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enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '19

Since it's still fresh in my mind, this will be the best time to leave a review. The bad: A lot of waiting- I was in wave 1 and loaded … MORE

Since it’s still fresh in my mind, this will be the best time to leave a review.

The bad:
A lot of waiting- I was in wave 1 and loaded the bus to Hopkinton by 6:45. My wave didn’t start until 10:02. There is a tent for waiting and plenty of port-a-johns. Just be prepared and bring throw away clothes and something to sit on.
So many people- it was at least 5 or 6 miles before it thinned out a bit. I’ve never had that many people around me for so long and it made me a little anxious.
Not really a good place to warm up- everything was muddy and crowded in the athletes area. Be sure to use the march toward the corrals as your warm-up.
The Good:
It’s Boston
I’ve never seen crowd support like that before. There was hardly a stretch where there wasn’t a crowd cheering on all of the runners.
It was so loud most of the time, that I couldn’t hear my ipod.
The fly-over was so cool. It was a little foggy, but I was still able to see the jets pretty well. Gave me goosebumps.
Wellesley was amazing- other than the finish, it was my favorite spot. I see why it’s called the scream tunnel. I gave high-fives all along that area as well as Boston College. I loved it.
The atmosphere was second to none. I’d highly suggest running it as least once in your life.
It definitely shredded my legs and was a tough course, but there was water, bananas, orange slices, gatorade, medical assistance, vasoline and so many other forms of comfort all along the course.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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davethe10r FIRST-TIMER '19

What can I say about the Boston Marathon? It's the race everybody wants to run. I was lucky enough to qualify in my second marathon, so I signed up and … MORE

What can I say about the Boston Marathon? It’s the race everybody wants to run. I was lucky enough to qualify in my second marathon, so I signed up and ran it. I loved everything about the experience (even the Newton hills!) except the pre-race stuff. An hour and a half on the bus was way too long, and the Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton was downright awful. But once my wave was called, everything after that was amazing. It was the highlight of my year.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5
My Media

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eshaemonroy FIRST-TIMER '16

Great race, spectators smoking who knows what, and the streets were sticky and slippery in places. But the race was memorable for sure! Enough that I went and ran the … MORE

Great race, spectators smoking who knows what, and the streets were sticky and slippery in places. But the race was memorable for sure! Enough that I went and ran the 10k the next year!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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thestudadam FIRST-TIMER '15

This was a very unique experience and one of the most fun races that I have ever done. The combination of the bands, running at night, the lights of the … MORE

This was a very unique experience and one of the most fun races that I have ever done. The combination of the bands, running at night, the lights of the strip, and just being in Vegas make this a destination race that every runner should do at least once. I often tell my friends who are not serious runners or who would like to do a half marathon once just to say they have done it that this is the race for them. Yes the entry fee is a little steep even with early entry and yes the combination of flying to Vegas/getting a hotel can be expensive but it is an extremely unique experience that you won’t forget. Can’t recommend it enough, now the details:

Expo: All R&R Races have good expos but since Vegas is their biggest event it also has the biggest expo. Plus Vegas is kind of made for conventions/events. You can find pretty much anything you would need/want at a running expo of this size. Its as close to a marathon major expo as you will find without actually being at a major. Getting in and out of this expo was a bit harder than most smaller races but taking the bus there was pretty easy, just crowded inside.

Parking/Access: Parking is actually decent at/around hotels in Vegas but some could be pretty far from the start/finish. The best advice I can give would be to stay at a hotel between the start and finish (you can see them on a course map). We stayed at the Luxor which is right by the start and was actually a lucky break that we didn’t stay near the finish because the finishers chute in Vegas is actually quite long so it takes you quite a ways back towards the start and backtracking up the course can be difficult due to the crowds cheering the finish and the ever growing pack of finishers milling around.

SWAG: There was a decent amount of freebies in the bag they give you at the expo, more than most races. The shirt was a bright neon yellow which can look a bit crazy if you just want to wear it around but it showed well in a night race and it is actually a good shirt to wear if you are running in the early morning or near dusk when visibility to cars can be hard. The event design was pretty blah on the shirt. The finishers medal was a unique slot machine design where the slot machine wheels were cards that could flip from symbols to a 13.1 or 26.2 depending on your distance, very cool.

Course/Aid Stations/Elevation: It doesn’t get much easier elevation wise than a pancake flat course, a complete non issues. Aid stations were also well stocked and well spaced, i heard there were a few issues with temporarily running out of things for the later runners. Also for aid stations it should be noted that this race has a TON of first time half marathoners and other people who may not be well versed in the etiquette of starting in your correct corral and how to go through an aid station. Many of my slower friends and family said they would be running behind someone when they got to an aid station then the person would take the cup of water and then stop dead in their tracks and then get run into. It’s one of those things that you don’t know until you run a few races but it certainly can be frustrating and a little dangerous for those used to drinking on the go or getting a cup and then moving to the side after they get their cup so they can drink. As for the course itself it was really cool, you started with a quick out and back around the welcome to Las Vegas sign then started a 5-6 mile straight run back past the start towards the heart of the strip, it is such a long straight stretch that it makes it hard to motivate yourself with the usual tactics of just run hard to that corner etc but the cheering and lights and scenery make up for it. Around the 8 mile mark you make a quick jut off the strip before coming back on Freemont street then heading back down the strip. Heads up for those who are unprepared like me and the pack I was running in were for Freemont street. There is a 30 foot tall metal praying mantis that every so often shoot explosions of flames out the top of its head. It sent a group of us cowering and ducking a few steps to the side when it scared the crap out of us, very cool if you are expecting it, heart attack if not.

Running back to the finish was a bit into the wind but it is not consistent because the casinos will shelter you off and on. The wind blows strong through the gap between the buildings then shoots up both directions of the course so you end up running with the wind in your face as you near an intersection then get it at your back for a little while as you continue past the intersection. The finishers chute is long, it can take a while to get through it, get your gear and then get back towards the finish if you are trying to watch family and friends. Also you want to make sure you have warm clothes in your gear check back as you will cool down quickly at night since you will be sweaty.

Race Management: They do a great job at this race, the corrals are well organized and so is the entire event. One thing that can be challenging for slower runners is that because there are so many corrals the slower people can be waiting a long time to start. They also enforce the time limit pretty strictly with a car picking up stragglers which can make for a tight window for people starting in the back to finish, they probably really need to work on starting that hard time limit when the final people start not when the first people do. Overall though I can’t recommend this race enough.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4
My Media

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redhair FIRST-TIMER '18

I decided to run the Sandia Crest Half Marathon as my first long race coming back after injury. There were rolling hills but still a net elevation loss of 1400 … MORE

I decided to run the Sandia Crest Half Marathon as my first long race coming back after injury. There were rolling hills but still a net elevation loss of 1400 ft. It does start to warm up by late morning but having trained here in New Mexico I was used to the warmer conditions. Up until the 10th mile hill I was running my personal best. I did tire on the hill but believe that was my lack of conditioning, I still however finished with the time I was aiming for. There was plenty of water stations and porta-potties on the course. And they had fruit stations out on the course. At the finish they had chocolate milk ( great recovery drink), donuts, water, hydration drinks and cool towels. I believe for an inaugural race it was well put together. As it continues to grow I believe it will get even better. The volunteers were all exceptionally nice and welcoming. I will be back next year!!!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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BrooklandRunner FIRST-TIMER '12

First Boston! The excitement at the beginning. Walking toward the start. Getting into my corral. The first few miles of excitement. Feeling like I was at the 20 mile point … MORE

First Boston! The excitement at the beginning. Walking toward the start. Getting into my corral. The first few miles of excitement. Feeling like I was at the 20 mile point at the 10K mark. The heat getting to me. My first walk break at the 14 mile. Trying to run to the 17 mile without walking. Run walking the rest of the way. Making sure I ran up and down Heartbreak Hill. Running past BC. Walking under the tunnel but running the rest. Seeing my family and excitement by the finish line. Feeling ill after the race. At least it wasn’t my personal worst.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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BrooklandRunner REPEAT RUNNER '14

I was not very pleased with my effort. I had a great training season and set personal bests in a few race distances - most notably the half marathon Ten … MORE

I was not very pleased with my effort. I had a great training season and set personal bests in a few race distances – most notably the half marathon Ten Miler. The cost of these PRs was that I was overtrained, suffered a bad taper, and didn’t carb load properly.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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tndsmith REPEAT RUNNER '10

Flat - great pre race support. Awesome post race party(Brett Michaels). Really cool to run down the strip. If I had it to do all over again, I’d Lock myself … MORE

Flat – great pre race support. Awesome post race party(Brett Michaels). Really cool to run down the strip. If I had it to do all over again, I’d Lock myself in the hotel room the day before. It’s way too easy to get trapped in to too much walking(i.e. going to Jeff Dunham at Ceazar’s Palace the night before). Overall , fun race- get a 24hr buffet afterwards…and wear it out!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

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OFLJ FIRST-TIMER '16

Huge crowds to navigate, but tons of spectator support, well-stocked aid stations, and the chance to run the Vegas Strip at night! Swag is top notch - unique medals and … MORE

Huge crowds to navigate, but tons of spectator support, well-stocked aid stations, and the chance to run the Vegas Strip at night! Swag is top notch – unique medals and t-shirts. Overall good time.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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jsspinner FIRST-TIMER '13

Disney knows how to coordinate events. This was my first half marathon and still my favorite. Pre-race communications were ideal. The expo was the perfect size. Getting to the start … MORE

Disney knows how to coordinate events.
This was my first half marathon and still my favorite.
Pre-race communications were ideal.
The expo was the perfect size.
Getting to the start line was easy because I was staying at one of the Disney hotels.
The course took you through the parks and in some cases behind the scenes.
The only hills came when we went on over passes or under under passes.
The best part was definitely turning on to Main Street USA and seeing Cinderella’s Castle lit up in the background.
On-course entertainment was fun and kept you going.
I encourage everyone to try at least one Disney race to see just how well done they are.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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