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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 2 months ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Ironman Louisville, KY Oct 13, 2019 14:14:30
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 11, 2009 4:51:51

Future Races (30)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Ironman Tempe, AZ Nov 20, 2022
Ironman The Woodlands, TX Apr 22, 2023
Marathon Chicago, IL 2023
Ironman Cambridge, MD 2024
Marathon Las Vegas, NV 2024
Ironman Madison, WI 2025
Marathon St Charles, ID 2025
Marathon Cokeville, WY 2025
Marathon Laketown, UT 2025
Ironman Des Moines, IA 2025
Ironman Mannford, OK 2026
Ironman Hurricane, UT 2026
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC 2026
Marathon Houston, TX TBD
Marathon Des Moines, IA TBD
Marathon Fargo, ND TBD
Ironman Sacramento, CA TBD
Half Ironman Victoria, Canada TBD
Ironman Whistler, Canada TBD
Ironman Lake Placid, NY TBD
Ironman Mont-Tremblant, Canada TBD
Marathon Arlington, VA TBD
Marathon Huntington, WV TBD
Marathon Pass Christian, MS TBD
Marathon Frenchtown, MT TBD
Marathon Bar Harbor, ME TBD
Marathon Philadelphia, PA TBD
Marathon Huntsville, AL TBD
Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO TBD
Marathon Tokyo, Japan TBD

Past Races (21)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Ironman Augusta, GA Sep 25, 2022
Ironman Muncie, IN Oct 2, 2021 16:16:36
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 Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2013 5:26:38
Marathon Chicago, IL 2013 5:37:41
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 12, 2012 5:08:52
Marathon Miami, FL Jan 29, 2012 5:32:33
Marathon Chicago, IL 2011 5:20:26
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 7, 2010 5:18:47
Marathon Chicago, IL 2010 5:11:26
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 14, 2009 5:08:23
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 11, 2009 4:51:51
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 20, 2009 5:51:33
Marathon Madison, WI May 24, 2009 4:55:00
Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 25, 2009 5:30:51
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

Stayed 30 miles away in Noblesville, IN. The areas around Muncie, IN was well aware of the Ironman brand which normally hosted the 70.3 in late July. The weather was … MORE

Stayed 30 miles away in Noblesville, IN. The areas around Muncie, IN was well aware of the Ironman brand which normally hosted the 70.3 in late July. The weather was much cooler in October than the Indiana heat in the summer.

You can get parking across the street from the Prairie Creek Reservoir, but you need to buy a pass in advance. Use to be $20 for 70.3. They charged $40 for the Ironman! Free parking is available just walking distance down the road. The road is open in the morning, but need to get there early because it becomes very congested.

The start was normal and well organized. Maybe they could use a few more porta potties, but it was manageable. There was no body marking due to Covid restrictions, but saw very few if any people wearing mask.

The swim was two loops in the Prairie Creek Reservoir. Had to get out of the water and run 50-75 meters or so before reentering the water. It was cold to me at 65.3 degrees with slightly choppy water. It wasn’t too bad, but if you were a bilateral breather, it should not be a problem. Water visibility was zero.

Transition T1/T2 was well organized, but they did not have changing tents for the Ironman. Something to adapt to, but not a big deal.

The bike course was advertised as flat. It was more like alot of false flats. Not too bad, but if you live in Florida or Illinois were it is really flat you know you are riding on slight inclines. There was a portion (20 miles or so) with chip road I hope they remove it in the future. It rained and bit windy, but road conditions were not too bad. Overall, I would say it is fast bike course if you are a strong cyclist. They definitely needed more volunteers at the specialty bag for the ride. Had to basically find my own bag.

The run is as advertised as rolling roads with two loops. Nothing really challenging, but if you did not do any hill work, it would slow you down. Once again, not enough volunteers with the specialty bags. Had to find my own bag. There is room for improvement. It was rained and misted a little which was good because I didn’t see any flying bugs since I’m a night time finisher.

The finish line was pretty uneventful. Yes, I heard…”You are an Ironman”, but not alot of spectators and the ones that were there were kept away from the finish line. Some confusion with finisher’s t-shirts and some athletes walked by without collecting their shirts. I myself missed the food box. I’m sure it was there, I just walked out and did not see it.

All in all, not a bad race, but I only have IM Louisville to compare it to and I did not feel that it matched them in fan fare or excitement. Ironman hosted the 70.3 and the Ironman on the same course and did a good job separating the two, but maybe their volunteer support would be better if they had them on separate days. Can’t say I would race to do this one again. I would try more established locations instead.

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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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Great place to go if you are escaping from Midwest winter. Great location. Course was not difficult. Could see the ocean on the way back. Would do it again in … MORE

Great place to go if you are escaping from Midwest winter.
Great location. Course was not difficult. Could see the ocean on the way back.
Would do it again in a heart beat.

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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.

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