Last Seven Reviews
Bristol Independence Rhode Race
Several options were available for package pick-up. Really nice shirt and finishers medal. The course was safe and well marked. Plenty of aid stations along the route. Route was a nice blend of town, waterside and park setting. Mostly flat. Post race food also good - Cosi pizza.
This was the first race I ran, and although I wasn't sure if I had prepared enough in advance, I had a blast. The pre-race packet pick-up was well organized with lots of sponsors, free stuff, and friendly volunteers. The race shirts were super cool and included removable sleeves. The course itself was flat and fast, which pushed me to a new PR. There were lots of hydrating stations with energy...
Rock N' Sole
A loop over the Hoan Bridge followed by a long out and back along the lakefront and through neighborhoods and a park space. The bridge is about three miles long, and the rest of the course is moderately hilly with a steep hill before mile 7. The course surfaces are mostly city streets along with some paved trails through the green spaces. The day was cool (50s) with light showers in the first...
Teton DAM Half Marathon
If you are looking for another course with hills, this one is it. The first 5 miles are mostly flat. Right after mile 5 the hills start. They last all the way until mile 10. Although there are a couple down hill stretches, they are mostly uphill. They have a contest in the stretch for 'King and Queen of the Hill.' The prize for having the fastest time up the hill is $$. This hill climb lasts for...
Hatfield and McCoy Half Marathon
What a great race for #40! Plenty of pre and post race festivities to enjoy. Tech T and good size finishers medal specific for each race. Plenty of volunteers with water, Gatorade and fresh fruit. No fueding - just running.
Minneapolis Half Marathon
Overall this was a good race and well-organized. It's point-to-point and finishes along the river in downtown. I parked a few blocks from the finish ($3) and bought a race-provided shuttle ticket ($6) to bring me to the start. I think this worked better than parking at the start because I was able to hop in my car immediately after the race rather than waiting on a shuttle to take me back out...
- 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!