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Length of a marathon: 26 miles and 385 yards, or 42.195 km
 
Most memorable: San Francisco 2006
Most fun: ING New York City Marathon 2013
Most beautiful course: Big Sur('08), Napa('14), Chicago('14), Paris('17)
Hardest course: Big Sur 2008, hills, hills and hills
Largest: Paris Marathon 2017, 57,000 runners
Smallest: San Jose 2009
Most run in one calendar year: four in 2011, 2013, 2015
Most often run: San Francisco in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

What I've got Where Things I remember
2017 Paris Marathon
Paris, France
April 9, 2017



28th full marathon
It's a priceless experience to run in Paris.

2016 Marine Crops Marathon
Arlington, Virginia
October 30, 2016



27th full marathon
Glory tradition, 30,000 runners, great city, beautiful route, amazing crowed, touching scenes. No wonder people keep coming back for this "People's Marathon". It was cool in the morning, but a little bit too warm for the last few miles.

2016 NAPA Valley Marathon
NAPA, California
March 6, 2016



26th full marathon
Cool and wet weather, perfect day for running, this is my third NAPA run, still impressed by the scenic course in the vinery. Great size of the event, a very comfortable run.

2015 San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon
San Francisco, California
July 26, 2015



The event is growing, more international runners.

2015 Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon
Anchorage, Alaska
June 20, 2015



25th full marathon
Unique

2015 Big Sur International Marathon
Big Sur, California
April 26, 2015



24th full marathon
Brutal hills, strong head wind, cool temperature, sunny weather, breathtaking view, plenty of cows, creative mileage signs, great organizer, sufficient race support, more international runners, grand finish line, 180 school buses, Juicy strawberries, unique medal, supportive running partners, lots good pictures, nonstop talking on the way, NO CRAMPING, fast recovery, high quality event, best cheerleader and support from family, fun trip, unforgettable experience!

2015 NAPA Valley Marathon
Napa, California
March 1, 2015



23rd full marathon
Cool and Sunny, very beautiful dau in Napa, good for visitors, but too warm for me. Started with right ankle injury, had good path for the first 17 miles, then cramped at mile 18, after long on and off struggle, I made it back with worse record than last Napa run, very disappointing result, but still a good trip. Good organization, decent numbers of runner, impressive course, above average support, worth to come back!

2014 Nike Women's Half Marathon
San Francisco, California
October 19, 2014



New course setting, perfect weather, but too crowded.

2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Chicago, Illinois
October 12, 2014



22nd full marathon
The Chicago Marathon is one of the major six events in the world. With over 1.7 million spectators lining the 26.2 mile course, nearly 45,000 runners hit the pavement to participate in this year, the weather was a bit warm to me, the course is relatively flat and the view is spectacular, the energy was high and the support was strong to cheer on runners. Smooth organization, great environment, awesome food, attractive culture, made us another unforgettable experience.

2014 The San Francisco Half Marathon
San Francisco, California
July 28, 2014



The weather was perfect, cool in the beginning, sunny after arrival. I was not in the best condition, but feel lucky that I was still able to push and carry all the way through, even on all the hills. Met lot of people, friends, and runners from Taiwan, great experience, great day.

2014 Oakland Marathon
Oakland, California
March 23, 2014



21st full marathon
The weather was too warm for me, and the hilly route between mile 5 to 11 seemed a bit easier to conquer compare with the 2011 run, but it still burned out most of the fuel in my tank. First time ran with three debut marathoners, great honor and experience. The route covers almost every different scenery corner of the city, and I feel the sincere and thoughtful of the organizer for the course arrangement. overall it is still a tough course to run.

2014 Napa Valley Marathon
Napa, California
March 2, 2014



20th full marathon
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2013 California International Marathon
Sacramento, California
December 8, 2013



19th full marathon
7,368 runners there to start the race in frigid conditions near Folsom Dam, temperatures were in the 20s before dawn. For the first several miles, we passed cars and front lawns still frosted over from the overnight chill, the water spilling at fluid stations turned to ice on the ground, made the event course "very smooth". Some of the fast people dropped out because the chilly weather, it was a painful run, from start to the finish line, even though we reached the Capitol under blue, cloudless skies, but pride still outweighs cold conditions.

2013 ING New York City Marathon
New York City, New York
November 3, 2013



18th full marathon
The great city, the amazing crowd, the volunteers, the whole experience, created one of the best days in my life, nothing could ever compare, ever. The event begins on Staten Island, winds through Brooklyn and Queens, cross the East River into Manhattan, briefly into The Bronx, returning to Manhattan and ended in the Central Park. It is one of the largest marathons in the world, with 50,304 finishers in 2013, and it's very "International". I could not believe how unbelievably lucky I was able to run in this town, with thousands upon thousands of cheering fans every step of the way.

2013 San Jose Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon
San Jose, California
October 6, 2013



Training.

2013 The Wipro San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, California
June 16, 2013



17th full marathon
Better prepared, nice weather, smooth run, fast recovery, best SF experience.

2013 Tokyo Marathon
Tokyo, Japan
Feburary 24, 2013



16th full marathon
Amazing event, sponsored by Tokyo Metro, from 2013 it is certified as one of six World Marathon Majors. The course starts from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building - Tokyo Imperial Palace - Hibiya Park - Shinagawa - Ginza - Nihonbashi - Asakusa - Tsukiji, ends at Tokyo Big Sight. There were 303,450 people applied for it and I was lucky to be one of the 36,000 runners. Several unforgettable phenomenon I witnessed in my first Majors experience: unbelieveable organization, super supportive spectators,

2012 California International Marathon
Sacramento, California
December 2, 2012



15th full marathon
The Race started with the strong winds and rain buffeted the start line, gusts knocked down some mile markers along the course, the nasty weather made it a challenge for runners. First time ran with plastic sheets, but it didn't help too much with heavy rain and gusts of 25-28 mph tossed on me. Few die-hard spectators were lining the course, sky turned clear after mile 20, and the race ends at the Capitol. The wet weather actually helped to ease my dehydration issue, running in the storm is an experience I will never forget, my favorite by far.

2012 New York City Marathon
NYC, New York
November 4, 2012



15th full marathon
"While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division, We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it, we cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event -- even one as meaningful as this -- to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track." -Bloomberg

I still joined the "Run Anyway Marathon" and ran 2 laps in the Central Park.

2012 The Wipro San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, California
July 29, 2012



My 6th SF run, it's also the 2nd week training for NYC, I used it as LDS, sticked with the path pretty well and finished strong. With my whole family supported and cheered at the finish line, made this routine event unforgettable.

2012 Surf City USA Marathon
Huntington Beach, California
February 5, 2012



14th full marathon
It was totally a worthy trip even though I had to miss the Super bowl game, the typical southern California classic oceanfront course, the beer garden beach party, the signature surfboard medals, the professional organizer all make this 26.2 an unforgettable run. Not to mention, the place full of countless surfers in sight, sunny beach with palm trees is always an irresistible route for runners, no wonder Huntington beach owns the title "Surf City USA" and this event is always popular. I had very smooth run until cramped at mile 20, got to prepare more salt for my next run.

2011 雙城馬拉松賽
Two Cities Marathon
Fresno, California
November 6, 2011



13th full marathon
The course starts from Fresno Woodward Park, passes the Old Town Clovis and back to Fresno, overall is flat and scenic. Running on the wide-opened streets with the great view of central California in sight, plus the perfect weather, thoughtful organizer, decent spectators, hot breakfast, and lot nicely done details, it truly created a sweet experience for my untrained run, I am coming back for sure.

2011 巨人路跑賽
The Giant Race
San Francisco, California
August 27, 2011



A 13.1 mile fun run, finished in the AT&T Park, with Tim Lincecum's bobblehead as the prize, the event attracted 10,000 runners, much more than last year. It was a cloudy day, and it's cool to see Giants closer Brian Wilson high-fived with runners at mile 5.

2011 舊金山馬拉松賽
San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, California
July 31, 2011



12th full marathon
My 5th San Francisco run, felt like running in the back yard.

2011 奧克蘭馬拉松賽
Oakland Marathon
Oakland, California
March 27, 2011



11th full marathon
Oakland city did a great job in providing runners a pleasant experience. Started from downtown, steep uphill between mile 6 to mile 10, then down hill and flat all the way to the end, great course layout. I was plagued by a hamstring cramp with about 15 miles to go, but I still made it back.

2010 矽谷馬拉松賽
Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Marathon
San Jose, California
October 31, 2010



10th full marathon
Nice course, easy run. Met dad and wife at mile 20, great experience. I made the same mistake as last year that started too fast for first half of the run, ended up with cramped on 6 different spot of my both legs. Finished the last 100 yards with son.

2010 舊金山馬拉松賽
San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, California
July 25, 2010



9th full marathon
天氣陰涼,跑馬的完美天氣,回到初馬的場地,再次挑戰全馬,經過喪母的傷痛初夏,練習中斷了數週,提不起勁準備,本來沒什麼期望,只想小心走馬看花,安全抵達便是,結果一路小心翼翼直到跑過中點,才發現狀況還不錯,便開始放膽加速,飆到22英哩處才漸覺疲憊,抵達終線時間超乎預期,而且第一次全程沒有抽筋,想是母親一路保佑,給我一個難得經驗。

2010 洛衫磯馬拉松賽
Los Angeles Marathon
Los Angeles, California
March 21, 2010



8th full marathon
洛城第二戰,經歷首次新路線,從道奇球場到Santa Monica碼頭,中途穿過許多LA知名景點,有Stephanie & Ming相助,過程舒適順利。

2009 費城馬拉松賽
Philadelphia Marathon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 22, 2009



7th full marathon
首次跨足東岸參賽,多虧跑友Emma一家襄助,補給休憩充分,締造完美跑馬經驗。天氣溫暖,民眾熱情,城市美麗,從美術博物館出發,繞經許多地標古蹟知名景點,後半程進入全美最大市內公園,沿著秋色河岸在Manayunk折返回美博館終點,完全是精神與視覺的高級饗宴,邊跑邊賞景拍照,輕鬆愉快,即使在第十英哩處就抽筋爆胎,仍未減遊興,不虛此行。

2009 矽谷馬拉松賽
Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Marathon
San Jose, California
October 25, 2009



6th full marathon
矽谷中心聖荷西市唯一全馬賽事,因地利之便共襄盛舉,為一規模迷你的都會型比賽。從市中心出發,向南穿過特色社區,進入溪畔步道一路到南方山腳的高中折返,因起跑加速過快,在第12英哩處即發生爆胎狀況,全身無處不出亂子,無法正常跑步,姿勢不正造成腳部更大傷害,一拐一拐回終點,苦不堪言。活動小而溫馨,值得再次挑戰。

2009 Nike女子馬拉松賽
Nike Women's Marathon
San Francisco, California
October 18, 2009


出發前塞車遲到,以致成為最後一名穿過起跑線的出發者。正值經濟寒冬,但參賽人數依舊踴躍,唯贊助榮景不若以往,為保留下週全馬體力,遂把今天當作輕鬆練跑,一路同行談笑扶持,跑跑走走,在終點線停下尋找小兒臉孔未果,悻悻然踩過終點線,花了兩小時半,再拿Tiffany項鍊一條。

2009聖荷西搖滾半程馬拉松賽
San Jose Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon
San Jose, California
October 4, 2009


因為上一次的愉快經驗而回鍋,順便做週末練跑。天氣情朗,第二次參加就沒有那麼新鮮刺激了,但有樂團伴奏感覺依然是好,第一次認真地想締造PR,終點前三英哩小腿嚴重爆炸,居然無法再抬腳,最終以2小時作收。

2008 Nike女子馬拉松賽
Nike Women's Marathon
San Francisco, California
October 19, 2008


5th full marathon
今年是第四屆,也是採用抽籤方式的第一年,僥倖抽中得以擠身這個廣受女性跑者(佔95%)歡迎的比賽,整個活動專為女性設計,充滿商業氣息但專業體貼。前半段路線與舊金山馬的景觀路線重疊,後半段接上一號海岸公路並繞行一座湖,無聊苦悶,終點線上由穿禮服的舊金山消防隊員頒發的Tiffany項鍊獎牌是一大特色。

2008聖荷西搖滾半程馬拉松賽
San Jose Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon
San Jose, California
October 5, 2008


13.1英哩的路途上有11個各類不同樂團演唱助陣,跑在其中異常振奮與享受。聖荷西是搖滾樂馬拉松系列賽其中的一站,也是本地最大路跑活動,參加人數眾多,路線繞及聖市中心主要道路景點和有歷史的社區,標準城市馬拉松,從頭到尾一片嘉年華氣氛,非常歡樂。報名費稍貴。

2008舊金山半程馬拉松賽
San Francisco Half Marathon
San Francisco, California
August 3, 2008


由於和全馬訓練課表距離吻合,決定再次回到舊金山一借場地進行訓練,有別於'07年,這次是兩段半馬的第一段,也就是跨越金門大橋的熱門路線。舊金山半馬的首選還是第一段,途中經過許多知名觀光景點如漁人碼頭等,沿海岸一段路後轉進社區,在金門公園結束。霧大溫低,而活動品質略顯粗糙。

2008 LiveStrong 路跑賽
LiveStrong Challenge 5K
San Jose, California
July 13, 2008


阿姆斯壯癌症研究基金會在全美部分城市舉行的路跑/自行車挑戰賽,選中聖荷西為一站,特別呼朋引伴前去共襄盛舉。比賽以募款為目的,路跑長度也只有三英哩,所以屬趣味性高活動,適合闔家老小或初級路跑者挑戰。路線位於聖荷西市中心,繞行幾個街口就結束,可以大約一窺市容。Nike為贊助商,活動規劃非常專業,還提供賽後餐飲,適合團體報名,但報名費稍貴。阿姆斯壯本人現身是活動高潮。

2008 BIG SUR國際馬拉松賽
Big Sur International Marathon
Big Sur, California
April 27, 2008


4th full marathon
Big Sur比賽路線位於加州卡梅爾市南方濱臨太平洋的1號海岸公路,有岩岸沙岸灘峭壁樹林等多變地貌,風景壯闊迷人,但也因陡坡逆風時間限制等原因令人卻步,難度偏高,與其他知名賽事齊名。由於是點到點,清晨跑者必須由巴士載送到南方起跑點後,再往北跑回程。主辦單位為非營利組織,賽事規模小卻不失專業與體貼。除了接連的上下長短坡倍感艱辛,沿途景色只有嘆為觀止可以形容。非都會型賽事,兩旁無人加油,被喻為跑者一生中必跑的比賽。

2007舊金山半程馬拉松賽
San Francisco Half Marathon
San Francisco, California
July 29, 2007



由於是第二段半馬,起點在金門公園內,在裡面繞行數圈後出公園進入住宅區和工廠區,景觀沒有鼓舞作用,加上許多上下坡,感覺會很辛苦。今年主辦單位有退步,在規劃,資源,人手,和市民參與的部分都不若往年的成功,令人感到失望。經過 AT&T Park 棒球場時恰巧有巨人對馬林魚的比賽為了觀看Barry Bonds平紀錄的入場人潮,形成只有在終點前一英哩比較熱鬧的景象。

2007洛杉磯國際馬拉松賽
Los Angeles International Marathon
Los Angeles, California
March 4, 2007

3rd full marathon
規模龐大,人數眾多,果然是大都會一流賽事。07年為新路線第一年,於環球影城起跑,穿過好萊烏,比佛利山,洛城紀念體育場,韓國城,印度城,墨西哥城,日本城等後,進入市中心終點,不同族裔市民參與熱烈,充分展現洛杉磯的多元文化。市民熱情令人感動,唯獨南加州氣溫稍高,比賽出發時間也較晚,對跑者行程嚴峻挑戰。

2006新拉斯維加斯國際馬拉松賽
new Las Vegas International Marathon
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 10, 2006

2nd full marathon
天色未亮的寒冷清晨,在照亮天際的煙火秀中,伴著 Blueman Group 振奮人心的表演鼓聲,從 Strip 最南端的 Mandalay Bay 旅館前起跑。經過所有著名和沒名的旅館後,進入舊拉斯維加斯市中心,穿過霓虹燈覆蓋的 Fremont Street後,接下來到終點的路程,幾乎都是一片沙漠中平凡的住宅區景觀,枯燥乏味。

2006舊金山國際馬拉松賽
San Francisco International Marathon
San Francisco, California
July 30, 2006


Debut full marathon
在晨曦中的海灣大橋旁起跑,經過漁人碼頭,在日出時來回跑過雄偉的金門大橋,劃過貝克海灘,進入並繞行金門公園,穿出公園後橫越數個高低起伏的山丘,一路可以看到美麗的舊金山市景,在經過 AT&T Park 棒球場後回到 Ferry Building 終點線,全線因為有太多上坡下坡,算是一個困難的路線。

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