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Sudbury, MA Raving since 2022 50 States hopeful/finisher, Marathon Maniacs #335 Active 1 month, 1 week ago

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50K Corvallis, OR May 7, 2022 10:35:42

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Past Races (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
50K Corvallis, OR May 7, 2022 10:35:42
50K Chatsworth, GA Apr 23, 2022 11:05:00
Marathon Lackawaxen, PA Mar 26, 2022
50K Julian, CA Mar 12, 2022
Marathon Jackson, MS Feb 19, 2022
39.3 Miler Hilton Head Island, SC Jan 15, 2022
Marathon Nashville, TN Nov 21, 2021
Marathon Nashville, TN Nov 20, 2021
Marathon Nashville, TN Oct 3, 2021

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This race is held in the serene McDonald Forest which is located just north of Corvallis and is operated by Oregon State University College of Forestry. The trail was therefore … MORE

This race is held in the serene McDonald Forest which is located just north of Corvallis and is operated by Oregon State University College of Forestry. The trail was therefore well maintained. Not surprisingly, there were many student volunteers at this event.

Slow pokes like me had the option of a 7 am early start. The regular start time was 8 am. Because it was raining in Oregon leading up to race day, the course was quite muddy and slippery. This made the course, which has about 8,000 feet of elevation gain, even more challenging. The race directors were super nice and didn’t enforce the usual cutoff times, essentially giving all runners the extra time needed to complete the course.

And, free beers after the finish!

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The 50K course has about 8000 feet of elevation gain and is not too technical. But it is not to be underestimated, especially as the temperature rises in the afternoon. … MORE

The 50K course has about 8000 feet of elevation gain and is not too technical. But it is not to be underestimated, especially as the temperature rises in the afternoon. Luckily, most of the course is shaded by surrounding trees. The first big climb known as the Power Line Climb was tough with 1000 ft of gain in 1 mile. Check out my video below.

The volunteers were terrific and friendly. Aid stations were well stocked. The finisher’s “medal” is a small medallion. It was so small, I don’t even know when and how I lost it. I also wish they have an official website, although most of the information on the course and logistics can be found on Ultrasignup.

The race was held in the Cohutta Mountains in northern Georgia, inside the Fort Mountain State Park, which is about 2 hours of driving from Atlanta. So I would spend a day or two to visit Atlanta before or after the race.

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The Two Rivers Marathon is considered one of the best races for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. It is now in the Top 25 of Boston Qualifier times of all … MORE

The Two Rivers Marathon is considered one of the best races for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. It is now in the Top 25 of Boston Qualifier times of all marathons in the USA (a qualifying percentage above 18%). So, it’s a flat and fast course!

If you’re interested in running back-to-back marathons, the Two Rivers Marathon has got you covered too. All runners who complete the double will get an “I Did the Double” shirt. Those with qualifying times will receive an “I Qualified for the Boston Marathon” T-shirt. Unfortunately, I was not in shape to attempt either one of them!

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What's harder than running a 50-km ultramarathon in a fully exposed desert? Running on the sand! Lots of sand. The Old West Trails races (50k/Marathon/Half Marathon) start in an RV … MORE

What’s harder than running a 50-km ultramarathon in a fully exposed desert? Running on the sand! Lots of sand.

The Old West Trails races (50k/Marathon/Half Marathon) start in an RV resort and campground named Stagecoach Trails RV Resort and Campground in Julian, CA. The courses lead runners through some pristine sections of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, including the Blair Valley and Plum Canyon. 50K and marathon runners experience about 2,500 feet of gain & loss, but the heat and sand really slowed me down. Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated if you’re running the Old West Trails!

Sceneries are great; see my video below.

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Whether you’re chasing 50 marathons in 50 States or not, you might want to check out the Mississippi Blues Marathon which is held in Jackson. This city sparked so many … MORE

Whether you’re chasing 50 marathons in 50 States or not, you might want to check out the Mississippi Blues Marathon which is held in Jackson. This city sparked so many historic moments which have arguably changed the trajectory of the United States. Spend the weekend in Jackson to learn about the important civil rights history that took place in this city, the roots of the blues, and soak in the famous Southern hospitality.

The Mississippi Blues Marathon course is a 13.1-mile loop so marathon runners run the course twice. There are some small elevations but nothing too hilly. The race was well organized. The bling was nice and there were plenty of Jambalaya and beers at the Finish. Although not a big event, I enjoyed running through the downtown area and neighborhoods. There weren’t many spectators on the course but I still had a good time.

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The Fleet Feet Daufuskie Island race series operates on a USATF-certified 13.1-mile loop course of paved and unpaved roads. Marathoners run the course twice and ultramarathoners thrice, each time surrounded … MORE

The Fleet Feet Daufuskie Island race series operates on a USATF-certified 13.1-mile loop course of paved and unpaved roads. Marathoners run the course twice and ultramarathoners thrice, each time surrounded by postcard picture-perfect sceneries. Located just off the coast of southern South Carolina, the island is only accessible by ferry.

The racecourse is flat, which is perfect for first-time marathoners or those seeking a personal best time. Not surprisingly, it is a popular race for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Situated between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, the race venue is not far from some of the best vacation spots the country has to offer, making it a perfect getaway for a “runcation”.

The races were well organized. The tent setup for runners at the start/finish is a nice touch. There was food and coffee and heating lamps to keep you warm before the race. Live music and catered picnic lunch at the Finish. Nice swag, including the cool bling (see picture below) and a nice jacket.

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Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon is held in the Percy Warner Park, about 9 miles from downtown Nashville. With over 3600 feet of elevation gain, this is not a PR … MORE

Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon is held in the Percy Warner Park, about 9 miles from downtown Nashville. With over 3600 feet of elevation gain, this is not a PR course. There were no spectators to cheer you on the course. Aid stations were sparse on the tree-shaded course and strategically placed to nake runners do not go off course. They were well stocked, including one that served Bourbon and Whiskey! The finisher’s medal is made of wood and may look cheap to those who are used to metal. But, the long sleeve race shirt and hand-knit monkeys more than made it up.

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Nashville has taken over Las Vegas as the city for bachelor and bachelorette parties. And this city knows how to throw a party, even for marathon runners. High energy in … MORE

Nashville has taken over Las Vegas as the city for bachelor and bachelorette parties. And this city knows how to throw a party, even for marathon runners. High energy in the air with music entertainment along the course, which includes many iconic landmarks on the course, including Broadway’s honky-tonks, Dolly Parton’s recording studio, Country Music Hall of Fame. A little too hilly for most runners to PR on this course. Expo and Finish line is at the Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans! The bling was super tiny and nothing fancy.

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The Greenway Marathon (& Half Marathon) is a low-key and small race along the Stones River Greenway, a popular paved trail for walkers, cyclists, and runners that winds alongside the … MORE

The Greenway Marathon (& Half Marathon) is a low-key and small race along the Stones River Greenway, a popular paved trail for walkers, cyclists, and runners that winds alongside the Stones River.

Runners start and finish the out-and-back course for the race at the Percy Priest Dam, which overlooks the J. Percy Priest Reservoir, about 10 miles east of downtown Nashville. The course is not flat but too hilly. Do not expect a lot of spectators on the course cheering you. This is a more of a meditative run along the peaceful Greenway.

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