons, but without a limit I figured I could run one and walk the second. Plus the medal looked really cool.

I made it too the packet pick up and the swag was excellent. There was a huge medal (over 5″), a gym bag, and a small Easter Island looking squeezie think. For the second run there was another medal, another gym back, and another item – plus since I was doing both races I received a 3″ coin that had the face of both medals on it. To date these two are still my best medals.

In all of the excitement I saw that the course was around a little nature area. I expected it to be a 6 mile loop that we would do twice. I failed to understand that it was more challenging than that. It was a trail run that began in 35 degree temperatures with frost and tall grass, progressed through short grass, sand, dirt, mud, woods, an apartment complex, and farming roads. The course was not simply a loop around everything but wove its way throughout itself so that I found it challenging to see where I was headed next. There were some cool props along the way with aliens, end of the world, and other things, but that course killed me. I had planned to run day 1, but I barely made it one mile and was spent. I walked the rest of that day and all of day 2. Two days that proved to be my slowest runs every….but that swag was still pretty awesome!

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Salem’s Wicked Half Marathon

Salem’s Wicked Half Marathon

My first half marathon and I was not sure what to expect. Training did not go as well as I hoped, but Salem is one of my favorite small towns … MORE

My first half marathon and I was not sure what to expect. Training did not go as well as I hoped, but Salem is one of my favorite small towns and I was looking forward to it. I knew I would be slow so I took a spot near the back. This was also the inaugural half marathon, and now there is sponsorship so hopefully it is better.

The course started at the park, went through town, and out along the waterway. We went through some of the streets through the houses on the peninsula and back to the park. Good thing I looked at the course map ahead of time so I knew where I was going. There were plenty of volunteers at first, but as my slow pace dragged on, everyone started packing up. The last few miles there were no volunteers and no aid stations. Another guy was behind me and we kept going. Making it back toward town I followed the street signs that directed people to the park location. Running down the sidewalk two times people stopped me for directions. I guess I was so slow that they didn’t realize I was in a race. As I approached the end I could hear the band playing at the school and started to turn down a side street. The guy behind me yelled out that it was not the way to go. We were supposed to continue straight (but again, no volunteers to guide us). SInce he helped me, I waited for him and we walked toward the end together. The last quarter mile he thought he would run and leave me. No thank you – I kept up and we finished together. Being that we were the dead last two and there were no volunteers I felt very slow and challenged. Afterward I could barely walk for more than a day. That is the sorest I have ever been in a run.

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