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Last Seven Reviews
New Albany Walking Classic
This was a very nice walkers only event featuring a 10K and half marathon. It had a nice little expo with the packet pick up and they gave race jackets instead of T-shirts. The pasta dinner was good. The course was very well supported and was crowded for the first 10K. The field opened up after the 10K split and the course went through some very scenic neighborhoods. There was a nice post...
Dubuque Benefit Classic Half Marathon
The highlight of this event is Eagle Point Park--the views of the river are spectacular. I enjoyed seeing the unique shelter houses too. After the downhill mileage out of the park, miles 2-10 (give or take) are mostly flat. I didn't mind the industrial park section because the river was enough of a distraction since I'm from out of town. There aren't many spectators but the XC kids were...
Green Lake Area Half Marathon
Absolutely beautiful route but rather hilly. The first and last two miles or so are the same, but otherwise the route is a big loop. There were lots of volunteers along the course to give encouragement. This is the first in a two-fer weekend for me, with the Dubuque Benefit Classic being on Monday of Labor Day Weekend. Travel tips: Boarder's in Ripon is a quiet place to stay. The surrounding...
Badgerland Striders Half Marathon
Race day was foggy (meaning 100% humidity) with no wind to speak of, but that isn't anyone's fault - just made for a slower race for me. Several hundred runners crowded on a fairly narrow path for the first three miles made for a lot of bumping and slowing, but once the field thinned out a bit it was a nice course. Nice medal and plenty of post race food and good volunteer support. No hills worth...
A loop through the University of Wisconsin campus, the arboretum, and some city streets. A rolling course with some challenging hills around miles 7 and 9 ("Cemetery Hill"). The course is mostly paved, with a packed sand trail along the lakefront in the last couple of miles. A beautiful course, and a very-well organized race. The weather was mild for August, clear and sunny. Many stretches of the...
SoCal Wine Country Women's Half Marathon
My first trail half and wow! What a ride! Vail Lake is a great place to run through desert, mountains, scrub. The figure 8 course takes you all over the park, mainly with single track trails. There are some gnarly hills out there, and you can feel all alone and yet on top of the world within minutes. This was the 3rd year and the race director has worked hard to make the course well marked and...
Grand Canyon Half Marathon
Being a person who lives at 800ft. altitude, the elevation was a bit of a challenge. Overall it was a great race. Course was challenging. There were certainly portions that were best either walked or tip-toed through as they could be a bit treacherous. The crew that puts on the race is great! Medals were awesome. Had a great time running this with both of my daughters!
- 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!