Ultimate Direction Dirty 30 Recap and Review ((Ultra)Marathon 24, State 19 — Colorado)

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This past weekend I completed my first ultramarathon and and am no longer a trail runner wannabe!  This was the first time in a very long time that I’ve gone into a race with serious questions about whether I would even finish, but *spoiler alert* I made it!  I will separately write a post about what I wore, carried, ate, drank, packed, etc. for this ultramarathon in the mountains, but here are the normal post-race deets…

Race:  Ultimate Direction Golden Gate Dirty Thirty

Location:  Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden, CO.  Approximately 45 minutes from Boulder or Denver.  The race occurs between 7,500 to 9,500 feet above sea level.

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Bayshore Marathon 2017 Recap and Review (Marathon 23, State 18 — Michigan)

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What: TCTC Bayshore Marathon 2017

When: Saturday of Memorial Day weekend

Where: Traverse City, Michigan — Cherry Capital and Caribbean of the Midwest.  If you make a mitt with your left hand, this race is at the inside top of your pinky.

Weather:  Sunny, 60-70 degrees.  Felt pretty warm in the final miles of the race.  Luckily most of the race is at least partially shaded, so no sunburn for me.

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Big Sur International Marathon 2017 Recap and Review (Marathon 22, State 17 — California)

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Race: Big Sur International Marathon, a race that some regard as the most beautiful marathon in the United States

Location:  Point-to-point course from Big Sur, California to Carmel-By-The-Sea, California; approximately 2 hrs south of San Francisco

Time of Year:  6:45 am on a Sunday at the end of April, when the flowers are in bloom

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Mesa Phoenix Marathon 2017 Review and Recap (Marathon 21, State 16 — Arizona)

IMG_0209What:  The BMO Harris Bank Mesa-Phoenix Marathon, aka The Phoenix Marathon, aka The Mesa-PHX Marathon. (There were approx 17 different hashtags associated with this race at various points — a little bit of an identity crisis, I think.)  (Not to be confused with the Rock ‘N Roll Arizona race, also held in the Phoenix area.)

Where: Mesa, Arizona, just a few miles outside of Phoenix.  Race started in Usery Mountain Regional Park and ended in the Mesa Riverview shopping center.

When: Saturday on the last weekend in February.

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Review and Recap of the Kiawah Island Marathon (Marathon 20, State 15 — South Carolina)

Race: Kiawah Island Marathon 2016

Location: Kiawah Island, South Carolina, about 40 minutes from the Charleston Airport, at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Size: About 1000 marathoners, plus about 2800 half marathoners

Time of Year and Weather: Saturday in early December. Race day was sunny, breezy at times, with temperatures in the 40s. Perfect running weather. This course has the potential to get windy, but I lucked out and it wasn’t bothersome.

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Chicago Marathon 2016 Recap and Review (State 14 — Illinois, Marathon 19)

Yesterday I ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!  This was my 14th state and my 19th marathon.  Here is my recap and review.

Race:  Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Location: Chicago, Illinois.

Size:  Big!  Over 37,000 marathoners.  (But no half option!  YAY!)

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Mesa Falls Marathon 2016 (Marathon 18, State 13- Idaho)

Sorry for the delay!  I traveled around after the Mesa Falls Marathon (post on that travel to come!) and wasn’t able to do a write up right away.  But here it is!

Race:  20th Annual Mesa Falls Marathon

Location: Finish/packet pickup was in Ashton, Idaho, in eastern Idaho about 2 -2.5 hrs from the Jackson Hole, WY airport.  Note for sea-levelers: Ashton is 5,259 feet above sea level (and note, a week of easy running at a similar altitude is not sufficient acclimation).

Time of Year: End of August, on a Saturday. 

Weather:  Can vary, but for me it was wonderful — started in the high 40s at 6:30 am and ended in the low 70s, I think.  Temperature felt good the whole time running but a little cold standing at the start.

Number of Runners: 146

Other Races:  Half marathon, 10K, 5K, fun run.

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