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@westja2005

Carol Stream, IL Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Marathon Maniacs #1727 active 1 month ago

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Future Races

Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Ironman Louisville, KY Oct 13, 2019 14:14:30
Marathon Chicago, IL 2009 4:51:51

Future Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 11, 2020
Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 18, 2020
Ironman Tempe, AZ Nov 22, 2020
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 3, 2021
Half Ironman Victoria, Canada 2021
Marathon Houston, TX TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Half Ironman Victoria, Canada TBD
Marathon Arlington, VA TBD
Marathon Pass Christian, MS TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Marathon Philadelphia, PA TBD
Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO TBD
Marathon Tokyo, Japan TBD

Past Races (19)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Ironman Louisville, KY Oct 13, 2019 14:14:30
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 4, 2017 5:06:49
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 5:12:21
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 12, 2014 5:23:49
Marathon Chicago, IL 2013 5:37:41
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2013 5:26:38
Marathon Miami, FL 2012 5:32:33
Marathon Little Rock, AR 2012 5:08:52
Marathon Chicago, IL 2011 5:20:26
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA 2010 5:18:47
Marathon Chicago, IL 2010 5:11:26
Marathon Madison, WI May 24, 2009 4:55:00
Marathon Nashville, TN 2009 5:30:51
Marathon Two Harbors, MN 2009 5:51:33
Marathon Richmond, VA 2009 5:08:23
Marathon Chicago, IL 2009 4:51:51
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 12, 2008 5:30:26
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 4, 2008 5:20:18
Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 21, 2007 5:28:39

My Raves

This is my first Ironman, but not my first race. By far the volunteers in Louisville were the most helpful and friendliest I have ever experienced in any 70.3 or … MORE

This is my first Ironman, but not my first race. By far the volunteers in Louisville were the most helpful and friendliest I have ever experienced in any 70.3 or marathon. Chalking it up to Southern hospitality. The city was very welcoming to visitors and participants.

Swim was cancelled due to algae bloom. Can’t do anything about Mother Nature, but the race directors did a good job organizing the start without a swim. Bike started by bib number unless you were a pro or lots of AWA points. The bike course was hilly and challenging. It had atleast 5400 gain in elevation. This was hard for a flat lander like me from Illinois, but it was doable. The run was 3 loops with lots of turns, but pretty flat. I’m not a fan of the loops, but I was able to break the run down into 3 separate segments.

All in all, this is fantastic race and would do it again. Finishing downtown made me feel like a rock star.

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SWAG
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Madison marathon is a small to medium size marathon, but the fans made it feel like a big city marathon. It felt like the whole city came out to cheer … MORE

Madison marathon is a small to medium size marathon, but the fans made it feel like a big city marathon. It felt like the whole city came out to cheer the runners on. The chocolate milk at the end was perfect! One of my favorite marathons.

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Ran race because of the Race Stoppage in Chicago due to heat. I'm from Detroit so I thought this was good alternative rather than waste months of training. Running over … MORE

Ran race because of the Race Stoppage in Chicago due to heat. I’m from Detroit so I thought this was good alternative rather than waste months of training. Running over the Ambassador Bridge was pretty cool. The grade elevation was harder than I anticipated. It seem like the whole race came to stop as cameras came out from everywhere while people were taking a photograph of runners straddling the USA/Canada border (In 2 countries at the same time).

Running through the tunnel was very hot! (Don’t let the boarder agents see your camera). They made a friend of mine delete all of her pictures.

The cobble stone streets in old Detroit was a pain to run on.

Running around Belle Isle was great and very scenic.

This was my first marathon so I didn’t know what to expect and since realize they have the best pre-marathon race food. Actually, a bit too good. You can over eat.

DIFFICULTY
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PRODUCTION
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SCENERY
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SWAG
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