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Midlothian, TX Raving since 2016 active 1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (9)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 7, 2016 4:21:15
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 25, 2015 4:20:01
Marathon Relay Corpus Christi, TX May 19, 2018 3:59:00
Half Marathon Fairview, TX Oct 10, 2015 1:42:39
10 Nautical Miles (11.5 miler) Millington, TN Jun 5, 2016 1:30:06
15K Tyler, TX Mar 5, 2016 1:10:54
8 Miler Dallas, TX Nov 22, 2018 1:03:41
10K Austin, TX Apr 8, 2018 46:05
5K Carlsbad, CA Jan 20, 2019 21:38

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 22, 2019
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019
Half Marathon Shreveport, LA Oct 26, 2019
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2019

Past Races (54)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
15K Tyler, TX Mar 2, 2019 1:10:59
5K Dallas, TX Feb 9, 2019 21:57
5K Carlsbad, CA Jan 20, 2019 21:38
Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 20, 2019 1:48:59
8 Miler Dallas, TX Nov 22, 2018 1:03:41
Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 18, 2018 4:20:59
Marathon Relay Corpus Christi, TX May 19, 2018 3:59:00
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 22, 2018 1:51:27
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 21, 2018
5K Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 20, 2018
10K Austin, TX Apr 8, 2018 46:05
10K Fort Worth, TX Feb 24, 2018 46:50
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 24, 2018 1:45:37
15K Dallas, TX Feb 3, 2018 1:13:29
Half Marathon Rockwall, TX Jan 27, 2018 2:16:56
5K Waxahachie, TX Dec 9, 2017 23:39
Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Dec 3, 2017 1:46:02
10K San Antonio, TX Dec 2, 2017 47:17
8 Miler Dallas, TX Nov 23, 2017 1:06:12
5K Plano, TX Sep 24, 2017 21:50
Half Marathon Plano, TX Sep 24, 2017 1:54:12
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Jun 3, 2017 1:53:09
5K Kansas City, MO Jun 3, 2017 24:30
5K Dallas, TX May 13, 2017 22:06
Half Marathon Universal City, TX Apr 30, 2017 1:45:59
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Apr 2, 2017 1:51:12
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Mar 19, 2017 1:49:10
5K Dallas, TX Mar 18, 2017 23:56
15K Tyler, TX Mar 4, 2017 1:15:22
Half Marathon Mansfield, TX Jan 28, 2017 1:56:32
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 15, 2017 4:28:14
Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 11, 2016 4:28:03
Half Marathon The Colony, TX Oct 22, 2016 1:45:00
5K Fort Worth, TX Oct 15, 2016 22:20
Half Marathon Waxahachie, TX Sep 24, 2016
5K Dallas, TX Jul 10, 2016 22:16
5K Richardson, TX Jun 18, 2016 22:56
10 Nautical Miles (11.5 miler) Millington, TN Jun 5, 2016 1:30:06
10K Arlington, TX May 30, 2016 46:19
Marathon Relay Corpus Christi, TX May 21, 2016
Half Marathon Frisco, TX Apr 16, 2016 1:46:15
15K Tyler, TX Mar 5, 2016 1:10:54
5K Dallas, TX Jan 31, 2016 23:09
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 7, 2016 4:21:15
Half Marathon Allen, TX Dec 31, 2015 1:50:32
Half Marathon Corpus Christi, TX Nov 14, 2015 1:47:18
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 25, 2015 4:20:01
Half Marathon Fairview, TX Oct 10, 2015 1:42:39
Half Marathon Colorado Springs, CO Jul 4, 2015 1:55:00
Marathon Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Sep 20, 2014 4:26:40
Half Marathon Dallas, TX 2014 1:46:01
Half Marathon Irving, TX 2014 1:45:15
Half Marathon Mansfield, TX 2013 1:50:20
5K Fort Worth, TX 2013 24:15

My Raves

Fresh 15

Fresh 15

This was my third or fourth time running this event. I ran the 15K each time. They also have a 5K and a kids 1K. Since I have reviewed before … MORE

This was my third or fourth time running this event. I ran the 15K each time.
They also have a 5K and a kids 1K.
Since I have reviewed before I will hit the highlights
Low entry fee
Awesome swag. Always a quality shirt, sometimes a bonus item. 15k runners got a 1/4 zip thicker pullover. There was also a runners hat in the bag as well as a jar of peanut butter
Packet pickup is easy both prior to race day and they have race day pickup
Race day. Parking is good. Several lots available and some park in area neighborhoods. But get there early to get one of the lot spots
Bag check is available
Corral starts with honor system seeding. 15k starts first, th is there were 5 waves. 5k started after 15k. Out and back course.
Water stops with water and sports drink every two miles.
One stop, think it was mile 6 had energy chews
Course – asphalt roads. First 6 miles mostly flat with a few small inclines. At mile 7 there is a larger incline that makes you work. Also the last half mile or so to the finish is uphill. Semi challenging course but I would say it is hard
Great crowd support at various spots.
Scenery is okay. Just running through the last few miles are through a nice neighborhood
Finish line. Big crowd At finish get your medal, water, sports drink, banana, and chocolate milk.
A results tent will print out your time and place.
Post race concert
Post race freebies. Lots of freebies and for the last two years for runners only. A big and great change. They were handing out pop tarts, muscle milk, cheese sticks, meat snack sticks, candy, bbq sauce, sports drink, water, snack bars, tacos, coffee, and more. Event is run by a grocery store so lots of food products are handed out.
Even if freebies were not this is a first class event and is the main reason I continue to run it. Well managed, great semi challenging course, and great swag.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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Hot Chocolate 15/5k Dallas

Hot Chocolate 15/5k Dallas

Almost nothing not to like about The Hot Chocolate event. I listed as a first timer but this is my second HC but first at the 5k distance. It is … MORE

Almost nothing not to like about The Hot Chocolate event.
I listed as a first timer but this is my second HC but first at the 5k distance.
It is a great event.
Registration was easy. I always register early for the best price. Think it was like $35 and I think for what you get it is a deal.
So packet pickup is at their small expo Thursday and Friday before the Saturday event. No race day pickup. You do have the option of getting it mailed to you for an extra $20. There is a $5 parking fee for the expo. Not liking that but I gues part of the cost of running The expo is small. Packet pickup is easy. Get your bib, get your jacket, legacy goodies if you have run the specific number of events, visit a few vendors and that’s it. I have done this event multiple years and they always produce a quality jacket that is in your packet. There are additional shirts, jackets, and other HC branded items for sale at the expo. You also can try on your jacket and exchange at the expo if needed. They do have some chocolate snacks they hand out at the expo.
Race day. This event is held at Fair Park in Dallas where the state fair is held every year. Plenty of parking. Race day parking is free as long as you enter the parking lot before 8:00 AM. After 8:00 it is $5 to park. It is a half mile to mile walk from some of the parking areas.
Pre race. Plenty of restroom facilities, some indoor and some portable units.
There is also an indoor area open pre race so you can get out of the weather.
Starting area – they use a corral system based mostly on what you enter as your expected finish time. They do have preferred corrals where you have to submit previous event results to get in the first couple of corrals but I have been running long enough to know some find a way around that and there was also no one checking bibs to ensure you were in the correct area.
Start was a wave start with a minute or two between waves.
Course – flat until the last half mile when you run over an overpass but it isn’t too long and you get to run down it. Water stations on the 5k there was one and it had chocolate candy, Nunn sports drink, & water. Course scenery – other than the historical buildings in fair park, there is noting to see unless the tent city under the bridge counts. Finish line. For the 5k no finisher medals. They had sports drink and water available. Post race – the reaso most Run this event- you get a bowl with dipping chocolate, items to dip in it, and a cup of hot chocolate. Race results are posted online as you finish. You also get free low res race photos and they are also available in an hour or so after you finish. There was a couple of vendors and the HC tent selling items post race. Awards presented post race are for top three over all. Age group awards are mailed.
Overall impression third year to run HC and it still is a great event. It will probably be on my race schedule every year.
Suggested improvements? Waive the expo parking fee but that won’t happen as the parking is run by the city. Add a 5k finisher medal. Doubt that will happen either.
Nike screenshot from my run showing the course and elevation attached.

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SCENERY
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SWAG
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Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Heard about this event via an email and wanted to see if the hype was true. I registered for the Double Down challenge where you run the 5k then the … MORE

Heard about this event via an email and wanted to see if the hype was true. I registered for the Double Down challenge where you run the 5k then the half marathon. This was a long weekend trip for me as I live in Texas and saw this as an opportunity to mark off California on my run states.
So this was the half marathon portion of my Double Down Challenge. The 5k was held prior to the half. There is about an hour between the starts so I had about 35 or so minutes to recover before the half. Registration – online. Easy. No issues. Great email communication with multiple emails as well as Facebook updates.
Packet pickup was at an expo. Parking was free as it was held at a tent they put up in the mall parking lot where the event was to take place. Packet consisted of a long sleeve tech shirt that I will actually wear and your bib. If you registered for the challenge you got two shirts There were multiple vendors at the expo, most of the running community types.
Race day. Parking once again super easy and free in the same mall parking lot where the expo was held. No traffic issues. I was parked about 45 minutes prior to the 5k start. There was also a full marathon that started about 30 minutes prior to the 5k but still no parking issues.
Pre race. There were some vendors set up but for me just completing the 5k I just wanted to rest, eat something, hydrate, and put on some dry clothes and get ready for the half, so I didn’t explore prior to the run.
The expo tent was open for bag check and just to hang out if desired. Plenty of portojohns were available.
Starting line- they had an honor system wave start. I think there were seven waves. A few minutes between each wave start. Pretty orderly. Signs were posted with predicted finish times so one could line up in the correct pace wave in a perfect world. But it was a good system for the first two waves. I wasn’t around for the others but have to think they were also smooth. They did have pace groups which is always a nice bonus.
Course- this was an out and back on city streets. Both sides of the road were blocked so lots of room to run Elevation – this was a hilly course or more hilly than I expected. I also know everyones definition of a hill is different. I will attach my Nike Run map from my race for whatever that is worth. But it could be just me as there were some fast times turned in race day. No real serious hill but several of them and of course you get to go down them.
Scenery- it was great for us land locked Texans. running beside a park most of the first mile and last mile, past some stores and some homes, down what seemed to be the Main Street in Carlsbad with shops and dining establishments, then along the coastline where you viewed the waves crashing, surfers surfin, birds flying, and all the sounds that go with it.
Course support- plenty of water stations with Enthusiastic volunteers and spectators along most of the course. Most stations if not all had both water and sports drink. There were also a few stations with energy gels available. Medical staff were also present along the route.
Finish Line- finisher medal awarded, bottled water, Ice cold chocolate milk, and a snack bag is provided.
Post race- a few vendors are available providing freebies and a few selling food items as well as race event gear.
A results tent to look up your time was present.
Awards- three deep in 5 year age brackets. A ceramic tile was the award with the event info, bracket, and place printed on it. Also they gave you a stand to display the award, a nice touch.
A great well run event from start to finish. If you are in the area or are planning a trip to San Diego/Carlsbad, I would say you won’t be disappointed

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SWAG
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Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Heard about this event via an email and wanted to see if the hype was true. I registered for the Double Down challenge where you run the 5k then the … MORE

Heard about this event via an email and wanted to see if the hype was true. I registered for the Double Down challenge where you run the 5k then the half marathon. This was a long weekend trip for me as I live in Texas and saw this as an opportunity to mark off California on my run states.
So 5K. Registration – online. Easy. No issues. Great email communication with multiple emails as well as Facebook updates.
Packet pickup was at an expo. Parking was free as it was held at a tent they put up in the mall parking lot where the event was to take place. Packet consisted of a long sleeve tech shirt that I will actually wear and your bib. There were multiple vendors at the expo, most of the running community types.
Race day. Parking once again super easy and free in the same mall parking lot where the expo was held. No traffic issues. I was parked about 45 minutes prior to the 5k start.
Pre race. There were some vendors set up but I didn’t go in that area. The expo tent was open for bag check and just to hang out if desired. Plenty of portojohns were available.
Starting line- mass start no corrals No issues.
Course- this was an out and back on city streets. Both sides of the road were blocked so lots of room to run Elevation seemed like the first mile was all up hill started as a gradual incline then as you came closer to the highway crossing it got steeper. The next mile seemed level and the final mile had a little climb back over the highway then mostly downhill to the finish. I will attach my Nike Run map from the race tha shows the elevation or at least what my watch and Nike thin about it.
Scenery- it was mostly good running beside a park most of the first mile and last mile, past some stores and some homes.
Course support- one water station that you pass twice. Enthusiastic volunteers and spectators.
Finish Line- finisher medal awarded, bottled water, Ice cold chocolate milk, and a snack bag is provided.
Post race- a few vendors are available providing freebies and a few selling food items as well as race event gear.
Awards- three deep in 5 year age brackets. A ceramic tile was the award with the event info, bracket, and place printed on it. Also they gave you a stand to display the award, a nice touch.
A great well run event from start to finish. If you are in the area or are planning a trip to San Diego/Carlsbad, I would say you won’t be disappointed

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5
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Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

I have run this event multiple times and if I am in town will continue to run it. Low entry fees. Family Friendly event. Course starts and ends in downtown … MORE

I have run this event multiple times and if I am in town will continue to run it.
Low entry fees. Family Friendly event.
Course starts and ends in downtown Dallas.
In the past I drove in for the day and found a parking spot. Lots of parking available in pay lots. This year I stayed at the Omni downtown. Good event rate was provided. The Omni is a short quarterish mile walk to start and back from the finish. Great hotel. It is also located with a view of the last part of both courses so I was able to watch runners from my room. There are several other hotels in the area.
Race tips as I have said before pay the extra for a timed bib as you get entry into the timed corral at the front. With about 25 or so thousand participants it is a small price to pay to get ahead of the masses. Plus you get your result online. You can pickup your bib and event shirt early but they also have race day pickup. They have three distances, a kids run, think one mile?, a 5k, and an 8 mile. The 5k and 8 mile start at the same time but have different finish lines. Tip. Get there early just because so many people and you can get closer to the front. Lots of people and if you start in the back of the non timed area you will be walking for most of the first mile. Once again paying for timed entry is worth it even if you are walking. The course, I run the 8 mile but the first 2.75 or so is on the 5k course. The 5k is run all in downtown Dallas. So you get to see the buildings of Dallas And some festive decorations. After the 5K splits off the 8 mile course heads south of Dallas for a couple miles then heads back to the finish. There are a few small inclines, nothing serious but this isn’t a totally flat course. Or bad as I ran a marathon the pressure day and I ran better than projected today. Can be a fast course if you attack the small hills. It a whole lot of spectators but a few spots had some cheering. Plenty of water stations offering only water. Lots of volunteers. Great traffic control by the Dallas PD. Miles are marked with signs but no timers. Finish line (8mile). Finish right in front of City Hall. Get your finisher medal, a water, chocolate milk, apple, banana, and or an orange.
There were some vendors handing out items but I didn’t venture to that area.
So to recap, Pros: low entry fee, long sleeved shirt (cotton), finisher medal, family friendly, burn off calories before eating turkey. Cons: only one they only had a set number of finisher medals and of those only a set number were of a metal type. After those are gone they were rubber. Also I heard at the 5k that runners were just grabbing handfuls of medals out of the boxes.
Great family friendly tradition.

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3
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3

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Williams Route 66 Marathon & Half Marathon

Williams Route 66 Marathon & Half Marathon

I have thought about doing this event fo a few years due to being Route 66 and the other reviews about how it is an awesome event. Well this year … MORE

I have thought about doing this event fo a few years due to being Route 66 and the other reviews about how it is an awesome event. Well this year it fit my schedule
Tulsa is about six hours from home so we made this a racecation of sorts.
Registered early and reserved a room at the Holiday Inn (an official race hotel).
I registered for the full marathon with the center of the universe detour.
I wanted to do the 5k on Saturday but since they require you to go to the expo to pickup packets I couldn’t make it to Tulsa prior to the expo closing Friday.
I know this is the race review but a word on my hotel. It was right by the starting line which is why I chose it. But I wouldn’t go back to it. Room was dirty. Elevators are a mess. You have to put your room key in the elevator to get to the room floors. This malfunctioned constantly and on race morning and post race it was worse. I would suggest trying any other hotel. Most Cowtown are witchin walking distance of start/finish/ and expo. Those that aren’t offer shuttles to those sites.
Back to the run
The expo, pretty much a standard on any big event. Everyone must visit to pickup race packets. It was. Small expo but most are these days. I think the days of the large expos are over packet pickup was easy. Your entry fee gets you a bib and a jacket (Marathon). Other distances get a shirt or a vest. The jacket was okay but not sure it is something I will wear. It is a thin lightweight jacket but not a performance fabric.
As with all expos various vendors for running, fitness, and a few non-fitness vendors were present. They also had various speakers, panels, and classes happening during the expo.
Race Day. As stated my hotel was at the start line which was awesome. There was. Corral system and I believe four or five corrals. Each was to start five minutes apart. This was an honor system corral assignment in that when you register you tell them your estimated finish time and they put you in that corral. The corrals didn’t seem crowded, at least A wasn’t so there was room to run. Confetti cannons went off for each start to get the party going.
So the actual run. The course was hilly, no serious hills just lots of smaller hills. The course seemed to flatten out after five or so miles but the hills kicked back in after a few flat miles. Lots of police where there blocking traffic. There were some areas where the roads were uneven in the later miles. Kind of chewed up and not good for tired legs trying yo get footing. This event has a detour of .3 miles called The. Center of the Universe that you sign up for when you registered. If you complete the detour you get a large coin. Santa was there and hands it to you so if you do t have any pockets you will have to carry it for the last half mile or so. Totally with it and I believe it was no extra cost. Course had lots of turns. Many nice neighborhoods, past several parks, some business areas to see. I expected more RT66 type stuff. I did see one sign on a bridge that said Route 66.
Course support. Plenty of aid stations. All had water and Gatorade and the Gatorade was full strength and not watered down like most events. There were also a couple of places in the later miles to get a sports gel and one station had bananas and oranges. Many had medical tents as well as port-o-johns.
Crowd support. I have read how this was a giant party so I was expecting more. It could of been the weather (33 degrees, misty, and windy so it was wet and cold). The aid stations had lots of support. But the block parties I had heard so much about well to me they were underwhelming. But having said that if you partake in adult beverages then there was no shortage of spectator supplied Jell-O shots, rum shots, beer, and whiskey available on most of the course. Some even had snacks set out.
Finish line. Well laid out and good flow to get the runners medals and post race refreshments. After the finish line you get your medal. It is one of the nicer medals. They also had differ t. Deals if you were running your first marathon, part of Marathon maniacs, Black Girls Run, and others I think. After the medal you get a solar blanket, drinks, and pizza. Always a touchy subject. I finished in 4:20 and the drink bins were almost empty as was the pizza. Maybe they hadn’t restocked but there were at least 600 runners behind me.
There were a few vendors at the finish line area but I didn’t visit any.
Pictures. I got my picture email today. They were disappointing only a few pictures from two areas on the course. No finish line photos at all. Two thirds of the photos they said were me are not.
My performance while being right where I normally finish wasn’t good. I expected a better finish. First half was good. Last 6 to 8 miles I fell apart. Possible fueling issues. I was frozen and I wore two leg layers, three upper body layers, gloves, and a hat.
( love my Nike hyper warm base layers) May have had something to do with my results.
Overall impression, semi challenging course, okay expo, decent location, underwhelmed by crowd support (possible weather related), okay jacket, awesome finisher medal and detour coin. I would say give it a run if it fits your schedule. I have run many events and I know over the last few years attendance of runners, vendors, and spectators are down and this event is no exception. Probably won’t be a repeat event for me

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Beach to Bay Relay Marathon

Beach to Bay Relay Marathon

This is my fourth B2B event but this was the first time I have run it as a two runner relay (the three previous I ran as a 6 runner … MORE

This is my fourth B2B event but this was the first time I have run it as a two runner relay (the three previous I ran as a 6 runner relay). This was the first year for the two runner entry. They also have a solo option as well as the traditional six runner team.
I love this event. It is billed as the largest marathon relay. This year I think there were about 1450 teams that showed up on race day (counting all variations of teams).
Packet pickup is always at an expo (no race day pickup). The expo is small but you have to visit to pickup your bibs, shirts, baton, and this year a timing chip (to be worn by the last leg runner). Free parking so that is a plus.
As stated this year I ran as a two person team. The first half consisted of legs 1,2,&3 and the second is 4,5,&6. The first half is a tad shorter at 12. something miles and the second half is 13. something but both equal to the 26.2 miles.
This event starts on the beach on Padre Island then runs to downtown Corpus Christi and finishes in the bay area. All runners get the same start time no matter when you cross the start line (7:00 AM). The only timing chip is worn by the last leg runner to stop the clock. So if you are fast you best get a spot upfront to save time. Other than about a mile or so run on the beach at the start, the rest of the race is on paved roads. The route is almost all flat other than the JFK Causeway bridge on leg 3 or at about mile 8 if you are running solo or as the two runner team. It is a nice hill but short. The rest of the time it is pretty flat or such a gradual incline towards downtown that it is not noticeable. It is also mostly free of turns other than the start and leg 4 (miles 13 through 17 or so). Scenery – The start is on the beach so you get to view the beach, after that you are running on roads where you will get views of the various bays along the way. Leg 4 or at about mile 13 something you run through the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. Not much to see there as you wind your way through the base. After you exit the base you head down Shoreline Drive and you will see some nice houses and occasional bay views. Sometimes you will get a wonderful odor from the bay (not really wonderful) but it is short lived. Coming into downtown you finish on the seawall area so it is a pretty finish line. You do have to carry a baton that you pass off to the next runner unless you are running the solo marathon. On course support – lots of water stops but water is all that is offered. If you want sports drink or any kind of gels you will need to bring your own. I ran the second half and there were a couple of local families handing out gatorade and cold water, very nice of them. There are also medical staff at each hand off point, which is needed as it is almost always very hot and humid so lots of hydration issues every year. This year the heat index was 95 degrees when i started my run. There are no mile markers on the course. This is not a big issue to me if you are running the six runner relay but if you are running solo or a two runner relay, mile markers would be very helpful as we all know our GPS is not always accurate and if you are running the second half as I did, your GPS will say mile 1 when you are really at mile 13, not real confusing but it would be nice to have mile markers.
Not many spectators on the course outside the hand off points.
The finish line has large party area where they have a band playing, some free food items, fruit, beer, soft drinks, water, and pizza. There were also several food vendors selling items. You finish on the bay so there is also a beach if you wish to go cool off in the water.
When you finish you are handed your medal/medals to hand out to your team mates. They also have tents that you can rent (must be arranged prior to run) so your team can have some shade at the finish.
Awards – They go three deep in various categories from Elementary School teams up to “ultra” (age 60 and above). The award is a tile (see photo as we were fortunate that no fast two person senior master teams showed).
I have done this event four times. It is a nice weekend trip for me. I take an extra day off and make it a three day weekend just to get away. I will continue to run this event but will probably will go back to the traditional six runner team. The heat and humidity was a killer and really zapped me and my performance was horrible, way off my pace. So next time I will run the 4. something leg and not the 13. something leg. I enjoyed the challenge of the 13. something and happy I ran it. I do know that I had considered running the full 26.2 solo but after this weekend, I am not wanting to battle the 95 degrees running that far.

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Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

This was my second Disney Run Weekend and they are well worth the trip. As obvious by the event name, this weekend was Star Wars themed. Four events, Half Marathon, … MORE

This was my second Disney Run Weekend and they are well worth the trip.
As obvious by the event name, this weekend was Star Wars themed. Four events, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and kids races. There was also a challenge to run the 10K on Saturday and the Half on Sunday. If they tell me “challenge” I am all in!
All Disney events start with an expo which is pretty good. You have to visit to pickup your bibs and race shirts. You get a race shirt for each event you ran.The 5K was a cotton shirt. The 10K, Half, and challenge shirt was a tech shirt.
This year Disney also offered a virtual Half Marathon that you would complete prior to the weekend to qualify for an additional challenge medal. So if you completed the virtual run and are running the half on Sunday, you pickup your virtual run medal at the expo.
The expo has the standard running vendors on site that are at most events but also has Run Disney where you can purchase event shirts as well as other Run Disney merchandise.
With all Disney runs they start at 5:30 in the morning. If you stay on Disney property they provide a shuttle bus to the start and from the finish as well as to and from the Expo. The bus to the starting line has an early show time. For the half you had to be on the bus by 3:30 AM, the other two runs were 4:00 AM. So sleep may elude you at a Disney event. I ran all three events so that was three days of getting up at 3:00 AM to run then spending the day at parks. I ran the Dopey two years ago, so I knew what I was getting myself into this time.
The starting area is well organized with a DJ playing music and and also at times there are hosts making announcements, trivia questions, “jokes”, interviewing runners, and just keeping the crowed entertained for the one to two hours you are waiting for the start. There were also several Star Wars characters available for photos. Everyone has to pass through security. If you have a bag or anything that appears to be a bag no matter the size you have to go through bag check to have it inspected. There is a gear check station to leave your stuff. There was also a food truck and a place where you could purchase some food/drinks (didnt visit so I dont know what was offered). There are lots of port-o-johns and some water available. I noticed someone filling there camel back from the water at the site, that was smart. the water out of the faucets has a funny taste or at least I thought it did. Teh water they handed out was bottled. They do use the corral start system and they also split the corrals into mini corrals so for the half there were 8 corrals but they had 20 starts. Each start began with fireworks.
The course is a combination of the roads outside the parks and also one or more of the parks. The 5K started in the Epcot parking lot then ran thru part of Epcot to then finish in the parking lot. The 10K started in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, run up the road to Hollywood Studios, ran thru part of the park, then to Disney Boardwalk, into Epcot and then finish in the parking lot of Epcot.
The Half started in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, ran to Animal Kingdom, thru that par, then to Hollywood Studios, thru the Boardwalk, thru Epcot and finish in the parking lot.
All courses are FLAT. The only thing that might qualify as an incline is when you have to circle around to go on the overpass over the highway. Lots of turns in the half course but it is an easy course and i am sure if you didnt stop for photos you would have a good result. I stopped about 20 times for photos and only added about 8 minutes above my PR. But I was in corral A so the lines for photos were only no to five runners deep so I never had to wait long. I did the 5K with my wife (started in corral D) and we walked most of it. We stopped for a picture with Chewbacca and it took about ten minutes to wait in line. On Half day, there was no one in line when i passed the same photo stop, but i started in Corral A that day. So the later corrals the lines for photos are longer. If you are running multiple events you can probably be choosy the first day and if the lines are long, catch them on the next day or Sunday since many were like me and if i passed one were i had already had a photo, i just kept running.
They also had star wars characters at various places on the course, large monitors showing star wars movies, speakers all over the course playing star wars music, and some props to stop for photos. The half also had about a quarter mile stretch where they had battle sounds playing, laser lights and strobes flashing, and flames making feel like a battle in Star Wars. At most character stops, Disney had photographers stationed to take pictures. They are also very willing to take them on your cell phone. I had purchased the photo pass prior to my visit ($30 savings) . You just link your bib to your photo pass and they photos will be available for you to download. Most of them were available that day but even today (2 days after) new photos are showing up. The photo pass will also give you photos in the park.
The finish line area, you finish, get your medal, cool towel, they have an aid station, pick up a snack box, banana, and then stop for a finisher photo. They also have characters available to take additional photos.
Disney runs are great fun events. Most don’t run them for a PR. I stopped for most every photo stop. The miles fly by even if you run at a casual pace due to to all of the photo stops and on course entertainment. Awesome volunteers, lots of water on all courses and powerade was on the half as were sport beans.
Swag – Great shirts, high quality themed medals, snack box, powerade, and a banana.
This was my second Run Disney event and I am already planning my next.
Highly recommended events. I am sure I forgot something but the if you are going and dont live locally, I recommend staying on Disney property so you can use the bus transportation to the races, expo, and parks. We flew in and used lyft and it was only $30 each way, big savings over renting a car.

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Statesman Cap10K

Statesman Cap10K

I have know about this event for many years and it has been on my list. Researched it a little after I registered. The largest 10K event in Texas. They … MORE

I have know about this event for many years and it has been on my list.
Researched it a little after I registered. The largest 10K event in Texas. They announced “23,000” before the start but on the results page it shows 18,751 finishers so it is a large event.
Packet Pickup: as for most large runs there is an Expo that you must attend to pickup your packet. It is held on Friday and Saturday. I went on Saturday around 2:00 PM. Smaller expo with a few gear vendors, running event booths, nutrition vendors, and some odds and ends vendors. Your packet consists of a short sleeved shirt and your bib. Parking at the expo is $5.
Race Day: Parking – There are lots of parking options, some paid and some free. I parked at the Texas Department of Transportation building (free). It was not too far from the start and finish. I arrived semi early (as i do for most events) around 6:30 (race started at 8:00), so there were lots of parking spots. There were still spots available when I left the car at 7:20 to make my way to the corrals.
This event had a corral start. There were 6 or 7 corrals. They said there would be a ten minute wait between corral starts. I started at 8:00 so I am not sure if they did wait the 10 minutes between starts.
Pre-race they had music playing and announcers talking, pretty standard. The start is on the Congress St Bridge over the Colorado River and in front of you is the State Capitol building.
The course – it was a nice course. It wasnt flat but it wasnt overly hilly. There was one nice hill that was about half to three quarters mile long but it wasnt anything horrible. As with uphills there were several nice fast downthills. They had a small hill that they use for a King/Queen of the hill contest. They have timing mats at the start and finish of the hill and the fastest male/female are given a shirt and are the King/Queen of the hill.
The course winds through Austin you run past the state capitol building, then through part of the University of Texas Campus, after that it didnt know much about the area and if there were any highlights to see. You finish back near the start in a park. If you are looking for a good course with a little of everything, flat and hills, this one has it.
The finish area – after crossing the line they hand you a bottle of water and for the first time in their history, a finisher medal. There is a finish line festival. There you can get some snacks, bananas, apples, chips, water, a few vendors from the Expo are there handing out some samples, a band was playing, several food trucks were there selling their products, and there were lots of team tents. When i finished it was easy to move around in the festival area but when i was leaving it was really starting to get crowded.
This was a well run event and I would run it again.

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The Cowtown

The Cowtown

This is a two day running event (Sat - 5/10K runs, Sun - Half, Full, & Ultra events). Travel - they have hotel deals with various hotels as well as … MORE

This is a two day running event (Sat – 5/10K runs, Sun – Half, Full, & Ultra events).
Travel – they have hotel deals with various hotels as well as bus service to get you to and from the hotel and the race.
This event has a two day expo attached to it. You must visit the expo to pickup your running packet or have someone pick it up for you (they still allow this).
The expo is Friday and Saturday. They have several parking options for the expo. One lot is free for the first 45 minutes, after that you have to pay to park. Other lots are pay no matter the time.
The expo – pick up your bib and shirt (s). And as with most all expos, you can visit various vendors selling running items, runs, and some freebies.
Race day – Once again various parking options. This event is held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, so there are several parking lots, some are free and some are paid, so get there early to get a free spot. This year paid parking was $10. The expo is only open on Friday and Saturday

Race Day:
Plenty of restrooms/portojohns available. Bag check is also available.
This event uses the corral start system with about four or so minutes between wave starts. They also police the corrals and will not let you in the corral you are not assigned unless you are going down a corral.
The course was great. Mostly flat with a few small inclines and one larger almost a real hill at mile 9 going into downtown Fort Worth. This course hits several of the Fort Worth highlights starting with the Will Rogers Complex, then onto the roads, then thru Trinity Park, onto and thru the Stock Yards area, and into downtown Fort Worth then back to Will Rogers for the finish. There was great on course support with water and sports drink every 1.5 or so miles. Lots of volunteers and all seemed happy to be there supporting the event. There was also lots of on course entertainment in the form of bands, singers, and DJ’s. There were also spectators at most places on the course, not a lot but enough that it it never felt quiet.
Finish line was great. After crossing the line you are offered a bottle of water, further down the chute you get your finisher medal, a finisher jacket (the thin warm up jacket in lieu of the warming blanket) and then you are routed thru a building were various post race snacks are offered (bananas, fruit cup, yogurt, snack bars, and pretzels, soup, were on the menu this year). Next you pick up your finisher shirt then are released into the family reunion area. If you completed the Cowtown Challenge (two events in two days) you pick up your challenge medal and a “challenge brag rag” . There are also various vendors handing out samples of beverages and snacks.
There are computers where you can check your results.
Great event from start to finish. First class event, not sure what i could recommend to change or improve.

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The Cowtown

The Cowtown

The Cowtown is a well know event. I registered early and online. This event has a two day expo attached to it. You must visit the expo to pickup your … MORE

The Cowtown is a well know event.
I registered early and online.
This event has a two day expo attached to it. You must visit the expo to pickup your running packet or have someone pick it up for you (they still allow this).
The expo is Friday and Saturday. They have several parking options for the expo. One lot is free for the first 45 minutes, after that you have to pay to park. Other lots are pay no matter the time.
The expo – pick up your bib and shirt (s). And as with most all expos, you can visit various vendors selling running items, runs, and some freebies.
Race day – Once again various parking options. This event is held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, so there are several parking lots, some are free and some are paid, so get there early to get a free spot. This year paid parking was $10.
The expo opens at 6:00 AM on staturday so you can go inside to get out of the weather. Plenty of restrooms/portojohns available. Bag check is also available.
Saturday there was three events scheduled (10K, 5K, and kids 5K) in that order. This year we had thunder storms and as such the 10K and 5K started at the same time (kind of a bummer as i had registered for both the 5 &10 since there is an hour and half between starts). This event uses the corral start system with about four or so minutes between wave starts. They also police the corrals and will not let you in the corral you are not assigned unless you are going down a corral.
The course was fast with a few small inclines that went thru some nice older neighborhoods and some industrial/business areas. Start and finish in the Will Rogers complex.
Finish line was great. After crossing the line you are offered a bottle of water, further down the chute you get your finisher medal and then you are routed thru a building were various post race snacks are offered (bananas, fruit cup, yogurt, snack bars, and pretzels were on the menu this year). You then proceed to the family reunion area.
There are computers where you can check your results inside the expo.
Great event from start to finish.

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Hot Chocolate 15/5k Dallas

Hot Chocolate 15/5k Dallas

If you like chocolate and running, this is your event. Register early as with most events it is lower cost. They offer to mail your packet, but to me the … MORE

If you like chocolate and running, this is your event.
Register early as with most events it is lower cost.
They offer to mail your packet, but to me the price was too high.
Packet pickup – they have an expo, You have to pay $5 to park. Someone picked up my packet for me. You can pick up five packets. I was told there were several vendors selling running items as well as chocolate to be sampled. Your packet is your number and whatever the year’s swag – this year was a 1/4 zip jacket, It looked better in person than online, I was surprised
Race Day. This event is held in Fair Park Dallas – site of the State Fair.
Lots of parking but get there early for the shortest walk to the start/finish line, but it will still be a walk. Also get there before 8:00 AM or you will have to pay to park.
Pre-race – lots of port-o-johns and some in door facilities. They also had a large building open so you could be inside (warmer) pre-race. This was also were bag check was located.
Starting corrals – they use a corral system and for the most part it is good. No one checks to ensure you don’t get in the wrong corral but most people are honest and stage properly. There was a three or so minute pause between wave starts. There is a 5K and 15K event. The 5K runs first. Between the two events there was about a 20 minute wait for the 15K start.
I ran the 15K. The course was a good one, mostly flat with a few rolling small inclines and one larger incline over a bridge, I say inclines as they are really not hills. Some might think they are hills.
Water stops were great, lots of water and sports drink and lots of volunteers that were happy to be there helping. They also had chocolate at each stop for that little bit of energy.
The course scenery was mostly nice older homes or nice business areas. A few not so nice areas but overall it was as stated a good course. You start and finish at Fair Park. The finish area was good. Get your finisher medal (15K only), water and or sports drink.
After the race you get post race chocolate in the form of Hot Chocolate, yes I know not after a run, but I sat around waiting for others to finish so by the time I got my chocolate I was ready to be warmed up. You also get pretzels, cookies, banana, and rice crispy treats to dip in chocolate. This and the big medal are the reason people attend this event. I thought this would be a one and done, been there done that event, but I may do it again next year, but probably just the 5K as I have my chocolate medal already. You also get free photo downloads. So I rate this event as a best buy if you register early.

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Viking Dash Trail Run: Dallas

Viking Dash Trail Run: Dallas

This was my first trail run o have run trails on my own before so I was looking forward to this event but also not expecting a lot out of … MORE

This was my first trail run o have run trails on my own before so I was looking forward to this event but also not expecting a lot out of my performance.
So kept getting emails about this event. Decided to give it a run. They had three distances 5K, 15K, and half marathon. I am an over achiever so I opted for 13.1 miles.
Online registration was simple. They had early packet pickup but I just got my stuff Race morning as the run didn’t start till 11:30
So race day, this is a Viking themed event but other than the medals and a costume contest it seemed like most any other generic run. Parking was about half a mile away from the start/finish no big deal to me. Pickup of bib was easy. Just bib and a short sleeved tech shirt was your packet. Three distances, the 5k started first and 30 minutes later the 15k and half started. This was good and kept the trail from being too crowded.
So the course itself, most was on the nature trails other than about a mile on a concrete path. The course had to be modified due to recent rains. The course was muddy but manageable. Being new to trail running this trail seemed pretty flat with just a few very small inclines and one other that was a little longer but still small. Lots of twisty winding curves and mostly single track. Lots of tree roots to navigate. The half marathon was three laps so once you got past about three miles the runners were spread out so no real traffic issues. This was a small event, think only 67 ran the 13.1 distance. There were two water stops but you them about every two miles. One was just water and the other had sports drink and water. Post race activities pretty much none. You finish and go to a table to pick up your finisher medal. I looked around for post race snacks and water. There were bbq sandwiches but I couldn’t find the standard fruit, sports drink, or water. Later I found the water beside the bbq table and awards table but you had to ask for it. The finisher medals are cool and Viking themed, either a sword, battle axe, or Thor’s hammer. And If you were the top male or female you were awarded a full size sword or battle axe. Age group winners get a coffee cup. This was an okay event and I would probably look for something different for my next trail run. I enjoyed the challenge even though it kicked my booty. It is unfortunate that the only things that stick out to me were the lack of any real athmosphere that I was looking g for, not so great post race and one of the water stops, the volunteers pretty much stood there and you the runner had to grab the sports drink/water from the table (of which I missed and kept running). The other water stop volunteers were awesome. Holding up the cups and dancing around I love the volunteers and have myself volunteered for several events. I did think there were some of the friendliest runners at this event. Several high giving you as you passed going the other way and many telling you “good job” as you passed. The owner of the series was onsite and seemed to be a very friendly person.

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Waxahachie YMCA Santa Run

Waxahachie YMCA Santa Run

Who dosent like to wear a Santa suit and run a 5K? This was a fun run. Great for families Fees were very affordable For your fee you get to … MORE

Who dosent like to wear a Santa suit and run a 5K?
This was a fun run. Great for families
Fees were very affordable
For your fee you get to run/walk of course but you also got a 5 piece Santa suit (pants, shirt, belt, hat, & beard) that you are supposed to wear during the run. There was a timed and a non timed option. They had t-shirts available for an extra fee.
Early packet pickup was offered as was race day pickup.
The event. In downtown Waxahachie. Pretty old town square. Before the run there were other activities available, some vendors, and other pre race activities to occupy your time prior to the start. Lots of free parking.
The run had a 9:00 start which is nice for a change, don’t have to get up too early. So the run, I think everyone but about 5 wore their Santa suits (party poopers, don’t be so serious). The course was mostly flat no real hills. A little less than half of the course was through a park on a concrete trail and the rest was on the local streets. At two points you will cross train tracks and this day the train did detain about 30 runners. All part of the small town charm? Once again don’t take it so serious. Most they were caught seemed to take it in stride (pun intended). I was fortunate to beat the train. Post race threcovery meal y had water, fruit, doughnuts, milk, and cookies. Awards only for the top finisher in each age group. They also had awards for best dressed Santa and stroller or something. This was a fun event. Great family run and I could see that it might be an annual run for families. Low budget but okay. Only complaint, no mile markers but that may just be me. I couldn’t get my gps started so I was lost on time and distance. Which was good and bad. Nice to not rely on electronics but I also like the feedback. Overall fun small event. I will run again.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon

Great event. I ran the 10K the previous day so this is my second day of running. We stayed downtown so we were five minutes from the expo, five minutes … MORE

Great event. I ran the 10K the previous day so this is my second day of running. We stayed downtown so we were five minutes from the expo, five minutes from the start line, and five minutes from the finish line (walking time). Great location. The expo was your standard expo to pickup bib, tshirt, and various vendors onsite.
This was a multi distance event both a fill and half marathon this morning. I ran the half. They had a corral start and held each corral about one minute apart from the other. I thought it was a good course, mostly flat through the first 9 to 10 miles then the last few miles had some hills that you had to navigate. Of course it being a RNR there were lots of bands and music along the course and lots of things to see, buildings, parks, blue mile, good crowd support, and great volunteers. This was one of the better events i have run.
The finish line area was good. pIck up your medal, pose for a photo or two, get some drinks, snacks, cool down and pickup your challenge medal if you ran two races that weekend, then hang out if you wish. Awesome event, great location, i would run this one again if I am looking for one to run next year around this time.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon

This is my third Rock N Roll weekend event. I kind of knew what to expect. I had previously run two events in Dallas and this one in San Antonio … MORE

This is my third Rock N Roll weekend event. I kind of knew what to expect. I had previously run two events in Dallas and this one in San Antonio is my favorite.
I registered a year ago when the price is the lowest.
This was a destination run so i stayed at one of the hotels listed on the RNR website. I am happy that I did in that everything was within a short walk from the room.
Packet pickup was at the convention center – just a short five minute walk from the hotel. The typical expo, pickup your bib, shirts, and bag. Various vendors are there selling their running goods of course. As far as expos, it wasnt too large, but i think expos have been shrinking over the last few years. They did have lots packed into the space so it felt really crowded.
I registered for the 10K on Saturday and the half on Sunday (another post).
10K race day – once again the start line was about a ten minute walk from the hotel. We arrived about twenty minutes before start time. Of course music was playing, the crowd was there waiting. They had a corral start and held each corral for about a minute between starts. But the corral system is pretty much the honor system. You do have a corral assignment on your bib but that was set by you when you put in your predicted finish time and even then there is no one there to make sure you get into the correct corral nor anything to keep you from moving to another corral. No real big deal other than when others with lower corral assignments push past you to get in front. I am not a running snob, it just makes things easier if everyone would run in their pace group. Never fun having to dodge people walking in the first half mile knowing they started in front of you.
Both the 5K and 10K started at the same time with the same start line and same finish line.
So the start area was nice, pretty buildings and area, once you start and then after a turn or two you end up running down an access road by the highway and around a few other not so pretty areas and then finish down by the Alamo area. So at times the course is scenic. The course (10K) was flat, good course if you are looking to fly. There were several bands at various locations along the route as well as speakers playing music s there are at all RNR events. The volunteer support was awesome. The crowd support for most of the run did not exist. At the finish there were more crowds. The finish area was just past the Alamo. When you finish you get your medal, water, sports drinks, and some snacks. There were also a few vendors onsite handing out stuff.
I really liked this event. If i were to find any negatives, i had two issues.
At one point we were stopped by a local peace officer so he could let four cars cross the road? I did not understand this at all. That was about 30 seconds. This was in the final half mile. I was surrounded by walkers but i was running at about a 7:30 pace at the time. But whatever, never have been stopped on course before but no biggie, I was not fighting for a podium finish but if i was, i might of been upset. The other issue is the 10K joins back with the 5K with about a mile to go and this is a mess. I turned the corner to see a street full of walkers and i had to spend most of the last mile weaving in and out of others. I am not sure what can be done, maybe put cones in the street and keep 5K on one side and 10K on the other? They did do this for the last quarter mile or so because of the split finish line but earlier would of been nice. I really am not complaining but just letting you know that if you do the 10K you will meet backup with the 5K towards the end and have to navigate through them.
Overally, great event. Great location.

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Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

I am a repeat runner of this event. If I am home for the holiday, I run this event. registration fees are affordable. packet pickup - multiple sites for early … MORE

I am a repeat runner of this event. If I am home for the holiday, I run this event.
registration fees are affordable.
packet pickup – multiple sites for early pickup and they offer race day pickup.
Race Day – The race starts and finishes in Downtown Dallas by City Hall. There is lots of parking around the area but be prepared to pay. Also get there early to avoid traffic as they have over 20,000 runners every year. I always use online parking apps and reserve a spot early for the best price. I paid $3 on line for my parking spot but reserved it a month early. A family member reserved a spot in the same lot a few days prior and paid $10 and I noticed signs race morning that it was $20.
Pre race – you can pick up your packet race morning and also register. Lots of facilities for that last minute relief prior to the run, but with 20,000 plus (they said we had over 25,000 this year), you want to get in line early. They have music playing and an announcer sending out messages prior to the run. A tip – if you register, pay for the timed bib, the extra $5 is worth it as you get to start in the front corral. I paid this year but didn’t get to the corral in time and started further back, it took me 7 minutes to cross the starting line, if you are further back you could be starting as the 5K leaders finish. Plus this event, there are lots of bandits that stand in front of the starting line and once they start, they all jump in on the road, most of them just walk so if you are back in the pack, you are going to be weaving in and out for at least a mile or two until it clears up (if you are running). The 5K and 8 mile start at the same time, at mile 2 they split off. The course itself goes through downtown (the 5K is all downtown), then you go south of downtown. Not real scenic but always cool to run downtown among the buildings. There were a few live bands in the first two miles but none after that point. Multiple water stops with lots of volunteers and water. They even had swimming pools full of water for your dog to drink. The course had a few small inclines, enough to say the course was not flat but nothing that is going to make you think it is hilly but this also may depend on your perspective. The finish line (8 mile) is right in front of City Hall. Finisher medals were provided for the first 4500 finishers in both the 8 mile and 5k (9000 total finisher medals). Water was provided at the finish line. They also had apples, bananas, oranges, and more water at another area. They had a children’s area with bounce houses, and a few vendors handing out information and samples (got a big bag of pasta from one). This is a tradition for lots of families so you will see lots of them out there running/walking, or just hanging out. I will always run this event if I am in town. Just a great way to start Thanksgiving.

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Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Great event - would consider running again if I was looking for a run. I registered for the Sky High Challenge. I am not fast but I do like anytime … MORE

Great event – would consider running again if I was looking for a run.
I registered for the Sky High Challenge. I am not fast but I do like anytime they add “challenge” to the name.
The Sky High Challenge was running the 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday.
So – registration – no issues and as with most events the earlier you register the lower the cost.
Communication – Great got lots of emails reminding me of the event and all the details you need to know.
Packet Pickup – No race day pickup which seems to be more common these days and is a bit of a pain when you dont live in the city or near the city for the event. You had to go prior to race day to pick up your packet which of course means an extra trip but hey, we runners are used to it.
Packet – for the half marathon you got a tank top tech shirt. It was pretty plan in design but I dont end up wearing most of my shirts so no biggie and i dont wear tanks. They gave you two tickets to the Balloon Festival. You as the runner do not need tickets as your bib is your entry. But if you bring any non-runners they will have to pay to get into the event. It is $5 per person. Your bib was the only other item in the packet.
Race Morning : Parking – lots of parking (free with your bib) or $10 with no bib. There were several lots available. I recommend parking at Collin County College, then you have to just walk down the grassy hill to the start line. Best to arrive early, parking lots open at 6:00 AM. Others are there for the festival so it can be busy. But at 6:00 AM no issues, drove right in and parked.
Port-o-johns – lots of them – no issues.
The course: it was a pretty flat other than one easy incline and maybe two smaller ones but nothing that is really going to slow you down.
Half of the course was on the roads through nice neighborhoods and the other half was on paved park trails. It was intermixed so you went back and forth from the road to trail. Most of the course was shaded due to the position of the sun and or the number of trees. Lots of water stops with both water and sports drink but the sports drink really seemed like tasteless colored water (seems to be the case for most events). They were well staffed with eager volunteers. They handed out squeezable apple sauce at one point in the run.
The balloons launched at about 7:30 or so and flew over the course. They were doing a competition to drop a marker on a target so they flew really low over the course.
Bling – all finishers get a medal. If you did the sky high challenge you received an additional medal. Not sure what you received if you placed as I knew my time would not get me on the podium so I didnt even check the results before i departed the event.
Post Race – They had a band playing both before, during , and after the run in the runners village.
There were also several vendors handing out samples.
The race also provided breakfast which I believe was eggs, sausage, and muffins as well as water and sports drink for all runners. You had to give them your food tag from your bib. I am sure a few non-runners slipped by but they had food for all the runners and never ran out.
After the run you could walk around the festival and visit other vendors. Your bib is also your admission to the festival . Once the balloons launch in the morning there pretty much isnt much to see other than the various vendors selling stuff until later in the evening when the balloons are scheduled to fly again. But that is all dependent on the weather. If it is too windy or raining the balloons will not fly. We got lucky this year and the weather cooperated.
So it is a good running event if the weather is nice.

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Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Great event - would consider running again if I was looking for a run. I registered for the Sky High Challenge. I am not fast but I do like anytime … MORE

Great event – would consider running again if I was looking for a run.
I registered for the Sky High Challenge. I am not fast but I do like anytime they add “challenge” to the name.
The Sky High Challenge was running the 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday.
So – registration – no issues and as with most events the earlier you register the lower the cost.
Communication – Great got lots of emails reminding me of the event and all the details you need to know.
Packet Pickup – No race day pickup which seems to be more common these days and is a bit of a pain when you dont live in the city or near the city for the event. You had to go prior to race day to pick up your packet which of course means an extra trip but hey, we runners are used to it.
Packet – for the 5K you got a short sleeved tech shirt. It was pretty plan in design but I dont end up wearing most of my shirts so no biggie. They gave you two tickets to the Balloon Festival. You as the runner do not need tickets as your bib is your entry. But if you bring any non-runners they will have to pay to get into the event. It is $5 per person. Your bib was the only other item in the packet.
Race Morning : Parking – lots of parking (free with your bib) or $10 with no bib. There were several lots available. I recommend parking at Collin County College, then you have to just walk down the grassy hill to the start line. Best to arrive early, parking lots open at 6:00 AM. Others are there for the festival so it can be busy. But at 6:00 AM no issues, drove right in and parked.
Port-o-johns – lots of them – no issues.
The course: it was a pretty flat out and back course with a small incline but nothing that is really going to slow you down. For the most part it is just your typical street running but what made this one cool is the Hot Air Balloons launched right after the start of the run and they were floating overhead.
Bling – all finishers get a medal. If you placed they gave out ceramic tiles and had printed on them the event name, place and division.
Post Race – They had a band playing both before, during , and after the run in the runners village.
There were also several vendors handing out samples.
The race also provided breakfast tacos and water for all runners. You had to give them your food tag from your bib. I am sure a few non-runners slipped by but they had food for all the runners and never ran out.
After the run you could walk around the festival and visit other vendors. Your bib is also your admission to the festival . Once the balloons launch in the morning there pretty much isnt much to see other than the various vendors selling stuff until later in the evening when the balloons are scheduled to fly again. But that is all dependent on the weather. If it is too windy or raining the balloons will not fly. We got lucky this year and the weather cooperated.
So it is a good running event if the weather is nice. We did not stay long since I would be returning in the morning for the half marathon.

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Hospital Hill Run

Hospital Hill Run

I have heard about this run for years. On my list of must runs Great pre race communication and updates I ran the re-run challenge, the 5k Friday night and … MORE

I have heard about this run for years.
On my list of must runs
Great pre race communication and updates
I ran the re-run challenge, the 5k Friday night and half Saturday morning
The expo was good, not large but seemed to have good vendor support
Expo swag was pj bottoms for all and a beach towel for half runners
No shirt which I would prefer over pj bottoms
Race day. We stayed at a hotel by the event so parking was not an issue for us
We walked to the start.
The course was challenging (at least to me) full of hills. See garmin screen shot
Great on course support with multiple water/Gatorade stations and one energy gel stop. Some spectator on course support
Finish line was great. Lots of post race snacks for runners o lay and also additional snacks outside the chute for anyone.
Finisher medals were large and nice.
Nice post race Festival
A great run, not easy but I like a challenge

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Hospital Hill Run

Hospital Hill Run

First time to run Hospital Hill. This was a destination run for me Drove about 10 hours and stayed for both runs. Stayed at the Sheraton which was connected to … MORE

First time to run Hospital Hill.
This was a destination run for me
Drove about 10 hours and stayed for both runs.
Stayed at the Sheraton which was connected to the hall for the expo and also connected via a walkway to the Halmark center where the start/finish/festival were located.
Great run communication. Lots of emails and updates on Facebook
The expo was decent
Packet pickup easy. They gave you pajama pants and no shirt. That is cool but I like the shirts.
Race evening (7:00 pm start) well organized
Start and finish in the same spot.
Course was a bit challenging for us flat landers but I enjoy a challenge not very scenic to me but a good course.
One water stop halfway. Not much local spectator crowd great police support
Post race finisher medals were given. Nice medal. Snacks provided ( ice cream sandwiches, chips, crackers, bananas, water, and magnets) as you left the chute. Beer was also available
Great run, great location, a bit challenging but fun

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Love Field 5K (5K on the Runway)

Love Field 5K (5K on the Runway)

This was an okay little race. The draw was that it was a flat course on a runway at Love Field Airport, Dallas. Entry fee was very reasonable Prerace pickup … MORE

This was an okay little race. The draw was that it was a flat course on a runway at Love Field Airport, Dallas.

Entry fee was very reasonable
Prerace pickup was available at a couple local running stores as well as at the race

You got a tech shirt and a bib

Race morning. Parking was about half a mile from the event but free.
The race was at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field Airport.
There were about 1400 runners.
A few vendors and food trucks were on site
The race was run on the ramps and a runway so it was very flat and fast.
You could see commercial aircraft on the other side of the airport at the gates and taking off but other than that and a few older display aircraft there really was not much scenery but the flat course made up for scenery
Finish line everyone got a finisher medal and a bottle of water. There were also bananas and granola bars handed out and as mentioned food truck items for purchase
The trophies were cool but I failed to place. They were airplanes
Your bib got you half price admission to the museum. I have been to that museum and it is worth your time if you are into aircraft
Overall a nice little no frills fast run
I would probably run again if they repeat next year

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JBSA Half Marathon

JBSA Half Marathon

First, this race is on a military installation and you must have a valid DOD ID card or have someone with a valid DOD ID card to sign you onto … MORE

First, this race is on a military installation and you must have a valid DOD ID card or have someone with a valid DOD ID card to sign you onto the base.
This race takes place on JBSA Randolph (formerly know as Randolph Air Force Base). I have seen this run advertised in previous years and as retired military, I like to run any military backed event.
Cost – this run was very budget friendly, it was only $30 plus a processing fee, very cheap for a half marathon.
Packet pickup was at the base gym or race morning at the event. Pretty Spartan as far as swag, reminds me of the old days when we ran for just a t-shirt, ah memories. You get a draw string backpack, a short sleeved shirt, and your bib.
Race morning – there were about 430 runners for this event. As previously stated it takes place on Randolph Air Force Base. The pre race was pretty low key, pretty much just a ready set go. The course itself was one of the flattest courses I have ever run and all on the base. As far as scenery, pretty much just buildings, a pond or two, runways, ramps, and base housing. The course was flat but we were treated to a pretty good wind so sometimes it was helping you and other times you were fighting it. The finish line was the same spot as the start. Pretty low key. They handed out finisher medals and a trophy if you were first in your division as you crossed. No trophy was provided for second or third place. On course support was great. I believe there was water and Gatorade every two miles. Not much on the way of spectator support as this was on a base so access is limited and it was also a smaller event. Finish line – they had brauts, beer, water, and Gatorade. It was a good little event for what you paid. If you are looking for a fast flat course, a budget friendly price, and a low frills event, this is a good one.

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Big D Texas Marathon & Half Marathon

Big D Texas Marathon & Half Marathon

I am a repeat runner of this event. I ran it a couple of years ago and have run several events with this organizer. I ran this one again because … MORE

I am a repeat runner of this event. I ran it a couple of years ago and have run several events with this organizer. I ran this one again because I was looking for a run and I have completed their Four Seasons Challenge and now only pay $50 for half marathons so it is kind of a deal.
So they offer early packet pickup at several of the Academy Sporting Good stores in the area as well as race day pickup. This year I opted for race day. Easy pickup that morning. You get a tech shirt and a bib, pretty basic.
The race is held at Fair Park, the site of the State Fair of Texas. lots of old historic buildings and museums. Lots of free parking as long as you are there before 8:00 AM. They also have use of a building so you can sit inside before and after the run in case of weather issues (which has been the case for both times I ran this event). Pre race, plenty of restroom facilities inside and outside. There are a couple vendors set up inside giving away stuff and soliciting. This year it seemed smaller than the previous year.
We had some weather issues this year. Thunderstorms were in the area. Most other events held the same day cancelled due to the storms (Irving Marathon & Disco 5/10/15K are the two that I know). We had a weather hold for forty-five minute then the Dallas Police gave us the okay to run the half marathon, the full marathon with this event was cancelled and the full runners were allowed to run the half. It was stressed by the organizer that we were going to run and it was at your own risk due to storms. We started with a light drizzle and for me it stayed that way till at about mile 9 when it started raining and a few cracks of thunder and lightning made an appearance. But the organizer cant do anything about the weather and I know the risks.
So the course, it was mostly flat with a few small inclines that were really nothing but big enough to wake up your legs and get your heart rate up. You started in Fair Park and ran thru the local neighborhood then to the White Rock Lake Trail where most of the race was run until we returned to Fair Park. On course support was great. A water stop was located about every 1.75 miles, several police blocking streets as well as EMT stationed along the route. Not much in the way of spectator support (but it was raining). The finish area was nice as the Texas Star Ferris Wheel was in the back ground of event photos (along with the rain). Once you finish you went back into the building where they had a few snacks, water, and sports drink. A finisher medal was given to all finishers.
So this is a decent run, have run it twice and if I don’t have another option that is calling my name, I will do it again. As far as the weather, well they cant do anything about it and I was happy to be able to run. I know a lot have complained on social media about the run proceeding in the rain but we all wanted to run and know the risks. I am happy that after getting up early, driving 45 minutes to the event and then having a window to be able to run.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 1/2 Marathon

I am a repeat runner of this event. I registered a year ago to get the lowest price. Received lots of emails about run details so i always knew what … MORE

I am a repeat runner of this event.
I registered a year ago to get the lowest price.
Received lots of emails about run details so i always knew what was up.
Packet pickup was at the Expo downtown Dallas. I went on Friday when it opened at noon. A lot of people complained about having to pay $10 for parking, I parked at a meter an put in $1 for an hour time which was more than enough time to get my packet and walk the expo.
So packet pickup was super easy and organized. The expo was kind of smaller than past years and other expos i have attended. I was only there about twenty minutes. In your packet is a shirt, your bib, and some flyers.
Raceday – lots of parking downtown but be ready to pay $10 to $20 to park depending on the location. I used parking panda and reserved a spot a block away from the start for $16. it was about half a mile from the finish.
Race morning – I got there early and sat in the car for almost an hour then walked over to the event. The time I got there the port o johns were not an issue, only about ten people deep in line but by the time i finished that function the lines had doubled if not tripled. So getting there early was a good thing. They have a corral start for this event and in previous years I thought they monitored the corrals but this year what was on your bib did not really matter. I was in corrall 1 but saw all kinds of corral numbers on bibs there with me even 8’s and 12’s. One runner was confronted by security and told to leave the corral but he just went out and came back in when she was gone, no biggie really but I believe corrals are there for a reason, safety. Anyhow so lots of music playing before the start. I did not see any water available at the start line. So the race starts and were off for 13.1 miles of Dallas. The course was pretty flat on the first half but the second half seemed to have some nice challenging hills that zapped a lot of runners. You run through Downtown Dallas and other notable areas of Dallas so at least there was a little to see other than houses. They did have several bands on the course but I really think they had more at the previous run I attended. Water stops were an issue, more for the later corrals but still an issue. They could of used two more stops on the course as it was a warmer day than expected. Most every stop had water and sports drink. At one stop they handed out energy chews. There were also several medic tents along the route as well as medics on bikes. Crowd support was pretty good, not the best but no where near the worst. The finish line festival was okay but I guess I expected more. You get your finisher medal, a bottle of water, sports drink, chocolate milk, a banana, and a granola bar. They had a band playing in a big park but I didnt stay to listen. I finished my run, collected my challenge medal for running saturday and sunday, collected my stuff and made my way back to the car. Over all it is a decent run and when you register a year in advance it is cheap. I have run it twice and am not sure if I will run again next year. I would like to try some of the other RnR events.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 1/2 Marathon

This was my first time to run the Rock and Roll 5K in Dallas. I have run the half marathon a previous year. Packet pickup was at the Expo in … MORE

This was my first time to run the Rock and Roll 5K in Dallas.
I have run the half marathon a previous year.
Packet pickup was at the Expo in downtown Dallas but for this 5K they also offered race morning pickup at the event.
Parking was great, lots of parking.
Pre event was okay, lots of music and just runners hanging out doing pre race stuff.
The start line was in Fair Park (where they have the state fair), they kinda had corrals and while your bibs were marked for what corral it really was an honor system as you told them your predicted finish time and even then most got in whatever corral they wanted to as no one was there to check bibs. But it was a small race really so I dont think they needed the corral system other than to prevent holding up faster runners or walkers getting run over.
The course itself was very flat and fast. You start in Fair Park then run through the parking area and back into Fair Park to finish. You get to see the old buildings so that is cool.
Post race you got a medal (nice bonus for a 5k), a water, banana, and a granola bar. I kind of expected a bit more from Rock and Roll but it was good. Plus they have those items at the finish so the runners get them and not the spectators. They did have a band playing at the finish but not many were standing there watching. They also had one free beer if you do that activity.
So it was an okay run and I would do it again just to get the two race challenge medal for running the 5K and half the same weekend. they have marathon photo taking pictures but of course you have to buy them.
If I was just looking for a 5K to run I might look for something more local and cost friendly (race day registration was $75, i did early and got it for $30).

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Fresh 15

Fresh 15

This was my second year running this event and I will continue to return every year if possible. First class event from registration to post race communication. I registered early … MORE

This was my second year running this event and I will continue to return every year if possible.
First class event from registration to post race communication.
I registered early when they first opened up online. They gave away shirts to the first 100 registered, awesome bonus for me. Always great communication via email, website, and their facebook page. I never was worried about missing any details. But this was also my second year so I know the ropes.
Packet Pickup is at the Brookshires store. You pick up your bib and shirt. They always have a couple freebies they throw in when you do their 15K run. This year it was a shaker bottle and a jar of peanut butter. My wife did the 5K and she did not get the bottle but did get the peanut butter. They also have additional shirts for sale.
Race Day, There are various places to park for this event. My recomendation is to get there early as spaces fill up and this is a very popular run not only with runners but locals come out for the food give aways. I normally arrive to a run at least an hour early so I am not rushed and parking is never an issue.
Pre-race is pretty much just people milling around. they did have the food giveaways open already so a tip, if you are one that likes to enjoy the course more than the faster runners, arrive early and get your food give aways then take them to your car. By the time the later runners finish most of the freebies are gone.
This race has honor system corrals and they start in waves which is nice. They always have fast pro runners since they give prize money. I can only speak on my experience with running in the front corrals. I am sure it was a different one in the back. The course is challenging but not brutal. I ran the 15K and the first half was mostly flat with some smaller inclines. it winds thru Tyler some residential and some business areas. It is not real scenic but most in town runs have that issue. the second half is where the hills kick in, they get longer and taller so it is a little challenge but hey we cant always run flat courses. They did have several water stations that provided water and sports drink, no snacks. There were also a few bands on the course, mostly high school marching type bands which was nice. Not too many spectators on the actual course. The finish line is good, announcers calling out names, more crowds. When you finish you can get water, sports drink, chocolate milk, a banana, and a snack bar. You also get a blanket, not a emergency type blanket but a real throw type blanket. They have medals for the 5K and 15K finishers. it was a nice medal but i like last years better.
After you finish you can walk thru the festival where they are giving out food samples but not the small kind, most are full size boxes of grocery store foods. There is also protein drinks being distributed. A stage is set up and band is playing. There are some bounce houses for the kids. There is also a 1K run for the kids later.
Post race communication is great. You get all the race photos downloaded for free.
This is a first class event and as stated i will try to run it every year.

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Mansfield Run with Heart

Mansfield Run with Heart

This is my third time to run this event. It was my first half marathon a few years ago so I always want to return to it for that reason. … MORE

This is my third time to run this event. It was my first half marathon a few years ago so I always want to return to it for that reason.
So the registration fees are very reasonable for both the 5K and Half. Registration was easy as it is like most online.
They had one day for packet pickup prior to race day. It was from 11-7 at a fitness club. We showed up at 4:00 and were told all they had left in the tech shirt was small and XX Large? We had to settle for a cotton shirt. This was very disappointing as I was expecting a tech shirt that I could wear when running. We were not given any reason for the shortage. The packet contained the standard race flyers and advertisements. No other goodies.
Race Day – The race starts and ends at Mansfield Methodist Hospital. Parking was not an issue. they had some parking at the hospital but there is also an elementary school right across the street and another school just a bit further. Pre Race – plenty of water was available, a DJ was playing music and pumping up the crowd.
The race course – It was run thru some business areas, housing areas, thru old downtown Mansfield, thru another housing area, thru a park, back thru another housing area, thru some more business, and back to the hospital. Not really anything to see or what I would call scenic or a point of interest. The course had several inclines and declines, none really long or steep but you notice them. I did notice that when we started we turned right and were supposed to turn left and it became evident that they messed up as my (and everyone else) GPS were way off their mile markers. This caused issues as I figured we would just run a shorter course and when I was about a mile out of what I thought was the finish, I started to push but as I rounded the corner to the final stretch to what was supposed to be the finish they said stay to the right and go another mile. This was not expected since I thought we would just run a shortened course by about a half mile, instead it appeared that we ran more than 13.1. I know our GPS are not super accurate but by the time I finished my Nike app said 13.88 and my Garmin said 13.85. They had enough water/sports drink stops along the route. Crowd support was only at the water stops, the start/finish and a few individuals along the course. No on course entertainment.
The finish line – The medal is okay, the medallion has gotten larger from the first one I ran but the ribbon they use is the same standard red/white/blue thin width. They did have lots of water available at the finish. They also had egg tacos, pizza, BBQ sandwiches, bananas, tea, lemonade, and granola bars. I think they had chic fil a but when I finished I didn’t see it. I will say there were 181 half finishers and 500 something 5k finishers so it is possible they got all the chic fil a. The DJ was still there cranking the tunes. I stayed later to wait for a friend to finish and made an observation that I have seen before and is not unique to this event. They still had a few runners on the course but they were tearing down the post race party prior to the advertised end of party time. As I have said before they are raising money for a good cause but this years event was kind of disappointing with the shirt issues and the course goof. I would probably run again only because it is close to where I live and is very affordable plus I want to redeem my performance. My performance this year was not great but about what I expected since it is only two weeks since I ran the Houston Marathon.

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Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Marathon #5 for me so I have done a few but not a lot so my point of view may be limited. I ran this one because an in-law has … MORE

Marathon #5 for me so I have done a few but not a lot so my point of view may be limited.
I ran this one because an in-law has volunteered at this event for the last 19 years.
So I registered last May when preferred registration was open for runners with qualifying times ( i met via my half time). I dont remember what I paid for registration but it was in the area of most full marathon prices.
Like most runs now, they have a website and a facebook page. I dont have facebook but their page is public so you can get all the updates you need.
They also had great email communication so I was kept informed of my bib number and corral placement as well as information on the race weekend events.
I arrived on Friday before the run and stayed at the headquarters hotel for the race. My one complaint is I asked for a late checkout and they only gave me one additional hour so I had to check out by 1:00. I have done other runs where we were given a 3:00 PM checkout so this was dissapointing. I did not think that I would have an issue finishing in time to make the checkout time but i bet there were many that could not finish before checkout. There are many places to eat and if you choose you will not have to drive. I am not a fancy eating type so I walked to Subway and Dominos. But there are many other palces to sit down and eat and several more in progress of opening.
Anyhow. The finish line was right in front of the hotel and the Expo was in the convention center of which there was a bridge from the hotel to the center. The starting corrals were a short walk from the hotel. So everything was right in the area of the hotel. There are also numerous other hotels all within a half mile of the start/finish/expo.
So went to the expo on Friday at about 4:00 PM, not crowed easy to walk around. Bib and shirt pickup was easy and fast. Lots of running vendors to visit. As far as expos this was a nice one,not the largest but among the best that I have attended. Skechers was the clothing sponsor. They had a great selection and everything was 30% off. Tip, they take what they have left after the expo and sell it before and after the marathon on Sunday and it was 50% off. You just need to take a credit card and the clear goody bag so you can check it in before you run.
So Expo good.
Sketchers good.
Saturday there was a 5K run, I did not participate but watched the finish from my hotel window.
I was told that the Expo was packed on Saturday most of the time and hard to move around. I did not go back to find out.
Sunday – Race day. You walk thru the convention center where they have bag check, restrooms, and Sketchers selling stuff. It is then a half mile or so walk to the corrals. You do not have to go thru the convention center to get to the corrals. Also you have to have a bib to get into the center.
This race had five corrals (A thru E) all ranked on estimated finish time. A is the preferred corral and you have to submit a verified run result that meets their time qualifications.
There are port o johns in the corrals but no water, so bring fluids with you if you need them pre race.
So the race itself was mostly flat, very few inclines and the few that exist were not long nor steep. The streets were wide so you never felt very crowded (at least at my pace).
Weather – well of course it is always different. We had 70 degrees and off and on rain so it was not favorable but manageable. the road was slippery or it could of been my shoes, Brooks Ghost 8 with about 200 miles on the, but i have never had an issue before.
Water stations – pleanty of them all with gatorade and water.
Port o Johns, – pleanty at all water stations.
Course entertainment – several bands and other groups of people out there to cheer you one.
Spectator support – among the best I have experienced. Great spectators and they had lots of snacks, water, and yes some had beer.
The scenery – well it is your typical city run. I am sure there were some pretty sights but most of the time when you are running one does not notice them. You run thru downtown, some housing areas, some other suburban areas, and back downtown.
the finish area was set up good. when you finish you get your medal, water, and a banana then you are corralled into the convention center where you get a finish photo taken, get your finisher shirt and finisher mug and food. There is a family reunion area. I did not get any of the food nor see the reunion area. It was a quicker exit and shorter distance to my hotel to go the other direction to get to my hotel to make my 1:00 PM checkout. I needed time to cool down and shower. I bet the food was good!
So to wrap up – good expo, pretty flat fast course, swag – event shirt, finisher medal, finisher mug, and finisher shirt.
I enjoyed the run and took it easy and had fun. I had just run Dallas Marathon a month ago and my body was needing a rest so no PR for me but this really seemed like a PR kind of course if the conditions were right.

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Dallas Marathon

Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon, always wanted to run it since I live in the area. Great event and would run again. Location is in Downtown Dallas. We stayed at the Aloft … MORE

The Dallas Marathon, always wanted to run it since I live in the area.
Great event and would run again.
Location is in Downtown Dallas. We stayed at the Aloft Hotel, great place and decent rate. Plus the start/finish line was right in front of the hotel. the expo was across the street. It was kind of cool to see the set up of the race Friday and Saturday. There are many places to eat within walking distance so we were able to park the car at the hotel and just walk.
The expo, I have been to it before just to check out the booths but this was my first year as a participant. Expo was okay, seemed smaller than in years past. Did not seem to have as many vendors selling running items. Lots of other events there to let you know of their runs and a few odd ball vendors selling home improvement and electricity?? Packet pickup was smooth and easy. Swag in the bag is a long sleeved shirt.
Raceday – Once again our hotel was right by the start/finish and my corral was just a short walk up the street. There were four corrals and each had a nice amount of runners so that they were not packed. As with most marathons, they had pace teams available. The weather this year was almost perfect. The course was mostly flat with only a few small elevation changes. It winds through parts of downtown Dallas, Highland Park, out to White Rock Lake, and back. There were places where lots of crowd support was evident and others there were none. Great traffic and support from the community. There were ample water stops and two gel stations. There were also some unofficial refreshment stations, a few handing out beer and some residents handing out water, cookies, oranges, and candy. There were several bands on the course as well as several of the local professional sports teams had their promotional staff on the course. The finish line area, you get a medal, it was nice but in the day of big bling, seemed like it could be a tad bigger and it appeared to me that the medals were the same size if you ran the half, full relay or full. Not a complaint but have run other events were the medal was bigger depending on the distance. Post race food, you were given a draw string backpack with some cookies, pretzels, and a cliff bar, along with water, Gatorade, and power gels. There was a post race party with a band and if you drink, you got two free beers.
My performance was okay, I had hoped to do better but had a last minute cold to deal with the week prior and I am actually training for Houston in January so this was kind of a bonus (was supposed to run a 20 miler and figured its only 6 more).
They have a new race director that was previously with Run Disney and he says he has big plans so I am anxious to see where this race improves. As it is I would run it again.

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The Colony Half Marathon & Green Dragon 5 Miler

The Colony Half Marathon & Green Dragon 5 Miler

I registered for this run months ago because it was a great price. They had early packet pickup but I picked up race morning. I ran the half marathon. A … MORE

I registered for this run months ago because it was a great price.
They had early packet pickup but I picked up race morning.
I ran the half marathon. A five mile run was also an option.
Pre-Race- packet pickup was easy.
The packet consisted of a tech shirt, bib, and various adds.
Parking at the park or in areas outside the park was easy.
plenty of restroom facilities.
Course – about half was on pavement thru nice neighborhoods and the other half was on a crushed granite trail. No hills. The trail portion was by the lake but the small crushed granite is horrible when if finds its way into your shoes. i picked up a larger rock at mile 12 and it drove me crazy for the last mile.1.
Great course markers, large and lots of them. Great volunteers. Lots of water/gatorade stations.
The half marathon finisher medal was pretty cool and large.
Finish area – I did not notice anywhere to get instant results and online it says not available till till the following day. I just like to check the results in case i had a top three finish in my age division (I dont want to stay an extra hour to find out if i placed, we left). Post race refreshments – fruit, cliff bar, oranges, and water.
There were a few vendors there some handing out snacks or other freebie items.
As runs go it was okay, would I run it again, probably not but only factoring the rocks in the shoes for nine miles (you run on the road first, then the trail, then the road, then back on the trail, then finish on the road), no instant results, and the hour and half each way from my home. But I do feel I got my monies worth for this event.

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Electric Zombie Run 5K

Electric Zombie Run 5K

Another Mellew Run. I have run many of their runs and most are great. This one was average to good. I registered for this one because they ran a sale … MORE

Another Mellew Run. I have run many of their runs and most are great.
This one was average to good.
I registered for this one because they ran a sale and it was a great deal.
The venue was Texas Motor Speedway, kind of interesting but you dont run on the track.
Packet pickup was race day only.
Swag-a shirt, a few glow sticks, and a finisher medal.
When i registered there was something about different medals if you finished less than 30 min it was supposed to say you survived but if you finished later it said you died but all medals were the same.
So the race, very small turnout, less than 300 runners. You start in the infield of the track and run out the tunnel and out into the parking lot. It was an out and back course. A few inclines getting into and out of the track but mostly flat and only a few turns. There were zombies along the course but it was so dark that you could not really see their makup and costumes except before and after the run when they were hanging out. Could of used some strobe lights, fog, black lights or the like to enhance the zombie experience.
After the race, gatorade, water, snacks, monster drinks, choc milk were all provided. Trophies were provided for age group winners. They even gave out extra race shirts to anyone that wanted them.
So it was an okay run, might do it again if I get the same low price but if not there are other themed runs that are competing for my money and it was an hour drive each way from my home.

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WISD Legacy Run

WISD Legacy Run

this is a smalltown run for sure. First let me say it as most benefits a good cause so this review is for the event. It was low cost and … MORE

this is a smalltown run for sure.
First let me say it as most benefits a good cause so this review is for the event.
It was low cost and that is always welcome.
This was the first year they had the half marathon distance which was my event.
The race packet included a shirt, a bottle of honey, a free tea and a free sandwich from two chain stores.
Race Day.
Small crowd, bottle water was available.
The run itself. The course was through the local neighborhood, some of which was nice older homes but other areas were not in great repair and you ran in a few alleys. There were also times you crossed roads with no one there to stop traffic so it was runner beware but it was little to no traffic but you still had to be more aware of your surroundings. There were also times you were running and the cars were right beside you. One time i had to get off the pavement to let two cars pass each other. LOTS of turns and the only course markers were the small vinyl blue arrows on the road and volunteers pointing the way so if you were not looking you missed them.Then there was also some volunteers that seemed not happy to be out there and said nothing as i missed a turn on the course somewhere at mile 8. Thus I did not finish as when i realized I was off course i just gave up and went back to the car and called it a day as missing the turn and just getting over cold I ended up doing ten miles that day. Most of them were great but a few just stood there as you passed. I appreciate them as I have volunteered for run myself. Finish you got a bottle of water and that was it. Pretty low budget
(thus the low entry fee). So if you are looking just to get in your 13 miles for your winter marathon training and want to race this is good for that. If you are looking for an exciting and motivating event, this isnt it. They also had a 5k. I think maybe this the first year adding the half marathon that they might of bit off a bit more then they could handle.
Once again great cause for the money but I will not be running this event again. Too many options for not much more money with more bang for the buck.

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Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

Swag - shirt, hat, finisher medal, cold wet towel at finish. Race Day: Parking is always an issue at Norbuck Park, get there early! PreRace: bag check, packet pickup, water … MORE

Swag – shirt, hat, finisher medal, cold wet towel at finish.
Race Day: Parking is always an issue at Norbuck Park, get there early!
PreRace: bag check, packet pickup, water all available.
Race course: flat fast course, great course support, water stations, runs by White Rock Lake.
Post Race – one of the best, live band, fruit, snack bars, water, vendors provided – muscle milk, bundt cakes, frozen yogurt, popsicles. Unique placing awards as only Run Project always provides.
There was also a 15K option. Great Run would do again next year.

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Must-Dash 5K & Fun Run

Must-Dash 5K & Fun Run

Registration - I purchased a multiple race package last fall from run project for a great rate packet pickup is always easy for their events I pick up early at … MORE

Registration – I purchased a multiple race package last fall from run project for a great rate packet pickup is always easy for their events I pick up early at one of the Run On! Stores but they do have race day pickup
Very nice performance t-shirt and some stick on mustaches are in the packet
Race day. Parking was great for me but I was early and they had use of a multi story parking garage. Plenty of portable restrooms available. There were about 1400 registered participants.
Course was mostly flat with just a few slight upgrades but nothing to stress over. The route was a mix of public roads and park trail (paved). The trail portion was nice as the trees provided shade and the path was wide. Well marked directions. multiple water stops on the course Finish line area was better than most but what you can expect from Run Project. Finisher medal for everyone water and Gatorade, bananas, and granola bars, were provided. Also present was Muscle Milk, sparklets water, Cliff Bar all handing out samples. There was also beer. A few vendors were also present and a band playing a mix of songs. Results posted promptly. Overall a good little run and if you buy a multiple race package even better as you save money.

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Navy Ten Nautical Miler

Navy Ten Nautical Miler

1st. Unique distance. 10 Nautial Miles which is like 11.8 miles. Expo - small but fits the level of the run. Friendly people most runs this size have no expo … MORE

1st. Unique distance. 10 Nautial Miles which is like 11.8 miles.
Expo – small but fits the level of the run. Friendly people most runs this size have no expo so it’s a bonus
Swag – tech shirt, can koozie, thermal tumbler, navy lanyard, sun block, misl flyers
Run – ample parking. Expo is open on run day early start 0600 gun time. Field – about 1400 participants Course – flat with a few small short inclines. Starts on the open side of the Navy base passes by the golf course and a small lake through the country side then down a couple of “main” roads, turning into the secure side of the base through base housing then down another road exiting the secure side back to the insecure side to the finish. Not much to look at on base, it’s a small admin type base. Finish line offers water, sports drinks, and fruit. A cool wet towel was handed out at the finish along with your finisher medal, an anchor. The expo is still open all vendors are still present along with several local restaraunts providing food, doughnuts, pizza, waffles, BBQ, chicken sandwiches, soft drinks, water, and sports drinks all provided. Awards are a military coin which is a unique award. If you win an award you also get a free printed picture before you leave and a free download of the award pic. All runners get a free download of your pic in front of the event backdrop of you took one.
In closing. Good run worth the trip to Tennessee for a unique distance and medal

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Unforgotten Heroes 5K & 10K

Unforgotten Heroes 5K & 10K

Early packet pickup at a local running store, great people packet consisted of T-Shirt, race flyers, and bib Race Day Start and finish outside Ranger Ballpark in Arlington. About 1400 … MORE

Early packet pickup at a local running store, great people
packet consisted of T-Shirt, race flyers, and bib
Race Day
Start and finish outside Ranger Ballpark in Arlington. About 1400 runners for both 5K and 10K combined. All start at the same time.
Course basically flat with a couple small inclines. Run by Ranger Stadium, Six Flags, and Cowboy Stadium but other than that not much to see.
There is a stretch where the 10K loops back and the 5K runners are running towards you sharing the same side of the road so some caution and respect is needed.
on course support – a few water stations
No finisher medals.
Medals for top 3 in each age group.
Plaques for overall male and female.
A few “random” drawings for a photo gift certificate were handed out.
Post race refreshments – water, chips, fruit, & granola bars.
Registration fee was lower than most runs, benifits DAV
Run was on memorial day, so a Monday run, fits the schedule and for the price can do a run on saturday then run this on monday.

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Beach to Bay Relay Marathon

Beach to Bay Relay Marathon

Expo small but has some good vendors about 2000 teams 6 person relay - each leg but leg 1 is about 4.5ish miles each. mostly flat course but leg 3 … MORE

Expo small but has some good vendors
about 2000 teams
6 person relay – each leg but leg 1 is about 4.5ish miles each.
mostly flat course but leg 3 (run over the causeway bridge), very few turns but leg 4
most legs have a view of either the beach, laguna madre, or bay.
Water stops are all along the course but provide only water.
Finisher medals for everyone – Cotton T-Shirts
Overall a great run.
Weather can be HOT and HUMID – pre-hydrate
we always take an extra day and make it a three day weekend in Corpus. Look forward to this run (our third year to run)

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Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K

Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K

Ran the half marathon. Registered early, reasonable entry fees. Packet pickup at Lukes, easy. Lots of ads in bag and a few freebies, Tech Shirt, and race bib. Race site … MORE

Ran the half marathon.
Registered early, reasonable entry fees.
Packet pickup at Lukes, easy. Lots of ads in bag and a few freebies, Tech Shirt, and race bib.
Race site is at Toyota Stadium (home field for FC Dallas soccer).
lots of free parking on site. Several port o johns as well as the restrooms inside the stadium were open for use.
There were two distances to run, the half marathon and 5K, total of about 1600 runners. Half starts 15 minutes before 5K.
Course was not very scenic. There were several inclines and one that seemed like was a mile long, nothing too steep but you will notice them.
Very few on course spectators. There was one kids rock band on the course which was cool but no other on course entertainment. The water stops were well staffed and they seemed energetic about helping. The standard water/sports drink was available.
Finish line was at the stadium. You get a medal for either distance (the same medal). Water, sports drink, bananas, granola bars, snack mixes, and gold fish were all available. There were several vendors inside the stadium giving away samples (sports drinks, beer, sun block, chocolate milk, doughnuts, chicken, and more). There was a band playing after the run. Nice first year effort for this event.

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Fresh 15

Fresh 15

This is one of the most well organized events. AWESOME Swag, shirt, socks, hat, blanket, medal, & lots of food. Powerade on course was not watered down! Course is not … MORE

This is one of the most well organized events. AWESOME Swag, shirt, socks, hat, blanket, medal, & lots of food. Powerade on course was not watered down! Course is not difficult but a few hills have a bite. I ran the 15K awesome distance. There is a 5k option. We were blessed with some awesome weather this year. This was my first time running this race and I will be back next year.

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The Cowtown

The Cowtown

I ran this last year and this year I was a volunteer handing out T-shirts. This is a great run for a great cause, the CALF program. Great Expo, Swag, … MORE

I ran this last year and this year I was a volunteer handing out T-shirts. This is a great run for a great cause, the CALF program. Great Expo, Swag, Support, and Course.

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Too Cold to Hold Half Marathon

Too Cold to Hold Half Marathon

This was a fast flat course. Three distances. I ran the 5K. Run Project puts on a great race. Parking is a big issue. Get there early for a good … MORE

This was a fast flat course. Three distances. I ran the 5K. Run Project puts on a great race. Parking is a big issue. Get there early for a good spot. Swag – race shirt, beanie hat, buff, race medal, and this year a finisher shirt because the beanie hats were too big. Placing awards were snow globes. Post race concert, standard bananas, bagels, oranges, granola bars, and water. muscle milk was on site too. Course runs by White Rock Lake. Nice run.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Ran the Dopey Every Race was AWESOME the miles fly by. A Must Run for any runner. Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and lots more on the course. Running through the Disney … MORE

Ran the Dopey Every Race was AWESOME the miles fly by. A Must Run for any runner. Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and lots more on the course. Running through the Disney Parks. Great Expo and bus transport if you stay in a resort hotel. I will run again.

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New Years Double – Allen, TX

New Years Double – Allen, TX

I have run this event twice. Last time I ran the double double (5k & half both new years eve and day). Great challenge. Well run event. Somewhat no frills … MORE

I have run this event twice. Last time I ran the double double (5k & half both new years eve and day). Great challenge. Well run event. Somewhat no frills but worth the admission and just a fun way to spend new years eve and day. Plenty of parking. Race is on a paved park trail, two laps makes the half marathon and four for the full. Flat course. I will run this event again. Standards post race snacks, bananas, granola, water, and chips. Race medals for all distances and if you complete a challenge you get a plate that all the medals attach to for display or wearing. They have other well run events that I have run.

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Corpus Christi’s Harbor Half Marathon & Relay

Corpus Christi’s Harbor Half Marathon & Relay

Ran this one for the challenge of running over the harbor bridge. There is another smaller overpass that you run over before hitting the turn around point and running back … MORE

Ran this one for the challenge of running over the harbor bridge. There is another smaller overpass that you run over before hitting the turn around point and running back over both bridges. The view is cool from the top of the bridge, seeing the bay, the USS Lexington, and the skyline. Production was okay, swag is a shirt and finisher medal. placing medals are the same as the finish medal but a different color. food was pizza, powerade, water, fruit. This one is probably a one and done for me since it is an out of town run.

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Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon

Registered for the lotto last minute thinking I would not get in but did. Great run, lots of thinks to see great crowds help keep you moving. Great aid stations … MORE

Registered for the lotto last minute thinking I would not get in but did. Great run, lots of thinks to see great crowds help keep you moving. Great aid stations and on course entertainment. The Blue mile was an honor to experience. Finish line medal presented by a Marine, photo by the monument. I enjoyed this event. There were a couple of negatives, getting past security took over two hours so I started almost 30 minutes late, not a big deal but they need a better plan. Post race in the chute, backed up and hardly moved to get free of the crowd. But overall a great event. Swag – Of course the USMC Finisher medal, a shirt, box snacks, gatorade, and water.

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Showdown Half Marathon

Showdown Half Marathon

This is another great race from Active Joe Racing. I have run all their runs and all are first class. This run theme is the Texas vs OU football game. … MORE

This is another great race from Active Joe Racing.
I have run all their runs and all are first class.
This run theme is the Texas vs OU football game. When you register you pick which team or neither and your medal reflects that team color.
Ample free parking next to the course start/finish in the shopping center.
The course is a good one, not easy but not too challenging. Screen shot from my nike app attached. It winds through the town of Fairview, through a few housing developments, down farm roads, through the shopping center, and also on the access road of the highway. The number of runners is not too few and not too many. On course support is the standard water/sports drink. Lots of police/EMT support. The post race refreshments normally consist of water, chocolate milk, bananas, chips, and my favorite that seems to be a staple at and Active Joe run, Nothing but Bundt Cakes!

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Air Force Marathon

Air Force Marathon

My first Marathon. Being an Air Force Veteran this was a great place to start my marathon running. I am reviewing this run three years after so maybe some things … MORE

My first Marathon. Being an Air Force Veteran this was a great place to start my marathon running. I am reviewing this run three years after so maybe some things have changed, one being what I want from an event after having run several.
So this was my first full marathon as well as my first destination run.
The expo was great. Free parking. The expo was just the right size and seemed to have great vendors packet pickup was easy You got your bib and shirt. There were many vendors passing out freebies.
Race morning. We were among the first to arrive so we stayed in the vehicle for a while before making what seemed a mile walk to the start line. They had security and everyone was being screened so plan some extra time. Start/finish area was nice. Lots of facilities available abd a few vendors. The run starts and finished at the US Air Force Museum. The course was good. A few hills that I remember or they seemed like hills to this first timer. The water stops were awesome. They had a competition for the best stop so they were energetic. The best area was in town in the Fairborn Fly Zone. The streets are lined up with people and bands. Most of the course there are not many but a lot of it is on the base. But when there were people cheering there were a lot.
I had a hard time because like most first timers I ran too fast in the first half so I struggled after mile 20. Great finish with aircraft lined up on both sides of the course.
Awesome medal. Post race food there was some pizza and the standard bananas, water. I like this event and plan to run it one more time before I am done running fulls.

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Big D Texas Marathon & Half Marathon

Big D Texas Marathon & Half Marathon

Another Mellew Run and another in the Four Seasons Challenge Multiple Pre Race Packet pickup sites. LOTS of event parking. Race starts and ends in Fair Park where the State … MORE

Another Mellew Run and another in the Four Seasons Challenge
Multiple Pre Race Packet pickup sites.
LOTS of event parking.
Race starts and ends in Fair Park where the State Fair of Texas is held every September.
Pre-Race – room indoor to get out of the weather (it was raining).
Course – Great course mix of fast flat, inclines, and hills (I am told the took out some of the hills now).
Course runs through Fair Park, through an older neighborhood, by White Rock Lake, and back to Fair Park.
Swag – tech shirt, finisher medal.
Post Race – a few vendors handing out samples, great post race food for runners only (must have a bib to get in food line).
They also had showers available.
This run is a great small run. The also offer a full marathon distance.

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Texas Half

Texas Half

This is another Mellew Run. Multiple pre-race packet pickup locations Swag - tech shirt & finsher medal. Pre-Race - lots of parking on site, lots of space inside the convention … MORE

This is another Mellew Run.
Multiple pre-race packet pickup locations
Swag – tech shirt & finsher medal.
Pre-Race – lots of parking on site, lots of space inside the convention center to stay warm and dry pre-race.
Course- mix of flat and some inclines but nothing serious.
Weather can be unpredictable – this year it was very windy, 32 degrees, light rain and sleet.
multiple water stops with water/sports drink.
Finish line water/sports drink.
Post race was inside convention center (warm and dry).
A few vendors onsite, water, sports drink, bagels, and breakfast burritos were available.
This run is one of the four in their Four Seasons Half Challenge. If you do all four (one in each season) in consecutive order you get an additional medal upon completion of the final run.
Mellew puts on a good run, some are better than others this one is average but I would run it again.

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Mansfield Run with Heart

Mansfield Run with Heart

This was my first half and I am reviewing it many years later and after having run many events so........ This was a good little event. Fees were reasonable, parking … MORE

This was my first half and I am reviewing it many years later and after having run many events so……..
This was a good little event. Fees were reasonable, parking was free.
For your fee you get a shirt, run, finisher medal, and post race snacks.
Course was okay. Mostly flat with a few small inclines but nothing to count as hills. On course support was good. Several water stations and good police support. Little to no local residence out to watch.
Starts and finishes at a hospital so that might be good. Post race plenty of snacks and at this first event they were for runners only, had to have a bib
I have run this event a couple more times since this inaugural run. It is low cost, close to my home, so if I am looking for a run then I am there with Brooks on.

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Fort Worth Zoo Run

Fort Worth Zoo Run

Always a great family 5K run. Swag - cotton t-shirt and a free ticket to the zoo. Parking is an issue, lots fill quickly and many park in the neighborhood … MORE

Always a great family 5K run.
Swag – cotton t-shirt and a free ticket to the zoo.
Parking is an issue, lots fill quickly and many park in the neighborhood streets.
Start/Finish/Pre/Post race is outside the Zoo.
pre-race animals to see, pre race warm up.
Course- hilly course run through the local nighborhoods but only one part near the end runs through the zoo.
i have run it several times but 2013 was the most recent so the course may of been adjusted.
Finish – no finisher medals (but i never expect them in 10K or less distances).
Lots of post race refreshments are available if you are among the first half to finish, after that they may be gone, mostly taken by family members waiting for runners, but this is not specific to this race.
Overall a great family run.

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