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Beaverton, OR Raving since 2022 Active 2 weeks ago

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    Detroit Free Press International Half

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    I want to be able to eat like the inner glutton I am.

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
199 Mile Relay Timberline Lodge, OR Aug 25, 2023 32:51:00
Marathon Portland, OR Oct 2, 2022 3:27:22
Half Marathon Astoria, OR May 15, 2022 1:24:57

Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Gloucester, MA Jun 2, 2024
Half Marathon Portland, ME Jun 8, 2024
Half Marathon Edmonton, Canada Aug 18, 2024
Half Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 20, 2024
Half Marathon Mesa, AZ Feb 8, 2025
Half Marathon Pittsburgh, PA TBD

Past Races (58)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Jackson, MS Feb 24, 2024 1:27:50
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 15, 2023 1:28:35
199 Mile Relay Timberline Lodge, OR Aug 25, 2023 32:51:00
Half Marathon Eugene, OR Apr 30, 2023 1:29:33
Half Marathon Olathe, KS Apr 22, 2023 1:31:15
Half Marathon Miami, FL Jan 29, 2023 1:33:27
Half Marathon Princeton, NJ Nov 13, 2022 1:30:12
Marathon Portland, OR Oct 2, 2022 3:27:22
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Aug 28, 2022 1:27:44
Half Marathon Madison, WI May 29, 2022 1:27:24
Half Marathon Astoria, OR May 15, 2022 1:24:57
Half Marathon Honolulu, HI Apr 10, 2022 1:26:26
Half Marathon Portland, OR Dec 12, 2021 1:25:42
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Nov 20, 2021 1:31:34
Half Marathon Missoula, MT Jun 27, 2021 1:30:06
Half Marathon Winston-Salem, NC Jun 5, 2021 1:29:42
Half Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 25, 2021 1:29:02
Half Marathon Atlanta, GA Feb 27, 2021 1:29:39
Half Marathon Salt Lake City, UT Sep 12, 2020 1:32:51
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 9, 2020 1:38:02
Half Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 12, 2019 1:28:27
Half Marathon Portland, OR Oct 6, 2019 1:45:34
Half Marathon Santa Fe, NM Sep 15, 2019 1:30:11
Half Marathon Fargo, ND May 18, 2019 1:28:40
Half Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 28, 2019 1:28:29
Half Marathon Columbus, OH Oct 21, 2018 1:29:05
Half Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 29, 2018 1:28:13
Half Marathon St. Louis, MO Apr 8, 2018 1:27:41
Half Marathon Austin, TX Feb 17, 2018 1:29:14
Half Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 11, 2017 1:28:39
Half Marathon Huntington, WV Nov 5, 2017 1:28:57
Half Marathon Omaha, NE Sep 24, 2017 1:31:24
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Jul 16, 2017 1:31:15
Half Marathon Teton Village, WY Jun 10, 2017 1:30:09
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Apr 30, 2017 1:30:11
Half Marathon Tempe, AZ Jan 15, 2017 1:33:17
Half Marathon Beaverton, OR 2017 1:30:00
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 13, 2016 1:39:40
Half Marathon Denver, CO Oct 16, 2016 1:39:19
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK Jun 18, 2016 1:42:13
Half Marathon Nampa, ID Apr 9, 2016 1:34:14
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 12, 2016 1:37:37
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada Oct 25, 2015 1:40:52
Half Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 13, 2015 1:30:51
Half Marathon Portland, OR May 17, 2015 1:27:15
Half Marathon Camas, WA Apr 4, 2015 1:28:56
Half Marathon Portland, OR Mar 15, 2015 1:33:35
Half Marathon Portland, OR Jul 4, 2014 1:31:12
Half Marathon Portland, OR May 18, 2014 1:30:34
Half Marathon Camas, WA Apr 19, 2014 1:28:21
Half Marathon Portland, OR 2014 1:30:13
Half Marathon Portland, OR 2013 1:32:34
Half Marathon Portland, OR 2013 1:30:01
Half Marathon Hillsboro, OR 2013 1:29:46
Half Marathon Portland, OR 2013 1:26:41
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2013 1:34:14
Half Marathon Portland, OR 2012 1:30:49
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2012 1:36:35

My Raves

This is a nice though smaller race. The pre race communication was very good and I knew exactly where I needed to be for packet pick up. This is good … MORE

This is a nice though smaller race.

The pre race communication was very good and I knew exactly where I needed to be for packet pick up. This is good because there packet pick up area was not much to look at. It was held in the area that was also the start/finish line. There was only packet pick up and no sort of expo of any sort. One could also pick up their packet early on the day of the race. At packet pick up you receive your bib, and your participant shirt.

Race morning was a little more spirited and organized. Pre race announcements were of sufficient volume and there were enough porto-potties. The starting corrals were not overly crowded either which was lovely.

As for the course I did not have very strong feelings on the scenery. I thought that the course encapsulated what you need to see in Jackson. The course was deceptively more difficult that the description would lead you to believe. There is not a lot of elevation change but there is just enough in the right places to make you think “hey this is kind of hilly”. I will say that I am glad I was only doing the half marathon. The full marathon is two laps of the half marathon course.

The finish line was actually very well done for the small geographic area that it was in. There was sufficient snacks and liquids. The beer choices were tasty. The jambalaya was tasty. The music was well themed. If I was going to knock them on something it would be their level of organization surrounding the awards. No one really seemed to know how they were doing the awards that were not being handed out on the Victor’s Blocks.

One should definitely consider this race if they need to get their Mississippi race done. And if I am to be shameful and plug a local business, Fertile Ground Brewing is a great place and gave a free beer to participants in the race that brought their bib.

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I want to start out with the fact that I thought that this was a VERY well organized race. I have done quite a few and this definitely ranks highly. … MORE

I want to start out with the fact that I thought that this was a VERY well organized race. I have done quite a few and this definitely ranks highly. There are however a few hiccups that I will speak about in this review.

First lets talk about the communication. Like all well organized events the pre-event emails came about a week before the event and they had a digital copy of the athlete guide. These guides are always a help to me when I am from out of the area and need to know about logistical things like the parking situation. The post race information has been equally helpful in directing me to my photos and their website for results. However as of today (the Wednesday after the race) there is still not a working link to the results right from the event website. Instead one must hit the link for last year’s results and then ask the race timing site to show you this year’s results. It is mildly annoying since the page is set up as if there should be a link this year but there is not yet.

The packet pickup / expo was held at Cowles Commons and was pretty small but had everything that was needed for the race. The volunteers staffing were knowledgeable and friendly. I actually appreciated the outdoor location as it was easy to get in and get out rather than being trapped in a maze at many expos.

Race morning was very busy for such a small geographic area. With that being said, the gear check was on top of their game. Regardless of the large amount of people (and I believe I read this was a post pandemic record) they were fast and efficient. The starting line however was very difficult to access as there was basically one opening that everyone had to come through and then shove their way through the crowd to get to the area of the corrals that you needed to be in. I was explained that this was to prevent their just being masses moving here and there and the explanation made sense. However it did make for a choke point that was not pleasant. The announcements were loud, timely, and for the most part entertaining. There was a race delay and it was explained very well. However…There was an argument between the two announcers as to when the main first wave was to be released. One announcer said there was two minutes. The crowd booed. The other announcer said go now, and then people took off. It appeared they were yelling at each other as we ran out. It was highly strange and a little confusing but we did make it out on to the course.

The course was well marked and supplied. I had no chance of getting lost even if I was not with a pace group. I was pleased with the amount of relief stations and the energetic volunteers. I am a huge fan of city street running and therefore this course with so much time in a coupe of parks was not my favorite course ever. This however is personal preference and I can’t hold DMM responsible for that. What I can however hold them responsible for is the position of the mile markers. Now I am quite aware that rarely will the GPS spot for each mile on your watch the mile markers set out on the course. This goes without saying. However what should be consistent is the markers for the Marathon and Half Marathon should be a consistent distance apart when they are on the same course. This did not seem to be a thing throughout the end of the race. I ran the half marathon. Wee actually started to believe that the 7 mile marker sign had disappeared because it was no where near the 20 mile marker sign. We did eventually find it a distance down the course. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the 11 mile marker sign was literally standing next to the 24 mile marker sign. This can not be correct because the finish line is at the same spot. Marathoners go .2 miles after their last mile sign to get to the finish. Half Marathoners go .1 miles after their last sign. Therefore the signs should be .1 miles apart. Obviously they were not. This makes the life of the pacer much harder as they are trying to use the signs provided by the race to make sure they are hitting their splits correctly.

The finish line and festival at the end were very nice. I was in early enough that I could take advantage of PT and DO students that were stretching people out. That was WONDERFUL. I thought the medal was very nice and unique. The snacks were plentiful. The pizza and TWO alcoholic drinks were much appreciated. Frankly I thought everything after the finish was great. There is only one other sting about swag that I want to talk about. This race did not give a race shirt, it gave a zip up sleeveless vest. It is a well made vest. It is certainly a unique choice. I could be wrong here but I think it is a controversial choice in comparison to a shirt. I personally will never wear that vest. It doesn’t look right on me and is not really my style. A shirt I almost certainly would wear again. I believe there are more people like me than no on this one. However, I will leave this one as a personal opinion.

My final thought is this.. If you are looking for a race to do in Iowa, run, don’t walk, and sign up for this one. You will not be sorry. And yes, Iowa nice is a real thing!

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Hood To Coast was such a different experience than anything I have ever participated in. The logistics of 12000 runners making their way from Timberline Lodge to Seaside without anyone … MORE

Hood To Coast was such a different experience than anything I have ever participated in. The logistics of 12000 runners making their way from Timberline Lodge to Seaside without anyone getting harmed is a massive logistical undertaking.
So first to understand how it works traditionally. Each relay team has 12 runners split over 2 vans. Van 1 starts the race and rotates through its runners all the way to Sandy High School. At Sandy High School Van 2 takes over and rotates through their runners all the way to OMSI in close in SE Portland. Van 1 then takes over again and rotates through the same runners in the same order all the way to the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Van 2 then takes the relay all the way to a large Field that is near the Columbia/ Clatsop County border. Van 1 then takes things to a farm field not far out of Astoria. Finally Van 2 anchors the run through to Seaside. In a perfect world, Van 1 is waiting there with their runners and everyone crosses the finish line together.
If it sounds exhausting just reading the logistics, I assure you that it is no less exhausting to run. You most certainly will run during a time of day when you normally would be asleep. You will certainly not get as much sleep as you should for peak performance. You will spend a great deal of time sweaty and tired with at least 5 other people in a van.
The difficulty with Hood to Coast is not so much the mileage that you actually run. Most runners clock between 16 and 19 miles over their 3 legs. Nothing to yawn at, but not even a marathon. The difficulty with Hood to Coast is the terrain, hours awake, constant leap frogging, and in the case of 2023, the weather. I was runner 9 and had my first leg on the Springwater trail. Its a nice trail, the elevation is consistent, and it was not particularly crowded when I was running. But it was also 93 degrees, on blacktop, and the only aid you have is what you are carrying with you because your van can not reach you until you get to your exchange point. My sister ran 3 legs that all had her running up hills that no one should yawn at. The conditions are difficult even as a fresh runner, but when you have been at it for over 24 hours, you are really testing yourself.
This race can not go off without hiccups. Parking to drop and pick up your runners is difficult. There are areas that can be traffic snarls. There are large swaths of the race that have no cell phone coverage and therefore teams can not consistently communicate in the easiest manner. But for the size of this production, the relay truly is a marvel. My biggest disappointment is that the finish is a bottleneck and very anticlimactic by the time you can actually take your team across the finish line. I did not know how this can be improved at this moment, but I am going to give it some thought.
My final word on Hood to Coast is that if you are invited to participate and you believe you are ready to test yourself, you should definitely take the invitation and see what you can really do.

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Ok, so I am from Oregon and have done many races in Oregon. I have read MANY articles saying that the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon is the one to … MORE

Ok, so I am from Oregon and have done many races in Oregon. I have read MANY articles saying that the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon is the one to do in Oregon. Spoiler……. It’s fine. Portland Marathon is better.

The Expo/Packet Pick up was downtown at a Hotel. It was fairly well organized though they did run out of safety pins by the time I arrived at the pick up. The shirt was a lovely shade of green tech shirt. They had all of the usual stuff you would expect at a major race expo.

Race morning I parked downtown and took the shuttles to the starting line at U of O. This was convenient for getting there though not as much getting back. The starting line at Hayward did have plenty of room to stretch and prepare for the race. Getting into the corrals with my pace group left something to be desired but it was not as bad as other races I have been to.

The race did get started on time and gave a nice tour of Eugene without bringing the city to a complete halt. Eugene is not a particularly beautiful city but this race did the best to project a nice face. The course was a mixture of downtown, neighbourhoods, park, and of course Autzen Stadium pass. The last part of the race did one of my least favorite things and takes runners past the finish and goes back out before coming back to finish. My pacer did a great job of keeping the pace as he should.

The finish line had plenty of room (probably because it was the same as the starting line) and was well appointed. The medal for this race is very nice . I was ok to do so, but I would say that having to ascend the steps of Hayward to get to the beer and main food after running the race would likely not be comfortable for a good amount of racer’s sore muscles.

Lets talk about the shuttle back to downtown for a second. I understand that they decided to maximize efficiency and therefore didn’t start the shuttles back to downtown until they anticipated having marathoners there to ride them. However that meant a good wait for a faster half marathoner. It was such a long wait and I was hungry enough that I just walked back to downtown and beat the shuttle bus by a considerable margin.

Again, the race was fine. It was worth coming down to Eugene to experience it once. But I will have to disagree with the “experts” about this being the race to do in Oregon. Unless Hayward Field gets you weak in the knees, there are a few other races that are just better overall (the Portland Marathon being only one of them). Eugene is indeed Track City USA, but a marathon is not generally run on a track.

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Ran this race as my Kansas race. The expo was quick and efficient. The morning of the race there were shuttles from 2 locations to cut down on the crowding … MORE

Ran this race as my Kansas race. The expo was quick and efficient. The morning of the race there were shuttles from 2 locations to cut down on the crowding at the start/finish. I found this helpful. I was pleased that the parking garage was sectioned off so that there was an area for runners to warm up that was not directly in the 35 degree weather.
The race itself had great support and markings. I did not find the course to be overly scenic or beautiful but it was not ugly. I was trying to figure out why they made the race too long, but can see that last year it was too short so apparently this is to make sure that they don’t have that problem again.
Finish line had enough snacks to satiate a runner if not anything exciting. There were multiple beers to choose from and they were not all Macro Breweries so that was nice. They also had chocolate milk which is always a nice touch.
Walking away I said to myself that they seem to have this race production dialed in. Would recommend doing it for anyone that wants a race that is not in KC but close to it.

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There is a lot of good to say about the Miami Marathon/Half Marathon. This is a beautiful course. The race communication was great. The expo was well produced. The aid … MORE

There is a lot of good to say about the Miami Marathon/Half Marathon. This is a beautiful course. The race communication was great. The expo was well produced. The aid and port o potties were i abundance. The crowds were lively and finish line snacks were abundant. The medal was gorgeous (the shirt was ok). However this race is just too big for itself. The fact that there are too many participants unfortunately has an effect on the overall enjoyment of the race. Basically you start the race vacuum sealed into the starting corrals and you end the race crammed into parts of the finish festival. These two facts leave a bad set of book ends to a person’s impression of the race. So either the race needs to find a larger area for the race production or the participants need to be restricted.

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In the aftermath of doing the Princeton half people asked me how it was. My answer is that it was good... The Pre-race communmication was thorough and I had a … MORE

In the aftermath of doing the Princeton half people asked me how it was. My answer is that it was good…

The Pre-race communmication was thorough and I had a good grasp on the information that I needed as a person coming in from out of town. The expo was quite small and getting into Princeton Running Company was definitely a squeeze. The people at the desk however were very nice and friendly.

On the morning of the race the communication on site was quite clear it was easy to find gear check and get things in. The small issue I have with this gear check is that it was supposed to (and did) rain some the morning of the race. The gear check was placed out in the open however when a awning could certainly have been procured for the small to moderate area it needed to cover.

The course was lovely with a mix of town and wooded country roads. The markings were spot on and I thought there were enough aid stations. I did think the placement of some of the aid stations were a little weird but I wont quibble with that.

The course definitely has some inclines. It is not a crazy elevation gain, but one could not call this course flat. On the biggest hills there were a lot of supporters encouraging you along and I found that very nice.

The finish line was well staffed and the medal photos were a great touch. Just as a reminder, this race has free photos which is a perk that racers should just incorporate into their fees. The munchies at the finish line were minimalist. Bananas, bagels, pretzels, some granola bars, water, and Gatorade. What is missing from this list? BEER! Life went on, but there are plenty of breweries in the area of Princeton and I’m sure they could find one that wants to get the publicity.

The swag and small finisher festival were nice enough. I was very pleased with the speed of the results for this race. I think within an hour I had all the information I needed.

Would I suggest this race to people as a race to do in New Jersey? If you like cute towns and country roads, it is a great choice. Especially since it does bring out some solid runners to compete. If you want the large races that push you along with the sheer amount of people energy…. Not this one. If beer is important…. You need to speak to them about that.

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The Portland Marathon as produced by Brooksee is a very well done race. The sign up was simple. The lead up communication was plentiful. They offered a training program for … MORE

The Portland Marathon as produced by Brooksee is a very well done race. The sign up was simple. The lead up communication was plentiful. They offered a training program for your distance before the race. The expo was adequate though something felt a bit lacking in the energy. There is even an app that will talk to you throughout the race. It points out landmarks, advises when you are .25 miles from an aid station and what the station will have, gives you your splits and projected finish time, and all in all is a nice addition. I had a similar app when I did the Big Cottonwood in the Utah (which is another Brooksee race).

On race day the starting area continues to be too small for the amount of people doing the race, but this has been true for many years. The announcements were loud and the directions to line up were clear. the race started on time and I liked the course for the most part. I am a Portlander, so that there was nothing new to me about the course. However as a Portlander I also can testify to it being a very nice representation of what the city has to offer. The only thing I wish is that the race still went through the one missing quadrant of the city (North Portland). Aid stations are plentiful in that they are every 2 miles or so in the fist half of the race and then every mile for the second half of the race. Course is mostly balanced in its challenges with no part of the race feeling like it was loaded withe the hardest terrain.

The finish line was staffed well with plenty of goodies. You of course get your medal, your finisher card, a rose, and a cold towel. There was CBD products, water, chocolate milk, bananas, and nuts just in the finisher chute area alone. You moved on to collect the pizza, donuts beer, and ice cream (though I never did find the ice cream). This like the beginning was all crammed into an area that I have always felt like is not large enough for the volume of people that are participating. Finisher information and the free pictures are available quickly and there are discounts for signing up for the next race.

This was my first and hopefully only marathon. This however is not because the Portland Marathon was not good. Marathons are just not my distance. On the contrary I am very happy that I picked to do my marathon here at home. This race was very well organized and might only be second to the Little Rock Marathon in how well the organization delivers on what it has. I am aware that many reviews suggest the Eugene Marathon as the race to do in Oregon. But for my money, you are getting a better organized race in Portland.

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This race reminded me a lot of the Fargo Half Marathon. It has the same main sponsor so perhaps that has something to do with it. From start to finish … MORE

This race reminded me a lot of the Fargo Half Marathon. It has the same main sponsor so perhaps that has something to do with it. From start to finish a solidly organized race. The packet pick up and expo was small but delightful. The directions coming into the event were well times and definitely informative, The organization of the morning of the race was well executed. I liked the course overall as you really were able to take in what Sioux Falls has to offer. There are a few inclines in the course but nothing of too much consequence. The finish like was well stocked and the physical therapists were a nice touch. The only issue I would like to see addressed is that it is very difficult to get out of the finish line area and get to gear check as you have to cross the race course in two places. This was definitely the right choice for my South Dakota race.

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Run Madtown is a very well produced race. I was not sure what to expect when the packet pickup was in a parking lot with a canopy. I am not … MORE

Run Madtown is a very well produced race. I was not sure what to expect when the packet pickup was in a parking lot with a canopy. I am not a huge fan of the full expo, but when you see something this small you wonder about the rest of the production.

However on race morning everything looked like a big city race. The starting area was perfect for the size of the race. I often have a hard time finding a place to stretch and get ready but there was no problem with that at this race. Announcements were helpful and able to be heard easily.

The course was attractive though not overly exciting. A quick run out of downtown Madison and through the university before hitting a trail and some scenic roads. I had scoped some of the course before the race and know that the run up into the university was going to be an obvious incline. What I did not know about was the fairly significant hill that is presented to you right after mile 9. I have looked at the elevation map and it is definitely on there, but it does not truly convey that this will definitely be a situation where you will need to shift gears. Nothing I couldn’t handle, but certainly an “oh my, that is going to be something” moment. The remained of the race gets you back to where you started.

The post race was well stocked and I was happy that for a change there were physical therapists available when I came in. It is very nice to have a professional there to stretch you out. Beer, munchies, and the usual also await.

The biggest lasting impression for me from this race was how friendly everyone associated with it was. So many smiles and genuine people. This is definitely a worthy race to do if one is looking to race in Madison or even Wisconsin in general.

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This was my first time running the Race of the River. Going to the website for the race, I was not sure exactly what to expect from the race. The … MORE

This was my first time running the Race of the River. Going to the website for the race, I was not sure exactly what to expect from the race. The thing I did know is that I thoroughly enjoy Astoria and wanted to do a half there. I missed the Expo ad had to pick up my packet on the morning of the race. This was an easy enough process. There was plenty of space to warm up and stretch at the starting line. The announcements were loud, clear, and dare I say amusing?
Lining up for the race it was clear that there were some runners that meant serious business there. It was also clear that this was going to be a wet day. The first part of the race is a south/west out and back to get some lead miles in before doing a north shot down the river front and out into some sneaky hills before turning around and coming back to the start. I am accustomed to hills but these were still no joke to me.
On return there were plenty of snacks and a huge variety of beer. They had done their best to provide shelter in the now downpour that was occurring. The race was a PR for me and though I was soaked I had a great time. This is definitely a race that anyone should consider doing.

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The Hapalua is obviously important to Honolulu and they show it. The expo was a large and well appointed event. I always like it when a race has you test … MORE

The Hapalua is obviously important to Honolulu and they show it. The expo was a large and well appointed event. I always like it when a race has you test the chip beforehand to make sure that everything will work. Swag was solid.

The morning of the race was the right temperature but the wrong level of humidity for the race. Arriving at the start it became evident how large of an event this really is. With that in mind, the announcements and setup was very well done for an event of this size. I was a bit confused about where gear check was, but I think that was user error rather than their fault.

The corrals were not too hard to get into, and the release allowed for easy launch. Being stuck in runner traffic is highly annoying so thank you. I liked that this course was a mix of DT HNL and Diamond Head. The hiccup in question was that the race decided that in order to save cups they would have you fill cups from free flowing water. Nice idea in practice….. However the running water on the oil slicked streets made for a very slick situation. I know this as a casualty of it. As I slowed to get water it was like hitting ice and I ended up on my butt. I hope I was the only one, but I fear I was not.

Diamond Head was a nice challenge and then the downhill to follow was a relief. The finish area was well appointed and I was pleased. I would definitely recommend this race to anyone. But I would also recommend not doing the free flowing water.

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It is important to note that I have done this race three times. I am a local and therefore I would have a different view of the race perhaps than … MORE

It is important to note that I have done this race three times. I am a local and therefore I would have a different view of the race perhaps than someone visiting from elsewhere. I had taken several years off because I was concentrating on getting my 50 states done. However, my sister decided she wanted to run her first half marathon and I immediately told her that this was the race and that I would join her.

The “expo” for the this race is not much to speak of as it is held at a different Foot Traffic store depending on the the day you go. With that being said, I have no issues with this setup.

Race morning was COLD. I mean it is not warm in Portland in December to begin with. But it rained almost all the way to the beginning of the race and the wind was blowing. This was my first time doing the “new” course. The old race started and finished at Adidas and the race now starts and finishes at Daimler which is a little further south. This was actually a good move because it cut what always felt like just a silly little zigzag through a neighbourhood to add mileage before beginning the real course. Now you go straight up the hill and pass Adidas before connecting with Willamette Drive for most of the course. I love Willamette Drive as it has a beautiful view of the Willamette River, DT Portland, and some very nice fancy homes. You pass University of Portland which is a pretty campus and run under what is arguably the nicest bridge in Portland (the St Johns). The turn around near Pier Park is a bit anticlimactic but such is the nature of an out and back sometimes.

This race was funny for me because I set out not really trying (since it was not part of my 50 States) but something about being on the course drove me that morning. I was obviously cruising along. I did not see my sister until I was well on my way back (which she told me was disheartening to know that I was that far ahead). I knew I must be going hard because I did feel it in miles 9, 10, and 11. But at mile 12 the course pretty much switches to you descending the hill that you ran up at the beginning. It is actually a nice way to end as it pretty much carries you that whole mile with just a small straightaway into the finishing chute. I actually thought I was hallucinating when I saw the timer as I did not believe that it could be right. A 9 year PR was shattered that day. This is a big deal considering I am on the other side of what should be my “peak running years”. I was pretty excited that my new PR was on my favourite local race.

The finishing area had plenty of goodies and of course the obligatory beer. My sister finished the race in a respectable time for a first timer and promptly retired from the half marathon. She did however agree that it was a nice course.

I think think that if you are a local this is a great race to shake off winter dust. I would even say it could be worth it for a destination race.

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Let me be very clear here. The organizers of the Little Rock Marathon know what they are doing! This event runs like a finely tuned machine. I did this race … MORE

Let me be very clear here. The organizers of the Little Rock Marathon know what they are doing! This event runs like a finely tuned machine. I did this race the year that it was delayed from the usual March to November. Even with that throwing them off, this race was really flawless on their part.

The expo was well advertised, stocked heavily, and everyone was so friendly.

The morning of the race you get to stretch and warm up in the convention center and then out to launch. Everything s well marked and even in the half you get to see a nice cross section of the city. The ending is down hill into the chute and then it is back into the Convention Center for the snacks. THIS included hot pasta! I would be remiss to nit mention the medals. My half medal was a VERY large medal. Like the size you would see for marathons where they do different sizes for how far you went. The marathon medal was literally the size of a dinner plate. These are medals you will not want to miss.

From start to finish, the Little Rock Marathon is amazing. The organizers have really honed their craft and I believe that any runner should experience this at least once.

ALSO….. Watch their videos on youtube…. You will see!

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I ran this race the year that they did it in June. I can not recommend doing this race in June :o) However it appears that it normally is in … MORE

I ran this race the year that they did it in June. I can not recommend doing this race in June :o) However it appears that it normally is in April, which seems much more pleasant.

Not much to say about the expo. It was basically a packet pick up in a running store. No complaints, but very simple.

I decided to scope out the course a little before I ran it and knew quickly where the “fun” was going to be. More on that later.

The pre-race communication was solid and I was very clear on where I was going and when. Parking was simple on race morning and there was plenty of room to warm up and stretch. The announcements were plenty loud and there was even sufficient space to line up for the race.

After launch you quickly come to a steep downhill. This is a clue about what you shall face when you return. This is an out and back course and therefore you need to run back up that hill again. In mile 12….. If this hill isn’t already making you reconsider your life choices, I can tell you that it is steep enough that there is a separate set of timing mats just for the ascent back up, and a prize for the fastest to do it. You need to leave gas in the tank for this hill or suffer the consequences. The remainder of the course is rolling hills through neighbourhoods and a park. It is actually kind of pretty. But…. again….. Not in June heat.

The finish line and festivities are solid. The beer from Foothills was tasty. The music entertaining and there were lots of awards.

I am not sure how all this looks in April, but even in the hot hot heat I was very pleasantly surprised by this race. I don’t know that I would pick it over Charlotte for those trying to do their 50 States, but certainly it is not a poor choice.

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I did this race in 2021 so it is different than the other years. In order to comply with COVID regulations the race was run in many heats over many … MORE

I did this race in 2021 so it is different than the other years. In order to comply with COVID regulations the race was run in many heats over many days. I was personally in the first heat of Saturday morning. Packet pick up was that morning when I arrived. We had to be masked up when not racing which was an unpleasant experience for stretching and warming up. The course was actually pretty nice though mostly in Indiana. I enjoyed the two bridge crossings and the pretty nature bike path. I won my heat and was pretty excited. I feel bad for the volunteers at the end that had me jumping up and down and sputtering about finishing first while my mask was off.
I liked the shirt and the medal. I have not decided whether I would return after I complete my 50 states to try the non COVID version, but it was a solid race especially with the added logistics.

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I wish I knew how this race plays out when it is not trying to be COVID compliant. The COVID version of this race was truly a gallant effort. I … MORE

I wish I knew how this race plays out when it is not trying to be COVID compliant. The COVID version of this race was truly a gallant effort. I have to give the organization credit for the extra logistical nightmare. I do have to say however that the COVID version of this race was just not enjoyable. The same day packet pick up, the small boxes to warm up in, the scheduled starting times throughout the day, and the use of a NASCAR complex did not do it for me.
The medal and shirt for the is race were very nice, but that is about it. I know the race has now moved back to Atlanta and does not resemble what I ran. I hate to have my review effect what essentially is a very different event. Hopefully they will never be in this situation again however if they area, this is not the blueprint to repeat.

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This is going to be a review of a very different event than what this race normally is. However I must say that this was one of the few races … MORE

This is going to be a review of a very different event than what this race normally is. However I must say that this was one of the few races that I actually enjoyed while following the COVID difficulties.

Unlike other races during COVID, this race did not have a select time that you had to show up. Instead you could show up during a long block of time on the one day and launch yourself on the digitally guided course. There were officials at the starting line (which also was the finish line) and a small finish festival area.

The course was marked but also was guided by the Brooksee app. This app is also used in other races like the Portland Marathon to give you auditory splits and tell you about the areas you are passing through. In this case it was also giving you turn by turn directions and making jokes of mixed results.

The course was an out and back on a park path in Jordan UT. I thought the park was rather pretty and I enjoyed myself. There were a few water stands along the course as well as areas to fill your own water as guided by the prompts from the app. The app made what is essentially a lone run through a park feel more cohesive as you passed other runners in various stages of the course.

The finish area did have some refreshments and booth to sample the boot massager. I did not perform as well as when I have direct competition, but I didn’t actually care because it was a very nice experience. I would like to someday run the non COVID race, but until then I am very pleased with the way that this race was handled in a very difficult time.

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The headline says it all. This is a Rock and Roll organized race and it is New Orleans. Rock and Roll are consistently solid in their race production, swag, and … MORE

The headline says it all. This is a Rock and Roll organized race and it is New Orleans. Rock and Roll are consistently solid in their race production, swag, and expos. This was no different.

Large expo at the Convention Center. Lots of people, lots of booths, and if I known this would be my last race before COVID I might had relished it all more.

The race begins in Downtown and takes you out to the area near the Universities along St Charles. You then turn around and come back, go through the French Quarter, and then end in a huge city park.

Plenty of aid, lots of bands, my pacer took shots from a spectator during the race. It was a huge New Orleans party. The shirt and medal were of the normal Rock and Roll quality. There were shots of Southern Comfort in addition to the Michelob Ultra at the end.

Should you do this race? If you like the Rock and Roll style of race production then of course you should.

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This is a very well run race. Expo was slightly smaller than I expected for the size of the race but it had everything that is essential for an expo. … MORE

This is a very well run race.
Expo was slightly smaller than I expected for the size of the race but it had everything that is essential for an expo.
Pre-weekend and race weekend communication was well done. The inclusion of the best parking for the event was especially appreciated.
The pre-race announcements were plentiful and there were even almost enough porti-potties for the starting line.
The race was a nice mix of everything that Hartford has to offer. The day of my race was cool out and really perfect weather for running. There were some mixed hills but nothing that caused too much of a bump.
The post race festival area was slightly too small for the amount of people participating it felt like. I was on the early side finishing and I remember it starting to feel a little crowded. With that being said there was a lot of food and drink. Of note was the hot grain dish that they were dishing up for finishers.
This is a very solid race at a nice time of year to be in Connecticut. It is obvious why it has been voted the fan favourite for the state.

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This race has been discontinued and I am not entirely sure why. For the record this was not my favorite race, but it was quite popular and definitely an experience. … MORE

This race has been discontinued and I am not entirely sure why. For the record this was not my favorite race, but it was quite popular and definitely an experience.

The expo was nothing special. It was held at the finish line/Casino and it had the bare minimum once would expect for calling itself an expo.

Because this was a point to point race, I thought it was interesting that you could either show up to the starting line and have someone come get you at the finish line or you could park at the finish line and take a shuttle to the start. Because I was staying close to the start and was traveling with my husband, I elected to just walk to the start. But it appeared that the shuttle worked well.

The starting line was unlike any others I have experienced with first nation people performing traditional music and dance. There was plenty of room to stretch and line up and the announcements were loud and clear.

This race does not have pacers and starts at well over 7000 feet above sea level. Racing in both the Tetons and Denver did not effect me. However…. This did. I definitely experienced the thinner air and I also went out too fast. This combined to cause me issues by mile 9. However I was able to catch my breath and finished the race perfectly well.

The race officials at the end were very diligent and made sure that I was ok after being spotted walking on the course. I actually have mixed feelings about this because by the time they had contact with me, I was actually doing fine and know my body (which is why I had the walking part when I did) but I have to admire their dedication.

There was definitely some traffic snags at the casino. The shirt and the medal were designed by a local artist which I thought was a nice touch.

If this race was still being conducted I would tell people to do it. It was a worthwhile experience.

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The organizers of this race know what they are doing. Expo was in the starting and ending venue (the Fargo Dome) which made it easy to know what you were … MORE

The organizers of this race know what they are doing.
Expo was in the starting and ending venue (the Fargo Dome) which made it easy to know what you were walking into on race day. The expo was your typical pre race expo. The communication before the race was very clear and there were no questions coming int the event.
The morning of the race was a monsoon. I can not over emphasize how wet it was. It was very nice that we could hide in the Fargo Dome until it was time to launch. However before we even cleared the parking lot after launch we were soaked to the bone. It was like a fire hose was being used on us. The rain did slow down throughout the race and it was a very nice tour of the city. The one issue I had was with the the 1:30 pacer. He was a bit odd and it was obvious it was his first time pacing. He went too fast and then too slow and at 10 miles had us behind our time. This is when I decided that it was time to say goodbye to him. But he yammered the entire time I was in the pace pack and at one point did a cartwheel. He was so “unique” that others that had been in the pace pack came and spoke to me after the race about their own review of him.
Post race festival in the Fargo Dome was plentiful in food and drink and of course nicely dry after being our in the hose rain. Medal and Sweatshirt were very nice. I also received a draw backpack that I am still using in 2023.
I would certainly recommend this race for anyone’s ND race.

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This race, like my new motto for OKC, is not as bad a you might think. The packet pickup/expo was in an easy to walk part of DT. I stayed … MORE

This race, like my new motto for OKC, is not as bad a you might think.
The packet pickup/expo was in an easy to walk part of DT. I stayed out of the downtown core so I drove in, found a nice parking spot, went to the expo ad then walked around for dinner and entertainment afterwards. The Expo had everything you would expect from a large race. There were 2 shirts this year because it was the 20th race and therefore there was a special shirt for the anniversary. There is of course a huge emphasis on the bombing (as there should be). As a quick aside, if you haven’t been, you really need to go to the OKC Bombing Memorial and Museum. It is astounding.

Race morning it was easy to find a parking spot and walk into the race area. I scope out the starting area before a race so I am not left wondering where to go, but had I not, I would have been easily able to find the start with the signage. There were buildings open with REAL rest rooms for us! Corrals were easy to find and I lined up easily with my pace group.

The race was quite pretty and the support was consistent. Downtown, the Capitol, peaceful neighbourhoods, it was all nice. There were some surprisingly hillier than expected spots and there was a part of the race where I was not sure I was going to be able to hold on with the pace group. But I managed to stay there and even left them around my usual breakoff spot of 15K.

The finish line was well equipped with all the eats and beer. The medal was high quality bling like one might expect from a race of this magnitude.

I would definitely travel in to do this race again when I am done with my 50 states. If one is looking for their O.K. race, this is a perfect choice.

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Not sure if this race has changed since I did it in 2017. However this was a very interesting race with one very big hiccup for my year. The pre-race … MORE

Not sure if this race has changed since I did it in 2017. However this was a very interesting race with one very big hiccup for my year.

The pre-race communication was sufficient in that I new where to go and when. If I recall right, the packet pick up was just a pick up and it was at a resort in town.

On the morning of the race you catch a school bus that takes you up into the mountains where there was snow. It was June and there was snow. It felt cold enough up there that it could snow additionally. In the pre-race announcement the director said that there had been some flooding on the course and they had to make a change around mile 12 but that it would be obvious. REMEMBER THIS FACT.

The course is basically you needing to find your way back to town after being taken into the hills. It was a mostly downhill course along trails and mountain roads. It was quite pretty and I would not be surprised if someone did see wildlife. There was one point that I thought I was grabbing water from an aid person. That was a mistake that I realized as I saw the blue Gatorade flying toward my face as I tried to splash the sweat off. :o)

Most of the race I was camped behind a guy that I was using for pacing. As we arrived at the area where mile 12 should likely be, we encountered a Y in the course. There was no signage and no volunteers. He literally came to a stop as did I. he asked me if I thought we should go left and I agreed that it seemed like the correct direction and if we are wrong, we are wrong together. We ended up being correct….. However that could have been a disaster if someone picked differently. This was reported to the race director. The race ends in town right near where we caught the bus. They had pizza and all the normal liquids. the medal was fun in that it was actually made of wood and shaped like a bison. I liked the fact that it was unique.

Overall I would say this is a great race. The hiccup was a specific year issue. Hopefully they have not changed the race much.

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There are so many people that like this race.... I am not one of them. And honestly my opinion has only gone further down as I have done more races. … MORE

There are so many people that like this race…. I am not one of them. And honestly my opinion has only gone further down as I have done more races.
I like Portland Running Company (which this race is peripherally related to). I will give credit to the Run With Paula Organization for providing great communication about the logistics of the race. Because it is so popular, it can be a pain to get everyone into Hillsboro Stadium but they organized that well.
The line up and launch was somewhat chaotic but that is low on my list of things that annoyed me about this race. The course was not interesting to me in the least. It is mostly paved country roads with a portion on gravel late in the race. There are multiple out and back loops along the course (which I also am not a fan of). Part of my annoyance that is not the fault of the race is that a had multiple rocks get in my shoe during the course of the race. At the end of the course you combine with the other distances and it did make for a bit of a traffic jam.
The after race festival had potential. They had chocolate milk (which is always nice) but they were serving it is small dixie cups that didn’t come close to a serving. When I grabbed a second one I was rudely reminded that there needs to be enough for everyone. Yes, I am aware of that . Go buy another gallon if you are worried about my getting a few more ounces of protein after running a half marathon in June. The other item that could have been quite exciting was the Helvetia Burgers. They are supposed to be delicious. However when I went to collect mine, what I received was a luke warm soggy burger that had been placed in a cooler. Apparently they had precooked a bunch of burgers to serve to the early people returning so that they did not get behind on the grill. However that means that the fastest people were the ones receiving the cold burgers. I do not remember any beers at this race which…..might have been helpful to have since we are trying to conserve chocolate milk. The shirt for the race was very bright yellow and the medal was a small talisman. It is by far the smallest medal I have hanging in my collection and I have had several people ask if it is really all that they gave.
I will never do this race again and I will never steer anyone toward it. Honestly the only people that might not notice how underwhelming a race like this is would be people that are doing their first race. And if this is their first race, I could see why they may never do one again.

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