Last Seven Reviews
Love this trail run with plenty of hills and lots of shade. Placed 3rd in my category...sweet!
Lachine Half Marathon
Nice flat course along the St Lawrence River, partly on-street and partly on paved bike trail. Good volunteer and spectator support as well as law enforcement and plentiful water stops. Course consists of two loops of approximately five miles each and a final, separate loop of about three miles. Of course, since it's Canada everything is measured in KM so 21 KM is the total distance. Pre-race...
This was my first half at night and I was very excited to run this race. Packet oick up the day before at a local running store was well organized and easy in and out with staff to answer questions about parking race day event sight and other tips. The course was an out an back loop that including a part on a paved/gravel trail through the Roswell Riverfront Park. It was very muggy and...
Big Wild Life Runs Half Marathon
The organizers put on a well-executed event. From packet pickup through to the finish, everything The course starts and finishes in downtown Anchorage. In between, it's run on a paved bike/walking trail out and back. The elevation profile looks like a W with the first mile downhill and consequently the last mile uphill. The finisher's medal, t-shirt and post-race food were all great.
San Francisco Half Marathon
I ran the first half marathon as I wanted to run the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Presidio. There were a couple of challenging, but doable hills. It was a very early start at 5:30 a.m. which means in most years I bet the views are obstructed by fog. Perfect running weather in July (not too warm). Beautiful course! There were a couple of issues with this race that I think are attributed...
Where's The Dam Trail 1/2 Marathon
Pretty straightforward course - out and back on the same towpath, which is essentially a hard-packed dirt road, and almost perfectly flat. Only about 100 runners, and the day was warm with near 100% humidity. Because it was advertised as a trail race, the organizers suggested bringing your own hydration since there would be few water stops. This proved correct, and I'm glad I took my Camelbak...
BLACK HAWK TRAIL 1/2 MARATHON, 10K
Inaugural race. By far, hardest race I have ever attempted. I walked 3-5 miles and still finished in top 30%. 2000 ft overall elevation gain was brutal. Footing on rocks made "running" impossible at times. Race started 20 min late because of shuttle bus issues. Turned out there was ample parking at race start and shuttle wasn't as critical as they suggested. GPS doesn't work, so plan ahead -...
- Category: 25 in 25 Club
- Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:36
We are about ready to roll-out the new and improved method of completing your 25. Here's how it will work:
- When you have entered all of your races here, you can initiate the award ceremony by going to our soon to be very efficient H2R Upload Center
- You will be required to send us your story and some images of you all sweaty and happy
- We will review your stuff and if all goes as planned, you will be giving your own permanent spot in the H2R Winners' Circle
If you would like to read more details about this, you are welcome to pretend you just finished #25 by clicking the link below. While this isn't quite 100%, it's darn close. (we have one form to add that should be done this week)
Check it out: The Half2Run 25 Club Upload Center
- Category: 25 in 25 Club
- Created on Saturday, 09 November 2013 10:06
10 years ago 2003 I entered the world of endurance sports, running my first marathon, the inaugural PF Chang's Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon.
I got hooked.
I continued my endurance running journey, by completing a grand slam, a series which is part of the Rock n Roll events. Nashville half, Arizona half, San Diego full, and Virginia Beach half. I have started 3 Ironman races and finished 2, Arizona and St. George Ut (2010).
I have numerous Triathlon finishes OD all the distances, 7 marathon finishes, with one BQ, and am now up to 41 half marathons, on my way to the 100 Half marathon challenge. I finished the 25 state challenge during the Center of the Nation seri
I have taken on the personal challenge of running/racing/triathlon in every state. Really do not care how long it takes, just so I remain healthy and happy during the journey.
Carry On! Enjoy your journey!
- Category: 25 in 25 Club
- Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 15:40
Huge Congrats Laura!
Half marathons in half the states. When I told people of my goal most of them thought I was crazy. 13.1 miles is a long way to run, over and over and over! What helped me the most is my boyfriend/husband signed on with me. I couldn’t have accomplished this goal as easily or nearly with as much fun if I didn’t have a partner training with me and going with me to the races.- Laura
Advice tidbit #1…FIND A PARTNER. Share the load, share the glow!
I was pretty successful in finding fun and different races because I utilized the resources available on the HALF2RUN website. The review of the races and the links to the website really helped steer me in a race direction. Add on the fact that you only had to choose 25 states, you could pick and choose which destinations you wanted to explore and forget the other states you may not want to visit!
Advice tidbit #2…TACK ON A VACATION TO THE END OF YOUR RACE. It really helped motivate me to get my training done because I knew I had a really neat vacation as a reward at the end of the race.
As I got closer to meeting my goal I felt myself slacking off on my training and motivation. I had trained for just about 10 years, off and on, and I was ready to do something else. What kept me going was not only actually completing the goal, but the encouragement and continual questioning I received from my friends, family and co-workers.
Advice tidbit #3- ENLIST A SUPPORT CREW. Announcing your goal and updating your friends and acquaintances really helped motivate me to finish it. I had a lot of people asking where I was going next and how many races had I completed. I really enjoyed the amazed looks and words of encouragement people gave me when they heard of my goal. They thought it was a really neat goal and it helped remind me of that fact too. It is an awesome goal and many people may start it, but how many actually finish something like this? I wanted to be one of the people who finished.
Advice tidbit #4…DON’T STOP! I cannot explain how thrilled I am to have accomplished this goal. Traveling our great country and meeting amazing people, seeing amazing scenery AND accessing sites not normally open to the public has been tremendous fun. Planning vacations in the dead of winter was a real mood and training boost. Displaying my medals has reminded me that if I set my mind to it, I can accomplish it. You won’t be sorry that you kept going, but you may regret it if you stop!