Last Seven Reviews
Beat the Blerch - East
I enjoyed the theme of the race very much, with lots of "Blerch" activities and swag. I also realize this was their first race in this location, so there were bound to be some snags. Packet pickup was about 40 miles from the race venue, and pre-race communication was almost non-existent right up until the week prior. While this was advertised early as a trail race, it wasn't presented as a truly...
Brewers Mini Marathon
An extended loop course including the downtown, Marquette, passing the domes, crossing several bridges, and returning to the stadium through a couple of neighborhoods. The course was paved roads, gently rolling with a climb up an exit ramp to cross a bridge in mile 10. Excellent infrastructure with many aid stations, traffic control, EMS on the course. This was a mild day, temperatures in the...
The Oak Tree Half Marathon
Course: The race was mostly on dirt roads. There is a monster hill at around the 4/11 mile marker. Please note you are going UPHILL on the way back. The finish is within the high school stadium. Course Support: Water/Gatorade about every few miles. No noticeable Port-a-Johns. Crowd Support: Outside of families, little to none. Though there was a great bluegrass band playing at one point...
Erie Marathon at Presque Isle (with Half)
This was a very flat race with wind coming off of Lake Erie -- very refreshing!
Tacoma Narrows Half
One would thing a course where you didn't have to loop back, would be scenic, but most of this race was running on trails next to the highway. Miles 7-11 were a constant uphill that you'd have to be mentally ready for, as well as keep something in the tank for the sharp downhill after mile 11. Airport start was interesting (parking there was easy), and the bridge was pretty, but rest of race...
Boyscout Soaring Eagle Half Marathon
This was a well organized race. I liked that the full course was wide. Often races 'neck-down' a mile or so in and that was not the case with this course so runners were well positioned for a PR on this course. Nice variety of neighborhoods combined with paved trail through trees. There were frequent aid stations and great post-race snacks. Well designed participant T-Shirt. The only down...
- 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!