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@exncgal

Wellesley, MA Raving since 2018 Active 1 year, 6 months ago

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    I like to eat. 🙂  And I like fresh air, and getting outside and seeing what’s going on (and who’s out and about) in the real world.

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
10 Miler Philadelphia, PA May 6, 2018 1:52:40

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA TBD

Past Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10 Miler Philadelphia, PA May 6, 2018 1:52:40
5 Miler Boston, MA May 28, 2017

My Raves

This was my first time back after a several-year hiatus due to schedule conflicts and injuries. It's a really nice race in several ways - low cost, pretty good water … MORE

This was my first time back after a several-year hiatus due to schedule conflicts and injuries. It’s a really nice race in several ways – low cost, pretty good water stops along the course, and decent pre-race communications. (There were many more FB posts than emails, though, so be forewarned: if you’re not on FB you may miss out on some information.)
The expo was kind of unimpressive… I probably would go for the “mail my bib and shirt” option next time, rather than schlepping through the lines at the convention center. No really interesting vendors either.
Even with iffy weather – 55ish and humid – there were good crowds out for most of the course, which really helps. Be aware that you’re just running in a straight line (aside from the blip around City Hall) and it can get kind of boring! Spectators were passing out food (and tequila shots in one case 🙂 ) and were very supportive, which was awesome.
The t-shirt was a basic cotton T; I didn’t upgrade but tech shirts were available in men’s and women’s sizes. Nice medals, though!
For those who may be seeded into the later corrals, be aware that the last corral (1:50++) started really late – like 50min after the race officially started – despite the official plans of “every 3-5 min” which would have been about 35-40 min.
The starting area was a madhouse, and all portajohns ran out of toilet paper, so BYO TP!!
The finish area was an even bigger madhouse; my family was unable to get into the Navy Yard to meet me, and it took me 20 min to work my way out. Post-race refreshments were pretty good (fruit, hard pretzels, granola bar thingies, and some candy) and there was a lot of water available. We took the subway back to Center City and that took forever, packed in like sardines… I guess there is no good way to get back from the race.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
4
SWAG
2

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The 5-mile race was an awesomely scenic run through some of the key sights in downtown Boston. It was a little challenging, especially the uphill (over a bridge) right at … MORE

The 5-mile race was an awesomely scenic run through some of the key sights in downtown Boston. It was a little challenging, especially the uphill (over a bridge) right at the end, but overall great. The expo was surprisingly nice – lots of freebies (including ice cream!) and a kids’ play area.

However… neither the (basic cotton) t-shirt or medal I received specified the distance I’d run. The starting corrals were a mess, poorly labeled for self-seeding. The course maps provided ahead of time (online and at the expo) didn’t specify “5M keep left, HM keep right” (or vice versa, I don’t remember) – there was just a person with a megaphone on the course about 0.1mi before the split yelling directions. Additionally, the post-race refreshments were self-serve, but no bags were provided so I walked out of the area holding several items and a cup of water (which I promptly spilled). I think there are some logistics the organizers could easily improve – hopefully they’ll take the feedback runners provide and make some changes.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
1

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