Last Seven Reviews

2015 {3:03}

America's Finest City Half Marathon

The last in the Triple Crown series, I put this race off because, well, a half in August never really sounded like a great idea. However, it's a nice point-to-point race ending in Balboa park with some awesome volunteer support. Multiple misting stations as the course runs you from Cabrillo through downtown. That last mile is completely uphill, and as I ran into Balboa Park the organ was playing,...

2015 {2:32}

The Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon and 5K

This is a well organized race all in all - I like the registration and that they will mail the bib and jacket (very cool jacket btw) to you in advance. Easy to get to start line in Grant Park, and a great course along the lakeshore trail. Flat and could make for a nice PR if you were so inclined. Enough people wore costumes to make it fun themed and the volunteers were very cheerful. Downsides -...


Soaring Wings Half Marathon

I have never been to a Half where there were enough of everything. This race had it, enough port-a Johns, water, Gatorade, GU, cookies, snacks, volunteers, scenery, and great end of race food. No problems, started on time, no jam ups, just perfect.

2015. 3:17

Great Turtle Half Marathon

Nice jacket and finisher medal.... You earn it with the hills! Water and Gatorade on the course. This year rained just after the start and was very muddy.

2015 [1:55]

JenAbby Memorial Run

Very small, inexpensive, no-frills race with only about 40 runners. Most of the route I was running alone, but that was fine because I finished with my best time this year. The course is almost completely flat on county roads, with the only significant (short) hill the overpass above the Ohio Turnpike. Only three aid stations along the way, and the last three miles we joined the 5-K and 10-K...

2015 [2:18]

The Other Half - Half Marathon

Well organized smaller race (about 1,000 runners this year) on a beautiful course with red rock mountains and mesas hugging the road and adjacent Colorado River. Aid stations were great with sufficient volunteers support. There are some hills the later part of the course, but the drummers at mile 12 helped motivate for the last mile. Great post-race food and beverage. Loved the long sleeve...

2015 (2:29)

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...

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