Last Seven Reviews
Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon
A loop course that retraces the first miles at the end. Lots of hills. Beautiful scenery as the course winds past horse farms and Kentucky countryside. Cold weather. Temperatures in the low 20s at the start, with a breeze.
Cowtown Half Marathon
Very well organized race. Large indoor area for pre and post race, bag check is well organized and located right at the finish line. This is my favorite race in Texas by far. I will run every year and have run the last 4 years.
Little Rock Half Marathon
A rolling course that winds through city streets and nearby neighborhoods in downtown Little Rock. This year's course did not go over the river bridge. The temperature was in the 30s with occasional light showers and overcast. It was a well organized and fun race with a pirate theme. Very helpful volunteers and friendly people at the post-race food tent.
Super Half Marathon
Small race (600 people) primarily on a somewhat hilly river trail. Would be treacherous in a snow day, was beautiful on this day. Lots of nice views of Pike's Peak on the way back. Not much crowd support to be expected for a Feb race. Out and back, though end doesn't finish in exact place as start, so you have to walk back sweaty in the cold to your car unless you have someone pick you...
Seaside School Half Marathon
Very mild, nearly chilly, weather made for great running conditions. And it still felt pleasantly warm after a season running in Chicago winter. The route on scenic county highway 30A is mostly flat and takes you past a few pretty waterways, but no visitbility to the Gulf of Mexico. There are some great pre and ost-race events, so I advise making a weekend of it. The event is held a week or...
Runners World Half & Festival
I loved this race. The course begins at the base of the spectacular Steel Stacks complex and winds from there across the Lehigh River, around diverse and scenic neighborhoods on hilly and challenging terrain. LOVED having Bart Yasso at the finish line cheering in even the final wave. The bling (t-shirt and medal) are average, as is the post-race snack table and celebration, a bit of a...
- 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!